Every year for our anniversary, my husband and I like to take a city trip in Europe. This time we chose Valencia in Spain. A city known for its oranges, the modern architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences, and its picturesque old town.
India: a country that tickles all the senses. From beautiful landscapes, bustling metropolises and iconical cultural sights to delightful food and colors. Indian women love colorful clothing; if you feel brave enough on your next visit to India, you may want to consider dressing in Indian style.
I have been visiting India every couple of years for the last decade. The first time was when I went to a conference in Hyderabad in 2007. It was a complete culture shock: the honking cars, the hordes of people everywhere, such a massive city! It took me a few days to get into the flow of things. The pivotal point for me came when a bunch of us conference attendees were waiting for a bus for about an hour and I realized I should just relax. If the bus comes now, fine, but if I have to wait here for a bit, it is also fine. Something clicked then and I connected with the Indian pace of life.
The decision to go to Vietnam for our honeymoon was mainly motivated by the prospect of excellent food. I also know from an earlier trip that people are very kind and smile easily, and the country boasts beautiful landscapes and bustling cities.
“What can you do in Dublin?,” people ask. Well, there’s a few sights, but in my opinion the city is best enjoyed indulging in Irish food and drinks. Especially in fall or winter. When it’s cold outside, there’s no better activity than huddling up in a bar with your friends and a Guinness close by.
So, I grew two big pots of arugula in my windowsill and used the harvested leaves of one pot for days in salads, on sandwiches and as pizza topping. I used the rest to make pesto. Check the recipe here.
What to do on Ibiza if you don’t want to go clubbing (or if you’re 30+ and can no longer be bothered)
Whenever I tell people I’m going to Ibiza on vacation, first thing they say is: “Aha, you’re going to party.” Followed by a sly smirk. No. Au contraire. I’m going to relax.
So what can you do if you don’t want to go clubbing? Plenty.
Guacamole! Oh, glorious guacamole! Everybody has their own take on this classic dip; I like to keep mine simple.
After a spring-time barbecue, we were left with a smelly piece of camembert cheese in the fridge, and my fiancé asked me to finish it as soon as I could. I accepted the challenge and built a salad around the camembert, adding some other leftovers to it.
For a conference I was sent to San Sebastián in Spain, and besides conducting business and stuffing my face with pintxos (Basque tapas), I decided to combine the trip with some sightseeing. One day I had the chance to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.