A weekend under the Valencian sun

Plaza De La Reina Valencia

All Europe, Europe, Spain | March 22, 2017 | By

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.

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How to dress like an Indian lady

All Asia, Asia, India | March 1, 2017 | By

Saree

Sari

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. 

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Vietnam North to South 2-4 week itinerary

Streetside dining in Hanoi

All Asia, Asia, Vietnam | February 1, 2017 | By

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.

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A weekend of indulgence in Dublin

Ha'Penny Bridge Dublin Ireland

All Europe, Europe, Ireland | January 9, 2017 | By

“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.

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Recipe: Arugula pesto

Arugula Pesto ingredients

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. 

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What to do on Ibiza if you don’t want to go clubbing (or if you’re 30+ and can no longer be bothered)

Chirincana Cala Martina Ibiza

All Europe, Europe, Ibiza | June 28, 2016 | By

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.

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Recipe: Guacamole

Guacamole recipe

All Recipes, Avocado, Recipes | June 6, 2016 | By

Guacamole! Oh, glorious guacamole! Everybody has their own take on this classic dip; I like to keep mine simple. 

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Hong Kong’s outlying island escapes: Cheung Chau and Lantau Island

Stilt houses Tai O

All Asia, Asia, Hong Kong | May 30, 2016 | By

Hong Kong island and Kowloon have a lot to offer, but the hustle and bustle of the metropole can be a bit overwhelming. To escape the hectic city life, do as the locals do and go to one of the outlying islands. Here’s a guide of the islands I’ve visited most recently.

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Recipe: Camembert salad with walnuts and apple

Camembert salad with walnuts and apple

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. 

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An afternoon at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

All Europe, Art, Europe, Spain | March 13, 2016 | By

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.

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