Day Trip from Barcelona: Hiking Montserrat

Easily one of the most beautiful days of my life. The first thought that comes to mind when someone says “Barcelona” would be the famous beachfont, La Sagrada Familia, FCB / Camp Nou, La Rambla… but hiking in the mountains? Little do people know that the mountain range 50km northwest of Catalunya’s capital is a magical world entirely … More Day Trip from Barcelona: Hiking Montserrat

How My Trip to Toledo, Spain Was Ruined by a Spanish Shopkeeper who Attacked Me

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Spain. But there was one particularly nasty incident that marred my experience in the country, and it happened in Toledo. Everybody raves about how beautiful this city is, and there’s no denying that. But instead of walking along the river and enjoying the atmosphere of the … More How My Trip to Toledo, Spain Was Ruined by a Spanish Shopkeeper who Attacked Me

Berlin Diaries: Day 1

Tuesday Night, 24 November [9.30pm] I land in Berlin, finally, after a three-hour layover in Moscow (all the women look like dolls! But what happened to the men…?) An airport worker pushing an elderly’s wheelchair ran over my foot, and now I’m bleeding from the ankle. Not the best start. My body goes into shock … More Berlin Diaries: Day 1

Can travellers transit through Moscow without a Russian visa?

Answer is: yes! As long as you’re staying in the airport. The terminals in Sheremetyevo International Airport are connected. I just landed from Hong Kong en route to Berlin at Terminal F. From there I simply passed through the transit counter + security check and walked (10 minutes) to Terminal D. No visa needed, just a … More Can travellers transit through Moscow without a Russian visa?

Madrid: Horseback-riding in Manzanares El Real

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m adventurous, fearless to a fault, and hate to say no to new and enriching experiences. On the other hand, my sister is the more cautious, sensible one (she always said whereas she would see the dangers of things, I would see only the possibilities). So when our newfound Madrileña friend Almu … More Madrid: Horseback-riding in Manzanares El Real

Madrid: Catching a Bullfight (Corrida de toros) in Las Ventas

Two days ago I watched a bullfight for the first time in my life in the famous Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, thanks to my Tita Camille and her colleague, a die-hard bullfighting aficionado named Sylvia. When my tita (aunt) first asked me if I wanted to watch it, I hesitated because … More Madrid: Catching a Bullfight (Corrida de toros) in Las Ventas

Best place to watch the sunset in Madrid: Temple of Debod

Perched on a small hill in between Rio Manzanares and Plaza de España is this temple brought to Spain from southern Egypt in the 1970s. If you were wondering what an ancient archeological site such as this is doing in Madrid, it’s because of Spain’s help in saving the temples of Abu Simbel back in 1960 during the … More Best place to watch the sunset in Madrid: Temple of Debod