Back in the Costa Brava

I just came home from my third holiday in Spain this year. Obviously, it was as incredible as always. This time, I visited the Costa Brava. We were staying in a rather big village called Playa d’Aro or in Catalan Platja d’Aro. Lots of people, especially the Dutch, French and Germans, visit this place within the summer months. It has a great boulevard with lots of restaurants, bars and so on. Moreover, the ‘village’ has a beautiful city centre with some typical Spanish shops such as Bershka, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Zara and so on. I was so glad since these shops belong to my faves and they all had sale!!

In this holiday, we actually did not do lots of activities. Basically everyday we went to the beach or swimming pool in order to get a tan. However, on the first two days the waves from the sea were so high that they thought it was too dangerous. Thus, they hang up the red flag. It was so much fun to go into these high waves and just lay there on our air mattress. Furthermore, some nights we went to the city centre for dinner and for some shopping. Furthermore, the night life in Platja d’Aro is great. There are several clubs with different kinds of music.

On our semi last day we went to the city of Girona. Since I already visited this place a few months ago, I showed my family around the old city. We went into the Cathedral and the Basilic of the city. At the end of the day we had some tapas for dinner. I have to say, I looove Spanish food.

Finally, our last day included a canyoning trip to the French Pyrenees. Let me explain what it actually is. You travel with a group of people, always with one or two guides, to a place with a river in the mountains. There, you climb towards the river and you will follow the water of the river. Since there is no way back, you have to jump from different heights into the water, you will slide from natural slides, and you will abseil. This is exactly what we’ve done. We saw incredible places with enormous waterfalls. The best things is, it is all natural, there are no signs of human engagement in the place and this makes it even more great.

The next morning we already went on our way back to the Netherlands. Again, we stayed the night in France.

My next trip is to Bali in a few weeks, what is yours?

xx Nath

Mallorca

If you have been following my Instagram page, it is likely that you noticed that I’ve visited Mallorca in the last few days.  I traveled to this beautiful island with some of my friends. However, before we arrived at the airport, it seemed that we weren’t going to make it on time to the check-in desks and gate, due to a festival at the airport. I know what you’re thinking, who the hell organizes a festival at an airport in summer break?! Well that same thing crossed our minds, while we knew there was going to be a festival close to the airport and we had to count 20 minutes more on our travel to the airport. These 20 minutes was going to change into 4 hours, until my mom and a friend of mine (the drivers) just went on the different side of the road and pass the party people. Anyhow, as you can see we made it to our flight on time.

When arriving in Mallorca, I was surprised the airport was this big. They even let you off the plane through an aviobridge. After we had our luggage back, we had to look for a cab to El Arenal, a region of the island where we were staying and which is known as the Dutch part of the island. I was surprised that it was only a 10 minute drive from the airport to our hotel. Since it was already late in the evening, we only went to get some food and check out the nightlife of the island on our first day. Surprisingly, I spotted some friends of mine. It was so much fun to see them, some of them after a long time.

On our second day we went to the beach, which was pretty close to our hotel. The weather was really good, the sun was shining all the time and it was about 32 degrees. Fortunately, the sea wasn’t that cold either. Basically, this was our entire second day.

On the third day at this beautiful island we went to the biggest aquapark of Mallorca. It was huuge with lots of waterslides. I think they had about 12 slides for adults. However, I didn’t dare to go in all of them since I am afraid of heights. In the evening we went to some clubs. Furthermore, I made the dumbest promise of my life. Which consisted of drinking beer at Mega Park, a German place in which they drink the entire day, at 10 AM after a night of clubbing. Well you can imagine coming home around 5 AM thinking about your alarm at 8.30 right.. AWFUL. When my alarm went off I felt like I was going to die, LITERALLY. When we finally made it to Mega Park I was sitting on a barstool and felt like throwing up. The worst thing was that all the Germans surrounding us ( count 200-300 people) were having fun, singing out loud with German music and enjoying beer. ENJOYING BEER AT 10AM!!! How is it even possible??? Anyway, around 11.30 we were done with the German music, the beer and just wanted to go back to bed, so that’s what we did, sleep until 2.30 PM. Around 3 we were going to Palma de Mallorca, a city on the other side of the airport, where we did some shopping and checked out the harbor.

In the last 2 days on the island we had American lunch, in a beautiful place named Betty & Sam. Everything in this place seemed like you were in an American movie. Event he waiters wore the clothing from movies. Furthermore, we went to the beach even though it was cloudy, and we went to the club for the last time. Finally, since our plane departed at 9 PM, we had the entire last day to go to the beach. This time, we went for a walk and made it to some cliffs outside of El Arenal. Lots of people jumped from the cliffs into the water, so did I. However, it seemed like I wasn’t going to do it, because I was way too afraid.

 

After being around the cliffs for a moment, we went back to El Arenal and had some lunch. Afterwards, we were going to the hotel to change clothing, played some games of pool and got a cab to the airport. Here we had some dinner before departure and took our flight back to the Netherlands. Fortunately, without any trouble this time (:

I am already looking forward to my next trip, this time to the Costa Brava.

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My last 2 days in Barcelona

Every dream ends right? So does my trip to dream city. The weather on my last 2 days was sooo good, I don’t even want to think about the temperature in The Netherlands right now..

On my semi last day in this city I went to the beach with 2 of my friends. I was sooo excited, because the weather was so nice and i LOVE the beach and its palm trees (I think I already made that clear). We basically watched volleyball games and went for a big walk on the bazar. After that we went to a cactus garden. The cactuses were huge and so gorgeous. Some of them even had their natural flowers. How do they even maintain those cactuses while I can’t even take care of my baby cactuses?..

Since the weather was so good, I wanted to wear my new dress, which I bought the day before at Pull and Bear. I thought the dress was so adorable with its bell sleeves, and also the colour was gorgeous.

On my last day in this beautiful city I finally visited Plaça d’Espanya. I wanted to go here since the beginning of my trip, when I crossed the square. I barely remembered what it looked like, but I knew that it was gorgeous. Plaça d’Espanya has a beautiful palace which is currently a museum. The palace is surrounded by beautiful fountains and parks. Besides, the Olympic park is so close to it. We just walked around the parks and visited the Olympic Park where we actually saw Stephen James ( I don’t know if you know him but still). I didn’t know him until yesterday, when a friend of mine told me she was obsessed with him. Sadly, she wasn’t with me this day so she couldn’t meet him.

Of course, the weather was still great so I wanted to wear shorts. I just wanted to have a basic look for the day, because I didn’t really feel like dressing up.

Sadly, this was the ending of an amazing holiday in a dream city. I will definitely go back to this place any time soon.

 

 

Barcelona and Lloret de Mar

When I think of the Costa Brava, Barcelona pops up into my mind. However, for some of the party people Lloret de Mar might pop up. I know I haven’t posted my fourth day in Barcelona, which was because I went to Lloret de Mar and didn’t bring my laptop. Anyway, as I already said before, Park Güell is a highlight of Barcelona. So, on the fourth day of my stay in Barcelona, we went to the park. The bus drive to Park Güell took a while, which was unexpected. I thought it was more close to the city centre. However, when we entered the park, I was amazed by its beauty. The park has a lot of ancient buildings, but also the buildings from Gaudí are there. I have to admit, I love the work Gaudí did. Besides the gorgeous architecture, the view from the top of Park Güell was amazing. You could literally see the entire city!

Close to Park Güell are the bunkers. The bunkers are not really known by tourists, which is a good thing, because it was already crowded by the locals. The bunkers are located even higher than Park Güell, and you can see both sides of the city, the city and the ‘ suburb’ .  I watched the sunset at this place, which was amazing. I think it was one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen.

The weather on this day was sooo good, so I decided to put on, as optimistic as I am, a skirt. However, I didn’t want to be underdressed so  I combined it with one of my favourite sweaters. Still, at the bunkers it was quite cold, but well, we gotta survive don’t we?

The next day I went to Lloret de Mar, because I had a fieldtrip of uni in that place. It was fun to see everyone again in another place than the Netherlands. We actually didn’t really do anything in Lloret than the usual. Our fieldtrip included other things such as a tour through the Costa Brava, visiting Girona, doing research in Besalú and of course, visiting Barcelona. On the first day we went on a bus tour through the Costa Brava, with various stops in different places. For example, we visited a cheesery and visited the lake of Banyoles. Besides that, we visited small villages like Monells and Santa Pau. Luckily, the weather on this day was the worst since I have been in Spain.

On the second day we went to Girona. At first I only knew the city of its airport, but the old city centre is lovely. Additionally, some might know the city by Game of Thrones (I don’t watch it). At first we went to the University of Girona, where we had an interesting, but boring lecture about stakeholders in Spain. I think this was actually one of the first lectures I was attending to this year. After the lecture, we had a guided tour through the old city centre. Of course everyone was looking forward to go to the building and stairs of Game of Thrones. The city of Girona has next to its old city centre, a very modern part.

On the third day we visited a small winery and tasted wine there. The winery was so cute and the wine tasted so good. It was so rich of flavours and it smelled so good! After the wine tasting (yep in the morning) we went for lunch in a famous holiday destination called Roses or in Catalán, Rosas. We had lunch at the beach which was filled with palm trees. In the afternoon we visited the museum of Dalí. I have to say, Mr. Dalí was an interesting man. Our guide showed us the way he saw things which was so interesting. He really thought of things in a different, somewhat strange, way which was extraordinary. Every artwork he made had an underlying meaning.

The schedule for the next day was Besalú, a small village in Catalunya. The village had so much histrory which was beautiful to see. The streets were narrow, barely any cars were driving there and the hills within the village created a good atmosphere around the place. To get to the village, you had to cross an old bridge. For me the most beautiful part of the village was that there were barely any tourists around. I think tourism destroys the unique atmosphere a place has, but in this case it was still there.

On Friday, the last day of our fieldtrip we went to my favourite city again. First we had free time to do whatever we wanted, which was obviously shopping and going for lunch. Around 1PM we had a bike tour through the city, which was so lovely. On our bike we visited both houses of Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia, El Arc de Triompf, the beach and the old city. Although, I already visited all of those places, it was still fun to do. The rules for cycling are way different than in The Netherlands so sometimes I just felt that the police were after us. After the bike tour I went to my friends place again, and here I am, enjoying my last few days  in this beautiful, lovely city.

Day 2 and 3

When you think about Barcelona, a couple of things pop up in your mind, like the Sagrada Familia, the building of Gaudí, the Camp Nou stadium and Park Güell. Yesterday, we woke up at 1pm, we were actually in shock that it was already 1 o’clock. My friends roomie came to wake us up at 10am for a brunch, but who brunches at 10 in the morning?! Of course, we couldn’t get out of bed since we were clubbing at night and went to bed around 6..

Anyway, after we were all dressed up it was already 2.30. Luckily, my friend lives suuper close to the Sagrada Familia, which we planned on visiting that day. When we came there I was amazed by the building, it was so beautiful, but to be honest I thought they were done with renovating the building by now. We had late lunch at the park next to the Sagrada. Afterwards, we went to the back of the Sagrada to check the other park.

Besides the Sagrada, we visited the building of Gaudí. To be honest, I thought the building was rare, but I prefered the Sagrada cause it was way more beyond. We didn’t go inside in either of the buildings, that might be the reason that I prefered the Sagrada too. After visiting the building, we started shopping again (I still wanted the white bralette). And guess what, NOWHERE to be found.

Basically, our second day was pretty short. We went home after shopping and we were just chilling at home. Around midnight we decided that we wanted to go out and so we did. I was so surprised by how many promoters the city has, really it is insane.

On the third day, my friend and I were exhausted of the clubbing for 2 days. So obviously, we woke up late. I think it was about 3 o’clock when we got out of the house and had a late lunch. We had lunch in Flax & Kale, it was located close to the university. The place was so beautiful with a rooftop terrace. Moreover, the place is perfect for vegetarians. After lunch we were headed to the beach, because on this day the weather would be the best in the time I would be around. Of course, we were being huuuge optimists, wearing summer tops, but it was kinda cold. Later that day we went home to rest early, because we would visit a club at night again.

On Thursday I wore my Levi’s jeans with a casual off the shoulder top from a store I don’t remember to be honest. Moreover, I did an outfit change on the middle of the day. The second part of the day I wore a Zara outfit. Literally everything, except the jeans was from Zara. On Friday I wore my Blair Waldorf top from H&M with a Levi’s jeans too. I added converses to the outfit, because I didn’t bring flip-flops, but still wanted to feel the sand of the beach between my toes. I figured that they were the easiest. Oh and my sunglasses are from the Mango.

 

My first day in Barcelona

Have you ever visited Barcelona?

2 years ago, I visited the city with a friend of mine. However, it was just a day trip, so we weren’t really able to see the city like we would’ve wanted. Currently, my best friend Salma is doing her internship in Barcelona, and since I had to be in Lloret de Mar in a week anyways, I thought, why not visit her?

On Tuesday I planned my flight to Barcelona from Schiphol, at around 9.30 pm. I already knew this was a late flight, but I had to go to uni earlier that day. Besides, I wanted to get there ASAP, since the weather is way better there than in The Netherlands. I got out of class earlier than expected and went to the airport. At around 6, I got at the airport and went to the duty free part of Schiphol. Once there, I was really bored so I bought a book and read basically the entire time at the airport (I wanted to safe my battery to watch Riverdale on the plane). At the moment I wanted to go to the gate, it was still early but still, I saw that my flight had a delay of an hour. It basically pissed me off a lot, because I had to take the metro to my friends place, and since it was delayed I couldn’t be there on time. Anyway, I still went to the gate and there were tons of people already, waiting on the plane to departure. After like 5 minutes there was this woman who said the flight was delayed till 11.00 pm. I was soooo mad, but obviously there was nothing that you could do about it. Luckily, there was this girl who would be picked up by her cousin and they lived in a village near the city. She offered me that they would bring me home, which was soooo nice of them!! Finally, when i got at my friends place, it was about 2.30 am. I was so tired of the entire day that we went straight to bed.

The next day we had planned to visit the Arc de Triompf, which was closeby. The building was so beautiful and there were a lot of tourists around. We also visited Parc de la Ciutadella which was close to the Arc. The parc was lovely, with a beautiful building and a fountain. Beside that, we went to the city, because I wanted to find a white bralette, like a beautiful one. It was so hard to find, I mean that had those odd colors, but didn’t have white. How could you not sell a white bralette??? Still, I haven’t find the right one.. Anyway, we visited a market in the city, where I bought my first dragon fruit ever. To be honest, I think it tastes like kiwi. Later on, we visited the harbor, (El Gòtic). Where we went shopping more on and after that we left to the house and went out clubbing with my friends roomies and friends.

Since the weather in Barcelona was really good, about 20 degrees, I just wore a T-shirt from Levi’s. With that, I wore my new hat which I bought 2 days before my travel, in a local fashion store in my hometown. The clutch is from mango, and the skirt is from H&M. I’ve had both of them for ages, but I still love them. The shoes I wore are from Puma. Of course, I didn’t wear these clothes to the club at night.