This week, I was lucky enough to visit a new city in a new country; Lisbon. The original plan for my first holiday of the year had been a trip to Amsterdam (finally) but owing to the nature of booking so late and during peak holiday season it was a little out of my price range so Amsterdam is just going to have to wait for me a little longer. However, all was not lost as myself and my friend, Yvie, landed on Lisbon as a place we both wanted to visit so at the end of last month we booked ourselves flights and an Airbnb for a little 5 day holiday. Continue reading Lisbon: A strange but endearing city
Before Barcelona there was York. York was the city I chose to spend my university years in; big enough to meet plenty of new people and small enough to still feel connected to everyone. I met people who have become beyond important to me and I got to enjoy living in one of the most historic cities in the UK. As I created this blog post-York, I’ve never had a chance to talk about some of my favourite places to visit in the city and as I plan on going back for about little visit in the near future now seemed like a good time for this post. So, here are my top recommended spots in York! Continue reading A York Appreciation Post
When I had just moved to Barcelona back in October an event was suggested to me on Facebook – Short Cut Cine & Jägermeister presents Short Films Barcelona. I was already intrigued and then I read the description for the event, which promised free Jäger and short films in a variety of languages. This was something that instantly appealed to me as it was a chance to see shorts that I wouldn’t normally get a chance to and also maybe I would get chatting to a few people. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the event because I was teaching training on the night so I promised myself that I would go next month. Well, as you can tell by the fact that I am writing about the film night now it’s pretty obvious that I didn’t get to actually go for quite sometime. Continue reading Short Cut Cine’s Film Night
This week, I was lucky enough to have my parents fly over for a two-day visit in which we managed to pack in a trip to Sagrada Familia, the Botanic Gardens and Sitges! When I first arrived in Barcelona I was told by the person who helped me get from the airport to my accomodation to visit Sitges but for some reason or another I kept putting it off in favour of doing things inside the city or for visits to Monserrat, Montpellier and Munich (posts about all three can be found here). The idea to visit Sitges with my parents came about quite serendipidoulsy as my Mum was told by a friend that Sitges was a nice town and after she accidently posted about it on my Facebook thinking it was a private message I thought a little trip out whilst they were here was a no-brainer.
The Box is a place that we had been planning to visit for over two months but for some reason we kept getting the idea to go on the one day a week it is closed (Monday*) and then promptly forgetting until the next Monday. Anyway, after completing this weird cycle for weeks we finally made it to The Box for a few farewell drinks as Colin is sadly leaving us to return to the States. The Box turned out to be a great choice for this kind of affair as the bar is very small – hence the name – and has a very friendly, cost environment that makes it great for catching up with friends. You’ll have to get there at a semi-reasonable time at the weekend I expect to get a seat as we were there on a Thursday and by 10pm there were no seats left.
Calling my week simply hectic would be an understatement for sure. This week I taught my first intensive class and my first business class, which involved spending 6 hours a day in an office with only one person for five days and to top it off I had to commute for an hour outside the city meaning my alarm was set for 5.45am every morning. At this juncture, I would like to point out that spending this much time with one person as a TEFL teacher is unlikely but this student needed to improve their English quickly. As well as this intensive class, I still had my regular evening classes that last between 1-1.5 hours every evening meaning that I would spend all my free time each day getting ready for those and then not get home until about 8. But enough about this, what I really want to talk about is the cosy brunch place we visited yesterday afternoon; Milk.
Last year I spent Halloween in York hosting a house party dressed as the infamous “French Spider“, which went down a treat and this year, well I put a lot less effort into my run-of-the-mill vampire costume for Saturday’s all nighter at Safari. I am also not exactly doing anything with my Halloween night except for what I am doing right now – hanging out at Espai de Gats. Barcelona’s very own cat cafe and the first that I have had to the pleasure of visiting. I actually visited the cafe for the first time a few days ago and couldn’t resist coming back for the Halloween party that gives you the opportunity to win 10 free entries upon admittance as well as a drink and a snack. I couldn’t pass up that chance.