Spain in December (Salou to Tarragona)

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This post might not be very timely, but I still will share to you guys how Spain made a difference for my Christmas last year.

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I couldn’t be any happier celebrating the yuletide season away from England after my divorce has been granted. The wanderer in me yearned for a new place to start anew; away for a fortnight.

It wasn’t easy, to be honest after all I’ve been through.

Spain offered a sanctuary for me. It is a familiar place and felt kind of homely. Salou, my destination was still and quite, perfect place to think through things and rekindle my lost self. The place was by the sea- when it is summer it is full packed with tourist, but Christmas is the opposite. Everybody seemed to have moved to somewhere else. It looked deserted with few establishments open including some restaurants and local shops. Not many vehicles were on sight. You could actually walk in the middle of the road which I did one night after spending time at the beach.

December temperature in Salou ranges from 4 degrees Celsius to 13 degrees Celsius. Most of the time during my stay, it was sunny so going to the beach was a treat. When it was cold and windy, the Sauna  at the apartment cheered me up.

Nearby Salou is a city called Tarragona. After a quick research I decided to head to this place using the local bus transport. It took maybe an hour and a half to get  there. It was a bliss having seen what’s on the picture below. The place is a gift of the Mediterranean. There were more people than in Salou, being a bigger city and the capital of the province of the same name.

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A history fanatic that I am, I was more than delighted seeing the ruined roman amphitheater pictured below. Such a shame that I visited when it wasn’t open for public visit.

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What are of the best in Spain?

Guess!

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I was tempted to pick one of these oranges for myself. The trees are nicely planted in the middle of the road serving as a divider for motorists and pedestrians.

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Who wouldn’t love Spain for their hearty gastronomy? I enjoyed eating Churros with the thick and rich chocolate tandem. The best I have ever tasted.

Visiting Tarragona was a good decision indeed. If I had more time, I would have stayed for a couple more days. One  whole day was not enough to see all the attraction. It wasn’t the best time as well so there was not much to do after all. Definitely for next time!

Olives and local wine produce are also a must to try when in Spain. I am not a massive Olive fan so no picture to show you unfortunately.

I was once told by a friend to always order local wine when in a pub or restaurant as it is usually cheaper. A handy tip when in abroad or if budget conscious which is always true for me.

to be continued…

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Otley Chevin Forest Park

This is my first ever walk this year after a foot injury in November. Hurrah!

I shouldn’t be actually going for strenuous walk as my foot hasn’t fully recovered yet, but I was feeling depressed for being stagnant for two months. This new found hobby of mine ignites the fire in me. Being one with nature is almost my survival kit to a stressful city life. Thankfully, there are nearby parks to where I can escape; spend the day in the company of plants and animals.

It was my first time visiting Otley and of course like most other first times of mine, I got lost. For a small town to get lost in, one must be so bad at directions. That’s me!

My friend laughs at the thought of me going for a map reading course. It might sound really odd, but I have an inherent lack of spatial ability. It is a challenge that I am combating whenever I am on my own traveling especially in countryside were mobile signal is not very reliable.

But hey I am here writing about my walk so I did fine finding my way to the park and back to the bus station. =)

I actually thought it would be an easy walk. Not that easy as I imagined it to be because I was grasping for air when I arrived to the top of the hill via the stone stairs (bottom left in the picture).

As I struggle to breathe, my eyes were presented with this magnificent boulders up another level of the hill.

It would be a missed opportunity not to get curious and examine them.

The wind was blowing so hard at the site. I reckon it would take me away if I was a bit lighter. I sat down on one of the gigantic piece of rocks to look at the town of Otley from a far.

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I stayed for half an hour just looking at the view in the above picture. I took some pictures in close up look just like this one below:

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Although the sight was breath-taking my body had to give up. The weather got worst so I headed straight to the bus station.

 

 

Central Perk Cafe Liverpool

While I was browsing through my Facebook page yesterday, I came across a very exciting news about my all time favourite comedy series, Friends. The article says that there will be a reunion episode of the original cast of the comedy series that will air for two hours on NBC next month.

I can’t explain how happy I am.

Most Friends fanatics have been dying for years to make this comeback a reality. Wish granted folks!

Never mind Valentine’s day, my February is sorted. =)

Feeling Friendly? Do you want to experience sitting in the orange couch while sipping a nice cup of latte like Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe?  Visit this cafe in Liverpool just because they have two franchise in this city. One at Bold Street and the other at Hatton Garden.

 

 

 

 

Hebden Bridge Walks

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Yorkshire has a lot to offer when it comes to hiking or if you just fancy a short walk.

Two months ago, when the weather here in the North was still a resemblance of the typical British summer, I wandered off the valleys in Hebden Bridge. Unprepared I was, I just went to the train station, chose my destination randomly and bought a ticket. Fate picked Hebden Bridge.

To my surprise, I actually enjoyed going around the small town center. It is true of what they say about the place, very different indeed than most towns in the shire.

At HBD station just after you exited you will see this display.

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It is an overview guide and information for walkers and hikers alike for walks in Hebden Bridge.

I’ve done the first and the second one. The third one sounds a bit daunting for me as I am not an experienced walker. One day I’ll do that, but with company. I’m so bad at directions that sometimes I interchange right from left and vice versa.

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Hebden Bridge is vegetarian friendly. Greens Cafe is a place that I am certain you guys will like as much as I did.

The Hungarian Parliament at Night

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Hungary being my adopted country is very dear to my heart.  On that note, I make sure that every year a trip to its beautiful capital is on my list. In October this year, I did a short trip to Europe to visit friends and breathe from all the stress from work.

As expected, I did have a lot of fun catching up with friends and also sight-seeing. Budapest never fail to surprise me; my favourite part was going to the Parliament at night. It is already impressive during the day, but by night it is magical. The photo above does not justify how beautiful the building is.

In your next trip to Europe, do visit Budapest. You won’t regret it!

Last Weekend’s Steam Gala in Keighley

A weekend full of steam train stories…

I have always been a fan of trains since I was little. It is my favourite mode of transport especially traveling in Europe, where you can see breathtaking sceneries in the countrysides.

Last week’s day out was rather different as I was particularly interested in the steam trains which were showcased in that special weekend hosted for steam enthusiasts and curious tourists alike.

The feeling was beyond comprehension (exaggerating); maybe comparable to Harry P. and friends boarding the train to Hogwarts. =)