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Barcelona – The Eateries

I apologize for missing in action on this blog lately! One of my resolutions for 2018 was to post more regularly on this blog, but I’ve already fallen behind. January was just a lot to handle. A death in the family led to an impromptu trans-Atlantic trip back home. Work was chaotic as well, a long with a myriad of other excuses I could use. Finally, I do have a head start on a number of posts I have been meaning to write out with all the time lulls that accompany travel! While this blog has exclusively been skincare related over the years, I had the realization last year that it is still my personal blog & I would like to include more aspects of my life. I am going on my third year of living abroad & working remotely, which has allowed me to travel more & I want to document my individual experience. So to initiate this new aspect of my blog, I wanted to start with the gastro-tour of a recent trip …

Most Awkward Travel Moments of 2017

I gathered some inspiration from Traveling the World Solo, collecting small memories from the last year that either make me cringe in embarrassment or chuckle at the uncomfortable situation. Seville, Spain – Secret Dates You Do Not Know You Are On My flight to Seville was delayed so I ran through the streets like a starving mad woman just as siesta was beginning, hoping to find an open tapas bar. I managed to stumble upon one, which has been some of the best tapas I have ever gotten to sample. The owner & his son are foreign immigrants to the area. The father was a chatty older fellow, he came to sit with me at the bar to talk about travels & let me try some free samples of other menu items I did not order. His son was my age, fulfilling every stereotype of the entitled millennial brat. The son had a greasy man bun, his nose buried in his iPhone the few hours I was there. I appreciated the father’s company though, I always …

World Wide WiFi: A Practical Guide to Remote Work in Western Europe

This guide is a brief compilation of everything related to internet connectivity & remote work in Western European that I wish I had known before moving across the Atlantic. Some of the highlights include public wifi accessibility, where to find sim cards & possible resolution to connectivity issues you may encounter. A Few Helpful WiFi Tools A common theme to my remote nomad background is I am not a tech person nor I work in tech, so my connection needs are not nearly as refined as someone that works in software engineering or graphic design. I do not categorize myself as a fair judge of “good” WiFi, but I have a few connectivity recommendations that would be part of my “Digital Nomad Starter Pack” to all remote workers. The Speed Test Strong & reliable WiFi is a requirement for nearly anyone working in the our current era, but our online requirements vary. A quick way to determine if a WiFi location will be sufficient for your work day is with this website. Speed Test allows a …

Vienna, Austria: Alternative Sight-Seeing Guide pt. II / II

Welcome back to our sightseeing fright fest in Vienna, Austria! This is a continuation of the alternative walking tour of the city; where we will cover the rest of the walk into Viennese darkness & discuss some other spooky destinations within Vienna’s city-limits. The 1st part covers transportation to all of the sites & the 1st half of the walking tour, otherwise here is a brief summary of the sites covered in the first-half of the walking tour: Monument of Gerard van Swieten, the Austrian Vampire Hunter Haunted Hofburg Palace Manor of Elizabeth Bathory, murderous & bloodthirsty Hungarian countess Augustin Church, housed the monks that bore witness to Bathory’s heinous crimes Imperial Crypt for the Hofburg family Memorial Against War & Fascism in Albertinaplatz Also included is a brief synopsis of the 18th century vampirism hysteria in Austria & the accused vampire within the royal family. The Walking Tour [Continued] We took a quick break at Albertinaplatz to eat lunch, satisfy a caffeine craving & maybe take in some culture at the renowned art museum. We will continue on foot towards a small, …

Vienna, Austria: Alternative Sight-Seeing Guide pt. I / II

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…   Unfortunately my favorite hybrid Christian-Pagan holiday & pumpkin spice lattes are not as popular in Western Europe, but my American heart wanted to partake in the October festivities by sharing a slightly macabre hobby of mine. I am not one for tour groups so I enjoy making my own walking guides of cities. This is not the typical walking tour you would find in a Rick Steve’s novel; but alternative urban sites that encompass the bloodshed, loss, war & allegedly haunted histories of the land. I recently did a 6 month stint in Austria so I thought I would share my Vienna walking guide! This little walking tour can easily be done in a half day or a little more depending if you want to visit any museums or see any of the additional excursions outside city limits included on my map. I will include all the urban legends & historical references as well if you are in the mood for a ghost story! Vienna: The Map & …