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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 26th 2010

...Continued from the first blog. Recoleta and Palermo I spent the day exploring both barrios. I went to the Recoleta cemetery. The cemetery is very impressive although surreal. A lot of Argentine famous people are buried here including Evita. It was Evita's resting place I wanted to see. I began learning about Evita and how she became a national idol from watching Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical both on movie and on stage. I would imagine the interest would be generated from people seeing the musical. I hope to visit the Evita museum at the back end of the trip because I ran out of time and had to take things easier because of the heat! I spent an afternoon at the Jardin Japones via getting lost and hot in one of Palermo´s many parks nearby! I ... read more
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Recoleta Cemetery

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 23rd 2010

I decided to split my Buenos Aires stay into two blogs after doing and seeing so much during the four days I had there. After a very long and uneventful flight, I arrived to a hot and sunny Buenos Aires admist chaos at the airport. I eventually was transferred to my hostel near San Telmo although I had to hang around until my room was ready. However, while waiting, I had an opportunity to do some exploration in the barrio and get used to using the subte (metro) for the first time. Mission accomplished! After going to an ATM to get some money, I was able to settle in my room and after the first day, I was ready for some action! Centro I visited the Plaza de Mayo. The square is renowned for its political ... read more
Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo
La Cathedral Metropolitana
The Old & the New

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 17th 2010

The day I had for Edinburgh, I decided to join a free walking tour of the city. Joining the tour entitles you to a free upgrade to a large coffee at Starbucks, which I happily did!!! Handy for a cold day! Seth, the tour guide, took us around the old town where he explained Edinburgh's and Scotland's history in an interesting and interactive way! We took in the Royal Mile, St Gile's Cathedral, Mercat Cross, The Writers Museum (Got to know about the famous Scottish writers, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns. There is a big birthday celebration for Burns on 25th January. It is a big thing Scotland and at my local Tesco, it seems!), Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard (Cemetery) and Greyfriars Bobby. We also learnt about the Stone of Destiny at the ... read more
Northern (Edinburgh) Lights
David Hume
Bank of Scotland

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban January 16th 2010

Despite the recent problems with the snow, I wondered if I would make it up to Scotland for the weekend. Despite slight train delays from Leeds and from my connecting train from York to Edinburgh, there were no problems! On arrival to the hostel, I saw a travel company advertising day tours to the Highlands. I had originally planned just to stay in Edinburgh and sightsee in the city. However, I decided to take the opportunity to do a tour. I think spontaneity can be a good thing in your life sometimes. I was not too concerned about missing a day's sightseeing in the Capital as I have visited the city many times. I think I did the right thing. Julia, a traveller from Brazil and from my dorm, was planning to go on the Loch ... read more
Luss, Loch Lomond
'Rest and Be Thankful' Pass
Loch Fyne

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds January 5th 2010

Reflection This is a time where I like to reflect on my travels past and present. 2009 was a good year even if I just visited two countries, France and Spain. It did feel strange not travelling out of Europe but it was just a good thing to stay in my home continent for a change. However, 2010 is going to be different! This month, thanks to big rebate, I’m returning to Argentina for a holiday visiting Buenos Aires and the glaciers in the South. In April, my parents are taking me on my first cruise around Eastern Mediterranean where I hope to see Greece, Italy and Croatia. I also plan to fit in a trip to Paris in the summer. My main trip for 2010, hopefully at the end of November or beginning of December, ... read more
Winter at home!
Winter at home!
Winter at work!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 4th 2010

I recently spent a weekend in London and Dartford. The purpose of the trip was going to Nicki's and Corey's engagement party in Dartford. However, I had some opportunity to do some sightseeing in London and had a leisurely lunch at Leicester Square where I was given another pizza because it was not hot even if I did not mind too much - but they insisted!!! The Monument I learnt The Monument is renowned for 'Great Views, Great Climb and Great History'. I found this to be true especially the 'Great Climb'!!! I had to cilmb up 311 steps (or 48.5 metres) to reach the top. The climb was worthwhile for the views of the River Thames and the city skyline. I received a certificate to prove my ascent to the top! The Monument commenerates 1666's ... read more
The Tower Bridge
Nicki & Corey
The Monument

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 29th 2009

It was great being back in Paris after having a wonderful stay in July. This time, I spent three nights in a wonderful hotel, Hotel De L'Europe. I got a good deal for a single room, ensuite, with breakfast included via Hostelworld. For Paris standards, it was good value for money and it was near Gard du Nord where I can take to metro to the main sights and attractions. In my current university studies, I recently studied about the French Revolution and currently studying about Napoleon so I was particularly looking forward to appreciating the city's history even more. Reliving the 'Revolution' Conciergerie I visited the Conciergerie, part of the Palais de la Cite complex, on the Ile de la Cite. The Conciergerie became a prison from the 14th Century and famed for ho... read more
Robespierre
Versailles
The Conciergerie

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City November 20th 2009

I tend not to blog about my UK travels. However, I feel it would be a good idea to share my travels home as well as abroad. Besides, I hope my travels at home will give ideas for travellers who are planning to visit the UK. I recently spent a couple of days in London. Although I have been to London many times, I am still fascinated with the capital and there is so much to see and do! I remember this quote, 'If you're tired of London, you're tired of life!' I think for me, this could be very true!! Sir John Soane Museum I am going to be studying about Sir John Soane, a Georgian architect, on my current humanities course. I wanted to visit the museum as part of my study preparation. It ... read more
The West Front and Towers
Paternoster Square & Monument
12 o'clock!

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante September 8th 2009

Sightseeing Highlights from my stay in Alicante Alicante One afternoon, we went downtown to Alicante. Alicante is the gateway to Costa Blanca and its popular beach resorts including Benidorm, Altea and Santa Pola. Me not being a big beach fan, I was not worried visiting the resorts where many travellers flock to. It was very hot exploring Alicante and we took a couple of breaks for drinks and icecream. We explored the old town (El Barrio) including Santa Maria Basilica and we saw some interesting historical buildings. We wandered along the Explanada de Espana where I tried a Horchata, at one of the many cafes, and is a Valencian cold drink made by grand tiger nuts and semi frozen milk. It has an acquired taste but refreshing. Passing Postiguet beach, we got the lift up to ... read more
Tabarca Island
El Palmeral
Castillo Santa Barbara

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante September 6th 2009

With my end of course assessment looming for my beginners' Spanish course, I wanted to consolidate what I learnt so far. This gave me an opportunity to travel to Alicante where Spanish Intensives run one week courses at different levels for students during the summer. I signed up for a beginners course (starting on the 29th August 2009) and hoped this would give me the confidence for the assessment. We had 4.5 hours of Spanish classes each day. There were 15 of us and we were split into two groups. I was in the "advanced" class and some others joined us from the other group during the week. We did a variety of activities in class which was good for developing confidence in speaking and writing skills. The classes were an interesting experience and I learnt ... read more
At the Residencia
Before my 1st Class
Those in my class




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