Open Letter To My Body

If you guys are not following Quinn’s blog, you’re missing out. Seriously, THE BEST storyteller! Always entertaining!

When Do I Get The Manual?

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Dear Body,

I feel like you and I are not on the same wavelength these days, so I thought I’d write you a quick note. You know, just to check in.

We’ve had some communication issues this past while. Or maybe you’re mad at me? It really could be either. I know a steady diet of Honey Monster Puffs* and tea probably isn’t the best and most nutritious form of sustenance. Also I doubt my soft spot for chocolate peanuts is helping matters. Still, did you have to go and get a full-body common cold yesterday? Was that necessary? You know we have a wedding to attend tomorrow, and now we both feel awful. I really feel like you’re letting me down.

Also, what’s with the knee thing? You know I was excited by the idea of becoming one of those bouncy people you see on the street who never…

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This European capital has been on my to do list for far too long! So many cities, so little time.

A kitty cafe in Bali where the cats have a better life than the waitstaff! 🤔

Relaxing in Hvar

Amanda living large! Sounds like a perfect spot for both people-watching (one of my favorite pastimes) and for a bit of snorkeling in the clear, turquoise waters of the Adriatic!

Amanda Afield

Following our busy days travelling around Slovenia and Croatia, we opted for two nights of relaxation on the Dalmation island of Hvar. We arrived in the mid afternoon, after wrapping up our day on the Blue Cave tour, and started the trek upward to find our Airbnb apartment. This apartment is probably the best Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone staying on Hvar, as long as you don’t have an issue climbing the stairs from town. (If you haven’t used Airbnb yet, here’s a discount code for your first rental)


After soaking up the views from our terrace, we wandered to the smallest micro (nano?) brewery I’ve ever been to, Vunetovo Brewery.  The beer was pretty tasty, it was an adventure to find, you are literally drinking beer in the brewer’s back garden! (And she brought us cakes to eat with the…

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Split: More than just a transit hub

Amanda Afield

Split was initially included in our Slovenia and Croatia itinerary out of convenience. It’s the main transit point for ferries from the mainland to the islands and is a bustling city and port. But it’s also worth visiting in it’s own right. The ‘old town’ of the city is built within an ancient palace, Diocletian (the Roman emperor)’s retirement palace to be exact. The remains of the palace are full of ancient temples, tiny streets, hidden shops and restaurants and miniscule bars.


The waterfront is lively as well, with bars and restaurants lining the waterfront and boats hawking day trips to the many visible off shore. We had an awesome dinner at Bokeria, on the recommendation of Erin @ Oregon Girl Around the World. The food and wine were delicious, and the décor was fun as well. We followed that with a drink at Luxor, where you can…

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Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes

I can’t wait to experience Plitvice, one of Europe’s most beautiful national parks and a UNESCO world heritage site!

Amanda Afield

Plitvice Lakes are on pretty much every traveller’s Pinterest board, and top the lists of most beautiful places in Europe. They were one of our top reasons for wanting to go to Croatia, and they didn’t disappoint.


From Ljubljana, we caught a train to Zagreb, where we whiled away an afternoon before picking up a hire car and driving to our bed and breakfast just outside the national park. Zagreb is an interesting city, less touristy than Split or Dubrovnik but with enough sights to keep us entertained for a day. We walked through the main square, and paid a small fee for an elevator to take us to a roof level cafe overlooking the city.


We rode what is possibly the worlds shortest funicular up to the upper town, and saw the most beautiful church roof I’ve ever seen. We then spent an hour wandering the Museum of…

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Why You Shouldn’t Take Advice From Friends and Family

I love my friends and family, but sometimes they don't make it easy. You share your dream of living abroad and their first response is, "Why would you want to do that? Aren't you afraid of being a victim of violence?" Many of you have similar stories. It is quite common. Let's set the record …

An Almuñécar Summer – We Are Going Local!

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“Press This” VS “Reblog” on WordPress.com

Learn something new every day!

Luca Sartoni

A couple of days ago, at the Annual Bloggers Bash in London, during my Q&A, I got asked about the difference between “Press This” and “Reblog”. Here a more extensive answer.

Press This

Press This provides a lightning-fast way to grab text, images, or video from any website and post it to your blog. It works with WordPress.com sites and self-hosted WordPress sites.

Press This is a bookmarklet, a special piece of code, that is saved as a favorite in you browser’s bookmarks bar and allow to perform a quick action, with just a click.

Here you can find more information about Press This on WordPress.com. Here a more technical documentation about Press This on self-hosted WordPress sites.

Reblog

Reblog is a special feature of WordPress.com. Reblogging is a quick way to share posts published by other WordPress.com users on your own blog. To reblog a post, click…

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Snacking Galician Style at Atlántico Casa de Petiscos

It is posts like this that keep Valencia on my short list for an extended stay in Spain next year! Fresh and boundary-pushing takes on traditional Galician dishes! We love spicy food so this one is intriguing. Gorgeous photography, Julia! Let’s do this!

Julia Eats

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Few things make me happier than finding a new place to enjoy fresh, creative seafood. That’s why I’m so thrilled that Michelin-starred Chef Pepe Solla has selected Valencia for his latest venture, a beautifully designed restaurant showcasing Galician cuisine. When we saw Atlántico Casa de Petiscos opening in Valencia this February, I rushed to read about it and was immediately excited to give it a try.

Pepe Solla grew up in his family’s restaurant Casa Solla in Pontevedra, Galicia. One of the oldest restaurants in Spain, Casa Solla has maintained a Michelin star since 1980. Pepe Solla eventually took over the kitchen at Casa Solla. Just a few years ago, Solla opened two casual restaurants under the name Atlántico in Madrid. Atlántico Casa de Comidas first opened in 2015 serving traditional Galician food. Atlántico Casa de Petiscos opened a year later in Madrid.

Atlantico Case de Petiscos Valencia Spain

Petiscos means “snacks” and the concept is perfect for…

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