• Coffee,  Coffee Shops Around the World

    Coffee of the Day: London

    I discovered the huge world of coffee accidentally while working in London. I am aware of how many more coffee shops there are in London, but these are the ones I enjoyed in my time in London. Taylor Street Baristas Bank, Monument, St. Paul’s, Chancery Lane, New Street, Shoreditch, Mayfair, Canary Wharf I started working in specialty coffee in this Aussie coffee company, so they taught me almost everything I know about coffee. They have a very high level of knowledge and they train people really well. They have 4 different profiles of coffee that they roast, as well as a decaf coffee option and a house espresso which is…

  • Coffee,  Coffee Shops Around the World

    Coffee Of The Day: Madrid

    Ever since I started working in coffee, I have become that annoying friend who will only have a coffee in a specialty coffee shop. These are the ones I like the most in Madrid. Toma Café Calle de la Palma, 49, 28004 Madrid (Malasaña) It was the first specialty coffee shop in Madrid. I had the opportunity and privilege of working with the owners and it was a dream. They take a lot of care of each coffee they roast, as well as of the customers and the decor in both places they own. Boconó C/ de Embajadores 3, 28012, Madrid, España. (Lavapiés) A small coffee shop with simple yet cute…

  • Travel,  Vietnam

    Newbie in Vietnam?

    So… I booked a flight to Ho Chi Minh from Taiwan because it was cheaper to go through Vietnam and then back to Spain than it was to fly from Taiwan to Spain. However, it was not a backpacking adventure in South East Asia, it was a stop by destination for me. Bear in mind that I was carrying a carry-on suitcase with wheels and a small back-pack for my laptop and few more things. My clothes were for city-life in Taiwan and the weather was similar(ish). Spoiler alert: I was NOT ready or prepared. If you are planning to visit Vietnam, here’s a list of things I wish I…

  • Travel,  Vietnam

    Hanoi & Halong Bay

    I leave my luggage packed, I have breakfast and ask for a taxi to the airport. I find it hard to believe that I will be able to do the trip back to the airport in time, so I don’t risk it. After a short flight to Hanoi, the second biggest city in Vietnam at the north of the country, I arrive to the hostel in bus. This time the GPS on my phone is working, thank God and all the dragons in Taiwan. In reception, I ask about different day trips that you can do from Hanoi and I pay for one of them. Since there is a day in the middle, I try…

  • Travel,  Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh

    I land in the airport of former Saigon surrounded by Vietnamese people who put their feet up in the plane’s seats. Instant cultural shock, just after leaving Taiwan. After more than an hour waiting to go through passport control, I go out and see a few bus stops. In the airport’s website it said that two of them, were the ones that locals used, so there I went. A girl picked the money and the driver helped people with their luggage. The more we were into the city, the more horns we could hear and the more motorbikes we could see surrounding the bus. There were so many that the girl would take…

  • Coffee,  Coffee Shops Around the World

    Coffee Of The Day: Taipei

    Like the coffee snob that I am, here is the result of the coffee tourism I did in Taipei. Coffee Sweet No. 3, Alley 20, Lane 33, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491 I don’t know if it was my sleepy face, a jet lag effect, or the fact that Taiwanese people are just nice, but even though they did not have English menu, the waitress asked me “black” or “white”, I replied “flat white?” and she smiled and told me to sit. To be honest, when they brought me the coffee I was a bit unimpressed because it did not have latte art on top.…