• Travel,  Travel Philosophy

    Confessions Of An Introverted Traveller

    Travel is usually seen as something joyful and happy… And it is… I personally love it. And I love meeting new people, visiting and discovering new places. I am so thankful to have been able to travel as much as I have.  But I’ve got something to confess… I am also an introverted person. I feel exhausted if I talk with people for too long and if don’t have time for myself, I will become really serious and not fun to be around.  When travelling, I often feel the pressure of going out and visiting all there is to visit in a place. It feels like if you’re not doing…

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    Be a Tourist in Your Own City

    Nowadays, it’s easy to get caught up in other people’s Instagram pictures and their life. Social media can be a blessing to keep in touch with family and friends who live far away from us, but also a curse if we compare our lives to strangers who seem to be continuously on vacation. Sure you can think “I’m going to get off social media and only focus on my life”, but we are human. It’s normal to have these feelings of wanting what other people have, specially if it looks as cool as being one day in Rome and the next in Thailand. What has helped me it’s to be…

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    Side effects of travelling

    “Oh, I don’t do that anymore, because when I was in X country #1…” “Oh, in X country #2 I found this thing that…” “In X country #3, things are way better…”(*read with annoying posh voice”)  If you are anything like me, the above sentences would make you roll your eyes so hard it hurt. Or at least judge in a “selfie from below” angle the person saying those things. I used to be from the judging team. But I’m afraid I have slightly converted (hopefully I am not that posh/annoying) into one of those people now.  This past year I have been travelling quite a lot, and first of…

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    Solo travelling

    Isn’t it scary? It’s not my worst nightmare, to be honest… Don’t you get bored? No, my own company is delightful. How do you do it? I have already explained in this post. But I simply pack my bags and I’m on my way. I just couldn’t… Well… ¡surprise! You don’t have to. More than 7 years ago my dream of going to Taiwan to learn Chinese started to take form. While studying Translation and Interpretation at university, I had the chance to learn Chinese. I loved the language and its history and culture have always been fascinating for me. I also discovered Taiwan. I started to watch Taiwanese TV…

  • 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…

  • Taiwan,  Travel

    Newbie in Taiwan?

    Money: New Taiwanese Dollars is the current currency. What I did was to take out cash (enough for a month) from an ATM at the airport with my Revolut card. I find it very useful when travelling, specially in Europe. It is a banking app based in the UK that allows you to have accounts for 24 currencies (at the moment) AND exchange money between these accounts without any fees. It does not have NTD, but it allows you to extract certain amount of money without any fee. If you are interested, you can check it out clicking here. Easy Card: This magnetic card will save you time and money…

  • Taiwan,  Travel

    Aboriginal Culture in Taiwan

    This is a topic I find fascinating, so I thought I would share what I know and what I’ve discovered. I’ve done some research online and but I also hace been to museums and asked people.  Years before any other civilisation went to Taiwan, there were Austronesian tribes already living there. They had their own linguistic and genetic from Polynesian groups and people from the Philippines. Throughout Taiwan’s complicated history, the many different aboriginal tribes and groups have been slowly homogenised. To different degrees, they have been assimilated with Chinese culture and other colonial countries (most notably Holland, Portugal, France and Spain). Right now, 14 tribes are recognised and they…