A short and sweet encounter in Roma

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I miss my sisters already!!! Here is a photo of us basking in the Roman sunset while looking over the beautiful view of Rome. It never disappoints me to visit a city for a second time mostly because of the new places I got to discover such as Trastevere, which is the not-so-touristy area of Rome. Narrow cobbled alleyways, cute shops and old buildings – check! This visit was even better because I got to see my sisters whom I’m haven’t seen for 4 months, except on Skype video chats. I really wish I got to spend more time with them 😦

Cheers to Roma, to Italia and to all the pasta, gelato, wine that we consumed. See you both in 9 weeks!! ❤

Basking in the Roman sunset

Basking in the Roman sunset

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Travel bug is back.

It’s almost two months since my last post which means I’m lazy but I should not give up on this blog. So many things had happened since then. It consisted mainly of work, travel, more work and more travel. It wasn’t like that back in September. I got a bit scared when I didn’t do much traveling in my first two months in Germany. I think the reason behind it was I was still settling in and adjusting to a new work and life schedule in a new city. So I decided to do a 5-weekend back to back traveling to get my travel bug going again. Some people probably thought I was crazy. I thought I was crazy to do that as well. After long hours in the car, train, bus and plane, I would never forget these trips mainly because I learned two things:

1. Never hesitate to go back to a place for the second time. The second time will just be as good as the first one or even better. The first time I go to a new city, I tend to do all the tourist stuff. I learned that going to the same place the second time around, I can enjoy the city like a local.

2. Traveling doesn’t have to be stressful and always go, go, go. Learning to relax and to just go with the flow is sometimes the best way to explore the city.

So here it is, from Munich to Cologne to Manchester to Berlin to Prague – 5 weekends of back to back traveling and it had made me miss Nuremberg and my bed so much. Here are my favorite moments during my time away:

Munich – Discovered how beautiful Bavaria is and finally visited Neuschwanstein aka Disney Castle!!

Gorgeous.

Eeek Disney Castle!!

Cologne – Mick Flannery concert and Ibis Budget Hotel. I wish I took a photo of our room in Ibis Budget. It’s unbelievable. You have to see it to believe why it is a “budget” hotel. Ooh disco shower 😉

My flatmate loves Mick Flannery

Oh Rhine River ❤

Manchester – Time to reminisce the good times. Being back in Manchester was so good. First of all, it was good to be in an English-speaking country. Second, it was good to be back in the city where one of the most important parts of my life began.

Can’t even describe how happy I was to see these people ❤

Time to catch up with this lovely lady 🙂

and I found the best store in the world right in Manchester Airport…LONELY PLANET SHOP!

Berlin – Food, food, food and assisting Raissa to YOLO.

This view never gets old

Had the best time in Berlin with this girl ❤

Prague – Catch up time with an old friend in this beautiful city.

Praha ❤

Catching up with an old friend is always good.

I leave you with a Thought Catalog post a close friend of mine sent me. It definitely got my heart racing and reaffirmed me how much traveling means so much to me. It’s not just saying “Oh, I’ve been to this place and that place and it’s off my bucket list”. It’s more about discovering and appreciating the city and its people. I love points 5 & 6. Traveling is definitely one of the most fruitful investments of my life. It continues to help me find myself and to trust Him when I go wandering all over this world.

Lively Nuremberg

One quick post before the start of another week. Today was Week 8 in Nuremberg and so many things had happened for the past several weeks. The city had been lively with different events going on such as:

Radrennen – Bike race around Old Town taken from outside my window

Close up view of the bike race

Trempelmarkt – Germany’s biggest flea market 

And my most favorite of all…

Nuremberg’s Alstadfest (Old Town Festival)!

Beer gardens

Eating their Bavarian food

Candy and sweets stall

Nightly live concert – we caught the Bee Gees and ABBA night

Enjoying Red beer and Hugo in one of the tents

Altstadfest is a great warm-up before the biggest beer festival of all, Oktoberfest this coming Sunday. Can’t wait until the girls (Raissa and Diana) come over to Nuremberg!! What a perfect time as I got the homesick pangs today and it will be great to see some familiar faces from home. Looking forward to this week. Auf Wiedersehen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to explore this city like a tourist

As most of my friends are out of the country doing their grad trips, I’m kinda sad that I’m not off somewhere to travel too. But, a friend of mine has suggested, instead of thinking I could be in Asia, Europe or South America, why don’t I explore my country, in particular my province, British Columbia, The Best Place on Earth! I have decided to take on this challenge and found a list through Inside Vancouver on 125 Things to Do in Vancouver. The list can be seen below (some of them require a bike and I can’t bike so I would have to improvise) and I will cross them off when I have done them. I only have two months (May and June) and the goal is to do as much as I can. Please leave a comment below if there is something that I MUST do/eat/experience that is not in this list. I will also write blog posts of the things that I have done and share how it is like. Here’s to May and June! Time to explore this city like a tourist.

  1. Ski in the morning and spend the afternoon on the water
  2. Hike the Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain  Done: Summer 2011
  3. Walk along the sea wall at Stanley Park Done: Summer 2011
  4. Eat at all the amazing restaurants (this is ongoing…lol)
  5. Shop on Robson Street (window shop counts right?)
  6. Visit Granville Island
  7. Mountain bike on world-renowned trails surrounding Vancouver
  8. Yoga at Vanier Park
  9. The breakfast buffet atop the revolving restaurant at the Empire Landmark Hotel
  10. Visit Crab Park, the downtown secret
  11. Early evening BBQ picnic on Third Beach
  12. Sip Wine at a Yaletown Patio
  13. Go to the Vancouver Aquarium  Done: sometime in high school
  14. Run in the Vancouver Sun Run Done: Grade 10 and in costume
  15. Watch the fishers and crabbers at Jericho Beach
  16. Ride a bike through Stanley Park
  17. Stroll around Steveston Done: Summer 2011
  18. People watch on Granville street downtown Done: everytime I’m there
  19. Take the Seabus over to Lonsdale Quay for lunch Done: May 2012
  20. Ice cream cones at Prospect Point (Stanley Park)
  21. Take the Aquabus to stop, shop and eat along the way: Granville Island, Hornby Street, Stamps Landing, Yaletown
  22. Kayak in Deep Cove in North Vancouver
  23. Take a hike on the Baden Powell trail
  24. Explore the Museum of Anthropology at UBC
  25. Explore the Pacific Spirit Regional Park
  26. Have an espresso on Commercial Drive
  27. Catch the improv show with Vancouver Theatre Sports (Granville Island)
  28. Skim board at Spanish Banks
  29. Relax at English Bay
  30. Take your dog for a walk in Vanier Park and watch the boats
  31. Take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island
  32. Sit on the patio or inside by the window at Carderos Restaurant
  33. Walk through the Nitobe Garden on a nice sunny day
  34. Watch the buskers at Granville Island
  35. Bright Nights train ride at Stanley Park
  36. Van Dusen Botanical Gardens for the annual Festival of Lights Done: Christmas 2007
  37. Enjoy fresh sashimi and sushi (all day err day)
  38. Walk across the Burrard Bridge on a sunny day
  39. Run around Burnaby Lake
  40. Watch the Celebration of Light fireworks at English Bay
  41. Swim at Kits Pool in the summer
  42. Have a picnic at Kits beach
  43. Shop at the unique shops on Main Street
  44. Pitch and Putt in Queen Elizabeth Park
  45. Hike around Lynn Canyon
  46. Hike Hollyburn Mountain at Mount Cypress
  47. Walk on the West Vancouver Seawalk
  48. Sit by a log at English Bay and watch the sunset
  49. See the animals at Maple Wood Farms in North Vancouver
  50. Check out the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Done: Summer 2012
  51. Spend a sunny afternoon at Ambleside Park
  52. Rent a cruiser (bike) in Yaletown and go cycling around False Creek
  53. Grab some take out fish n’ chips in White Rock. Stroll the sandy beach in your barefeet and take in the scenery
  54. Dine Out Vancouver annual restaurant festival Done: every year
  55. Walk around Lost Lagoon and feed all the birds
  56. Beach volleyball at Kits beach and Spanish Banks Done: Summer 2009
  57. Dine on the patio at Bridges Restaurant
  58. Salmon Festival at Steveston Village Done: Canada Day 2009
  59. Explore the Chinatown Night Market
  60. Soak up the sun at Wreck Beach
  61. The Mountain Ziplines on Grouse Mountain
  62. Listen to jazz at Granville Island during the Jazz Festival
  63. Visit the breweries and do some sampling. Granville Island Brewery… Yaletown Brewery… Howe Sound…
  64. Stand up paddling! Cheap rentals in Deep cove or Jericho beach
  65. Double features and Saturday matinees at the Hollywood Theatre on West Broadway in Kitsilano
  66. Skate at Robson Square
  67. Go for dim sum in Chinatown
  68. Science World Done: Summer 2010
  69. Go for ice cream at La Casa Gelato
  70. Step into the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  71. Fly over the snow-capped peaks of the North Shore
  72. Skate at the Richmond Olympic Oval
  73. Tour the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond
  74. Dance in the streets of Gastown during Jazz Fest
  75. Walk around downtown after a Canucks win (have to wait for this again next season)
  76. Shop at Metrotown
  77. Whale-watching out on the water
  78. Get fresh food at the Farmers Markets in the summer
  79. Hike up to Quarry Rocks in Deep Cove
  80. Spend an afternoon relaxing at David Lam Park
  81. Take the Rocky Mountaineer train through West Vancouver and along Howe Sound on the way up to Whistler
  82. Walk along Acadia beach between Spanish Banks Extension and Wreck beach. Quiet, walkable, rugged, beautiful
  83. Spend the day walking around Coal Harbour
  84. Watch a Canucks game at Rogers Arena Done: saw 2 games and they lost in both
  85. Climb the giant rock and explore the shoreline of Whytecliff Park West Vancouver
  86. Have the Beluga Experience at the Aquarium.
  87. Explore the many unique galleries and antique stores on South Granville’s famous Gallery Row
  88. Take your kids to the huge waterpark on Granville Island right outside the Kids Market
  89. Explore the Steamclock and the funky restaurants in Gastown
  90. Bike the Seawall from Coal Harbour all the way to Granville Island
  91. Explore the Punjabi Market
  92. Taste all the great food at the Richmond Summer Night Market Done: Summer 2011 
  93. Watch the various film crews around town (UBC has so many of these)
  94. Watch a live concert at the Commodore Ballroom
  95. Bike downtown in the new bike lanes
  96. Wine tasting during the International Wine Festival
  97. Watch the streets come alive during the Pride Parade
  98. Catch a movie during the Vancouver International Film Festival
  99. See a unique show during the Vancouver Fringe Festival
  100. Visit the 2010 Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza Done: Christmas 2011
  101. Take a day trip to Whistler along the Sea-to-Sky highway
  102. Watch the sea planes and cruise ships come and go from Coal Harbour
  103. Take in a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game
  104. Take in BC Lions football game
  105. Check out all the cherry blossoms in the springtime (UBC and outside our house)
  106. Ice skate atop Grouse Mountain
  107. Explore the new Athlete’s Village neighbourhood along False Creek
  108. The Pink Floyd Laser show at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  109. Explore the city on the Vancouver Trolley
  110. Scuba dive at Whytecliff Park
  111. Explore Horseshoe Bay by boat
  112. Snowshoe + Fondue tour up at Grouse or Cypress Mountain
  113. Hang out in the huge glass bubble at Bloedel Floral Conservatory – one of the largest domed greenhouses in the world and home to hundreds of exotic plants and birds
  114. Have a picnic at Lighthouse Park amongst Douglas firs and eagles’ nests
  115. Find out the darker side of the city’s history at the Vancouver Police Museum or do their Sin City tour around Gastown/Chinatown
  116. Be out in the street and be a part of the summer festivals! Italian Day, Caribbean Days, Commercial Drive Car Free Day.. the list goes on
  117. Cheer on the Vancouver Canadians at a game of baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium
  118. Watch the Super Dogs show, gorg on carnival food, go on rides and experience the atmosphere of the PNE Done: every August! I’m sad I’m missing it this year.
  119. Take a culinary walking tour of Granville Island
  120. Go for dim sum brunch at a huge array of great Chinese restaurants in Richmond (every time)
  121. Eat poutine at La Belle Patate and wash it down at a bar with a spicy Caesar
  122. Finish work and be night boarding up on Grouse Mountain in less than 30 minutes after quitting time
  123. Hang out with the racoons in Stanley Park (if you find their secret place, you could be there for hours!)
  124. Head to Main Street for dinner and drinks
  125. Take a day trip on BC Ferries over to the island to visit Victoria