Sunday, May 22, 2016

Milano Beach


Hey there, are you all having a fantastic weekend! Mine is pretty great so far cause my mom came to visit me and my sister on Mallorca for a week. We spent every day at the beach and had family dinners and just a great time together. She'll leave tomorrow but I'm staying on the island until next Friday.
So last weekend I went to the beautiful beach bar Milano Beach in Muro with my girl Victoria who I hadn't seen since last October when I went to visit her in London where she lived for a couple of years. We had such a wonderful time sipping cocktails, chatting, laughing and just enjoying a relaxed afternoon by the beach. Milano Beach is a brand new classy, stylish bar and the perfect spot for a yummy drink with a great view. They serve delicious cocktails or detox drinks and also light snacks and food, you should definitely try the Milano Sunset or the Mojito de Coco, so good. Hope you like the pics and have a great Sunday! xo

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Costa Rica Diary - Last Stop San José


My dear readers, today you get to see some last Costa Rica photos. I hope you liked all the pics of our three-week trip through the country. Costa Rica is such a vast, marvelous country with so many different facets and beautiful places. I loved spending every day with my boyfriend exploring waterfalls, volcanos, forests, beaches, cities and much more. We had so many unforgettable moments together and really enjoyed our vacation. My wow moments were definitely swimming in waterfalls and hot springs and seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. Now more than ever I feel closer to mother nature and know how important it is to protect our beautiful earth and live consciously.

So here are some photos of San José, Costa Rica's capital. It's surely not the most beautiful city I've ever seen but has its own charm. We found a few cool corners with graffitis and also visited San José's most famous places like the National Theatre. We stayed at a hostel called Gran Imperial which is located right next to the colorful Mercado Central where you can literally buy anything from food and cosmetics to clothes and souvenirs. We spent an entire day walking around and exploring the city a little. It's really crowded and very commercial with loads of shops and restaurants. There are a lot of American places like KFC, Hooters, Starbucks and so on, which really surprised me. It's just a very touristy and loud city so we didn't mind staying only for two nights there before leaving Costa Rica.

Before ending my Costa Rica Diary I wanna leave you some tips. Who knows, maybe you got into the pura vida mood and already plan your Costa Rica trip ;-)
We flew with Iberia from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid and from there directly to San José. On the way back we had one more stop in El Salvador. We were pretty content with the airline, the flights were always on time and the service was fine.
Once we arrived in Costa Rica we took a bus from the airport to the centre of San José. There's a bus called Tuasa, that takes you for only $1 to the city, so don't worry about expensive cabs. We only stayed one night in the capital and took a public bus to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica the next morning. I got so many recommendations from friends who had been to the country before but I think we always chose right, all in all we visited ten different places and loved every single one. So after spending a couple of days on the Carribean coast we visited the middle part of the country where it's a little colder an where we explored the rainforests, volcanos and waterfalls. After that we spent the rest of our vacation on the Pacific coast, we loved the beaches there and of course the Manuel Antonio national park.
We never booked a hotel or hostel in advance. Once we arrived at some new place my boyfriend took a walk to check the hotels or hostels in the area and always found really good ones for reasonable prices. We always had a private room but if you travel alone or prefer low-cost you can get a dorm for like $10-$20 per night. Sometimes we had a private bathroom, if not we shared one with the other guests which was totally ok, the bathrooms were always clean and never crowded. Most of the time we didn't have hot water, which is very common in Costa Rica but honestly, with that heat I didn't mind a cold shower.
Most of the time we traveled by public bus which was perfectly fine and very cheap. If you plan on taking the public bus get ready for a hot ride, there's no air condition with about 40 degrees celsius outside, only open windows. I personally loved these buses because we met loads of backpackers there and also very nice Costa Rican people called Ticos. If you prefer a more comfortable and independent way of getting around you should definitely rent a car though.
We only took one bigger suitcase and two smaller backpacks with us which was totally ok. Since we only packed summer clothes we could take a lot of stuff. Make sure to take lots of sunblocker, mosquito spray and some really good hiking shoes or at least comfortable sneakers for the forests and national parks.
If you're intereted in animal photography make sure to take a  bigger lens with you. I used a 300mm lens which let me take fantastic photos of the monkeys, sloths and other animals that were far away or up in the trees.
Last but not least, we always paid in colones, the traditional Costa Rican currency, and never in dollars. You will notice that in dollars you pay more for food, souvenirs or rooms.
I hope these tips were helpful, if you plan on traveling to Costa Rica, don't hesitate to contact me :-)
So that's it, our unforgettable Costa Rica adventure is over, time flies way too fast. Next year my boyfriend will choose our destination for a longer trip, he mentioned Japan or China so we'll see where we'll end up. I really hope you liked all the photos and my personal stories.
Have a fabulous weekend, lots of kisses and pura vida!






















Monday, May 9, 2016

Costa Rica Diary - The Wonders of the Forest


Hey there, adventurers! Today you get to see loads of crazy monkeys, cute sloths and other fun animals that I met in Costa Rica. My boyfriend and I spent the last few days of our three-week trip in Manuel Antonio before heading back to the capital San José. We actually stayed one night in Quepos after leaving our pacific paradise Santa Teresa and before heading to Manuel Antonio. Quepos is a small busy town with lots of shops and restaurants and even though it's pretty authentic we didn't like it much, too busy and commercial for us. So after stopping there for a night we took a bus to Manuel Antonio the next morning.
We heard so many good things about the national park there that we just had to go see it. And we were not disappointed, it's the perfect place to experience the wonders of the forest - I've never seen so many wild animals in my life. My boyfriend and I loved the park and its tropical coast. Miguel spotted one sloth after the other and three of them carried around little babies which was my highlight! Baby sloths are sooo cute, I could've taken them all home. At least I got a few great shots of them. We also met loads of playful capuchin monkeys, funny little guys. They came super close and were just jumping up and down and curiously walking around our feet and cameras. It's amazing how they behave like humans, I couldn't stop watching them eating, playing and sleeping. Even their facial expressions are surprisingly human, I took so many pics of the monkeys looking annoyed or serious or smiling like a person. Then there were some howler and squirrel monkeys, coatis, racoons, tropical birds and lots of iguanas and insects.
The Manuel Antonio National Park is really beautiful, you can walk through the huge forest or just chilll at one of the park's idyllic beaches. It's about $16, well maintained and really easy to walk. After you enter the park you have to hike about 30 minutes to reach one of the beaches. But honestly, it's a pretty crowded park, there were moments when I felt like I was fighting with other photographers to get the best pic of a sloth, haha. However, it's what you make of it. My boyfriend and I didn't follow any groups, we took different routes where we rarely met more people and went to the beach later during the day to avoid the tourist crowds. It was crazy hot that day and we walked the entire park cause we wanted to see everything, thus we were done by the end of the day and just wanted to dip into the ocean. So we ended our jungle excursion with a bath and a few relaxing minutes at the beach before heading back to our hotel. What an adventurous day!























And now you get to see some more pics of Manuel Antonio, where we stayed one more day after visiting the national park. The village is located right next to the park and you can find loads of hotels, restaurants, shops and a huge beach there.My boyfriend and I spent our second day at the Playa Manuel Antonio and relaxing at our hotel which is called Costa Linda. It was one of the prettiest hotels we stayed at. Right next to the rooms there was a little garden with an outdoor shower, which I absolutely loved, and everything was decorated or painted, even the bathrooms. They alo had a great restaurant where we had a romantic dinner on our last night. Hope you like the pics!












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