Thursday, January 30, 2020

Weekend in Madrid

Hey my lovely readers, I hope you're having a fantastic first month of the year! Time always flies in January, don't you think so? Today I have a new post for you about the wonderful weekend my boyfriend and I spent in Madrid for his birthday at the beginning of the month. I will share some Madrid tips here with you guys, hope you'll like them!

How to spend a Weekend in Madrid

I've been living in Spain for three years now and have never been to its capital before, can you believe it? I have travelled through Madrid several times but have never left the airport so I was always longing to go and explore the city one day! And is there a more perfect reason to go visit the metropolis than for your boyfriend's birthday? I surprised Miguel with a spontaneous birthday trip on Thursday, telling him to pack some stuff for Friday night. We left late in the evening on Friday after work and didn't arrive at our hostel until midnight so we went right to bed. We stayed at Hostal Mendoza, in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the Gran Vía, La Puerta del Sol and other city hot spots. A friend had recommended the hostel and we were not disappointed. We loved the hostel's location, the spacious, modern room and the comfortable bed, and were very happy with the friendly and helpful service. It was the perfect accommodation for a short getaway. 

We spent two entire days in Madrid, Saturday and Sunday, and spent both days basically just walking around doing some sightseeing and trying delicious food in hip restaurants. To make this post a bit easier to read I will just list some things we've done and restaurants we've been to so you get a short overview:

What to see in Madrid

  • Gran Vía
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Palacio Real de Madrid, Almudena Cathedral and Campo del Moro Park
  • Templo de Debod
  • The neighborhoods of Malasaña, Chueca and La Latina
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • Palacio de Cibeles
  • El Retiro Park and Palacio de Cristal

Where to eat in Madrid

I hope you guys will be able to check out a few of these places when visiting Madrid, I can highly recommend them. I will definitely come back to the city to try more restaurants and see some galleries and museums. This time we only did sightseeing since it was my first trip to the capital but I'd surely love to get to know more hidden spots and cool corners of Madrid!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Hawaiian Vibes at Ola Poke Palma

Hello you guys, happy new year! I hope you all had a great start of 2020. My first few weeks of this year have been pretty relaxed but also exciting. I spent a beautiful weekend with my boyfriend in Madrid for his birthday (post coming soon) and did lots of other cool things with my friends and family.

Before traveling to Germany for Christmas in December my boyfriend and I went for lunch at Ola Poke, a hip Hawaiian restaurant in Palma de Mallorca that serves delicious poke bowls, smoothie bowls, healthy lattes and many more tropical dishes and drinks.

I'm a big fan of poke bowls because they combine all fresh ingredients of a sushi roll in a tasty dish. The raw fish, rice and colorful veggies plus the spicy salsa create a unique flavor. Also, poke bowls are really nice to look at, haha. At Ola Poke in Palma I tried the Cali Poke with sushi rice, salmon, mango, avocado, cream cheese and more yummy toppings. It was amazing! Miguel had the Tropical Shrimp Bowl which was also very good. We tried some organic lemonade and later had a chai and spirulina latte, both also really tasty.

Ola Poke is such a nice place for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Palma. You can chill in their comfy chairs or on lounge sofas while indulging in your poke or smoothie bowl. Or you choose to sit on a swing right by the window for some people watching while enjoying a coffee or colorful latte. It's a real feel-good place that you won't want to leave!

Passeig de Mallorca 32
07012 Palma de Mallorca
Monday to Saturday 12:30 - 16:30 and 19:30 - 23:00

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