Costa Brava, España

Recently, I went on a “Girls Trip” to Spain. More specifically we went to Santa Susanna in Costa Brava. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, its an hour or so outside Barcelona.

I’ve been to Spain before, but it was only for a short weekend trip to Madrid. So I was really excited to go back for a longer trip, especially for one that involved the beach.

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Here I am venturing out into the Ocean… might I add it was not very warm.
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Hotel Pool

We stayed at an Apartment on the beach. It was part of the Hotel Thalassa and it was lovely. The apartment itself was nothing special, but you could not beat the location. We spent 2 days soaking up the Sun on the beach, and souvenir shopping.

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The Sunrise from the Beach on the last morning

The final day was spent in Barcelona before our evening flight. I wish we would have had more time in Barcelona to truly sightsee, but I guess that just calls for another visit! We did get to do the HOHO Bus. We only made it about half through the Red Line, then decided to take the Metro to the Sagrada Familia.

The buses Audio tour was a bit lacking sadly. I’ve used the buses in so many cities and typically LOVE them! They’re such a great way to see the city and get around. We didn’t see the whole tour though, so who knows, maybe it gets better further in the route.

From there, it was time to head to the airport and wait for our flight.

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Sagrada Familia… and ironically, our HOHO Bus

It was the perfect relaxing vacation! Plus we got it pretty affordably through Groupon. Though the Groupon bit was a bit of a hassle in the long run. Long story short, it was beautiful, I had fun, and I’d go back!

Until next time <3

 

Travel Travel Travel… does it ever stop?

Before I moved to the UK, I had never left the US. That’s not to say I didn’t dream of the day I could go abroad, however, I didn’t see it in my immediate future.

Going to England opened my eyes to a world of places I had never been, and some I had never heard of… and now I must see them all!

Before England, I would set aside my 3 day weekends for hanging out with friends, being lazy, and maybe a trip 3-4 hours down the road. Now I look at what new country I can fly to. What can I see? It helps that travel from here to Europe is much cheaper than it would be traveling from Texas. I’m sure it looks completely expensive and lavish to all my stateside friends, but let me tell you… I am all for a good bargain. Most of these vacations are quite cheap. I find the cheapest flight times I can on Ryan Air or Easy Jet… and I find inexpensive yet nicely located hotels or hostels.

I am constantly planning at least 3 trips in the future.

I spend my free time looking up new places and how much it will cost to get there. It doesn’t help that I have the privilege to do this at work for other people as well.

I can now say I have seen more of the world outside the USA than I have in the USA… and that seems strange. So now I also have a list of places I need to see in the states when we go back.

At this rate, I’ll be a traveling gypsy when I’m old and retired. Do you ever get tired of traveling? Or is it something that once you start you just keep going and going? There will always be something you haven’t seen, or something new to explore.

Speaking of travel… I have some Costa Brava Spain pictures to share in my next post. 🙂

Until next time…

 

<3 Amanda

The Land of Fire and Ice – Iceland

So this past weekend we had the amazing opportunity to travel to Reykjavik Iceland!

Iceland is one of those destinations I always thought would be really neat to go to, but didn’t think I would actually every get there (at least not any time soon). However, through work I was able to go and take my husband!

Day 1 – We flew in late Thursday night, got checked in to our hotel and stepped out to find late night dinner. We wound up at a Pizzaria near our hotel (I have no clue what it was called sadly) and had amazing food and beer.

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Walking home from the Pizzaria we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! Little did we know our Northern Lights tour would be cancelled for the remainder of our trip due to weather. I’m so glad I was able to capture this picture!

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Day 2 – We did a half day City Tour as well as Whale Watching. I’d highly recommend the Whale Watching! So much fun and we saw Minke Whales and Dolphins. We also happened to see some Puffins!! I booked the tour through viator.com and found it to be pretty affordable.

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Chuck Norris Grill, delicious Lunch option!
Chuck Norris Grill, delicious Lunch option!
Puffin!
Puffin!
Dolphin about to dive under our boat.
Dolphin about to dive under our boat.

Day 3 – We did the Golden Circle tour. We booked this through Reykjavik Excursions. It was from 9am to 5pm, a full day almost, but worth it as you got to see multiple sights! It was rainy while we were there, so we were wet the majority of the trip. However, it was nice to get out of the city and see the more scenic sides of Iceland.

Super fresh Bloody Mary
Super fresh Bloody Mary
At the Geyser
At the Geyser

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Gulfoss
Gulfoss

That night we ventured into the City for some beer and to see the nightlife. We only made it to about midnight until we decided to find some Icelandic HotDogs and call it a night.

Day 4 – Today was all about Relaxing! We went to the Blue Lagoon first thing in the morning. You see the pictures online and think wow these have to be edited or something, that water can not be that blue! Friends, let me tell ya, it is! It looks exactly like all the pictures. I wish we could have spent the whole day there.

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After the Blue Lagoon, we napped… seriously, for about 3 hours. I guess we were tired from the relaxing morning in the lagoon.

Day 5 – Our LAST day in Iceland. We opted to spend this day walking the city and looking for souvenirs. We walked and walked, took a few pictures, and walked some more. That evening we jumped on our plane and headed back to the UK.

I LOVED Iceland, in fact I’ve already decided that we WILL be returning eventually! There is so much more to see! Maybe next time we will rent a car and explore that way.

Until next time..

<3 Amanda

Welcome to my Blog… About Me

Welcome! This is the part where I get to talk about myself, and you get to read it.

My name is Amanda in case you haven’t caught on to that yet. Nice to meet you!

I’m a Dog Lover (well all animal lover really), Travel Enthusiast, Wife, Student, Friend, Sister… etc etc. Like many of you, I wear many hats.

Family Road Trip
Family Road Trip

I’m a Texan by birth but I live in the UK currently with my husband and my Chocolate Labrador named Penny. We LOVE to travel, and do so often. We are lucky to live in an area that allows us to travel so much so cheaply!

Me and Penny at Loch Ness
Me and Penny at Loch Ness

Aside from travel, I do the typical day to day things. Such as work, cook, walk Penny, watch Netflix… you know, normal things. I love trying new recipes! Nothing too crazy though as I hate spending hours and hours in the kitchen for only 20 minutes of eating.

No one said you had to like Guiness in Dublin
No one said you had to like Guiness in Dublin

So basically this blog is about me, our travels, my dog, life in general. I hope you enjoy it, and find it somewhat entertaining in the least.

 

<3 Amanda