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18 July 2016

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier - Book Review

I'd been missing reading Tracy Chevalier when I found her new book in one of my favourite bookstores in Barcelona, Come in, although I only bought it a few weeks later at Casa del Libro. I like to indulge in books when I am reading them, whether carrying them with me at a coffee shop or taking pictures for my blog or else.

12 July 2016

How Barcelona Incredibly Improved My Yoga Practice

One of the biggest lessons I have learnt in Barcelona is to try new experiences against fear. Pushing yourself to try new activities can be difficult and scary, but with time I have learnt that it always turns out easier that it first seemed. This is the reason why in Barcelona I have tried loads of types of yoga and haven't regretted it - it always felt great and I grew so much as a person and a more advanced yogini.

6 July 2016

Monthly Favourites: June 2016

It's that time of the month again where I share what I liked best this month and what's been going on in my life. Thanks for passing by!

June has been, along with May, a great month in Barcelona because of the weather and the crazy things the city has allowed me to experience. And now the experience is over and I'm back home. In a way, I don't want to rethink about it too much, as my intention is to always stay present and not to focus much on the past (see the review of this life changer). Let's just say that my main realisation in Barcelona was that it was one of the happiest times of my life and a moment of my liberation from all of my fears and any type of prejudice. I've never been more grateful to life. This one below was my goodbye post with all my thoughts and feelings on Barcelona :)
Adeu, Barcelona. You have been fantastic. I'm not leaving on a sad note - more of a content one with a crazy, excited perspective to the future. You made me experience everything - joy, loss, pain, surrender, calm, happiness. Satisfaction. One of the first friends I made here told me that no matter what happened, the city would always be there to embrace her. And this is just how I felt: no day went by without a special memory, be that lunch breaks on the beach or a late night chat with my housemates or singing with my friends in an unknown pub of the city centre or meeting strangers and immediately connecting with them. I have met so many diverse and incredible people, another world of yoga I didn't know and got to speak one of my favourite languages. What an amazing journey. I am so so grateful for everything and can't stop saying it! I will never be the same after Barcelona. From the bottom of my heart, thanks to all the beautiful people that made this happen ❤️ Barcelona, this isn't over. Actually, you're only my beginning - I want to travel and learn more from the world. I'm ready!

24 June 2016

A Life Changing Book: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

When I first heard about this book and how it could change your life perspective, I didn't quite believe it. Actually, I've never been a strong believer that books can be life changing and always thought of it as an idea for others and not me. BUT, this book has questioned my certainty. This is why I want YOU, the person reading this post right now, to seriously consider to pick it up.

16 June 2016

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho - Book Review

Why decide to read a book on someone who wants to die? Because, in my opinion, all of Paulo Coelho's books have a message worth reading about, which is why I plan to read all of them, including Veronika Decides to Die.

The book isn't actually about death, but how we face life and the fact that what is considered 'madness' is often a wake up call to the routine and rules that society has imposed on us. Here, Coelho suggests that liberation from these paradigms can set one free and lead her to the understanding of the beauty of life.

9 June 2016

Top 6 Things to Do in Valencia

Five months have passed since I have last been in Valencia, the place where I studied during the first part of my Erasmus in Spain, and I have just realised that I didn't write many travel posts on it. But no worries, because I decided to catch up and created a list of top things you need to do when travelling in Valencia, not just as a tourist but through a more local lens. At the bottom of the post you can also find some extra suggestions on the city. Valencia is a beautiful city, but it can be easy to skip some must-dos as some of its gems are well hidden.

6 June 2016

May 2016: Monthly Favourites

After April, May flew by fast. This was a month full of events and things to do in Barcelona. Because at work things are a bit more chilled (summertime is approaching...), I've stressed out a lot less and enjoyed life a bit more. The best moment has definitely been going to see Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams World Tour which was an adventure to say the least.
Here are some of my favourites of the month:
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