Barcelona :: From Gaudi to Graffiti

– D.Kay & Epsilon

On our last day in Barcelona La Sagrada Familia was at the top of our list. We had bought tickets online the day before and found out that the signs for “Caixa” that we’d seen 600.000 of while walking around the city were the very machines where we could get them printed. As luck would have it, one of said machines was embedded in the wall of the building opposite our hostel, haHA! Continue reading

Barcelona :: Casa Batlló – “The Wave of Creation… or a woman’s breast.”

– Paperboys

Last day in Barcelona and my feet were planning my imminent demise… I could hear them whispering in my light ballerina shoes, that had only the barest hint of padding… “Going to La Sagraaaada Familia, eh? Yes… Yes… very tall building… Oh, going to the tower! Would be such a shame if say… little Pinkytoe over there had a seizure all of a sudden… one might fall down and put us out of our misery!”

I was with a psychologist the whole time, in fact, I share a flat with her, so no worries. The voices are fine, she told me. Continue reading

Casa Batllo Mosaics

Barcelona :: Where mosaic goes to die

– Freddie Mercury

We started out well, even though it was fairly early and I am by no means a morning person. I’d packed my little, red bag and felt pretty good about having packed so light. No, this is not a build up to how much I’d regret that decision, I had everything I needed the entire trip…

…Until I bought a bigger bag. Because I liked that bag. It had prints of newspaper all over it and me being a graphic designer, well… Long story short, I fit my little bag in my new, big bag, and brought it home. 18 euros well spent, I say. (Yes, it was, shut up). Continue reading

Barcelona :: Packing

While I was packing for Dublin I said I loved travelling in the summertime because it enables light packing. This time I’m going to Barcelona for a weekend and I decided to try packing as little as I possibly could. This is what my luggage looks like this time:

Smallest piece of luggage I ever had...

Smallest piece of luggage I ever had…


  • Underwear, 1 per day
  • 1 shorts (wearing as I go)
  • 1 top (wearing as I go)
  • 1 pair of tights
  • 1 summerdress
  • Bathing suit
  • Deodorant, tootbrush, lip balm and floss
  • Hairbrush
  • Umbrella (just in case)
  • Handbag
  • Chargers for phone, camera, iPad etc
  • Kindle for reading
  • iPad for updating blog and going online
Packing for Barcelona

Packing for Barcelona

I am, as always, bringing a Lonely Planet jewel, this time a gift from Tiril (as is this trip!)

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

The Life in Dublin

Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Wack fall the daddy-o, wack fall the daddy-o
There’s whiskey in the jar

Our last, full day in Dublin started out special. We met an old aquaintance of mine, Lorraine, for breakfast at Bewley’s.

Lorraine and I at Bewley's

Lorraine and I at Bewley’s

I met Lorraine in New Zealand on two separate occasions, completely at random and liked her right from the start. We kept in touch on and off on Facebook ever since, so it was great to finally be able to catch up face-to-face! My mum even joined in the conversation, despite her misgivings about her English skills (she did just fine, no worries there).
The best thing about travelling, for me, is meeting people. Connecting with people and hearing their stories is a true gift, and with the introduction of internet and social media I can now keep in touch with them as well. It’s a true joy to me, I love it. Continue reading


Tourist Information, taptaptap and the woman on fire

In Dublin’s fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone

Today was spent organizing the rest of the week and soaking up the local atmosphere of Dublin. We got off to a bit of a late start, but rather than feeling stressed we enjoyed the great weather and strolled down O’Connell street in search of a good breakfast and (according to my mother) the most important thing one can get on a trip like this: postcards and stamps.


The river Liffey

I also wanted to stop by the nearest Tourist Information Centre to book a day trip, get tickets for the Hop On – Hop Off buses and enquire about a Riverdance show. If you are in a city like Dublin and you’re looking to actually take the beaten track (not always a bad thing, even if it isn’t as “hip” as OFF the beaten track), the Tourist Info will help you with whatever you need.
When in Ireland, look for these signs:
We encountered a lovely lady named Kathleen who booked us a trip to Connemara on Friday, got us bus tickets and gave us every map from here to eternity, complete with her markings of where to go. The only thing they couldn’t book was the Riverdance show, but she told us where to go to get that too, so..
After that we had a lovely breakfast (full Irish) at a busy place called Kylemore. I can certainly recommend it, it’s on O’Connell street, pretty cheap and the food was great. It’s run kind of like a cafeteria, you have a tray and tell them what you’d like with your toast, get your coffee/tea (free with food) and pay at the register.

Walking down to the Old Church St. Andrews (to find the place the bus will pick us up on Friday) was quite a stretch for my mum, but we hopped on one of the green HopOn-buses there and took nearly a whole tour without getting off – consider it research for tomorrow 😉 The bus stops are plenty and not too hard to find if you’re in the general area. Our first driver, Phil, was one of the funniest people I’ve ever heard. These buses have live comnentary and in addition to being very knowledgeable, Phil’s standup routine could rival a fair few of the great comedians out there. He made the bus ride really enjoyable, allthough this is only the case for those of us who an keep up with the Irish accent at such a pace. Sadly, my mother missed a lot of the really good bits in his commentary.
I decided to hop us off at St. Stephen’s Green to see if we could find the Ticketmaster Office for tickets to the Riverdance Show, but we happened right upon a red neon sign saying “Gaiety Theatre”, where the shows are held. Lucky for us, we quickly got tickets for the best seats in the house 🙂
After wandering the streets around St. Stephen’s, which are filled with street musicians, pubs and funny shops (as well as the odd Monsoon, Clark’s and a Disney Store) we dove in to Sheenan’s for dinner.
I don’t know if we’re incredibly lucky or if all the pubs in Dublin are just extremely good, but this one was another fabulous place with great service and awesome food.
Riverdance is currently being played at The Gaiety Theatre right by St. Stephen’s Green (King Street) and will continue on until 1 september. A special bonus if you (like myself) are a fan of Celtic Woman and/or Anuna, Lynn Hilary is back as lead soloist. I didn’t know this before we took our seats and started sifting through the program and I must admit I gave a little squeal of delight 😉
Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures or video of the show, but it was amazing and the theatre itself was just big enough to be taken seriously, but just small enough to be charming. Our tickets cost us 50 euros each and gave us seats in the upper grand circle, dead center. Very, very good view of the stage.
One of my favourites from the show was the Spanish Lady dancing on her own. She wore a lovely Flamenco-type dress coloured red with an orange underskirt, and when she danced and twirled it looked like fire across the stage. Fabulous!

Found this little tidbit today, looking for the James Joyce Centre, apparantly The Celtic Tiger really is considered dead…