The first week of August 2016 I spent with Simeon from Munich at our friend Jose’s place in Tarifa, Spain. The three of us have met in New Zealand when we were doing internships there in 2014.
Tarifa is a small municipality located in the very south of the Iberian Peninsula, just a stone’s throw away from Gibraltar. You will get a better impression of the genereal area in this VIDEOfrom my previous POST. However, on one day we decided to cross the Bay of Gibraltar and take the FRS speed ferry to Tanger (or Tangier) in Morocco. The ride cost us 67€ pP for both ways and took ~35min each direction.
Not long after filling in your visas & leaving the boat you will feel the difference in the culture. Walking from the harbor to the center of town takes you about 15 minutes – at least this is what it took us in 25°C at 10am, uphill. We then changed 15€, which would turn out to be more than enough money for the whole day, including meals, drinks & souvenirs. After going to a really central café close to the “Place du 9 Avril 1947” & the “Mosquée Sidi Bou Arrakia” (Mosk).
After some bread with delicious honey & a glas of hot tea (both Moroccan specialities) we made our way to the local Fish-, Meat-, Herb- and Vegetable- market. The Hall was extremely crowded and fresh food was offered as far as the eye could see.
Looking at some of the corners of the market one would see an elderly woman or man sitting, trying to sell their herbs but barely being able to keep their eyes open. Farmers as seen in the picture below sometimes walk for more than 2 hours from their homes to the market just to make a dime.
Then we continued to make our way through the streets that remind you of Tales from 1001 nights, Aladin and other orient-movies. Unfortunately, we quickly got to know the downsides of being a tourist in Morocco. Know this: Sketchy people will try to involve you in all kinds of conversations with a similar end result – they will kindly suggest a must-see touristic attraction and will offer to take you there. Despite them being extremely friendly, I would not recommend following anyone you do not know through the intertwined alleyways. This does not mean one should not talk to anybody or feel unsafe. In most cases these people will actually show you something nice e.g. a great restaurant and then just ask for a little pocket money. However, it is better to be safe than sorry…
Other than that, Tanger is home to countless stray cats. Language-wise English should suffice. If you can speak Spanish or French that is even better, as most Moroccans in Tanger speak at least one of these languages – especially if they make earn their living with the tourists.
So, after walking through the small alleys, past plenty stands with spices, sweets, souvenirs and food we made our way to the city park – which also seemed to be a cemetery – and took a little rest next to the aforementioned Mosquée Sidi Bou Arrakia:
Not being able to find a tourist info we were lucky to run into a couple of Welsh tourists who happened to have a map and a tip. They mentioned that they have been told to go and see the historic old town or “Ancien Medina”. Not knowing much about the place we followed this hint and climbed the ~300m hill as the temperature steadily rose above 40°C.
Yeah, you can imagine…
Still it was worth it. One of our favorite spots was the Salon Bleu where you can get a great view over the old-town as well as the entire city of Tanger.
It is definitely worth to pay a visit & climb their ridiculously small round stairs to the terrace. Their food and service however are not that good, so you might consider a nicer (+ cheaper) place to have a lunch break. We had a menu of 4 typical Moroccan courses & a soft drink for ~13€ in town.
The old town is surrounded by ancient city walls and its alleyways are extremely colorful. A lot of locals still reside in this part of town which is otherwise peppered with small cafés and kiosks. There is also a nice museum named “Musée de la Kasbah”.
We rounded the day off with some souvenir hunting and went back onto the ferry. Totally worth it!
The video below is a quick-time recap of an amazing week in Tarifa. The small municipality in the south of Spain increases its population by a factor of 5-6 every summer. Most locals make their living based of tourists and kite surfers. Tarifa is known for its beautiful beaches, stable great weather and strong winds.
When Lars was there in the beginning of August most of his days were shaped by the tranquil Spanish lifestyle. The day rarely started before 11am, continued with a late breakfast, followed by a late lunch and a beach visit or a nice siesta. The long, white beaches are flooded with tourists – mainly from Italy & Spain – in the summertime. Due to this accommodation prices are outrageous between June & September. Our budget traveler had the luck to stay with a friend, whom could easily rent out his flat for more than 1,000€ per week. The cost of living on the other hand is decent. Fresh food & cold drinks will not cost you more than 10-15€ per day. Below Lars made a list of Top 10 things to do in Tarifa, if you find a place to stay.
Buy fresh Oranges (~65cts p. kg) and have fresh orange juice everyday! Also shop locally at supermarkets and prepare your own Tapas or other local dishes, like Paella, to save money.
Have the best Mojito ever at the “Bar Taco Way”! During Happy Hours their own delicious version of combining of fresh mint, brown sugar, lime, slushed ice & white rum will cost you 3€. If you give those guys a tip, the whole crew has a really funny way to express their happiness.
Go Kite surfing! If you have the time & money you can learn how to do it in one of the plenty Kite surfing schools in Tarifa. If you do not, just relax at the beach, grab a cold one and watch the others. It can be really fascinating.
Share a perfectly spiced chicken at “El Palmar”, a restaurant not far from the beach in the town with the same name (one hour north of Tarifa).
The top selling whole Chicken “Pollo Asado” will cost you 11€ and will leave a great impression. However, I recommend that you reserve a table (and a dish) before hanging out at the beach, as the place is packed during lunch & dinner hours. Also do not sleep on their homemade deserts.
Carpe Noctem – go out at night. Tarifa is a party town, so go roam the little alleyways of the town, together with thousands of other toursits & locals and enjoy Tarifa’s one of a kind nightlife.
A nice club to start with is “La Teteria de Tarifa”. It is a cozy bar with outdoor gardens to relax in and enjoy a cold drink or a waterpipe. Between 2am-3am a lot of locals prefer to go to “La Ruina” & dance to some electronical music. Afterwards locals recommend to go to “Cafe del Mar”, a club on the edge of town that opens its doors until 8am.
Find a person with a boat and enjoy a day in the Bay of Gibraltar. The turquoise water is very clean & clear and has a perfect swimming and diving temperature.
Lay at the beach at night and enjoy the beautiful stars. Due to the strong winds in southern Spain (“Lavante”) clouds are generally passing quickly and you will have lots of crystal clear night skies. Maybe you want to add a round of skinny-dipping as well ;).
Take the ferry to Tangier, Morocco. The ferry ride will take 35 minutes and costs 65€ in total for both ways. You can have a little peek into the culture of the North African country. For a better understanding of the life in Morocco you can consider reading my next blog entry and spending several days there and driving further inland.
Talk to the locals. The best way to understand the Andalusian mentality is talking to the locals and doing what they do. Not many of them are fluent in English though, so you might want to freshen up your Spanish skills.
Watch a sunset at Waikiki Beach Club! This is the top of the crop. We went there every night to see the sun go down around 21:30 and leave us with a burning sky. People generally applaud the sun every night, as can be seen in this Facebook live video I have taken. I can also recommend enjoying the delicious Waikiki cocktail while watching the dusk. It is similar to a Pina Colada and specializes in turning 6€ from your pocket into a taste explosion in your mouth and a feeling of shear happiness in your tummy.
So the travel bug has bitten, but you’re really stretched for cash? Or perhaps you just want to make your money go the distance, all the way to that dreamy exotic destination?
Hey I’m Nikki, Lars’ friend and travel writer over at WorldFanFair. We met last Christmas at the very “hygge” City Backpackers Hostel in Stockholm, where the feature photo was taken just outside at midnight. And now here I am, ready to share with you my travelled and tested money saving backpacking tips. I hope you enjoy!
Before you even set off, it’s wise to consider where you are going and when. Your money will go a lot further in some destinations than others and you can also reduce the cost of your travels greatly by travelling either off peak or during the shoulder seasons.
In addition to where and when you’re going, there are some items that can eliminate or reduce your spending greatly when abroad.
If you’re going to be travelling by airplane, one of the best ways to save good money is to take Carry-on Luggage only. Many airlines, especially the budget ones, charge extra for tickets with checked luggage, so if you’re planning on taking a lot of flights, this can be a way to save bulk cash. Of course, this generally works better for travel in warmer weather when you’ll need less heavy clothing.
Not so glamorous, but essential, is your Microfiber Towel. If you’ll be staying in hostels, there’s often a charge for towels so depending on how long you’ll be away it may be worth investing in your own. Microfiber is the best because it dries super-fast, even in cold or damp conditions, so you can pack it up without all your things getting wet.
Another hostel essential is a Padlock for your security locker. It’s better to be smart than inconvenienced, so take a padlock to lock your things, especially valuables, away. If you don’t, you’ll often have to rent one from the reception at your hostel.
Bottled water sucks for our environment and for your wallet so always handy when moving around is a refillable Water Canteen. Just remember to empty the contents before airport security.
Getting around is so much easier when you have access to the internet so make sure to get yourself a Universal Plug Adaptor. This is another common item people often end up renting from hostels, but it’s much more convenient and cheaper to have your own. Don’t fall into the trap of getting it at the airport or in a travel shop though, they can be found much cheaper from hardware type stores or your supermarket.
You snagged the cheap flights, now keep it that way! Remember to print your Boarding Passes, or download the app for your airline before getting to the airport. Many budget airlines charge a hefty fee if you forget and have to print them at check-in.
Nikki Louise is the New Zealand born, London based, creator behind WorldFanFair, the online Travel Blog and YouTube channel.
In June 2016 Frederik & Lars took a Roadtrip all around southern Norway. During 10 days & almost 4,000 km of hauntingly beautiful nature the guys met a lot of interesting people, camped in scenically breathtaking spots and learned one thing or another about the country. Check out some footage and impressions in the video below & please follow us on Facebook and Instagram
In the second part of our hiking trip in the mountain range Serra de Tramuntana we will inform you about the rest of our first hiking day + the early start of the second day. In this entry you will get to know among other things how sleeping in a dorm room with 34 other people is possible… To stay in the chronology of the adventure let us go back to the high route Camí de S’Arxiduc where we stopped last entry.
After we met the little bleating goat on the tree we followed the route to the next sign. At this part of the route you have to be very careful as next to the path there is a steeply dropping and vertiginous steep face. You don’t want to slip and fall here…
We followed the sign at the junction in the direction of Deià and went downhill on a rocky mountain track until we reached the Western end of the steep slope. From there our tour guide told us to hike (it was really hard – sometimes climbing would be a better description for what we had to do) downhill straight through huge stones and even rocks – they did their best to exacerbate our trip!
And if that was not bad enough we missed the exit to the serpentine track down to Deià. Hence, we hiked 30 minutes too far downhill – uphill it took us 45 minutes again. As we reached the end of the steep slope it slowly dawned to us that we went wrong. Our mistake was that we went too far in the middle of the stony area and didn’t hike close enough to the steep slope so that we couldn’t notice the exit marked with a lot of cairns.
But we have to tell you that it was not 100% our mistake – some of the stones on the trail looked like cairns what made us think we were right there. VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS PART OF THE ROUTE: IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN A CAIRN FOR A WHILE YOU ARE DEFINITELY ON THE WRONG TRACK. GO BACK TO THE LAST CAIRN YOU REMEMBER AND FROM THERE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ONE.
Make sure that you are always following the cairns. Otherwise you may have the same extra fun as we had 😉 The moment we finally found the millions of cairns at the exit to Deià we were so thankful and happy! So we were back on the right track down a wooden and serpentine pathway to Deià.
Our happiness lasted only for a short while as this serpentine track was really steep and never ending… Finally we reached the end of the forest but still had to hike downhill on a small road leading through the beginning of the village. Our feet couldn’t wait to arrive at the center of Deià!
Once arrived, we were so hungry and obviously a bit discouraged because of our silly mistake and time loss when we missed the exit. We didn’t even make it to Deià in the estimated time mentioned in our tour guide what gave us a bad feeling. But hey, it was our first real hiking day ever! So we sat down on a cosy terrace in one of the restaurants of Deià’s pretty old town and relaxed while eating delicious food and drinking a fresh beer.
Actually our plan was to hike the next stage of the route from Deià to Port de Sóller now because both of the tracks weren’t long according to our tour guide. But as the first stage to Deià took us longer and we didn’t want to arrive at Port the Sóller at midnight, we decided to take the bus. Anyway, the track to Port de Sóller just would have been along the street so we wouldn’t have missed a really worth-hiking part of the route. Not fitting in the full bus we had to change plans again – so we hitchhiked to Port de Sóller with a really friendly old French couple who were spending their holidays on Mallorca to hike as well. Finally we were lucky! This was our first hitchhiking experience 😉
Like Deià, Port de Sóller is a small and cute village, but a bit more touristy than the first one.
Next to the beach in the center of the village you find the port with a lot of private boats. It’s a beautiful view as the bay of Port de Sóller is surrounded by a hilly landscape. Here you have a huge variety of restaurants and bars with this stunning view. In one of them we enjoyed a Paella which was good but not the best one we ever had. So don’t expect too much, here you pay for the view and the atmosphere as well…
Powered by the Paella we followed the uphill road leading our first Refugi located on a small hill from which you have an impressive view on the port from the opposite side than before. Especially worth taking out your camera during dusk and dawn 😉
Arriving at Refugi Muleta we were impressed by its size. From the outside it looked two times bigger than an ordinary Majorcan house. What we saw from the outside was reflected by the inside. Entering the Refugi you went into a big rustically furnished dining room with long wooden benches and tables with seats for more than 30 hikers. After we went upstairs we entered the huge dorm room with bunk beds for 36 people. Arriving late at the Refugi it was hard to find two available vacant close to each other. Unfortunately there were only two on top of the bunk beds which were about 1,70 meter high and didn’t have any railing which protected us from falling down 😀 Pia who sometimes moves a lot while sleeping was a bit scared of falling down after she fell asleep. Although it was still loud at the dining room as we tried to sleep we were played out enough to fell asleep quickly. Luckily neither Pia nor me woke up on the ground the next morning. We set the alarm to wake up early at 6 am because the tour guide told us that the next day would be the hardest and longest on our adventure. Our first hiking day was much longer than expected so we were curious how we will manage the next day… So stay tuned 😉
We promise next time we will introduce you to our donkey friend who joined us for a few meters!! 🙂
Today I would like to tell you about Valborg, one of the biggest festivities in Sweden. At the end of the entry you will find a table listing the expenses you will have to face when coming to take part in this one of a kind event!
The festival takes place on the 30th of April. Often referred to as Walpurgis Night in other countries, Valborg celebrates the end of the cold winter and the beginning of spring. May Day celebrations have a very long tradition in Sweden. In its oldest university town, Uppsala people gather by the thousands in the park and sing hymns in their white captain’s hats – a traditional accessory for the city’s students.
I have celebrated it in Lund, where I study & live.
Lund is very famous for its 3 – 4 days of Valborg parties. As Lund is a very international & vibrant student city, people from all over the world come to celebrate Valborg here. From what people who have been living here for quite a while been telling me it is the best party in the country. This was made clear by many people from Stockholm whom I have met. Sweden’s capital is actually much closer to Uppsala and still…they come here every year.
Both, Lund and Uppsala, are the country’s biggest and best known student cities & in a constant battle about which one is better & who has the better Valborg. Briefly put: It is Lund. Deal with it Uppsala…
Back to the festival. Everything starts on Kvalborg, the night before Valborg. This year it was on a Friday and a major part of the population of Lund, namely its 47,000 students (of an overall 100,000 population), began to celebrate in the student clubs and the housing areas. Music boomed from the speakers since midday all over town & tourists began to arrive.
I spent that day in Parentesen, which is a housing area for students that is well-known for its parties. Sorry for the bad picture…it is the best I could do in my condition at that point in time. Forgive me.
Although it was a cold & windy day a lot of people showed up after their casual “Friday-afternoon System Bolaget walk”. Allow me to explain. System Bolaget is where people buy their booze in Sweden.
It is a state liquor store and the only option to buy drinks with more than 3.5% alcohol. One can also get light-beers with up to 3.5% at the 7/11 and other supermarkets. One thing for all you my fellow budget travelers, this is where a major part of your budget will end up being spent. Alcohol is anything but cheap in Sweden. However, the pre-drinking mindset is well-established here, as the pubs & clubs are barely affordable. If you go to a regular Irish Pub in Sweden you will pay at least 6-8€ for a pint of beer…Yes, 6-8€. This is why we have student nations, accessible only to students, which have special deals with the government & are able to serve cheaper drinks (0.33l beer for around 2,50€). These nations mainly exist in Lund & Uppsala. Another fun-fact: Those two cities are also the only places in all of Sweden where it is permitted to drink in public, which has an imminent effect on the Valborg festivities in the parks.
So, Parentesen, as well as other places in town started going wild on Friday and to a large extent partied all night. I was doing the only responsible thing and went back early (around 3 am) so I could get up early for Valborg – because that is what it is all about. Due to the unbelievable mass of people coming to the small city of Lund for the party on Saturday you have to be in the park early. This is what a typical Valborg morning looks like:
Wake up around 6:30/7am
Take a shot of a spirit of your choice, which you wisely placed next to your bed the night before
Take a shower, brush your teeth etc.
Grab a chair, food, summer clothes, sunglasses, a raincoat, winter boots, a scarf…basically be prepared for any kind of weather
Go to the fridge and take out the massive amount of alcohol you have stored
Go to Stadsparken (city-park)
Arrive no later than 8amto find a decent spot
Sit down and enjoy the show
Don’t stop drinking
When arriving in the park – after following this morning routine – I was impressed by how many people have already been there. The pictures below were taken at around 8:30.
By 9:30 it was extremely difficult to get anywhere else but your spot. We were a group of around 40 people from different study programs, countries and continents. The day proceeded with live music from the stage and more drinks. True festival vibes were created by the usually reserved Swedish people who – on that day – went all out… Partying, shouting, dancing, singing, drinking, kissing & mating.
At around 3pm authorities start to clean the park & everyone goes into town or to private “inbetween-parties”. Frederik & I went to one of those, where we sat around had some more beers & ultimately went for a Lundafalafel, which is the infamous must-have meal in Lund on such a day. Around 8pm everyone gathers back in the park to see a huge bonfire. An about 3 meter high pile of wood is lit. At this time you will also see quite a few families & hear a choir singing. In the video below you can see the fire and hear the choir chant.
At the end of the night I went to nation event. Three of Lund’s student nations gathered together and opened their clubs. Everything from Electro/Dance, over Hip Hop, up to Swedish Folklore & pop music was represented in the clubs. The night went on until 5am for me. I can say it was a long & exhausting two days. The Swede did not quit there though. The day after Valborg they were out partying again at some nations & the parks. They call this last day of the festival “Finalborg“. Some crazy people even add a fourth day and call that one “Katastrophalborg“. Now that I know how things go down I will be prepared for the full 4 days next year!
Below I have arranged a small list of budget considerations you should have in mind when thinking about attending Valborg. Also, you can get a better idea of the festival here.
Amount in Euro
Flight to & from Copenhagen (Denmark) within Europe, when booked in time
Train to & from Lund
Beer in System Bolaget (0.5l & alcohol 3.5% – 10%)
1,20€ – 3,00€
Wine bottle (1l) in System Bolaget
6,50€ – 20€
Spirits in System Bolaget
Fetsival day in the park
Meeting new people & joining them for “inbetween-parties”
0€, because you do not need it in tiny Lund
Accomodation (Hostel) in Lund Pp Night
Accomodation (Hostel) in Malmö (between Copenhagen & Lund) Pp Night
Or just couch-surf or crash at the place of someone you met on Valborg 🙂
All around the long weekend will cost you anything between 150-250€. I agree that this is anything but cheap but it is also really worth it. If you plan on going to Sweden anyway you should really consider this weekend!
If you have any questions about the festival, Lund, Sweden or the budget just let me know in the comments and I will get back to you right away! 🙂
Thanks for reading this entry, I hope you liked it.
In my first location-based blog entry I would like to talk about the pearl of the Baltics – Tallinn. From the 18th of April until the 20th I was fortunate enough to visit this lovely place for a third, wonderful, time, since 2012. Tallinn is famous for its red roofs, amber and good, affordable beer & booze. People from Finland and Scandinavia regularly cross the Baltic Sea by ferry to shop in the liquor paradise.
As you know I am living and studying in Sweden at the moment. Thus, I used this chance to participate in the Erasmus Student Network’s biggest event- the Sea Battle – twice. One time last fall and well…this week. This event is characterized by bringing together 2100 students from countless countries, trapping them all on a boat, and letting them have the time of their lives.
The ferry they use has a huge dining room, a café, 2 nightclubs, a casino area, 5 different bars, a sauna, a sundeck and other common areas.
During the sea battle there are a lot of special events such as fat-suit-sumo, karaoke, pub-quizzes, game-nights, and special acrobatic dance shows, such as seen on the left.
The ferry usually departs Stockholm, Sweden around 5pm, and arrives in Tallinn, Estonia at 10am. People tend to get stuffed at the free buffet, go to the duty-free liquor store on board, buy large amounts of cheap booze, play drinking games, meet new people from everywhere in the world, get wasted, then party all night and go to bed around 6ish (If at all).
In the video below you can see the party at around 4am with Helga (a sex-doll) going wild in the crowd. Calling her & giving her compliments is a common festival tradition:
The next day is used to explore the beautiful old-town of Estonia’s capital, which I would like to tell you a little bit more about. So, this is how I would like to structure this blog entry. I will start telling you a little bit more about the city itself and show you some pictures of my favorite spots. Throughout this entry I will give you some budget tips and tell you what you should not miss.
The Old town
The historical old town is the best preserved medieval town of northern Europe and very famous for its architecture, the red roofs, it’s famous gothic steeple-tops, the winding cobblestone streets and the surrounding city wall.
Unlike many other European capitals Tallinn managed to maintain its medieval design and the structure from its hanseatic beginning. If you spend some time here you’ll immediately be under Tallinn’s spell and feel its mystical subsistence. One place that really arouses this constitution is the Olde Hansa. It is a restaurant/bar in the very center of the old town.
Knights and maidens will lure you into the huge building and serve you with medieval dishes, prepared liked in the 15th century, music from the same era and homebrewed beers and herb-drinks.
Medieval musicians perform almost every night – excluding Mondays. On the weekend you will also see some street artist performing with fire in front of the building. Along the streets of the old town you will find plenty antique churches and enormous buildings from the former rich European salesmen coming to Tallinn, along with barns and attics.
If you follow the cobblestone road past the Olde Hansa you will get to the town hall square in the very center of town. In the summer-time plenty of concerts are held here, flee-& food-markets occur and the restaurants are packed, whereas in the wintertime you’ll come to visit a wonderfully decorated Christmas–market with a tall fir tree in the middle of the square.
One of my favorite spots in town can be reached if you pass the square and climb the stairs along the massive city walls. You will reach a nice lookout.
This place is where we should glance over the red city roofs, let our mind fade, listen to some folk music played by street performers, get a hot chocolate from one of the stalls, and just think about “The times we had”.
Just around the corner is another nice lookout, facing the direction of the harbor. This point can also be reached with a set of endless stairs from the very bottom of the hill the old town was built on. Continuing to stroll around the narrower streets on top of the hill you will eventually reach the pinkish parliamentbuilding & the beautiful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, named after a saint whom won the battle of ice, which literally took part on the ice of Lake Peipus in 1242.
The orthodox cathedral was built around a 120 years ago, when Estonia was part of the Russian empire.
After climbing the hill of the old town and looking at all the cute little alley-ways, amber shops, medieval stores & nice sights the city has to offer, I’m sure you’ll be starving or at least thirsty. This is why I have set up a list of places you can reach within the next ten minutes from wherever you are in the old town. I have divided the table into famous places and my favorites including some pricing info. Just be aware that nothing is reeaaaally expensive in Estonia in comparison to other European countries.
“Foody Allen“, “Wok to Walk“, Fast-Food joints
Pastry Kiosk located all over town (see below)
“Olde Hansa” (Main dishes around 16-30€)
If you have the budget still a must see!
“Vanaema Juures” (Mains range around 10-16€)
“Café Mademoiselle” (Reasonable price and good cake)
“Reval café” (Nice atmosphere, not so good food)
Tipp: “Chocolates de Pierre” not necessarily cheaper but it has great homemade chocolate!
Local Food and Beers
“Hell Hunt” (STOP LOOKING FOR CHEAPER OPTIONS – JUST GO HERE ALREADY!)
“16 EUR Hostel” or “Fat Margaret´s” are common, decent, choices
“Vana Tom Hostel” (from 8€) or “Tallinn Backpackers” (from 9€)
“Must Puudel” (Soviet Themed)
“Shooters” (Endless array of shots)
“Tops” (Alternatv. for Soviet Theme)
“Valli Baar” (usually live music)
Nightlife & Clubbing
“Club Hollywood”, “Klubi Teater”
There is no real “cheapest” option here. It depends on the venue.
Basically, my must-see recommendation for you guys is the Hell Hunt (“The Gentle Wolf”). Delicious food for fairly cheap prices & a selection of the best beers – all you really need. I have been resting and dining here every single time I have been to Tallinn and will continue doing so. I can recommend almost everything the menu has to offer. One of my favorites is the borscht soup & the traditional Estonian appetizer fried brown bread, rubbed with garlic and a cucumberdip. So simple but so delicious.
If you just want a small snack I’d recommend one of the Pastry Kiosks located around town. As the name suggests they serve pastries stuffed with e.g. meat, spinach, pees, beans, chicken etc. My preferred Kiosk is located very close to the famous city gate of Tallinn (Two towers on the border of the old town, opening the way to the main shopping street). With the gate left behind you, a McDonald’s is to your left. You follow that road (along the city wall) and the pastry store will be located on the next corner on the left. It is a small greenish hut.
Another great pub you should not miss is the Scotland Yard. I did not include it in the table as it is rather expensive. Nonetheless, its authenticity makes up for their prices. They have a traditional Scottish police officer showing you where to sit, as well as all kinds of random, old decoration, such as an electric chair and old weapons. Also, there is a huge aquarium in the middle of the bar with large fish in it. It is located on the bottom of the hill, outside of the old city walls.
One final thing: You should really check out the Olde Hansa, even though it is one of the most expensive places in town, it really fits the town and rounds off your trip back to medieval times. Of course, the choice is yours.
If you are studying in Europe I can only recommend you take part in this ESN-event and visit Tallinn. The second party cruise, the way back, is just as good. Nobody said conquering the Baltic sea would be easy – but I can proudly announce that we made it! All the exzessive partying and city touring was worth it. The view on the trip through Stockholm’s Archipelago the next morning before reaching the harbor compensates for all the blood, sweat & tears that shaped the conquest. See for yourself (No idea why video is turned, even though it has been filmed correctly):
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It’s a pleasure to introduce you to our first travel report – Yay! In this first blog entry we would like to recount about our hiking trip to Mallorca last September. For us, it was the first real hiking trip apart from some day hikes in New Zealand, so it was new & adventurous! To be precise, we hiked a part of the Majorcan mountain range called the Serra de Tramuntana which is located in the West of the island. As we were (& still are) newbies in hiking, we decided for a four-day trip from Valdemossa to Pollença. This route only covers a small part of the whole Serra de Tramuntana since you can as well hike the whole mountain range, from Port d’Andratx/Sant Elm to Pollença. You can see the entire route in the picture of the map:
After we landed at the airport of Palma de Mallorca we spent the rest of the first day in Palma city where we as well booked a hostel for that night. Concerning the transfer from the airport to the city centre, which is about 10 kilometres further West, we recommend you to take a public bus instead of booking an airport shuttle since it is much cheaper (3€ instead of 8€).
Before we tell you more about the beautiful city of Palma which we fell in love with immediately, we would like to describe the hostel we stayed in. It is called Hostel Pura Vida & is located in the city centre, close to the Catedral de Santa María – so close that you have a wonderful view of the cathedral & the ocean from the little roof terrace of the hostel. This view over the rooftops of Palma is definitely a highlight! For one night in a dorm with six beds (including breakfast & wifi) we paid 35€ per person (booked via booking.com).
Unfortunately, we had to leave the hostel early the next morning so that we could not have breakfast in the hostel. As that day was our first hiking day we wanted to start as early as possible to make sure that we will definitely arrive at our first destination, Port de Sóller, before the sun goes down. We liked the hostel because it was very cozy: the Mediterranean charm invited us to relax & feel comfortable. Our dorm room contained three wooden bunk beds & everything (including the wash rooms) was well maintained & clean. For our next trip to Palma we would definitely choose this hostel again!
Palma de Mallorca is the awesome capital of the Spanish Mediterranean island Mallorca which combines many different things without being too urban or anonymous. We enjoyed the familiar atmosphere while hanging out in tapas bars (we can recommend 13%, delicious tapas there! (13 Prozent), strolling through the friendly city centre which offers shopping opportunities for every budget & having a refreshing sangria at one of the lively squares where you can observe the hustle & bustle of the tourists, as well as of the Majorcans. For us, this is the best way to get to know the Spanish way of living – take your time!
Of course you can also quench your thirst for knowledge about the historical & cultural aspects of Palma, for example in one of the numerous museums. A good spot to chill (without being obliged to spend money for a drink or tapas) is the square behind the cathedral where you can sit on the steps leading down to a small water basin & enjoy the sun :).
So now, let’s start hiking! As already mentioned, our first hiking day started very early, because we planned to hike two shorter tracks: 8,5 kilometres from Valdemossa to Deià & 9,3 kilometres from Deià to Port de Sóller where we wanted to stay in the Refugi Muleta. Refugis are simple accommodations especially set up for hikers. It’s recommended to book it in advance which you can do online. As you will be sleeping in dorms containing ten to sometimes 36 beds, you shouldn’t forget to take your ear plugs with you ;). But don’t worry: if you forget them or they won’t stay in your ears (my ears don’t seem to be suitable for ear plugs :D) you will nevertheless fall asleep immediately because you will be really exhausted from the hiking day…
Powered from a quick coffee & a delicious croissant – not actually a good & nutritious breakfast for hikers – we made our way to the main bus station (Estació Intermodal) of Palma where we took the bus to Valdemossa around 7:30 a.m. The drive to the historic old town of Valdemossa takes about half an hour.
Before we went to look for the start of the hiking track we strolled along the (still) silent streets of the picturesque village which was still sleeping – would have been interesting to see the small town & its locals waking up!
After having provided ourselves with some baguette & Spanish salami for the day we tried to find the starting point of the trail which was not as easy as expected. It was hard to see where exactly the entrance to the track was supposed to be because it wasn’t marked very clearly & our guide map wasn’t precise enough. Once we found the start of the track it didn’t really get easier: this part of the route from Valdemossa to Deià is not yet officially marked so that you really have to follow the instructions in the guide map, as well as always keep your eyes open for the so-called cairns. These little figures made out of several stones piled one on another at the left or right side of the trail indicate that you are on the right way.
During the first part of the serpentinetrail we went uphill until we reached the first lookout, called Pla des Pouet. From here you can see the church of Valdemossa beneath you – such an amazing view!
Leaving the lookout behind us we followed the cairns through a forest area (where we had some problems to stay on the right track) & finally came to the mountain path Camí de S’Arxiduc where we took a lunch break.
We sat on rocks directly at the steep face, enjoying a breathtaking view of the ocean & the rocky coastline.
Right in front of us a mountain goat was balancing on the branches of a tree & was scared to jump off again which was really entertaining to observe… Marius thought of rescuing the helpless goat which was bleating so loudly but it finally overcame its fear & jumped on the ground.
This situation wasn’t supposed to be the last one where Marius wanted to get in touch with “wild” animals… 😀 So if you want to know how Marius found a new donkey-friend, read our following blog entry about the next episode of our hiking trip on Mallorca!
Hi everyone! My name is Lars and I have the honor of composing our first blog entry ever! So, let me tell you a little about myself, my team, the idea behind theglobeonabudget & what you can expect from this blog.
“theglobeonabudget” is born
Here we go. I am a 24 year old travel enthusiast who came up with the idea of forming this travel collective. During my master studies in “Entrepreneurship” in Sweden I thought a lot about what I would like to do with my life – about what my true passion is & what I would really, really love to do. The first thing that came to mind was, of course, traveling as such. However, I also discovered how much I enjoy telling people about my travels & listeningto their stories. Exchanging experiences with other backpackers at hostels, with exchange students whom I meet on a daily basis or simply anyone else, is what really excites me. Furthermore, I figured that by now I have gathered quite some experience & knowledge about various places on this beautiful planet we call earth. I thus decided to give some tips to fellow travelers, such as you. Finally, it came to my mind that I have a couple of friends who also love nothing more than traveling & who also have seen their share of the globe already. Hence, I decided to build a team. The more insights & opinions, the better. Right?
So, this blog came out as a result of all these thoughts. I started carefully with a few pictures from my past travels on @theglobeonabudget on Instagram & added some tips I considered helpful. After that I approached some friends of mine to pitch the idea to them & to ask if they would like to join the team. Well, they did.
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My fellow bloggers are Frederik – whom I have studied International Business and Management in the Netherlands with – and Marius a good friend and passionate globetrotter. All of us have developed our passion for traveling in the recent years, through semesters or internships abroad. We had a taste of seeing the world & now can’t stop.
Frederik has lived in Kansas for quite some time. He enjoys typical road-trips through the States & is a fan of the American lifestyle. He further studied in Bali for a semester and lived & worked in Bali for a couple of months. Right now he studies his masters in “Globalization, Brands and Consumption” at Lund University in Sweden.
Marius discovered the beauty of travel during his internship in Auckland, New Zealand. Against all odds he discovered a new love for hiking in NZ. This new desire drove him to explore the Serra de Tramuntana, on the island of Mallorca, towards the end of last year. He genuinely enjoys meeting locals & discovering their culture as well as their day-to-day life.
We are planning to get a couple more members on bord in the near future. All of us will be traveling with companions most of the time, whom we will of course also introduce to you. Also, we are planning on meeting each other in different parts of the world at one point. You can read up on more about the team in the respective section of our website.
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The Future in a nutshell
Our main focus will lay on YOU, our friends, followers & partners in crime. We want to design this blog as interactive as possible & create a new experience for everyone. This is why we are looking forward to your comments, your thoughts, your suggestions, your own experiences & your opinion on everything we do. We will try to upload live material on our theglobeonabudget Facebook channel whenever possible. We will serve you with exclusive YouTube content in addition to the pictures you will see in the blog, in order to provide you with a 360° experience & let you see what we see & feel what we feel. On another note, we will publish exclusive content from other bloggers, casual & frequent travelers or friends & followers of the page, who would like to share some of their experience on www.theglobeonabudget.com. So if you are keen on becoming active just contact us under firstname.lastname@example.org!
Last but not least, we will of course try to provide you with as many helpful budget-tips & travel recommendations as possible. However, we also want to make it entertaining for you! We will try to find an attractive balance & thus rely on your feedback to do so!
First last words…
So, as you can see we have a bright future ahead of us. If you like our plans & our approach or would like to contribute something, let us know in the comment section or via email.
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