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Weekend in Madrid – including the best club I’ve ever been to abroad!

 

Madrid is a perfect place to spend a city break. I went there on Friday afternoon and got back on Sunday evening. We got some cheap tickets and rented a small flat in the city center – we got everywhere we wanted to on foot.

Here are some nice spots and activities I would strongly recommend πŸ™‚

1. For art lovers – Del Prado and Reina Sofia Museums

I liked the Reina Sofia Museum – lots of paintings by Salvador Dali and Picasso – including famous “The great masturbator” by Dali. There is also really cool gift shop – I got a mug and bookmark with the painting – you can also check what they have onlineΒ  – Reina Sofia gift shop.

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The great masturbator by Salvador Dali.

 

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The installation in front of the Reine Sofia Museum.

When it comes to Del Prado – it is huge. Prepare to choose artists or art works you want to see. Unless you have the whole day. I didn’t. Good news is that there is a free admission from Monday to Saturday 6 pm – 8 pm and Sundays and holidays 5 pm – 7 pm. There is a line but don’t worry it goes super fast.

2. Chill out in Retiro Park

The park is a complex of gardens, fountains and buildings located at the edge of the city center. There is an artificial pond where people can rents kayaks and canoes.

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Inside the park there is a beautiful palace called The Crystal Palace.

 

3. Walk around

As we stayed in the city center weΒ  just wandered around. Without the travel guide. We saw so many murals and other street art. Spanish people are very creative when it comes to decorating buildings.

 

4. Eat classic Spanish breakfast

Order coffee with milk – cafΓ© con leche and bread with crushed tomatoes and olive oli – tostada con tomate y aceite.

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5. Try tapas and cocktails at El Viajero

Bartenders are very generous when pouring drinks, food was delicious, the interior modern and interesting.

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#ramboiage last night #discotizer #MarulaCafΓ© #Madrid #clubbing #allnightlong – vΓ­a @ramboiage

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Great music, no tourists – we finished at 5 in the morning. One of the best parties I’ve been to abroad. Loved it!!

 

My second home! When in Poland visit LublinΒ 

Around 5 years ago I visited Lublin for the first time and I just loved it.

Well the city is its people, so yes I did love it so much because I met amazing people and you know what? We still are friends and Lublin apart from my home town is city in Poland I visit the most 😁.

Wanna know my favourite spots in Lublin? Here they are πŸ™‚ – in random order 

  1. Charcia Łapa – restaurantIt’s a modern restaurant with short and simple menu. You will find there something Italian like pizza and pasta but also burgers and fish. I went for gnocchi with mushrooms which were tasty and delicate. Liked it a lot! ❀ Service was excellent! Our waiter knew the menu and could advise on what to have. 
  2. Aqua Lublin – SPA, swimming pool, water parkMaybe the spa wasn’t the quietest I’ve been to but I like the hot pool outside the building – on the picture above. 75 minutes cost 20 PLN.
  3. Old Town 

Nice views, lots of restaurants and pubs. What else do I need to say πŸ˜‰

4. CSK

Jestem tu #urlopwlublinie

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Amazing glass rooftop, big events like TEDx, gallery, concerts – check their website for the latest program. 

5. Dom Kultury – club

Somehow everytime I’m in Lublin I go there.


 Depending on a day they have gigs with live music or dj sets. Their big asset is to have Tancereczka near them. Try pear vodka there. πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

So What do you think? Wanna go to Lublin? πŸ™‚ 

Rio de Janeiro – why I fell in love with this city.

I was in Rio 5 years ago – in 2012 with my sister. It was our first holiday together and for her also a dream coming true. I krew she wanted to go to Rio de Janeiro so as soon as I saw really cheap tickets I texted her. We decided to go in one or two days. πŸ™‚

You probably wonder why I liked it so much. First of all….

  • I loved the architecture – a great mix of modern and colonial style 

  • The fact that wherever you go you can see the Jesus statue

  • You have lake, ocean, mountains and beaches in just one place

My top attractions:

  1.  Escadaria SelarΓ³n

Famous steps connecting both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods. We stayed in a hotel about 20 meters from them. 
You can see these steps in this music video πŸ˜‰

2. Jardim Botanico

Beautiful botanic garden- quiet and peacefull. 


3. Hawaianas shop 

I love Hawaianas – they are great quality – I still have those bought 5 years ago. The shop has lots of models with designs you probably won’t get abroad. 


4. Sugarloaf

Take the cable car to the top of the mountain. It’s not cheap but absolutely worth it. The view is just stunning. 


5. Christ the Redeemer


Expect crowds and an hour or more waiting. I liked the view over the whole city. 

Enjoy Rio!

3 places in Bali to escape the crowds!

What stroke me the most in Bali were those crowds and lots of tourists. I did like Bali but I’m not a fan of too many people in one place. 😜

Luckilly we managed to find nice spots which were peacefull and quiet. Here they are:

  1. Taman Ayun Temple 

Taman Ayun Temple

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Gopro na propsie

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It is a beautiful temple complex in a heart of Mengwi village – it is said to be a village but for me when I drove a Scooter felt like huge city with no traffic lights. πŸ˜‰ It is situated in a nice garden with ponds. Almost no one there!! I think, counting me and my sister there were in total around 10 people. Admission fee if I remember correctly was around Rp. 3,000-4,000.

Taman Ayun Temple

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We got there after visiting Tanah lot as we wanted to see some quiet place. It took as around 30 minutes on a scooter. There are really nice views on the way. 

The route from Tanah Lot to Taman Ayun Temple.

2. Toya Devasya Hot Spring

After trekking Mount Batur all we needed was a hot bath and our little dream came true – on our way back to Ubud our driver was so kind to take us there (though it wasn’t on our itinerary). 

GorΔ…ce ΕΊrΓ³dΕ‚a #batur #bali

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It was one of the most beautiful places in Bali I’ve seen. The view from the pool was breathtaking! https://instagram.com/p/BL-qLIJhyS1/

The entrance is Rp. 180,000.

3. The Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud

The only people in the museum were me and my sister. πŸ˜‰ To tell you the truth, I like such crowds 😜 

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At the entrance of Blanco Museum there is a marble sculpture, 15 meters high. 

Inside you can see Blanco’s amazing paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks. At the rooftop nive view at Ubud area and also more sculptures.

Blanco museum

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Blanco museum

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Admission fee is Rp. 50,000.

Gili Air – freedom island

Gili Air is a small island near Lombok – it is a part of Gili Islands archipelago consisting of two more Gilis – Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno.

I stayed at Gili Air a week and I totally fell in love with it. This island is so abstract if you’re thinking about your life in Poland. And now the details of my new love πŸ˜‰

  • once a day the whole island is off power, so you’re at the restaurant and all of the sudden there is no electricity and nothing works so you sit, see nothing and just wait -because there is nothing you can do πŸ˜‰

Gili Air

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  • bars, restaurants, shops – everyone working there is so relaxed and light-hearted; if you go to a restaurant and a waiter comes to your table and sits with you, you will probably wonder if he works there – well I did even ask one of them. I thought maybe he’s the owner cause he is so relaxed πŸ˜‰
  • parties – I would have never thought there are this trance and techno parties, seriously that’s was so unexpected

Party at Paradiso – Gili Air #tbt #giliair #paradiso #indonesia #gili

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Gili Air

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  • freedom – there is no police on the island so in every restaurant they ask if you want some mushrooms with your drink πŸ˜‰
  • no cars – you can easily walk around the island, everywhere you go is close – of course not for locals, they always say something is far if it’s not in the range of their sight

Siema πŸ˜€

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Tips for talking to locals

  • if someone asks “Where you come from?” just say “from my mama”
  • when leaving a restaurant say “see you when I see you” – you will make them laugh for sure
  • they ask if you;re doing something? just say “maybe yes, maybe no”

I almost forgot – you can see what kind of pets they have at the beach πŸ˜‰

Siemanko witaj w moim barze #gecko #giliair

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Great food (BBQ especially), nice and friendly stuff and delicious drinks? Visit Zipp Bar