Nos Encanta Barcelona

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Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world. I love the food, the people, the art, culture, attractions and the history. Although it was our second time in Barcelona, we both wanted to explore thecity together. There are so many things to do in the beautiful the Catalonia city of Barcelona but we visited some of the main attractions together.

MERCAT DE LA BOQAUERIA

Our favourite place to eat is of course Mercat de la Boqueria. A food market by La Rambla, where you can taste the flavours of Barcelona. We spent hours there just trying almost everything.

GOTHIC QUARTER

One of the best places to explore is the Gothic Quarter. The vibe of the area is just mystical. We booked our accommodation in that area because there are so many quirky stores around and is walking distances to most of the attractions in Barcelona and is very close to the beach.

PICASSO MUSEUM

For the LOVE OF ART, we visited the Picasso Museum. One of the best art museums we have visited around the world. The museum is designed to display Picasso artwork according to his creative timeline.

GUADI GUADI GUADI!!!!!!!

We visited 3 important sites that are linked to Antoni Guadi.

Casa Batllo

Park Guell

Sagrada Familia

BARCELONA MAGIC FOUNTAIN

I told Tim that the Barcelona Magic Fountain isn’t as glamorous as the one in Vegas or Dubai but it’s different and has a magical feel to it. The way the water dances out and in the fountain and the colours of the light that synchronises with the classical music was just a unique experience.

BEACH

Best place to walk and enjoy the sound of the sea. Also that was where Shakira’s song LOCA was filmed.

LA RAMBLA

I call it the catwalk of Barcelona. A place where you can explore, get souvenirs and enjoy eating delicious Spanish tapas.

For our short time together in Barcelona, we has a blast and if ever we visit Spain again, I bet the first landing destination would always be Barcelona. NOS ENCANTA BARCELONA

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How To Maintain Your Relationship When Travelling?

So my previous post ‘I choose travelling with my partner than by myself BUT there’s a catch…’, yall know that I prefer to travel with my husband rather than being alone.

I’ve mentioned why travelling with my partner is better but no matter how much we love each other or have similarities there will always be minor disagreements.

If you are currently in a relationship, Tim and I recommend that you guys should travel together. You will be surprised how much you’ll learn a lot about one another. Travelling can either make your relationship stronger or make you grow apart.

Here are our tips on how to maintain your relationship when travelling:

  1. Agree on a Budget: before booking any trip, you both have to discuss your budget and how much you want to spend. So we write down an itinerary of where we want to go and places we want to visit and then look at forms of transportation and compare rates.
  2. Plan an Itinerary: I’ve to admit, our itinerary changes when we arrive to our destination however we have a plan. So before finalising the itinerary, we both write down the locations we want to visit of the country we are going to. So after listing the places, we then discuss and make it work so we both get to do the things we want together.
  3. Be Ready to Compromise: Like I said our itinerary doesn’t always work according to plan. It changes on circumstances and you need to be ready for that. (Compromising has to be from both)
  4. Communicate & Be Honest: If there’s something you do not like and do not want to do. Tell your partner rather than giving attitude and ruining the day. We’ve seen it in other couples and we agreed to discuss things if it doesn’t make us feel comfortable. For example, I really did not want to go for the Japanese Bath (Sentō) but after discussing it for 5 days LOL. Tim managed to convince me.
  5. Plan a Date Night or a Surprise: I know sounds corny but it works. There are times where Tim and I have no plans so we look up romantic places to visit and go on a date together. For example in Morocco, I booked a table in advance and planned a proper meal with entertainment for Tim’s birthday. It keeps the sparks *wink wink*

So when travelling with your partner, remember to compromise, to plan, to communicate and to be romantic; and the outcome of your trip will truly be worthwhile.

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Our 14 days Travel Itinerary

Tim and I took 14 days off of work; actually to be precis, we took 10 working days off to finalise personal errands in the Philippines and then continue our holiday to other destinations.

So our itinerary of 14 days covered, Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau. I guess being a full-time employee to a huge organisation restricts our travels because of the limited days off.

In UAE, we are entitled for 22 working days off but being an expatriate, our holidays include visiting families abroad which means travelling to the same destination quite often. We don’t mind it at all because we really do miss them. So our current travel mission is to cover as much places as we can in a short period of time.

Here is how our itinerary looked like (not detailed)

Day 1: Landed late night in Philippines

Day 2: Makati, Philippines

Day 3:

  • Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
  • Rockwell
  • Travelled to Japan

Day 4: Landed in Narita Airport and took a bullet train to Kyoto

Day 5: Kyoto

Day 6: Nara & Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto and took a bullet train to Tokyo

Day 8: Tokyo

Day 9:

  • Tokyo
  • Travelled to Philippines

Day 10:

  • Landed in Philippines and spent 5 hours at a nearby hotel
  • Travelled to Hong Kong
  • Explored Kowloon Island

Day 11: Macau & Hong Kong Island

Day 12: Lantau Island – travelled to Philippines

Day 13: Eastwood, Green Hills, Pasig, Marikina and Antipolo.

Day 14: We woke up an hour before check out and had breakfast in Pasig and headed straight to the airport.

Day 15: BACK TO THE OFFICE

PHEW!!! Typing the itinerary was as tiring as the trip but worth it. LOL. I really want to dedicate time to write about it because we’ve learned a lot and observed a lot and I’m dying to share everything with you.

Unlike most of my other posts, I want to put a lot more effort into writing about our experiences and stories, particularly Japan. I’ve visited 20+ countries and Tim has been to 30+ countries and by far our favourite country is Japan and I can’t think of any other place that can beat it. It was Tim’s third visit and that says a lot and I can’t wait to go back.

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