Undiscovered Andalucía-Spain 2015

The irony: during my four years living abroad in Houston, Texas; one of my favourite restaurants is called “Andalucia”. Back then, I was quite proud of my knowledge of tapas and flamenco as something distinctively Spanish and remotely Mexican. 

Embalse de La Bolera en Pozo Alcón

Fast forward four years later, when unexpected life events brought me to this part of the world, I realize how little I know about Andalucia. As the cliché goes, the more you travel, the more you realise how little you know about the world. There is always a new place/ culture/ people that’s awaiting to be discovered. Of course, I am determined to educate myself. 


Andalucía and the Moorish influence

The Spanish occupation by the Moors began in 711 AD when an African army from Northern Africa invaded  Al-Andalús, or Andalucía as it is today.  This 800 years of Moorish ruling has left some of the most magnificent art and architecture that could be seen in Spain today. 


Cinque Terre 2015-a Gastronomical Wonderland with the best views to match

Cinque Terre is certainly a gastronomical wonderland with the best views to match. Below is a chronicle of all the amazing food we have managed to experience during our stay. 

gelato in Manarola


DAY1 14/05/2015

19:15 my first pistacchio gelato. 🏠location: Trattoria Via Dell’Amore, Riomaggiore 

20:46 bruschette ligure (bruschetta with pesto sauce& basil) with locally produced Cinque Terre white wine. 🏠 location: Nessun Dorma, Manarola. We ended up coming back to Nessun Dorma everyday and once you are here, it will all become clear to you: Nessun Dorma simply has the best view of Manarola (or in our view, of the entire Cinque Terre).

aperitivo at Nessun Dorma

21:59 Tagliolino con calamari, muscoli e pomodorino secco (fettuccine with seafood & sundries tomatoes). Trofie al pesto (a local speciality, twist short pasta with basil sauce). more Cinque Terre white wine.🏠 location: Trattoria Il Porticciolo, Manarola

DAY 2 15/05/2015

10:39 focaccia rucola stracchino pomodorini (focaccia with arugula, cheese& cherry tomato). Birra Morreti (Italian beer) 🏠 location: café Giovannini, Monterroso


vegetarian pizza and more Cinque Terre White wine in Santa Margherita 

Santa Margherita

19:17 aperitivo 🏠 Fartamorgana, Camogli 

Cinque Terre 2015-DAY1

view from Nessun Durma in Manarola


It took us quite a while to figure out the Italian train system due to the infrequency of the train rides. Also, platform numbers are not shown on train tickets. The entire train ride from station Genova Brignole to Manarola takes about 2 hours.

However, once we arrived in Manarola, we could not be happier with our hotel choice. Manarola is indeed paradise on earth. 


our hotel, most certainly the best location in cinque terre.

Tips: It would be helpful to save offline maps of all the towns and villages you plan to visit. 

Food to try in Oslo 2015 

*disclaimer: I do not own pictures used in this particular post*

  •  Flårikål

traditional Norwegian casserole of mutton with bone, cabbage, whole black pepper & a little wheat flour  

  •  Lapskaus

Norwegian stew of diced meat ingredients and seasonal vegetables 

  • Kjøttkaker

Norwegian meatball…better than ikea?  

  • Fenalår

Cured lamb leg served boneless and thinly sliced…lamb prosciutto anyone?


  • Brunost

caramelised brown Scandinavian whey cheese 

Interesting fact:

TINE SA is the the largest Norwegian dairy product cooperative. 




Rome Italy October 2014

 Random facts I have learnt in Rome, about the city and about myself.

  • Bucatini has become my favourite type of pasta
  • Sampietrini is my favourite type of pavement
  • Belén Rodriguez is every Italian man’s fantasy
  • Pecorino Romano is wonderful
  • Keglevich is Vodka made in Heaven
  • Paolo Intini is the king of nightlife 
  • Morgan from Bluvertigo is a legend, he could do no wrong
  • Lucio Fontana, an Italian artist, is the founder of art movement Spatialism

The most delicious home-cooked meals prepared by my wonderful Couchsurfing hosts

  • Tortellini con pana e tartufo
  • Broccolo romanesco ripassato in padella
  • Parmigiana

Of course if you hang out with the wonderful locals long enough, you would learn some swear words. Mine is “testa di cazzo”!