The Recollection Diaries: Portugal

My recollection Strongest memory: South of Porto lies a quaint little university town, fondly known by all as Coimbra. We were using this mostly as an access point to cross the border back into Spain, however we were both interested in seeing what small town Portugal had to offer. Besides visiting the university, it seems…

The Recollection Diaries: Spain

My Recollection Strongest memory: the best way to explore Spain’s southern coast is with a rental car, which we did over the course of a week. It was a lot of fun but it definitely was a relief when we successfully dropped it off, unharmed, undented and in one piece. When we booked accommodation, we…

The Recollection Diaries: Croatia

My Recollection Strongest memory: The day we spent transporting from Split to Dubrovnik is a memory that will never escape me. We made our way to the bus stop early as we had been told that the buses often change departure bays at the last minute and are not prone to waiting so we wanted to…

The Recollection Diaries: Ljubljana

My recollection Strongest memory: My strongest memory is being surprised at how much I liked Ljubljana and Slovenia generally. I think sometimes it is beneficial not knowing too much about a place before you go, not only because it enables you to go with the flow and decide what you want to do after you arrive…

The Recollection Diaries: Italy

My recollection Strongest memory: On one of our last days in Florence, my family all had independent activities planned. The others were doing various day trips, but Andy and I wanted to stay local and do something relaxing. We packed a picnic blanket, our sketchbooks (to clarify, I’m not an artist and the occasions on which…

Switzerland on the cheap!

Okay, so it feels like the underlying theme of all my Switzerland posts is that Switzerland is expensive. It is. But it is still entirely possible to travel through Switzerland and not burn a gaping hole in your travel budget for the entire year. How do I know? Because we did it. And I would…

The Recollection Diaries: Switzerland

The snowy white peaks and sprawling green meadows of Switzerland were calling our names. First up we were bound for Bern, the Swiss capital. Our backpacks laden with bread, vegetables, snacks, pasta and rice, we crossed into the land of chocolate, mountains and watches, well-prepared for whatever excessive prices lay before us. We learnt quickly…

The Recollection Diaries: France

France is the first post in the Recollection Diaries series where we visited more than one city, so it was suddenly a whole lot harder to pick out just five particular memories. Our main stay was in Paris, where I was reunited with my mum (after 2 short weeks!) and my cousin Summer, whom I…

The Recollection Diaries: Belgium

As we left Amsterdam on a bus bound for Belgium, the reality that was going to be our next few months started to set in. Travelling for months on end sure sounds like a holiday, but it actually still involves quite a lot of work!  As the ‘organised one’ I was constantly researching each of…

The Recollection Diaries: Amsterdam

Our first stop in Europe was Amsterdam. Our flight had felt long, it had been long! Our layover was in a Chinese airport with literally nothing open.  Despite only being in transit we were still required to line up and give fingerprints – honestly the last thing I felt like. It was such a relief…