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Hey Colosseo … why ban climbing on ruins?

Just coming from Roma a couple days earlier … nothing has changed except for one thing … you can no longer take an EPIC picture in the Coliseum. I feel like my pictures from our previous trip to Roma are now even more special, since I would have to operate like a Ninja to get pictures like the following or my Roman EPIC picture … Of course, I completely understand why they would want to ban climbing on the ruins. Makes complete sense, except that it now robs people of EPIC pictures in the Coliseum Read More »

Barcelona graffiti artists are awesome …

Walking around Barcelona, you cannot help but be amazed by the quality of the graffiti on all the walls and shop shutters all around the city. The colour and intricacy of the designs really add to the overall flavour of the city. You can find Graffiti on walls, trains, in art gallerys, and even legally painted on the shutters of shops. The last space is very common in Barcelona and out of it, collectives like “Persianes Lliures” and “Entrotlla’t” came into being. These projects represent a way for writers to run free their creativity in a legal way, which also ... Read More »

Barcelona = bars, Jamon Iberico and Clara con Limón

I’ve been to Spain enough times now to know the following Breakfast wouldn’t be breakfast without a café con leche and summer wouldn’t be summer without sipping a clara con limón at a terraza on a long, hot night. Arguing over serranos and ibéricos is pointless but I’ll still try to argue with the best of ‘em. However I will never know the correct way to slice a bone-in jamón. Finally … 4 am fast food … boom! Read More »

La Sagrada Familia …you’re still a piece of artistic crap

Well you would figure after visiting this thing for the 4th time, I would start to be sufficiently impressed. Nope! I’m always impressed by the sheer scale and size of this colossal art abortion, but nevertheless it is and will always remain to me … an abortion of art. However, I’m always laughing at the signs in there … and one should really pay attention to them. This sign is clear to me … This sign is a little bit unclear to me … what does it mean?Maybe you dear readers can tell me what it’s supposed to mean. No ... Read More »

Two days again in Barcelona … Definitely going to do it without museums

My post about doing Barcelona for 48 hours without museums was a definite hit with the blogosphere. The difference this time is that we’re going to be adding much more of the Gothic Barrio – I’ll be definitely updating the 2 day itinerary to include more time in the waterfront and Las Ramblas! Read More »

24 hours in Helsinki – The Trini Way

24 hours in Helsinki – The Trini Way

Hey! So you’re in Helsinki for 24 hours and you want to absolutely have the best full 24 hours that is possible over there. Before I actually give you a decent itinerary on what to do, here is a bit of a preamble on my adventure here. Lesson #1 … do NOT go in winter but rather sometime close to midsummer. Don’t go for the actual midsummer week as there will be no one in Helsinki, as the Finns all end up with family and going to Lapland or some obscure lake type place. If you have tons of Finnish ... Read More »

Is the Helsinki Card worth it? … HELL NO!

Is the Helsinki Card worth it? … HELL NO!

In all my research online, I figured with opinions of others was worth something so I bought the 72 hour Helsinki Card … it was a stupid decision and fraught with utter worthlessness. See a picture of my card … the only use of the card was really for taking the picture of the card to prove how useless the card is. I’m not saying that the card doesn’t have tons of uses … it actually could be quite useful, if you’re going to take the subway or metro – which you will never do, if you’re staying downtown Helsinki. ... Read More »

Latte Art in Antigua, Guatemala … don’t mind if I try!

Latte Art in Antigua, Guatemala … don’t mind if I try!

I’ve gotten into the coffee tasting business rather late in life. I’ll never really be a coffee aficionado since my first love now is Single Malt Scotch. That being said … I do like when we have guests over and I can offer them an excellent cup of coffee that they’ll ask about. If you’re in Antigua, Guatemala, you’ll have an opportunity to have some excellent coffee. In Guatemala, it’s one of the most priced commodities and some of the best coffee plantations around are just a few minutes outside of Antigua. There is the Finca Filadelfia coffee plantation, where ... Read More »

Epic romance at Meson Panza Verde in Antigua, Guatemala [Meson Panza Verde review]

Epic romance at Meson Panza Verde in Antigua, Guatemala [Meson Panza Verde review]

I’m the first one to admit that I’m not the romantic person in the world, so when I actually find a place that knocks it out of the park, then I have to spread the word. Antigua, Guatemala is a very pretty and really romantic little town all by itself, but Panza Verde seriously ups the ante. As a hotel, it’s pretty awesome – we booked room #7 above the restaurant and it was a fantastic colonial style room. It’s to the left of the main entrance to “La Cueva”, up a flight of stone stairs. The French doors open ... Read More »

Funny Wall Signs … Part 1

Funny Wall Signs … Part 1

When you’re travelling on the road, there are the regular traffic signs and warnings. Typical sign include Don’t Pass Yield Children Crossing However when you’re faced with the following signs, I typically have to stop and actually figure out what the hell the sign means …if just for a second or two. Some signs are pretty self explanatory like this sign in Helsinki, Finland Other signs are self explanatory … maybe a bit severe but they at least convey the point, that they’re not joking, like this sign in Antigua, Guatemala. Some signs are pretty self explanatory, but then you ... Read More »