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The Grand Final, going home

Hello everybody,

I am currently writing this from my phone while I am still on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. Tomorrow I will be flying to the United Kingdom, London. This marks the end of my world trip and man,  oh man it went fast. I hoped to update you more often but WiFi and no laptop for most of the time made it hard. I would like to go through few of the most asked questions I get and just my overall feeling at the moment and of this trip. Sorry for any spelling mistakes this is just a quick and easy witten blogpost from my phone.

Kitesurfing in Dakhla

For those of you who don’t know me just a quick explanation. When I was 25 in November 2016 me and my boyfriend Mike went on a world working-holiday trip. We started of in Zanzibar, Tanzania where we worked as managers for a kiteschool. After four months we went to Morocco to work in the desert as kitesurf instructors for four months again. After we finished our work in the desert we travelled through Morocco for a month and hit Tarifa in Spain for a week to kitesurf. After that we went home. Mike decided to stay home at the end of August & I continued travelling again in September to Australia with my cousin for a month. Me and my cousin went to Bali where she had to go after a few days, back to work. I stayed in Bali for a month and Mike came to visit me for two weeks. After Bali it was time for me to go to New Zealand for six weeks. The first four weeks I worked as a nanny and groom in Rotorua on the northern Island of New Zealand. The last two weeks I travelled around the northern island. Now it is time for the last part of the trip and that is London for a week to get used to the cold and get into the christmas sphere.

One of the questions I get asked the most is what has been your favorite place? I must say this is a hard one but I think Morocco.. It is just like going back in time and the whole country is so magical. BUT New Zealand is by far the most beautiful country I ever visited. No words can describe the beauty of this country. They are both magical!

Did I ever regret going away for so long? Not one second of it. Of course there were times that it was very hard, because of work or the circumstances we were living in but overall this year has brought me more good than bad.

How much money do you need to go away for a year? It depends, I was working quite a lot as well but mostly for accommodation and food so i could not save much. It was’t about making much money for me anyway. I wanted to experience things, I wanted to see how I cope with stuff in different environments, how the people are at the other side of the world ensofort. I went away with 5000 euro. I come back with absolutely nothing. That was also my goal, otherwise I would have stayed for longer. I must say I am a GLAMPACKER who likes going out for dinner and the more expensive hostels. So if you are really on a budget and don’t mind eating noodles or couchsurfing you can stay away for much longer. I also refuse to have a backpack, I have a perfectly fine 4×4 suitcase. If you know me don’t start laughing, I also brought my glitterdresses. You have to stay true to your inner self!

Have you met a lot of people on your trip? Yes I have, if they are friends for life? Probably not but I wasnt searching for them. I was searching for stories, learning about people and what motivates them in life. I wanted to learn how to get along with everybody and to never judge someone. A day in a hostel is the same as your first schoolday. You meet new people all the time and you are making friends, (mostly shortterm) all the time! That’s the awesome thing about travelling. If you know someone for a day you just hang out with them as if you know them for many years already.

Travelling has made me realize you dont need much in life. Some clothes, sun cream and a little make up and a glitterdress and not to forget my beloved kites are enough to make a trip awesome. Good company makes it complete. As long as I am travelling somewhere close by the sea I am at my happiest self.

What did I miss the most? No doubt, my friends and family. And cooking, I almost didn’t cook for a whole year! Can you imagine? Still I ate very healthy though. I even lost weight instead of gaining which is the normal average while travelling. But my work was always very heavy and it made me fit!

Am I done with travelling? The answer is no. I still havent seen most of Asia and Norther  or Southern America so that is the next step! Oh and Eastern Europe to keep it a little bit more closer to home. When the next time will be? No idea. But the hunger is still here.

Has the last year changed me? That is for you to see, i don’t think it has. But other people can probably judge that better. I am more relaxed, and more comfortable with myself as I spent a lot of time on my own as well. The only thing that has changed is that I don’t want to migrate anymore. I always wanted to live somewhere else but probably the Netherlands will be the place I end up. There is no place like home 😘 See you soon  everyone, thank you for the endless support & calls and visits!


Xoxo Irina

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A little ramble..

Hello everyone,

Its been a while since I gave you an update about our travels. Mike and I are currently working for KiteWorldWide in Dakhla, in Morocco as kitesurf instructors/ guides. Dakhla lies in the midst of the Western Sahara which is particularly a kind of ‘no-mans-land’. We started working here since the end of March. We will stay here until the 31th of July and then we will travel through Morocco for a while and end up in Tarifa for holidays. The most asked question Mike and I get is if we do not get bored of living in the desert. The answer is no, the desert is beautiful more then I could ever imagine. The wind is blowing almost every day so if we get the change we will be on the water ourselves or teaching the whole day! Also the group we get in the camp is changing every week, meeting new people and talking to people is a thing we really like. These things keep our work interesting and diverse. In May we were home for one week for two weddings of our friends. Because we are home every 2/3 months we are not homesick as well. Of course we miss our friends & family but a few months pass by so fast every time!

The 31th of July Mike and I will start on our journey through Morocco, we will fly from Dakhla to Agadir. We will stay 8 nights in the Lunar Surfhouse where we will celebrate my 26th birthday (CRAZY EXCITED!). My 25th was so amazing, I had the chance to fulfill one of my dreams which I was dreaming of since I was 13! I cannot wait what my 26th year will bring me! After our surf/yoga experience at the Lunar Surfhouse we will arrive in Marrakech for a ‘thousand-and-one-night‘ experience. After our trip in Marrakech we have a few days for which we did not plan anything. Mike and I would love to ride a camel in the desert and hike the Atlas Mountains around Marrakech, so we probably will end up doing that! Then it is time for us to leave Morocco/Africa for a while. We decided that our next adventure will be out of Africa, it is time to explore other continents and cultures. We will travel via Tanger with the ferry to Tarifa and kite there for one week, and finally eat something else then tajine. Say yes to a lot of tapas and our favorite drink: SANGRIA. We will celebrate Mikes’ birthday there. So long for keeping up with our tradition to celebrate our birthdays on holiday :).

The 22th of August we will be in the Netherlands again, one of my good friends is marrying then. These are things you do not want to miss out on. Even not when travelling the world. Because it is summer as well in the Netherlands we decided to stay in the Netherlands for a few weeks to enjoy the love&happiness of our family & friends. We will travel from the end of September on again. The good thing is we have not planned any of it yet. Looking forward to where our future travel plans will take us. For now we are really enjoying our time in Dakhla teaching, talking with a lot of people & enjoying our time together. It is truly great to spent so much time together. Maybe it looks scary to you to work and live together with your partner, (we do it now for 6 months) and it is a really good experience. Anyone who can keep up with me for so long is a keeper.

If you are in to kitesurfing I would highly recommend going to Dakhla once in your life. It is a great lagoon to learn, but also a great spot to progress if you can kite already. The whole atmosphere is perfect, everyone comes to Dakhla to kite, there is not much to take your attention of kiting. Not to forget the spot has 11 months of wind a year.. The best period is from mid-May until the end of October. January is the off-season, for the rest of the months you have to be lucky the wind is there half of the time, which is still more than at other spots. In short Dakhla is great.

Kitesurfing in Dakhla

We will enjoy our lost 50 nights in Dakhla & our travels in Morocco & Tarifa. We will keep you updated about our travels and for our plans in the future.

If you have any questions about our travels put them in the comments down below.
We are so grateful for this trip and spending so much time in and on the water, it is one of the best experiences we ever had and we get to enjoy it together. <3

With love,


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Karibu! Life on Zanzibar

Hello everyone,

Welcome, or as we say in Swahili : Karibu to Zanzibar.
As you know from my former blogpost Mike and I went to Zanzibar on the 25th of November 2016. This feels and is, a long time ago already.
Ever since we have been here I wanted to write a blogpost. Little did I know that you will find gold easier then you will find good WiFi.
So many times have past by that I was walking on the beach and was thinking, this or that I have to tell the people at home trough my blog. But as ideas and stories in your head may come up, they will go as well. Now it is low season I have found the chance to come and tell you all about our life for the past 4 months. Take a drink and a snack and enjoy our story.

As you may not know Zanzibar is a small Island, and its actual name is Unguja and it is located in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the two islands of Tanzania, Pemba is the Island close to Zanzibar but less touristic. Zanzibars’ name comes originally from the Persians’ Zang-bar which means: black coast. Zanzibar has a history of slavery, in 1873 the slavery ended on Zanzibar under force of the British Navy. On the mainland of Tanzania the slavery ended after the first World War.

When we arrived on Zanzibar it was quit a shock for me, I had seen more of Africa than Mike (South Africa, Cape Verde, Tunisia & Egypt) but Zanzibar was more like you imagine Africa then all the others countries I’ve been combined. That said, Mike had never been tot Africa and he was really calm. We drove from the airport at around 10 o’clock in the evening together with our friends Frank & Janneke to a guesthouse named Bellevue. Frank & Janneke joined us the first two weeks on our adventure which was amazing. After two nights in the beautiful guesthouse of the owner of the Kitecenter,  it was time to go to the ‘Orange house’. The Orange house is the house Mike & I and most of the instructors live in for the season. It is directly in the center of Paje. Let me say it was quit an experience, imagine one of your worst experienced student houses you have ever been in, and then that is it. But as it is the same with everything, it just needs time to get used to it. Now it even feels like home! First thing we did was get all the old furniture out because we were sure we did not want to sit on it. We put on some white bed sheets on our bed and it looked like a hotel room. Big shout out to our friends who helped cleaning the house on their holiday. Although in three months we’ve cooked maybe 5 times in the ‘kitchen’ (the rest of the time we went out for dinner) I am going to miss the house. It learned us to be happy with everything you have in the Netherlands. It was very nice to live together with people, the more the merrier I always say.

So this was where our adventure began, then it was time to explore the village and the beach (and our workplace) of Paje. The village is how you expect Africa to be. Houses of stone, with no or little furniture and little or no electricity or running water. People mostly live their lives outside of the house on the street, cooking, washing, socializing and working. As the main religion of Zanzibar is Muslim you will see the women’s dressed up in long dresses and head scarfs, sometimes you will see the man wearing a hat as well. The first thing you will notice is that there are children playing everywhere. From sunrise (6am) until sunset (between 6 and 7 pm) the village will be lively and children are playing outside. When it is dark outside the people live there lives inside their houses, notice that there are no street lanterns on Zanzibar. Dark is dark, do not forget to look up because you will see the most beautiful sky you have ever seen. The stars are so bright, it happened many times that I was falling face forward because I spent my time walking with my head up looking to the sky.

In Zanzibar you will not even walk with your head up to gaze at the stars at night, you will look up because of the many, I state many palm trees there are. You will look up to them to watch out if you don’t get a coconut on the top of your head. Falling coconuts are more dangerous than sharks you know.. We experienced a few coconuts and palm leaves falling down, you don’t want them on top of your head. On another note you really don’t have to be ”scared” of the people on Zanzibar, they are super friendly, always saying; ”Jambo”’or ”Karibu” which means hello and welcome. In our eyes the people are very poor, but they do not see themselves that way. Most of the times there is enough food to provide for the family and water out of a put or tank close by. The difference with us is that they do not care so much about how they look, and how their house looks like. You will find little furniture in their houses, just because they live their lives outside and they do not care so much as we do. People watch television in a local cafe so they do not have to have one at home. What is important in the lives of the Zanzibaris’ is dancing, like all African people they have an amazing feeling for rhythm.

Back to the reason why we were in Zanzibar. We managed a kitesurfschool called Kitecentre Zanzibar from December until half of March. In the peak season (christmas and springbreak holidays) we where with a group of 13 instructors. For me managing a kiteschool was a whole new experience, Mike has been managing a kiteschool before in the Netherlands. It was a really good experience and I gained a lot of knowledge about how to run your own business. I also know that at this moment in my life it is not the responsibility I want to have. This is also the reason why we decided to not stay for another season (June until October) which was originally the plan. I decided that if I had a gap year I should not be working more than I did back at home. That is why we decided to go back as kitesurf instructors and make our money that way while travelling in between. Currently we are working in Morocco for KiteWorldWide.

We had a great time living on Zanzibar and learned lots of different things about life. We found it amazing that our friends Frank, Janneke, Hanneke, Robin and my parents came by to visit us on this beautiful Island. I will write up a next blogpost about the 10 best places to go and to do in Zanzibar. Keep an eye out for that!
Zanzibar is a beautiful Island which I can recommend to everyone!

With love,


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WHAT?! Yes we are moving abroad!

Hello everyone,

Today I have a totally different story for you because we are moving? WHAT?! Yes, we have lived in Scheveningen, (the Hague) for the last three years together and now we are off on a big adventure. I always wanted to travel the world, but I knew that it was important to finish my studies first. After I finished University in 2015 I had no money to go on my dream trip around the world. I decided to work for a year or longer (it turned out to be a year and one month) and when we had the money to go we would. And so we did.

You know the feeling of continious unrest deep inside of you? That you want to go out and explore the world? I had that feeling every damn day. It is not that I am not satisfied with the place and people surrounding me right now, but the unknown keeps calling me. For sure I am going to miss my family & friends!

In the beginning of this year we saw a vacancy to work in a guesthouse in Zanzibar. I told Mike and he said that we should react to it. Half an hour later we had send an email. Soon we got a reaction back that the owner liked our story but that we were not the right fit to run their guesthouse. On the other hand he told us that he had another vacancy that was just the right fit for us. The vacancy we then applied for was for managing a kitesurfschool in Zanzibar. And so it went, a few months later we were hired and our job starts the 1th of December 2016 in Zanzibar.

Our plan at first was a whole lot different then it is now. Origally we planned to go to the UK, then the USA, Hawaii and New Zealand. Unfortunately this trip is really expensive and we do not have the money to pay for this trip. Instead of that we chose to work on our trip and saw the amazing opportunity to work, travel and combine this with our passion which is kitesurfing.

I want to give you a few tips when you are planning to go away for a long period. In this case we are going to Africa. Africa is a whole lot different then Europe so you know you have to make some adjustments. The owner of the kitesurfschool provided a house for us. In the house there is only a bed and some kitchen stuff. That means, that we need to bring bedding, pillows, and all that sort of homestuff. Book some extra weight or an extra suitcase. We booked two suitcases for 25 kilogram.

Pack light, bring the important stuff like medicins (depending on your destination), and an adaptor which you can use in the specific country you are going to. Make sure you bring an emergency kit, take a scissors and some towels and desinfection ). It is more important to bring medical and handy stuff such as a small piece of rope and nails to hang your musquito net for example, instead of a bunch of clothes. Important is anti mosquito reppellent especially because we travel in a zone where you can get various diseases trough a mosquito bite. Make sure your passport is valid six months after you plan to come back. Make sure you get the vaccinations which are required. For more information check the website of your ministry of foreign affairs or contact your doctor.

Make sure you save enough money not only for the trip but also for before the trip. Mike and I needed vaccinations which already costs E1000 in the Netherlands. Some of it got covered by the insurance but most of it not because we needed 8 vaccinations per person. You also need another few honderds of euro’s for medicins, suncare, visa’s and for example some new clothes (wetsuits)  and footwear you need for your destination.

It is always fun too study the place your are going to before hand and learn some of the basic words of the language too! We are learning Swahili now to understand the locals and speak in their mother tongue. In Zanzibar almost all the people speak English too so that makes life very easy.

We arrived the 25th of November at Zanzibar (Unguja) Island and we will stay untill the 17th of March.
We will keep you up to date with all our adventures and how our daily life in Zanzibar (Paje) looks like.

With love, Irina



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Lissabon, through the eyes of a local

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to another travel story on this blogspot. This time it wasn’t me that was travelling this beautiful planet earth.  Prepare yourself for all the great food hotspots, (who doesn’t like food??) in Lisbon! My friend Daphne lived in Portugal for 5 months and she wrote this amazing piece of work about all the must-visiting places in Lisbon.

”She said :After 5 months living close to Lisbon I am eager to share you my fav spots in this fantastic capital!”

Let’s begin with this cosy place on the Avenida da Liberdade. This is a street with high-end fashion stores, it is a 10 minute walk from the city centre. At first sight, Bambu looks like an ordinary kiosk but in fact it has an awesome city vibe. Friendly staff, good music and even better tasty vegetarian-, Asian and Thai food.  Even locals will make a stop on the terrace of Bambu to enjoy the Thai curry soup, homemade ginger lemonade, vegetarian salad (picture), or an afternoon cocktail.  Already hungry? This are the opening times: Every day from 10:00-02:00, Address: Avenida da Liberdade 13. Good to know: Free Wifi


Fabrica Lisboa
You are searching for a heavenly brunch? This is the place! Besides the best cheesecake in town they also have different croissants, sandwiches and salades. And not to forget fresh juices and a good espresso. Great way to start your day! These are the opening times: Monday closed, Tue-Fri 08:00-20:00 in the weekends from 9 am till 7 pm. Address: Rua dua Madalena 121.


Gelados Santini
I think I can say I am a hardcore ice cream lover and in Lisbon I was searching for good ice cream and guess what?! I found the best! Santini is located in the Time Out Market as well in the city centre. Everyone wants a scoop of Santini, take note because the waiting line is very long. But I didn’t wait longer than half hour and it was totally worth it! My favorite flavors are raspberry, greek joghurt and mango. These are the opening times: Everyday from 11 am till noon. Address: Rua do Carmo 9 (city centre) and Avenida 24 de Julho 49 (Time Out Market).

gelados santini

LX Factory
If you like the Foodhallen in Amsterdam or the Fenix Food Factory in Rotterdam you will love the LX Factory in Lisbon. As the name can tell LX was an old textile factory outside the city. It is well transformed into a wonderful mishmash of art, food and shops. Take the elevator to the roof terrace to have a great cityview (picture), get a fresh haircut at the hairdresser or take a look in the bookstore. These are the opening times: Everyday from 11 am till noon. Address: Rua do Carmo 9 (city centre) and Avenida 24 de Julho 49 (Time Out Market).

lx factory 2

Good to know: There is more to do in the weekends for example the first weekend of May there is a beer festival (Pátio da Cerveja) at the factory, must-see (and drink)!

Esplanada da mata
This hotspot is still a bit unknown so expect to see only locals here. If you need to escape from the crowdy vibe in the city centre just go the park; José Gomes Ferreira, also called Mata de Alvalade. In this park, near the airport, you can find the small bar Esplanada da mata. They have German beer, tasty sandwiches and real organic juices.  And if this didn’t make you enthusiastic enough, they also have great live music in summer. On their Facebook page you can see who is playing when. Opening times: Mon-Fri 12:00-22:00 and in the weekend from 10 am till 10 pm. Address: Avenida Almirante Gago Coutinho, Parque José Gomes Ferreira.

esplanada de mata

Good to know: The bar doesn’t open when it rains

Lost In
Another hidden secret in the city is the Lost in. This hotspot is in Bairro Alto (‘’the Upper hood’’), a district in Lisbon with the best atmosphere, at least in my opinion. From the outside you will think it is a clothing store but if you walk through the shop all the way to the terrace you will be amazed! The umbrella’s and couches in all the bright colors give the small venue the extra touch and you just want to take a powernap in the shadow. But don’t forget to order the delicious homemade lemonade and dito spinach salade, you will not be disappointed.

lost in 3

The place is always really crowdy with mostly locals so go early if you want to have a spot with a great city view! Opening times: Mondays from 4 pm till noon and the rest of the week it opens already at 12:30. Address: Rua Dom Pedro V 58. Good to know: Lost in also has a less fancier restaurant without terrace places on number 56. 

lost in 2
lost in

When your in the area of Bairro Alto you must go to the best roof terrace in Lisbon called Park. It can be a bit difficult to find because it is on the top of a garage. Just go in the elevator at the beginning of the garage and go to the top floor. Take the stairs to enter the terrace of Park. The view is breathtaking and also the atmosphere is so relax you just want to sit there all day. And why not? The place is also amazing in the evenings, just sit back and relax, drink a few Park cocktails and enjoy the live music. On the Facebook page of Park you will find an exact summermonths schedule with different DJ’s. Opening times: Mondays from 1 pm till 2 am and closed on Sundays. Address: Calcada do Combro 58


I already told you about a great brunch spot (Fabrica Lisboa) but nobody can have enough brunch spots right? With my roommate and good friend Joy we started our ‘Foodie day’ with breakfast in this place and it was so delightful I can recommend it to everyone. Joy had scrambled eggs and toast and I ordered granola with organic yoghurt. But we looked at the other full tables and everything they have looked tasteful. I can’t wait to return and have a grand brunch! Opening times: Mon-Thu 08:00-20:00 and in the weekend they open at 10 am. Address: Rua Serpa Pinto 15a.

Time Out Market/ Mercado da Ribeira
I hope I made you enthusiastic to visit Lisbon and if you do so there is absolutely one place you can’t skip. Mercado da Ribeira is one big modern indoor market with a lot of different high quality food stalls. I went there with Joy but also with my friends who came to visit and it always was a lovely experience.time out marktet 2


‘’What do you want to eat today?’’ is the only question to worry about in this eat walhalla. The market offers –ofcourse- a lot of typical Portuguese food but you will also find delicious Pad Thai, sushi and ice cream (Santini). The prices are maybe a bit higher than you are used too but it will be one of the best markets you will ever visit!  Opening times: Sun-Wed 10:00-00:00 and Thu-Sat 10:00-02:00. Address: Avenida 24 de Julho 49.


time out markte

I hope you enjoyed my blogpost. I had fun trying and finding all this great food and hidden gems in Lisbon!

With Love, and have a great day Daphne.

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A trip to Ireland

Hello everyone,

Recently I went on a 5-day trip to Ireland, everybody asked me: What are you going to do in Ireland in March, it is freezing! We were lucky with the weather, we even got a slight tan! I can highly recommend going to Ireland, no matter the weather. I will give you an overview of the do’s and don’ts in Ireland.

We flew with Ryanair from Eindhoven to Dublin for only 67 euro, so a trip to Ireland doesn’t have to be that expensive. The flight to Ireland only takes up 1 hour and 40 minutes. From the airport it is very easy to travel by bus, or as they call it ‘coach’, to Dublin city centre.

We had booked a Bed & Breakfast in Dublin via Booking.com. Easy as it is, there is plenty of choice. We were located just outside the centre, which is perfect otherwise your hotel is located where the bars are and you will have a lot of noise outside your hotel/B&B.

Things to do in Dublin and surrounding area’s

Ireland is a bigger country than the Netherlands, but the country has only 6 million citizens.
1 million people live in Dublin, the city is easy to walk around in. Don’t go on the hop-on-hop-off bus only if you’re not able to walk a lot. In around 30 minutes you can walk from one side of the city to the other.

We went to Trinity College, this is the highlight of the things you can see in Dublin. The college is very old dated from 1592 and still in use as a college for bachelor and master studies. The long room will take your breath away, so many old books and history lies there. I found it very inspirational, a must see!


After going to Trinity College we fancied something relaxing and a beer so we went to the Guinness Storehouse. In the storehouse you can walk around 6 floors to learn everything about Guinness beer, how its made, where its made from and you learn a little bit about the history of Ireland. At the 7th floor you will enter the Gravity bar which has a 360 view over the City.

If you fancy a stroll around the park you must go to Phoenix Park close to the Guinness Storehouse, it is one of the largest parks in a city in Europe. The park is very clean and has lots of benches you can sit on.

For shopping Ireland has plenty to offer, you can go to Grafton and O’Connell street for the most regular shops like Topshop and Urban Outfitters. Or you can go to the streets on the side of the above mentioned main streets and you will find some cute little boutiques and a Chanel & Louis Vuitton store.

A day trip to Howth is a must do when you are visiting Dublin. It takes up to 20 to 30 minutes per DART (kind of a mix between a metro and train) and costs around 6 euro for a retour ticket. Howth is beautiful and well-known for its cliff walks. You can choose how long you want to walk, we choose to purple road. It said 10 km. But in the end it was around 15 kilometer, it took us 4,5 hours of climbing up-and-down a mountain but the view was worth every sour muscle in my body! I highly recommend a trip to Howth. A don’t in Howth is eating at the ‘famous’ fish & chips place, the food was rubbish and super fat. Instead of going there I recommend going to a real restaurant in the area.


Cliff walk in Howth

Another trip that is a must if you are in Dublin for more then three days is a trip to the Wicklow Mountains. You can easily book it at the Information Centre (for tourists) in the city. It costs around 28 euro’s and you have an entire tour through the Wicklow Mountains including a 2 hour walk, visiting the Guinness lake and seeing the P.S. I love you Bridge.
For the record, P.S. I love you and many more films and series are shot in the Wicklow mountains, also my favorite series at the moment Reign! Make sure you have a good night rest before you go on this trip.


The Wicklow Mountains

Last but not least you have to visit a pub when you are in Ireland. I grew up with listening to Irish music because my parents love it so much. The vibe in the pubs is amazing and you will start dancing when the live music starts to play, no matter if it is on a Monday afternoon or an a wild Saturday night… Some pub recommandations are; the Temple Bar, the Auld Dubliner, O’Donoghues pub, the Celt and Stags Head.

Sloucha (cheers in Gealic!)

Where to eat

I have a few recommandations where we have been to go out for food.

For Breakfast go to Kilkenny on Nassau Street. For lunch Elephant & Castle in the Temple Bar area is delightful, order an omelet after a night out with to many pints of Guinness and you will feel human again. KC Peaches has more than one restaurant in Dublin and serve delicious & healthy food. I also recommend Chopped for on the go salads.

For the best tarte or pie you have to go to Queen of Tarts which is a pastry shop with a few seats. Try the Baileys cheesecake and you will taste a little bit of heaven in your mouth.

For dinner we sometimes skipped dinner, because we were so tired of walking around and just ate a bag of popcorn and then fall asleep. But we can highly recommend eating at Crackbird. The restaurant only serves dishes with chicken but we honestly ate the best chicken wings ever, but then in a restaurant with super awesome side dishes. For an easy and cheap quick bite you can go to  Bobo’s Burgers, good burgers and not to expensive. For other restaurant recommandations I recommend you to go on to tripadvisor because there are soooooo many (good) restuarants in Dublin. There is to much to chose from!

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost and I wish you all a good day!

Thanks to Jantine for giving us tips for going to Howth and going to Queen of Tarts!

With love, Irina (& Mike)


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AirBnB a must try!

Hello everyone,

Last weekend I was in France in Dunkerque and had my second AirBnB experience. It was Mike’s 27th birthday and as far as he did know we would go to France together. He did not know that two friends of us came on this trip too, we had a little surprise event planned at their house and after telling Mike that instead of just the two of us it would be with the four of us it was time to start the roadtrip to France. I had rent an AirBnB house near Dunkerque which is a surf spot in the North of France. For you who don’t know what AirBnB is I will explain it! AirBnB is a website that makes it possible for everyone to rent houses all over the world. The offer is huge, from renting a treehouse to luxury villa’s in Ibiza. Whatever you like AirBnB has it. Sometimes you prefer the cozyness of a real house instead of a hotel room. This weekend we were with friends, and cooking together and playing games around the table was one of the main things we wanted to do, just chilling out! We found that a house was a better surrounding to relax together then a hotel room.

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AirBnB is very user-friendly, just type in the place where you want to go and when and the website will automatically show you which houses are available at that time and place and for which price. You can fill in the maximum amount you want to spend per night and how many nights you want to stay too. Be aware that with most of the houses you have to stay the minimum amount of two nights if you want to rent it. Don’t be scared to try, all places and people are checked by AirBnB itself, you don’t have to be scared that it is a waste of money. Always check out the references, they will tell you if the house was exactly like it looked like on the pictures, how the owners are and what the plus and downsides are of this house!

We stayed in this lovely little cottage with a nice garden and a balcony inside the house. We really wanted to stay! Click on the link for more pictures of the house!


Another plus side of renting a house on the AirBnB website is that the owners of the house are most of the times locals of the area you are staying in. They can give you the best tips on which things to visit and which not! When we stayed in Dunkerque we went to a town called Bergues (Bergen) and we had a stroll around the city wall. After that we ate some celebratory icecreams! We had the best time, thanks to AirBnB and the owners of the cottage.


Have a nice day everybody, with love Irina ♡

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