Spa getaway in Cambridge

Last months have been pretty busy, relocating back to London, starting on a new project and preparing the wedding! So we decided to take last weekend to indulge ourselves, not to think about anything else and just relax and enjoy.

We didn’t want to spend a lot of time travelling, so we chose Cambridge for our special weekend. We stayed at the Varsity hotel, which includes spa and gym, and had our hour and a half of massage/pampering (depending on who you ask ;)) The hotel room was very nice, even though we didn’t get one with a 4 post bed, wifi signal was good and the full English breakfast gave us energy for visiting the city on Sunday.

What we didn’t expect was for Cambridge to be so busy! It turned out that the University was starting next week, and so everybody was moving into the new accommodations, families visiting, etc. It was very challenging to find a place to eat without a reservation and we ended dining in the Hilton. We had some starters and nice steaks (not that impressive), followed by dessert (according to Andres you should definitely try the panacota!)

Sunday was more of a touristy day, where we visited some of the open colleges and climbed the over hundred steps of the Great St. Mary’s church tower. It was a sunny day and the view from the top of the tower was gorgeous.

View of Kings College and Chapel
The spiral steps were pretty steep!

There were also street performance, including a guy playing the guitar inside a bin!

And I even managed to get a picture with the famous red phone booths! (no, I didn’t have one until now, shame on me…)

Welcome to Beijing!

I will spend the next two weeks in Beijing: the first one sightseeing and the second one competing at the 1st World Mind Sport Games!

So far, the flight was ok and I arrived safetly at Beijing. However, arriving to the hotel proved to be much more difficult. Language is a real issue, specially when people don’t even understand the maps! If the map doesn’t have the names written with Chinese characters, the chance of a taxi driver understanding it is almost 0 🙁

Anyway, after eating ramen in a Japanese restaurant I feel much happier and ready for the adventure 😀

Wish me luck!

Back from Scotland

I’m back from Scotland. It’s been a great week, visiting many towns and the countryside, conquering castles and even watching the penguin parade in Edinburgh Zoo!!

It’s been a year since I left Spain and it’s the first time I’ve been anywhere in UK outside London. Weather has been nice, much warmer than I expected and it hasn’t almost rained. Unbelievable for Scotland… but better for the tourists 😀

I’ll tell you more about it, but I leave you with some pictures for the moment.

Edinburgh Castle

Dunkeld Cathedral

Caerlaverock Castle

Loch Lochy

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Edinburgh Zoo - penguin parade

London: Chinatown

If you are fond of Chinese food, there is one place in London you must visit: Chinatown!! This area is close to Soho and the main street is Gerrard Street. As soon as you enter this area, you’ll find a complete different environment. All posters, announces and even the street name plates are translated into Chinese!

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There are plenty of chinese restaurants and stores all over the place. And they are all full at dinner time, specially fridays and saturdays. But be careful, because there is a wide range in prices and quality. You can find restaurants with the delicious pekin duck and noodles as well as all-you-can-eat-for-9-pounds buffets!

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And some interesting links: