SPAIN EAT LIKE A LOCAL

IMG_5704-1The best thing about traveling is all the tasty food you get to eat! Spain has flavor in every corner you turned into. If you want to try a little bit of everything you totally can because tapas offer small portions! Here are some of my favorite dishes that you must try!IMG_4295.jpegWhen we first arrived to Madrid we stopped at Mercado San Miguel and tried the famous Iberico Jamon. Wow, I’ve never had ham like this anywhere in the states. It takes years for the process of this ham to be made, but I promise you it’s worth the wait. You can eat by itself or in a sandwich with some cheese. IMG_4311.jpegSalmorejo is a cold tomato soup similar to Gazpacho but with a couple different ingredients such as the boiled eggs. Cordoba is the home of this iconic cold soup and is a favorite of many locals. Everyone said we had to try it and was so we did and we had no regrets! IMG_4317.jpegCalamari is in almost every restaurant menu in Spain. You can have it fried, grilled or even in a sandwich. Every region has its own recipe and different combinations of calamari so just as the locals and they will tell you their specialty. IMG_4423.jpegPaella is one of the most popular dishes of Spain. Its origin is from Valencia but you can try it anywhere in Spain. You can try different variations of different ingredients such as chicken, beef, fish, shrimp and clams. I would compare it to a stir fry but with a Spanish twist. It’s defiantly a must try if you are in Spain! IMG_4547.jpegClams with garlic and olive oil was recommended by a couple who was sitting next to us at Eslava, a restaurant in Seville. I had never tried clams before and I was always hesitant but I stepped out of my comfort zone and really enjoyed them! Sometimes you just have to trust the locals! IMG_4737Churros y Chocolate! This a signature treat of Spain that will have you craving in once you go home. The crispy churros and the thick warm chocolate make an excellent combination, especially in the winter. We had it at a couple different restaurants but one of our favorites was at the popular San Gines of Madrid.

Have you traveled to Spain before? What are some of your favorite foodie items? Please share because we all enjoy yummy food!

DIAMOND BEACH & GLACIER LAGOON PHOTO DIARY

Roadtripping IcelandOn the day that we planned to visit the glacier lagoon we woke up to the first snowfall. We knew it was going to be a cold and wet day but when in Iceland you just have to tough it out! There are 2 spots you need to check out that are right by each other, Diamond Beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Bellow you will find my collection of photos taken at this spectacular sight.

Diamond Beach

There are 2 sides of Diamond Beach and I would recommend going to both if you have time. You will walk along black sand and small glaciers that have made it to the shore, it’s unlike any beach you have ever seen! Once the sun comes out they will brighten up and look like diamonds hence the name. Even though it was snowing we still spent about 30 minutes just walking along the beach and discovering seals entering the lagoon. I would bring some binoculars to get a closer look! IMG_2741IMG_2800IMG_2823Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We booked a tour with one of the companies and we went on a smaller boat on to the water. We got pretty close to the massive glaciers chunks that were glowing turquouis or with black streaks. The snow that was falling on this unbelievable sight made it feel like I was in snow globe. After the boat tour you can walk around a couple paths and take more pictures from different angels. You can see the glaciers move towards the ocean and shift and crackle to get out of the lagoon.IMG_2884IMG_2885IMG_2892If you are visiting Iceland it is essential that you visit this location not only because it’s home to Europe’s largest glacier but because it’s an experience of a lifetime. Nothing compares to it.

Photo Tip: If it is snowing or raining make sure you bring something to dry off your lens with. IMG_2700.jpeg

ROADTRIPPING ICELAND

Untitled Design.pngBefore going to Iceland I would recommend to plan out your trip and know what you want to see and do. Why? Because Iceland is so beautiful and there is numerous places to stop to visit. Be aware of the time frame you have, know how long the drive is and weather conditions! We went in late September early October and it was cold and windy but we still got some sun.

ICELAND ROUTE GUIDE (10 DAYS)

Day 1: Arrival 

We arrived to Iceland in the morning and rented our car through Hertz because it was a reasonable price with a well known company. I guess everyone had the same thought because the line took about an hour to get our car.

Tip: We did not rent a 4×4 car and we were fine just stay on the F- Roads.IMG_2697Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar Island

If you have time I would highly recommend visiting this island because it is a little less touristy. It’s a small village full of colorful houses and farmlands all around. There are two volcanoes you can hike and get an epic view of Eyjafjallajökull! If you go in the warmer months you can spot local Puffins.

Tip: Check the weather conditions because they will cancel if the waves are too high. IMG_2680Day 3: Hoffel

This was when we did the most driving because we went from the west to the south coast. Our ferry from Vestmannaeyjar Island was delayed a couple of hours because of wind conditions. We ended up driving into the night but that’s okay! We moved things around and we got to do everything we still wanted!

Tip: If unfortunately you have a delay or travel issues don’t freak out just try to solve the problem and still enjoy your time there!

Day 4: Jokulsarlon Glacier & Dimond Beach

We woke up the for first snow fall of the season and that was pure magic. We had booked a glacier tour were we got up close and personal to many glaciers and we also got to taste a part of one! On the other side of the road is Diamond Beach were parts of broken glaciers are heading out to the sea or washed out to the shore.IMG_2823.jpegDay 5: Svartifoss & Fjaðrárgljúfur

This waterfall is a fun hike to stretch out from all the driving! The hike is about 1.5 kilometers and you’ll see some smaller waterfalls along the trail. Next stop, Fjaðrárgljúfur the famous canyon from Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You” music video. Unfortunately, because of it’s popularity most of the viewing spots are closed now and you have to stick to a trail.IMG_2964Day 6: Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, Skógafoss & Seljavellir Geothermal Pool

In 1973 this plane ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing and thankfully everyone survived. Now many tourist make it a prime destination to visit. To get to the famous plane wreck you have to hike 4km from the main road. Don’t worry it’ not a hard hike it’s just a long hike.

Day 7: Seljalandsfoss & Golden Circle

If you go to Iceland and you only have a short amount of time, I would highly recommend driving the Golden Circle. There are different spots with unbelievable views not  far from each other. You will see waterfalls, hot springs, geyser and a crater all within the loop!IMG_3409.jpegDay 8 & 9: Reykjavik

We spent 2 days exploring this iconic city where you’ll find many museums, restaurants, swimming pools, shopping districts and a wild night life. We loved grabbing hot dogs from the famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stand and then going to Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral for the highest viewing point of Reykjavik. IMG_3484Day 10: Blue Lagoon

The last day we wanted to just relax and enjoy the famous hot springs and that was the perfect way to end our adventure in Iceland. I would recommend just doing the basic price and going close to sunset.

Tip: Book your tickets at least 2 months in advance because they tend to sell out. IMG_3599.jpegMY ICELAND ROUTE

I laid out a map of the route we took while road tripping Iceland. You can always tailor it to what you want to see! What are you the most excited about seeing in Iceland? What are some of your favorite spots? Tell me more!