Hapje-Tapje, a culinary tour in Leuven

Hapje-Tapje, a culinary tour in Leuven | The Solivagant Soul

So, to get yourselves in position, I have been living in Belgium for a bit less than 4 years. I have been to Christmas Markets, to plenty of fairs, and to a few Carnivals. But by far, my favorite event has always been the Hapje-Tapje. Why? well, in a word: food. You can find some more information about this year’s event here. What is the Hapje-Tapje The Hapje-Tapje is an event that goes on every year during the first weekend of August. It is a day in which most of the restaurants in the city center open their doors and…

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Tenface Hotel in Bangkok, my first boutique hotel

Tenface Hotel, my first boutique hotel in Bangkok

So in my last trip I went to Thailand. I did kind of a weird loop and I went from Bangkok to the south, back to Bangkok, and then I headed north. Instead of just passing by, I preferred to plan my trip in a more relaxed way and spend a couple of days between arriving and heading for the road again. Even though in my first stay I was in a very small hotel in a walking distance from the centre, I decided to give myself a treat. And I booked my first “boutique hotel”, the Tenface Hotel. Where…

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San Juan in Spain, a night of witches and bonfires

San Juan in Spain, a night of witches - The Solivagant Soul

Yes! it is here! The summer has finally arrived! We are all happy and eager to finally head to whoknowswhere and have some proper time off. Also, the start of the summer is the beginning of something else, the days start to shorten and the nights get longer. Many countries have their own rite or ceremony to celebrate this. For example, you can head to Stonehenge in the UK and spend a night with the dolmens. Or you can head north and enjoy a non-stop party with the midnight sun. Today I am telling you about how we do it…

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Panoramic photography, the wide angle of the poor

Panoramic photography, the wide angle of the poor - The Solivagant Soul

As you already know, besides solo traveling, one of my other passions is photography. It is a lovely hobby specially when you travel a bit, but let’s be honest, it is not the cheapest one. Like I had said before, there is one lens that is the best one to capture landscapes: the wide-angle. It is capable of taking pictures where you can get plenty of components, the problem? It’s price. Here I will explain you a little bit about how to imitate the effect of this lens with a usual kit lens: by doing panoramic shots. So what’s a…

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Dog sledding around the Three Sisters

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A few months back I decided to watch this new TV show called “No Tomorrow”. I thought it was a very nice and refreshing show, and it made me think about some things. In this show, a guy that thinks that the world will end in less than a year decides to write an “Apocalist”. In this list he wrote all the things he wanted to do before the world would come to an end. And he inspired other people to do the same. Me included. I am happy to say that last February I crossed the first one of…

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You don’t need to quit your job to travel

You don't need to quit your job to travel - The Solivagant Soul

What? That you don’t have to quit your job to travel ? In the past few years it seems like traveling is a biological imperative for all millenials. Don’t get me wrong, there are very few things in this world that I enjoy more than being with my backpack in a remote and unknown location. I know that I would enjoy a life on the road. I do not need a lot to live. And, of course, writing about travel, it’s been a while since the first time that I was asked why I didn’t quit my job to travel…

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A love-hate affair with Thai food

A love and hate affair with Thai Food - Amor y odio con la comida tailandesa - The Solivagant Soul

Last year I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand. It was an unforgettable experience. I met a tone of people with many interesting stories and I saw wonders (naturals and manmade). Like in each one of my trips, an important part of it felt into the “Food” category. I wanted to truly immerse in their gastronomic culture and I wanted to try as many different meals as I could from “Thai Food”. The first days The first day that I spent in Bangkok I decided to go first to the Grand Palace. I wasn’t staying far…

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That terrible consequence: Avoiding Jet lag

Avoiding Jet Lag - The Solivagant Soul

A couple of months back, as you know, I travelled to Thailand. It was the first time in years that I had to care about avoiding jet lag. If you are like me and want to get as much as you can done, I’m sure you don’t want to spend a week being a sleep-zombie. So… Here you have some tips for avoiding jet lag and get the most of your trip from day one. Selecting the best schedule to fly for avoiding jet lag Let’s be honest. I’m aware that most people select the cheapest flight option with non-crazy…

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Catalan Christmas, a different holiday season

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If there’s something we Catalans are specially good at is at being different. We are too cool to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so we have our own and celebrate St Jordi (much better if you ask me). In our holidays, we gather and dance in circles, or we dress up as demons and run the streets throwing sparks to the people. But it that were not enough, we love human castles and eat (kinda) burned onions while wearing a bib. We are a fantastic country, with very special and original traditions. And, is there something more original than our Catalan Christmas?…

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German winter: Christmas Market in Cologne

Christmas Market in Cologne - The Solivagant Soul

After I moved to Belgium a few years back, one of the things I was the happiest about was that I was on a city with a beautiful Christmas market. And not only that, but only a few hours away from many others. In every city, or capital around here, there’s at least one interesting market. You can visit the weirdly lighten one in Brussels. Or the rustic in Liege. Or maybe the lovely one in Brugge. Each one of them has something special, but none compares to the Christmas market of Cologne. Because is not one or two, they…

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