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Going Places: My 2019

As 2019 is coming to an end and we are moving to a new decade, I decided to write my traditional yearly travel recap and highlight my travels from the year 2019. Unlike my last year’s edition of Going Places, this year I stayed within Europe, but I visited more countries than last year, in total nine of them.

February: Sweden

2019 started very well for me since I moved to one of my most favourite countries – Sweden. I was based in Gothenburg, which now proudly is in my top three cities in the world, but meanwhile, I also discovered almost the whole of Sweden. I visited so many cities I even stopped counting after a while. I went from Stockholm all the way up to North and experienced wintery-snowy weather during May in Boden.
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April: Italy

To run away from the Scandinavian winter and super cold Spring even, I decided to treat myself with a nice Southern-European trip. Visiting Milan in the beginning of April was extra busy due to the Milano Design Week. It was my first time in Italy and I still miss my morning walks at Brera and stopping by at GOD SAVE THE FOOD for my daily dose of croissant and cappuccino, my evenings at Dry Milano. You can see my Milanese trip in a nutshell here.
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April: France

After Milan, I decided to take a weekend trip to the French Riviera. It was also my first time in France, and since one of my most favourite things to do is watching tv series, I was lucky enough to attend the Cannes Series Festival. A true highlight of my trip to Nice was where I stayed. You can see a full article from my French weekend trip here.

I stayed in Nice and discovered the city on foot, took a little swimming in the sea and enjoyed the warm April days. I took a train to Cannes where I spent one whole day to attend the Cannes Series Festival. Since I was super busy with the Series Festival, I didn’t have much time to discover Cannes, but I still managed to sneak out and to see the most iconic places that were close to the beach.
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April: Belgium

As a chocolate geek, I am still surprised why Belgium wasn’t my very first travel destination. But better late than never, I finally visited the European capital this year to try the most delicious chocolate and waffles in Europe. If you trust Google and queue for the most traditional and oldest waffle cafes in Brussels, you might spend the whole day in the queue. So my advice would be to discover Brussels on foot, check out the city’s popular vintage stores, and in the evening, try the Belgian waffles outside the touristic center, skip the queues and enjoy your daily dose of endorphins without waiting for your order forever.
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May: Malta

Being already a bit fed up with the almost never-ending Swedish winter, in May, I decided to treat myself with a one-week getaway to warm and sunny Malta.

Malta was one of the most unexpectedly beautiful countries I have been to this year. If we ignore super uncomfortable transportation and traffic in the streets, Malta is definitely an amazing destination to swim, enjoy the sun, eat delicious food and discover the historical parts of the country.
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July: Czech Republic

You already know from my Instagram that I am an architecture geek, I love taking pictures of beautiful buildings. And speaking of architecture Prague was the highlight of my European trip in 2019.
You can check out my more detailed and eco-friendly guide to Prague here. But let me once again highlight how unexpectedly beautiful and cheap the capital of the Czech Republic was. Also being very well located between Austria and Germany, you have quick access from Prague to Vienna (one of my most favourite cities in Europe), or to Berlin – every hipster’s dream to find. And yep, don’t forget to try the Czech beer or every dessert lover’s favourite Chimney cakes.
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August: Austria

Vienna is one of my most favourite cities in the world, so, while visiting Prague this July, I could not help myself but go on a weekend trip from Pague to Vienna in August.

Vienna was named as the most livable city in the world for several years in a row for a reason. I can talk about thousands of reasons why you should grab a suitcase and go to Austria right now: like Mozart, Viennese coffee, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud and etc. But you will not fully get what I am talking about until you visit the Austrian capital by yourself. You can check out my article about my Viennese trip and find some inspiration about where to stay or go in order to make the best out of Vienna in just two-three days.
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September: Catalonia

Barcelona is one of the most iconic cities in Catalonia, we all agree on that. But this year while stopping by in Barcelona for two days, I decided to discover more local and less touristic cities in Catalonia.
Even though Catalonia and Spain are quite cheap, one weirdly expensive thing there is regional trains. So in order to stay within your budget, I would highly recommend you to use the BlaBlaCar app and go to almost any city for around ten Euros.

From Barcelona, I decided to go to Montserrat, Lleida, and Tarragona. Even though Lleida is not as touristy as the other cities mentioned above, I enjoyed my stay there the most, getting to know the local culture, people were super friendly and welcoming. There were a lot of vintage-hipsterish hang out places where mostly locals or Erasmus students would go.

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December: Poland

I took a quick trip to the capital of Poland from Sweden in the middle of December. Warsaw turned out to be a very beautiful city with loads of veggie-friendly places and vintage stores where you can also find rare Soviet-era souvenirs.
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For 2020, my goal is to go out of Europe and discover at least some parts of Asia. You can follow me on Instagram and be the first one to see what’s up for the next year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

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Let’s Go Somewhere: Milano

As some of you might already know, I am not living in Lisbon anymore and instead, I decided to pursue my dreams in Sweden! So as a spoiled girl by the Portuguese weather, where you have summer basically 9 months per year, I suffered quite a bit surviving the Swedish winter. So as a true Scandinavian already (I try to adapt with the local places as soon as possible) I took an example from my fellow Swedes and I decided to treat myself with a short trip to the South of Europe. So I booked my flight to Milan for the first time ever to try the most delicious food in the world, to enjoy the warm April days and to attend the highly anticipated Milano Design Week.

I will not waste my time talking about the mainstream things like: “While in Milan you should definitely visit the Duomo Cathedral and etc.” Can we drop that already? it’s 2019! We DO know about the touristic attractions, what we need to learn more is how to discover the city like a local.

EATING OUT

After my arrival on a Saturday afternoon from Gothenburg to Bergamo airport, I decided to take a quick walk around the iconic Brera neighbourhood and then to rest a bit before partying like a local during the evening. As a huge pizza & cocktails fan, I decided to book a table at Dry Milano and to have the Saturday night out like a true Milanese.

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Dry Milano’s iconic Pizza!

DRY MILANO:
Dry Milano is the unique pairing of two unusual things (for Italy at least): Cocktails & Pizza. It’s a place that is characterized by its modern environment, good music, vintage vibes, and one of the rarest cocktails in town!

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Cocktail FRENCH75, Dry Milano, Via Solferino 33.

The best thing about Dry Milano is that you will definitely get in touch with the local culture because there are mostly Italians having drinks & dinner there. Also, the bar is famous for its best Pizza in town, but if you ask me, they also serve the BEST desserts in Milan.

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Dry Milano, Via Solferino 33

The staff working there are super friendly and open (like every Italian) and they are always there for you to give you the best tips about drinks and food that are being served in the restaurant. I would suggest you book your table at least 2 days in advance, especially if you want to visit Dry during Friday/the weekend.

GOD SAVE THE FOOD:

What I love about Italy is how they have this “breakfasting out” culture on a daily basis. And as a true breakfast/brunch lover I found my personal paradise called GOD SAVE THE FOOD right in the heart of Milan.

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For the Italian standards, GOD SAVE THE FOOD was the innovation in food business back in 2011, when they opened the first branch because unlike the typical Italian cafe, God Save the Food is the place you can visit at any time during the day/evening. Starting from 7.30 a.m. with the incomparable Italian Breakfast like Coffee with Cornetto Alla Crema, accompanying with Açaí bowl, continuing the afternoon with the Brunch/lunch menu, God Save the Food transforms into a dinner/drinks place during the evening!

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God Save The Food, Piazza del Carmine 1

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God Save The Food, Piazza del Carmine 1

So basically, if you go there several times a day, you will end up having a different vibe and experience each time. The idea of God Save the Food is to be accessible for EVERY kind of people (Worker, Freelancer, Tourist, Local, Student, etc) at ANY TIME.


I visited the one at the Brera Neighbourhood, because they have one of the most beautiful esplanade, where you can enjoy your food outside in one of the fewest places in Milano, where cars are not allowed, so you can have your delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner peacefully!

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Piazza del Carmine 1

In total there are 4 branches of God Save the Food in Milan: in the districts of Tortona, Brera, Piave / Porta Venezia and the last born on the -1 floor of Rinascente – Duomo, a catering service for events and private parties and a food truck for bringing God Save the Food around Italy.

PASTICCERIA LORIA:

you will see Pasticcerias (Italian small coffee shops/Bakery) basically on every corner of Milan, but Pasticceria Loria at Viale Piave 12 stole my heart with its modern design, delicious coffee and esplanade in the calm neighbourhood in Milan, where mostly local people live and hang out.
If you always walk while travelling and like to discover the city by foot (like me) Pasticceria Loria is a great place to rest a bit and get your energy back with its famous Macchiato and also a little Italian sweet never hurt nobody!

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Viale Piave 12

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Viale Piave 12

CAFFE’ CARLINO:

A well-travelled person once said: “An Italian breakfast a day will keep the doctor away”, unless you get diabetes, because they eat lots of sweets, but while on vacation I usually don’t follow the strict diet rules. So, I was falling in love with Italian little coffee shops all over again. I came across with the super local and super delicious Pasticceria called CAFFE’ CARLINO with an inviting interior design and the sweetest people working there! And unfortunately I missed it, but Caffe’ Carlino is famous with its Tortelli alla crema that is served ONLY during the carnival in February. So if you happen to visit Milano during late winter, make sure to stop by there especially for Tortelli and THANK ME LATER.

OUT AND ABOUT:
If you decide to discover Milan by foot (like me), because basically the weather is good almost 24/7 during Spring/Summer, you will need around 1,5 day/2 days in total to see EVERYTHING and even the things you did not know existed in Italy. My favourite neighbourhood to walk around is Brera (well like everyone else’s) and Navigli, which is very good for your Instagram!

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Navigli, Milan, Italy

For shopping (for a normal people) you can take a walk to Avenue of Buenos Aires, but for FANCY people you can shop around Duomo, or visit the new Porta Nuova district where you can get your Balenciaga sunglasses, Versace shirts or see the iconic Gucci wall, which changes every season!

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Porta Nuova, Milan, Italy

Stay tuned for the next blog post where I will be talking about my weekend trip from Italy to France!
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