Wednesday, September 17, 2014

South Africa III: Kruger National Park. Day 1.

We had such an amazing time in Kruger National Park, the more I travel, the more I realize that there is nothing like mother nature. And this is someone who loves cities, and art and culture and architecture, and who is crazy about new technologies but nothing can beat a natural landscape or observing wildlife interactions in their habitat.

We spent 4 days driving in Kruger National Park roads observing and taking pictures like crazy of elephants, impalas, hippos, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, buffalos, etc enjoying like kids.

We had never been in a safari before and that was one of the reasons that made us choose South Africa: you get to see all these animals in one of the most well organised National Parks in Africa and then you go to the coast and see whales and dolphins, penguins and even have the opportunity to go and see white sharks...Plus beautiful beaches , incredible landscapes, the wineries, cute towns and cities like Cape town, I mean, what else could we ask for?

So we arrived to Kruger National Park trough Orpen's Gate and check in at Tamboti's rest camp. We loved it there, just a few tents in front of  the Timbavati river ( which was dry, ) where you can spot many birds and little animals just walking along the camp.  And you can hear all sorts of animals at night: a great experience. We booked a Sunset Game drive in the afternoon, but they had to cancel because there were not enough people. But that is the great thing about this rest camp, that there is no many people or cars so you really enjoy driving around and spotting animals. And here is the result of our first day in pictures:

Tamboti's tent

Monday, September 15, 2014

South Africa II: Road trip to Kruger National Park

   Ok, just a quick post about our first day is South Africa. I don't  have many pictures of this day, so this is basically some useful information . The next posts will be packed with pictures, I promise.

It took us almost 24h to arrive to Johannesburg airport after our scale in Dubai. I must say I was really surprised on how busy is Dubai airport at 2 am in the morning. All the shops were open and they had this comfy chairs in the waiting room where you can take a nap, but saddly, they were all taken .

   Anyway, once arrived to Johannesburg airport we changed our euros to Rands ( we had a good rate there), bought a plug adaptor for 80 rands and run to the car rental office. They had run out of GPS, so we had to rent it in another shop just at the side of our car rental office, so not a big deal. And then we were ready to drive!

All the acomodation near the Kruger National Park are private reserves and they are  really expensive, so, if you are on a budget, you have to sleep like 1h30 away from Kruger Park, depending on the Gate your entering the Park.

-My advise is: as soon as you have your plane ticket booked, go and check SANparks website to book accommodation inside the Park, they have a different range of prices and they are very reasonable but you have to book quite in advance as they get fully booked quite fast.

-The Park itself is huge, so first check a map of the park to plan your route. Here are some of the popular rest camps: Satara, Lower Sabie, Olifants...

-And the closest gates from Johannesburg are Numbi and Malelane ( around 4h and 38 minutes to get there by car). Depending on the Gate, it  can take you from 6 or 7 hours to get there from Johannesburg, so you must have this in mind while planning your trip.

We were entering through Orpen's Gate, so we booked our accomodation 1:30h outside the park in R36 Road on our first night, and believe me, after 24h flight that is a tough ride, the first 4 hours are ok, but the last two...Ha , ha, ha, let's talk about the Potholes. The road was full of what they call potholes which are basically holes, and which make driving quite ...entertaining, specially at night.... By the time we arrived to our Bed & Breakfast it was dark and we were very tired, so we ate something and went straight to bed. We had to wake up early the next morning...

    And that was it. The next post will be  full of giraffes, Bambi's, elephants, zebra's, etc... ;)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

South Africa I: The Route

Hey!!! Just arrived from South Africa, I had an amazing trip with my sister and cousin: lots of laughs,   incredible landscapes and tons of animals. Simply amazing.

I will post soon some info and pictures in case you are planning a trip there. Here is our route: we flew to Johannesburg and rent a car at the airport to go to Kruger National Park. Then we took the car back and flew from Johannesburg to Port Elisabeth, where we rent another car to drive to the Garden Route, then Hermanus and finally drive to Cape Town , where we flew back to Barcelona.
We drove about 3000 km , but it was worth it, the landscapes from the roads were just beautiful. We have come back happy as a rabbit and with 5000 pictures between the three of us.

Day 1:  Bcn-Dubai
Day 2: Dubai-Johannesburg road trip to Mpumalanga
Day 3: Kruger-Tamboti
Day 4: Kruger-Skuzkuza
Day 5: Kruger- Skuzkuza
Day 6: Kruger- Blyde River Canyon
Day 7: Johannesburg- Port Elizabeth
Day 8: Port Elizabeth- Plettenberg Bay
Day 9: Plettenberg Bay- Knysna- Wilderness- Mossel Bay
Day 10: Mossel Bay- Hermanus
Day 11: Hermanus
Day 12: Franschhoek and Stellenbosch
Day 13: Cape Town
Day14: Cape Town
Day 15: Cape Town
Day 16: Cape Town -Dubai
Day 17: Dubai-Barcelona

To be 100% honest,  after checking many many blogs, we basically copied the Route that Juanma and Carol show on their fantastic blog, so thank you , thank you x 100000 to share your adventures because we had an incredible journey. I think they were also inspired from this trip diary from Chufina, which is obviously amazing too, so thank you, thank you x 10000000 too.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The medieval village of Pals

When we were little we use to spend summers in Pals, a beautiful town located in Baix Empordà, Girona. My sisters and I love coming back there, the mix of all our happy memories with the beauty of the landscape and the stunning medieval town is just perfect. Any excuse is good to come back to Pals.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hot chocolate in "La Nena"

 My goodness, if you like chocolate you must  try a swiss ( Hot xocolate with cream) in "La nena", in Gracia . Simply delicious. This cute place is normally full of locals and you  probably will have to wait for a table, but trust me, it is absolutely worth it. This cafe has colorful little chairs and lots of games in their shelves that you can borrow to play with your friends or children. I just love it. here are some pictures from their Facebook page, but I think you should see it in person :))

La Nena
C/Ramón i Cajal 36
08012 Barcelona

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Scrapbook workshop with Mariona Cardona

Hi there!
Last week my friend M and I went to our first scrapbooking workshop with Mariona Cardona.
We played with watercolors and gelatos and stamps and had lots of fun.

We made a really cute mini album and I decided that mine would be about London. I lived there for three years  and I loved it so much and learnt and had such a great time....
So here is the result, don't be to hard on me, this is my first scrapbooking experience ;)

We used the bind it all and papers from Cut and Paste ( Amy Tangerine) and Polka dot party (Dear Lizzy) collections. I love Mariona's style, it is modern and cute and stylish and not cheesy at all. Have a look of her blog.

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