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Mindfulness on the Road – How to experience more

Have you ever been in a place or situation where there is just too much to take in? It feels as if every pore in your body is over saturated with stimuli.  It’s just too much and you can feel your brain cutting out.  The worst that has happened to me is when I think back to some great over-stimulating experience and find myself not remembering anything of it.  The thought of it is shocking, but it happens. All the time.

This is where mindfulness comes in.  I’ve always practiced some form of meditation throughout the years to help lessen anxiety and everyday stress.  Truthfully, I haven’t been consistent in any of these practices.  I usually end up disappointed in myself and looking for quick fixes.  I found that practicing mindfulness and incorporating it into my daily life, I am calmer, more focused and experience things clearer.  Mindfulness is described by a Perspectives on Psychological Science study as “the non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment.”

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A visit to Córdoba’s majestic Mezquita

Córdoba is one of the jewels of Andalusia in Southern Spain.  Like many of its sister cities in the area (Granada, Seville, Cadiz) it boasts one magnificent structure that places it on the must see list of Spanish cities.  What is this magnificent structure I’m talking about?  Well, it’s called the Mezquita-Cathedral – literally a Mosque-Cathedral.

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Explore Tokyo: Shibuya Guide

The Shibuya area in Tokyo is a popular district for shopping, entertainment and nightlife.  It’s located between the equally popular Shinjuku and Harajuku areas and a good central point to stay if you visit Tokyo.  Most of the well-known shops and restaurants are located around Shibuya Station and you’ve probably seen pictures of the busy Shibuya Crossing or heard about Hachiko, the loyal dog’s statue.  Here’s some of my recommendations on what to see and do in Shibuya.

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Hiking Lion’s Head, Cape Town

Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain Range in Cape Town, South Africa.  It’s iconic peak looms over the city and the ocean and a hike to its summit is popular with locals and tourists alike.  The hike can take a steep 2-3 hours up and down and rewards with views around every corner.

View from the top of Lion's Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance
View from the top of Lion’s Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance

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How to spend 24 hours in Cape Town

If you’re traveling to South Africa, chances are good that you will visit Cape Town, South Africa’s mother city.  This beautiful harbour city sits against the backdrop of Table Mountain, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.  The city is stacked with stuff to do, indoors and out doors.  If this is your first time here, read my quick guide on how to spend a packed 24 hours in Cape Town.

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A visit to Kenrokouen Garden in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is located in central Honshu in Japan’s Isikawa prefecture.  With its unique location between mountains and sea, it provided a stronghold for the Maeda feuadal lords and the town developed its own cultural identity.  Kanazawa focussed more on culture than industry and it was spared from the World War II bombings.  There were many reasons I included Kanazawa in my itinerary (it’s like a little Kyoto) but the main reason was to see the beautiful Kenrokouen Garden.

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Croatian Adventure: Finding Romans in Pula

Pula is one of the largest cities on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia.  I was pleasantly surprised by the fast amount of Roman ruins and landmarks that I found during my stroll through the city.  Pula has been known for its shipping industry and served as a Roman military outpost.  The Roman arena has been preserved through the centuries and spectacular find in the heart of the city.

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10 Things to do in Madrid’s city center

Madrid is one of those cities I constantly long to go back to.  I can see myself living, working and eating here.  I’m in love with the Spanish way of life, the ‘duende’ you’ll hear many of them speak of.  Madrid’s city center is a great place to get an idea of what Madrid is about and it can easily be explored on foot.  After you’ve explored the city center, you can head out into the other areas like El Rastro La Latina, Lavapiés etc.  Here’s my best 10 things to see and do in the center.

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Explore Tokyo: Harajuku and Omotesando Shopping Areas

Harajuku is colourful and crazy.  It’s Takeshita-dori and its side streets is the epitome of Japanese teenage culture and lined with trendy shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.  Omotesando caters for more adult clientele with luxury brand shops sitting along the broad tree-lined street.  I did a (shopping) walk from Harajuku to Omotesando to Shibuya and this was one of my favourite excursions in Tokyo.  There are so many side streets and small boutique shops to discover.

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Exploring Tokyo: Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) in Tokyo was built as a dedication to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan and his wife, Empress Shoken.  I found this shinto shrine situated next to Harajuku station, a busy shopping area, with its 100000 trees and huge torii gates, oozing with tranquility.  This was just what I was looking for before starting off my shopping extravaganza in Harajuku, Omotesando down Cat Street straight to Shibuya.

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