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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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6 Top things to do in Córdoba

Córdoba was once the Roman and Moorish capital of Spain with its roots in the banks of the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia, Spain.  It has a rich cultural and architectural heritage and in medieval times it was one of the few places Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived together peacefully.  Yet, it’s somewhat overshadowed by its neighbors, Granada and Seville and left out of many Spanish itineraries.  I enjoyed my stay in the city so much, I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Spain and the South.  Here’s my 6 Top Things to do in Córdoba I compiled after my stay.

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Free Harajuku and Omotesando guide article app giveaway with GPSMyCity

Whenever I plan my next trip, I spend a lot of time reading about my destination.  I’m constantly on the lookout for helpful articles about what to see, where to eat and where to shop.  Sometimes you come across the perfect destination guide and the best you can do is to either print it out or bookmark it and try to search for the places the article talks about on Google Maps.  This can be really troublesome and what if you would like to read the article again but you have no data or free wifi?

Well, the guys at GPSMyCity are here to help.  If you’re not familiar with their app, be sure to check it out as it has amazing maps of city walk you can use offline!  Yes people, offline.  That is not all.  Many of their city walks are now accompanied by related travel articles that are GPS-guided and some of my most popular city guides are now also available with this feature.  You can also download the articles and read them offline later – no more worries about your internet data.

This is so cool! How do I get it?

Firstly, you have to get the GPSMyCity app on your iOS device from the itunes store.  You’ll find City Walk maps for over 600 cities and accompanied by even more helpful articles.  You can download the articles for free and keep it for later.  If you want to download the accompanying map of the article, you’ll have to make a small in app purchase for it (about $1) and voila, you’re set up with your own cool destination article guide!

Free Giveaway

Four of my most popular posts has been turned into article guide apps in collaboration with GPSMyCity and to celebrate, I am giving away my Harajuku and Omotesando Guide article app away for free!  This will be for a limited time only (a week after the launch) so that you can check out the awesome functionality of the apps for yourself.

Clink on the link below to download my Harajuku and Omotesando Guide article app, and then upgrade the app for the GPS map.

Harajuku and Omotesando Tokyo Guide

Here are some of my other Article Guides:

Exploring Tokyo: Asakusa Guide

What about Nice? A City on Its Own

10 Things to Do in Madrid’s City Center

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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