Europe’s Sweet Temptations

Europe’s Sweet Temptations

Baked, with custard, or with all kinds of fruits, each country has its own sweets and its own way of making them. But as diverse as they may be, all these traditional desserts have something in common: they are a true delight for the palate and somehow, they always manage to take us straight back to the destination from whence they came. You are invited to travel with us and discover the most representative desserts of some of Europe’s cities. And for the braver ones among you… we’ll include the recipes so you can try your hand at these sweet temptations from the kitchen of your very own apartment. That way you’ll experience them like a true local!   Italy – Tiramisu Not only is Italy the go-to country for an idyllic holiday, good wine, and delicious pasta, but also the cradle of one of the most popular deserts in the world: Tiramisu. A true classic of the Bella Italia. If made in the traditional way, this dessert is not just delicious but also not that difficult to prepare. But watch out! Don’t eat a whole tray of it because one of its main ingredients is mascarpone cheese, a true calorie bomb. Nevertheless, it’s essential to let ourselves give in to this little treat from time to time. This Italian dessert can be made with various ingredients and in many different ways. Here is the classic recipe.   Vienna – Apple Strudel Can you think of a more delicious way to eat apples than by delving into a piece of freshly made apple strudel? You can’t leave Vienna without...
A Journey to the Rhythm of the Most Emblematic Dances

A Journey to the Rhythm of the Most Emblematic Dances

When travelling we always strive to discover and experience the true essence of a country. Its cuisine, history, and people help us get better acquainted with our destination, becoming part of it. Knowing the language often makes it easier for us to connect, but we can guarantee that it’s not always necessary to share a common language. Dance is a universal language; a fun way to connect with a country or city, and most of all with its citizens. April 29th is International Dance Day, the perfect excuse to go on a trip around the world dancing to the rhythm of the most emblematic dances of some countries.   Tango – Buenos Aires Possibly one of the first styles of dance that comes to mind when we think of traditional dances specific to a destination is tango, in Buenos Aires. And it’s no wonder, as this dance has become such a recognizable symbol of Argentina that it was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2009.  Visiting the Argentinian capital and not visiting a tanguería can be unforgivable. You don’t know where to go? Don’t panic! There are numerous milongas, (studios offering dance lessons) in the city, like Niño Belén (frequented by dance pros), La Catedral Club, Café Tortoni… If you are considering traveling to this destination in the summer, aim for August, when the Tango World Festival is held.   Salsa – Cali When we hear about salsa, many of us don’t realize that there are countless variations of this style of dance.  There’s line salsa, Cuban style salsa, mambo style salsa, Puerto Rican salsa, and many...
Germany’s Most Beautiful Castles

Germany’s Most Beautiful Castles

Whether for knights or for princesses, Germany’s castles can whisk us off to a fairytale just by setting eyes on them. Their walls tell stories of long-gone epochs, inviting us to discover their legends. Today we bring you Germany’s most stunning castles with the guarantee that none of them will leave you cold. Once upon a time there was…   Neuschwanstein, Bavaria A Bavarian king by the name of Ludwig II… Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Germany’s most popular attractions, a must see that summons visitors from all over the world. Every summer over 6,000 people travel to southern Bavaria to admire this building, commissioned by King Ludwig in 1869 to represent a castle from the Middle Ages. Its romantic appearance makes it look like it belongs in the pages of a fairytale, and so it’s no wonder that it was the main source of inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland.   Löwenburg, Kassel With its numerous towers and windows, Löwenburg is a charming castle that now functions as a museum. Its furniture, paintings, tapestries, stained glass windows, bronze artifacts, and armory reflect its builder’s passion for collecting. This castle has served as the filming location for some German movies and TV series, and in the year 2014 it featured in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.   Eltz Castle, Koblenz This castle is thought to be one of Germany’s prettiest and best-preserved castles, as it’s practically the only construction along the Eifel to remain untouched after the wars of the 17th and 18th centuries, and the French Revolution. In the summer months, there are daily guided tours...
A Journey through Latin American Gastronomy

A Journey through Latin American Gastronomy

Central and South America are some of the areas with the greatest cultural diversity in the world. Not only do they boast a high concentration of natural wonders but also a rich gastronomy that, like their culture, is defined by a fusion of peoples, experiences, and tastes. Its colors lead us to explore this part of the world, which fascinates and dazzles with different traditional dishes among which we find African, Spanish, Italian, and Oriental influences. We invite you to make your acquaintance with 6 different Latin American countries through your palate. Peru Peru is considered to be one of the culinary capitals of the world. One of the mandatory stops when arriving in Peru is tasting true Peruvian cuisine and savoring the diversity of its products. For many travelers, it is a real treat to experience tradition and the blend of cultures when trying its typical dishes. One of them is ceviche, considered part of the nation’s cultural heritage. It consists in raw fish seasoned with lemon, onion, salt, ají (Amarillo chili) and pepper. Its preparation is rather unique and many consider it to be an aphrodisiac. There’s a wide variety of ceviche, depending on the region and the type of seafood. Hence we can find fish ceviche, mixed ceviche (with fish and shellfish), black conch ceviche, octopus ceviche, etc. Such is the popularity of this dish that National Ceviche Day is celebrated on June 28th.   Mexico This country’s gastronomy reflects the nuances of a culture that is based on religious rituals, magic, and art. The flavors, aromas, and textures of Mexican cuisine surprise our senses, and more...
Destinations for Volunteer Travel

Destinations for Volunteer Travel

There are thousands of excuses for planning a trip, some more legitimate than others, but there’s no doubt that a charity trip is the top 1 pretext to make traveling worthwhile. Today we are proposing three different destinations for volunteer travel, an adventure that will live in your heart forever. It’s the best way to help others, step into a different reality, immerse yourself in other cultures, and meet people from all over the globe. 1.India India is the seventh largest country in the world, and the second in population size. Volunteering in India will give you the chance to immerse yourselves in a land of beauty, spirituality, sharp contrasts, and adventure. They say you only fall in love with this country after you’ve returned home, as India carries a mask that predisposes you to see its poverty and maybe even its selfishness. We know that below that mask lies a destination that couldn’t be further from those traits, and we are convinced that this trip won’t leave you cold. A large part of the country’s population depends on volunteering programs, hence the large number of NGOs offering all types of volunteering positions such as working in orphanages, working with seniors or disabled people, as part of environmental conservation projects, in hospitals, etc. Winter is a good time to experience Indian culture with New Year’s celebrations throughout the country, as well as the fact that it’s peak season for weddings; a spectacle well worth witnessing. We’d suggest volunteering in the city of Kolkata, and specifically with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. These missionaries help refugees, abandoned children, women, old...