How great memories can be made in just a day

In the United States that is, where I was when I took this trip last year.

So I was in the States for a summer job and as the weekend approached I decided to plan an outdoor trip. It was time for me to relax and enjoy some quality time after a few weeks of hard work at the office. Little did I know that finding a good way of spending my weekend was not actually that easy.

I started browsing the internet for ideas on what to do and there were quite a few websites that showed important attractions and places to visit but they were all too far from me. As I only had two days to enjoy the nature I couldn’t afford to travel somewhere too far simply because I didn’t have enough time.

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So I still didn’t knew what I would be doing in my outdoor weekend and I started thinking, should I go fishing? Is fishing some hidden hobby that I didn’t know I have? The answer is no for sure. I am more the exploring type of person that likes to take long walks and enjoy great views than the sitting in one place for hours one.

With a little more search I stumbled across a website that allowed me to search for outdoor attractions that were close to my home. This is being done by entering the postal code of the area you want to search in and there you go, the search result will all be within your reach.

The only small inconvenient was that this website was more intended for families with small children and an important part of the search results displayed ideas of things to do with kids but that didn’t really mind me because there was so much more to be seen in addition to outdoor family attractions.

Anyway, I ended up deciding for a canyon visit and looking back it was the right decision. On Saturday morning I was ready to go and the sun was on my side. The sky was blue and there was no cloud in sight. What more could you want for a free day from the office?

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After an hour’s drive I reached the canyon and just like a kid that listens to his parents I listened to what the signs were saying and followed the trail. You wouldn’t want to be lost in the wild because no one can hear you scream haha.

My destination. I was worth it!
My destination. It was worth it!

Everything was very colorful, from the blue sky to the red cliffs and green forest. When you get out of the office after a few weeks you start enjoying nature like you see it the first time. No more concrete buildings, air conditioning and traffic. Just you and the nature in front of you.

My physical energy was running out (my feet hurt like hell) but my spiritual energy was higher that it was for months. It is pretty amazing the effect nature can have on man, it really is like going back to your roots and that’s why I love it so much.

The next time you feel that work is killing you try going out in the nature the next time you get the change, you won’t regret it.

A day at the spa for my birthday

Is it original? Is it worth it? Well, it depends on the spa you are going but let me break it down for you how my experience was, as my birthday was two weeks ago.

So it was my birthday two weeks ago and my fiancée proposed we both take the day off from work because he had a birthday present for me. I already knew that something was cooking up but I didn’t want to ask to many questions and ruin the surprise.

I suspected that we would be going for a trip, but not for a long trip because the next day we both needed to be back at work. So in the morning the of my  birthday we both woke up pretty excited, but to be honest I think the good feeling came from the fact that this was a work day and we were both still in bed at an hour when we are usually already buried up in paperwork at the office.

We dressed up and prepared only one schoolbag for both of us; it was sunny outside and the weather was pretty good so we tried to keep it simple. Then something happened that gave me a pretty obvious hint at where we are going – my fiancée packed up our swimming suits.

We were both smiling in the corners of our lips but we didn’t say anything to ruing the surprise haha. Of course we were going to a pool right? That’s what I thought too but you can hardly call just “a pool” the location where we were heading, but I’ll get back to that in one bit.

So we packed without having breakfast and we stopped at a local restaurant and bought ourselves some much needed food that will later be our energy, right? It was kind of funny because it was a work day and still pretty early in the morning and the restaurant was almost empty…almost because we were there so it wasn’t empty anymore haha.

Still it was a good breakfast and a very quiet one, something that we both appreciate in the mornings.

So we hit the road once again now knowing for sure that we were heading for our main destination for the day. We drove out of town for about thirty or forty minutes and we arrived on a private road going through a forest. It all looked very classy and beautiful, and after five more minutes of driving on that road we reached our destination – a huge golf and spa resort with the parking lot full of expensive cars.

As we were only there for a day at their spa I was actually relieved because the prices there are way out of our league haha.

So we headed to the reception were we paid for our entrance, we both took a short trip to the locker rooms to get ready for a bath and then entered the spa. I was already thinking what a nice birthday present this is.

The moment we entered the spa it was like entering another world, there was a huge blue swimming pool in the first room with a view of the ski and again, as it was a Tuesday morning we were a total of four people in the whole pool, great huh? That’s what was I thinking too.

Inside shot of the first pool.
Inside shot of the first pool.

Alongside the pool there were two Turkish baths, two showers and a recreation room with ambient music and five heather sunbeds. It was actually pretty cool.

Then we decided to explore the rest of the complex and we entered a separate room where you could only get in to if you paid extra money, which we did because my fiancée paid for a full access for the both of us.

When we entered the second room it was like entering another world. The light was very dim, there was a soft background music, a somewhat herbal smell and only the two of us. There were even stars on the ceiling.

There was a room with suspended beds, a play room where you could play chess, backgammon and other similar types of card games and around seven saunas each with its own specific.

The cave-like spa main room.
The cave-like spa main room. 

After taking the tour of all the saunas inside we rested a little bit in the beds room and then played some games in the play room. I was already thinking to myself, this is a great spa to be at and it’s an even better birthday present!

Did I mention that we were the only people there? What a treat!

Four hours later we went back to our locker rooms, changed into our street clothes and took a small tour of the whole spa resort. Below is what you could find on the outside and it’s just a small part of it.

Outside the main building there was a small church.
Outside the main building there was a small church, and this was a spa resort!

At the end of the day we left the spa resort completely relaxed and somewhat exhausted because of all the swimming and we ended the day with a movie night out.

What can I say, I have a great fiancée with very creative ideas. I mean, who would’ve thought that a day at the spa can be such a great birthday present? Of course it depends on each person what it is they are attracted to, but for me a day filled with saunas, spa’s and relaxation is a perfect day.

So the next time you want to make a birthday present to someone close or you just feel the need to relax, head out not necessarily to the nearest spa, but to the spa that you know will make you feel like on a tropical holiday even if it’s only for a short time, because that’s how I felt and it’s what made me write all of the above.

A day at the spa as a birthday present? You bet!

 

Three social games that will light up the party

  1. Ever head of “Bend A Friend”? This is one of the funniest party games to be invented! How it’s played? Simply place an empty cereal bows with the flaps removed in the center of a room and remove anything that could be breakable to avoid seven years of bad luck or an injury if someone topples over. Now, each party guest needs to come over to the box in order, bend over and pick the cereal box up only using his or her teeth. Yes you read that right. It is permitted for one feet to touch the floor and only teeth are allowed to touch the box with no other body part being used as support. You can bend over in any you want. Next round cut a small part off the top of the cereal box and begin again! With every round cut some more of the cereal box. A player is out when he falls over or cannot reach the cereal box. Last player standing gets the standing ovation!

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2. “I Like Cherries” is a funny game where you get to ask your guests if they like cherries. Once you get enough people gathered around place a fresh cherry in a bowl on the stem right in front of them. Then you start explaining them that this will be a race to eating the cherry, the one who eats it first wins! There is only one small rule, they are not allowed to use their hands. Everyone will say this is the easiest game around, right? Then you start filling each bowl with whipped cream. Who’s laughing now? Well, everybody because the fun just started. The first person to find and eat the cherry in their respective bowl wins. So, ladies and gentleman, prepare your smartphone cameras and begin! You can use any other small fruit such as a strawberry instead of the cherry if you don’t have any around.

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3. “Two Truths And A Lie” is an interesting game where each person needs to write two truths and a lie about themselves on a piece of paper. Once the writing is done each person folds the piece of paper and puts it in a bowl. The host of the party then pulls out a piece of paper at a time, randomly, and reads the writing to the whole group. The group must then work together and guest Both the lie from the three lines and the person who wrote it. Try figuring out the person who wrote the paper first and enjoy!

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Wearing a helmet when Bicycling. Yes or No?

Before deciding if you should wear a helmet when bicycling or not please take note of the following: even if wearing a helmet a person can still be injured in an accident. There are countless cases and even famous ones (Michael Schumacher, world F1 champion) where regardless of sport, when accident struck and the person involved was wearing a helmet did not prevent that person from sustaining severe head injury or even death. But did the helmet prevent some of those accidents from becoming deadly? The answer is yes. Even though helmets didn’t prevent the wearer to sustain injuries it certainly prevented worse injuries or even death.

Numbers don't lie.
Numbers don’t lie.

When buying a helmet make sure that it comes with locking retention. They fell more secure and they fit with or without a head cover. The chin should be fitted by the chin strap and the side straps should go around the ears. The entire helmet should rest level above the eyebrows. If you shake your head and the helmet moves then it’s not good for you.

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Replacing a helmet should be  done every six to eight years. The safety standards are constantly improving so if you still use your helmet from twenty years ago then you are seriously missing out. Also, if you crash a helmet should be changed even if the foam look perfect because the plastic may be cracked. The foam should not be spongy. If you see any kind of cracks, in or between the vents, if the plastic is discoloured or soft, or if the foam is crumby then the helmet needs to be replaced. Always make sure that your bicycle helmet fits your head correctly, if it does not then it needs replacing.

One item can transform your living room – The Antique Fireplace

This idea came to me after a day at work that wasn’t great because my boss decided it’s time to re-do the reports (again!) so I was really looking forward to arrive home and crash on the couch and forget about all my responsibilities. You know, it was one of those days where you just wanted to lay down and think about absolutely nothing. Just pause and allow your spirit and body to recharge with energy.

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This is how I feel like sometimes.

So the work day ended and after am equally stressful trip back home, I opened the door to my house, enter the living room and there it was. My sweet escape, my oasis of happiness, my everything, my couch. Hint: I will be writing about marble and stone antique fireplaces. I dropped my working clothes, changed into the most comfortable piece of clothing I own (that would be my pajamas)  and was ready to enjoy the hours that were left in the day in the simplest way possible – doing nothing.

Sounds good to me.
Sounds good to me.

After about half an hour of doing nothing, mainly scrolling through my Facebook feed I suddenly looked at one of my living room walls, the one that was particularly empty and looked kind of depressing and an idea just struck my mind. I needed to add something – maybe an antique fireplace? to that wall so it will stop looking so empty and why not, inspire me. So I quickly searched the web for paintings because why not, painting are the most accessible wall fillers, right? But after looking through hundreds of painting over the internet I realised that I didn’t actually liked any of them so I started questing the fact that a painting is what my wall needs to inspire me and change the feeling in the room.

I don't think I could stand looking at this every day.
I don’t think I could stand looking at this every day.

At one point I even thought of adding another piece of furniture of some kind just to make my living room wall look less empty and cold but then I realized that new furniture would only make the room look smaller and it wasn’t what I wanted. I then came across a brilliant possibility that would make my living room more atmospheric without looking cold and minimalistic enough to keep the feeling of a larger room with walls that don’t make you feel cramped. So I started going through different models of antique fireplaces.

It may be a bit over the top? It could be but is it really? I don’t think so. Why not having a fireplace on my cold empty living room wall? Why should I go for a painting or whatever everyone chooses to animate their living spaces? So the decision was taken, right there, in my oasis of relaxation, my couch.

Simple and elegant, just like me.
Simple and elegant, just like me.

The following days I decided which type of fireplace would I want, should it be a marble fireplace? Or a stone fireplace? How about a wood or metal fireplace? Eventually I went for a baroque style fireplace that suited perfectly with the style of my living room. I am actually very happy that I didn’t settle for less and every time I now look at my old living room wall I now get a sense of warmth and it even makes the room feel bigger. You would be surprised what an impact a fireplace can make to your home and you’ll start wondering why does not everyone have a fireplace in their home.

So there I was laying on my couch a few months later after yet another infernal day at work, just standing there doing nothing but looking at my new fireplace. I had no idea a few months back that a fireplace could show up there and lighten up my spirit (duh!) after a hard day’s work but this is why our mind is so great, it can produce great ideas even after you squeezed everything you thought was possible for a whole day and still come up with thoughts like this one. I wonder what the future holds for the next time I will be sitting on my couch doing nothing.

Are you bored? So was I but then Spider Solitaire online happened

Ever had one of those days when it’s raining outside and you have nothing to do? You know when everything seems boring, time passes like it’s inches away from a black hole from a faraway galaxy (very, very, very slow!) and you desperately need something to pass you time. When not even scrolling through Facebook or watching kitties riding skateboards works anymore and there’s nothing on TV (does anybody watch TV anymore?).

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Exactly how was I feeling..

I had one of those days last Sunday when was pouring outside and nothing entertained me anymore. I did agreed to have a movie night out with a group of friends but it was only lunch time and evening time was so far away! I started counting the leafs on one of my flowers my mom sent me when I realized that it couldn’t go on like that. So what did I do? I went back to the place where anyone is looking for everything nowadays and put my hopes in the magic of the internet. After I googled stuff to do when you are bored a great deal of options were displayed in front of my eyes but guess what, they all seemed boring haha! Until I went a few pages down the search results and I saw something related to playing card games. Then I remember that when I was little my grandpa used to play a cards game which I was very excited about but didn’t understand anything of it. That game is now best known due to its inclusion in the first versions of Microsoft Windows.

Yes you guessed it, I am referring to Solitaire.

Solitaire-win
Isn’t this one of the most satisfying game ending screens ever?

So I started looking for a place where I could play free Spider Solitaire online (I played Spider Solitaire a few years back and I remembered I prefer this variant to simple Solitaire) on my tablet and guess what, there were tons of search results. Before I knew I was actually doing something (looking for a website to play online Solitaire haha) and time just flew!  And I was happy about it because I had finally found something to do.

Little did I knew that you can easily find a website to play online Solitaire but how easy can you find a good online Solitaire website? I was about to find out! It is actually pretty hard because even though the offer is big almost all sites are stuffed with advertisements, annoying pop-ups and whatever you can think of to slow your game down and lose your focus from the game. Then I decided to go straight forward to it and simply search for Spider Solitaire UK and the result was a neat, simple but game oriented website with NO advertisement what so ever and nine variants of Spider Solitaire available. I must confess that after about three minutes into playing Spider Solitaire Arkadium it felt like hitting the jackpot! It’s that hard to find a good online Solitaire website.

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Actual screenshot of the homepage. Simple and effective.

Are you worried that you don’t know how to play the game? That you don’t know the rules? Well this small but easy to use website also states the rules for the games so you won’t get lost in the pack of cards.

So after a few games and different tryouts of other variants of the game (Red Spider Solitaire is now my favorite) I casually looked at the time only to find that in two minutes I’ll be late at the meeting with my friends. I totally forgot out the movie night out by then and all I wanted to do was stay in and play a bit more of Spider Solitaire haha. In the end I took a grown woman decision and started putting on my makeup and get myself out because you never know when you’ll meet your prince charming.

Needless to say that in that particular night out it was to the case and I did not find my soul mate but at least the movie was good and I had fun. So what did I got after a boring Sunday? Well now I know what to do when I’m bored, go back to my roots and play an enjoyable cards game just as my grandpa used to do but with a little difference now – I don’t need to actually shuffle the cards anymore.

Improve your life (and skin problems) with a simple search method

Summer is here and there’s nothing better than spending a sunny day on a sunbed with a lemonade by your side. Of course that a pool is always welcomed but not many people can afford to have a pool at their home so we are going to focus on the sunbed and lemonade for now.

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The sun decided to hide from me for exactly five minutes.

This is actually something that happened to me while I was enjoying my lemonade on a sunny Saturday last summer. The sun was really warm and I could really feel it burning my skin but then looking closer at my body I realized that I wasn’t actually happy with the way I looked. Of course that ninety-nine percent of the people aren’t happy with the way they are looking but I am not referring to weight problems.

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Never give up, a good advice the migthy Spartans passed on.

So I decided that something must change and that I must start doing something about it! The next day, (yes on a Sunday!) I started searching the web for some simple but effective exercises that you can do at home for strengthening you muscles and for loosing that extra fat that makes your skin look like it is always ready to go to sleep. I started doing bubble but exercises, stretches, rope jumping and even running for a while but that didn’t work out so well for me, big surprise huh?! I kept going with this for about three months on a two times a week basis. Overall I must confess that I was feeling in shape, always ready to do stuff and much more energetic. So a big improvement on this side and it is something that I definitely recommend to anyone feeling sleepy all the time and with a downsized morale.

But one day I looked at myself in the mirror again and even though I was feeling a lot better than three months earlier I still wasn’t happy with how my skin was looking and I started paying more attention to my face as it was full of small signs with a stretchy feeling of the skin. So I decided that it’s time for a change again and went back to searching the web for anything that could help me overcome my skin problems.

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Creams, creams, creams.

I ended up browsing through countless website each with a bigger promise than the other and with all sorts of “guarantees”. My advice is this, don’t take any guarantee for word and avoid over advertising because if a business needs that much convincing you of their capabilities than it means that they don’t really have a big success with their services. Of course they can be a very talented team but and are only getting their business standard but are you ready to bet the skin on your face that they will deliver? Me neither.

So after searching for the best beauty treatment clinics around London I was still missing the confidence need to schedule an appointment with one particular clinic. What I did was I started asking around anyone I knew could help me – friend, cousins, aunts, etc. if they had an experience with a beauty clinic from London and if they did, which one would they recommend? After a week or so I already had three beauty clinics of which I only found out through word-of-mouth. Then I took another three beauty treatment clinics which had the best reviews on the web and crossed the lists. The result was www.medspa.co.uk and maybe I was lucky that by using this method I actually found a gem, a clinic that not only delivered effective and safe beauty treatments but that also had a spa! One particular part about their philosophy stuck on me since my first visit as they said their aim was to enhance the natural me, not cover me with all sorts of never-heard before magic treatments and after six sessions I can say that I am now happy with how my skin looks like.

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Shot of a room inside Medspa Beauty Clinic. Very cosy.

My method was aimed to help me find the best location in London for a laser hair removal and an effective but safe beauty skin treatment and even if it sounds a bit crazy it helped me find a place where I could get a deep skin treatment, spa and if I was there already why not a Soprano ice painless laser hair removal? So exactly what I was looking for. I you think that this method can help you why not try it? Can it hurt? And think beyond beauty treatments and spa’s, think of anything that you might need and apply the method and I can assure you that you will have better chances of finding quality services.

Holiday in Mallorca, renting a Villa and more

Hi, my name is Kate and I am a 25 year old girl. I like to travel and do fun stuff. But I also work nine to five, five days a week. This is my first post and I am trying to write about my recent travels but there’s a kid crying right outside my window. OK, the kid left so now I can focus on recalling all the great things I saw in my holidays.

Holiday in Mallorca

Ever had Mallorca on your wish list? As one of Spain’s most famous islands, if not the most famous of all, but also one of the most underrated at the same time which is a bit ironic if you ask me, Mallorca is home to many expats from all across Europe. The beauty of the island and the historic city of Palma, the island’s Capital, charmed many people into moving in.

Don’t miss out on the old city of Palma

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Looks like taken straight out of a magazine.

Walking down the streets of Palma de Mallorca can really make you feel the history under your feet and you can easily let the atmosphere take over your spirit. The city hides boutiques, museums and centuries-old courtyards around every corner so take your time when deciding to take a walk in the city and explore every inch as there is a story and a charming feeling for every street and building.

Not many tourists are actually visiting the old town so don’t be surprised if you’ll find yourself wandering somewhat alone through the streets even if its day outside. Don’t worry through because that is actually a good thing, more opportunities for great pictures right?

Sobrassada must not be missed

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Maybe not so appealing but the taste is worth it!

Every time you go to a new place or visit different cultures never forget to try the local taste. For the Island of Mallorca it means that you must not miss the Sobrassada.

Sobrassada is the traditional Mallorcan sausage that is prepared with ground pork and smoky Spanish pimentón de la vera, also known as paprika. Ever tried out chorizo? If you did then Sobrassada tastes very similar however the texture is different as it is smooth and spreadable, somewhat very similar to the pâté. Regardless, local cuisine is always a good way to find out more about a different culture and can help you remember a particular holiday if a more special way. At least that’s what happens for me each time I travel to a new place and I highly recommend anyone with stronger stomach to do the same no matter how weird the food may be.

Where to stay

Holliday private villas in mallorca for rent
I am going to miss this pool.

There are plenty of places to choose from when searching for an accommodation on the Island of Mallorca and that can be a pretty difficult choice to make when having so many options.

About Mallorca’s accommodation options, there are so many choices that you don’t even know where to go. I managed to make up my mind after searching through a selection of exclusive Mallorca Villas from a website a friend recently recommended to me and I can honestly say that I couldn’t have made a better choice. I ended up renting a small Villa in Pollensa from a company called Vida Villas that suited my exact needs. It was small, so very Spanish and I even had my own pool so in the evenings I could relax and refresh with a casual swim. They can even provide you with a lift from the airport, which is something that I chose and it really felt like a holiday this way without having to search for bus numbers or rent a car when you don’t really need to.

Needless to say that I would return to the beautiful Island of Mallorca and to Pollensa specifically in a heartbeat, but that it’ll have to wait until my next days off, that is if I don’t get ideas to try something new of course.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
Why does nobody design buildings like this anymore?

Ever head of La Seu? Me neither until I started looking a bit closer into what I can visit when in Mallorca apart from the dreamy landscape. La Seu is the short name for The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma and please hear me out on this, do NOT miss out on La Seu. This is Palma de Mallorca’s gigantic cathedral that looms over the city ski line. This is a massive building built in the Catalan Gothic style with some contemporary changes. Much of the interior was commissioned to Gaudí and his works, even if half finished, are not to be missed in the interior of the cathedral.

Visit Sóller

Soller Mallorca
One day I will be back, I promise!

Port de Sóller is a town and municipality near the north west coast of Mallorca that deservers to get your attention. Its location is somehow remote from the big towns and popular beaches on the island but its small Spanish town charm makes it a location worth visiting. Wondering how to get there? My option was to ride the antique wooden train which takes you right through Mallorca’s wild and mountainous scenery. I found that the trip itself worth my time even if there wasn’t a beautiful port city at the end of the journey. Search for details regarding Tren de Sóller, the way it is called locally.