Money, Money, Money

Lately, I have been really into finance.  SO I want to share my favorite podcast and website that give me financial hope. I am dreaming of saving, investing and retiring while I am still young.  The one thing that has been helping me not buy new things that I don’t need are some amazing resources that I want to share with you all.

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Podcast love 

So Moneyhttp://podcast.farnoosh.tv/

I love this Podcast and listen to it everyday. I love how you can expect the same format each episode, but each guest provides their own unique insights and understandings.

Website love

Mr. Money Mustache — http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/

If you haven’t heard of him I will assume you live under a rock or at the very least have no goals of retiring at thirty. Him and his wife did just that and they are thriving.

I hope you love these resources as much as I do!

Please share any other podcasts, youtube channels, websites you think I might like!

Vibrant Valencia

Valencia is a wonderful mix of old and new. It is truly the city of arts and sciences. 

You must try – Horchata with Farron and Agua de Valencia.

I recommend renting bikes, you can bike through the park all the way to beach! Take along a lunch that you purchased at the Central Market and really enjoy your day exploring Valencia.

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We stayed  at Home Hostels Valencia Spain – Calle Lonja N 4 46001  Our hostel was amazing at telling us all we could go do and see. The room was clean – it was a little loud since our room was right next to the living room/kitchen but if you are staying out late this probably won’t be a problem for you. IMG_2909

Delicious Maracaibo Ole in Junto a la Plaza de la Virgen

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You can get horchata and fartons at Chocolates St. CatalinaIMG_2893 IMG_2888 IMG_2889 IMG_2890

Horchata and Farton. IMG_2891 IMG_2882 IMG_2886 IMG_2881 IMG_2880 IMG_2885

The Central Market is open 7 am to about 2 pm. They have amazing juices, fruit, jamon, pastries, snails etc.

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All kinds of snails!IMG_2872 IMG_2870 IMG_2866 IMG_2861 IMG_2860 IMG_2859 IMG_2857 IMG_2856 IMG_2855

Agua de Valencia at Cafe Infanta in Plaza del Tossal IMG_2853 IMG_2852

Yummy food and friendly service at Trencat!IMG_2850

Taco and Beer at Taco Bell for 1 euroIMG_2843 IMG_2844 IMG_2848 IMG_2849 Took a bus from the center of town to Saler. Took about 40 minutes. Ocean felt great and you can rent Palapas ( sp?)for 4 Euro and chairs for 2 Euro each.IMG_2842 IMG_2841 IMG_2840 IMG_2839 IMG_2838 IMG_2846 IMG_2834

Acai Bar – Almalibre – Carrer Del Repes 3 – Barrio El Carmen 
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Get your traditional Paella de Valencia at La Riva 

Mar, 27 46003 Valencia 

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Everything about Valencia is a dream, the food, the drink, the architecture. I love it all and I can not wait to go back!

The Majestic city of Madrid

There is so much to do and see in Madrid!

Madrid is the capital of the diverse country of Spain. While the royal family no longer lives in Spain – the royal palace is located here.

The streets are winding which you will eventually get accustomed to ( after a day or so) and even after a day of drinking canas you will be able to find your way home.

A must stop is San Gines which opened in 1894 and is world famous for their Churros con Chocolate.

They are open 24 hours so after a night of enjoying Madrids’ night life you can grub down.

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A great little tapas bar we found. Anchovies or Sardines ( !?) on top of potato chips – with a cold beer – ohhh yah!IMG_2922 IMG_2921 IMG_2919 IMG_2918 IMG_2917 IMG_2913 IMG_2914 IMG_2915

A beautiful night stroll!IMG_2438 IMG_2436 IMG_2435

80 cent beers with free tapas! Get outta here or rather hang out there all afternoon! IMG_2433 IMG_2431 IMG_2429

Comida tipica y deliciso. IMG_2426

Coolest bathroom.IMG_2424 IMG_2421 IMG_2420 IMG_2419 IMG_2418 IMG_2417 IMG_2412 IMG_2413

Secret Garden.IMG_2415 IMG_2416 IMG_2411 IMG_2409 IMG_2408 IMG_2407 IMG_2405

Rooftop bar moon views.IMG_2404 IMG_2401 IMG_2389 IMG_2388

Pool time and tinto de verano. ( what the locals drink) 

While there is no beach near Madrid you can go to one of the many public pools. The pool cost 6 euros and is a great way to siesta. Purchase a glass of tinto de verano and relax.
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bottomless mimosas and amazing burgers!IMG_2385 IMG_2384 IMG_2383

We stayed at Way Hostel C/Relatores 17 Madrid Spain http://www.wayhostel.com/

Our hostel provided churros every morning for breakfast it was so amazing with some dark, hair on your chest, coffee.

If you like to meet people and interact with your fellow travelers then this is a great place for you!

I wouldn’t recommend going in July unless you enjoy hot hot heat, other than that GO and enjoy Madrid it is a remarkable city.

Lisboa is Love

I was especially excited to visit Lisbon. I had been to Lisbon previously right after high school and was enamored by the tile streets, the picturesque beaches and the cute gift shops and pastries.

We took an overnight bus from Seville to Lisbon.  We left Seville at 11:30/12 pm and arrived to Lisbon at about 4:30 in the morning.  We thought we were supposed to arrive at 7 but low and be hold we were out of the bus at 4:30 and had no idea what we were going to do.  We emailed the hostel and let them know of our situation – they got back to us extremely quickly and let us know that our room wasn’t available but we could come and sleep in the tv room. We were beyond THANKFUL.

Our hostel was Good Morning Hostel and without a doubt I recommend it. 

Really nice staff, tasty free breakfast, and centrally located. 

The metro in Lisbon was easy to use, but everything – even the airport is close so a taxi to the airport was under 7 euro. 

The sun is no joke in Lisbon – I got a bit burnt but that burn faded into a tan that I still have three/four weeks later. It was glorious – not the burn but the tan.

Getting to the beach from the main city center of Lisbon is pretty easy and convenient using the metro and a bus. 

The metro is 1.40 each way and the bus round trip was 3.50.  We took the metro from right outside of our hostel to Lisbon (Pca de Espanha) Terminal from there we got on the bus to the beach named Costa Caparica ( Torre Argolas).

One way was only 30 minutes.

It was foggy at the beach but this did not prevent us from getting a bit burnt. It was still hotter than hot despite the fog and the water was cold since we were in the atlantic ocean. 

We never made it on a walking tour of the city – my fellow travelers were very tired of walking by the time we got to Lisbon but we did end up doing one of those open top, double decker buses. It actually was a cool way to get around and get off at varying points of interest. 

With the tour bus purchase you also get to ride on buses and the trolley included in the price. We enjoyed this feature and I recommend taking advantage of this. 

Like everyone will tell you, taking the trolley is a must. It is fun and will take you towards the cathedral on one end and the massive flea market and on the other a beautiful church and park where folks like to gather on Sundays for live music and picnics with friends.

We found an amazing restaurant called Restaurante Flor Da Estrela. The most amazing fish and only for 8 euro.  We also got a liter of wine for 10 euro.  It was a successful meal and one that I will not quickly forget. I would recommend this restaurant and wish I could go back. 

Also in this same area we went to another amazing restaurant, same price point and really amazing fish again. It was an unassuming hole in the wall but it was such a great deal. I don’t have the name for this one but its a block or so from the last stop of the 28 trolley and on the same street that the trolley goes on.

A great day trip from Lisbon is Sintra.  Sintra is beautiful small town where you can visit a moorish castle and the park and palace of Pena.

We rented these little golf carts right across the train station in Sintra so that we wouldn’t have to walk to the moorish castle and Palace of Pena. We were told it would take an hour to get up there. 

The golf carts ended up being 25 a person for the day and to enter the Parques de Sintra it was 20 ( cheaper if you buy the entrance fees together).

Note: It was cold and windy in Sintra.  The first time on this trip that I was cold, really cold and almost bought a random sweatshirt just to ward off the chill. However, as soon as we were back in Lisbon it was warm again.

Whatever you do try the Pastel de Nata.  They have variations of this pastry and everywhere I went it was delicious and very rich.

These pastries are amazing and this is the only country I saw them in. 

We didn’t go out in Lisbon at all, but oddly enough we did go to the Hard Rock Cafe ( my first time at a Hard Rock actually).  They had a fun cover band playing and we all danced and sang our hearts out – it was a great time but the beers at Hard Rock were much more expansive than drinks found at normal bars in the area. 

I loved spending time in Lisbon and feel that I could have spent more time in this region. There are many other places in Portugal I would like to go to.

If you are planning a trip to Portugal I would without a doubt recommend learning some Portuguese.  

For the most part I could only communicate in English other than Hello, Thank you etc. and I think its much more fun when you can communicate in the countries native tongue.

Another note, I would also suggest not going in August – this is the hottest time of the year – and a time when a lot of city dwellers head to the country or the ocean to get outta the heat. We should follow suite and go there a cooler time of year.  It makes it really hard to see the sights when its over 90 degrees outside.

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Foggy but hot day at the beach.IMG_2569 IMG_2571

My dream camp, surf, live mobile.IMG_2572 IMG_2574 IMG_2576 IMG_2577

We got lost and at this moment were not sure if we would make it through the night alive. Now its silly – but this alley right? creepy.IMG_2584 IMG_2582 IMG_2581 IMG_2580 IMG_2579

Tile work, done by hand.IMG_2587 IMG_2588 IMG_2589 IMG_2590

Our rented golf carts in Sintra.
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Don’t quote me –  but I think this is one of the first palaces with indoor plumbing and it is spectacular.IMG_2656 IMG_2661 IMG_2659 IMG_2657 IMG_2662 IMG_2663 IMG_2664 IMG_2666 IMG_2671 IMG_2670 IMG_2669 IMG_2668 IMG_2667 IMG_2672 IMG_2673 IMG_2674 IMG_2675 IMG_2676IMG_2679 IMG_2678 IMG_2677

Finally, pastries after a day of exploring.IMG_2682 IMG_2685 IMG_2686 IMG_2689 IMG_2692 IMG_2693 IMG_2698 IMG_2697 IMG_2696 IMG_2694 IMG_2699 IMG_2700 IMG_2701 IMG_2648 IMG_2725 IMG_2710 IMG_2709 IMG_2708 IMG_2707 IMG_2711 IMG_2712 IMG_2713 IMG_2714 IMG_2715 IMG_2717 IMG_2716IMG_2718 IMG_2719 IMG_2721 IMG_2728 IMG_2727 IMG_2724 IMG_2723 IMG_2722IMG_2733 IMG_2737 IMG_2731 IMG_2729 IMG_2734 IMG_2740 IMG_2748 IMG_2868 IMG_2795 IMG_2769 IMG_2749 IMG_2752 IMG_2757 IMG_2756 IMG_2754 IMG_2762 IMG_2777 IMG_2774 IMG_2773 IMG_2768 IMG_2770 IMG_2767 IMG_2766 IMG_2765 IMG_2764 IMG_2763IMG_2782 IMG_2781 IMG_2780 IMG_2779 IMG_2778 IMG_2784 IMG_2787 IMG_2791 IMG_2796 IMG_2795 IMG_2790 IMG_2789 IMG_2794 IMG_2788 IMG_2792 IMG_2797 IMG_2798 IMG_2801 IMG_2803 IMG_2805 IMG_2808

Our train to Madrid. First time in a sleeper car!
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On to the next adventure!

The lovely city of Seville

When you go to Seville you are bound to fall in love and most likely get lost.  The winding streets and colorful doorways implore you to explore. Be prepared for every meal to take hours, even getting a coffee is a lengthy processes.

Seville is very proud of their historical importance and festivals. I felt a great sense of pride from all who lived there, even if they were not native born. They have strong ties to the past and their architecture is very emblematic of that.

The architecture is amazing, street art is fun and funky, tapas and drinks were a poor travelers dream. Mojitos are very popular here, we went to a bar ( the name I don’t remember) and they had buckets of mojito for 6 euro… it was awesome.

I honestly don’t know the best city to see Flamenco but seeing it in Seville was  a great choice. The passion, the raw emotion and talent of the guitarist, the singer and the dancers is extremely moving and I strongly suggest it. It is worth the money to go experience this.

Amazing garlic shrimp and octopus. Octopus looks scary and I would never have ever ordered it normally, but in the sense of adventure I tried it and it was delicious. Try it, don’t let the look scare you!

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I think this is something like.. Turn off the TV turn on your mind.IMG_2553 IMG_2552 IMG_2551 IMG_2550

Flamenco show! So moving and magical – it was worth the 20 euro and included a beverage of choice.

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The Crazy Gypsy restaurant was good and SOOO affordable. Really close to the flamenco museum. IMG_2547 IMG_2546 IMG_2545 IMG_2542 IMG_2540 IMG_2539 IMG_2538

Plaza de Espana IMG_2537 IMG_2536 IMG_2532

University Building.IMG_2533 IMG_2534 IMG_2535

Sunset on the biggest wooden structure in the WORLD.IMG_2530 IMG_2529 IMG_2528 IMG_2527 IMG_2526 IMG_2511 IMG_2509 IMG_2505 IMG_2506 IMG_2507 IMG_2508 IMG_2503 IMG_2502

Boba in Spain. Talk about Globalization.  It was sooo amazing though – thinking about opening a Wowble franchise.IMG_2498 IMG_2497

Oh yah, I got the kiwi slush with strawberry boba – life changing.IMG_2496 IMG_2495 IMG_2494

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Great Tapas and affordable Cava.IMG_2442 IMG_2441 IMG_2440

Burger Sushi = funny. Didn’t actually try it!IMG_2439

Barna Barna Barna

IMG_2225Barcelona is an amazing city with different neighborhoods to explore and experience. We were staying in the newer part of the city which was further away from the gothic neighborhood, but closer to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. 

This was the view from our room.IMG_2226

We enjoyed going to Verdaguer Cafe across the street from our hostel and the metro it was a convenient cafe. Good food and nice staff.

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Small cafes are everywhere. We tried pastries and ‘iced’ espresso.IMG_2229 IMG_2230 IMG_2231

I don’t like Ham, there I said it.  However, I do love Jamon.

The Ham in Spain is out of this world. The pigs are well cared for and the pigs get to roam the country side and stuff themselves on hazelnuts.

We went to the Jamon Experience. It is located on Rambla de les Flors 88-94.

They have cava for 12 a bottle and you can try the different jamons and then order one to eat. It was honestly a mind blowing experience. That was the night that I fell in love with jamon. 

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The friend that I traveled with is a huge FC Barca fan, because of this we went to the Camp Nou Experience. It was really fun and I encourage all to go who have the time. Like with most attractions you should get there early as possible, the later it gets the more people arrive.

IMG_2247I drank so many shandy’s in Spain.  They have a different name in Spain obviously but I can not remember it. Sometimes I would ask for beer and lemonade and that would work as well when ordering.
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Night time trekking in the Gothic District.IMG_2257 IMG_2258

Mercat La Bouqeria. A must see for travelers. Come prepare to buy and eat!IMG_2260 IMG_2261 IMG_2262 IMG_2264 IMG_2267 IMG_2268 IMG_2269 IMG_2270 IMG_2271 IMG_2272 IMG_2273 IMG_2274

Gaudi’s first work once he graduated. IMG_2275 IMG_2276 IMG_2277 IMG_2279 IMG_2287 IMG_2288

Tile work by Miro.IMG_2289 IMG_2290 IMG_2291 IMG_2292 IMG_2293 IMG_2294 IMG_2296 IMG_2297 IMG_2298 IMG_2299 IMG_2300 IMG_2301 IMG_2302 IMG_2304 IMG_2308 IMG_2309 IMG_2312 IMG_2319

We also took a day trip to Girona, it is a pretty town with great architecture.  Give yourself time to explore.  From Girona you can hit a nice beach after a 40 min bus ride. 

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Park Guell is worth the 7 euros to go inside. My recommendation is go as soon as it opens, the crowds are so few this early that you can obtain great photos and really see everything. When we were leaving there were tour buses of people entering and it was getting crowded. 

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Sagrada Familia is beautifully fascinating . The fact that they are still working on it decades later is very interesting. The stained glass windows are probably the most beautiful I have ever seen. 

Near Sagrada Familia on Avinguda Diagonal ( #303)  is a really great Colombian restaurant called Restaurante Mi Rincon.

The story of Gaudi is fascinating I highly recommend learning about his life. We went on a ‘bohemian’ walking tour (donation based) where our guide discussed the artists and writers that made Barcelona their home and left their mark on the city and country. It was a couple hours well spent.

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Primavera Hostel

Mallorca 330, 

Barcelona,Spain

Near our hostel there was a restaurant and bar called Loria. The address is Roger de LLuria 35 – they have amazing cocktails. I would recommend going there. It was a fun atmosphere with beautiful decor. 

I mentioned previously about the donation based walking tour and I want to give you a bit more information on it. They meet everyday at the Travel Bar C/de la Boqueria 27 in the Gothic Neighborhood.  The tours were informative on history and current day events. It is a fun way to learn about the city you are visiting. We found these in most cities we visited. 

The gothic neighborhood is full of crooked alley ways and it is easy to get lost. We found a favorite bar while we were there. Nevermind 2.  Its a great divey bar where they give you free popcorn or you can purchased 2 euro hamburgers – talk about a deal. The drinks are delicious and the beer flows easy. This was a fun place to go and if you are in Barna you have to check it out.