Sunday, 26 July 2015

30 countries ...and counting..!

So I recently reached my 30 countries mark with Croatia, 2 weeks ago, and I've been thinking back about what I've been doing this summer/year, and I feel the need to catch up this blog with all the exciting things I've been up to, as a way to reflect on my trips and to try and provide advice to any other people who are looking to visit some of the places I've been to or know well.

Having just finished not long ago my year abroad in Moscow and Milan, (and seeing the plethora of blogs that my fellow classmates have written, which I completely and utterly admire them for), I feel like the best way to make use of my next, relatively "chill" month in Hong Kong would be to try and write up everything I've done to the best of my ability.

And it's not like I haven't tried - one look at my blogger homepage and you'll see all the drafts I have saved up of half written blogposts. THAT'S EFFORT RIGHT THERE.

So please bear with me, and stay tuned for the exciting things that should becoming onto this blog.

Meanwhile, i'm going to make the most of my last day in Zurich and stick my face into a pot of fondue.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The End of Christmas Break!

Hey everybody, sorry for being away for so long, but I have been incredibly busy with launching my super new project - UCL Campus Style. A facebook page where I post pictures of people I see around campus who are dressed well or inspire me with their dress, and i'm glad to say that it has really kicked off! Feel free to check it out in the link above!

Next up I have just got back to London after a long 4 weeks hopping around the world, to Hong Kong, Bali, (back to Hong Kong) and then Italy before finally coming back to London for a few days to enjoy the city before going back to uni, so I have LOADS to report on (as well as half finished posts to publish from Madrid etc.!) 

I'm happy to say that in 2013 I managed to go to 7 different countries, which i'd say is good but not too amazing. Let's hope that this number will at least double in 2014!!! (Which shouldn't be too hard seeing as I last year I had knee surgery which stopped me from going anywhere for over a month!)

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year and stay tuned for many more posts and many more new countries this year!

xx Vagabond Girl

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Food in Madrid

Living in London, I rarely eat seafood anymore as it tends to be quite expensive and not very good, but being half Italian I am constantly craving all the seafood in the world, especially if it's cooked in a Mediterranian style. Well Madrid fulfilled all those cravings!

1€ tapas at the mercado de san Miguel
Eating out in Madrid is really really cheap. Ok not as cheap as Hong Kong's $13 congee or noodles, but for Western Europe, it's cheap, especially in comparison to Italy who is essentially Spain's long lost brother. In many of the cafes/restaurants they had lunch deals for 10 which included an appetizer, main course, dessert and a drink. The food wasn't that great in these places and tended to be quite basic (salads, paella, soup for appetizers. Chicken escalopes, fried fish or steaks for mains and then flan, ice cream or store bought mousses for dessert), but it was still a good meal, and a very good price.

At one of these restaurants.

One of the main courses at one of these cafes (someone stole a tomato). This was just the "pescado del dia" (fish of the day)

While wandering around town one day, we stumbled upon this market and obviously ran in with our mouths open and wallets in hand! Little did we know that the Mercado de San miguel is actually a very famous market and one of the to dos of Madrid.

We got there at around 6pm so everyone was drinking wine or cocktails and eating tapas.

I then saw a stall with a Mexican woman, happily drinking wine and selling these things. My friend then told me that they were called gulas and were basically just thin strands of marinated pollack and that they are AMAZING. It was 2€ for one of these and you could have it normally, with mushrooms or with shrimp (I chose the one with shrimp obviously) and then you could drizzle either garlic or chilli olive oil on it. It was so good. So worth it!

I really wanted to get a pulpo a la gallega tapas here for 1€ but unfortunately the lady was taking way too long with the customer before me and I got some sort of cod thing which was really good as well.

Chocolate sculpture - whats not to love!

There was an ice cream stall in the market with some really cool flavours such as violet, meringue and dulce de leche. I tried the violet one as I love anything violet flavoured but sadly i wasn't in the mood for ice-cream.

How could we be in Spain without a churros store?

Churros would have been an awesome snack after that tapas, but we had free churros every morning at the hostel so I could've done without!

There were so many different kinds of pastries, everything just looked SO delicious!!! 

And the wines and cocktails available also looked fantastic.

Caramalized onions and goat cheese tapas anyone??

Of course one night we went for proper tapas at a tapas bar with drinks and everything but that will be coming up very soon in my post about clubbing in Madrid. 

And of course our Madrid trip would not have been complete without the mandatory paella (or 4). This cost me 10€ which is not bad at all. I went for my favourite squid ink paella and it tasted like childhood. Good times!

                                                                        xx Vagabond Girl

PS : feel free to follow me on instagram, now that you know what it is! You'll be guaranteed live updates of my shenanigans around the world! 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Spotted on street style during LFW! (and day 5 of LFW)

So while casually browsing some of the streetstyle snaps from LFW last month, I managed to stumble upon some snaps of me (and my friend Claire!)

Here are some of them

Courtesy of Vogue

Courtesy of Refinery 29
Courtesy of Adorn London

Courtesy of Harry Hubbard

Courtesy of Bonafide Supernova

There are supposed to be more as we were photographed by more people, and also such as ifeng fashion, stockholm street style but I haven't been able to find them yet. Will post them when I do!!

Also here are some pictures from the shows I saw on the last day 

Lulu Liu

I absolutely loved this weaving technique and the choice of the colours!

Tata Naka

xx Vagabond Girl

Sunday, 3 November 2013

¡Hola desde Madrid!

It´s reading week, so obviously I am reading and studying very Madrid! I haven't  been to Spain since I was maybe 4 and so it was very exciting to finally use my Spanish and see the capital!

Last time I came to Spain, I looked like this. Yeah, so it´s been a while.

Getting here was an absolutely nightmare, I was supposed to leave Friday night to get here to party, instead I missed my flight and had to take the first flight out the next morning...which I also missed and ended up getting here at 1pm on Saturday. FAIL.

I´m only here until Tuesday, and then I´m off to Genova in Italy to visit my family for the rest of the week where I will have more time to blog, so stay tuned!

xx Vagabond Girl