Top 10 unforgettable places (by Elsa)

Now that the dust starts to settle, I start to see more clearly the places that have marked me the most. When it comes to the order of them I ranked the list the first time on the plane back to Stavanger but since then whenever I rank them again they switch places sometimes. But I still include the same ones in my top 10 and they have one thing in common: given the chance I would definitely go back in an instant.

Cape Town – definitely a wonderful surprise. From the mountains, to the white sand and blue water beaches, to the wine farms and delicious tastings, this was an amazing place to be. Add the chance to be at the most southern point in Africa (part of the old glory days from Portugal), the view from the Table Mountain, the V&A waterfont and the beautiful African penguins and this is a difficult combination to beat!

San Francisco – I always thought I would like SF and it did not disappoint. The European feel of the city, the outgoing people, the great weather and the views around the bay are the things I miss the most, together with the cute sea lions 🙂 Continue reading

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Airbnb – a very honest opinion

Airbnb is a great business idea and we have used it extensively in several places in the USA and in Canada. In many cities it was actually the only way for us to find affordable accommodation at central locations, e.g. Washington, Nashville or San Francisco.

But the experiences are very variable and honestly you never know what you are going to get. Simple things like “does the room have a lock?”, “how many rooms are being rented in the same apartment?”,  “how many bathrooms?”, “why I honestly rent this room”, “how much interaction I really expect to have with my guests” or “do I live here or just rent all the rooms separately on Airbnb?” would go a long way to clear up what’s going to happen.

We find it quite uncomfortable when people rent several rooms in the same house without informing, especially if there only one bathroom and no locks for each room. We never felt any real danger but still… Many rooms are also seriously overpriced for what they offer. And the worse is when the owner lives in the same place but is so uncomfortable with receiving strangers that he tries to avoid contact almost. Then we feel super uncomfortable too. It’s ok to be honest and say you need the money and do it for that reason, we also just need a room sometimes 🙂 Continue reading

First 2 days

We are sitting on the train from NY to Niagara Falls, a 9h ride that we will use to relax and rest our feet. The first 2 days were crazy!

We know that travelling is also facing the unknown, to us that meant a room cancellation on our first night just as we arrived at the door. It was in Harlem 🙂

That didn’t stop us from still enjoying the Yankee’s game, it was a really fun experience but honestly (from a non sports fanatic), it could use a bit more excitement.

We are really happy we only had carry-on’s, they have been going all over NY for the past 2 days, including the Yankee Stadium, Harlem and Brooklyn!

And if you are wondering about how much we managed to fit in our little bags, aside from the obvious clothing and toiletries we have electric toothbrushes, hairdryer and even room slippers. Talk about luxury 🙂 We hope to post a video soon about what we packed with us!

The weather has been great, around 30 degrees and we are having a lot of fun so far. Next stop: Niagara Falls!

Bandeira Portuguesa

Estamos agora sentados no comboio de Nova Iorque para Niagara, uma viagem de 9h que vamos aproveitar para relaxar e descansar os pés. Os primeiros dois dias foram loucos!

Sabemos que viajar é uma boa forma de nos preparar para lidar com imprevistos e para nós isso foi ver o nosso quarto cancelado na primeira noite, quando já lá estávamos à porta. Ainda por cima era no Harlem 🙂

Mas isso não nos impediu de ir ver os Yankees jogar, foi uma experiência muito divertida, mas na opinião de uma não fanática por desporto, podia ter também mais um pouco de acção.

Estamos muito contentes de termos trazido apenas malas de mão; tivémos de andar com elas por Nova Iorque inteira, incluido o estádio dos Yankees, Harlem e Brooklyn!

E se estão a pensar quanto é que conseguimos trazer nas nossas malas pequeninas, além das coisas óbvias como roupa e necessaire, temos também escovas de dentes eléctricas, secador e até chinelos de quarto! Isto é que é luxo 🙂 Esperamos mostrar um video em breve do que temos connosco.

O tempo tem estado espectacular, à volta de 30 graus, e estamos a divertir-nos muito. Próxima paragem: Niagara!