Saturday, 28 November 2015

Casa Gardenia Hotel in Quito

I usually take a lot of time researching hotels when I go on holidays, but it can still be hit or miss. But the Casa Gardenia Hotel in Quito really deserves a blog post.

Casa Gardenia is located in the historic heart of Quito and housed in a renovated colonial building itself. The streets it's on, is a bit steep, so you might feel a tad bit out of breath, especially since Quito is located at 2,780M above sea level.

There are only seven rooms surrounding one of those typical Andalusian patios, the Spanish imported when they colonised South America. The decor is quit modern with earthy tones, giving guests that home away from home feeling.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Chilean Food at ONA Supper Club

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this post is all about the delicious Chilean food at ONA supper club I had last week.

ONA, which refers to an indigenous people in Chile, is a pop-up restaurant run by chef Marcelo Henriquez. I went to one of his supper clubs that was held in The Butcher's Shop in Camden, which might sound like a strange venue, but it was actually quite homey.

They had set two large tables for their guests and with lots of mood lighting and candles, it didn't feel like a cold butcher's at all.

Chilean Food at ONA Supper Club

Monday, 23 November 2015

Galapagos on a Budget Part II

As I mentioned in my previous post, Galapagos is very doable if you don't have the $$$ for a luxurious cruise. You can easily visit the islands by doing it on your own. I made Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz my base and visited two other islands on day trips. I will tell you what I did on Isla Isabela and Isla San Cristobal in a separate post. In this post I will show you what I got up to on Isla Santa Cruz.

Galapagos on a Budget Part II

Thursday, 19 November 2015

How to do Galapagos on Your Own

I always thought that travelling to the Galapagos Islands would be something I´d never ever do. Yet, I'm writing this blog post from an internet cafe in Puerto Ayora, the main town on Isla Santa Cruz. Lots of travel companies will have you believe that the only way to see these incredible islands by booking a cruise for extortionate prices. Nothing is less true. You don't have to be a millionaire or take out a loan to come here.