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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Just Me, Myself, And I In Hamburg, Germany

Traveling alone can be a very fulfilling adventure. You do not have to take into consideration the wishes of other people when it comes to exploring the destination. You can stay out as long as you wish to, see the things that are important to you, and focus all your energy on your personal wellbeing. A great place to do so is the beautiful city of Hamburg in the North of Germany! Although it is the second largest city of the country, it has the flair and the charm of a large village. Here are some travel tips for singles in Hamburg:

The Perfect Place To Stay In Hamburg

If you are traveling alone, this is the key to a great holiday. Your “home base” should be your oasis of tranquillity, your personal info center and a place where getting in touch with other travelers is easy, as you all share a common ground. One of the most charming and relaxed hotels in Hamburg is the 25hours hotel in the Hafen City. This modern and cool design hotel is super comfortable, perfectly situated, and has a very welcoming flair thanks to the personal and friend like approach of the staff. Another amazing hotel where you will find everything you could wish for (including one of the most luxurious spa areas in town) is called “The George”. This 4* boutique hotel is located close to the river Alster, has a stylish cocktail bar, a superb restaurant, and a Campari lounge — all quite important features to get the most out of your me-time in Hamburg.

Discovering Hamburg By Yourself

If you are the kind of person who loves to pack your stay with a gigantic “to-see-list”, you are in the right place! Being one of the country’s most significant hub for commerce (due to the geographical location between the rivers Alster and Elbe), as well as for science and education, Hamburg is packed to the brim with cultural points of interest. Countless museums, art venues, theaters, and galleries can be visited; the rich and diverse architecture will leave you in awe! The different boroughs, for instance the famous “Speicherstadt” or the entertainment and red-light district “Reeperbahn“, will enchant you with different flairs, cultural richness, and excitement.

If you are more a “follow the flow” kind of traveler, Hamburg is just as satisfying. Beautiful parks, the river banks, and one of Germany’s most famous zoo’s the “Hagenbecks”, will let you get in touch with Mother Nature in the heart of a pulsating city.

Getting in touch with the locals might seem a bit tricky at first. Even amongst the German population, people from Northern Germany have the reputation of being slightly grumpy with a very dry humour. But once you dive into the fantastic nightlife, you will be amazed just how easy it is for single travelers to meet people! So, let us see how you could plan your night about town, if you are traveling alone in Hamburg.

Hamburg’s Nightlife: Get Ready To Have An Amazing Time

First off: If you are not comfortable diving into the bustling nightlife by yourself, you could visit one of many contact-forums on the internet. Meetup.com or expats.com are just two of many choices you will find. Another option would be booking an exclusive escort service in Hamburg. These ladies know their town like the back of their hands and are more than happy to show you around. But then again, hooking up with people before going out in Hamburg is not really necessary! You will be astonished by just how easy it is to get in contact with locals and/or other travelers while roaming through the very cool bars and clubs Hamburg holds in store. Before you go out and get wild, checking out some of the millions of bars, lounges, and clubs in Hamburg on the WWW is not the worst idea. Helpful websites to do exactly that are for instance spottedbylocals.com” or theculturetrip.com.

A recommendation? How about starting your tour through the local nightlife with a small snack and a drink in one of the most picturesque outdoor bars Hamburg offers. This beautiful spot by the river is ideal to sit in the grass, hang your feet in the water, and enjoy the sunset over the city. Next stop: the “3-Zimmer-Wohnung” (3-room-appartment). This cosy and very hip bar is actually a former 3-room apartment with a kitchen, a living room, and a bed room and thus offers the atmosphere of a private party. A great place to meet people. To top off the night with some dancing, the vinyl-only club “Le Fonque” is a cool place to be!

The World’s Most Spectacular Palaces

There are stunning palaces all over the globe that allow you to explore the past or present opulent homes of royalty. They are a great place to study fabulous architecture and view historical art and artefacts. Here are the world’s most spectacular palaces:

The Louvre Palace

The Louvre Palace is in Paris, France and it is also one of the most famous national museums in the world. The museum has been open since 1793 to the public and it attracts more than eight million visitors each year. It is a stunning building that is filled with some of the most famous sculptures, artefacts, and art in the world. Give yourself at least a day to wander through this fascinating place.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

If you are planning a holiday to Japan, then Tokyo should definitely be on your itinerary. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is a short walk from the Tokyo train station and it sits on the former site of Edo Castle. It is surrounded by massive walls and moats and it is right in the middle of Tokyo. You can join guided tours to explore the grounds of the Palace, but no interior rooms are available to the public. The palace was destroyed during World War II, although fortunately it was rebuilt.

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is located in the heart of Beijing and it was the imperial palace from 1420 to 1912. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest palatial structure in the world. It is a great place to explore Chinese history and culture. There are 9999 rooms filled with ancient artefacts and you can wander through the Palace Museum, the Meridian Garden, and many other fantastic areas.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the current home of The British Royal Family and it is located in London, England. It was built in 1703 and purchased by King George III in 1761 for Queen Charlotte. It was enlarged during the 19th Century and became the London residence of the British monarch in 1837 upon the accession of Queen Victoria. During the summer months you can join a tour of the palace. The palace has 775 rooms, a grand staircase, and you can also view the throne room. The gardens are also open to the public and it is the largest private garden in London.

Potala Palace, Lhasa

The Potala Palace in Lhasa, China was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas and the seat of the Tibetan government. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994. It is an architectural wonder that is 13 storeys high and it situated on top of Red Hill. The palace has more than 1000 rooms that are filled with wondrous sights. There are many chapels, prayer rooms, and golden stupas that will leave all visitors to the palace in awe.

The Alhambra

The Alhambra is in Granada, Andalusia, Spain and it is a stunning example of Islamic architecture. During peak time more than 6000 tourists visit each day and this stunning fortress should not be skipped. The fortress is 26 acres and you can explore palaces, buildings, towers, courtyards, and gardens for hours. It is a good idea to get a guide who can help you understand the history of this stunning structure.

Four Types Of Holidays To Take For The Ultimate Digital Detox

While digital technology has indeed been beneficial in more ways than one, it is undeniable that there are also some drawbacks. It can be filled with negativities and can contribute to stress. Studies show that people use their iPhone 80 times a day! If you want to really enjoy every aspect of your holiday and connect with others then it is a great idea to have digital detox. It will give you peace of mind and the opportunity to get rid of bad vibes. If you are not always on your phone you will have the opportunity to speak to people and make new friends. If you are planning to have a break from the digital world, below are some of the best vacations that you need to take:

Yoga Retreat In Bali

If you are dreaming of sun, sea, and sand, Bali is one of the best vacation spots for you. It is a popular beach paradise, but there is more to it than the inviting ocean. There is a part known as Ubud; located up in the mountains, it is surrounded with lush forest and rice paddies. This is a dream-come-true for yogis. There is an endless list of resorts offering yoga retreats, with some running for a couple of weeks. This is the perfect place to disconnect from the rest of the world, while you discover more of yourself and achieve peace of mind.

Safari In Botswana

If you love nature and are looking for an exotic country to explore, Botswana should be on the top of your list. Forget about your gadgets. You will have a good time as you venture into an up close and personal encounter with animals in the wild. There are also many safari lodges, including lavish accommodation, which will provide you with a good place to stay as you distance yourself from the digital world. Botswana’s diverse landscapes and mighty animals will provide you with a memorable holiday away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Explore UK Waterways

For a unique way of exploring the UK, go on a canal holiday and enjoy navigating your way around the incredible waterways. Canals in the UK were known for being the main facilitators of trade and commerce in the past. Today, however, they are popular amongst tourists. There are plenty of narrowboats that can offer accommodation during your exploration. They may not be as grand as huge cruise ships, but they can offer a memorable experience. You will be so busy taking in the beautiful scenery that you will not be interested in checking Facebook or reading your emails. Regardless if you only have a couple of days or a few weeks to spare, there are an abundance of choices when it comes to which parts of the country to explore.

Trek Through Costa Rica’s Rainforest

Flora and fauna are just some of the things that make Costa Rica the perfect escape from the daily grind. It has a diverse and rich rainforest, providing you with endless opportunities for exploration. Trekking is the best way to uncover its secrets. It might be physically demanding, but it will be rewarding since it will be an opportunity to uncover a gem; have a look at a fellow blogger’s experience here. Some of the best places that you might want to check out include Arenal Volcano Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Los Angeles Cloud Forest, and Santa Rosa National Park.

The Baby Cubby

Review: The Baby Cubby — The Best Of Everything Baby

As a mom, I am always looking for new websites centered around children. When I stumbled across The Baby Cubby I felt like I hit the jackpot! The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. I know I have felt that way and still feel that way at times, even though I swear I could write a detailed guide to motherhood at this point.

The Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, like myself, which is what instantly connected me to the website. They know what it is like and they are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.

Thus, what they have created with their fantastic website is a parent-friendly place where you can find the highest quality and safest baby gear, while at the same time having a fun shopping experience. They do things like test strollers on their stroller track, price match everyday (even Amazon), offer free shipping nationwide, and actively engage with parents via social media and their Cubby Community Blog to discuss some of the difficult topics of parenting. Does this not all sound absolutely amazing? It was sold me!

My son is at an age where he constantly needs to be stimulating his mind and he is seems so bored with all of the toys we had previously bought him. While I was looking around The Baby Cubby for something unique and new for two year old’s, I discovered the Hape Toys Master Workbench. I instantly knew he was going to love it and would spend hours playing with it. I was 100% right! His favorite part is pretending to be his dad when something around the house needs to be fixed. He will mimic what his dad is doing with his wooden toys. My husband I both know that engineering is an important component of education for young kids to learn.

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One of my favorite things to do is to watch The Baby Cubby Youtube channel. The owners have four kids and one on the way, so they offer invaluable advice and suggestions to fellow parents. If you get a free moment after this post, I highly encourage you to read their “About Us.” It will show you why I believe that The Baby Cubby is so much better than their competitors, since you can clearly see that love for their children and passion for helping parents are truly their only motivators for this extraordinary website!

Incredible Destinations To Learn A New Skill

Going on a vacation is the perfect opportunity to relax and have fun, but you could also use it as an opportunity to learn or perfect a skill. Then when you return home, you will be able to feel proud of your accomplishments and it may even open up a new career for you! Not sure what to do? Keep on reading and I will recommend some of the best destinations and activities that should be on your radar:

Archery In England

Handling your first bow may be an overwhelming experience, but with the right lessons, it will be a lot easier. If you happen to be in England, your holiday can be spent learning the art of archery. You will discover that while it can be a little tricky at first, with patience, it will not take long before you will master the fundamentals. There is no need to be intimidated. It does not take long to learn, so you will soon be firing arrows like you are Robin Hood; you can even practice your archery skills in the famous Sherwood Forest.

Scuba Diving In Malta

If you want to be a certified diver, while also enjoying an exotic paradise, Malta is one of the places that you should keep an eye on. Through the supervision of expert divers, you will learn the basics of breathing underwater and discover the kind of beauty that you might have not seen anywhere before. Whether you have a few hours or several days to spare, there are lots of options to have the training to become a diver.

Skiing In Whistler

As one of the best ski destinations in the world, a lot of people may be intimated over the idea of visiting Whistler. In reality, this is a place that is perfect even for beginners. A lot of ski resorts have classes for beginners, which is a good way to get started in skiing. Whistler has a wide selection of accommodation, including five-star resorts that are perfect even for the most discerning vacationers. It has a rugged landscape with unrivalled beauty. It is also home to a number of excellent restaurants that will surely give your stomach a filling treat.

Golf In South Africa

From the magnificent Table Mountain to Boulders Beach, which is famed for its penguins, South Africa is a country that should be on your bucket list. If you have always been interested in learning golf, this is also a good place to get started. Whether you have zero knowledge about golf or you are looking forward to harnessing your skill, there are plenty of places that can offer lessons. They have an abundance of golf courses that are made even better with the magnificent views that they offer.

Horse Riding In Spain

Riding a horse is not just a recreational activity, but also a sport. It may seem straightforward, but it is also technical. In Spain, there are many places that offer lessons for first timers. Learning how to ride a horse will give you the perfect opportunity to explore the rugged countryside. Some of the best places where you can do this include Almeria, Andalucia, Catalonia, and Costa de Luz. The best thing is that once you have the hang of horse riding, you can do it almost anywhere in the world, here are some of the best places.

Animal Care

If you love animals, then looking after animals abroad could be the perfect opportunity for you. You can volunteer at an animal rescue center where you will be able to take care of a whole variety of animals or you can contribute to more specific projects such as turtle conservation in Costa Rica or Panda conservation in China. Oyster Worldwide have a good variety of projects, my favorites are volunteering with elephants and looking after orphaned baby monkeys!