First Day of Spring.

I apologize, for the one-hundreth time, for not posting on here more frequently. I’ve been terrible at keeping this up… (shame on me…)

On a brighter note, it’s the first day of spring! Although it’s still quite chilly in Cardiff today and I’m definitely not feeling the warmer weather yet… I’m happy to say i’m officially on Spring Break! (I guess it worked out perfectly huh? lucky me!)

My plans for this year’s Spring Break are actually quite exciting! I just finished planning my itinerary with my friend Annie so here’s a little preview to what I will be posting about for the next few weeks!

First off: PARIS.

We leave Cardiff on Friday afternoon, followed by a 9 hour Β night bus ride that will drop us off in the city bright and early on Saturday morning. Croissants for breakfast anyone? I think so!

After a few days in this wanderlust city, on the 27th of March i’m off to MILANO, Italy. I’ll be staying in my home town of Lecco for about a week, which means I get to go home to our cute little apartment for a while!! (I’m extremely excited about this!) In addition, I’ll be meeting up with my friend Annie again, and we’re planning on visiting a few of Italy”s most beautiful cities including Firenze and Pisa.

Finally, I’ll be visiting a friend in PRAGUE. This will be my first time in this city so I honestly can’t wait to get there and take a million pictures.Β I’ve heard only good things about this place; I wonder if i’ll ever want to come back… I’ve heard many people never want to leave…

I’m also afraid my laptop won’t be able to handle all the pictures I’ll be taking on this trip.. maybe it’s time to finally buy a passport/external drive? (hmm decisions, decisions.)

I’m literally jumping up and down on the inside with excitement! Hopefully, the whole trip runs smoothly and successfully.
There will be more posts and pictures to come in the next few weeks so stay tuned for more πŸ™‚

xoxo,

Astrid

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Coffee Barker <3

I was going to wait until the end of this post to give away the name of the coffee shop I’ve fallen in love with in Cardiff… but instead, I simply couldn’t wait to share it with you guys that I chose to write it as the title: Coffee Barker.

It all started one late Saturday morning (or better said, afternoon, since it was already past noon…) I was walking around the so-called “Arcades” of Cardiff when I found this gem of a place. It was exactly what I was looking for too. My goal for the day was to get some work done on my laptop, eat some yummy breakfast or lunch, and hopefully find a yummy cappuccino to go with it.

But Coffee Barker had even more to offer.

As I walked passed it, I peeked into it through the windows. Although I saw a couple of tables filled with people catching up and eating together, I was pleased to find the “back” section of the coffee shop almost exclusively made for those of us who wanted to sit at a table by themselves to catch up on some work and use our own laptops. I was happy to know I wasn’t going to be the only loner sitting inside the coffee shop by herself! So I headed inside.

The interior of the coffee shop is very laid back; made-up of low tables and extremely comfortable leather armchairs, lots of wood decorations, and vintage inspired objects (a somewhat hipster style if you ask me.) Overall I loved the way they decorated the place, not to mention their perfect choice in music which included Lana del Rey, Jason Mraz, and Joshua Radin (just a few of my favorites, and a perfect for a chilly afternoon inside catching up on some work!)

Unfortunately, since it was past noon I was unable to order anything from their main “Breakfast Menu” so I Β ended up ordering a cappuccino and a bowl of their home-made granola with yoghurt. Although I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary, both of these options were perfect! The cappuccino is probably the best I’ve had in Cardiff, without being too milky and with the perfect amount of foam (that’s not too foamy and filled with air bubbles, but more towards the creamy side – which is the perfect way to make a cappuccino! Just like they do in Italy!)

It was my perfect type of afternoon. A comfy armchair, my laptop, and a bowl of scrumptious home-made granola that i wish they would sell for wholesale. I would have stayed there forever… and in fact I did (until closing time at least.)

Coffee Barker was definitely a success on my list. I’ve been back twice since then and I honestly can’t wait to go back one more time for breakfast or to try one of their home made baked goods.

If you’re around the “Castle Arcade” in Cardiff, be sure to check out Coffee Barker. I give it a big stamp of approval. πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

xo

Astrid

p.s. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy!

Coffee House Hopping

Some may call me lame, boring, “an old lady,” but the truth is there’s nothing that makes me happier than sitting in a warm coffee shop on a late chilly afternoon sipping a cup of a deliciously foamy cappuccino. Whether I’m by myself getting some work done or on a coffee date with a friend, simple moments like these put a smile on my face, every time. I like to call these the little things in life that make us (me) happy; the little things in life we should certainly make more time for.

Sitting in a lovely coffee shop without being in a hurry to get somewhere or do something in particular makes me giggle with joy in the inside. As I walk in I’m all of a sudden inspired by everything that surrounds me. The decoration of the place, the comfy chair i’m sitting in, the background music, the bitter taste of the cappuccino i’m having… every little thing makes me smile from the inside out. For me it’s a special kid of love and admiration that I have with coffee shops. Many people may feel the same way with a brand new car, a book, a movie, or their loved one… but when an adorable coffee shop catches my eye from a distance, my heart skips a beat. Then, all that there’s left to do is to go and check it out myself.

Ever since I arrived to Cardiff I’ve been wondering around the streets and Arcades in the city centre to try to find a nice coffee shop worthy of my time. I have already found a couple of places and I’ve added them to my list (hopefully I’ll be able to visit all of them before I leave!) Slowly, I’m making my way around the different coffee shops in Cardiff. However, although I know there are still a number of coffee shops I still haven’t been to, I’m pretty sure I have already found my favorite one in Cardiff.

I’ll talk more about my first experience at my favorite Cardiff coffee shop on my next post. In the mean time here’s a little preview πŸ™‚

xo,

Astrid