Paulina on the road...

A Travel Scrapbook in English & Español

Welcome to my little Travel Scrapbook about hidden travel gems off the beaten track! All of them are packed in short travel stories in English & Spanish. I'm the happiest when I travel slowly in an eco-friendly way like biking, hiking or boating. Positive side effects are mindfulness and time to interact with foreign cultures. That's why many of my posts focus on an intercultural aspect of traveling. Most of those articles can be found in "Travel Reflections".

 

Oh, did I introduce myself? I am Pauline from Luxembourg - Paulina for the Spanish - and a passionate travellette currently re-settling down in my native country... after an expedition of a lifetime: Boat HitchHiking over the Atlantic Ocean!

 

Here your can read more about my quest for the unknown and why I actually write in Spanish and English! My Travel Scrapbook brings you the hidden gems straight from the travel road!

 

I invite you to lean back and Discover, Learn & Embrace the Unknown!

 Let's hit the road together! - ¡Vámonos de viaje!


To be on the road is about...

Experiencing the unexpected.

Spotting the hidden gems.

Letting go & getting lost.

 

And it's about finding yourself at the end of the road.


Latest Posts

Hiking in Liechtenstein: Flowerful Malbun-Princess Gina Trail

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Liechtenstein is a paradise for hikers who seek breathtaking alpine panoramas, hearty mountain hut food and well marked trails. There are so many trekking trails in the principality of Liechtenstein, one of the tiniest but richest countries in this world, that you'll have a hard choice on which one to do.

 

On my short weekend trip to the principality, I got to do several hikes. Despite the limited size of Liechtenstein, I couldn't do every hike in Liechtenstein in 2 days (Just that you get an idea of many trails there are!).

 

There seems to be a trail for everybody: multi-day trails that go across the entire country ("Route 66"), routes for less experienced hikers, trails for adventurous outdoor enthusiasts... The choice is yours! Without any doubt, in my eyes, the Princess-Gina Trail is one of the most picturesque trails of this charming little country. Read on why it's the perfect blend of the best Liechtenstein's trekking trails have to offer.

 

[Versión española abajo]

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Glamping in Belgium: Total Relax on a HouseBoat, Nieuwpoort

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How many of you have ever tried "glamping"? I have to admit I never did and thus I was even more happy when I got the opportunity to have my first "Glamping" experience on a houseboat in Nieuwpoort, Belgium.

 

I hardly had any expectations at all... and that's probably why I ended up falling in love with the idea of staying on a houseboat. I promise, the relaxing effect of being constantly surrounded by water couldn't be better. And finally, after an epic Boat HitchHiking Adventure, I am back on the water!

 

Let me introduce you to a real hidden accommodation gem on the Belgian seaside: the Home Boat - Loft on the Water in Westhoek Marina, Nieuwpoort.

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Hotel Review: Wake up in Style at Ibis Styles Nieuwpoort, Belgium

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I just got back from my weekend trip and I can't wait to share my latest discovery with you. This time we went to the Belgian coast which is only at a stone's throw from Luxembourg. Not only in Luxembourg, the Belgian coast is very popular. But also among all those that are living in larger cities like Brussels, Antwerp or Gent and seeking relief from the hot temperatures in the summer months.

 

Unfortunately the Belgian coast, with its hot spots being Ostend, Middelkerke and Knokke-Heist, sometimes got a little dodgy reputation, especially among the younger generation. Most visitors only see the old concrete buildings from the 60's and visit the coast during weekends when it's at its fullest. In this post I will show you a different, very stylish aspect of the Belgian coastline.

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Trinidad y Tobago: Cascadas y Bahías

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En Trinidad, la isla mayor del estado Trinidad y Tobago,  la vida de turista no es fácil. Llegas sin muchas expectativas, sin ninguna idea de lo que te espera en este país constituido por dos islas. Tengo que admitir que viajar a Trinidad y Tobago nunca formaba parte de nuestro plan. 

 

Tras llegar a Barbados através de nuestra aventura en "barco-stop", nos quedamos boquiabiertos ante los precios de esta isla. Era un paraíso, cierto, pero iba desecando nuestro presupuesto de viaje. Teníamos que dejar la isla lo antes posible. Por eso compramos el vuelo más barato a donde sea. Que en este caso era Trinidad y Tobago. Tras estudiar una de los pocos guías que podía encontrar, me di cuenta de que había muchísimo más cosas que hacer en estas islas exóticas de lo que había pensado. Uno podría quedarse allí semanas, sin verlo todo. 

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Travel Not to Escape Life

Post written by Kelly Duhigg

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Exploring the quaint neighborhood of Plaka in Athens, Greece

I was 22 and it felt like my life was over. I didn't know what to do or where to go, but it felt like the pain would never end. It was a dark cloud that clung to the soul of my being; a cloud that destroyed who I was. This cloud eroded away all the joy in my life, and I just wanted it to end. Each and every day felt like I was nothing and had nothing and that I mattered to no one.

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Las Mejores Rutas de Senderismo en Santo Antão, Cabo Verde

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Santo Antão, la segunda isla más grande del archipiélago de Cabo Verde, es un paraíso para senderistas. Vistas que te cortan el aliento, valles monumentales, casas construidas en valles cortados casi verticalmente, rutas de senderismo que te darán vertigo... Y todo eso rodeado por una naturaleza todavía intacta y una agricultura que alimenta a todo Cabo Verde. Las rutas están bien mantenidas y usadas por la gente local casi todos los días ya que sirven de conexión entre pueblos sin acceso asfaltado.

 

No te sorprendas si una abuelita llevando una cesta llena de frutas y hortalizas en su cabeza, te sobrepasa en tu camino... La gente de Santo Antão tiene una condición física asombrosa. 

 

En el caso de que te pierdas, no dudes en preguntar a la gente local por el nombre del pueblo que se encuentra al final de tu ruta. Algunas de estas 8 expresiones en criollo te podrán ser muy útiles. 

 

El número de rutas que se pueden hacer en Santo Antão parece ser casi infinito. Tras quedarnos 10 días, hemos visto solamente la parte este de la isla. Todavía nos quedaron muchos senderos por descubrir. Ahora quiero compartir contigo mis rutas favoritas y más espectaculares de Santo Antão, Cabo Verde.

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10 Things To Do in Liechtenstein

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The Principality of Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world. This little country literally seems to live up to the saying "Small but Powerful": in only a few years, the principality went from an agricultural state to one of the richest countries on this planet.

 

Despite its reduced size, this micro state ranks in the top positions of many international rankings. Economically, Liechtenstein has one of the highest gross domestic products per person in the world. The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the world at 1.5%.

 

But Liechtenstein is not only strong in numbers but also an attractive travel destination. Especially if you enjoy breathtaking mountain panoramas and outdoor sports in the Alps. Discover the top things to do in this cute little country of only 160 square kilometers.

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Visitar Orlando: Como pasarselo bien!

Post escrito por Brigitte Caceres

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Disney World Orlando

Para nadie es un secreto que viajar a Orlando es un sueño realizado, bien sea que vayas a los parques de Disney, a los de Universal Studio u solo de paseo por sus alrededores, la oportunidad de estar allí resulta asombrosa para todo el mundo sin importar la edad.

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South Trinidad Island: Hindu Temples & Pitch Lake

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After spending a couple of days discovering Trinidad's lovely beaches and breath-taking waterfalls, we decided to discover the south of Trinidad island. By that time we already knew that we could never make it to Tobago island since we had only 3 days left before our flight would bring us back to Barbados. 


Such a pity, since all the Trinidadians we met talked with luminous eyes about Trinidad's neighbor island. Since then Tobago moved high up on my travel bucket list. 

 

As my partner and I are huge fans of traveling slow, we decided to spend those 3 days rather in Trinidad and discover one of the aspects that make Trinidad and Tobago one of the most fascinating travel destinations: its Hindu culture.

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