Notting Hill Carnival – London #spanish

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Cada año, el último fin de semana de Agosto, se celebra en el popular barrio londinense de Notting Hill uno de los festivales urbanos más multitudinarios del mundo, Notting Hill Carnival. Este colorido (y gratuito) festival atrae a más de un millón de personas todos los años, dónde la diversidad y la música son el principal atrayente y la diversión y el “buen rollo” están asegurado. El festival está organizado por la comunidad Afro-caribeña de Reino Unido y se lleva celebrando cada año desde 1996.

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Desde las 11 de la mañana hasta bien entrada la noche el desfile recorre las principales avenidas de Notting Hill. Miles y miles de personas, mayormente de procedencia afro-caribeña, muestran orgullosos su riqueza cultural a través de sus coloridas vestimentas, su animada música y sobre todo a través de su carisma y simpatía (o como lo conocemos aquí en Inglaterra, con su particular “flow”). No resulta muy difícil dejarse llevar y en cuánto menos te lo esperas, ahí estás moviendo tus caderas al son de los tambores, siendo uno más en el desfile. Cabe destacar la simpatía de los miles de participantes, siempre dispuestos a dejarse fotografiar o a mostrarte sus exuberantes y seductores bailes.

Si te gustan los festivales, o vives por tierras británicas, no dudes en añadir Notting Hill Carnival a la lista.

 

Skyscanner – donde tú me digas, voy!

donde-tu-me-digasvoy-2¿Quién no tiene una lista de países y lugares donde quisiéramos ir? Pues tengo que decir que la mía la rompí hace tiempo. Todo el mundo me pregunta como puedo viajar tanto, sobre todo por Europa y de dónde saco tantas vacaciones. Mi trabajo afortunadamente me da flexibilidad a la hora de viajar, con días libres tanto entre semana como en fin de semana y a eso hay que sumarle la suerte de vivir en una ciudad como Bristol con un aeropuerto que cuenta con un gran abanico de destinos muy interesantes, tanto en verano como en invierno. Birmingham Airport, London Stansted y London Luton tampoco están tan lejos de Bristol y su oferta es espectacular.

Antes me preocupaba de ahorrar el dinero suficiente para visitar esos países de la zona “top” de mi lista, los cuales tenían preferencia máxima sobre cualquier otra destino, aun sabiendo que podría ir a cualquier otro lugar por menos dinero, ahora no! Hace más de 3 años que destruí mi lista y no puedo estar más contento por ello. Desde que Skyscanner existe mi forma de elegir destino a cambiado completamente, ahora eres tú Skyscanner quien decides por mi y donde tú me digas, voy!

La aplicación de Skyscanner te da la opción de encontrar vuelos super baratos a cualquier parte del mundo gracias a su sistema de búsqueda “cualquier parte” or “anywhere”. Eliges la ciudad de origen la cual quieres volar y luego en destino eliges la opción “cualquier parte”, seleccionas las fechas las cuales quieres viajar (si tienes flexibilidad como yo, puedes encontrar los mejores precios por mes y acoplarlos a tus días libres/ vacaciones).

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A partir de aquí es cuando tú eliges dónde y cuándo quieres viajar. Una vez le das al botón de buscar Skyscanner te da un listado de los destinos más económicos para las fechas seleccionadas, las compañías de bajo coste también salen reflejadas en el buscador y ya sabéis que Ryanair y Easyjet ofrecen vuelos de bajo coste a lo largo de Europa y Norte de África. Gracias a Skyscanner he encontrado vuelos con precios bastante ridículos y es así como yo elijo mi viajes, según el precio y las fechas, sin mirar mucho el destino, ya que lo más importante para mi es…Pack my bag (hacerme la maleta).

Durante los últimos tres años he viajado bastante por Europa gracias al sistema de búsqueda de Skyscanner “cualquier parte”, algunos de los destinos ni siquiera estaban en mi lista y la verdad no puedo estar más contento con este nueva forma de viajar; sin planear, sin preocuparme de precios y sobre todo dejándome llevar por el momento.

Dónde Skyscanner ha sido capaz de llevarme sin haberlo previsto? A continuación os voy a dar un listado de países y ciudades que he visitado desde que esta aplicación entró en mi vida, como podréis ver hay destinos en los que he pagado precios bastante bajos, casi regalados. Todos los precios son ida y vuelta, aunque parezca mentira en alguno de ellos.

Gothemburg (Suecia): 2€

Copenhagen (Dinamarca): 10€

Dublin (Irlanda): 10€

Castellón (España): 15€

Ibiza (España): 20€

Belfast (Irlanda del Norte): 20€

Cracovia (Polonia): 20€

Bulgaria: 20€

Edinburgo (Escocia): 20€

Ginebra (Suiza): 30€

Berlín (Alemania): 35€

Indonesia: 390€

Nepal: 360€

Nueva Zelanda: 650€

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Bath Christmas Market

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We all know that Christmas Markets are getting more popular for the past years around Europe. Visitors has increased and more cities and towns throughout Europe join now this “Christmassy revolution”. Thanks to these markets, number of tourists during the month of November and beginning of December has grown considerably thus creating a new trend in our way of travelling and in the same time helping local economy in critical months for travel industry.

Pack Your Bah has visited Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in UK, popular for its Romans baths and hot springs. The city of Bath rewarded as a World Heritage Site by Unesco is the home of the biggest Christmas market in the Southwest of England. Thousands of tourists come every year to visit the Bath Christmas Market as it’s considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. *keep reading after the picture

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The organised rows of wooden chalets, decorated with twinkling fairy lights and set against the illuminated backdrop of Bath Abbey line the streets of Bath city centre.  From local artwork, handmade Christmas decorations, toys, clothes…you will be sure to find the perfect present.  If you’re a homemade food lover, let yourself be tempted by the stallholders with a whole host of delicacies,including premium quality cheese, dried herbs and spices, chutneys and preserves, pastries and cakes, luxurious chocolate, infused liqueurs and award-winning ales.

As you can see, each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shoppers paradise that you should visit st least…once in life 🙂

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2 days around Leman Lake

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A weekend around the Leman Lake in Switzerland and in France could be cheaper than you expect if you travel in the right time. Ski season starts from November until April and the prices are usually more expensive. We flew only few weeks before the winter seasons started when the prices are still low and when nature shows one of its best performance: the colourful autumn. As known, Switzerland is very expensive and a short getaway might become so expensive if you don’t control well your budget. For that reason, we bought are food in England, so for a weekend we spent 20£/each in food.

Flight from Bristol to Geneva: 35£ return/person

At 8.30am we were already in Geneva airport. We booked a car by on-line in the France side of the airport (price cheaper than Swiss side) and we paid 60€ for two days between 3 people, only 20£ each then. Around 9.30am we were driving out of the airport to gain as much time as possible and see as many things as possible.

1.- LAUSSANE

 

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This charming city was our first stop. Laussane is a beautiful city situated in the shores of the Leman Lake. It’s not as big as Geneva, though big enough to enjoy its alive atmosphere. The local market was set up in the heart of the city with small stands selling veggies, fruits and flowers. Little bit higher from the main place and on the top of a hill you will find the cathedral. There is a view point from which you will enjoy beautiful views over Laussane, the Leman Lake and you are lucky…you will see the highest peaks and mountains around the lake.

2.-GRUYERE

 

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Gruyere is a “must seen” during you weekend around the Leman Lake, this charming medieval village situated in the Low Swiss Alps is popular for its cheese. With only two streets and the main square, this village is able to attract thousand of tourists throughout the year. Discover its delightful houses and visit its castle on the top of the hill. The views over Alps mountains are stunning. And don’t forget to taste the Gruyere cheese, Yummy!! 😛  

 

3.- ON THE ROAD

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On our way back to the lake we decided to use a different road and see a small part of the Alps mountains. For 1 hour and a half we drove through the Gruyère Pays d’Henhaut Natural park, passing by beautiful valleys with colossal mountains in both sides. Also, the beautiful colour of the autumn made this experience even nicer. Thousand of cows filled the fields like they’d have been drawn by an impressionist painter. On the way down to the lake, the fog covered the valley thereby creating an terrific atmosphere. You will find the map of the route in the end of the article.

4.- EVIAN-LES-BAINS

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This popular village in situated in the south-east of the Leman Lake. This side of the lake is France and the border is only few kilometres before Evian. Popular for its springs, this small village has become one of the most important spa destinations in Europe. Either winter or summer, Evian is a nice place for your skiing holidays, spa holidays or simply a chill getaway. We booked 2 rooms in a beautiful wooden house  by Airbnb in the zone, above 1000 metres height. The couple were so nice and we got a charming welcome from them. The price: 15£ each with an delicious home-made breakfast included in the price.

5.- YVOIRE LE LEMAN

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Yvoire le Leman is a very tinny medieval village situated in the French side of the lake. Vehicles are not allowed inside its walls, only bikes can ride. Delighted houses built in stone take you back on time to the middle age like if you were the protagonist of a historical novel. With full of traditional shops, the popular French sweet “macarron” is probably the most sold product in Yvoire as the most of the shops are patisseries, although you will also find wooden objetcs made by hand. The most of the houses are decorated with flowers which make even nicer the atmosphere. This village is a “must” during your getaway around Leman Lake, don’t miss then.

6.- GENEVA 

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With only an afternoon you will have enough time to visit the most important highlights of Geneva. There is a beautiful “promenade” along the shore of the lake. The Old City is not so far from the lake and a walk through the Old City is absolutely worth it.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ROUTE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW

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10 reasons why you should visit Copenhagen

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Nyhavn Harbour

Built around the shores of the European’s nicest natural harbour, this colourful and vibrant city is a mix & match of architectural styles and Scandinavian influences. The Danish capital is fast becoming one of the most visited cities not just in the Europe, but for people all across the globe. Do you want to know why Copenhagen is getting popular? Pack Your Bag is going to give you ten reasons why you should visit Copenhagen.

 

1.- Because of the people.

Danish people are voted as the happiest people in the world and a large majority speaks a high standard of English. They will make you experience a friendliness which you rarely will find in other cities. Also the “hipsters” will make you dive into that particular culture-life-style in one of the various hipsters areas of Copenhagen.

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People from Copenhagen – Picture from Visitcopenhagen

 

2.- Because of the bikes

The city is super progressive when it comes to urban transport and it’s not surprising that the city is often cited as the world’s most bike-friendly city. With cycle lanes and flat streets, the appeal is obvious. That’s why one-third of the inhabitants of Copenhagen ride a bicycle to work or school. Also tourists hire a bike for a city-ride-bike experience throughout their time in Copenhagen. It feels like everyone cycles, meaning Copenhagen probably has the quietest and most peaceful streets of any capital city  at least in Europe. This green approach has even led to the term ‘Copenhagenise’ being used by urban planners.

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Bike’s Parking – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

3.- Because of the Smørrebrød

If you are visiting Copenhagen, you must try the Smørrebrød at least for once, even though I bet you will try all different options every day, mostly after a long cycling morning throughout Copenhagen. The sandwich is basically made by sliced rye bread (rugbrød) topped with cold meats, smoked fish, cheese or pate and it has been a lunchtime staple for the Danish for as long as anyone remember. Give it a try!

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Smørrebrød – picture taken by Lynda Balslev for NPR

 

4.-Because of Christiania

Christiania is an autonomous free-town in Copenhagen. It’s been exempt from many of Denmark’s laws since it was set up by squatters and idealists back in the 1970’s. Now Christiania is home to about 850 people who manage shops, cafes and veggie restaurants. And sell soft drugs from stalls. It all feels like a fascinating mix of organic cultural paradise and alternative music festival. So go, smoke and smile 🙂

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Christiania – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

5.- Because of its mermaid

A little and lonely mermaid sculpture is conclusively the Copenhagen’s most popular icon and one of the most photographed statues in the world. The little mermaid sits close to the shore of the cruise harbour “Langelinie” on her granite resting place, in the old port district of Nyhavn. This small sculpture was unveiled at Langelinje in 1913 even though she’s been decapitated several times since then; poor Little Mermaid. Anyway,  don’t miss it as everybody does. Do the same like everybody and be a real tourist!!

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The Little Mermaid – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

6.- Because of the water and canals. 

Copenhagen is criss-crossed by a network of canals and these waterways are still an integral part of the city’s character. Lots of cruise-boats laden with sightseers sailing through the elegant shuttered town-houses. Then Copenhageners don’t have to travel too far for a dip. Just south of the centre is the Island Brygge Havnebadet, one of five outdoor swimming pools in Copenhagen. The quality of the water is checked daily and has to be approved by the authorities before swimmers are let in. There are five pools in all, two of which are specifically for children.

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Nyhavn Canal – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

7.- Because of the urban beaches

You might not think of Copenhagen as a beach destination, but not too far of the centre is one most popular Copenhagen’s urban beaches You might not think of Copenhagen as a beach destination, but three miles south of the centre is one of Denmark’s finest stretches of sand: Amager Strandpark, a huge white beach extending along a lagoon, covered by small dunes and green grass. It’s popular all year round with cyclists and rollerbladers. But Amager Strandpark is not he only urban beach yo can find in Copenhagen, up to 5 different beaches are only few miles away from city centre.

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Amager beach – picture from broketourist.net

 

8.- Because it’s green

Copenhagen was the European Green Capital of 2014, just before Bristol (UK) in 2015.  Copenhagen is a highly successful role model for the green economy, with an efficient urban cycling network and with a strong strategy Copenhagen intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025 with an estimated 75% of the CO2 reduction. Copenhagen is that city that you would love to live.

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European Green Capital 2014

 

9.- Because of the accessibility 

Less than 20 minutes by Metro or train from the Airport to the City centre, a large variety of public transport and a well-developed cruise ship port. A huge cycling network will help you to explore Copenhagen in a very friendly and easy way as bikers have the priority everywhere and any time. But if you prefer to discover this city by walking, don’t be worried about the distances as Copenhagen feels like it was designed to be explored on foot. From galleries to monuments to parks, everything is really compact. You can easily walk from one side of the city to the other in a few hours. there’s a modern, efficient and affordable metro system you can use.

Christiania Canal and its boats

Christiania Canal and its boats – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

10.- Because of the “Hygge”

The best way of translating the word “hygge” is “cosiness” but you don’t know what “hygge” is until you’ve been to Copenhagen. You basically you can do lots of “hygges” things in Copenhagen during your time in the city, just come and find them out. Meantime in Pack Your Bag we give you 10 “hygges” reasons to visit this amazing city: Copenhagen!

Christiania. Go, smoke and smile!! Be "hygge" - picture taken by Luis Mercader

Christiania. Go, smoke and smile!! Be “hygge” – picture taken by Luis Mercader

7 reasons why living in Bristol is lush

Are you thinking to move somewhere else for a new life next 2016? Bristol, in United Kingdom is one of the cities that you should have in your list. Pack Your bag is going to give you some reason of why you should move to this amazing city and why it is lush for living.

Estás pensando en moverte a otro lugar para una nueva vida en este 2016? Birstol, en Reino Unido, es una de esas ciudades que deberías tener en tu lista. Pack Your Bag va a darte varias razones de por qué deberías moverte a esta fantástic ciudad y porqué mola vivir aquí.

Bristol Suspension Bridge

Bristol Suspension Bridge

1.- European Green Capital 2015

Bristol has been the European Green Capital during this 2015. It’s been the first British city of getting this award. There are more than 400 parks in Bristol, so basically the city is covered by green. Also there are more than 170 city farms where they grow organic vegetables and fruits. You will find a huge wide range of organic shops as well. Few national natural reserves are situated not too far from city, like Leigh-woods, which takes only 15 minutes to get there by cycling from city centre. There is a big cycling network throughout the city, so you won’t get bored waiting the bus or getting stuck in traffic jams as you will love to use your bike.

Bristol ha sido durante este 2015 la capital europea verde, siendo la primera cuidad del Reino Unido en obtener este galardón. La ciudad cuenta con más de 400 parques, básicamente la ciudad esta cubierta de verde. También cuenta con más de 170 granjas dentro de la ciudad donde cultivan frutas y verduras orgánicas. Encontrarás también un gran número de tiendas donde venden cómida orgánica. Varias reservas naturales nacionales están situadas no muy lejos de la ciudad, como Leigh-woods, el cual está a tan solo 15 minutes en bici desde el centro. Hay una gran red de carriles bici en la ciudad, no te aburrirás a la hora de esperar el autobús o de quedarte atrapado en un atasco ya que seguro disfrutarás de moverte por la ciudad en bici.

Bristol European Green Capital 2015

2.- City of Universities/ Ciudad Universitaria

Bristol has two Universities, The UoB (University of Bristol) and the UWE (University West of England). More than 22.000 students from different countries come every year to study at any of those Universitites. Also the University of Bristol (UoB) is rated like one of the top 30 Universities of the world. Young and international atmosphere is guaranteed in this city and it’s becoming one of the most important multicultural cities in United Kingdom outside London.

Bristol cuenta con dos universidades, La UoB (Universidad de Bristol) y la UWE (Universidad del Oeste de Inglaterra). Más de 22.000 estudiantes de diferentes paises del mundo llegan cada año para estudiar en alguna de sus universidades. La Universidad de Bristol (UoB) está catalogada como una de las 30 mejores del mundo. El ambiente juvenial e internacional está garantizado y se está convirtiendo en una de las ciudades más multiculturales de Reino Unido fuera de London. 

View of the University of Bristol

View of the University of Bristol

3.- Urban Art Street/ Arte Urbano 

Bristol is popular due to its international graffiti artist Banksy. Scour the streets of Bristol and you will struggle not to find a cutting-edge piece of graffiti art decorating the city’s walls. Along narrow streets, through under-passages and across building walls, a piece of graffiti art will jump out, making Bristol the European Urban Art Street Capital. Banksy has painted few graffiti in Bristol, and there is a Art Street Tour available showing the  Banksy most popular graffiti.

Bristol es conocida gracias a su grafitero internacional Banksy. Rebusca por las calles de Bristol y ya verás que no tendrás que enforzarte en encontrar vanguardistas grafitis decorando las fachadas de la ciudad. A lo largo de calles estrechas, a traves de pasajes suterráneos y en la fachadas de los edificios, un graffiti seguro te aparecerá en cuanto menos te lo esperes, haciendo asi de Bristol la Capital Europea de Arte Urbano. Banksy ha pintado varios grafitis en Bristol y hay una visita guiada dedicada al Art Street disponible la cual te mostrará los grafitis más conocidos de Banksy.

Banksy Graffiti in The Canteen Pub - Stokes Croft

Banksy Grafiti in The Canteen Pub – Stokes Croft

4.- Music everywhere at anytime/ Música en todas partes y a cualquier hora

If you are a music lover, Bristol is absolutely your place. You will find live music every day at any of the hundreds of Bristol’s pubs, clubs and venues. Both local bands and popular bands come to Bristol every year as they know that Bristolian people love music. Yes…we love music!! Also amateur singers and bands play in the street (if the weather helps) to make themselves known in that industry. All music genres like rock, reggae, electronic, jazz, soul, heavy-metal, salsa, pop, hip-hop, R&B, trip-hop and the popular Bristolian music style Dubstep are tuned every day making Bristol a world music reference. Come to Bristol and tune a song with us!

Si eres un amante de la música, Bristol es definitivamente tu sitio. Encontrarás múscia en directo todos los días de la semana en cualquiera de los cientos de pubs, discotecas y espacios musicales de la ciudad. Tanto bandas locales como famosas vienen a Bristol a tocar cada año ya que sabes que los Bristolianos aman la música Si… nosotros amamos la música! También bandas y cantantes amateurs tocan en las calles de la ciudad (si el tiempo ayuda) para darse a conocer en el sector. Todos los géneros musicales como el rock, reggae, música electrónica, jazz, soul, heavy-metal, salsa, pop, hip-hop, R&B y el Bristoliano Dubstep son sintonizados todos los días haciendo de Bristol un referente musical a nivel internacional. 

Local Band playing in Corn Street

 

5.- Festivals – Festivales

If there is music, obviously there are festivals, even though the festivals are not only oriented to the music industry . You will find Food & Drinks Festivals, Cinema Festivals, Urban Art Street Festivals, Green Festivals, Marathons & Races, Animation Festivals, Family Festivals and perhaps the most popular one: Bristol International Ballon Fiesta. Do you know what’s the best of Bristol’s festivals? You can enjoy them all year long, they take place every month!! Wow… Here the most popular festivals! Check them out!

Si hay música, obviamente hay festivales, aunque sin embrago no todos los festivales están orientados a la industria musical. Podrás encontrar diversos festivales gastronómicos, festivales de arte callejero, festivales verdes, maratones y carreras deportivas, festivales de animación, festivales para familias y por supuesto el más conocido: Festival Internacional de Globos Aerostáticos de Bristol. Podrás disfrutar de festivales todo el año en Bristol, ya que se realizan festivales cada mes. Guauuu…Aquí teneis los festivales más importantes! Echale un vistazo!!

January – Slapstick Festival

February – BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

March – Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

April – The Bristol Improv Theatre Festival

May – Bristol Walk Fest 2016 & Loves Saves the Day & Dot to Dot Festival

June – Let’s Rock Bristol! The RETRO Festival & Bristol Festival of Nature

July – Bristol Harbour Festival

August – Bristol International Ballon Fiesta

September – Factoberfest

October – Simple Things Festivals

November – Half Marathon Bristol & Christmas Lights

December – Christmas Market & Christmas Events & Festivals

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival

6.- Multicultural city/ Ciudad multicultural

You can find in Bristol up to 170 different nationalities, all of them living in harmony. And you also might learn up to 150 different languages. When you are walking across the city, you rarely will only see British people. Spanish, Italian, Greek… up to 170 different nationalities turn the city into a colourful atmosphere. We bring to the city not only different languages, we bring and share our cultures with local people and you know what? They love it. We all are making Bristol a different city, with a strong personality and very alternative. Bristol is definitely a multicultural city whereby Bristolian people feel proud of it. 

Podrás encontrar en Bristol hasta 170 nacionalidades diferentes, todas ellas viviendo en armonía. También podrás llegar a aprender hasta 150 idiomas. Cuando vas andando por la ciudad, raramente solo verás Británicos. Españoles, Italianos, Griegos… y así hasta 170 diferentes nacionalidades llenan la ciudad de una colorida atmósfera. No solo traemos idiomas diferentes, también nuestas culturas, las cuales compartimos con la gente local y sabeis qué? Les encanta… Todos juntos estamos haciendo de Bristol una ciudad diferente, con una fuerte personalidad y muy alternativa. Bristol es definitivamente una ciudad multicultural y los Bristolianos se sieten orgulloso de ello. 

Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, English, Italian... we all share our life in harmony

Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, English, Italian… we all share our life in harmony

7.- A city of opportunities/ Una ciudad de oportunidades

Bristol has the fastest growing economy of any of the city outside London this 2015. Bristol is young, vibrant and funny city which offers thousands of opportunities for both British people and foreign people. Bristol also has one of the lowest number of jobless people, maybe due to that fast growing economy. Students coming from everywhere usually decide to settle here after they finish their studies as they find good job opportunities. Foreign people come straight to Bristol as the economic numbers are absolutely brilliant and we know that. Bristol is getting more and more popular lately, which is seen in the news and also in the streets of the city. Do you need more reasons to come to Bristol?

Bristol puede presumir de ser la ciudad de mayor y más rápido crecimiento de Inglaterra fuera de Londres este 2015. Es una ciudad joven, dinánica y divertida la cual ofrece miles de oportunidades tanto para británicos como extranjeros. Bristol también puede presumir de ser una de las ciudades con menos desempleo del Reino Unido, posiblemente gracias a su gran crecimiento económico. Estudiantes de todas partes del mundo deciden quedarse en la ciudad una vez finalizan sus estudios ya que suelen encontrar buenas oportunidades laborales. Extranjeros vienen directamente a Bristol ya que los números económicos son brillantes y nosotros lo sabemos y los proyectamos. Bristol se está poniendo de moda ultimamente y lo puedes ver tanto en las noticias como en las calles de la ciudad. Necesitas más razones para venir a Bristol

 

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3 fascinating cemeteries in Bristol UK

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My viewpoint about visiting cemeteries changed when I came to England. A nice walk along any cemetery could be an interesting experience due to their colossal tombs & sculptures. Some cemeteries also offer tours, activities and seasonal events for all range of ages. In Bristol (UK) there are six cemeteries which three of them stand out due to their architectural desing and location. Also, one of them offers thematic tours as well as events throughout the year. Pack Your Bag has visited these three “unusual” cemeteries which will give you a different viewpoint of what a traditional cemetery could be.

Mi punto de vista sobre visitar cementerios cambió cuando llegué a Inglaterra. Un agradable paseo a través de cualquier cementerio podría ser una interesante experiencia gracias a sus colosales tumbas y esculturas. Algunos cemeterios también ofrecen visitas guiadas, actividades y eventos para toda las edades. En Bristol (Reino Unido) hay 6 cementerios de los cuales tres de ellos destacan por su arquitectura y localización. Uno de ellos tambien ofrece visitas temáticas así como eventos durante todo el año. Pack Your Bag ha visitado estos tres “inusuales” cementerios los cuales te darán un punto de vista diferente de los que es un cemenerio tradicional.

1.- Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery

This is probably the most beautiful cemetery in Bristol. It’s a hillside Victorian cemetery and also a conservation park. It is situated on the side of a hill, with nice views over East Bristol and hidden inside a leafy forest.   This cemetery offers to the visitors both wildlife and historical tours. There is a cafe situated in one of the main buildings and a visitor centre in the main gate. Depending the season Arnos Vale cemetery organises different events, thematic tours and also traditional markets. You also will see dozens of stone-sculptures decorating the most popular tombs.  Who said a tour cemetery is not a good option for fun? Visit Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, it’s absolutely worth it!

Probablemente es el cementerio más bonito enBristol. Se trata de un cementerio de estilo Victoriano. Esta situado en el lateral de una colina, con preciosas vistas al Este de Bristol y escondido entre un bosque frondoso, de ahí que también sea un parque de conservacion de animales salvajes y plantas. Hay un café situado en uno de los edificios principales y un centro para el visitante en la entrada principal. Dependidendo de la época de año el Cementerio de Arnos Vale organiza diferentes eventos, visitas temáticas así como mercadillos tradicionales. También podrás ver decenas de esculturas de piedra decorando las tumbas más populares. Quién dijo que una visita a un cementerio no era una opción divertida? Visitar el Cementerio de Arnos Vale, vale la pena!

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2.- Avonview Cemetery

Avonview Cemetery

Avonview Cemetery

Its name gives us an idea about what’s interesting in this cemetery: the views over Bristol and Avon River as well as the place where it’s based. This cemetery is located in St Georges Area, only five minutes walking from St George Park and Church Road. It is also situated in a hillside, but less sharp than Arnos Vale hill. Here you also will enjoy beautiful views over Avon River and South, West a & Central Bristol. Thousands of tombstones are well lined-up with harmony and style, offering to the visitor an interesting overview of the cemetery. In this case, Avonview Cemetery doesn’t have too many stone-sculptures like Arnos Vale, neither events or traditional markets,  but just the views over Bristol are good enough for a chill walk through this cemetery.

Ya su nombre nos da una idea de qué es interesante de este cementerio: las vistas sobre el Río Avon así como el lugar donde se encuentra ubicado.  Este cementerio está localizado en el barrio de St Georges, a tan solo cinco minutos andando de St George Park y Chruch Road. Está tambien situado en el lateral de una colina, pero está vez menos escarpada que la colina de Arnos Vale Cementerio. Aquí también difrutarás de vistas sobre el Río Avon y el Sud, Oeste y Centro de Bristol. Miles de lápidas esta alienadas con harmonía y estilo, ofreciando al visitante una interesante panorámica del cementerio. En este caso, Avonview Cementerio no ofrece demasiadas esculturas como Arnos Vale Cementerio, tampoco eventos ni mercadillos tradicionales, pero tan solo por las vistas sobre la ciudad de Bristol es suficiente para un tranquilo paseo a través de este cementerio. 

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3.- Greenbank Cemetery

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Victorian Church in Greenbank Cemetery

Situated between Eastville Park and St George Area, GreenBank is a peaceful cemetery which offers wide green-grounds filled with tombstones, a stone-sculpture close and an abandoned  Victorian Church situated in the middle of it. The main path-walks which cross the cemetery are fully surrounded by lined-up trees in both sides and thereby creating a scary atmosphere. There is a small close filled with stone-sculptures of different virgins and angels. It is probably the most peaceful cemetery as there are not views over the city and it is hidden in between houses, even though it’s a big cemetery where enjoying a full peace.

Situado entre Eastville Park y el barrio de St Georges, Greenbank es un tranquilo cementerio el cual ofrece amplias zonas verdes repletas de lápidas, un callejón de lleno de esculturas y una abandonada iglesia Victoriana  situada en el centro. Las principales callejuelas que cruzan el cementerio cuentan con largas filas de árboles en ambos lados, creando así un ambiente espeluznante. También cuenta con un pequeño callejón repleto de esculturas de piedra representando a vírgenes y ángeles. Es probablemente el cementerio más tranquilo de los tres ya que no ofrece vistas a la ciudad y está situado entre casas, aunque sin embargo es un gran cementerio donde disfrutar de plena paz. 

Visiting cemeteries may be funny if you change your view point about them. Visitar cementerios podría ser divertido si cambias tu punto de vista sobre ellos. 

7 things you must do if you visit Edinburgh

Edinburgh is probably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe due to its well conserved medieval architecture, its well-designed streets as well as its charmed people. For those reasons Edinburgh is also one of the most visited cities in UK and Europe. Million of tourists visit this charming city every year as the city offers to the visitors a huge wide range of things to do and enjoy. Pack Your Bag wants to give you some tips about what you should’t miss in your visit to Edinburgh.

Edinburgo es probablemente una de las ciudades más bonitas de Europa gracias a su arquitectura mediaval tan bien conservada, su  diseno urbanístico así como su encantadora gente. Por estas razones Edimburgo es una de las ciudades más visitadas en UK y Europa. Millones de turistas visitan la ciudad cada año ya que la ciudad ofrece al visitante un gran abanico de posibilidades para disfrutar. Pack Your Bag quiere daros algunas recomendaciones de qué no deberías perderte en tu visita a Edinmburgo.

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Edinburgh Castle overview

  1. Edinburgh Castle. This is the most visited monument in Scotland. The price is £16.50 and you might spend up to 4 hours visiting all its rooms. Es el monumento mas visitado de Escocia. La entrada cuesta £16.50 y podrías llegar a necesitar hasta 4 horas para visitar sus estancias.

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    Edinburgh Castle

  2. Royal Mile. This is probably the most popular street in Edinburgh. Lots of traditional shops are based in this street as well as St Giles Cathedral. This street heads up to the Castle so basically it is situated in the heart of the Old Town. Es probablemente la calle más famosa de Edimburgo. Diversas tiendas tradicionales se concentran en esta calle así como la Catedral de San Giles. La calle te lleva directamente hasta el castillo y está situada en pleno corazón de la Ciudad Vieja. 

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    Royal Mile Street

  3. Find William Wallace. You will find this popular historical Scottish personage at any place in Old Town. Don’t be shy and take a funny picture with him, you also will donate and support a children’s charity. Encontrarás este famoso personaje histórico escocés en cualquier parte de la Ciudad Vieja. No seas tímido y hazte una foto con el, también estarás colaborando con una asociación dedicada a niños.

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    William Wallace

  4. Calton Hill. If you want to enjoy a beautiful panorama of Edinburgh don’t miss Calton Hill. It is situated only few steps far from city centre and the views over Edinburgh and its Old Town are amazing as well as the views over the sea. If you are a lucky person and the weather is nice, I mean, it is sunny,  don’t miss the sunset from up there as it’s stunning. Si quieres disfrutar de una preciosa panorámica de la ciudad, visita Calton Hill. Esta pequeña colina está situada a tan solo algunos pasos del centro de la ciudad y las vistas sobre Edinburgo y la Ciudad Vieja son fantasticas así como las vistas al mar. Si eres una persona afortunada y el tiempo te acompaña, quiero decir, que esté soleado, no te pierdas la puesta de sol desde arriba de la colina ya que es preciosa. 

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    Edinburgh sunset overview from Calton Hill

  5. Eat Haggis. Comerte unos Haggis. This traditional Scottish plate is made basically with black pudding, although is popularly served with mashed swede and potatoes . One of the best places to eat a Haggie is MUMS Restaurant, situated in Old Town, only few steps from the National Museum. Absolutely the perfect option to fight against the Scottish coldness. Click the link bellow for further information.  Este plato escocés esta hecho basicamente de lo que nosotros conocemos por morcilla, aunque suele estar acompañado con pure de patatas y nabo. Uno de los mejores restaurantes donde podrás comerte un buen haggie es MUMS Restaurante, situado en la Ciudad Vieja y a escasos pasos del Museo Nacional.Sin duda la mejor opcion para combatir el frío escocés.  Si quieres saber mas sobre este restaurante, pincha el link de abajo. Restaurant Info

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    Haggis

  6. Go for a  folk music party in a traditional Scottish Pub. Participar en una fiesta escocesa con música tradicional. If you want to feel the real sense of the Edinburgh’s night life, don’t miss one of the different live music performances you will find in the pubs of Edinburgh. My favourite one is Sandy Bells, a traditional Scottish Pub situated in Old Town, just in front of MUMS Restaurant. There is a wide range of whiskies to drink and taste and you also will be surrounded by local people. This pubs offers folk live music every day a week and the atmosphere is incredible for a night out. Further info, click the link below. Si quieres sentir la verdadera esencia de la vida nocturna de la ciudad, no te pierdas uno de los diferentes conciertos de musica local que encontrarás en cualquiera de los pubs de Edimburgo. Mi Pub favorito es el Sandy Bells, un pub tradicional situado en la Cuidad Vieja, justo en frente del Restaurante MUMS. Hay un amplio abanico de wiskies para degustar y podrás disfrutar de un ambiente completamente escocés con gente local. El pub ofrece música en directo todas los días de la semana y la atmósfera que se respira es genial para salir una noche de fiesta. Para más información, dale al siguiente link Pun Info

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    Sandy Blues Scottish Pub

  7. Walk along Princess Street Gardens. Un paseo por los Jardines de Princess Street. Situated in city centre, these gardens are probably the best option for a short walk during your visit at Edinburgh. You will enjoy, not just the pleasure of a nice walk, also a magnificent views of the Castle as well as Old Town from below as the gardens are situated mountainside of the Castle. Don’t miss them! Situados al centro de la ciudad, estos jardines son probablemente una de las mejores opciones para un corto paseo en la ciudad durate tu visita a Edimburgo. Disfrutarás, no sólo de una agradable paseo, si no también de unas vistas fantásticas del Castillo y de la Cuidad Vieja ya que los jardines se encunentran en las faldas de la colina del castillo. No te los pierdas. 

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    Princess Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle

Skiing in Prague

The winter is coming, the first snow drops are falling down and all the ski resorts throughout Europe open this weekend due to the good snow conditions.

Everyone knows Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city offers a huge wide range of  things to do as well as a variety of places to visit in its surroundings. If you love skiing Prague is a good option to spend one week, combining culture and sport together in the same trip.

El invierno está a la vuelta de la esquina, los primeros copos de nieves ya están cayendo y todas las estaciones de esquí a lo largo de Europa abren este fin de semana gracias a las buenas condiciones de nieve.

Todo el mundo sabe que Praga es una de las ciudades más bonitas de Europa. La ciudad ofrece un amplio abanico de cosas que hacer así como una gran variedad de lugares que visitar, no solo en la ciudad, también en sus alrededores.

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Prague Castle from Charles Bridge – Prague

If you are a skiing lover,but you would also like to enjoy a city-break, Prague is probably the best option to choose as well as one of the cheapest one. Only one hour far away Prague, you will find Jested Ski Resort in the city of Liberec. This ski resort, situated in the north of Czech Republic, and not too far from Poland and Germany offers for the visitors all the needed complements to enjoy a nice skiing day. You will find ski slopes with all the difficult official levels (green, blue, red and black), restaurants and beautiful views over the city of Liberec and its plateau. This sky resort is popular due to its icon, the massive mast situated on the highest point of the mountain which includes a restaurant and a view point for those who do not want to slide down by the ski slopes but would love to enjoy the ski resort as much as possible.

Si eres un amante del esquí, pero también te gustaría disfrutar de un city-break, Praga es probablemente la mejor opción a elegir así como una de las mas económicas. A tan solo una hora de Praga encontrarás la estación de esquí de Jested, situada en la ciudad de Liberec. Este estación de esquí, la cual se encuentra en el norte de la República Checa y no muy lejos de Polonia y Alemania ofrece al visitante todos los complementos necesarios para un gran día de esquí. Encontrarás pistas de esquí de todos los niveles oficiales (verde, azules, rojas y negras), restaurantes y unas magníficas vistas a la ciudad de Liberec y su meseta. Esta estación de esquí es conocida mayormente por su icono, un mástil situado en la cima de la estación el cual incluye un restaurante y un mirador perfecto para aquellos que no se atreven a deslizarse por las pistas de esquí pero quieren disfrutar de la estación tanto como sea posible.

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Ski slope in Jested

How to get Jested Ski Resort from Prague? There are buses running from Černý Most Bus Station to Liberec every 1 hour, click the link below for more information.

Cómo llegar a la Estación de Esqui de Jested desde Praga? Hay autobuses que salen de la EStación de Autobus de  Černý Most a Liberec cada hora, pincha en el link de abajo para mas información:

http://www.studentagencybus.com/

Once in Liberec, there is a tram going direct from Liberec Bus Station to Jested Ski Resort which takes 10 minutes.

Una vez en Liberec, hay un tranvía que te lleva desde la misma Estación de Autobuses de Liberec hasta la Estación de Esquí de Jested, el cual le cuesta no más de 10 minutos.

For more information about Jested Ski Resort, forfait prices and rental equipment prices click the link below:

Para más información sobre la Estación de Esquí de Jested, precios de los forfaits así como precios para alquilar el material, pincha en enlance de abajo:

http://www.skijested.cz/

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Views of Liberec and its plateau from Jested


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Ski Resort Map