21

Wearing
Sunglasses- Mango
Pants - Bik Bok
Shoes - OTZ






Happy birthday to me! I turned 21 so that means I can finally go to Vegas. Now that the age is in check, I just need the money. Easy peasy... Right? This year's birthday was awesome as my twin Elna flew in from Cardiff for a week. After two years of spending our birthday apart we finally got to spend it together again. 
We started the day by going out for late breakfast and ordered a ridiculous amount of food. (Tends to happen when I order while being hungry, the same with grocery shopping...). The people working at the breakfast place were so sweet because when we were brought our food, the pancakes had birthday candles in them. After breakfast we did some casual shopping and lounged some more with a friend in a rooftop garden of the local tea place. During the night our friends surprised us by sending us on a scavenger hunt, which culminated in a dinner they had prepared. Afterwards we went out of course!
My friends tend to make fun of me because I love celebrating birthdays, mine or someone else's, doesn't matter. The reason why I find birthdays so special is that it is the one day when all the people you care about gather around and show you that they care about you. It's the best feeling in the world.
I also love celebrating the birthdays of others because of that same reason. It is the one day where it is completely socially acceptable for me to shower the people I care about with love and get to make them feel special without it being weird. I don't know what it is, but I absolutely LOVE buying gifts, for example. That's why it's awesome to have a twin since I still get to buy a gift and show some love on my own birthday. Elna is super similar in that respect and our gifts for each other always go overboard for that reason. 
This year again I was so overwhelmed by how many people took the time to wish me happy birthday. For some reason it always surprises me. So if you happened to wish me happy birthday this year then I thank you truly from the bottom of my heart. Celebrating my birthday made me feel just like it was meant to: happy to be alive, in this exact time and space.


Kisses,
J

The outfits of the night


A Throwback

Wearing
Sweater - Adidas
Dress - Bershka
Shoes - Nike







San Sebastian and Biarritz


San Sebastian, Spain

Wearing
White Blouse & Denim Skirt - Zara
Choker - H&M
Shoes - Nike
Sunglasses - Monki









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Biarritz, France

Wearing
Swimsuit - ASOS
Sunglasses - Monki














 Alright, folks! This is the part two of my trip, namely my stay in San Sebastian and Biarritz. Even though the cities are quite different, they have one thing in common: Surfers. That brings me to the  most important segment of this post, namely the segment called 'important life lessons by Juulia' . The advice that I, as your, friend want to give you is that do not attempt to surf for the first time in your life while being a) sunburnt or b) hungover. Unfortunately I happened to be both when I hopped on that board in Biarritz. Still, I didn't die nor did I kill anybody else. Therefore, I considered the experience a success! (If you set your standards low you will always succeed). Despite my slight handicap in balance, I managed to hop on the board and stand up twice. (Again, if you set your standards low...).

 We only spent a day in San Sebastian, so we didn't get the chance to try out the famous night club (the only nightclub in San Sebastian) nor climb Monte Urgull. However, we did have time to stroll down the beach walk in the the famous Concha bay (Bahía de la Concha) and we even found the cutest little vegan restaurant in the chicest 'glass box house'. I regret not writing down the name but I will try to find it and will insert it here if I do. Also, you won't want to miss out on pintxos in Parte Vieja during the night. Parte Vieja is an old part of the town with romantic atmosphere and narrow streets. 

In Biarritz we got to spend a lot more time.  I must admit I fell in love with the town. The atmosphere is just full of easy and relaxed beach vibes. You can smell the sea on the streets and people walk around in relaxed and boho chic surfer clothes. Everything and everyone is so French: Sophisticated without looking like one is trying too hard. 

In Spain, the main look on women on the streets seemed to consist of thick sole sandals, an A-lined beach dresses and long flowy hair. In France, I saw a lot of breezy loose pants paired with white cotton blouses and low careless buns. Two nations of people with such different cultures and styles and yet one shared common factor: a killer fashion sense!

Until next time!

Kisses,
J

Urdaibai Natural Bio Reserve


Wearing:
Shoes - Nike
Shirt - Nike
Leggings - Lululemon
Sunglasses - Monki











Bilbao, Spain


Wearing:
Sunglasses - Monki
Top & Bandana Scarf - Bik Bok
Pants - Zara














Welcome to my first post on my travels in the Basque Country (and get ready for a long-ass post). The first destination we got to explore was Bilbao(with theexception of the first night spent in Biarritz, France). Bilbao is an old industrial city known for its old town and of course the Guggenheim museum. The city is quite large so I would recommend renting bikes for the day (10 e) since it's an easy and a fun way to explore the city. On the first day of our stay in Bilbao we went to the Guggenheim museum. The museum does not only contain a diverse array of exhibitions but the building also is an architectural wonder in itself. One tip that I could offer for those traveling in August is that go on a Monday to avoid the crowds, since not everyone knows that Guggenheim is exceptionally open on Mondays during August.
After a day in the museum we spent the night drinking sangria and restaurant hopping, eating pintxos, (the basque term for tapas).  

On the second day we decided to make a day trip to the Urdaibai natural reserve. The views were breathtaking and I will publish a photodiary of the trip because otherwise this post will literally become a book and ain't nobody got time for that. However, the reserve wasn't exactly what we expected, since the tourist guide we read showed a picture of woods and a tropical waterfalls. So imagine our surprise when we get there and suddenly the trail takes us basically to countryside with houses on the road. In addition to this the  trails were very badly marked and we got lost. Of course I found some comical relief in the situation because I found it so hilarious that we had expected to be hiking up adventurous forest trails and here we were lost in the countryside, eating our packed lunch next to some barn. At that point I was relly feeling the name Urdaibai which to my childish ears naturally sounded like 'Ur-DIEBYE'. On the brightside though, we did end up walking for 4 hours straight and spent up the day hiking like planned. I would say that the place is not worth a full day trip since only a part of the park was inhabited and the trails are lacking. However, we did find a super beautiful part of the reservation, and most of the pictures I took are from there. That part was definitely worth seeing, so if you wish to take a train there, I would recommend getting off the train at Forua, as the stop is located right next to the most beautiful part of the reservation. The trip by train takes approximately 54 minutes. 
At night we went to the area near Guggenheim and ate at a restaurant, which served Spanish dishes. The paella we ordered tasted better than any paella I've tasted so far and the restaurant served local rioja wines in the menu, which one simply must taste while visiting the Basque Country. 

On the last day we decided to rent bikes and ride 22 km (one way) to the Playa de Sopellana, an amazing beach full of surfers. The great thing about it was that you could ride the subway back to Bilbao with your bike. We did not survive the trip without any complications though but I think at this point of knowing myself, this shouldn't be a surprise... You see, after 7 kilometers suddenly the petal (yes, the PETAL GUYS) falls off. At this point we had been biking for almost 40 minutes already and we still had 15 kilometers ahead so biking with only one leg wasn't really an option. Now in hindsight I do wonder though if someone has set a guinnes world record for biking with only one leg... Anyways, the guy from the bike rent shop ended up coming down with a taxi and brought us a new bike. See, some saviors do not come with a white horse but a taxi and a rentable bike. That's it for Bilbao. You sweetie pies will hear from me in the next post.

Favorite restaurants:
Charlie (pintxos/tapas)
Larruzz (the paella there is incredible)

Places to visit:
The old town of Bilbao
Playa de sopellana
A roof top terrace called La Terraza del Yandiola

Activities:
Rent bikes
Cayaking down the river
An organized river boat tour of the city

Adios y Besitos,
J