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Over 2015 Bianca and I have slowly been introducing ourselves and Pura Vida to the blogging world. Better slowly than not at all. Am I right, or am I right? We knew that with both of us having new jobs, moving, travels and everyday life to deal with, we couldn’t spend as much time as we would like to on our little Pura Vida website. Then we had some server and website problems and in the end we were hacked too. Over all the difficulties, finally we are moving every day a bit closer to our goals and hopefully by the beginning of 2016 I will reach the "present" Pura Vida time, as I have been...
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11 things that changed when I moved from Estonia to Spain

1) I stopped being so irritated about everything that was slow or not working quite so fast, as this is everyday life in Spain. Now, I feel far more relaxed and understanding about these things. Mañana, mañana... 2) I noticed how cold Estonians really are. When I had friends visiting from Estonia, my local friends called them "Penguins" because they always got a fright when someone kissed them on the cheek for greeting and they were quite shy, quiet and reserved (before the first drinks at least!). 3) At first, I complained about the siesta time, but when I started working in Spain and could...
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Part 2 of Maria's Spain: The Visiting Period, A.K.A. Still a Tourist

¡Hola! My Spanish story is divided into four parts, you can read the first part here , and now about the second part: “The Visiting Period, aka. Still a Tourist” 1parents.jpg.jpg Just a month after leaving Torrevieja and thinking Spain was not for me, my parents decided to move to Altea. Interesting... Let's be honest, I didn't need much convincing to go back and check out the new place. Altea was so much nicer, I couldn't stay away. 2beta.jpg My visiting period lasted close to two years, before I actually moved there. In the first year, I flew back and forward 8 times to visit my parents,...
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Part 1 – Maria moving to Spain (Torrevieja).

¡Hola! I feel like I have to start from the beginning with all of my moving-around-Europe stories for it all to make sense. My Spanish story is divided into four parts, and here it goes: Part 1 – Maria “moving” to Spain (Torrevieja). The official soundtrack of me getting brave - moving to a foreign land ;) (me and my weird 80s music... I know... I know) MY MINE | Hypnotic Tango [ORIGINAL video - HD audio] Video of MY MINE | Hypnotic Tango [ORIGINAL video - HD audio] Seven years ago I decided to change my home country from Estonia to Spain. I wasn't totally convinced that this was the right...
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Ibiza: The Magic Island

I am writing this post from the verandah of our favourite villa in Ibiza with a homemade rum cocktail by my side, and I'm wondering how I can find a way to share my love of this place with you... pool chill out.jpg Do you remember the Roger Sanchez music video 'Another Chance', with the girl walking around the city with a giant heart which gets smaller and smaller as she goes along? Well, Ibiza restores my heart. And it inspires me. Me Beach Ibiza Collage.jpg Most hear 'Ibiza' and they picture masses of people off the set of Geordie Shore or TOWIE on a 4-day bender. And there is that. But...
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Granada & Alhambra in Spain

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With the three years I lived in Spain plus all the travels before, I've been lucky enough to see all corners of Spain. First as a tourist, later as a local. I must say that I liked many small towns much more than the big cities like Barcelona, Madrid or Valencia. One of the places I really enjoyed visiting was Granada in Andalusia, South of Spain. You will discover later that this story is more about the Barcelo La Bobadilla hotel than Granada itself, because it was just so stunning I would even call it unbelievable ;) gran2.jpg Granada lies on the foot of the Sierra Nevada skiing mountains...
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TOP 3 Places in Alicante

Alicante, or Alacant, both official names (sometimes confusing), is a port city in Spain on the Costa Blanca. I used to live close to Alicante for almost three years and popped by quite often to enjoy some of the foodie scene. When I mention Alicante to some of my English friends they get a bit suspicious because the airport to use, when you are going to Benidorm (Horror-Terror-Error), is in Alicante. I promise you - Alicante has nothing to do with Benidorm (if you haven't heard of it, check out the British TV Show, not very pleasant). Benidorm is more for the teenage 'end of school' year...