Showing posts from February, 2017

EPIC Five Hours in York, UK

Travel Diary Day 1:
We went on a mini train trip to the Northern part of England for our last trip before making our way back to Canada. On our way up to Durham we made sure to stop in York which has been on our bucket list for awhile now. It is only 2 hours away from Birmingham by train but somehow we haven't found the time for a visit yet. It was also cheaper to book a train ticket to York, and then a separate ticket to Durham


Birmingham is the second largest city in England, located in the West Midlands. Birmingham is known for its extensive network of canals, industrial history, Jewellery Stores, Ozzy Osbourne and Peaky Blinders.

Budget Daytripping to Welshpool and Powis Castle on the Train.

Living in Birmingham means that Wales is not far from us. Before leaving the UK we were hoping to fit in some more exploring of the UK. Awhile back we went to Cardiff which was great but it was the only time we went to Wales so we wanted to change that. We did consider travelling to Aberystwyth on the coast or Chirk Castle. We did a little research and found that Welshpool had a cool castle called Powis Castle.

We didn't book anything ahead of time we just went down to New Street station in Birmingham in the morning and got return tickets to Welshpool. The train was 1.5 hours.

Beginners Guide to Surviving Veganism Abroad

For West Midlands Vegan Festival we were asked to do a talk on vegan travel. We decided to put together a little presentation on "Beginners Guide to Vegan Travel" We had a small audience, but it was exactly what we were hoping for!

We call this our Beginners Guide to Vegan Travel. We’ve talked to people that are hesitant to travel because of the hassle in finding food in a strange new place as a vegan. In a lot of comments on our blog people are surprised at the places vegan food can be found. Hopefully by the end of this post you will have enough information to get you started and survive as a vegan abroad.

That Time we went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Our friends were telling us about how they had booked a trip to Mexico. They were going to Puerto Vallarta. We said we could look into going as well and have a holiday together. The resort turned out to be a decent price still so we booked it and we were off to Mexico.
We had different flights than our friends but we met in Mexico and then got a cab together to our hotel. Before we knew it we were relaxing on the beach.

Vegan Guide to Madrid, Spain

Madridis the capital of Spain and also the country's most populated city. Spain is not often associated with veganism since a lot of Spanish food is meaty and obviously the whole history of bullfights comes to mind for many people. Despite what you may expect, Madrid has a lot of vegan food. Don't miss out, you can get the Spanish dish Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette) veganized!

Why You Should Go: It is fun to explore the neighbourhoods of Madrid and experience the local culture. Madrid is well known for it's impressive museums and monuments. The Reina Sofia museum, the Prado museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum have some of the worlds most important works of art. The buses and metro are excellent and affordable making it easy to get around. The city is full of history and must see historic sights. There is lots to learn about Spanish history from the Spanish Empire to the dictatorship of Franco. Madrid is also an affordable city to visit as food cost, accommodati…

Best Vegan Food of 2016

*Warning, do not view this blog post on an empty stomach!* Now that you have all been warned, prepare yourself for some amazing looking food that we found in our travels in 2016.


In London, after going to the London Vegan Youtube Meetup to meet all the YouTube stars, we went to My Village Cafe for some Mediterranean food. We had falafel and dolmades.

Veganuary: The Month to go Vegan.

If you missed last month's update, find it here:  "Tis the Season to be Vegan"
We jumped into the new year with both feet. We also made a post of our "Best Memories of 2016"
We are pretty emotional about our YMS visa coming to an end, but we are trying to stay positive. As much as we want to go back to Canada and see our family that we haven't seen in nearly two years, we just aren't ready to leave England yet. 
We spent the month wallowing in our sorrows, and eating delicious food in Birmingham. On a positive note it is Veganuary so lots of restaurants have deals of their vegan options. 50% off here, free cupcake there, 2 for 1 offers and much more.

Bucket List and Goals

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore, Dream, Discover" - Mark Twain PLACES:

Self Guided Walking Tour of Madrid are Free and Fun.

Travel Diary
Day 1-5: 
We all of a sudden had some free time on our hands because both of our temp jobs ended so we decided to go to Madrid. We had been considering going to Madrid for a while since the flights are fairly cheap out of Birmingham airport and we had heard lots of great things. On top of that, we had met some bloggers 'Alternative Travelers' online that were living in Madrid so they were saying we could meet up if we came to Madrid. They gave us a hand in planning our trip with their 'Short guide to Madrid!' Check out their guide to Madrid for main sights that are free and cheap. 
We headed to Birmingham airport which is a short train ride away and we started to wonder why we ever fly out of London. If only there were more flights out of Birmingham.
Be sure to check out our guide if you are planning a trip to Madrid!