How to make Fluffy Pancakes (The Fluffiest!)

My childhood memories are riddled with pancakes for breakfast: be that making the batter, eating the batter raw, cooking and eating a stack the size of my head or getting creative with lavish toppings (anything that was in the pantry at the time). As I’ve grown older my love for pancakes has only strengthened, so when I opened Charlie’s Dessert House I knew we had to have my homemade fluffy pancakes recipe on the menu. What makes a great pancake to me is a plump, fluffy pancake that tastes as good as it looks. I’m confident to say we’ve got the fluffiest pancake recipe on offer and I’m proud to share it with you on the blog!


Pancakes are one of our top sellers off the breakfast menu and its not hard to see why: they’re a fail proof choice, every time!

The trick to a beautifully plump pancake is the generous addition of baking powder, which will help puff up your pancakes rather than leaving them flat and lacklustre. We serve two pancakes at a time and the recipe below will make around 4 pancakes (enough to serve two people). Enjoy!

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2 cups flour

5 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

3 tsp sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

1 egg

60 grams butter


Top your pancakes as desired – there’s no limit to your creativity! I like to add:

Mixed berries

Maple Syrup

Vanilla Ice Cream

Icing Sugar Sprinkle


  1. Melt the butter in the microwave briefly and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. Create a well and add the milk, egg, and melted butter.
  4. Whisk together until smooth and no lumps remain.
  5. Heat your pan for 3-5 minutes, until the pan is hot and better sizzles when placed in the pan.
  6. Portion our your batter and cook until golden brown.
  7. Serve with maple syrup, mixed berries, vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of icing sugar!

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This recipe is from Charlie’s Dessert House, my bakery in Tasmania.



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Things to do in Mexico City: Adventuring Your Way Around the Capital

Mexico City spreads like an artery across the chest of the Sierra Madre mountain range in central Mexico. Its waterways, side streets and carreterras travel like unending veins through the thick darkness around the city at night. Major intersections are illuminated red, filled with flowing traffic congestion, and favela lights flicker far from the city center, a reminder of the vast diversity that comprises the second largest metropolis in the Americas.

things to do in Mexico City

Photo: Sara Neuder.

But seeing Mexico City from above, is nothing compared to riding its ancient Aztec waterways in trajineras, or stumbling down its quiet alleyways, feeling your way towards the mariachis. The country’s capital has an extravagant plethora of things to do; the only difficulty is maintaining your energy for this urban adventure.

Here’s a list to help you get started, however you wish to begin your journey.

The Best Things to Do in Mexico City:

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Photo: Sara Neuder.

Experience live baile folklorico at El Palacio de Bellas Artes

If perhaps you don’t consider yourself a dancer…yet, then take your first steps towards El Palacio de Bellas Artes (one of the best museums in Mexico City) and experience a folklorico performance, sure to inspire even the most timid of hips.

Arrive early and take some time to enjoy the massive murals of Diego Rivera that cover the walls in the upper levels of the El Palacio. Purchase your tickets to an evening performance, and try to remember to breathe as you witness the history of Mexico, as told through music and dance. Traditional baile folkorico is used as a medium for storytelling; love stories, revolution, and histories manifest themselves through this eccentric medium. The colors and live instruments truly create a one of a kind experience that is worth every peso.

Treat yourself to a magical brunch at El Cardenal

This classic Mexican restaurant will spoil you into thinking that perhaps you’re unaware of some kind of royal bloodline in your family. I started here for breakfast, and was greeted by a line of eager patrons. Immediately you’re met with fresh coffee, homemade cheeses, chocolates, and cookies.

Once inside the classic dining area, just steps from the central Zocalo square, our waiter placed napkins on our laps and delivered a fresh plate of pan dulce, or sweetbreads, fresh coffee, and the option of house made hot chocolate. Their menu features cuisine from all over the country including moles, cheeses, and hand pressed tortillas. The atmosphere, service, and careful consideration of the food, makes this a top recommendation for a local breakfast, and a great start to your day in the capital.

Take a ride through Aztec waterways on a trajinera in Xochimilco

The “neighborhood” of Xochimilco (pronounced so-chi-mill-co) is accessible by metro, and transports you to another peaceful world, far from the sights and sounds of downtown. Of all the adventures here, this may be one of the most unique things to do in Mexico City.

Head to an embarcadero or dock, and decide how long you would like to enjoy your own private boat ride through the tranquil rivers of Xochimilco. After you’ve picked your boat and your time, make a pit stop at one of the many food stands and grab fresh tacos, sliced local fruits covered in a sweet-spicy chili sauce, a few cold beers, or fresh juice, and get ready to relax.

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Photo: Emily King.

If you still find yourself hungry along the way, watch out for boats floating by with full “kitchens” aboard. Locals can cook up steaming quesadillas, micheladas, and even sizzle fajitas for you. If music is what your journey is missing, wait long enough, and you’re sure to see a mariachi boat. Make your song request, or let them choose a favorite, and lay back to the tunes of the city.

If you have time, ask your captain to head to the Island of the Dolls or La Isla de Las Munecas to experience one of the most haunting destinations in the area. Legend has it that after a father lost his daughter to the waters of the area, he placed dolls in the trees around his property to quiet her spirit; now the area is covered with decaying dolls and it is said you can still hear the young girl when the wind blows.

Regardless of ghosts or not, Xochimilco is the perfect weekend destination for relaxing, exploring, and taking in the outdoor magic of one of the most unique areas of Mexico City.

Explore one of the most delicious things to do in Mexico City: El Mercado Roma

El Mercado Roma is an excellent choice if you can’t quite decide what you want to eat…or you’d rather try a bit of everything! The marketplace houses food options from burgers, to empanadas, to desserts, to imaginative vegan delights.

I started with a locally brewed beer on their rooftop terrace, and continued with a tamale sampler smothered in queso fresco and pomegranate seeds, and finished at a local gelato stand—dulce de leche, or caramel flavor, of course. The vendors are local, and the food is fresh from the area, so not only are you filling your tummy with amazing eats, you’re also supporting local agriculture and delighting in in-season delicacies. You can spend the entire day here shopping around, or just grab something unique and continue on your way exploring the surrounding neighborhoods.

Take a stroll through Chapultepec Park

It can be easy to become overwhelmed in a city this size, yet El Districto Federal (or simply D.F as locals call it) offers many escapes from the rapid pace around the capital. Chapultepec Park is the perfect place to have a morning run, as you begin your day surrounded by lush greenery, ponds, and pools.

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Photo: Sara Neuder.

You can also visit in the afternoon, bring your own picnic, a michelada preparada, and enjoy the outdoors during almost any time of year. Don’t miss a visit to the famous Chapultepec castle nestled inside the park, which offers mind blowing 360-degree views of the entire city.

Wander in awe at the National Anthropology Museum

Take an entire day (if you can) to truly invest yourself in one of the largest and most prolific museums in Latin America. The National Anthropology Museum is one of the most engaging things to do in Mexico City, and will take you on a journey through each facet of Mexican culture, history, and heritage. Wander the halls of artifacts, explore the underbelly of the museum decorated with remains of the past, and take a few breaths outside in the surrounding Chapultepec Park.

A guide is extremely worth the extra pesos for an in-depth understanding to the immense amount of history comprised in this museum, or alternatively you can opt to explore on your own, and let your personal drive guide you through this experience.

Delight in Sunday Zumba at El Ángel de La Revolución

Every Sunday morning, a giant crowd of all ages gathers at huge stages and tents set up in the plaza surrounding the famous Angel of the Revolution. Local dancers will guide you through a sweat drenched, heart pumping Zumba class that is sure to jumpstart your morning. Music ranges from hiphop-esque reggaeton, to traditional salsa beats. Enjoy the fresh air and take in the chaos of the city, as you jive your way into a new day.

Spend a night out dancing to local beats at La Pata Negra

La Pata Negra has gained popularity for its live music, as well as its up-and-coming DJs who spin anything from 70s disco, to old school Mexican rock. Climb the dark staircase and order a Tecate “dressed” with salt and fresh lime at the bar.

This place plays music until your feet hurt, and is conveniently located across the street from an empanada vendor, who will help curb those late night cravings with a hearty breaded pocket filled with pork and spices, potatoes and corn, or even sweet potatoes and cinnamon.

Explore the mysterious pyramids of Teotihuacan

50 kilometers from the Mexico City you’ll find the most mysterious and overwhelming pyramids in the western hemisphere. We went with local guides from Charly Tours who picked us up directly from our hostel downtown. Our guide was bilingual and offered a local perspective on the city, as well as its relationship to the pyramids.

I recommend a half-day trip, so you can appreciate the morning quiet. Going with a guide also offers the opportunity to explore the vast city with a greater understanding of history, architecture, and culture of the area. Make sure to bring cash, and check out the local vendors in the park selling their crafts.

Immerse yourself at La Casa de Frida Kahlo and the neighborhood of Coyoacán

A modern revolutionary, feminist, painter, and political activist; Frida Kahlo’s mysterious life holds much to be explored. Her house, (as well as that of Diego Rivera) has been turned into a museum. Spend an afternoon here exploring her rooms, musing at her paintings, and reading about the vast grief and tragedy that inspired her work.

There is a courtyard and café situated in the center of it all; stop here and enjoy a coffee while taking in the greenery, music, and sculptures peaking out of every corner. Her art flooded each inch of her house; so take your time on your adventure through La Casa Azul.

After your visit, spend some time exploring the neighborhood that inspired the artist. The area of Coyoacán is home to one of the largest festivals during Los Dias de Los Muertos which is one of the best things to do in Mexico City, but if you’re visiting at any other time, there is still plenty to explore.

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Photo: Sara Neuder.

Whichever way you choose to explore, take in Mexico City slowly, as the music, the movements, and the aromas can overwhelm even a seasoned travellers soul. The best things to do in Mexico City take an open heart, careful planning, and a willingness to surrender to the chaos. Enjoy!

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Tasmanian Mountain Bike Trails: Blue Derby Pods Ride

Guided trails, cheese platters and cooked breakfasts… mountain bike riding has never looked so glamorous! Since finding out about the newly opened Blue Derby Pods Ride in Tasmania, my partner and I vouched to make the trek one hour north of our home (Launceston) and experience the new three day trip that covers muddy trails by day and delicious dinners by night. Checking in to Our Pod For the three days, two nights adventure, we were far from slumming it in the wild. Our accommodation included a luxurious “pod”, sustainably built with minimal environmental impact, nestled deep in the hills of Derby. Each pod comes with a mattress, linens and pillows… lush! There’s no heating inside the pod so be sure to pack your winter woollies and on that note, aside from a few changes of clothes for each day riding, there really isn’t much more you will need. The creators of the Derby Pods Ride have thought of everything: towels, endless food that is proudly sourced locally, a wood fire heater, board gams and even a library study nook in the main house! The accommodation was just fancy enough to make you feel comfortable in your surrounds without taking anything away from the natural beauty of […]

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The Perfectly Quintessential European Bucket list

I don’t know about you but I love a cliché. When I think of Europe I think about sipping an aperol spritz in the summer sunshine, riding a donkey through the hills of a remote Greek island or eating so many warm, flaky croissants that I almost turn in to one. Europe is full to the brim with clichés and I for one cannot wait to be a part of them with each and every annual quest to my all-time favourite continent. If you’re anything like me then you have arrived at the right place for a perfectly quintessential European bucket list. Here we go! Ride on a gondola in Venice When you think of Venice you think of canals, water, and singing gondoliers. Sure, there’s more to Venice than initially meets the eye, but the first time visitor need only come with one goal in mind: see and experience as much of the city as possible from the water. Begin with a gondola ride for the quintessential Venetian experience, later upgrading to the (much) less expensive water taxis or even more local ferry network. With so much to see and history practically staring you in the face, Venice is a city […]

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5 Beautiful Road Trips Around Ireland

While the Irish capital of Dublin has many cool things to do, even if you’re travelling on a budget, there’s so much more to discover around the Emerald Isle. Get out of the capital and take road trips around Ireland to appreciate the country’s splendid scenery and diverse attractions. As well as letting you see more of the country, you can travel in comfort and at your own pace.

Ireland scenery

Plus, road trips can be one of the most cost-effective ways of exploring.

1. Slea Head Drive

The looped Slea Head Drive can be found on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. It is part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Starting and ending in the fishing town of Dingle, the route leads past ancient sites and offers stunning views. The 38-mile route is easy to follow on a single day, though allow plenty of time for long stops to fully admire the area.

Ireland gull

Relax on the beach at Ventry, complete with vies of the Skellig Islands in the distance. See the stream that has been nicknamed the Upside-Down Bridge. Learn more about the area’s fishing heritage at the Great Blasket Centre. Historic spots along the route include Reasc Monastic Site, Kilmalkedar Church, Dunberg Fort and several old hillside shelters known as Beehive Huts.

2. Ring of Beara

The Ring of Beara driving route covers 85 miles, starting in Glengarriff, Cork, and finishing at Kenmare, Kerry (or vice versa). Although it can be completed in a day, if time allows, take a couple of days to fully enjoy the islands and sights along the way.

Coastline in Ireland

Take a trip to Garnish Island from Bantry Bay before setting off and, as you drive through the mountains, admire the stunning vistas along the Healy Pass. Bere Island is home to the stone circle of Derreenataggart and you can also visit the nearby Dersey Island. Allihies is another interesting stop on the route.

3. Copper Coast

One of the most scenic road trips in Ireland’s southern areas, follow the Copper Coast in County Waterford for 25 miles between Dungarvan and Tranmore. The coastal views are picturesque and there are plenty of opportunities to hop out of the car and enjoy a variety of activities. You’ll come across several scenic beaches, some that offer swimming, fishing, and water sports. The cliffs and bays are ideal for stretching your legs and exploring by foot.

Ireland coastline

Highlights along the Copper Coast include the Copper Coast Geopark Centre, the Bog of Fenor, the former mining town of Bunmahon, Dunhill Castle and the standing tombs at Gaulstown Dolmen.

4. The Sally Gap

Travel across the impressive Wicklow Mountains with a drive along the Sally Gap. The looped drive is less than 20 miles long. Built by the British Military, it was constructed to allow soldiers to easily find rebels hiding in the mountainous areas.

Ireland lake

The road twists and turns, presenting superb views around every corner. It is one of the best road trips around Ireland for seeing lakes and mountains. Admire the lush Glencree Valley and Glenmacnass Waterfall. Visit Glencree War Cemetary, which contains the remains of German soldiers who perished in Ireland. Other things to see on the drive include Lough Tay and the Visitor Centre at Glencree.

5. Ring of Kerry

Covering 111 miles, the Ring of Kerry is one of the most stunning places on Ireland’s west coast. Located in County Kerry, it is another route that is part of the much longer Wild Atlantic Way. In addition to the dramatic coastal areas, you can also discover verdant forests and plentiful historic sites.

Landscape in Ireland

Cross the thin mountain pass of the Gap of Dunloe, take a trip to Innisfallen Island, marvel at the Meeting of the Waters and soak up the views of the Black Valley. Other highlights include Derrynane Beach, the old stone forts in Leacanabuaile and Cahergal, Muckross House and the charming former plantation colony of Kenmare.

Whether you visit in winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s a road trip for every season. Of course, it’s also important to take into account the weather conditions too. Use winter or summer tyres as appropriate.

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Riding a Motorcycle in Georgia (the country in the Caucasus region)

Riding a Motorcycle in Georgia (country  in the Caucasus region of Eurasia) can be a tricky business. Here’s my few words of advice.

  1. In Georgia motorcycles are not respected by drivers who often try to push in front of you. Even riding assertively in the middle or more towards the left doesn’t help. They will try to get past you either on your left or right hand side.
  2. On roundabouts the rule is “there’re no rules”. Be ready to give way at any time, even when you think you have right of way. The rules across Georgia seem inconsistent and drivers are obviously confused.
  3. Expect to see many cars cutting corners, meaning that you will have to get out of the way to avoid a collision. Maybe it’s a way to save some petrol, who knows. :p
  4. Riding a Motorcycle in Georgia - Cows on the RoadDomestic animals are everywhere, especially hiding behind corners and inside dark tunnels, where they shelter from the sun. Very dangerous for bikers. High speed cruising is not recommended. Always be ready to stop.
  5. It’s normal to overtake another vehicle even if there’s a car coming from the opposite direction. Seems like the common belief is that there’s enough space for 3 cars, not mentioning a motorcycle, which remember is invisible to most drivers, so don’t be surprised to see a car overtaking straight at you.
  6. The road accident rate is highest in all Caucasus countries.
  7. You will see a lot more accidents when it rains, it’s as if people don’t realise they are supposed to slow down when it’s wet. Or maybe it’s because of old or not matching tyres, which are plentiful in Georgia
  8. Don’t be surprised when drivers beep at you, flash lights at you, wave at you or drive curiously 1m behind you.
  9. Avoid the main Kutaisi – Tbilisi road if possible, it’s an extremely busy road and cars drive very quickly. Most of it is a single lane and accidents happen often.
  10. You will have to speed to stay with the traffic. I found it relatively safer to go faster to avoid cars overtaking Some cars in Georgia look like like thisme all the time, but this meant that sometimes I had to ride 70 – 90 km/h through villages. Police check-points and speed cameras are almost non-existent. Speeding seems an acceptable way of driving.
  11. Interestingly, I was told that to pass a driving test, you don’t even have to go on a public road. Driving tests take place entirely on a practice square outside cities.
  12. The condition of main roads is relatively good. They are pretty well maintained and there’re no big surprises, except animals. But once you go off the main road, expect to see anything.
  13. We’ve never been stopped by police in Georgia. They are not looking for foreigners to stop to ask for a bribe. In this respect, it’s safe in Georgia.
  14. There’s no obligatory MOT car check, so anything that moves can be seen on Georgian roads.

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Beautiful Spaces: Where We Stayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the apartments, hotels, hostels, & B&Bs I stay in during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way.

You guys, I think I just found my favorite Airbnb rental ever.

Located about 20 minutes on foot from the Dubrovnik city center (a real relief if you aren’t into crowds), the apartment is a top-floor two-bedroom with a balcony overlooking the deep green hills and terra cotta rooftops of Lapad.

The interior is bright and prettily decorated, with colorful pillows and happy wall stickers that remind you to be happy every day. The beds are comfortable and soft and each room has not only windows, but blinds to shut out ambient light. The living areas are bright, with tons of natural light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling glass doors and tall windows. And the kitchen is fully equipped with not just the essentials, but also an electric kettle, a blender (I almost never find blenders in Airbnbs, so I was thrilled and promptly started making homemade hummus and salsas), and multiple sharp chef’s knives.

It was, in short, exactly the kind of place I want to live.


But I haven’t even gotten to the best part: We had the best landlords ever.

Every week, they’d arrive to do the weekly cleaning, bringing with them some exceptional local goods. Homemade liquors and brandys. Dried figs from their garden. Sugared orange peels, homemade. Bottles of local wine. Baked Easter treats and hard-boiled eggs painted with wax.

Whenever we needed anything, they were quick to respond and help. When we asked where we might find a bread knife, they brought us one right away. When we needed a water filter, they picked one up. When we asked for suggestions in nearby towns, they brought us flyers and offered us rides.

They even bought Luna a dog bed to use during our stay.

Every moment of the day, we felt taken care of.

view from the couch

bedroom Luna


living room second bedroom

If you’re thinking about spending some time in Dubrovnik and want a place to sneak away from the crowds after a long day of exploring, somewhere quiet and sunny that feels like home, this is that place.

They don’t normally allow pets, so check with them first if you’re traveling with a pooch. And it’s two bedrooms, so perfect for traveling families or a couple couples.

Don’t forget that it’s on the top floor (and in a building on a hill), so be prepared to climb some stairs (no problem for us, but if you have trouble with stairs, this wouldn’t be a good place to stay). And expect about a 20 minute walk (or a short taxi or bus ride) to get to old town.

If you’ve never booked with Airbnb before, use this link to sign up and we both get a nice little credit toward our next trips. When you’re ready to book, here’s the listing. Tell them I sent you.


Donkey Republic – Changing the Face of City Bike Rental

Those of you that know us well are fully aware just how passionate we are for staying fit while traveling. We think it’s vitally important for body, mind and soul to keep in shape when you’re on the road, as travel – especially long-term travel – can really take it out of you.

Cycling in Vietnam
Cycling in Vietnam

Now we perfectly understand that this can be really challenging – you’re not always going to be able to find the time, or a decent gym, or a swimming pool with water in it; but there’s one sure-fire way of combining a passion for travel with a passion for staying fit – and that is cycling!

Hasn’t that been about a bit?

Alright yes, so it’s not like we’ve latched on to anything groundbreaking. Cycling as a means of both travel and fitness has been around for a fair while, but we’re specifically talking about the logistics of it. Many people already travel with their bikes, and often tour great distances, but it takes a lot of planning and an adequate timeframe to accomplish any itinerary. You’re not always going to be able to take a bike everywhere either, so in short – it’s not practical for everyone. A solution presented itself with the ability to hire two wheels.

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A great mountain bike session in Rethymno, Greece

Bike hire as a form of tourism has become extremely popular in the last decade or so – particularly as a means to navigate and explore a city, but even with cycle hire shops and schemes popping up all over the place it’s enjoyed varying degrees of success.

Reinventing the bike rental wheel

What year is it?! Surely we should be able to have access to an efficient, time-saving, cost-effective no-nonsense bike rental solution in this day and age, without all the hassle that normally goes along with it?! Well, how right you are! But fear not, for the wonderful fellows over at Donkey Republic are practically reinventing the wheel.

Donkey Republic app

They’ve come up with a brilliant idea that is changing the face of cycle hire, which makes it easier for us, for you, for everybody! Donkey Republic’s bike rental worldwide is simply awesome.

How does it work?

It couldn’t be simpler really, and it totally eliminates all the stress you would usually incur when hiring a bike from a store or city bike-sharing scheme – and it’s much more flexible to boot! No more store opening times, no more dealing with staff, no more docking stations, no more using cash and no more proving you’re a human being. All you need is a working mobile phone to get started. Download the Donkey Republic app, and select a bike location in one of 61 cities (and counting) around the world. Seriously, they’re all over the place. You locate your chariot of choice by following the little green pin on the app, and matching the name of the bike to the information they have sent you. Isn’t technology wonderful?! But now here comes the really clever bit.

Donkey Republic how to use it

Donkey Republic has developed a bike lock that works in tandem with your mobile phone! You can unlock and re-lock the bike until your heart’s content, anywhere you see fit. Every time you want to unlock it, you select your bike in the app, tap “Unlock”, and hey-presto, you can ride away! You can set when to pick up and drop off the rental bike so as to fit your travel plans, since it’s available 24/7. When you’re done with the bike hire, you simply return it to the location you picked it up from, lock it up and tap “end rental.” Or, if you’re not done with it yet and you’ve still places you need to explore, you can check the availability in the app and extend your bike rental accordingly. Genius!

A tale of two wheels in 61 cities

Right at this moment of time, this wonderful idea has come to fruition in 61 cities on planet earth, with around 1843 bikes available for hire using this technology. However, this is definitely something the team is looking to increase, and lo and behold, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so.

Donkey Discount

And as luck would have it, Donkey Republic bike rental have been very kind to offer you – our dearest readers – the opportunity to have 10% off a Donkey! How cool is that? Obviously, it’s a Donkey bike rental and not an actual donkey – but it’s still cool. So the next time you need some wheels to explore a new city, open the Donkey Republic app, and don’t forget to add AGNESSNCEZ in the space provided for a 10% discount on your bike rental. And you can put what you save towards a healthy smoothie.

Bikes in Amsterdam

Combining our two favorite passions of travel and fitness, Donkey Republic makes it easy for travelers to explore a city and stay in shape at the same time! And not only that, it’s ideas like this that are extremely environmentally conscious – which we all need to be in this day and age! We genuinely think it’s a fantastic program, and is definitely changing the way we rent bicycles around the world.

So what do you think? Would you hire a Donkey in the city?!

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Welcome to the world’s most local boutique hostel

Get back to basics and escape the everyday stress and strain at Hello I’m Local. Staying here reminded me of what holidays were like. Riding on bikes through the surrounding glorious open countryside. Maybe heading to the nearby beach. Quenching your thirst at some fine countryside pub. Playing board games in the common room. No wifi or TV in the rooms means a relaxed sleep. Beautiful beds as if you were back home. Wake upto the most gorgeous breakfast spread ever-all locally sourced. Then maybe grab a book and chill in their lovely outdoor patio. If you are thirsty enjoy the delicious local Joven beer along with some of their homemade bitterballen. Take a walk to the station and hop over to Amsterdam which is just a 15 minute ride away. Haarlem is ever so pretty though. Devoid of tourists completely. So peaceful.



Hello I’m Local is a boutique hostel centrally located in the city centre of Haarlem in the Netherlands. It is located in the Burgwal neighbourhood of Haarlem. It is in close proximity to the famous Grote Markt and the water so it is very well placed. It is also only a 15 minute train ride into Amsterdam from the city.


Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a total of 12 rooms and a living room and patio for relaxation. The rooms are clean, airy and bright. Some have a private shower, some share a toilet. There are toilets in close proximity. The other nice touch is that beds are premade. No faffing around with pillow and duvet covers.

Each of the 12 rooms at Hello I’m Local draws on stories from the local area. My double room , covered with beautiful maps, was called the ‘VOC’ room and was named after a local map maker.  Other rooms included the ‘Holstein Friesian‘ named after the dairy cows that are popular to the area while others have been named after famous past residents of Haarlem such as Jan Davidszoon de Heem. ‘Klederdracht room’ is perfect if you are travelling with family and has its own swing!

There is no Wi-Fi or TV in the bedrooms, only in the living room area. Owner is old fashioned and wants guests to have a conversation , maybe play one of their board games. Friends and guests are welcome in the living room or courtyard but quiet time starts at 11 pm at  night. This is the perfect hostel to enjoy that undisturbed night of rest.


With increasing number of tourists seeing food as a main reason for travels, Hello I’m Local is part of a new breed of gastro-hostels that is keen to share the culinary heritage of their area. The hostel takes great pride in sourcing everything from local producers.

They serve fabulous breakfasts where you can savour their hand kneaded traditional bread ( option for picking gluten free, muesli and raisin flavoured bread), enjoy it with some organic cheese from the local Doruveal farm or homemade rhubarb strawberry jam from J’aime. Plus you have options of organic muesli with blueberries or scrambled eggs. During the day you can graze on their meat platter from Wild Van Wild or dig into their delicious bitterballens. They also serve the heavenly local Jopen craft beer and have recently started a food and bike tour for foodies.

Hello I’m Local Food Tour!

A great mix of local culture, beautiful countryside and lots of good food and beer-this was my highlight of my trip to Haarlem. Tours runs every Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun. Prices for the tours start from €22.50 and last between 2 and 3.5 hours.

The hostel is well located : take a bike ride through town or to the beach, go shopping in the award winning center of Haarlem, visit the museums of Amsterdam which is a short hop away by train ( If you’re looking for something less expensive and relaxed, not a bad idea to base yourself from Haarlem and explore Amsterdam ) and then come back to the private patio with fireplace. The private patio is the perfect spot to soak in some sun during breakfast or while having an afternoon snack.

The hostel has also  a guest pantry with all you might need like a microwave, fridge, hairdryer, iron and a water boiler to make your own coffee / tea.

Other key features: the hostel has a washing machine and a dryer. You can do your laundry for €7.50. Or you can also go to a local laundrette where they charge per kilo. If you are driving there is a free parking space just a 5 minute walk from the hostel.

What makes this a luxury hostel

There is fine attention to detail at this hostel that warms my heart. A story in every corner. I hardly had no clue about Haarlem but after staying here for 2 days, I kind of discovered the beauty of this city through the eyes of the staff. The best hostels are the ones that act like a portal , a bridge between you and the destination. Thanks to Hello I’m Local we discovered Haarlem. Made some great friends. Plus had a very relaxed fun few days. Loved the rooms. Plus oh that breakfast. Heavenly thing to wake upto.

A bed in a mixed dorm (max 14 people occupancy) costs about €19 per night; a double room costs €65.

Address: Spiegelstraat 4, 2011 BP Haarlem, Netherlands


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