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Hey! My name is Laura, I'm an architecture student, freelance illustrator and sometimes a bit of a blogger(ish). Whilst travelling, you’ll likely find me with a film camera strapped round my neck babbling whatever I have managed to learn of the local language at underground galleries, coffee shops, vintage stores and hip-hangouts.
I have written and rewritten my answer to this question about five times now meaning I basically have absolutely no idea. I keep going back to the cities I have lived in and the things from each of them that reflect me as a person. All in all, I think I will settle for Barcelona - I'm creative, friendly, open-minded and love some good old Gaudi colours.
I'm currently planning a big backpacking trip down South America to reconnect with my latin roots and discover a part of the world I know very little about. That trip will tick off a lot of my 'bucket list' places, but if I were to name a few others it would be Morrocco for its culture, Jordan for its architecture and New Zealand for the nature and adventures!
I probably drink around four cups of coffee everyday, so it's fair to say I am a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur. That pretty much means I have a full list of cafés I want to visit whenever I go somewhere new, and will relentlessly pester my travel buddies to visit them. Besides from a caffeine-fuelled research, I like to have a basic understanding of a place's history and language - it makes tourist attractions it all the more interesting.
I find that visiting places with big cultural differences to what I am used to is an immensely rewarding experience. For that reason, I would probably say my favourite place I have been (so far!) is Japan with its the exotic foods and beautiful rituals.
As any of my friends would tell you, I adore the beach. It doesn't even have to be sunny for me to want to go - I've surfed in the Scottish winter before (and I can't seem to shut up about it). However, when it comes to travelling, a good beach doesn't always do it for me and I need a little extra something to entice me, be it some history or the possibility of trying out some water-sports.