SANTA MARTA: THE DOOR OF THE SIERRA NEVADA

Santa Marta is located in Magdalena department, on the Caribbean coast in the north of Colombia, between Barranquilla and Riohacha.

The city is a good place to stop off if you are doing a tour of the country and you want to go in the Sierra Nevada or to the Guajira Department.

It is one of the most tourist-focused cities on the coast. Its location between the Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean coast makes this city very attractive, especially considering the variety of fauna and flora to be found there.

 It is important also for the historical and cultural heritage, Santa Marta, was a colonial city, where you can admire the colonial architecture and monuments such as the Basilica of Santa Marta, which is a one of the biggest tourist destinations on the Caribbean coast.

As a Caribbean city, Santa Marta has suffered from repetitive British, French and Dutch attacks. The city is steeped in history and legends. One of them, says that Santa Marta´s Cathedral contains the heart of the famous Simón Bolívar, hidden somewhere. In fact Bolivar spent his last part of the life here.

A walking tour is the perfect way to orient yourself within the city and learn about its history and culture with your guide: follow your guide along the beach, check out top landmarks such as the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and end your tour with a prime spot for watching the sunset.

I was in Santa Marta as starting point for the “Ciudad perdida” I was by trekking! The Lost City, or Ciudad Perdida, is the archaeological site of an ancient indigenous city in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It has been a commercial center around 700 A.D., and its population probably ranged between 1,400 and 3,000 inhabitants. Hidden in the jungle for over a thousand years, the Lost City was found in 1972 when treasure hunters followed a series of stone steps leading up to an abandoned city.

From Santa Marta tour operators offer three- to five-day guided treks to the Lost City which include transportation, lodging, food.

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ARENAL: THE COSTA RICA VOLCANO!

The Arenal Volcano is one of the main touristic destination in Costa Rica. It is in the North of the Country and around this area, you can do, lots of things! From the relaxing massage to the trekking to the top of the volcano…. there are several tours that take place in the area surrounding the volcano, and for good reason! You can have access to the rainforest, waterfalls, the country’s largest lake...

First, explore Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal, is without a doubt, the most popular and well-recognized of Costa Rica’s volcanoes. When you arrive there…. You will be impressed by the huge symmetrical cone that dominates the fertile landscape at his foot. From San Jose you can simply take a bus that will bring you to Arenal. For the accommodation, no worries! I arrived there and I searched for a place to stay. I found a nice woman that also had an activity to sell Tour, but she was very nice, as I was a girl alone, so she gave me some good discount. At first I didn’t know if I chose well, but the days after spoken with several other backpackers I understood I was right… good compromise between me and her to have both the best we could from the bargain! I slept for 7 euros, and I bought a tour for the afternoon to the Park and waterfalls plus the tour of the day after to the top of the volcano and last, the passage with the jeep to Monteverde to do the most amazing zip line all for 150 Euros….

Coming back to the national Park…until recently, Arenal was the country’s most active volcano with an average of 41 eruptions per day. The Arenal Volcano is currently in a resting phase, you cannot hike up the volcano itself, but I recommend hiking through Arenal Volcano National Park with a bilingual naturalist guide in search of old lava flow and wildlife.

Slight changes in altitude create unique micro-climates and ecosystems through this region, making it home to a variety of exotic species.

Rest yourself in Arenal Volcano All-Natural Hot Springs

Another amazing thing to do here is to soak your muscles in thermal pools of water! Arenal is also home to several hot springs. Formed when water is heated underground and bubbles to the surface, Costa Rica’s mineral waters have been used as therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to treat rheumatism and other ailments. These natural wonders tempt even the most experienced traveler – for a good reason! What could be better than a relaxing warm bath, surrounded by jungle and shadowed by the beauty of the volcano after a day of adventure?

Neighborhood:

Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall

Close to Arenal, there is a little farming town of La Fortuna that is named for its beautiful neighbor, the La Fortuna Waterfall. As one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and luckily enough, it can only be arrived at by foot (a 15-minute hike) or horseback, if you don’t like to walk. From the lush rainforest greenery, La Fortuna plummets 200 feet to fall into a pool of crystal clear water. Remember: the pool is delightfully cool on hot summer days!

Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio has everything you could want in a tropical forest natural area.  Hiking to the sky blue Celeste waterfall is a highlight, but the hanging bridges in the rainforest and trail to Lago Danta through the cloud forest from the Heliconias entrance are equally amazing.

Celeste Waterfall: At a glance these are what puts the region around Bijagua on the list of the best places in Costa Rica.  From ranger station at the west entrance of Tenorio National Park (El Pilón) to the azure tinted cataract a couple of kilometers to the south.

Many hypotheses, conjectures and beliefs have been brought up about the rier color in a sunny day, intense blue, including that the color was due to the presence of a metal such as copper, the river’s proximity to the Tenorio Volcano or because of minerals such as calcium carbonate and sulfur. But all of those explanations are now known to be false,read more about this....

"To understand the enigma of this matter, one should know that two completely transparent rivers, Sour Creek (Quebrada Agria) and the Good View River (Río Buena Vista), converge to form the Río Celeste. It is precisely from the point of union of the two where the waters cease to be transparent and become light blue for the following 14 kilometers of river. For that reason, this point is known as The Dyer (El Teñidero)."

Hanging Bridges Hike

If you like to hike, another possibility is to hike through a private nature preserve along well-maintained trails and across a series of fixed and hanging bridges with views of Arenal Volcano. It is relaxing and it doesn’t take a long time if you don’t like long trails. A naturalist guide will point out the flora and fauna of the area like monkeys, sloths, tree frogs, and more. Don’t miss the waterfall extension trail at the end of the hike!

The Lake Arenal: the passage to Monteverde

The Arenal Volcano is also the base of Costa Rica’s largest lake, Lake Arenal. With the mighty volcano as its backdrop and the surrounding rolling hills and forests, Lake Arenal is truly a vision of peacefulness. Several activities are here possible: fishing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding are some of the most popular activities enjoyed from the lake. I pass from here with a cruise to reach my next stop… Monteverde. You can most certainly enjoy its added beauty to the scenery.

PRAGUE: MY FIRST DAY!

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic is a perfect mix of architecture and culture. This beautiful city is called the “City of a Hundred Spires” and “Mother of All Cities” and has so much to offer its many visitors.

The name of the city means “Rapids” (as in a river). Old Bohemia meets the modern world, here beauty is never lacking. I hope you will get appetite after reading my article!

Let’s start: the castle and the upper city (Petrin Hill)

I love to walk when the city is quite and not full of tourists, so at 7 am I started my day from the Prague Castle, where from 10 am is almost impossible to take a picture without unknown people included….. It is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic and it is located in the Hradčany district of Prague. The castle has been a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.

A curiosity: it is also the largest ancient castle in the world still alive!

It's open to the public between 6am and 11pm, and you can see the changing of the guard every hour. The gardens are open to the public as well and are a sight to see! If you arrive from the center you will have to do some stairs to arrive to the top…stop there and look the panorama on the city, because it will be one of the best in Prague!

 

Closed to the castle there is also the upper part of the city Petrin Hill…. I stopped in a bench there for one hour just reading a book under the sun in front of the park you will find there… I have also to say that Petrin Hill has the best views of Prague as well as several more attractions: the 14th century Hunger Wall, the Strahov Monastery, Stefanik Observatory, and a memorial for the victims of the Communist regime. It rises some 130 meters above the left bank of the Valtava River and is almost entirely covered with parks.

Remember to drink an original monastery beer when you go down…. To chill a bit in the ancient city!

Charles Bridge

If you are walking a perfect place to go is the “Charles Bridge”: full of people but also of artists…. Really nice also the view from the most famous historical bridge in Prague. Below it you can see the “ Valtava” river and lots of small “pedalo” of all types…

Furthermore, the ancient bridge is not the only one in the city… Spanning both banks of the Valtava River, Prague is home to many bridges – some old, some new, most built in the beautiful Bohemian style that is so characteristic of the city.

Remember also that from there you can see, 2 small islands, where you can go by walking and pass a nice break or have a coffee or beer!

Going down to the city center you can stop also to the “Dancing House” (Nicknamed “Fred and Ginger”), houses a Dutch insurance company. This non-traditional design (to say the least) was controversial at the time because it contrasts with the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings of Prague. The shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each a different shape and dimension and at the top of the building is a large twisted structure nicknamed “Medusa”

Explore the Old Town Square

Prague lived a history of invasions, but the Old Town Square has remained relatively untouched since the 10th Century. Take in your mind that swarms of tourists’ crowd the historical streets, packing out the restaurants every day. Of course, the square itself is the perfect place to admire the wonderful architecture Prague has to offer and if that isn’t your thing then the various street performers, musicians and merchants that line the streets here will certainly keep you entertained.

GDANSK: THE PEARL OF THE NORTH

Gdansk has a long story, that many people sometimes forgive… it was crucial during the Second World War and a milestone of the labour union fights. It was exemplar for the last point, as the polish people fought with energy against the system and against the established rules to let workers have a better life and recognize their dignity and value. Many cultures, nationalities and denominations you will find here, the city of the Amber, for me special of course…my name says everything…

The location was also crucial because it is at the crossroads of important commercial and communication routes, an extensive port and mercantile traditions.

The dynamic development of trade, fishery and craft guilds and more had their best period in the 14th – 15th century: the "golden age." During this time Gdańsk was one of the wealthiest and most significant cities in Europe.

Furthermore, the religious freedom gained in the 16th century turned the city into a true melting pot of nationalities and denominations, giving it yet another stimulus for development, thanks to the specific "community of differences." It was one of the few such places in the world at the time.

We need also to remember that after the Swedish wars and partitions of Poland in the 18th century, the city was cut off from Poland and in 1793 it was annexed to Prussia.

What followed was a period of decline till Napoleon arrived here. In 1919, the Free City of Gdańsk was established under the Treaty of Versailles, which brought the city back to the elite of European ports.

After that Gdansk started again to be famous… not for a good fact… Unfortunately, in 1933 Nazis took power and fascist terror started to escalate in the city. On 1 September 1939, it was here, in Gdańsk, that the Second World War started with shots fired from the battleship Schleswig-Holstein.

Here the people of the city started to be fighter against a bad destiny. The heroic fighting in Westerplatte and the martyrdom of the defenders of the Polish Post Office opened a new, tragic chapter in the history of Gdańsk. Te city were destroyed and the reconstruction were long and difficult…. . For the whole world, the city was becoming a synonym for the liberation aspirations of Poles.
The tragic December 1970, and then August 1980 and the martial law period are the successive dates symbolizing the fight of the citizens of Gdańsk against the prevailing communist regime. Gdańsk became the cradle of "Solidarność" which was to transform the then map of Europe. History has come full circle. Contemporary Gdańsk - a half-a-million, dynamically developing agglomeration - is vibrant with life as before and again deserves to be called "the Pearl of the North."

 

 WHAT TO SEE

 Street art

If you like street art, Gdansk is perfect! Just four stops from Gdansk Glowny is the Gdansk Zaspa district. This largely residential area may not have many traditional “attractions”, but the facades of its communist-era tower blocks are painted in intricate and often colourful murals.

Visit the museums: “Solidarnosc” Museum and the second World War Mesuem

Gdansk has some of the best museums in Poland and I think in Europe too. Especially because here you will find theSolidarnosc” Museum (ECS: European center of Solidariety) and the second World War Mesuem.  The European Solidarity Centre tells the story of a steelworkers’ strike, which set in motion a cultural movement that spread around Poland and ultimately led to the fall of communism. What you will feel inside is incredible, there are also free auodio guide that will help you to live again those events or at least, if you are too young to understand what really this population passed during the last decades and how the people that really fight for their rights and their freedom act. Nothing compared to the politicians of today…. Both the Museum are modern and opened not so many years ago…. So you will really appreciate the style of those Museums.

Explore the Old Town

It is the most touristy (and busiest) part of the city, but Gdansk Old Town is beautiful and a walk around is an essential part of any visit. Each building carries a story, from the seemingly “medieval” facade close to the Golden Gate (which was actually painted by Soviet authorities), to the statues atop buildings rebuilt after the Second World War. A walk alongside the marina is a must if the weather is good, and the historic Soldek ship is also worth checking out.

Not forgive to pass in Ulica Mariacka, in the city centre retains its pre-Second World War terraces and is now home to a number of artisan shops selling amber jewellery, for which Gdansk is famous.

The sea in Poland!

As I stayed 2 days I decided to go to the sea….. I arrived by fly and I have to admit I was not thinking of long beaches in Poland… my fault…. If you have time just go, take a normal tram ticket and arrive to the end in Brzezno, and from there you can walk to Sopot, the best place to stay at the sea!

 

 

 

 

GOTHENBURG: WELCOME TO THE SOUTHERN ARCHIPELAGO

Closed to the city of ,Gothenburg reachable with a normal public transport ticket, there is a group of small but really beautiful, nice and quiet islands where you can pass a relaxing day, going from one to the another small piece of land.

There you will find a very scenic environment, where pass a memorable day outing for a picnic, swim (if you can!) and go for amazing walks.

These islands are unique and on them 4.500 residents pass their quite life in the middle of the nature. During the summer of course you will find more people on them but they are not crowded and if you are lucky you will enjoy also local events.

Everything is at a walk distance, a human scale so it is very easy to enjoy the surroundings and converse when walking the tranquil country lanes.

The major island are Vargo, Galtero and Vrango all natural reserves. Here remember that special regulations for the protection of plants and animals are applied.

Unfortunately camping is prohibited throughout the entire archipelago.

HISTORY OF THE ISLANDS

The islands were mentioned early in the Viking era. The ships waited in the shelter of the islands before starting out in their long voyages. Viking markets around the sheltered sound are also referred to. During the Nordic wars throughout the middle Ages these islands changed sovereignty.  During the 18th century, the islands became involved in organized piracy. After they changed their focus and became a base for fishing fleets, salting and processing fish oil.

In the 19th century the islands changed and started to be richer, so they became land of holidays for the population.

I was on Branno (with Galtero), Vrango and Styrso.

BRANNO

Preserved Village Street with a local history museum. Here there is a network of Nature trails leading west towards Galtero.

VRANGO

This is a fishing village surrounded by large areas of untouchable nature. There are large harbors and plenty of places to bathe.

STYRSO

It is more a mixture of island and city culture: the community is also compose by farmers and half by fishermen. Here there is also a guesthouse if you would like to pass the night on  the island.

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VOSS: AT THE CROSS OF THE 2 MOST LONGEST NORVEGIAN FJIORDS

As one of my closest friend lived in Voss for 6 months and I promised her to reach her there this summer I decided to go in Norway. After several stops I arrived in Voss, a little town that is a strategic place due to the fact it is in the cross of 2 fjords: the sognefjiord and the Hardangerfjiord, the 2 biggest ones.

I just described some of the attraction you can find there the easiest if you are on foot!

ATTRACTION

Voss Folk Museum

At Voss Folk Museum you can visit Molstertunet, a farmstead composed by 16 houses. This was in use still 1927 and think that the oldest building comes from 16th century!

The nice aspect is this is an outstanding example of the traditional buildings customs of the area. You can also just go up to the Museum and have a nice view on the city from the top drinking a coffee there chilling on a bench.

To arrie from the station is 30 minutes walking, if you go by car just 10 minutes. Remember that it is daily open just in summer (from June to August) while in the rest of the year it opens just for groups for a new exhibition that they are realizing for 2019.

Voss Church

The church was built in 1271 but it is not in woods as the remained oldest and most famous 29 churches of Norway (the ones with the Vikings Mythology symbols and originally in woods).  The interesting thing is that this is made in stones due to a nobility aspect…. As Voss was a rich town in the past the woods church was replaced by the existing one because the woods was for poor people and stones for rich ones! The church also hosts some concerts during the summer.

Hiking

Voss has a wide range of walks and hiking trails with different levels of difficulty. The hiking season starts in June and ends in October, as said it depends from the weather conditions and altitude. You need to be prepared anyway, so just take your raincoat with you and wear good footwear. If you like to do picnic bring also food and drink with you!

For more info there is a touristic center in the main road of Voss where you can ask info on the suggested hikes and let’s go on your path!

More than this you can also rent a bike and go on quiet and rural roads to attractions such as Tvindefossen and Skjervsfossen waterfalls or for shorter excursion.

Bordalsgjelet gorge

Bordalsgjelet gorge is a natural attraction within very short distance from Voss, 30 minutes to arrive there and other 30 to reach the gorges. It is an easy path as the deep and imposing gorge has been adapted for the visiting public, there are also viewpoint and benches for resting the legs! If there is no snow you can arrive to the gorge. Here you can experience an impressive view of the potholes that have been shaped by the ice and river over the time (thousand of years!).

OSLO NEIGHBORHOOD: THE FJORD ARCHIPELAGO

If you are looking for a relaxed way of experiencing Oslo and the the fjord, you can take the ferry and go island hopping. You just need to go to Rådhusbrygge 4 and from there you can catch the ferry to idyllic Høvedoya and Lindøya, with approximately 300 charming Norwegian summer cottages. This is not the only small island you can visit; the others are Rambergøya, Gressholmen and Heggholmen. All of them are fantastic places for lazy days in the sun, and Heggholmen houses one of the oldest lighthouses in the fjord.

Rambergøya and parts of Gressholmen are nature reserves, and that sea birds are nesting between the two islands. Updated ferry routes are always available at Ruter, where you will also find information about tickets.

If you were ever in doubt, the Norwegian capital, like the rest of the country, boasts beautiful nature experiences, and the Oslo Fjord is definitely worth paddling!

When I decided to visit the islands in front of Oslo I was to the port to see which options I had… the best one for me is buying the daily ticket for 10 Euros (105 NOK) and you can pass all the day from an island to another, walking one it and discover the nature you will find there.

If you would like to stop on Høvedoya, where there are some nice beaches where you can have a pic nic…. Or just go for a walk on the island boarders! It was the first one for me; the ferry took just 15 minutes to go there from the port.

After Høvedoya I was on Gressholmen, where you can find also a café  or restaurant closed to the point the ferry will let you on the island. This island has also a small church at the end of it, from where you can take some nice pictures and enjoy the view!

After 2 hours exploring this island, I landed for Lindøya, where I passed a nice afternoon taking the sun in a pier!

GOTHENBURG: A GREEN HEART OF SWEDEN

In many aspects Gothenburg has changed from an industrial sea side town towards an innovative modern city. The heritage remains though and for example fishing is still a huge part of the city today. The variety of fresh fish and seafood is unique and in the early mornings you can see the fishing boats unload at the quays.

The Dutch built Gothenburg during the 1600s, as they were considered the best at building on marshland. This has given Gothenburg's city centre its famous channels that are distinctly dutch-inspired. The original city was built inside a large zigzag-shaped city wall that came to characterize Gothenburg for centuries to come.

Are you looking for budget-friendly things to do in Gothenburg? I will listed some great ways to see the city for next to nothing.

First you can go around the city and explore the old part of it. There is the old town and after, one of the best part of the city, the charming neighbourhood of Haga, that has a wonderful selection of cafés and small artisan shops. Haga is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg. The main pedestrian street is Haga Nygata lined with well-preserved houses, many in the characteristic Gothenburg style called "landshövdingehus" with one floor in brick and the rest in wood. Normally here people come to have a coffee break that is called “fika” in Sweden.

Today, Haga is located in the middle of the city. But not when Gothenburg's first suburb was planned in the middle of the 17th century, after orders from queen Kristina. The name Haga actually refers to the Swedish word “hage”, which means “an enclosed field”. If you look towards the sky you will see a hill, climb it and you will arrive to the fortification Skansen Kronan that is on top.it was made to control the territory below. From there, you get a nice view of the district and a large part of the city.

Another nice point is the fishmarket. here you can eat something and let you taste at a good price the amazing fish of this city. The Fish Market is a "Fish Church", an hall completed in 1874 to a design by the city architect Viktor von Gegerfeldt. And yes, it does actually look like a church.

Second the city’s parks and the Botanic Garden.

The main path is quite long; it will take at least 2 hours to visit it quietly. Take the big road yu will see at the entrance on your left until the Japanese Dell. After that is all your choice. There are several path you can go through, depending what you want to see. There is a rock garden, a nice viewpoint on the city and much more.  The entrance is free and it is a peaceful place where you can pass hours without crossing other people. The “Botaniska” was first opened to public in 1923 and it becomes a natural reserve in 1975.

Another idea is to go for a great budget-friendly day trip to the southern part of the Gothenburg archipelago. It is within easy reach by tram and ferry, and you only need one ticket for 28 SEK to go the whole way from the city centre (if you want to take more than one ferry just take a day tickets and you can go around all the day). Once there, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, picturesque villages and rugged nature. The islands in this part of the archipelago are car-free and suitable for long walks or bike tours. Take your pick from islands like Brännö, Styrsö or Vrångö, and don't forget to bring with you food because the groceries will close early. I will describe it in another article!

If you arrive in Goteborg in summer you can also be lucky and find one of the annual events that in Gothenburg offers free activities, workshops, concerts and entertainment. I found the Gothenburg   Culture Festival (Göteborgs Kulturkalas) in August, and so I enjoyed also the evening there.

HAMBURG: PERFECT CITY TO VISIT BY BIKE!

Hamburg is an ideal cycling city with thousands of metres of waterside cycle routes. You can enjoy several two-wheeled tour of Germany's premier port.

Similar to Copenhagen, for hundreds of years, much of today’s Hamburg was Danish territory. More than 150 passed but it’s easy enough to see the sign of the past. Like Copenhagen, Hamburg is flat as a pancake. Hamburg has only recently accept the idea that the odd rain shower shouldn’t put people off their bikes. Now, it is easy-access to rent-a-bike and choose a cycle tour of Hamburg a no-brainer.

THE OUTER and INNER ALSTER

Hamburg grew around the Alster river, which was dammed in the early Middle Ages, creating two lakes. One, the small “Inner Alster” is at the centre of town and is the classic postcard snapshot. The other, much larger “Outer Alster” is one of the best place for the locals that say that this is where central Hamburg is at its most beautiful. Starting at the legendary Hotel Atlantic, home to spies and rock stars alike, head north past the cafés and sailboat moorings to your left. It’s a bit loud at first but you’ll get your first pay-off with a great view across the water after a while. After that, the streets get quieter, the houses get bigger, and the views back into town just keep getting better. Just stick close to the water and cross at Krugkoppelbrücke to start heading back into town, stopping off for a drink if you’re thirsty.

 

THE other RIVER ELBE

 

Hamburg has another important river, economically far more important, the River Elbe, a mighty European waterway and home to the city’s port. Head to Landüngsbrücken for a first view of the impressive docks and then use the Alter Elbtunnel to cross. Don’t forget to look back across the water for the view that most miss, and then follow Hermann-Blohm-Straße and the railway sidings along Veddeler Damm for a unique look into the workings of a modern port. Turn left back towards town at Moldauhafen, crossing the river over the iconic Elbe bridges, and then head for HafenCity for a look at the city’s biggest brownfield regeneration project.

Another route you can enjoy, starts from Landungsbrücken and follows the river downstream. You’ll pass the renovated redbrick warehouses where cod, coffee and carpets were once traded. Next, it’s the unmistakeable rhomboid form of the Dockland cruise terminal: yes, you can climb up the stairs on the rear of it - and doing so will reward you with a sweeping panorama of the harbour. Keep heading out of town for the village-y charm of Övelgönne and its old fisherman’s cottages and, if you’ve got a whole afternoon, ride out as far as the Teufelsbrück ferry and then turn inland for the beautiful Jenischpark and the Botanic Gardens.

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ESPANA EN COCINA: TORTILLA DE PAPAS Y CEBOLLA!

One of the most simple and traditional dish of Spain composed by eggs, potatoes and onion….. "Tortilla"

It is simple but you need to respect the steps one by one to have a perfect Spanish tortilla. In Italy we have the “frittata” but it is not the same thing… The Tortilla is something special, it is a complete plate but also an appetizer, a good “tapas”!

Preparation: 15 min.

Cook: 30 min.

Total: 45 min.

INGREDIENTS FOR 4 PEOPLE

5 EGGS

4 MEDIUM POTATOS (peeled, cut in half, and sliced horizontally)

2 ONIONS (sliced)

PEPPER

SALT

OIL

 

THE PROCESS STEP BY STEPS

Before to start, please divide the red to the blank part of the eggs. Put them in 2 different bowl of medium size. Beat the red and whisk the blank! Add salt to the red not to the blank.

In a large stockpot over medium high heat, add olive oil enough to cover the potatoes you will add after. When it is hot but not smoking, add the onions. Lower heat to medium. Cook, poaching the d onions until they will be tender, about 5 minutes.

After that, put the onions in the red part of the eggs and do the same job with the potatoes.

At this time, get all the things you are going to need for the tortilla. A large plate, a frying pan. IMPORTANT NOTE:  IT MUST BE NON-STICK FRYING PAN. If not, your tortilla will stick and the whole process is ruined.

Add the blank of the eggs to all the others ingredients and mix them.

In the frying pan, add one tbsp of your reserved oil. Heat over medium heat until almost smoking.

Now add your egg and potato mixture, and as soon as it hits the pan, start stirring the eggs so that they coagulate and the uncooked part goes to the bottom, and you get some cooked egg on top.

Simultaneously, as you are stirring the center, with your wooden spoon, drag it along the edges to make sure that it is drying up.

This enables you to make sure that the tortilla is not sticking on the edges, so it will flip loosely onto your large plate.

Now the most difficult part of the tortilla cooking process….. You need to turn the tortilla, how? Take a plate big enough and cover the pan, the oil has to be all absorbed or please put it off in you have more… or you will burn yourself!

You are ready, do pressing on the plate and turn at the same time plate and pan….. in this way the half cooked tortilla is on the plate, let it slowly slide back into the pan and finish to cook it, brown it a bit too….

Remember that  in the center the tortilla didn’t need to be completely cooked.

Notes: if you want another version of this amazing plate is with potatoes and peperoni. You can add also some cheese if you like it!

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