Ines Cano Uribe on Traveling Solo: A Journey Like No Other

Traveling solo is an adventure you should try at least once in your lifetime. And for Ines Cano Uribe, going on an adventure in a foreign land on your own is something we should all try—for personal growth, if nothing else. Even if you go to the same place you’ve been to with your friends before, going solo gives you a completely different experience.

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Here are the reasons why:

1. You have the freedom to choose your own adventure. When you travel solo, your time is your own, and as such, you can do as you please. You can take your time enjoying the sights, meeting locals, discovering unbeaten paths, and basically simply taking in all that your destination has to offer without having others to think about. Don’t feel like going out today? Lounge on the balcony and enjoy the day with views of the outside world from the comfort of your room. Suddenly feel like a leisurely stroll at the park? Grab your favorite book and sit on the bench once you’ve had your pleasant walk. Do as you please.

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2. You learn new things about yourself. In solitude, you begin to discover parts of you that you may not have otherwise known about had you come with a group. There’s something about being in a new place and enjoying peace and silence that affords you the opportunity to hear your own thoughts. And as you go on your adventures and explorations, you begin to discover strengths that have been buried deep within you; drowned by the hustle and bustle of your busy life, and noise from the crowd.

3. You have the freedom to be you. With no one to think about and being a stranger to practically everyone around you, the labels that your life back home has attached to you all disappear. In a foreign land, you’re not just a parent, a career-driven individual, or someone whose life has become so predictable that your neighborhood café already knows what you’re going to order even before you reach the counter. In a foreign land, you’re simply…you.

So the next time you plan for a holiday, Ines Cano Uribe suggests that you go solo this time around.



Ines Cano Uribe on Factors to Consider for First-time International Travelers

For Ines Cano Uribe, traveling gives you opportunities to experience new things as well as learn more about yourself. These experiences become more profound for first-time travelers. If you are traveling overseas for the first time, consider these factors to help you facilitate your travel plans.

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1. Where do I want to go? This may seem like a given, but when you truly think about it, your answer here will pretty much lay down the experiences that you will have. For instance, traveling to Asia could mean exploring the temple ruins in Cambodia, the floating markets in Thailand or Vietnam, or enjoying the colorful blooms of Japan’s famous cherry blossom trees. So where do you want to go?

2. How many days or weeks will I spend at my trip destination? The time that you plan to dedicate to your trip abroad will also affect your experiences in that you should work on your itinerary based on your schedule. For first-time travelers, “less is more” is ideal. Pick out a few favorite attractions and take the time to enjoy every one of them.

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3. Should I travel with the tourist crowd or go during low season? Traveling when tourists will also be flocking to your destination could mean everything will be more expensive, from airfare to accommodations, to local services. On the other hand, it could also mean that festivals, celebrations, and other perks (usually only available during peak season) will be there for you to experience and enjoy. For more solitude, travel during low season.

These three questions should be able to help you get started on your travel plans. And remember, planning ahead is the key to a stress-free holiday.

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Ines Cano Uribe Talks About Traveling and Mental Well-being

Ines Cano Uribe has been to several places outside of her hometown in Madrid. For her, traveling has numerous benefits to one’s psychological and emotional well-being. Her travels also enable her to learn more about different cultures, which has given her the opportunity to look at life from a different perspective; particularly, one that is more open to cultural differences.

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I have never truly grasped the benefits of traveling to one’s mental health until I started traveling myself; first for work, and then for my studies, and now, a little bit of both—mixed with personal enjoyment, of course. As for the psychological benefits of traveling, here are three that I personally experienced:

1. You become more bold and confident. Traveling, especially on your own, dares you to come out of your shell because it’s the only way for you to gain new experiences. Knowing that you may never visit the same place twice, or if you ever do, the intervals will be too few and far between, you begin to realize that this is an opportunity of a lifetime. And you either stay indoors and go back home none the wiser or you grab this opportunity and enjoy it for all its possibilities. Traveling opens up new worlds—ones filled with adventures and endless possibilities.

2. You enhance your creativity. Sometimes, a simple change of environment is all you need to get yourself out of a mental rut and get your creative juices flowing again. I find that being out in nature gives me mental clarity. At the same time, it relaxes and soothes too, so whenever I visit a new place, I make sure to spend some time outdoors, be it a local park or a nature trail.

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3. You enhance your problem-solving skills. I mentioned above that traveling opens new worlds for, and enables you to look at things from a different perspective. Applied to everyday life, this different perspective allows you to look at problems from another angle—one that could give you the solution that you need. You realize that there are multiple views to a single problem, and one of these views could be the key to identifying the perfect solution for the issue at hand.

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Ines Cano Uribe on Museums in London You Can Visit for Free

At the moment, Ines Cano Uribe, a BSc Psychology student at UOC, is completing the validation of her UK degree into a Spanish degree. She’s looking at working as a professional clinical psychologist. She is originally from Madrid.

When I came back from London people found out that I had lived in London London, the first thing I usually get asked about is if there is anything in London for tourists that won’t cost a pound (or two). And my immediate answer is the British Museum. Today, I thought of sharing with you the top three museums in London that you can visit for free. If you have to travel to London on a budget, know that there are things you can enjoy that won’t cost you anything at all!

The British Museum

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Opened in 1759, the museum houses an extensive collection of ancient relics and artifacts from all over the world. There are special exhibitions held throughout the year that can be viewed for a limited time.

Right now, their free exhibits include “Courting to contract: love and marriage in Iran,” “Money Matters,” “Shadow puppet theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand,” “French portrait drawings from Clouet to Courbet,” “Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper,” “Rock art: power and symbolism in southern Africa,” and “Defacing the past damnation and desecration in imperial Rome.”

The free exhibits vary, which means you can expect a different collection should you come visit again after a few months.

The museum is open every day, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm except on Fridays, when the museum extends its hours until 8:30 pm.

Museum of London

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If you would like to learn about London’s history—from prehistoric times up to the present, then the London Museum is where you want to go.

The permanent gallery has several collections categorized into the following: London Before London: 450,000 BC – AD 50, Roman London: AD 50-410, Medieval London: 410-1558, War, Plague, & Fire: 1550s – 1660s, Expanding City: 1670s-1850s, and People’s City gallery: 1850s-1940s.

The above are only some of the categories in the permanent collection. There are several more included to cover the period after the 1940s and up to the present.

The museum is open daily, from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is free.

I will be back to share with you more details on the museums you can visit in London. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me, Ines Cano Uribe, for comments about this post or suggestions on topics you wish to read about here.



Ines Cano Uribe: My Favorite Christmas Movies of All Time

Christmas is the time of the year when everyone is just a little bit kinder, and the acts of giving and forgiving are more common. It’s also a time when you feel just a little bit happier and more optimistic—like miracles can happen! Hi, friends! This is Ines Cano Uribe, BSc Psychology, and future clinical psychologist.

Since I love movies, and Christmas is only a few winks away, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite Christmas movies of all time. I re-watch these movies not only during the yuletide season but at random times of the year—sort of a pick-me-up when times get a little too rough for me. And yes, these movies never fail to make me feel better.

The Holiday (2006)

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First of all, I love all the main players in this movie: Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, and Eli Wallach. I have a special place in my heart for some of the characters, like Kate Winslet’s Iris and Eli Wallach’s Arthur. Arthur’s wise-man to Iris’ vulnerability are the perfect complement!

This is one of those movies that I never get tired of watching over and over again. It’s my immediate go-to movie when I need a quick pick-me-up.

Elf (2003)

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The naiveté of Will Ferrell’s character Buddy that strongly contrasts that of his father’s (Walter, played by James Caan) heartlessness are at the center of this movie. Buddy’s innocence, his infectious joyful spirit, and his overall goodness ultimately win over his obstinate father and makes him a believer of Santa and all things Christmas once again.

If you want to believe in miracles again, in Santa, and all things good, well then this movie is for you.

A Christmas Carol (1938)

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There have been many film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol,” but the first one that I ever saw and absolutely love up to this day is the 1938 version. In this version, Reginald Owen plays the obnoxious Ebenezer Scrooge, while Gene Lockhart takes the role of the kind and gentle Bob Cratchit.

When I first saw this film, I was actually more scared of Scrooge than I was of Marley’s ghost.

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Ines Cano Uribe Recommends the Following Free Attractions in Madrid

Ines Cano Uribe, BSc Psychology, loves to travel; and she has had the privilege of visiting a few amazing countries for work and pleasure. Below are her recommendations for free sights to see in Madrid for the budget-conscious traveler.

Museo del Prado

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The Prado Museum is one of the three most famous museums in Madrid within the “Golden Triangle of Art Museums.” The other two are Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza; each one only about a ten-minute walk away from the other.

The Prado Museum is home to famous pieces by Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, as well as collections from Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez, and El Greco. The best part is that you can visit it for free during these times:

  • Mondays – Saturdays, from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • ALL DAY on May 2, October 12, November 19, and December 6

Reina Sofia

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This museum is for those who love modern art. Its most prized possession is Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica,” the painter’s depiction of the bombing of Guernica by German Nazis. The mural-sized oil-on-canvas painting was first shown to the public during the “Paris International Exposition” in 1937.

Some of Dalí’s works are also on display here. The admission is free on these days:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 7 pm to 9 pm (the museum is closed on Tuesdays)
  • Sundays, from 10 am to 2:30 pm

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

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This used to house one of the largest private art collections in the world, but is now home to pop art collections from the 13th to the 20th century. Thyssen-Bornemisza completes the trio of the “Golden Triangle of Art Museums” on Paseo del Prado.

Admission is free every Monday, from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Other free sights that you can visit include the following:

  • Palacio Real – free on Wednesdays
  • Museo Tiflológico (Blind Museum) – always free
  • Museo Taurino (bullfighting museum) – always free
  • Museo Naval de Madrid (seafaring museum) – always free
  • Museo Archeológico Nacional (archeological museum) – always free
  • Museo de la Ciudad (history of Madrid) – always free

You can also go on a walking tour of the city to view its magnificent architecture.

Ines Cano Uribe also recommends visiting the official website of the museums mentioned here to view their updated schedules or changes in free admission.



Ines Cano Uribe: My Recommendations for Traditional Cuisine in Madrid

When I came back to Madrid, Having been away from home for a few years the first thing on my agenda was to rediscover the local cuisine. My name is Ines Cano Uribe, by the way, and today I’d like to share with you some of the best restaurants in this city that offer the most delicious traditional dishes you could ever find.

Cocido Madrileño, La Bola Taberna

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If you were to pick only one traditional Madrid dish, you’d have to go with cocido madrilène. You won’t find anything more traditional than this chickpea stew. This dish is made with a variety of meats like pork, fresh chorizo, jamón serrano, beef shanks, and chicken; and vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, carrots, turnips, green beans, and of course, chickpeas or garbanzo.

La Bola Taberna cooks its cocido madrileño the old-fashioned way; slow-cooked in a clay pot over oak charcoal.

The restaurant is located at C/Bola, Madrid.

Huevos Rotos, Casa Lucio

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Huevos rotos, which means “broken eggs,” is a popular dish all over Spain and is generally served in taverns. It’s a simple recipe made with fried potatoes, onions, chorizo or jamón, and eggs. What makes this dish extra special in Madrid is the restaurant from which to get it—Casa Lucio.

Casa Lucio is a tourist attraction in Madrid, welcoming countless visitors year-round, including famous personalities and celebrities; from presidents and royalty (think Bill Clinton and King Juan Carlos) to Hollywood A-listers (Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Pierce Brosnan, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz).

Their solomillo and callos con garbanzos is aso a must-try.

Lucio will occasionally go to the dining area to greet his regular patrons and first-time guests. He is quite a popular personality in Madrid.

Casa Lucio is located in one of the oldest streets in Madrid, Calle Cava Baja.

Cochinillo, El Sobrino de Botín

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First off, El Sobrino de Botín is a tourist attraction in itself for the mere fact that it only happens to be the oldest restaurant in the world! 300 years old now and still cooking the most delectable traditional dishes in Madrid, you really can’t go wrong with any choice on the menu. But if you had to choose only one, I’d say go for the cochinillo (suckling pig).

The restaurant is located at Calle Cuchilleros.

The restaurants mentioned here are quite popular, so it’s best to go early as the lines could get long pretty quickly.

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Ines Cano Uribe: Blog Page

This blog page is dedicated to topics on psychology and the things that comprise Ines’ life; her hobbies and interests, travel adventures, food recipes, movies, salsa dancing.

Ines knows that as a clinical psychologist, she will be able to help individuals struggling with personal issues better understand themselves and where their issues are coming from. This understanding can eventually help them live more fulfilling lives—one that nurtures the self and others, and builds mutual relationships.

The world today has become so fast-paced that one hardly ever has the time to pay attention to his or her personal needs. And when your needs get buried under all the obligations and responsibilities calling for your attention at the same time, a breakdown is almost inevitable.

When you always put others’ needs above your own, anger and resentment may eventually rear their ugly heads. When this happens, issues that have been swept under the rug can suddenly come up all at once. It’s an all-too-common occurrence, especially in families where both parents are working practically 24/7 to support the family and provide for the children’s needs. And who gets caught in the middle of all this drama? The kids.

This is but one scenario among many others that are happening on a daily basis. And if these issues remain unresolved, you and everyone around you will get affected in a way that could seriously damage your relationships.

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This page is where readers can open discussions with Ines and other readers; share their thoughts and insights about things that interest them, seek the opinions of others, and basically connect with one another.

If you have something that you want to say, you are encouraged to write an original post about it and submit it to Ines Cano Uribe through this site. As all guest submissions will be personally reviewed by Ines, it may take a while to publish your post. However, you can rest assured that every post will be read, reviewed, and shared as deemed necessary.

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