Snow Pride Barcelona: The First Gay Ski Weekend in Spain
Back in January, we attended Snow Pride Barcelona – a gay ski weekend north of Barcelona. Knowing that this was the first official year (sort of second-ish) of the event, we weren’t sure how many people would attend and truthfully, whether it would ultimately be worthwhile. After all, back in 2007 we went to a gay ski week in Lake Tahoe and it was terrible…bad events, weird people and an overall boring vibe.
Luckily this event was nothing like that. It was fantastic!
Tel Aviv Gay Event: City to Host Pink Winter Pride
Looking for a last minute winter destination or wanting to get away during your time off for the holidays? Find out why Tel Aviv Pink Winter might just be for you!
For the first time Tel Aviv will host a Winter Pride or Pink Winter as they’re calling it. The event is being hosted by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and it’s scheduled to take place between Christmas Eve and the first week of the New Year – December 24th to January 5th. Tel Aviv is well known as a destination for LGBT travelers and the city is looking to attract visitors during the holidays when most places are dark, cold and snowy.
Barcelona Gay Ski Week: Hitting the Slopes at Snow Pride BCN
Winter time is here and for us that means hitting the slopes as many times as possible! We recently heard about the Barcelona Gay Ski Week called Snow Pride BCN and decided to add it to our travel plan for January. Though not as big as its gay ski week cousins in the French Alps like European Gay Ski Week or European Snow Pride, it is the only gay ski event in Spain. Plus the prices for this year’s event are a bargain! You can get 2 nights hotel, 2 days lift tickets, gondola access, all meals, bus transfer from Barcelona and access to all events and parties for just 240€ or $300 USD per person (price for double room) . If you’re a skier or snowboarder you already know that this deal is amazing and frankly, it’s one of the reasons we’ve decided to go.
London Gay Star Travel Expo: Discover the Hottest Gay Destinations
Are you a London local, live nearby or plan to be in the area the weekend of January 17th ? If so, don’t miss the Gay Star Travel Expo at Heaven Nightclub hosted by Gay Star News. Now in it’s 2nd year, this travel shows is free and open to the public. You’ll find tables and booths with tourist board representation from gay friendly destinations, gay travel companies and tour operators. In addition, the event will showcase the hottest gay destinations in 2015 – from the best cruises to the fiercest party islands.
Gay Iceland: Your Guide to Reykjavik Pride
When we first arrived in Reykjavik, it felt oddly familiar yet wholly distinct. Though Iceland is a European country, something about its capital city just doesn’t feel European. Perhaps it’s the way the sun hangs oddly in the sky not quite right with the time of day. Or the iconic use of colorful corrugated iron in the buildings and houses. Or how it feels more like a small winter ski town in the mountains than a capital metropolis where almost two-thirds of the country’s 325,000 inhabitants live. Whatever it may be, Reykjavik has a remarkable charm born from its European ties just as well from its island isolation, but still a charm all its own.
Running a Half Marathon 5 Years After Cancer
Ten kilometers. The bright yellow marker on the side of the street tells me that I’m almost at the halfway point. I continue on, crowded among the other runners feeling a bit like cattle being herded among the streets of Madrid. There were over 20,000 participants in this year’s Half Marathon and I, along with my friend Luis, decided to partake. As we’re nearing the halfway point of our 21 kilometer run, I felt a tingling sensation in my leg and mentally debated whether giving it a short break or pushing through would be the best option. I wanted to challenge myself, but I most certainly did not want to injure myself.
Going Back to the Middle Ages During ‘Semana Cervantina’
Finally I’ve seen a more tranquil side to Spain’s celebrations this past weekend. One that didn’t involve throwing tomatoes, battling with wine, or dumping water from balconies. I was starting to suspect that the Spanish didn’t know how to have a calm festival, but I was proven wrong with Semana Cervantina. Though nothing was being hurled into the crowds, the streets were still packed with that Spanish energy I love so much. This celebration is in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish writer most infamously known for the novel Don Quixote. The festivities are held in Alcalá de Henares, a city about 30 kilometers outside central Madrid where Cervantes was born in 1547. Semana Cervantina takes place every year around October 9th, the day Cervantes was baptized in Alcalá de Henares.
The World Outgames: Your Next Gay Travel Destination
When we visited Antwerp, Belgium last month during the 2013 World Outgames (WOGA), we were impressed by how large and well prepared the event was. Having only heard about WOGA in passing and not knowing much about it before, we didn’t know what to expect but were glad to have had the opportunity to experience it. As we love to use special events as an excuse to travel to new destinations, we realized WOGA is the perfect unique event for gay travelers to discover new places while supporting a great cause. Check out the article we wrote for GayTravel.com about this very idea.
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