Hey, I´m Rakel, a Spanish teacher who has the passion for traveling the world. I have always had a fascination for the British explorer James Cook and everything related to his voyages to the South Pacific.
When I was at university, I decided to sell everything I had in order to follow his path.
In 2015, I met my boyfriend Javi who also loved discovering new horizons, and decided to travel together.
Since I started my Instagram account, I have received countless of questions that I would like to answer here.
Where do you live when you are not traveling?
I live with Javi and my three pets in Bilbao, a cosmopolitan city in the North of Spain. In Pineappleislands, I will uncover Bilbao´s best secrets so you can appreciate the simple pleasures of this wonderful city.
How did you start writing your blog?
My family and friends have always asked me to write a blog. So, I thought “Why not?”
Apart from traveling, do you have other interests?
Yes I do! I love dancing. I have been bellydancing for nearly ten years. I also do hula and Tahitian dances. It´s quite difficult to learn and improve my technique here in Spain, so I often go to Hawaii or the South Pacific to take classes.
Are you sponsored?
I paid for all my adventures at the beginning. But since I created my Instagram account (@rakel_gd), I have received countless offers to collaborate with hotels, restaurants, clothes brands, etc. A famous travel magazine even offered me money for some of my pics.
How can you afford to travel?
Well, secondary teachers here in Spain are very well paid and, besides, have lots of vacations. In my second year at university I got such an amazing job related to event and meeting management. I worked long hours and I wasn´t paid enough, but I did all my best to travel as much as I could. As I mentioned in the previous question, I sometimes collaborate with brands or companies to showcase their product, hotel, etc.
Are you a self taught photographer?
Yes, I am. I have never taken a photography course, so I could say I´m a completely self taught photographer. Javi and I are a very well-orchestrated team and we have so much fun creating pics together.
Which cameras do you have?
All the pics of this blog have been taken with an Olympus PEN E-PL8, a Nikon D5000, and a GoPro HERO5 black. I recently purchased a Sony α6500 and I´m so happy with it.
What is your favourite travel experience?
I have lots of memorable travel experiences, I couldn´t just pick one. I will never forget our Balinese wedding in a little village called Tegaljaya in Bali. It was one of the most romantic moments in our lives and in Pineappleislands: exploring the world, I will share every single detail of it with you. You may want to have an exotic wedding like us!
As you read my blog, you will see we have an unlimited passion for animals. Whale watching in Gloucester, USA, was such a magical experience as well as riding an elephant and cuddling tigers in Thailand, or having scorpions and snakes all over our bodies in a street show in Tunisia.
We hold deep in our hearts all our friends around the globe. Thanks to all of them we have had the best experiences we could ever imagined. Reading this blog you will learn other cultures through the eyes of the locals.
In Jamaica, for instance, a loving man called Accord, showed us the island, introduced us to his family and friends, and prepared traditional dishes especially for us. As a teacher, I had a keen interest in the Jamaican school system and their teaching methods, so meeting a teacher from Ocho Ríos was an amazing experience aswell.
We also visited magnificent places off the beaten track, tried traditional Balinese food and had the chance to meet the locals of Keliki town. We will never forget the warm welcome they gave us.
Lots of Love from
Javi & Rakel