European Countries I’ve Visited

So this morning I was playing around with interactive maps where you can enter the places you’ve visited, like an online scratch map. I wanted to see how much of Europe I had actually covered, because I felt like I’d done a pretty good part of it, and MY OH MY WAS I WRONG. Continue reading “European Countries I’ve Visited”

5 Places I Want to See Again

There are many places on my bucket list (the whole world) and I try to focus on new places to visit as much as I can, but today I want to take a pause and think about a few of my favorite places in the world. Places I would go back to without a second thought, given the chance. Here they are:

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It might look small on a map, but there’s tons of things to do in Croatia, and I only got to visit a few cities when I went. I did visit the Plitvice Lakes twice, and I would totally visit them again. Continue reading “5 Places I Want to See Again”

2017 Reading Challenge

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2016 did not go as well as I’d hoped. Most of the TBR on my list remain unread, and I only read about 40 books in total. Overall, it was a good year anyway, because I read some REALLY great books, which you can have a peek at over here.

But 2016 is behind. Let’s focus on the year ahead! I have three goals for 2017. Continue reading “2017 Reading Challenge”

What I Remember of Dublin

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Dublin, Ireland. 2012.

I remember finding a very cheap way to get to Dublin (£35) to Dublin from Glasgow, Scotland, that included three buses, a ferry, a taxi, and that took over 20 hours of terribly uncomfortable naps.

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Scotland in Pictures

I’ve been working on a post about my trip to Scotland for a while—I have, honest, I really have—but it just seems like all the words that I write don’t do justice to the journey. Incidentally, I also end up drowning myself in tears of nostalgia every time I reminisce about that trip more than five minutes, so I decided to just post a few pictures of my favourite things I did over there. Hope you enjoy!

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Free Things To Do in Edinburgh

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Scotland is amazing. Amazing sceneries, amazing music, amazing culture, amazing accent. I fell in love with it the moment I set a toe in this fabulous country. Yet through all the magical landscapes I saw, there’s one thing I had to visit twice, and that really made an impression on me: The Elephant House.

Yes. Yes.

Because of J.K. Rowling.

I’m a book geek, sue me.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London

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The Knight Bus

I mean, London’s great, but what makes it even greater is that you can hop on the Knight Bus and visit the Warner Bros Studio where the Harry Potter series was filmed. The experience was so magical, it killed the geek inside of me. (Not as in, it actually murdered my geekiness, but as in, Geek Me couldn’t help but have a heart attack once exposed to so much MAGIC.)

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6 More Tips To Make Your Dream Trips Happen

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Nice, France

As I previously said, I usually need to switch my default setting from I So Badly Want To Go There One Day, to OMG, I’m Really Doing This? Let Me Get My Shit Together And I’m Ready To Go, in order to make a trip happen. And here are more ways for me to achieve this:

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6 Tips To Make Your Dream Trips Happen

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Signs in Belgrade, Serbia

Besides the obvious budget/trip planning, there’s a big step to cross in order to make your dream adventures happen, and it’s to actually stop visualizing it as a dream, and consider the reality of it. At least that how it works for me. And here’s how I do it:

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Barcelona – My Old Self

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Day 107.
I don’t remember much about what I did in Barcelona, not even the travel fails. I remember a sun rather bright for the end of November.
I remember Park Güell.
I remember eating the best veggie burger ever, but I don’t remember where.
I remember a lot of pickpockets.
And the realization that my backpack didn’t seem heavy at all compared to Day 1, four months before.
But through these snippets of memories, I know I didn’t notice as much as I usually do, because I was too conscious of these travel days being my last. Continue reading “Barcelona – My Old Self”

Top 5 Granada, Spain

Day 103. Confession time: I actually only had time to do 5 activities in Granada, so my Top 5 is definitely biased. Still, that was enough to make me adore the city, but feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments if you’ve tried different things.

5. A walk on la Carrera del Darro
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Toledo, Spain

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Day 95.
When we arrived in Toledo, I got hit by a car. I’d been warned Spanish drove a little crazily, so when I saw the red car zooming through the narrow cobblestone street, I shrank on the wall of a house, shutting my eyes, hoping my backpack wouldn’t be dragged along. It’s my left arm that took the blow. I had an ugly bruise on my elbow for the rest of the week, and a fear of red cars for the rest of the trip. Continue reading “Toledo, Spain”

Budapest, Hungary

DSCF5926Day 92. When I arrived in Budapest, around 5-6 o’clock in the morning, a thick fog hovered through the city. I could barely see three meters ahead, and after meandering uselessly around in search of the street toward my hostel, I had to give up and take a taxi. But for the 100th time in my trip, I did the mistake of Continue reading “Budapest, Hungary”

Visoko, Bosnia + My Halloween Abroad

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In the Bosnian Pyramids

Day 90. About an hour from Sarajevo is a town named Visoko, known for its mystical pyramids and tunnels. With a girl from my hostel (hi Bryony!) we packed our bag for the day and decided to check it out. It’s a really small town, yet it wasn’t exactly clear how to get to Ravne Labyrinth (tunnels) or the pyramids. One thing was sure, every time we asked around, people made a point of reminding us how amazing it would be to feel all the energy.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina

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Robin on the balcony of the hostel

Day 86. The importance of asking questions when you travel…. It’s easy to fall into a lonely routine when you travel solo, and I was about to buy a €50 train ticket that did a crazy detour from Belgrade through Zagreb to Sarajevo, because I could find no better option on the web, when I decided  Continue reading “Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina”

Belgrade, Serbia

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Day 80.
After a short stop in Zagreb, I took a plane and flew over Bosnia to reach Belgrade (Београд/Beograd/the white city). I arrived during the night, and true to myself I forgot to google what the currency was before I got there. I needed to withdraw money for a taxi, and the only options the ATM offered were the following:

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6 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, During Autumn

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Day 77. Before I show you why, let me tell you the few fails I encountered on my stay in Korenica. So the thing is, there is precisely one youth hostel in Korenica, the recluse little town where UNESCO’s Plitvice Lakes are. Not only the bus had kind of a weird schedule, it dropped me at a “bus stop” (a restaurant) which wasn’t the “bus stop” (a hotel) I was told it would be. Continue reading “6 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, During Autumn”

5 Reasons Why Time Is Slower in Zadar, Croatia

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There’s just no way, no way, that I find my hostel on the first try. I always get lost, even though I check the routes 12 976 times first. In Zadar, for some reason, every street that I took led me to the beach—which could’ve been bloody magical if I hadn’t been carrying 12 976 kg of luggage, because the weather was perrrfect. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Time Is Slower in Zadar, Croatia”

I need to see the sea – Spontaneous flight to Croatia

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Lokrum Island

Day 65. I grew geographically claustrophobic at the thought of being squared by cities. BrusselsAmsterdam, Warsaw, Berlin; all amazing places, but all big cities, in the very middle of the country, surrounded by tall buildings and cars. I needed to see the sea, the ocean, or at least a huge lake. I needed to not be able to see the end of the water, to feel like it’s never-ending, like there’s no way to grasp it all or even to see it all. I dread finality. “Arrived to destination” is my biggest phobia.

So I flew to Croatia, Continue reading “I need to see the sea – Spontaneous flight to Croatia”

Top 5 Cafés in Berlin to Write (or Read)

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As a writer, one thing I love to do when I travel is to find a nice spot where to spark my imagination and write. Berlin has numerous nice cafés for that, and while I didn’t get to try them all, I tried enough to pick five of my favourites. Here they are. 
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Leaving Vienna, Austria

Robin in StephansplatzDay 53. And then Austria was coming to an end. So Robin and I hurried to make the most of the last days. Oh. I just realized I never introduced Robin. Gee, I’m terrible!

Name: Robin
Nationality: Canadian
Age: Immortal

Gender: Moose
Occupation: To travel around the world with me

I’m supposed to take a picture of Robin in every city that I visit, but I’m such a horrible human being that I forget half of the times. Continue reading “Leaving Vienna, Austria”

Innsbruck, Austria

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Just when I thought I was done with travel fails. Everything was going so well in Vienna. I planned a week-end in Innsbruck to go in the mountains, but for some reason I couldn’t buy any train tickets online. Everytime I tried it said that the transaction had failed, and so I started to freak out there was a problem with my credit card Continue reading “Innsbruck, Austria”

Vienna, Austria

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Day 30. The second phase of my trip consisted of a language school in Vienna. Yep, I thought I’d try to learn a new language while in Europe and, for no particular reason, I picked German. I guess I’m doing a kind of Eat, Pray, Love, mine being something like Drink, Learn, Wander. (It’s not exactly settled yet what I’ll be doing for the third phase of the trip, so…) Continue reading “Vienna, Austria”

Zakopane, Poland

Day 25
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Me: Come on. I thought we’d been through this.
God: Oohh, let me sabotage your trip a little more.
Me: What? No. No. Enough.
God: But I’m having a blast! Come on, man, one last fail. One.
Me (sighing): One, and then you stop.
God: One, and then we’ll see.
Me (chiding): God.
God: Okay. I’ll stop.
Me: Thank you.
God: Tsk. Party pooper.

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Auschwitz and Kraków, Poland

Wawel CastleDay 24.  Fun fact: In the tower of Kraków, a trumpeter opens a window every hour to play a tune to the city. Okay, it’s probably more than one trumpeter, but I like to think it’s just this one guy, utterly dedicated to his passion. Some of us have a cuckoo clock; Kraków has a trumpeter in a tower. How Disneyish. Continue reading “Auschwitz and Kraków, Poland”

Wieliczka Salt Mines – Kraków, Poland

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Day 22. People, leave me the f**k alone, was what I kept thinking when I was in Kraków. I just needed a break from the hyper-social vibes of hostels, which is squarely impossible to avoid when you sleep in a hostel. Yes, you always have the choice to ignore people, but that would automatically make you three things:

    1. Awkward.
    2. The Grinch.
    3. A target to get your food stolen in the fridge.

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Utrecht, Netherlands

DSCF3509Day 10. To avoid the expensive hostels and the masses of tourists in Amsterdam, I decided to stay in a city near the capital. Utrecht. If you’re planning to go to the Netherlands, I suggest you do the same. Utrecht is known for its university and students’ parties. It’s as beautiful a town as Amsterdam, and it’s very well situated from everything the Netherlands have to offer. Continue reading “Utrecht, Netherlands”

Third Stop – Brussels, Belgium

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Day 7. 
After over ten wonderful hours in a night train trying to sleep in such a position, I arrived in Brussels. I had one afternoon only, so I ignored my aching body and sore throat—which was getting worse, but it was Sunday in Europe, therefore drugstores were closed—and left my backpack in a locker at the station to see Brussels’ main attractions with my hands free.

Sounds like a very practical plan, doesn’t it? Ha-hum. Continue reading “Third Stop – Brussels, Belgium”

First Stop – Nice, France

First Stop/Nice, France. There was this one thing I really, really wanted to do in Nice, and it was Les Gorges du Verdon. I looked it up several times online and for some mysterious reason…

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Day 4 (39 days ago). There was this one thing I really, really wanted to do in Nice, and it was Les Gorges du Verdon. I looked it up several times online and for some mysterious reason, it led me to think that once I’d be in Nice, there would be guided tours/buses going over there just about every hour. However, once there, I started to substantially freak out Continue reading “First Stop – Nice, France”