It’s been a while since i last wrote something in this blog but, truth is, college has taken a lot of my time. I am currently finishing my bachelor and I can’t wait to share my last travels with you! I have been in Germany for a week in Easter and I am planning a trip to Spain this summer, late August.
One day I woke up in Birmingham and saw one of the most beautiful sunrises of my life! I was visiting Patrícia, one friend of mine, and we were on our way to Coventry. Before we got to the bus station, we had to stop and appreciate the beauty of this moment.
What I love the most about this picture of Birmingham is this constrast between the modern mall Bull Ring and the old St Martin’s church. I think it sums up the essence of this city!
And you? Where was the most beautiful sunrise of your life?
It all started in the end of my internship, after working 19 days in a row to have the last days of the month dismissed. I was finally in vacations in Greece when Mr. Babis, the human resources manager, asked me if I wanted to give blood, the next day. Trying to be a good person, I said ‘of course’. After all, it would be a kind of a new experience: giving blood in a foreign country.
I convinced my partner and Alina, a super cool ukrainian girl, to do the same. So, Mr. Babis told us to be early in the morning at the hotel, to have a good breakfast and to rest properly. That’s what we did.
We had to wait for a long time until Mr. Timos, our beloved hotel manager, was ready to go. (He was also volunteering to give blood.) But what we didn’t know was that he was going to drive us there. The blood donation took place in one of the other Sani Resort hotels and we could only get there in time by car, but we thought we would go by the hotel bus or something. We weren’t expecting at all we would get in our hotel manager’s BMW.
Santorini is the most magical place I have ever been to. They don’t lie when they say you will fall in love with this beautiful island. Some say it’s too touristic but I think it didn’t lose its essence. Of course in Fira and Oia you almost only see tourists, but there are other places more authentic.
So, here is my top 10 things I absolutely loved about Santorini:
I still remember when I first entered Synavlia, a small cafe managed by a wonderful greek family. A few days after we arrived, me and my partner back then were wandering around Nea Moudania looking for some spots with Wi-Fi, once we didn’t have it on our room. Nea Moudania is a small town in Halkidiki, Northern Greece, where I’ve lived and worked for two months, for those who haven’t read any other post on this blog.
Last weekend, I had one friend from Hungary coming to Portugal and I couldn’t be happier. I met Dóra this last summer, while working in Greece, and she is one of the most kind persons I have met in my entire life. Having her for a couple of days in my country was a delight.
Jessica, who have met Dóra the year before we (me and Miguel) did, planned the two-day trip around Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais. Dóra arrived at night and Jessica and Rita picked her up at the airport. Dóra’s first adventure was around Bairro Alto, feeling the nightlife of Lisbon. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there.
The next day was spent in Belém and Sintra, then seeing the sunset in Cabo da Roca and having typical portuguese dinner at Jessica’s home. Continue reading →
I heard you speak and I remembered the joyful melody of the piano and the way it has touched my heart from the start. Since then, all my life was a complete adventure of feelings, surprises and changes. I have learned so much that I can’t imagine how my life would be if I haven’t done some of the so called bad choices. I used to regret some of them, but now I don’t regret them at all.
There was a time that my life was completely upside down. It was the very first time that I completely got out of my comfort zone and took chance into something completely out of everything I knew until then. It was beautiful because it showed me worlds that I didn’t even know that existed. Continue reading →
Sometimes we have to be alone. To be left apart of everybody’s plans, to miss every weekend hangouts, to simply disappear without anybody noticing. To be a ghost among others and to deal with rejection. It doesn’t need to be bad, but sure it must be challenging. The human being wasn’t made to be lonely.
It’s easy to stand in the middle of the crowd, when everybody is standing. Or even to be the one who pushes people to get up. But to be alone and get away from the crowd… Well, that takes courage and a bit of stupidity. Some people call it giving up, I call it time off. Some might think I’m depressed, but truth is, I’m learning and growing up.
The most beautiful metaphor I can think of to try to explain what I am saying is the butterfly. One of the greatest lessons life gave me is that we are always able to change. Continue reading →
I lost two very important women in my life, recently, and I must admit I couldn’t handle it that well. I know that we all have different ways to deal with death but in this past four months it was overwhelming how often I started to go to funerals. Four months, four funerals. And I was about to go to a fifth one if I didn’t know about it too late. It’s funny how life twists and turns. One moment you are peaceful and serene, knowing that death is part of the circle of life and all that hakuna matata way of thinking, and the next moment you are crying endlessly while in the bath because you feel that no one can understand the way you have got to know pain. Four months, four funerals. What the hell world?! Have you gone nuts?
I still can’t completely talk about this two very important women in my life without having tears in my eyes. In just one month, before my birthday, I have lost both of them. The most strong, stubborn and super women I have ever met. I could take years to describe them and all I have learned with them, but that is in my heart. I don’t need nobody to understand that.
I have this theory, maybe highly influenced by my favourite movie of all times, that when someone dies on Earth, it will be born in the sky. They become stars. Continue reading →
In the last posts I’ve mentioned my adventure in Greece, so I think it’s time to talk a little about it. This last summer, from the end of June to the middle of September, I decided to enjoy Greece as much as I could. I was going to work for two months at Oceania Club Ultra All-Inclusive Resort, in Nea Moudania, Halkidiki.
I must admit that the first times weren’t easy. For a girl who was only used to work at some small/medium events, it was a little bit hard to get used to work 10 hours per day, always in stress and in a hurry, and with only 4 days-off per month. I didn’t sleep that much, I couldn’t spend much money because I only had 150€ for a month and a half (of course, food and accomodation were provided, so I didn’t had that much to spend my money), I was tired, my feet were in ultimate pain… Well, all my body was in ultimate pain. Then, I got homesick, I missed my family, my dogs, my friends, my country… I didn’t have Internet in my room, so it was difficult to catch up the news, and so on… I can say that the first month was a bit of hell, for me. I was a little baby crying and complaining about the people that made me feel like shit and all the competition for such stupid things like glasses and cutlery.