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 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.
Better than to see the sunset playing with the colors of the sky and almost kissing the quiet, but powerful, caldera is to see its reflections on the white-washed walls of the houses and caves of Santorini. Fira is the capital of Santorini and one of the most crowded places of this beautiful island. It was the first city we visited in our ten days greek vacations.
When I came back from Greece, this last summer, Cascais was full of light and colour! And full of life, as well! Lumina made its second edition in the famous Cascais Bay (or as we call it “Baía de Cascais”) and in the historical center of the town, attracting hundreds of people who walked around to see cars full with flowers, several luminous sculptures, great multimedia projections, some shows of music and light, video mapping and 3D effects.
The best part was that this big show was entirely for free and we even had discount for the train to get there (you can’t actually park near the event because some roads were closed and the others were full of traffic). For the roundtrip ticket in Cascais train line we only paid 1€! Great, isn’t it? Specially when we are use to pay 1,25€ one way (the lowest price you can find in Cascais Train Line).
After working two months in Nea Moudania, we (me and my beloved partner back then) decided to go to Santorini for 6 days. And it was one of the most wonderful trips I have ever done in my short travel life. It all started with the most amazing hostel in Santorini – Caveland, in Kartherados. And I must say that this was the first hostel I have ever been.
At first, we wanted to be in a double room to have a little more privacy, but when we booked we didn’t have the double room available for the first three nights, so we decided to book the 6-dorm because it was the only one available all days, of the ones that were possible for our budget. So… Continue reading →