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Challenge № 8 – Read a quote every day

Read a quote every day….

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Quote are powerful messages and very often they cross our eyes or our eyes cross them at the very right moment. That happened to me while I was procrastinating to start my blog. One day I just read the following quote:

“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with the voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.”
Ijeoma Umebinyuo

That quote made me realize that I  have to start my blog no matter how prepared I was/ or was not at all. I just took immediate action and wrote my first article. since then I am working on my blog and trying to develop it as much as I can.

In order to stick to my 50 things to do before you die, I would like to share my favourite  quotes that helped me in my life so far:

“I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then the truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe.”― “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Work hard. Talk less. Do what you feel is right. Learn from your mistakes. Build people up. Laugh often. Stop complaining. Invest in yourself. Dream big. Plan ahead. Love unconditionally”– Anonymous

“Three simple rules in life:

  1. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
  2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
  3. If you do not step forward you will always be in the same place.” Anonymous

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi

“All very neat and tidy. Tie up your problems with a big bow and maybe you can pretend they are a present”The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

”What you want exists. Don’t settle until you get it.” – Motivational quotes

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of the fear.” – George Adair

“Eat better. Run more. Squat more. Sleep earlier. Wake up earlier. Make a good breakfast. Drink water. Eat fruits. Read books. Adventure. Talk less. Listen more. Feel deeper. Love better. Open your eyes. Experience life. Be happy.” – Try to stay positive

 

 

Travel

Waiting for Dracula…..

The time has come to write a review of my trip to Romania…I wanted to go on a trip with my mother and an organized trip to Romania sounded like the perfect option. So, in May 2017, we headed from Bulgaria to Romania….

First stop: Bucharest and the massive The Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului)….Or called by the locals ‘‘Ceausescu’s palace’‘ was on my list of buildings to see and I was amazed by the size and the beauty of the entire area where the parliament is located…It looks like a little Paris, the colour of the stones used to build up the area looks exactly the same as the one used in Paris… So little Paris on the Balkans…

After the Romanian parliament, we visited the National Village Museum (”Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum” – Romanian: Muzeul Satului). It’s a wonderland that transports you in the Romanian lifestyle in the past. We spent about one hour there and afterwards we headed to Sinaia.

The best of the trip from Bucarest to Sinaia is that you cross the Carpathes mountains. The scenery is stunning, especially during the summer period.

We arrived in Sinaia in the late afternoon. Sinaia is a famous Romanian ski resort. It’s a small town with a long walking street and many little shops and restaurants. We visited Sinaia monastery and the church situated in the Prahova Valley a little bit at the top of the hilly town.

The next day we left Sinaia early in the morning and travelled to Bran to visit Dracula’s castle. The castle itself did not impress me – there is a similar one in Balchik in Bulgaria – the Balchik Palace where Marie Queen of Romania lived during the summer period. But it’s a must-see once in a lifetime. So, ticked on my list. Bran is a small village with many stands for souvenirs, local delicacies and the like.

In the afternoon, we visited Brașov. For me that’s was the highlights of the trip. The city is very colourful even though it was raining when we arrived. The first thing we visited was the narrowest street in the city of Brașov called Strada Sforii

After that, we visited the city centre for a coffee and souvenirs. The day finished with a panoramic walk/ view at the top of the city. Just amazingly beautiful….

The last day of our Romanian adventure was dedicated to visiting two of the most famous castles in Romania – Peleș and Pelișor. Both are imposing and surrounded by greenery and breathtaking views. The best end of an unforgettable trip.

I hope after that review, you will put Romania on your list and go chase Dracula…

Thanks for reading!

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Five movies that will urge you to travel – part II

Watch these movies and pack!

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In the first part of Movies that will urge you to travel, I wrote about movies and places I already visited. In this part II, I am going to write about places that are still on my bucket list.

Eat, pray, love (2010): the journey to find yourself

Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller is one of my favourite books. I read the book twice and watched the movie several times. it’s not only about travelling and exploring the world. It’s a self-discovery. I am sure the most of you have already read the book and seen the movie, so if you haven’t been in Italy, India or Indonesia, it’s time to think about it and book your trip.

The beach (2000): Thailand and its islands

The movie is well-known and Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Asia. The little paradise where Leonardo di Caprio escapes is a place to be. Hope to visit it one day…

The movie is based on the book The Beach by Alex Garland.

Mamma Mia (2008): Abba and Greece

Greece and its heavenly beautiful islands are a top-destination for many Bulgarians (I am an exception as I’ve never been there). Many of my friends travel only to Greece because, as they say, this is the most beautiful place in the world and this is the only place on earth where they want to be…I am sure I will be in love with Greece once I visit it. After watching Mamma Mia, I immediately added Greece on my list.

Casablanca (1942): Morocco

This classic is a must-see and the country itself has a lot to offer. Morocco has been on my list for ages and I really hope that one day I am going to tick it ”done”.

Thelma & Louise (1991): USA

Who doesn’t want to go on a road trip in the USA? That’s once in a lifetime experience. A car, your hair in the air and the road from Oklahoma to Mexico. Put the belt on and go!

 

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Challenge №6 Learn how to cook

Are you ready for a culinary adventure?

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Do you remember the 50 things to do before you die? If not, I am going to remind you that we still have 44 to go…No worries, you have a lifetime to thick them all.

I am skipping challenge №5 Learn to drive, as I did not yet accomplish it…It’s a real challenge for me, but I am not giving up…

Today, I am going to write about challenges №6 Learn how to cook. I always thought that everybody can cook, but actually many many people could not. It’s not a big deal if you can afford to eat in a restaurant every day, but it can be very very handy in case you want to save money or want to eat tasty and healthy.

I learned how to cook properly when I moved to the Netherlands. I was looking for a job and at this time was very fond of all cooking shows especially Jamie Oliver and Annabel Langbein. This is how I embarked on my cooking experience and created my own weekly easy menus – which take me only 30 min./per day. I experimented with different dishes and different cuisines and discovered that cooking is super fun and a perfect way to improve your creativity. Also, you can not rely on takeouts and eat in bars and restaurants in the Netherlands as it is quite expensive. And the best of it is to invite all your friends to a dinner and make your signature dish…Yummy

Cooking is a survival skill that can be useful in our hectic life of stress, plastic bags and pre-fabricated food. So, learn how to cook and enjoy the taste of life.

Thanks for reading!

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Who doesn’t want to go to Amsterdam?

Walking down Amsterdam’s streets

It’s time to write about Amsterdam and to give you, dear reader, ideas where to go, what to see and what to eat in this place that amazes millions of tourists every year.

So, beautiful Amsterdam, here we come!

Amsterdam is easily reachable by train from every big city in the Netherlands – the Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Especially Utrecth is really close by (only 30 min. by train!!!). So, if you plan to visit Amsterdam and you think the accommodations there are way too expensive, just check the above mentioned Dutch cities. That could be a go for a cheaper city trip.

First stop, Amsterdam Central Station. The Central Station is located in 5 min. walk from the Dam – the central square of the Dutch capital. There are many possibilities of ”city tours”  but I’ll give you the tips for the ”basic” and the ”special” ones. My version of Amsterdam visit is for those who decide not to stay in Amsterdam, and that’s the reason why my departure and arrival point is Amsterdam Central Station.

Basic route (one day visit): from the Central Station, you take the tram №5 (the tram literally crosses the entire city and you can just sit, relax and admire the view. Once arrived at Amsterdam Zuid, you can come back by taking the same tram to Amsterdam Central with a better plan of your highlights to see!) and go to Museumplein. This is the place where are located all the Amsterdam museums – Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Moco Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Diamond factory. The Rijksmuseum is an absolute must-see, but be prepared, it’s massive and you’ll need an entire day. My favourite is Van Gogh museum – it’s amazing and it’s doable in two hours. Leave a room to go to the Diamond factory (for free) and learn the history and the production process of diamonds. Apart from being a meeting point for eveyrone interested in art, Museumplein is famous for its huge ”I amstedam” sign where all the tourists take selfie pictures ):

Once visited Museumplein, you can take the road back to the Central Station. On the way, you’ll see the Flowers market. Take your time and buy presents for your family and friends. You’ll see many cheese shops, coffee shops and souvenir shops on your way.

After the Flowers market, it’s time for a boat trip. This is very very very touristic attracation, but it’s the only way to admire the unique architecture of the city. You’ll need at least one hour. The boat tours meeting point is at the Dam sqaure, not far away from the Central station. On the same street, you’ll see the Heineken Experience, the Sex Museum and Madame Tussauds. Give them a try if you have time.

After the boat trip, it’s time for the Red Light District and coffee shops (optional). From the boat trip meeting point you take one of the bridges and you’ll arrive at the Red Light District. It’s packed of tourists, coffee shops and thematically related museums (Prostitution museum for example).

After the Red Light District it’s time to go back to the Amsterdam Central Station (if you do not stay in Amsterdam).

The second version can include some of the highlights of the ”Basic” in case you have enough time.

Nine streets Amsterdam Walking tour (one day):

One of the best things to do in Amsterdam is to walk around throught the bridges and the canals to admire the architecture and feel the vibrant athmosphere of the city. The best way to do it and to escape the crowds is: walk through the Nine Streets – it’s a collective name for the cosy streets from Raadhuisstraat to Leidsegracht. Many little cafes, restaurants and design stores will welcome you if you need a break or want to buy a special gift. Nine streets maps are available in many key places around the city.

Apart from the mentioned above attractions, you can also visit Zaanse Schans (organized trips are offered in the Tourist Information Centers), you can also go there by public transport, just check the busses (https://9292.nl/en). Nemo Science Museum is also something to check out. If you plan to visit Amsterdam from November till February, don’t miss out the Amsterdam Light Festival. If you love chocolate, check the Chocoa Festival in February. If you’ve never ever seen wallbies, lamas and and other unusual animals, just go to Amstelpark (it’s for free).

Hope you enjoyed your visit in Amsterdam and now you buy a ticket to see it for free!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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The Great Masters of la Haute Couture

It’s autumn, the wheater is getting colder and colder and it’s time for movie nights. Today, I would like to offer you a selection of movies about some of the Great Masters of the Haute Couture. I am not so much into fashion, but the creative world behind the podiums has always impressed me. For me, the fashion is more than clothes – it’s about art, history, colourful vision, hard work, precision and great dedication.

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  1. Yves Saint Laurent (2014) – the first place is for the absolute genius of the fashion world. The designer which ”The Mondrian” dress represents an entire chapter in the fashion history. The creator who lives in Paris and Marrakech and recreates the colours of both cities in his collections. I highly recommend to watch the movie and if you have time and you want to know more about Yves Saint Laurent, read his autobiography written by Laurence Benaïm.
  2. The second place is for the woman who no one could resist – Gabrielle Chanel. ”Coco before Chanel 2009” traces the hardships of this strong and brilliant woman who started to wear men trousers and invented the iconic blazer named after her. Coco Chanel – an intimate life by Lisa Chaney is an absolute reading
  3. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) is about the great Valentino. The Italian charm of the couturier will conquer you, I am sure! Watch it out, you won’t regret it!
  4. Dior and I (2014) – this one is not about the man who created the fashion house Dior, but about the life of the Parisian fashion house after Monsieur Dior. It’s more about the contribution of Raf Simons who joined the house in 2012. This is a movie that will make you realize what a hard work, inspiration and dedication are required to create a collection.
  5. And the last one is about the extravagant German who lives in Paris and works for Maison Chanel. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007) is about the icon designer Karl Lagerfeld who opens the doors of his home, studio and talks openly about his life, his family, his work and his beliefs. A sincere movie about a great man.

I hope you’ll enjoy watching these movies! Share if you care!

Thanks for reading!