2017: Year in review

Another year has passed, which gives us all another opportunity to look back and see what we have accomplished in 12 months. Just before I started writing this post I read my last year’s post, with the review for 2016. What caught my attention was the list of countries that I hoped/planned on visiting, but in the end it didn’t happen. My plans changed, but that’s ok. I’m not going to stop making New Year’s resolutions because of that. I’m just going to accept that life happens and opportunities come and go unexpectedly. So without further ado, let’s get into the review of 2017.

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St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery – the only active rock monastery in Bulgaria

St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery is the only active carved in rock monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the valley of Rusenski Lom river, just 10 kilometers away from Rousse (Ruse). If you are transiting between Romania and Bulgaria, this is a sight that is totally worth a small detour.

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Smart packing ideas from a backpack lover

I get it. You’re tired of wasting money on extra luggage and ruining your vacation by having to carry around heavy suitcases. So you want to end the torment and learn how to travel light and smart. If you ask me, that’s a very subjective topic. There are many types of travellers, and for each type packing light can mean different things. For luxury travelers “light” can mean 2 medium sized suitcases and a large handbag, but for backpackers it means… well, just a small or medium backpack.

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10 fascinating facts that you might not know about Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country located in southeastern Europe, that is yet fairly unknown to travelers. That’s why I thought I would make a list of the most interesting facts linked with this country, hoping that something about it would spark your interest to find out more. Be ready to enter a land of long history, natural beauties, cultural curiosities and amazing food with these 10 facts about Bulgaria. Here we go.

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Romanian phrases translated word-for-word in English

Romanian language is a never ending pool of idioms and popular phrases. This nation will never cease to amaze me when it comes to its creative capacity and secular wisdom that is reflected by Romanian’s way to speak. Talking with the people that live in the rural areas of the country made me burst into laughter so many times, just for this reason. Then I thought, what would it be if some expressions were translated in English… word-for-word? Well, see it for yourself. Continue reading “Romanian phrases translated word-for-word in English”

An honest opinion about Berlin: Expectations vs. Reality

When it comes to travel, the inconsistency between expectations and reality is more common than you think. There is a number of reasons why our perception of a destination can be altered even before we get there. The media can highlight the worst of it, while travel bloggers might tend to paint a non-realistic, overly positive image of it. Then, there are the prejudices that society makes sure to assign to every nation in the world.

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Highlights of Bucharest Spotlight Festival 2017

Last year I attended the second edition of the Spotlight Festival. A year has passed since then and I just couldn’t miss the third. I love how this event changes the face of Bucharest and adds color to the otherwise grey urban landscape. If you even think about visiting the Romanian capital, I would strongly recommend that you do it during this festival. It will really help you see Bucharest in another light (yes, pun intended). Now let me show you the highlights of what you missed this year.

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My first international solo trip experience

Recently I told you a story from 5 years ago about fighting my fears and traveling solo to another city for a music festival. That was an important milestone for me because it marked the moment I earned my first solo travel badge. Since then, I became more and more confident to have other small getaways in all corners of the country. So confident that one day the idea of going on my first international solo trip popped into my head and irremediably sticked with me.

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