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After spending 2 weeks again in my home country with my beloved ones and FINALLY deciding which smartphone to purchase ( it took me 5 months to figure out that HTC Desire EYE is the one for me) , my parents  and I went on a trip to an unexplored country: Sweden. We or better said I started off on the wrong foot by breaking 2 pretty valuable Swedish kronas notes . Getting lost, being additionally charged for food that we didn’t order, sharing Romanian delicatessen with hotel’s receptionists at 2 am are some of the adventures we ran into. Oh, we booked one night at an amazing boat hotel Read more

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After 2 hours and a half on the plane, we bought a bus return ticket (€15.00  for a single and  €25.00  for a return) to Estació del Nord, which takes one hour and a half. No one was waiting us nowhere, so we had to figure out how to get to our accomodation and find a supermarket to buy Sangria and some snacks in the middle of the night. The apartment was situated within 30 minutes walking on Carrer de Cassanova, near Plaza Universidad, but it was the first time for us so we met few challenges: tiredness, hunger and ‘naughty’ key entrance. I still can’t believe how patient  were the boys in trying the key on and on for more than one hour. That wasn’t the biggest challenge of the night because the block was numbered in a Spanish way, so the devil was in the detail in finding the right floor.  When we opened the door, we were deliriously happy about the friendly apartment, because the vintage furniture matched perfect the other modern furniture pieces. Of course that we had taken a shower before everyone felt like home, played UNO, established the plan for tomorrow and drunk some wine. That took some time, so at 4 o’clock Read more

I am flying to Barcelona on 1st of April and it’s not a joke, even though it’s April Fools’ Day. I was initially supposed to go only  with my dear polish friend to break the routine. I later discovered that other 4 guys have chosen the same destination and period, so a crazy and cost-effective idea crossed in our mind: to rent a flat together. It was something spontaneous, considering the fact that I know 2 of the guys and my friend doesn’t know none. After sleepless nights of selecting the perfect basic flat, we agreed on the best one because it’s situated in the center, in Plaza de Catalunya and it’s big enough for us.

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The conclusion was more up to the majority, the boys and I was shocked to find out that they liked this girlish apartment. Moreover, one of the boys discovered that the flat is right next to H&M and Zara, so it won’t be a problem if I don’t have something to wear, because I can go there even in pajamas.

Wish that I could say ‘ I have never been so well-prepared’, but I am lacking of energy because of the National Conference with AIESEC. At least, my outfit is ready with ‘Great Expections’ and my phone is full of applications (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.slashmobility.restalo&hl=en -for food,  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guides.minube.barcelona&hl=en , https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.android.apps.cityguide.barcelona for visiting )which are meant to ease these 4 days in Barcelona.

I can’t wait to explore the city for the 2nd time!  I want to enjoy the Spanish sun, try to speak Spanish, take breathtaking and fancy photos, drink Sangria, eat Paella, visit a lot by foot, make new Spanish friends, check the nightlife, make shopping on Passeig de Gracia, where would Julia Roberts shop during Pretty Woman movie, etc

I have high expectations and I hope this trip will meet them!

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It was nothing planned to wear a hat.I was about to leave, but I was still having second thoughts about my look, which was rather dull, than fabulous. So, I grabbed the hat which was the cherry on the cake. I bought it two years ago, but I didn’t have the guts or the right inspiration to show it to the world.

Moreover, it’s not an easy task to wear a hat in Denmark, especially when the wind is blowing with 30 km/h. There’s no doubt that a hat can add so much to your outfit, so that you will be rewarded with looks of admiration or confusion. My french attitude was brought back to life through that hat, so therefore I was 100% a mademoiselle.

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Did you know? Coco Chanel got into fashion by selling  millinery products, not couture.  She was designing plumed hats for herself and her friends, but then a famous actress began wearing Chanel hats.The first millinery shop opened in 1910 and then the business blossomed, so she was able to expand beyond the hats. The first couture shop opened in Paris in 1913. Read more

I got off the bed to defeat the strong sunlight and start another exhilarating day with a brunch in a snug place or even in the park.

The girls were bossy with me,even in the morning, and they forced me to try a really healthy ‘breakfast’ : banana and spinach smoothie, which was the perfect treat.  I was aware that more food will satisfy my appetite in the upcoming hours, but that smoothie was enough for the moment. We were ready. All black, all danish style.  I was the tourist, who was stopping at every 2 minutes to take photos and admire the surroundings. They were supposed to be my tourist guides, but we were all acting alike: taking photos anytime, but at least we were all heading in the right way.

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We were welcomed by the Queen’s March and yeah  we’ll never be royals (royals) It don’t run in our blood. Haha!

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My caprice was to go to Strøget, which is the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe. I wanted to be spellbound of how many well-dressed people are there, but not such a big luck because it was Sunday. My wallet was safe enough, thanks to the closed shops, but I couldn’t avoid to enter in Zara and guess what I’ve found. Sales, sales everywhere!

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My friend was searching for the perfect little dress and I was unstoppable regarding what should I try on. I’ve finally agreed upon a pair of grey jeans,one cute black dress, one sweater, one navy jacket and other trousers, which looked horrible on me.  I decided to buy only two things: the dress and the coat, after dealing with my friends’ controversy.

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Week 8- exhausting routine: internship, work, driving 120 km every 5 days of the week, sleep. I need a SPA day or to be spoiled.

It’s Friday and a friend is asking me to go out in the weekend, but without mentioning what he has in mind. Therefore, I refused him with no hesitation, but then he expressed his regret that I am not able to join him to a trip to Copenhagen and I had sincerely been thinking those days about going there. So, the situation made a 180 degree turn and I accepted.

It was 9 am and I was struggling to keep my eyes opened and finish the little luggage for the trip. I was packing in a crazy rush, but my friend calmed me down telling me that the other passengers are Italians, who are always late. I was finally in a eco- friendly FIAT with my friends and heading to Copenhagen. All was great, until we found out how much we have to pay, in order to pass The Great Belt Bridge : around 40 euros/ dkk. 320 for one way, so we had  thought we could swam on the way back.

It took only 3 hours to arrive in Copenhagen. We were ready to conquer the city, after having a big adventure with the driver/ the photographer, who had been driving driving without hands on the steering wheel because he had to take some photos.

Before doing that, we had to stop by the train station because my friend was going back to Italy next day and she had to get rid of her luggage. I have known how expensive is Copenhagen, because it was the third time going there, but this time it just left me with an empty wallet.  I paid 20 euros/dkk. 130 for a 24 timer ticket, which lets you use any kind of transportation and for all the zones. Luckily, the weather was so bright that we preferred to go by foot, rather than not visiting it properly and going by metro.KFC was in our way, so it worked like magic to have ‘lunch’ there. I’ve been fiending for that moment when I will be with a lot.

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20140222-IMAG9218‘Oh, such a nice quote. Wait, let me take a photo of it.Oh great: No card memory inserted. Holy crap! I left it home’… so the nightmare was about to start. My ‘dear’ HTC, I will wear you out.

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DSC_0739My 1st photo with a fish-eye lens. Yuppy!

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I am about to have a short trip to Neos Marmaras. I am finally escape from this resort and I’m discovering new places. My internet and time is limited, because I came here to enjoy these wonderful summer days , so I will let you to admire the next photos. Regarding my look, I preferred something an asymmetrical loose blouse, because it’s not pleasant to wear well-fitted clothes during summer, which stick to your skin and you can barely breath in them.The snapback Read more

As my holiday is coming to an end, I’ve decided to refresh your memory about where I am now and the reason why I couldn’t be so active these days. I’m spending the most beautiful holiday in Greece so far. This country has many breathtaking views and that’s why , you should travel a lot and try other beaches as well.  Certainly, there are some things that holds me back from feeling great, such as a terrible cold.  Moreover, I was supposed to go on a cruise to Skiathos today, but unluckily we got a litttle bit more lost on the road and we couldn’t make it on time.  Having said that, I will now go to rest a bit, because there’s a long way back home.

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It has been long time since I didn’t write, so let me keep you abreast of the latest news. I went to Hamburg with my parents because a friend was searching to buy a car. I had thought that 2 hours will be enough to solve  his problem, but we  were caught into many traps. We realised that Germany isn’t the same way as it was many years ago. All begings with immigrants from Turkey, Siria, etc, who aren’t trust-worthy when you have to choose a car. I couldn’t take many photos because the weather was very naughty, so that I didn’t risk to break my camera. I’m home and it feels incredibly relaxing, but Read more

For this golden Sunday, I prepared for you to go around to Copenhagen . Don’t worry! You don’t need money or comfortable shoes to walk for miles.This doesn’t include any travel taxes, but you’re free to have a look at this gallery. You can share it if you don’t want to travel alone and you would like to be with your friends. As you can see, I had a great time there and the weather was perfect. I am glad that I don’t need to edit the photos because the contrast is good as it gets. Copenhagen totally caught my eye and if I will decide to live in Denmark, I am sure that there I want to spend the rest of my life.From arhitecture to people’s lifestyle, this city shines through my mind. I want to go there more often,  because it was a pleasure to visit and to meet my friends.

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I set apart Wednesday for shopping. Before going there, I had met two girls, who told me that Primark is a few kilometres away from Amsterdam. When all was said  and done,  I found a antiquarian and I advised my friend to buy an english book because I will be reading on the way back home. We went inside in order to discover more of that universe and we found a meek and gentle old man, who was pleased to help us. I bought also a book, but more because he was very nice. Then, I asked him about something specific in Amsterdam, which could amaze me. He told me to visit Rijksmuseum, Jordaan and Waterlooplein. He gave us a very useful map, which unfortunately we didn ‘t use it because we had been too stubborn and we followed our plans of going to shopping in Zaandam. Zaandam is a city very close to Amsterdam and the return ticket costed us 5,30 Euro, which was available for 24 hours.

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I’m off to Amsterdam this week and I couldn’t be more excited than this.Yeah, but  the main reason for going there is to analyze the dutch market, in what jewellery concernes. Me and my group prepared a survey about Pandora , in order to see how the land lies and if it’s a force to be reckoned with.

I’m losing my patience and comprehension because of the awful weather. I don’t want to carry many sweaters or boots in my suitcase,  but it seems that I need  warm clothes. I want to travel light this time. We are going there by bus and the road will take 10 hours. I will keep you posted with my adventures from this trip. So, wait impatiently for my posts because I have prepared many surprises for you.

Have a nice week!

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