Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award

The Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award is a series of questions provided by the person who nominated you. I was nominated by Erica of Girl, Unspotted ( who has an amazing blog) and below are the questions she asked.  The rules are to mention the blogger that nominated you, answer 10 questions of the bloggers choice, nominate 10 more female bloggers, and make up new questions for your nominees to answer.

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1.What is the best memory you have  from your favorite city?

Hmmm… It’s so hard to choose. I have so many great memories from so many great places. But one of them would have to be going to perfumery in France and learning how perfumes are made. It was an incredible experience.

2.What is the worst misadventure you’ve had during your travels?

It’s kinda funny now that I think about it. A few years back I went mountain climbing with my family and some friends and by the time we reached the top we were left without water. So going back to the camp it was horrible experience that I don’t want to repeat. It was summer and  being without any water, I was incredibly thirsty and tired so I cried all the way down. Not only that, but by the time we reached lower ground and found water it was already so dark that we couldn’t find the way back to the camp so we had to sleep under the night sky. Hearing the bear roaming around. It wasn’t a great experience, but it was unforgettable. Haha.

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3.What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Bratwurst, while in Germany. I know it’s not strange for most people, but for me it was. I never had them before, but they were delicious.

4.Have you ever attended a festival abroad? If no, what is a festival you’d like to attend?

Unfortunately, no. But I would love to attend Coachella and I don’t know if this counts but I’m dying to go to Oktoberfest.

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5.From where is the last stamp you have on your passport?

I don’t have any stamps on my passport. I’ve only travelled around Europe and since the country I’m from is in the EU, like most European countries, I don’t even need a passport to travel.

6.Have you ever traveled alone, why or why not? If yes, where did you go the first time you did?

No. I never had the chance. But if ever given the chance I wouldn’t say no.

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7.Tell me about the craziest or most unforgettable night out during your travels.

I’m not much “night out girl”. I’d rather stay in, eat pizza and binge watch some TV show. But during one summer I was with my friends at the beach and we drank and danced all night. I can’t say it was unforgettable because I don’t remember much… but it was one of the craziest!

8.What do you carry with you in your purse/backpack for a day of exploring?

My camera, obviously. Maybe some water and some snacks. And some local currency.

9.Where did you go on your most recent road trip?

Last summer I was with my family on a road trip around my country. It was great to see old places and discover new ones.

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10.What is one travel advice you’d like to give?

Always take pictures of the places you visit, but never watch the places you visit through your camera lens. Sometimes it’s okay to take a break and just “breathe in” everything that is around you.

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My questions:

1. What is travelling to you?

2. If you were to describe travelling in one word what would it be?

3. What is your favourite thing about travelling?

4. If you were to live in one country/city for the rest of your live which one would it be and why?

5. What is the most interesting city or place to visit in your country?

6. Which are 3 things that never miss from you luggage on your travels?

7. If you were to choose between visiting a place where there are many people or visiting a more isolated place which would you choose and why?

8. Which is the best place that you ever visited and why?

9.Which is the worst place that you ever visited and why?

10. What piece of advice would you give to the travellers out there? 

My nominees:

  1. Maneka ( https://manekaj.wordpress.com/ )
  2. Kate ( https://travelfareatwell.wordpress.com/ )
  3. Beth ( https://bethmuturi.wordpress.com/ )
  4. Denise ( https://myjourneyaroundtheglobe.wordpress.com/ )
  5. Morgan ( https://rosemills.wordpress.com/ )
  6. Julia ( https://maynothingstopyou.wordpress.com/ )
  7.  Emma ( https://aroundtheworldwithemma.wordpress.com/ )
  8. Sadie ( http://sadiesbeenthere.com/ )
  9. Chloe ( https://itstartedinoxford.wordpress.com/ )
  10. Alexandra ( http://alexandrawritenow.com/ )

Thanks again, Erica, for nominating me!

Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Veggie Spaghetti

Time for the weekly recipe! Now, this recipe has no exact amount of ingredients. It’s just about how many vegetables do you want in your sauce.

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Ingredients:

  • mushrooms (fresh, frozen or jar)
  • a handful of frozen corn (or fresh if you have it)
  • a handful of frozen or fresh peas and carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tomatoes
  • half a pepper
  • tomato sauce (I used home made)
  • condiments
  • spaghetti

Instructions:

  1. Boil some water with a pinch of salt for the spaghetti. Once the water is boiling add the spaghetti, stirring from time to time until they’re cooked. Strain the spaghetti.
  2. Chop the onion, the garlic, the pepper and the tomatoes and the mushrooms if they’re fresh.
  3. Add the chopped onion and the garlic in pan with olive oil in it. Let them cook until for 1-2 min.
  4. Add the chopped pepper and stir.
  5. Add the mushrooms, the corn and the other veggies and let them cook for 5 min. Stir from time to time.
  6. Finally add the chopped tomatoes and let them cook again for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour 1 liter of tomato sauce or juice and half a cup of water.
  8. Add the condiments of you choice and let them cook for 15-20 min or until the sauce thickens and the veggies are cooked.
  9. Put the sauce on the spaghetti. Enjoy!

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BON APPéTIT!

Alex D.

Five Travel Movies You Should See

By know you should know I’m obsessed with movies and travel so one of my favorite kind of movies are the ones about travelling. That’s why I decided to share with you, five of my all time favorite travel-movies.

1. Midnight in Paris

I already talked about why I love this movie here.

2. Letters to Juliet

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Not only an amazing travel movie, but also a beautiful love story. That’s why this one is of my all time favorite movies.

3. Mamma Mia

A musical taking place in Greece. With Meryl Streep. Need I say more?

4. Vicki Cristina Barcelona

Summer adventure in Barcelona. What more could you want? Also, Penelope Cruz is phenomenal in this movie.

5. A Good Year

All I have to say is this: Provence, vineyard and some good wine. This is what this movie is about. Definitely, a must see!

Which is your favorite travel-movie?

Alex D.

Away We Go

I’ve had this film on my “To Watch List” for a while now and I finally got around to seeing it. The reasons why I wanted to see it in the first place were John Krasinki and Maya Rudolph. I’ve seen them on The Office and SNL and love them so it was interesting to see them somewhere else.

Away We Go tells the story of a 30 something years old couple who expect their first child and go on a journey around America to find the perfect home to raise their family.

To be honest I loved this movie. It was like a breath of fresh air. What I mean by this is that it wasn’t one of those cliché films with the perfectly happy family, with their lives put together, ecstatic for the arrival of their child. It showed me to people can be in their 30’s, expecting a baby and not having a plan or a place to call home for that matter. And that’s okay. It’s totally okay.

Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Huevos Rancheros

I first tried this recipe yesterday, but it was so good that I had to share it with you!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 big tomatoes
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper
  • some chilly (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • 400-500 g of sausages (of your choice)
  • condiments
  • 2 tbsp of tomato juice

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Instructions:

  1. Slice the sausages and fry them for 2-3 min. After that take them out of the pan and put them in a separate bowl.
  2. Slice the onion, the garlic and the pepper.
  3. In the same pan fry the 3 ingredients together for about 8-10 min.
  4. Slice the tomatoes and add them in the pan along with 2 tbsp of tomato juice. Let them cook until the tomatoes have burst.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, chilly, some curry and ginger.
  6. Add the sausages and and the cherry tomatoes and let them cook for 2 min.
  7. Make 4 indentations in the mixture and crack an egg into each one.
  8. Cover the pan with a lid and let them cook until the eggs are well made.

Your Huevos Rancheros are ready!

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Enjoy!

P.S. I know these are not the best looking “Huevos Rancheros”, but it’s the first time that I made this. I guarantee you, it’s delicious!

Alex D.

Shall I compare thee to a (rainy) summer’s day?

I just love a good ol’ rainy day. Especially in the summer. It’s so comfy to take a break from the hot weather and stay in bed enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea, reading a book, watching a film or listening to some good music. Aahhh, I just love that. It’s like for a moment my life is worry-free.

 

Oohh, and that amazing smell of rain… You know what I mean. It’s fresh, yet at the same time old, somewhat strange, yet so familiar. I’ve always wondered how can rain be two things at the same time. It can pour aggressively and make you feel so calm. It can be so loud and at the same time so quiet. I swear, there’s nothing more beautiful…

 

Sometimes, I think, we don’t appreciate rain enough… It gives us the opportunity to take a little break from all the craziness our life is and enjoy the tranquilty it offers… Even if just for a second…

Alex D.

Weekend at the Lake

The past weekend I felt like taking a break from the “city life” and from technology so I decided to join my family and go to Mujdeni.

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Mujdeni is a little lake, close to my city, where I used to go ever since when I was a kid. So going back there was really nice. So many memories… This is where I learned to swim. This is where I had my first bonfire.

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Granted, this time around wasn’t as fun as usual, but it was still nice to relax and take a break from everything for a while.

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Alex D.

Some Kind of a Bucket List

I found this “kind” of bucket list here, and I thought it would be interesting to make one myself.

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Top 10 countries I want to visit (and I haven’t visited before):

  1. Cuba
  2. Japan
  3. Greece
  4. Australia
  5. Mexico
  6. Argentina
  7. Brazil
  8. India
  9. Thailand
  10. The United States

Even though I do want to see the whole world!

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10 places I want to visit (again):

  1. Germany
  2. Austria
  3. Switzerland
  4. Spain
  5. Italy
  6. France
  7. Portugal
  8. The Netherlands
  9. The United Kingdom
  10. The Czech Republic

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10 things I want to do:

  1. Spend a summer in Hawaii
  2. See the northern lights
  3. See Machu Picchu
  4. Do a road trip around Europe
  5. Do a road trip in the U.S.
  6. See the pyramids in Egypt
  7. Do wine tasting in France
  8. Spend Christmas in Austria or Germany or New York
  9. Spend New Year’s Eve in New York or Australia
  10. Eat pizza in Italy

I’m sure I could find plenty more things I want to see and do but this is it for now.

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Alex D.

Good Food Friday: Curry Carrots

I found this recipe some time ago and it seemed so simple and easy that I decided to give it a try and it turned out quite good. So I decided to share it with you.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 carrots (you can use more if you like)
  • olive oil
  • curry
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

  1. Peel the carrots and slice them.
  2. Put some (very little) olive oil into the tray that you’re going to use.
  3. Put the sliced carrots into a bowl. Add as much as curry as you want or until the carrots are all covered in it.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and put the carrots into the tray.
  5. Put the tray in the oven for about 40 minutes at 180°C (356°F), or until the carrots are cooked.

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ENJOY!

Alex D.

Chef

Another day, another movie about food. This time: Chef.

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been quite skeptical about this movie in the beginning, but it turned out to be pretty good.

Chef is obviously about a chef, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), who works a prestigious restaurant in Los Angeles, but after being pushed too far by his boss and a bad review from a critique, he quits and has a melt down that puts him a bad light. As he tries to put his life back together, he takes a trip to Miami with his son and his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara). Here, he decides to buy a food truck to create and cook the food he always wanted to cook. With the help of his best friend, his son and his ex-wife, his business gains success and popularity in no time.

I liked this movie because it shows that sometimes success doesn’t mean doing what you like and that you sometimes have to give it up in order to achieve happiness and freedom to do what you love.

Alex D.