LIEBSTER AWARD!!!

Guys, I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award and I’m so excited about it!! Thank you so much, Remco!! (If you haven’t already, you should definitely go and check is blog. He writes about movies!)

The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers. It helps to discover new blogs and to build a sense of community in the blogging world! Also it allows me to ramble on about things that aren’t movies.

Okay, so here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Here are Remco’s questions:

If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what genre would you choose?

Tough choice… I think it would probably be adventure because with every book I’ll get a taste of something different. Also, in every adventure book there’s always other genres involved as well, so I guess we just found a way around the rule. Haha.


What is your favourite book and why?

It’s really hard to choose one because I love so many… One that crosses my mind right now is The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh. The book tells the story of Luc and Lisette who have the same purpose to fight against the Nazis, but somehow manage to fall in love with each other. It’s a great love story, but at the same time it surprises the lives of the ones who fought against Nazism and had to go undercover to do so.

There’s also a second part to the first book but I haven’t read it yet.


Which writer inspires you the most?

It might sound like a cliché, but the one that I find really inspiring is J.K. Rowling. Besides the fact that I love her books and her imagination to create such incredible worlds, I also admire the fact that she is so down to earth and tries to give back to the world even though she is one of the most successful writer of all time. 

What was the first book you ever read?

The first book I remember reading and really enjoying it is The Count of Monte Cristo. It was in fact the book that really “opened up my appetite” for reading.


Who is your favourite character from any book, movie, TV show etc. and why?

Another tough one…

My favourite character from a book it would probably be Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series. I don’t know why I think it’s one of the best characters in the books and I always thought that he deserved more and his death was really unfair.

My favourite character from a movie… I really don’t know because I love so many movies, but one that crosses my mind is the Grinch (Jim Carrey) from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I find really funny and it always puts a smile on my face.

My favourite character from a TV show is a tie between Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from Parks and Recreations  and Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from The Office. I don’t think I need to explain why. They’re both amazing!!!

What is your favourite literary/poetic quote?

I don’t think I have one favourite quote, but I could share with you my favourite poem (or at least a fragment from it. It’s called Ode and it’s written by Arthur O’Shaughnessy.


What’s your favourite movie?

My favourite movie at the moment is (still) Midnight in Paris.  You can read more about it here.

What is your favourite place in the entire world? And why?

My favourite place in the world is a place in France called Taizé. I’ve been there three times so far and it’s one of the place I feel most at home. It’s like a little piece of heaven here on Earth. You can read more about it here.

 What place have you not visited but would you like to visit the most? And why?

This is a really hard one because there are so many places I want to visit, so I can’t really “play favourites”. Haha. One of them is Hawaii. I love sun, I love beaches, I love the sea and I always thought Hawaii was one of the best places to have all that. But I also want to see Cuba, Peru, Greece and many others.


What is your favourite time in history?

I don’t really have one. I think every period had its good and bad parts, so I can’t really choose one.

Tell me a random fact about you!

I love watching movies alone because I hate being distracted by someone else, especially if I’m really into it.

Here are my questions:

  1. What’s one thing you really want to accomplish in life?
  2. If you would have to recommend someone a book which one would it be and why?
  3.  If you were to be stranded on an island somewhere which are three things that you would take with you?
  4. What would you do with the money if you won the lottery?
  5. What’s the song you listen to the most these days?
  6. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone?
  7. What is your favorite poem?
  8. What is one thing you like about yourself?
  9. What’s you favorite movie at the moment and why?
  10. What are you looking forward to this year?
  11. If you could travel in time, somewhere in the world or some place in a book you love what place would it be and why?

Here are my nominees:

  1. Bianca – My bae (yes, I still use this world). She has an amazing blog so check it out!
  2. Mybeardandmypenguin – A pretty amazing blog I found recently.
  3. Dena – Another blog you should definitely check out!
  4. Girl Astray – Another amazing travel blog that I totally love!
  5. Mila – Love, love, love her blog!
  6. Jewlz – Such an amazing travelling blog!
  7. Evelyn – My lovely friend Evelyn!
  8. Becca – She has great blog!
  9. Maneka – One of the first blogs I’ve ever followed!
  10. Mahek Mithare – Great blog!
  11. Spence’s Girl – Such a lovely blog!

Thanks again, Remco, for the nomination! If anyone else wants to answer the questions, I would love to read your answers.

Alex D.

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MOVIE TIME: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro is a beautiful animated movie, from 1988, that tells the story of two sisters and their little adventures once they move to rural Japan together with their father, in order to be closer to their mother who is sick in the hospital.

It all starts with Satsuki and her little sister Mei moving together with their father in a small village in Japan. The girls seem really excited about the place and see everything as an adventure ready to begin.

One day while she is playing in their backyard, little Mei, finds a little creature that she decides to follow. And then, just like in Alice in Wonderland, she finds herself in another world, where she meets this really big creature that she decides to call Totoro. Continue reading “MOVIE TIME: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)”

MOVIE TIME: NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”

Night Train to Lisbon tells the story of Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons), a Swiss teacher, who abandons his lectures and his monotonous life, to find out more about a Portuguese writer, after he finds a book of his writings in the coat of a girl he saved from suicide.

Once he saves the girl from jumping off of a bridge, he brings her to his class, but she decides to run away. She forgets her coat and he attempts to return it, but he can’t find her anymore. That’s when his journey begins.

In the pocket of her coat he finds the book of a Portuguese writer called Amadeu de Prado. In there, there’s a ticket to Lisbon that leaves in less than 15 minutes. He assumes that that’s where the girl will be so he goes to the train station. But she’s no where to be found. So, he takes a leap of faith and jumps on the train.

Once he gets to Lisbon he finds himself chasing the whole history and life of Amadeu. He meets with his family and his friends, in order to find out more about the writer.


This movie was a totally different thing than I thought is would be, so it was kind of surprising. In a good way.

I decided to watch it because I thought is was about a man who travels to Lisbon in order to find a girl , when in reality it’s a journey of a man, who I believe, tries to find himself.

Night Train to Lisbon has a very complex story, with a lot of flashbacks to the writer’s life so it makes it little hard to follow. However, this might also be the thing that makes you pay a lot of attention to the movie and what really draws you into it.

One thing that I would’ve liked to know more about, is Raimund’s life. He is so busy chasing someone else’s, that we don’t know much about him or about the woman he meets along the way. Also, the girl he saves makes an appearance only for a brief second to say ‘thank you’ and tell him why she tried to kill herself.

What I learned, however, from this movie is that taking a leap of faith can be a wonderful thing.

VERDICT: Take that train to Lisbon!

FIVE MOVIES I LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2016

I know I’m kinda late to the game but 2016 seems to be pretty good year for movie so I felt the need to share with you guys five of the movies I look forward to in 2016. Continue reading “FIVE MOVIES I LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2016”

GOODBYE ALAN RICKMAN

I had something else to share with you today, but after finding out that Alan Rickman passed away I felt like saying a few words in his honor.

Alan Rickman was one of my favorite actors, not only because of Harry Potter, but because of his whole career. He was a gift for this world and I’m happy we got the enjoy his presence for as long as we did. He was, indeed, taken from this world too soon, but at least we got the chance to know him and relish in his talent.

There isn’t much left to say, but…

Dear Alan Rickman,

Thank you for letting us enjoy your infinite talent. Thank you for giving life to such wonderful characters that taught us so much. Thank you for everything that you were and still are.

You will be missed.

ALWAYS.

FIVE PLACES I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT IN 2016

As a student, who isn’t financially stable, I don’t really have the time or money to travel as much as I’d like to, but that can’t stop me from wanting to.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

Here are five (of the thousands of places) I would like visit in 2016.

1. Spain

I’ve been there a couple of times but I can’t seem to get enough of it! There’s still so much to discover about it!

Photo taken from: talktotim.co.uk

2. Hawaii

This will forever be on my bucket list, right at the top with Spain. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but it seems like the kind of place I could call home.

Photo taken from: theconstantrambler.com

3. Faroe Islands

For some reason I’ve always found them fascinating. The fact that they’re kind of isolated and with barely any inhabitants make me to want to visit them.

Photo taken from: edugeography.com

4. Cuba

Another country that I’ve always found fascinating was Cuba. It’s a must see with all its culture!

Photo taken from: cuba.com

5. Greece

One of my dreams is to spend at least a whole summer in Greece, eating their delicious food, learning about their culture and their fantastic beaches. Haha.

Photo taken from: marketwatch.com

Which places are you planning on visiting this year or dream of visiting?

Alex D.

MOVIE TIME: THE ROAD TO EL DORADO (2000)

The Road to El Dorado is an animated comedy that tells the story of two con- men, Tulio and Miguel, who win, at a street game, the map to the lost city of gold – El Dorado.

In order to escape the police and the men they conned, they accidentally get on general Cortes’ boat, which they then escape from (again) and happen to land exactly on the island of the city of gold.

They do, eventually, find the city and there they are proclaimed Gods by the local priest, who wants the control of the city. They also meet Chel, a girl who helps them with their con of stealing gold from the city.


This is one of the best animated movie I have seen in a while. I like the story, I love the characters (even though my favorite is Altivo the horse that joins them in their journey) and the songs and the scenery they went with are fantastic. You should definitely check it out!

VERDICT: Miguel and Tulio are life! Haha

Have you seen this movie?

Alex D.

Romania Travel

Check out this article about Romania lovely Steph wrote based on some questions she asked me! It’s really good! 😀

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Oh Romania! Setting for Bram Stockers majestically famous Dracula. The archetypal vampire Count Dracula, created by Bram Stoker, was inspired by the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler because he was rather fond of impaling his enemies and standing them along the roads. Sounds like a swell guy!

But there is so much more to Romania then Vlad Tepes and spooky vampire castles. Brascov the capital of Ramonia is also home to  The Black Church which has the largest organ in Europe, with 4000 tubes. You can also find in Brascov the largest Gothic church between Vienna, Austria and Istanbul, Turkey. And also worth mentioning is that Romania is the worlds ninth largest wine producer.

These points are only a few of thousands of interesting facts about this ancient country set in South Eastern Europe. I must admit my knowledge of Romania is very limited and before…

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MOVIE TIME: THE KEEPING ROOM (2015)

The Keeping Room is an action-drama-thriller movie that tells the story of two southern sisters and a slave who end up living like equals in order to survive the American Civil War.

Left alone, with no men by their side, Augusta ( Brit Marling), Louise ( Hailee Steinfeld) and Mad ( Muna Otaru) live their lives, day by day, trying to survive.

Everything goes well, until one day Louise is bitten by a raccoon and her sister, Augusta goes on a search for the medicine. On her way, she encounters two Union Army soldiers who go around raping every girl and murdering everyone who come across their way.

She escapes them, but they manage to follow her back home, so she and the other girls have to find a way to protect themselves, each other and their home.


This was not a good movie… The jump cuts from one scene to another are too sudden, the plot line isn’t necessarily terrible, but it lacks consistency and continuity and the performances of the actors were not great. The only one who I think did a great job with her performance was Muna Otaru.

It was, however, refreshing to see a movie empowering women and portraying them as strong characters who stick up for themselves.

VERDICT: I don’t recommend it.

Have you seen this movie?

Alex D.

HELLO, 2016!

A year has passed and another one has just begun. This year I decided not to make any New Year Resolutions (mostly because I can never keep them) but I do hope that 2016 will be a good year for me, for you, for all of us.

I kept trying to write all the wishes and hopes I have for 2016, but it’s hard for me to be concise. Haha. However, I found a post by Neil Gaiman that kind of sums up everything I want for me and for all of you this year.

“A decade ago, I wrote:
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
And almost half a decade ago I said,
…I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it’s this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

See more here.

All there’s left for me to say is,

2016, please be good!

Alex D.