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!

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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.

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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.

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4. Cuba

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

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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.

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

Alex D.

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DAY 19: 5 PLACES I WANT TO VISIT DURING THE WINTER HOLIDAYS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… The song says… And I totally agree. All the Christmas lights, the trees the decorations, the winter smells… It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

But there are a few places that I think make Christmas seem like a magical fairy tale. And I REALLY want to visit them.

1. Vienna, Austria

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My favorite place in the world during Christmas time! I don’t need anything else.

2. Rovaniemi, Finland

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Also known as the home of Santa Claus. Who wouldn’t want to visit it?

3. New York, USA

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New York is one of those cities that make every season look great, but it looks the most magical at Christmas time.

4. Prague, The Czech Republic

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Another beautiful city I want to see at Christmas time.

5. Frankfurt, Germany

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To be honest I need to make a tour of all the Christmas markets in Germany…

What place do you want to visit during the winter holidays?

Alex D.

DAY 17: CHRISTMAS TREES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Rocking around the Christmas tree… Well these Christmas tree don’t need us to rock around them, they are so beautiful they can rock all by themselves.

Today I want to share with you some famous Christmas trees from around the world who will leave you speechless.

1. New York, USA

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We all know the famous Christmas Tree from the Rockefeller Plaza

2. Rakvere, Estonia

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This one interesting Christmas tree!

3. Sydney, Australia

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Can you imagine how many lego pieces this Christmas tree has?

4. Madrid, Spain

Pretty, isn’t it?

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A floating tree… How amazing is that?

6. Lisbon, Portugal

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Look at all those cute little bows!

7. Bucharest, Romania

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So beautiful!

8. Vienna, Austria

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My favorite place in the world.

9. Venice, Italy

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This tree is made from Murano Glass!

10. Brussels, Belgium

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Had to end the post with an interesting one!

I have one last thing to say though… Can someone, please, take me to visit these as soon as possible? Hahaha.

Which one is your favorite?

Alex D.

DAY 15: 10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS

If you read my previous posts then I think you probably already know some of the things on this list, but nonetheless I still want to share with you, my list of things I love about the holidays.

1. The smell of oranges

2. Mulled Wine

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3. Hot Chocolate

4. The way the city is decorated and all decorations in general

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5. The Christmas Market

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6. Being home for the holidays

7. Buying gifts for the loved ones

8. Christmas songs

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9. Christmas movies

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10. Christmas food

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*BONUS*

CHRISTMAS EVERYTHING!!! Haha

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Alex D.

DAY 13: CLUJ CHRISTMAS MARKET

One of my favorite things about Christmas time is the way cities are decorated with Christmas lights and Christmas trees and all things pretty.

Also, I love Christmas markets. I love walking around looking at the christmassy things they sale, the different gifts you can buy, the smell of mulled wine in the market and the sound of Christmas songs all around you.

That’s why I want to share with you the Christmas Market from the city I study in.

Take a look a the Christmas Market from Cluj.

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Also, here’s a small video I made about it:

What is your favorite thing about Christmas Markets?

Alex D.

I HAVE TO ASK YOU A FAVOR

Hello, beautiful people!

I hate asking for favors, but today I have to.

For one of my courses at uni we had to create a Facebook page of something with love. Mine is about traveling: places to visit, pictures, tips and tricks.

I would love it of you would go and give it a like and maybe check some of the posts. It would help me a lot with my final grade.

The page is called Wanderlust and Happiness. You can click here to check it out.

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Thanks! Xx

Alex D.

TAKING A TRIP TO PORTUGAL, FROM CLUJ

Today I attended a really interesting event, here in Cluj. It was called “Casa Portuguesa” and it was a more or less like an exhibition but more interactive.

You could learn about their history, listen to some traditional Fado music, taste some traditional Portuguese dishes and interact with the organizers of the event who were obviously Portuguese.

My favorite thing at the event were this really cute paper-made roses who had quotes (by Portuguese writers, of course) attached to them. The one I felt I had a connection with was: “We leave a little piece of us behind whenever we leave a place. We are still there although we left.” – Vergilio Ferreira

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Have you ever been to Portugal?

Alex D.

VIENNA: CITY OF MY DREAMS

Vienna, Vienne, Wien…city of music, city of my dreams…

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I’ve seen many places and I’ve visited many cities during my travels but Vienna has a really special place in my heart. I’ve been there four times already and I can’t seem to get enough.

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I don’t know what it is… Actually, I do know what it is. The culture. The architecture. The history. To me Vienna is the perfect combination of old and new, but mostly of old. Whenever I’m there is like part of me goes back in time and has a taste of the past…when girls were wearing gowns and people were waltzing in ballrooms. I’ve always found those times fascinating and magical.

Carriage at Schonbrunn Palace
Carriage at Schonbrunn Palace

Anyway, back to reality. Vienna isn’t only history and old things. Vienna is also fun! I mean you can spend a whole day in one of the best amusement parks I’ve been to: Prater. I mean, it’s impossible not to find a ride that you’d like. And it has one amazing zoo which is pretty close to Princess Sissi’s home, Schönburnn Palace.

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Schonbrunn Palace
The gate of Schonbrunn Palace
The gate of Schonbrunn Palace
Seals at the Zoo
Seals at the Zoo
Prater Amusement Park
Prater Amusement Park

Vienna is and will probably remain one of my favourite cities in the world. Maybe because it’s one of the first cities I’ve ever visited or maybe it’s because of it’s culture, but if you’ve never visited it you should definitely give it a try! I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!

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Alex D.

TAKE A WALK THROUGH CLUJ NAPOCA’S BOTANICAL GARDEN

The city I’m studying in, Cluj, is one of the biggest and, dare I say, best cities in Romania. Being a university center and host to many national and international events, there’s always something you can do and visit.

One of the places that one could visit all year around (even though it’s more beautiful during Spring and Summer) is The Botanical Garden (Alexandru Borza Cluj-Napoca University Botanic Garden). It’s a great place to go, take photos or a walk or read a book.

Here are some photos I took during one of my visits.

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5-horzSo if you ever get a chance to visit Cluj, don’t forget to go to the Botanical Garden!

Alex D.

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.