MEET ME IN A COFFEE SHOP: MOZART CAFÉ

I love cafés. I love finding new places where I can go out either alone or with my friends and enjoy a cup of coffee, or tea, or whatever we feel like drinking. So, I kinda made it my mission to find new coffee shops, tea houses or bars that have something special.

Today I want to share with you one of my favorites here in Cluj: Amadeus Mozart Café! Continue reading “MEET ME IN A COFFEE SHOP: MOZART CAFÉ”

IT’S BEEN A WHILE…

Hi! Hello! How are you? It’s been a while since I wrote anything on this blog, but I’ve been really busy all summer and once I got some free time it was difficult for me to get back into writing. However, now I’m trying to get back on track.

I’ll try to go back to writing my movie reviews, my travelling stories and even try to bring something new.

See you soon!

I promise.

Alex D.

5 REASONS WHY TRAVELING ALONE IS A GOOD IDEA

 

Traveling alone might be one of the scariest, anxiety giving experience ever. That is, until you do it.

You can think of hundreds of reason why you shouldn’t do it: what if you get lost, what if you get bored, what if something bad happens to you. But instead of looking at all these ‘negative’ aspects of solo-traveling, what if you take a look at all the positive things that come out if it. Continue reading “5 REASONS WHY TRAVELING ALONE IS A GOOD IDEA”

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 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.

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

Photo taken from: newyorkguest.com

We all know the famous Christmas Tree from the Rockefeller Plaza

2. Rakvere, Estonia

Photo taken from: news.xinhuanet.com

This one interesting Christmas tree!

3. Sydney, Australia

Photo taken from: mashable.com

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

4. Madrid, Spain

Pretty, isn’t it?

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo taken from rioforyou.com

A floating tree… How amazing is that?

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Photo taken from ambius.com

Look at all those cute little bows!

7. Bucharest, Romania

Photo taken from: flickriver.com

So beautiful!

8. Vienna, Austria

Photo taken from: eurocheapo.com

My favorite place in the world.

9. Venice, Italy

Photo taken from: panoramio.com

This tree is made from Murano Glass!

10. Brussels, Belgium

Photo taken from travaday.com

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 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.