Happiest moment while traveling

 

source: P_I_O_T_R @ Flickr

It was the end of the last evening with my friend during our road trip through Ireland. I was sitting in a cab back to our hostel after a night out. My friend was having a hilarious conversation with the friendly cab-driver and I sat quietly in the back with soft tears in my eyes. Those were tears of extreme happiness. That was a real example of ‘living in the moment’.  I had so much fun with my friend during our road trip. We laughed so much! I had met so many lovely people from Ireland and also fellow tourists. We had made lots of great memories that week. In that particular moment, I truly enjoyed hearing the conversation in the cab, looking through the windows at the lovely city of Dublin and thinking back at all the fresh memories I had. It was one of the best feelings ever, which I will never forget.

I really think I want to live in Dublin for a while, because maybe this warm feeling that I had was a sign?

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Organized Vs. Chaos week 1

I have two opposite characteristics who are constantly fighting for the main role in my life. I love being organized and I can be really good at it. However I hate living in chaos which unfortunately I am really good at too.

Chaos takes over in the following situations:

  • If I go out a lot and have constant hangovers because I had quite some alcohol or I slept like two-hours.
  • If I am under a lot of stress due to important stuff going on in my personal life, at work and at university.
  • If I am just very very very busy.

How does the chaos take over? I stop doing the dishes immediately. I eat a lot of take-away food. I don’t make time for the gym anymore. I procrasinate everything and rather spend my time reading on the internet or watch tv shows. I spend too much money and my house gets pretty messy a long the way too. I really fucking hate it!

When the above three situations do not apply anymore, I live very organized. I have a clean house. I cook everyday. I go the gym multiple times a week and I sleep a normal 8-hours. That’s how I like it!

However I do still procrastinate a lot when I have a lot of free time. In contrast, when I am quite busy I get more productive too. However I should not be too busy, because then chaos takes over again. So I really need a good balance, which is quite hard for me to achieve. I am doing better and better when the years pass, but I am not there quite yet.

I really want to maintain all my good habits when I am working 50+ hours or had a wild weekend. To achieve this, I need to make sure that there a few things that I do every single day, no matter what.  These are:

  1. Make my bed.
  2. Do the dishes.
  3. Maximum of 60 minutes aimless reading on the internet.

This is the challenge I set for myself this week.

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Road trip Europe

This summer my friends and I did a road trip through Europe for almost 4 weeks and it was absolutely amazing! I will make separate posts with stories en details of the trip. In this post I will set out the exact route we took. We made quite specific plans upfront (I love planning), but we adjusted along the way so we were still flexible. These are the cities/places where we actually spend the night and we did many day trips to other places which are not listed here. The whole holiday cost us around 550 euros (gasoline, accommodation and food/drinks).

 

  • Schermafdruk 2014-10-24 15.25.50One night Wurzburg
  • One night Augsburg
  • Two nights Fussen
  • One night Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Five nights Ljubjlana
  • One night Zagreb
  • Four nights Sarajevo
  • Four nights Belgrade
  • Two nights Budapest
  • Two nights Bratislava
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Upcoming budget travel plans to Poland!

I have always wanted to visit Poland and now I am going twice in one month, which wasn’t really planned but we were looking for a cheap city trip and Poland came out as the winner. Now i’m really looking forward to it! Hereby the ins and outs of the trips:

source: Grzegorz Głowaty

4 days in Krakau for 91 euros

Return flight to Katowice = 20 euros

Bus ticket Katowice – Krakau (2-hour drive) = 13 euros

3 nights The Hollywood Hostel (9.5 on booking.com) with breakfast included = 58 euros

Isn’t that a pretty damn good deal!?! I hear so many good things on Krakau. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and I can totally understand when looking at pictures like here on the right. We will probably explore the city during the day and party every night. We will also visit Auschwitz, which I have always wanted to see. I think it is very important that we are reminded of this cruel and shocking period in history. We are going end November so I expect a very cold and maybe (hopefully!) in snow covered Krakau.

source: green_lover @ flickr

6 days in Warsaw for 172,92

Return flight to Warsaw = 72,56 euros

5 nights Mercure Warszawa Grand**** (8.7 on booking.com) without breakfast =  100,36 euros

We are celebrating New Year’s Eve in Warsaw! I have this feeling that Warsaw is less touristic and even colder than Krakau. I expect a more modern city with some old pearls left. We will probably visit quite some museums and maybe a day-trip to explore the area around Warsaw. On New Year’s Eve we might meet up with some friends that live in Warsaw or we will wander around the city and see what the nights brings.

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Driving from Sarajevo to Mostar = amazing scenery!

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This summer during our road trip we were a couple of days in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  We were very excited to go to Bosnia and to be honest, also a bit anxious. On the internet I read a lot of warnings on driving in Bosnia and even on walking in Bosnia due to the million unmarked and marked landmines still remaining from the war in the 90s. Next to that, my family and friends thought that there was still a war going on in Bosnia. Off course I knew there wasn’t, but I did expect to see a lot of  evidence from the war. Therefore our first plan was to safely stay in the capital. Oh I forgot to mention, GPS does not work in Bosnia at all so that was also a big reason to not drive around the country too much.

However we really wanted to visit the city of Mostar, a very popular tourist destination in Bosnia. A friend give us a number of a taxi-driver from Sarajevo who drives you around for a whole day for 100 EUROS in Bosnia and shows you various places and Mostar off course. So we contacted him, since our friend really recommended him. Unfortunately the first day he didn’t show up and after calling him numerous time he said he was sick. He would let us know if he would be better the second day. Never heard of him again so that was a big disappointment. It did let us to the decision to drive by ourselves, which I am so happy for afterwards so still a big thanks to you lazy taxi-driver!

Why? Because it was a 2-hour long drive full of amazing beautiful scenery which made us go like ‘aahh woow look there’  after every twist in the road. The picture above this blog post takes me back immediately to the moment I toke it. The weather was perfect with warm temperatures and a clear blue sky. The roads were in a better state than some roads in The Netherlands and we didn’t even need a GPS since the signs on the road let us smoothly to Mostar. It was everything beyond our expectations which made it so awesome!

Now some practical information and tips if you’re planning to do the same (which you should!):

-One-way Sarajevo-Mostar takes around 2-2.5 hours. The area is very mountainous so it’s quite a windy road but very easy to drive. There are many stops, villages and gasstation on the route. Going by car will cost you around 20 euros in total, since gasoline is very cheap in Bosnia (compared to the Netherlands).

-There also goes a train from Sarajevo to Mostar and some french guys we met did the route by train, which is supposed to be amazing too. We saw the train rail going high up through the mountains! The only downside is that you cannot stop to for example take pictures or simply gaze quietly at a stunning spot.  Two-way ticket costs around 8 euros per person.

-The area belongs to the Dinaric Alps or also called Dinarides, which is a mountain chain in Southern Europe.

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