Hi all! So, it has been more than a week since I arrived in Ecuador for my solo travel adventure. I did a lot of things after getting to this amazing country, including flying to the Galapagos Islands, spending the New Years with amazing individuals, eating my first lobster, and also taking my first ever surfing class, which I just did a few hours ago and now I’m actually ready for bed. However, before I tuck in and sleep at 7 PM, I thought I would share what I learned from my solo travel trip so far:
“The Milanese people are similar to people living in Stockholm”. At least that’s what I’d heard before packing my whole wardrobe in a suitcase weighing exactly 23kg, stuffing the rest in to a carry-on luggage (probably over the limit of 8 kg) and lastly, cramming four bags in one as my handbag. Now, a couple of months later, I smile thinking of my first day in Milan. Little did I know that I would learn lots of things no one would ever dream of in Stockholm or Sweden in general. It turns out that the Italian way is an entirely different experience.
Disclaimer: I write this post because I want to share this experience and because I feel that people should realize just how big of a deal this election was. This post is not about any of the candidates or your political views; it’s about the election bringing negative impacts and what we can do to make things better. The U.S. presidential election is a sensitive subject and I do respect your political views and am not trying to make you change your mind. I only ask that you read this post with an open mind.
(photo from Unsplash: Tim Stief)
long-distance relationships are hard. And I’m not saying that because people have been saying that to me, but because of first hand experience. It is also even harder because of my love for travel and his ambitions for his own plans. I’m not trying to put blame, but I’m merely stating that we are two people with different ambitions and different dreams. We struggle in many parts of our relationship, and things keep popping up:
did you know that just after a few months launching, Her Coffee Diaries was nominated for a Liebster Award. But, hang on. What does that mean?
The Liebster Award is an award meant to introduce new bloggers in the community. Each blogger who accepts nominations from a fellow blogger must then nominate 5-10 bloggers that have less than 1000 followers. They should write a post regarding the award, which includes:
since I started to travel here and there, multiple comments and questions came up about how I managed to save money for travel. I was a student, and still am until this very day, so how did I manage to travel more than the average student would? My friends and family would implicitly and explicitly comment:
Big Magic is magic, that is honestly what I said to myself when I read this book. I didn’t even have to finish it to say it. If you don’t know what it is, let me tell you: it’s a giant bubble of inspiration and motivation (at least that’s what it is in my head). In reality, Big Magic is a book written by Elizabeth Gilbert about creative living and how to embrace it. This is a great book to read while traveling or if you need a little boost to take a step out of your comfort zone.
“SHOOT.” That was the first word that popped in my head when I received a Facebook message from my friend a few days ago. Not so long before this, she and I met up at a cafe to discuss about our travel plans to South America at the end of this year. However, due to personal reasons (which I totally understand and I do not blame her for anything), she says that she has to cancel. Just like that, the truth dawns on me: I’ll be traveling alone.