February 26, 2017

Holidays in Rome / part 1

 
  

Sweet and crispy croissants with a freshly brewed cappuccino (or espresso if you like) for breakfast. 

Dark hot chocolate gelato together with blueberry ice cream - in which you can actually find pieces of berries and chocolate. 

A piece of crispy pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil for lunch on the go.

A glass of Pinot grigio with a bowl of yummy olives - all that produced locally just a few miles from Rome. 

Pasta carbonara covered in parmesan cheese for dinner. 

And a mouth-watering tiramisu as a dessert followed by a glass of Merlot for a change. 

February 12, 2017

Running for inspiration?


I like to go for a morning run every now and then and that inspires me a lot. It puts my mind into the right place, makes me ask myself interesting questions and broadens my horizons. I feel great afterwards and I have been addicted to it for the past few months. There is a beautiful footpath that leads just next to the place where I live. The footpath is actually an old railway path which is not used anymore and it leads over the bridges along the river, sheep fields and forests. Its views are magnificent. When I feel like running I just grab my trainers and RUN. 


I love the views, the fresh morning air and listening to the birds. I don't listen to music anymore, I much more enjoy the sound of the singing birds, flowing river and leaves rustling in the wind. All this clears my mind and makes my head buzzing with ideas afterwards. Ideas that I can use while working on some of my projects, it inspires my work and the questions I ask myself about the way I live. How to achieve my goals, what to focus on, what to be grateful for etc. It's really interesting and it surprises me every single time and I just can't get enough of it. 

Running is a great tool to become focused and inspired but don't forget on this: a refreshing shower afterwards and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. That is important too. 

M.

January 29, 2017

How to enjoy a city trip?

I spent the last three years of my life living in Prague - the capital city of the Czech republic and one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world. Prague is in the top five of the most visited cities in Europe and there is definitely a reason why. It is breathtaking! The combination of culture, people and amazing architecture creates an atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Prague is every year visited by millions of tourists and that is something I want to talk about. They usually travel in big groups and can be quite annoying. 



The main attractions are crowded all the time and therefore your own experience of a city can be easily destroyed. When I travel I want to experience the real feeling of the city. I want to hear its heart beat. I don't want to end up in a crowd of crazy tourists with phones in their hands (or even better, phones on sticks) taking tonnes of pictures and not enjoying the moment.

Over the years I have gathered some experience (mainly from living in Prague and visiting cities like London, Edinburgh, Paris or Amsterdam) to give you some tips on how to experience big cities, without getting too distracted by tourists and being able to truly experience the city and its culture.


Walk (and run)

I try to avoid using public transport as much as I can. I prefer to walk in the cities and feel their vibe as I go. It means I can stop whenever I want to, pay attention to the little details and just explore it on my own. Another cool way how to explore a city is to drive a bike or to simply run. If you're into running, there is nothing better than going for a morning run in a foreign place. You can explore the new city from a different perspective, you might as well feel like a local and also - it's good for you and gives you the extra energy for the day.

January 09, 2017

Looking back to 2016

2016 was a big year for me. A lot has happened that kind of changed the direction of my life. Let's talk about my three most memorable and life-changing moments. Here they are. 


Finishing my studies

I started to actually enjoy the subject of my studies during my last year of the university. I chose quite a difficult topic to discuss for my bachelor thesis and it was a lot of hard work. Anyway, I enjoyed it tremendously after all and it taught me a lot! Somehow I prefer the difficult stuff over the easy one. In life, at work, while studying.. My thesis was at the end one of the best ones from my year and I successfully graduated.

While writing it I realised that I will definitely continue studying at a higher level. The knowledge fulfils me and I am one of those people that study all their life anyway. And I came to realise that I do not necessarily need to continue studying for Master's right after finishing my bachelor's studies. I was much more interested in learning about myself and growing as a person. I was also excited to start travelling more and gain the knowledge that can't be handed over by any university but to be experienced.

December 30, 2016

December in the Lake District




December is nearly over and another year full of adventures is coming up. And I can't wait! So far I have enjoyed every second of this month, visited Scotland after a while, met with my family (after a while as well) and spent the most of my time in the Lake District. The weather was quite alright except a couple of rain storms during Christmas and therefore we have spent a lot of time outside. Walking on the beaches and in the forests along the Derwentwater lake, hiking the surrounding fells and exploring new paths nearby Keswick. Here are some pictures to sum up my favourite month at this amazing place. In Keswick, the heart of the Lake District, place that I love and feel grateful to call my home. Well, at least for now. M.

November 28, 2016

Climbing Skiddaw


In the middle of November (when there was no snow on the top of the mountains yet) we visited one of the highest fells in the Lake District called Skiddaw. A fell is basically a name for a hill here in the northern England. Skiddaw is also one of the first things that I can see in the morning when I open my window. Having such a wonderful view from our bedroom is something that I feel grateful for every single day. Also it feels great to be surrounded by mountains and have this need of conquering them.

It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary

There are many routes you can take to get to the top of Skiddaw, we started our hike from a small village called Bassenthwaite. From there we went across fields occupied by sheep flocks and there in the distance it was - Skiddaw covered in the early morning mist. Even though it felt quite close it took us a good couple of hours to get to the mountain. During the hike we noticed that the weather up there changes quickly, you couldn't see the top for a bit and then suddenly it was all bright and covered in sunlight. We just hoped it will be nice and shiny when we get there. While we were getting closer to the top the path was more and more vertical and so we had to scramble up without looking back down.

You can make a little walk on the top of Skiddaw and the views all around are just stunning. It was still a bit misty but the sun was getting through all the clouds and fog and it was just magical (have a look at the pictures). We did not only enjoy the wonderful views overlooking the Lake District but also our peanut butter and banana filled sandwiches and hot tea from the kiosk which came in handy.

Then we decided to head back (back home to enjoy the view from the other side, haha). From there we walked straight down to Keswick and it was a lovely path as well. The whole walk took us probably four or five hours, we met tons of sheep, other tourists or travellers and enjoyed every moment of it. Can't wait to do it all again taking another route! M.


November 13, 2016

First snow!



The days are getting shorter, darker and colder. I have spent a couple of them laying in bed having cold, drinking loads of tea with honey and eating fresh fruit. Now when the things are back to normal I really enjoy dark autumn walks outside in the forests, mountains or at the Derwentwater lake. A kiosk full of hot tea or coffee became my good friend when spending time outdoors. Everything is suddenly so much darker, the sun is shining way less and you can definitely feel the winter in the crispy air. 

I know that the most of people do not like this part of the year - the late autumn but I truly enjoy it. When it is rainy or just too cold to go outside I like to spend time at home by creating a cozy atmosphere and enjoying every single moment. I usually wear my fluffy and comfy dressing gown, light my favourite gingerbread scented candle and make myself a nice cup of tea. Then I grab a book and that's it. It is all about living in the moment. You can enjoy the moment right now by reading this article. Sometimes I like to stop everything that I'm doing and just have a look around me to see what is happening. All the colourful leaves and flying birds that I can see from my window, the grey weather, smell of my tea that is getting cold.. I am grateful for all of that, right here and right now.

November 05, 2016

Tips for planning a trip


Soon I am off to Scotland for a couple of days and while planning my trip I thought of sharing some of my travel tips with you. They help me to get more organized while on the road and make my travelling more effective.

Let's suppose you have already booked the transport and accommodation for your upcoming trip and now you need to figure out how to make the most of your time in the place of visit.   

1) DO YOUR HOMEWORK


Research the destination well before going there. This is important because you will know what to expect. Have a look at a couple of travel guides or travel blogs so that you know what places are worth the visit. You can research all the places of interest, natural attractions, cultural traditions, interesting caf├ęs or restaurants and some local food you should definitely try out. Learn about the culture - how different it is compared to yours, how to behave politely, are there going to be any local celebrations while you're there? When talking about experiencing the culture, don't forget the language! Make sure you always learn at least a few words like how to say hellothanksyes or no in the language. This will be appreciated by the locals and a great experience for you too.

October 15, 2016

Climbing Catbells

When visiting the Lake District and passing through this little town called Keswick, you cannot miss a hill with an unusual name - Catbells. It's one of the hills/fells/mountains with the most wonderful views around here and it's not that difficult to get there. The climb to the top of Catbells is quite easy and short - you're on the top in less than fourty minutes (well if you're fit enough). It includes some scrambling which is quite fun so get ready for that. You're gonna need good shoes or boots and some windproof clothes. It's pretty windy up there - no matter whether you're hiking in the summer or winter. Don't forget a good jacket if you don't want to end up like an ice cube.

We decided to hike to Catbells the other day - the weather wasn't really nice but it didn't rain and so we went for it. You can go by bus which takes you right in front of the hill, by the ship across the Derwentwater lake or you can simply walk from Keswick. That's what we did. The path is about 4 miles long and it takes you around the lake and inside the woods. The walk was lovely and very colourful (thank you autumn!). It wasn't our first time climbing Catbells and so we were very excited as we knew what's waiting for us on the top. Stunning views all around! We got to see the surrounding hills and mountains, little towns and villages, lakes and green fields crowded by sheep. And when the sun starts to shine right when you reach the top, you can consider yourself lucky. And this time we were very lucky. Have a look at the pictures, I felt like I was in a paradise. It's always so worth climbing a hill. After reaching the top, you feel super energized and happy and all that motivates you to climb another one. So go for it, visit Catbells or any other hill close to the place you live and you'll feel great! M.


October 08, 2016

Autumn in the Lake District


Nature and its magic tricks always surprise me! Autumn has finally arrived and I'm happy to be a witness of it. The last week in Keswick (the heart of the national park Lake District and the place where I live these days) has been just wonderful and we've been able to observe how the scenery and nature around us changes literally every day. Not a single drop of rain during the last week - only sun was shining although it's been not so warm anymore, as if saying the tricky weather is coming. Trees have finally changed their colours and their leaves have been flying all around since then. Now the time of picking chestnuts from the ground, carving pumpkins, wearing comfy sweaters and snuggling up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate (topped with loads of cream) has begun.

October 02, 2016

Do what feels right to you

Sometimes I like to write about stuff straight away and sometimes I just need to absorb everything that is happening to me first and put into words later - when the right time comes. For the following year I decided to take a gap year between my studies (something I should have done so much earlier!!) and use this period to explore my passions and to travel. Mainly those two months spent in Sri Lanka working on the internship helped me to make this decision. My partner felt the same way and so our plan was to move to the UK for a bit - find a job, explore the area and most importantly work on some of our secret projects.

It wasn't difficult to find the job ahead from the Czech Republic as we both worked in England and Scotland before - we made a couple of phone calls and were ready to go. More than three weeks ago we landed in London and were heading to this little british town in Cotswolds (lovely part of England) where we decided to spend a couple of months. But this time something didn't feel quite right.