Conquer the heart of Budapest

  You may think – Why does she put M83 song while talking about Budapest? I agree might be a bit off topic, but let me show you my side of the city. The angle that I believe everyone should discover and yes, maybe it is not the best way to discover the city at the first attempt. In the end you have to see the beauty of Buda and Pest. To start with Gellert Hill, Parliament Building, Hosok Tere (Heroes Square) or the Margharet Island. However, Budapest has much more to offer for you to feel the place and understand the rhythm of the city. As an insomniac, I have… Read More

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Travel Buddies

‘You have never seen the snow????’ That was my quite recent reaction when I have heard that one of my Friends have actually never seen/touched or played with snow. Of course after first shock, I have actually realized that it is quite normal if you don’t come from the colder country and maybe I am a weirdo, cause I have never experienced the heat of 50 degrees. So after having shaken from the shock I knew I have to organize a trip in the search of snow. Of course, living in the North of Italy gives a lot of possibilities to see the snow and also there was a long weekend,… Read More

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Another perspective

So yes… I went to Spain. This was my second solo-travel in there. Last one was in 2014, just few weeks before a big change in my life – move to the UK. I guess I can say it now, as I have already revealed it to the HR before, that my first phone ‘interview’ with HR to the company I work for now took place when I was sipping sangria on the beach in Alicante. Maybe this is why I have such a big sentiment to this city? Anyway, this year I have completely resigned from the Christmas celebrations. First of all, cause I am really not the biggest… Read More

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…but what is CS again?

I have never used actively Couchsurfing. Actually I have learnt the CS abbreviation just recently through my friends and created a big disbelief by not using it while being an expat. I have hosted three girls by now in my place and showed them around, but it was more of a conicidence than being on the app + we set up everything through whatsapp or phone, so actually I didn’t even log in too much. Why? Because in the place I live there doesn’t seem to be a very big community or active people. So in the end, you switch it off as nothing is happening. For staying at someone’s… Read More

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How to meet new people?

Imagine – 22nd December. Everyone in a hurry to do groceries, last shopping for Xmas. Some random girl calls you on the doorbell with panic in her eyes. Car keys in the hand. The word ‘help me’ written clearly on the forehead and says … ‘I locked my door to the flat. The keys are inside. The phone is inside. The door shuts itself so can’t open it.’ Is this how you should meet your neighbours? Probably not. But let’s move further… the neighbour and the son were very friendly. Helped a lot but… no locksmith was available due to Xmas. So they called…. firemen. After 1 hour spent in… Read More

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pyjamas my best friend … ;)

School times. The day of the exam or test. Not very well prepared. Praying for a cold. (Un)fortunately, we didn’t have Uncle Google back then to teach us how to stimulate the fever. Now kids have it easier, though I am not sure if this is a good way. Well, it is not. 20 years after – we are praying not to be sick. I have just experienced (second time in my life) being on sickness leave. So I have now realized how it is to be on off sick abroad and you can treat this post as a survival kit for those hard times. So what happens. You go to… Read More

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why not?

Why do we like some places? Because of beautiful architecture? Stunning landscapes? Interesting people? Probably the mixture of it all, however, I have noticed that myself I can’t actually explain why I like some places more than other. Usually because I had some really good moments there that I’d like to remember or come back to. Sometimes, because of the stunning places that make me feel peacuful or give me some inspiration on what I would like to be doing. Other times simply because it made me feel good. Why? I have no idea.  I have decided to share those thoughts, not because I am now going to touch the… Read More

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the Bologna Code

Yes, I finally fell in love. Those butterflies in my stomach. I can’t fall asleep as the reality seems better than the dream. I am dreaming about new plans. I am trying new things and discovering new interests. You already know me, so I bet you realize it. I fell in love with another city. Bologna – a great chapter that has just started three weeks ago. Unexpectedly. Very spontaneously bought train tickets and went away. With no significant plan. Just to walk around. Read a book. Chill. Maybe meet some people. Did I expect that the city will have such a great impact on myself? Not at all. Let’s start… Read More

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Middle place

How does it feel to be in your ‘middle’ place? Since I moved out it was already four and a half months. Not much. I agree. However, it seems like forever. I will say it again – thanks to the great surrounding, my hard work to organize life pretty quickly and my luck. Since this is my third country to live in, I was wondering how would it be to be back in my ‘second’ home (?). The time has come… I am back at the Heathrow & the familar smell of dumpness hit my nostrils again.  It felt weird. Weirdly good and just weird. Inside I felt some kind… Read More

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I’m a legal alien…

To all my fellow expats – I bet you have had a feeling, when you have felt weird. Akward. Not comfortable. Alienated. Well – good news! This is completely normal. Sometimes every person wants to simply hide in their own four corners and become invisible to the world. Why does it happen to the foreigners more often? Probably because what is the most difficult is to melt with others. To get to know, understand and acquire the new culture. You may say ‘What does she know, she has been travelling only within Europe?’. Trust me, crossing the boarder makes a difference everywhere. As we are people full of energy who… Read More

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straight to La Dolce Vita

So far from home – Too high to know – Are you really there – Or is it just they told me so Sometimes I ask myself a question – how the heck I made it all the way to Italy? It can’t be only hard work, but it is definitely not purely luck. Was it always easy? Hell no! My way to Dolce Vita had a bit of turbulences, some pebbly roads and spiky nets to went through. I was a bit off those days – not because of bad mood or something in particular happened in my life, but after 4 months in a new place, I have… Read More

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‘don’t blink’

…and I don’t listen to Salvador Dali. I blink. My holiday is officially gone. Not that I can complain as this year, I have been travelling quite a bit and have managed  to visit a lot of new places and I am still planning some weekend gateways in Italy, but … as always, holiday is always too short. Anyone is brave enough to say I am wrong? Well, please share your days off with me. I perfectly know what to do with them. This year, as I have just moved to another country, I have invited my best Friends and we have decided to do some explorling around the area… Read More

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simply solo-travelling

Sometimes being on your own brings the best ideas to you. Very often you start seeing things you haven’t noticed before or maybe you even avoided seeing. Of course, there will be times that you will simply get bored, but in the end if you get bored with yourself, then maybe there is something wrong that needs to be fixed? 😉 I love people and I love being around them. I like listening to new stories, but also sharing my experiences or thoughts. What I also love though is my own peace. Being on my own and from time to time just dissapear in my own world. Going somewhere and… Read More

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words, words, words

I was back in Poland recently. For a week. Just to hang out with Family and Friends. Walk around my city and visit some places I haven’t been to for a while. I like coming back, because surprisingly, this is the only place where I can actually ‘un-attach’ myself from my current life and look at life from another perspective.  What stroke me this time were actually my Friends’ observations about myself. It was funny, but at the same time slightly surprising! The comment I want to share with you was ‘You are not Polish. You are way too positive.’ I guess you know who I am talking about! Am… Read More

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Oops… I did it again

The famous Britney’s words are flying in my head in the past weeks. What did I do this time?  I took a bit of a swerve (or as my new friends would have said ‘curva’ 😉 ) and just took a different path in my life. I got this chance to move to another place – sunnier, beautiful nature, and most importantly with always smiling and helpful people. Delicious food, mesmerizing lakes and mountains, peaceful rhythm of life and the time to notice and glorify the smallest things in life. Smile and simple ‘ciao’ everywhere and from everyone. You don’t know each other, but a simple hello is just so… Read More

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missing Poland?

Living in Poland for 23 years. Did I get bored? Probably yes, but… maybe I just got too used to it, that I wanted a new challenge. I don’t know myself. I wasn’t fed up. I wasn’t unhappy. I didn’t have to. I just left. For myself. First year – I was at least twice a quarter at home. I hate flying (I am scared as f**k!!!), but I made it to sometimes ‘score’ 6-8 flights per month – home, for work, travelling. Personally I am really surprised, I didn’t have stroke on the plane by now or head full of grey hair! (prosecco is a great cure). Anyway, then.. I… Read More

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i follow music

‘Without music, life would be a mistake’ Friedrich Nietzsche Surprise, surprise – at least for many of you – I used to sing. In a small band,  choir, for fun and I have mastered karaoke. I don’t do anymore due to lack of time, maybe I simply gave up as I didn’t see any reason to follow that teenage dream of becoming an artist. In any case, I don’t sing but that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my life anymore. Listening to music in the morning when I brush my teeth, on the bus to work, at work, after work on the bus, when I read, study…… Read More

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get lucky

My Mum has always been winning a lot of competitions. Not only in some magazines, or local quizzes, but she’s been few times on tv shows, won some projects – long story short – she’s been always very creative and this has been rewarded (money, holidays, car, cosmetics etc.). Few years back, there was a reportage filmed based on her luck. It was even called Lucky one. It’s been broadcasted in the national tv channel and since then people always ask her – how have you done it?! In my Family we have been always believing in the word luck.  I have tattooed it for a reason. I think it… Read More

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human magnets

For some people it is so easy to get to know others. They just attract the attention. Gain respect immediately. Their present is felt. They are being listened. How do they do that? Are you one of them? 1. positivity Do you like being around people who complain all the time? Who are never happy with what they have? Always wry face, never smiling, always some negative comments… Does it sound appealing to you? I bet it doesn’t. If it does though, then it’s high time to think why you are NOT a people magnet and if you want to change it.. But let’s focus on positivity. Why is it… Read More

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why mafia?

‘If there is a will, there is always a way my friend’ Ryszard Kukliński I bet most of you might not have heard about Ryszard Kukliński or Iceman – as his wife, Barbara, was describing him there was a ‘good Richie’ and ‘bad Richie’. Family provider. Great Father and Husband. Hard-worker (I bet he was, as having double life cannot be easy!). But then… he was disappearing for days. Why? Well, the other side of his life was filled with violence and abuse. Job title – contract killer. Why I am quoting the contract killer, the member of mafia, person that was sentenced for 5 murders (and god knows how… Read More

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Ben Franklin Effect

How many times you have felt bad because you needed to ask for help? When you were out of cash, needed help at school or simply needed support in your life? But then have you actually asked for help or you just felt bad about even thinking about it? Why are we scared to ask for help? Is it our pride? Do we think we are better, so we shouldn’t show our weakness or are we ashamed of our mistakes or disabilities? Do we think that we don’t deserve somebody’s good word, nice gesture or just a simple smile and saying ‘it will be alright!’? wow.. so many questions written… Read More

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i’m in a relationship with food.

Cooking – one of my biggest passions. I can waste the whole night on watching Masterchef, Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen. I know Ultimate Cookery Course by Gordon Ramsey by heart and I would marry him if I could (I mean it!). Dinner Date, Come Dine with Me – both in Poland and the UK. It’s just my love. One year, I was actually talking about cooking so much, that I got for my birthday and Xmas (both in Dec.) 7 culinary books!! The only problem is that this particular love became a bit toxic and my love to food gave my some small gift… additional kilograms! Not that it’s bad,… Read More

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#hntgaf

Most of us has a favorite sentence, that we keep on repeating in our head as a mantra in order to help us with the everyday struggle. For some it will be ‘make sure to treat every day as if it was supposed to be the best day of your life’ for the others ‘today I refuse to stress myself about the things I have no control over’ and what is my ‘mantra’? ‘I don’t give a f*ck’. Obviously not in every aspect of the day and of my life, but let me show you something… basically how not to give a f*ck about things you have no control over… Read More

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no strings attached

From the youngest times we attach ourselves to something. We start with a Teddy Bear as a toddler and then we just add up to the list other material or non-material things like phone, favorite book, best friends, favorite places, movies, favorite brands and some daily habits like watching tv with a dinner or sitting at the laptop all evening. I didn’t enumerate family for a reason. Family is not the attachment, but in most cases it is simply part of us and here the strings shouldn’t be broken easily if at all. Have I ever thought what are my ‘attachments’? Possibly not. I must admit, I can’t imagine my life… Read More

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‘a goal is just a dream with a deadline’

‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.’ Woody Allen. I am not a fan of Woody Allen, but this sentence is one of the ‘truest’ truths! How many times I had something planned, thought through, almost ideal concept and then… just before finalizing it suddenly something, someone, disease, some event will happen and then the whole plan is just ruined. I think you know what I mean. That’s the reason why I use the word ‘dream’ instead of ‘plan’. Plan requires realization. If it doesn’t work out, the disappointment can be painful. Dream will come true or not. Am I making my life easier? So… Read More

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‘i wanna make you happy…’

I am insomniac. I work, come back home, read, listen to music, go for language courses, meet up with friends, go to the cinema, go to the pub… no place or time to sleep! It’s been always like that – studying three faculties and working didn’t help in the past either. I know, I know.. it’s not healthy, and as my coach at one of the courses I took said that I am in ‘heart attack risk group’, but at least I have plenty of time to focus on all of my passions! Life’s too short to sleep. Mark Twain wrote ‘Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.’… Read More

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mature to travel, travel to mature

‘To travel is to live’ Hans Christian Andersen It is not just a quote. This is the essence of my life. I have heard this for the first time from my Mum – she has it engraved on her medallion (now I have it engraved a bit more permanent). To understand its meaning you have to be mature. Emotionally, with age… To get matured you have to… travel. Vicious circle? Following this train of thought you could have said that everything we do is the vicious circle. A bit yes, but it depends on us if we are able and try to stop it. Also.. to travel you have to… Read More

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change?!

With no false modesty. I am good at what I do. That’s it. Not popular attitude among Polish people. Popular though among Americans, although some of them should not say those words out loud. That’s good though that they have such a high self-belief. Why should you kick your butt yourself – kicks from others are already enough. But not about it… I have met new people. I like people, I like crowds, full promenades, beaches, cafes. Wild beaches in the middle of nowhere are not for me. Well ok, from time to time as well, but I like people. Looking at them, listening, observe. Forrest said, that most of… Read More

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controlled panic…

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…’, as said by Lao Tzu. Easy? Sometimes you have to say something out loud to understand it. And… one day i said this sentence out loud. Almost screamed. Well ok, let’s not exaggerate, but loud enough to let its meaning get a foothold in my head. That everything was not right, work frustrated, need of change? None of those things! I left, because I wanted. No more and no less. I have always felt that I need to do something, to run somewhere and to make sure nothing passed me by in life. Well, maybe not like a moth… Read More

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