Na Zdravie to New Beginnings!

Drum Roll please!!!! ta ta ta taddadat t ta ta a da tt taaa… I have left the States and I am currently living in Europe, Slovakia to be exact!!!

It has been 31 days since my best friend Loh and I arrived in what is to be our new home for 1 year or perhaps 2! This is the BIG Change I hinted on a previous post, since April of this year Loh told me about the opportunity to work in Slovakia teaching in a private Kindergarten and I figured why not let’s apply! But I have to say the Life is quite funny because I was planning to quit my job and travel to Norway to “find myself” very cliche of me but I felt lost/numb/and lifeless ever since graduating college and Norway seem so breathtakingly beautiful plus I felt in love with the images of this magic new land and even with the language, I was so seriously set on going there that I was learning Norwegian on my own and funny enough I found a man who offer to teach me, such a strange sign that Norway was where I was meant to go. But instead of Norway I ended up in Slovakia, a country that I knew was in Europe but seriously that’s all I knew about it and a country I had never dreamed of visiting. It is quite interesting and peculiar the way life works, I really do believe the some things or maybe everything is already written for us but sometimes we alter what is written if we don’t follow the signs. I really thought all signs were leading me to Norway but I have no idea why end up in Nitra, Slovakia though I do feel very strong about the fact that I am exactly were I am meant to be right now in my life and perhaps one day I will reach Norway but for now I am exactly where I need to be. I am living “my own personal legend” as Paulo Coelho would say in “The Alchemist.”

BTW I recently read “The Alchemist for the first time and I am angry I did not read it earlier on in life but again maybe now is when I needed it most so perhaps it is the perfect timing for me to have read it, and I strongly recommend you to read it if you haven’t already because it is magnificent!

Back to Slovakia and our work… Well so far the program hasn’t been fully organized but I figured this would happen as Europeans just seem more relax about everything and even though I don’t love uncertainty it is refreshing to be in a country where people work to live rather than live to work, that is my favorite thing about all the European countries I have visited that I have noticed.

As for me so far I am beyond happy with my decision to come here even though I have had my little struggles here and there, and I miss my family like crazy I just feel way way happier about my life right at this moment. In USA after graduating college I was feeling quite numbed and now I feel alive again, I feel like blood actually runs through my veins and that is what life is about for me. To feel alive at all times because it is not enough to breathe everyday you got to feel it in your veins.

But enough with the lecture, I will talk through pictures now as I have tons LITERALLY tons!

Bratislava!

Bratislava!

Our cute Hostel in Bratislava!

Our cute Hostel in Bratislava!

The Golden Gates! Haha just kidding this are the gates of The Bratislavský hrad... Hrad means Castle!

The Golden Gates! Haha just kidding this are the gates of The Bratislavský hrad… Hrad means Castle!

 

Walking in Bratis (Bratislava)

Walking in Bratis (Bratislava)

This Cup is just sooo flipping cute!! And Coffee in Europe is just stronger, I LOVE IT!

This Cup is just sooo flipping cute!! And Coffee in Europe is just stronger, I LOVE IT!

Normal Picture of our backyard!

GoPro View of a Foggy Day in our backyard!

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My Bestie Loh, Lee another teacher who lives with us, and Me!

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Pictures don’t do justice to this amazing view.

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A little Beer with Lee and a Shameless Bathroom Selfie before a Night Out!

Food!  1.Bryndzové halušky 2.Tomato Soup 3.My Favorite Grilled Veggies & Mash Potatoes 4. Yummy Salad with Lox on a bread Bowl. 5.Ham, Cheese, Corn & Mushroom Pizza! 6.My Favorite/easiest Dinner... eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, & a pinch of salt!

Food!
1.Bryndzové halušky
2.Tomato Soup
3.My Favorite Grilled Veggies & Mash Potatoes
4. Yummy Salad with Lox on a bread Bowl.
5.Ham, Cheese, Corn & Mushroom Pizza!
6.My Favorite/easiest Dinner… eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, & a pinch of salt!

 

Nature is so mesmerizing!!!

Nature is so mesmerizing!!!

Lovie Longboarding in Zobor

Lovie Longboarding in Zobor

More amazing views & mega selfie with our little Slovak Family! :) <3

More amazing views & mega selfie with our little Slovak Family! :) <3

Girls Night with new Slovensky Friends!

Girls Night with new Slovensky Friends!

Waiting for Romeo hahaha

Waiting for Romeo hahaha

Awwww Nature!

Awwww Nature!

Lovie & Me! So happy & blessed that we get to come in this adventure together!

Lovie & Me! So happy & blessed that we get to come in this adventure together!

Futbal Game, thanks to our Awesome Landlord Vlado who brought us to see the game! :)

Futbal Game, thanks to our Awesome Landlord Vlado who brought us to see the game! :)

Lovie aka my New Model! Waiting for her Romeo hehe

Lovie aka my New Model! Waiting for her Romeo hehe

Just love how stunning these Colors are!

Just love how stunning these Colors are!

Having some Pivo (Beer) alone!  Coffee, just love the coffee here!  Shots of Gold Tequila with Cinamon and Orange, a first for me and they were delish!  A Alcohol Breathalyzer at the Bar, interesting & smart!

Having some Pivo (Beer) alone!
Coffee, just love the coffee here!
Shots of Gold Tequila with Cinamon and Orange, a first for me and they were delish!
A Alcohol Breathalyzer at the Bar, interesting & smart!

I like the street signs in the places I have been in Europe!

I Love Funky Street Signs!

 

Having Lunch with a View

Having Lunch with a View

Na Zdravie!

Na Zdravie!

And lastly the songs of the moment!

ZUZANA SMATANOVÁ A ADAM ĎURICA – MIESTA

*Loving Slovak music, this one is my favorite!

Enrique Iglesias – Bailando (Español) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona 

*Love this song & the video was recorded in my home country! :)

Peter Cmorik – Mam pocit I love Peter! Probably my favorite Slovak Singer!

OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself

*This songs, is one of those songs that are just so perfect, just LOVE IT LOVE IT!

Foreigner – ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’

*Hahaha this is song, what can I say, is just funny & perfect! An oldie but Goodie!

Carolina Wallace · Infinity / Wicked game (Mashup cover) 

*One of those songs that simply hypnotizes you!

Hope you are having a Lovely Monday! :)

Over 1 Month…

Blog is been so sooo long… I have to say it has been a mixture of procrastination, lots of things going on, and of course me judging myself extra hard on whatever I put on the blog which makes it harder to just whip up something quickly and hitting the “Publish” button…

But anywho here is a bit of what has been going on:

I quit my job! – It was planned, I didn’t just go Bananas and quit, I had been saving some money just so I could quit, travel a bit, and just simply enjoy myself for a little bit.

One of my Best Friends, Katinka came to visit me from Germany!!! We spend 2 weeks together! I’m so happy she came, and I am so thankful to have a best friend like Katinka in my life! I can’t wait to see her again soon hopefully!!! And at some point I will write a bit about what we did in our 2 weeks of vaca!

After Katinka left, I decided to finally make my way to my country Dominican Republic!!! God, I am so Thankful for my little time in my country! More on that coming next…

Lastly, my little cousin’s graduation from College!!! Gosh I am so PROUD of her!!!! Caro, is more than a little sister to me, I gladly give my life for her without even thinking it, I got so much love for my little rat and to see her graduate from college is just unbelievable! Beyond happy for her accomplishments!!!

It’s been over 1 month, can’t believe how fast time has pass!

The Highlight of the Over 1 Month Hiatus!

The Highlight of the Over 1 Month Hiatus!

Can’t not end this post without a song… so here Vitamin C - Friends Forever – the BEST graduation song EVER!!!

Beijosss! :)

Surround Yourself by Nature

IMG_2303“O mundo precisa de pessoas mais simples e verdadeiras.” – Portuguese

“The world needs more simple and real people.” – English

“El mundo necesita gente más simples y reales.” – Spanish

Quotes from Roberto Shinyashiki.

*I like to take little walks during my lunch break and today I made it my mission to cheer me up by capturing some pictures of nature specially as just last week all trees were completely bare, now look at the magic that has bloomed! Great way to recharge the batteries is to take a little walk whenever possible, it does wonders for the mind.

Remember, Is the Little Things!

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Lilly Ahlberg – Amazing Singer, I definitely have to see her perform live once in this life time!

My Fave: Kiss Me (Cover)  & Riptide (Cover)

Comfy Working Outfits

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When I first started working in an office/extra professional environment I struggled to dress comfortable because I will usually wear button up shirts and blazers, while you will look sharp wearing those things for me it just didn’t seem to work because I was feeling uncomfortable and stiff all the time. So gradually I just started to switch up my button ups for cardigans and comfy sweaters, I still look nice and sharp without sacrificing my comfort.

This is for anyone who is struggling on what is appropriate to wear to a more professional work environment.
My favorite dressy pants are from American Eagle and Walmart so don’t think you have to sacrifice your wallet to look nice at work either. It can be done gradually by shopping for 1 or a few items at a time and then of course just rotate your outfits, there is no need to have tons of clothes to look nice. Most of my cardigans I bought for under $20 so again be creative and look around! Also I’m usually freezing at work all the time so I always bring a large scarf, my favorite right now is a scarf from Zara Men section.
Hope this helps anyone who is looking for what to wear to work! Feel Free to ask me anything if you are interested in more info!
*In case you are wondering, I use a website called Polyvore to make the little style collages like the one in this post and the other Travel Post I did before.
Have a lovely Monday Friends!
Kisses, Dani :)

We Often Seek Dreams that Don’t Belong to Us…

Photo(6)“This is the Answer  to a Question that was asked to the psychiatrist Roberto Shinyashiki in an interview for the magazine “Istoe
Camilo Vannuchi The interviewer asked him:
- Many people have tried to seek dreams that are not theirs?
Shinyashiki replies:
- Society wants to define what is right . There are four Crazy ideas in our Society .
The first is:
- Establish that everyone has to succeed, as if he/she had not individual meanings.
The second is crazy:
- You have to be happy every day.
The third is :
- You have to buy all you can. The result is this absurd consumerism.
Finally , the fourth madness:
- You have to do things the right way. There is no right way. There is no single way to do things.
Goals are interesting/important for success, but not for happiness.
Happiness is not a goal, but a state of mind. Some people say they will not be happy until they get married, while others say they are unhappy precisely because of marriage.
You can be happy eating ice cream , staying at home with family or true friends, taking your children to play or going to the beach or the movies.
When I was newly graduated in São Paulo, working in a hospital for terminally ill patients.
All dying, around nine or ten patients will die everyday. I always tried to talk to them. Most of them will grab the doctor by the shirt and say:
“Doctor,  don’t let me die. I sacrificed my whole life, now I want to enjoy it and be happy.”
I felt a huge pain for doing nothing. There I learned that happiness is made ​​of small things.
Nobody at death says how they regret not having used their money in real estate or stocks but what they do regret is to have waited too long or missed on several opportunities to enjoy life.
‘Having problems in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.’

My best friend sent me this interview in Portuguese and I was so happy because I was able to understand everything and I think this article should be read by everyone and then perhaps a few of us will understand and see that money does not equal happiness, yes money helps. But way too often we forget that money is material, it banishes, heck money even catches on fire, we spend so much time preoccupied in how much money we need for this and that, that we forget what truly is the meaning of happiness, happiness will never be measured in money if that were the case why do so many people who seem to have it all commit suicide? I hope that who ever reads this is inspired to live the life they wish to live without the restrictions that we see way to often in our society. To appreciate the little things, to stop focusing so much on money, spend more time focusing on enjoying the ones we love and doing the things that make us happy because in the end that’s what really matters or at least that is what those facing death seem to want to tell us.

If you still have your doubts listen to the words of Alan Watts or THIS – Fifty People One ?

Photo(4)Songs to reflect on the topic:

Sam Garrett-Don’t Let Go

Years Around the Sun-Miles Away

Lindsey Stirling – Beyond The Veil – no words but Lindsey is just pure inspiration!

Happy Sunday, wishing everyone a lovely week!

What Kind of Traveler are You?

tumblr_n4n5uvDIer1sp26bho1_500The Rockstar Beauty… Effortless Beauty… or Pain is Beauty Traveler…

I find that I am in between Rockstar & Effortless Beauty Traveler, it definitely doesn’t hurt to look cute when traveling but I more than cute want to be comfortable because traveling can get exhausting and having the attire that works for you is probably the best way to feeling fully comfortable when up on the air, train tracks, for wheels on the open road!

What is Your best way to travel?

Songs of the Day:

Arctic Monkeys – Do You Wanna Know?  &  Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

1800-Contacts – YOU ROCK!

And the “BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD” goes to “1800-Contacts

Wow seriously I have always been a huge fan of 1800-C but wow tonight they literally became my favorite online store ever. I recently bought a different brand of contacts which I had some type of allergic reaction to and there for I wanted to return them but was not sure if I could, I bought 90 contact lenses and still had 83 unused ones. I actually didn’t think I could return them so I logged in to 1800-C to check for their Customer Service number to call them tomorrow morning as it was nearly 1am but as I was looking up the contact number a little “Chat Now” screen popped up and at first I was like what the heck is 1 in the morning why are these people working but I decided to write and goodness I am beyond happy I did. A girl name Kimberly, that probably is not her real name but whatever Kimberly was a amazing, helped me with the entire process, a new box with my usual contact is on is way as I write this and I only had to pay a small difference as my new contacts are more pricy.

1800-C seriously big thank you for been beyond simple to use, fast, and incredibly hassle-free. Thank you for an amazing customer service experience and keeping us blind people seeing better and also preventing many many accidents. hehe

***Please note that no one is paying me for this post, I simply want to write this because I love to give merit to those who deserve it.

Penny Boarding Dreams

Hello Blog World, how is it going?

This weekend I received my awesome Penny Board, gotta love Amazon for the fast delivery. I have wanted to learn to skateboard for as long as I can remember, note I have never wished to become a professional skateboarder, all I want is to learn how to cruise around on a skateboard which is why I decided to buy the Penny. But it took me quite a long time to actually buy myself a board, you see the problem was the I always consider my “skateboarding” more of a small dream and the one time I mentioned it to my cousins one of them even said “You’re so going through phase” and I felt truly bother by the comment because phase or no phase I think is important to not let go of things we really want, to not let go of our little or big dreams because they make us who we are and as we let go of them we become more and more bitter after time. I have met one too many bitter people in my life and I truly believe that the reason for their bitterness is from letting go of their dreams. So don’t ever let go, hold on tight and dream on friends. Never Let Go.

IMG_1430I really have been loving watching Ben Brown on Youtube, I really like his positive outlook on life and something he said in one of his videos adds to this post. He said “You gotta push your limits you know… You gotta learn, you know try these things, if you don’t try these things you won’t learn how good you can be at something.” – Ben Brown

So regardless if is “just a phase” or “life long dream” go for it, give it a try, like Ben says you won’t know unless you try, and trying is everything.

Super short video of me because I was afraid to record for too long and fall on my face haha

Favorite songs right now:

Sam Garrret – Don’t let go (Thanks Ben & so appropriate for the post!)

V/V – Champagne (Clearly I have been watching to many of Ben’s videos, haha)

Hi-Rez – The City (In love with this video and with Ana Maria Suzano, her skateboarding skills are sublime!)

We make our beds and we sleep in it…

We make our beds and we sleep in it…

That obviously sounds better in Spanish but here are a few points I am trying to make:

“We” — Humans… Yes, Us humans love to complain about the circumstances in our lives all the time, heck I do it all the time too but I also stop myself and smack myself a bit from time to time because seriously all problems we usually have, we brought it upon ourselves in some away or another, unless is of problems of nature.

We forget to pay a bill and it gets sent to a collection agency and of course we blame the company “that did us wrong” it is never our fault… but don’t you think that if you would have called this company at the start of the issue and asked them for some type of payment plan, that you wouldn’t be in this situation now?

Another circumstance for example is when one is handed opportunities, money, or whatever good thing but some of us never learn how to appreciate it, how to prospect from that, how to help ourselves from the hole that we are in, we somehow just waste the money or miss out on the opportunity and dig ourselves deeper into our hole again.

We get to comfortable, somehow even in our hole we find comfort between excuse after excuse and we get afraid to dig ourselves out so we blame it all on “God”, “the universe”, the “stupid bill collector”, “bad karma” that is “following us” etc etc… I believe that if you do good the universe would give “good” back to you so sometimes it maybe good to just check ourselves and see where in our lives we are messing around with karma and doing something wrong.

There is, cause and effect for all that we do but somehow we never seem to grasp this concept… we party too much we have to pay for it the next day with a hangover, we eat too much we gain weight, we charge too many useless things on our credit cards we have to pay for it later, we leave our homework for the last minute but it is not our fault it is the teacher’s fault for giving us the assignment a month in advance and not reminding us of it… catching the point?

The thing behind the title “we make our beds and sleep in it” is in regards to all the things that we do without thinking that there would be consequences so therefore we are ‘forced” to lay on our beds and deal with it as best we can. But we often don’t, we like to blame anything and everyone and just make it worse for ourselves. We hate to admit that maybe it was our fault, we forgot the homework, maybe it was our fault we bought too many unnecessary things with credit card money, maybe it was that my friend didn’t let me borrow enough money to pay my ticket etc…. The point is we love to complain and complain that we have “bad luck” and “bad karma” when in reality most of the things that happen to us we bring upon ourselves. But one thing is certain, we don’t have to stay in our “hole” or dig ourselves dipper which is why is important to look for help and inspiration wherever we may find it. Is important to pick ourselves up, face our issues, move on, hopefully learn, and try to become a better person from that experience.

Example: someone near me always has a messy car, so one time me and a few others decided to do something nice and clean this person’s car in hope that this will help her get a fresh start and that she wouldn’t be frustrated anymore. She of course appreciated and was super thankful at the moment but in the matter of weeks her car went back to messy… so you see sometimes even when we help or give people the opportunity to dig themselves out of the hole they are in, they are just too “comfortable” and loose their sense of sight and worth so much that they much rather stay “in the safety” of their hole.

Those are my few cents on complains faults, karmas, lucks, the universe or whatever you wish to call it. Just some food for thought as they say!

Hope this post doesn’t bring anyone down but that it makes you think and reflect on those things you do and the cause and effects these things have.

*Also I want you to know that We ALL are capable of “saving” ourselves, if we look to find balance we will find it, and life will start to look brighter, better, and the hole will start to disappear little by little.

IMG_2459I love Bukowski so thought this quote was appropriate for the topic! And how cool is the pink effect I gave 1 of the many cloud pictures I took this summer! I went totally insane photographing clouds but I guess now I found a purpose for all of those cloud pictures! hahaha

Song of the day! Röyksopp ft. Susanne Sundfør – Running To The Sea – HERE

Have a Wonderful Weekend! :) <3

Traveling Notes

Had my lovely cousin Carito model the Map I bought just to write that Awesome quote on!

Had my lovely cousin Carito model the Map I bought just to write that Awesome quote on!

If there is something I do love to achieve with this blog is to inspire anyone to travel! Traveling by far has given me the best experiences I have ever imagine, it has boost my confidence, given me energy to see and do more, in general it has been the best thing that I have ever done. People always say that ‘traveling is not cheap’ when in fact traveling can be done quite cheap if you travel smart. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”- Author Unknown. I wholeheartedly believe that traveling does in fact make you richer, there is not enough LV, Christians Loubitons, or Chanel that will amount to what I have gained from traveling… I do enjoy luxury but at this moment in my life owning those things don’t matter so much to me therefore I prefer to make myself richer and happier The Traveling Way!

Dani’s Traveling Notes:

  • Please travel!
  • When ever there is an opportunity to travel, take it!
  • Be nice to everyone you meet you never know who could invite you on the next best trip of your life.  (Or just be nice because we are all on the same boat no need to be a troll with anyone for no reason)
  • Use your resources, perhaps your Dad/Mom/Friend of a friend has a friend down in Australia…Why not contacted them see if they will let you stay there for a few days & voilà you get to experience Australia!
  • Use the internet! The internet has so much information that I know is hard to focus on one thing when there is a million out there but seriously just look and you will find ways.
  • Use Couchsurfing & HostelWorld for accommodations on a budget! I also got pretty good traveling packages via European Destinations for two of my vacas!
  • Save, learn to save money even if is not a lot always try to put something away for a rainy day… you know after a year of saving $100 every month it will add up to $1200, that may not be a lot too some people but $1200 will sure get you a pretty decent vacation if you look for the good deals.
  • Buy flights on Tuesday mornings, just do it! It totally works!
  • Plan ahead but not so ahead that you may have too much time for doubts & fear to creep up on you.
  • Eat like the locals! When you eat at touristy places you will pay more for your dish, so ask around when you reach this new destination.
  • Don’t stay just in your circle of friends meet other people when you travel- again meeting people can come in very handy, could be the key to your next destination!
  • Embrace the culture of the place you are in, if you go to India and all you want to eat is McDonald’s then what is really the point of been there in the first place?
  • If you are in college go study abroad, I have never heard anyone say a single bad thing about studying abroad.
  • Envision yourself once you are back home from your trip a few years down the road… Would you be patting yourself on the back for the courage you had back then or would you be lamenting that you let the years go by and still haven’t visit that Temple you have been dying to see in person? But hey if you haven’t NOW is a great time so GO!
  • Don’t assume that traveling means getting on a plane, there are places you know nothing about only a car ride away so take those trips too, they are important!
  • Don’t worry so much about all the details of your trip just get on the plane and let the adventures begin!

Wow I could literally go on and on with more of this travel tips but I don’t want to bore anyone so there it is a few notes on traveling!

HERE ThatVictoria – by far my favorite ‘packing/backpacking” video! Just Love it!

I will make a “Wanderlust Playlist” soon!

But HERE is the Song of the Day! -Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People

tumblr_mpzgxgAVQX1sp26bho1_1280Go on See the World & all it has to offer! ENJOY. EMBRACE. RELAX. LEARN!