My Heart Aches…

My Heart Aches but no is not for a boy or a bad break up, my heart aches for traveling… Traveling brings me such happiness… I have been bitten by a “travel bug” and ever since that bite all I wish for is for more and more traveling. I find myself always trying to plan my next trip, I can’t help it and lately I feel that ache more and more. But I am happy that next week I should be on a plane to NORWAY!!!! Is been my dream to go there for over 3 years now so to finally be so close to reaching such a dream is pretty epic!

But any trip it doesn’t matter how small/long it is or how insignificant it may seem is a great and completely matters. I have this theory that simply by being somewhere else our minds spend so much and maybe we won’t be able to realize right in that moment what the trip is doing for us but later on it comes to you and is just like “Wow” almost like a flashbulb just sparked inside your head and all of the sudden you know how important and special that small little trip truly was.
So when you get the chance to travel take it, do it, own it! Bills come and go Life doesn’t. Don’t neglect your responsibilities but just try to always save a bit to take the time to travel, you will be amazing all you will grow with every place and every amazing person you meet! Also is good to not just travel for the five star resort and the 100% catered experience while those trips are nice they won’t get you to really feel the vibe of a country and to really experience the “Wow” factor I mention above.

A proper song for this post: Years Around the SunMiles Away

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! 🙂

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?

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!

NYC Trip – Finally!

During Summer my best friend Loh & Me decided to take a NYC trip, we have both already visit NYC but we figured it will be a little nice to take a trip and really enjoy the city. 3 of my favorite things from this trip was trying Couchsurfing for the first time! Meeting new amazing people who made me laugh harder than I had laugh in a very very long time! And discovering a little Island I had never heard of which is right in NYC!

Lets talk through pictures now!

Lovie, Me, & the lady who photobomb Lovie haha

Lovie, Me, & the lady who photobomb Lovie hahaWe are both wearing Sunglasses from an awesome vintage store called Flying A!

Roosevelt Island - How cool is this little Island!? Beyond peaceful there too, is like having NY & the peace of the Countryside all in one!

Roosevelt Island – How cool is this little Island!? Beyond peaceful there too, is like having NY & the peace of the Countryside all in one!

Walking to take the train to NYC or you can also take The Tram - The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan! AWESOME views!

Walking to take the train to NYC or you can also take The Tram – The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan! AWESOME views!

Amazing Bridge view & Friends hanging in the little park in Roosevelt Island. Love it! #Parklife

Amazing Bridge view & Friends hanging in the little park in Roosevelt Island. Love it! #Parklife

The Cutest Apartment - thank you Evan for giving me an Awesome First Couchsurfing Experience

The Cutest Apartment – thank you Evan for giving me an Awesome First Couchsurfing Experience… Not the best picture but I didn’t want to intrude too much, it was nice enough that we got to stay at his place completely free!

With Our Awesome Host - Evan!

With Our Awesome Host – Evan!

Some Street Art of Course!

Some Street Art!

Some Bathroom Art! I LOVE bathroom art or any type of bathroom silliness that catches my eye!

Some Bathroom Art! I LOVE bathroom art or any type of bathroom silliness that catches my eye!

We had to check the a museum so to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we went! This place is huge so definitely you need a lot of hours or a few visits to cover the whole thing.

We had to check a museum so to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we went! This place is huge so definitely you need a lot of hours or a few visits to cover the entire place.

When on Vacation... one thing is certain you will eat, eat, drink, eat, and then eat and drink again!That's me on the corner trying Escargot for the first time- LOVE IT! Don't let the disgusted face fool you is just a little joke.

When on Vacation… one thing is certain you will eat, eat, drink, eat, and then eat and drink again!
That’s me on the corner trying Escargot for the first time- LOVE IT! Don’t let the disgusted face fool you is just a little joke. Bistro Les Amis!

We went to Ana Carolina's Concert - a famous Brazilian singer, she was unbelievable, so happy we went to see her! BTW I have an fascination with Brazilian culture, people, language!

We went to Ana Carolina’s Concert – a famous Brazilian singer, she was unbelievable, so happy we went to see her! BTW I have a fascination with Brazilian culture, people, language, simply love them!

Some where in Brooklyn - here we went to a Couchsurfing "meeting" aka we met some cool couchsurfers & got tipsy!

After the Concert we went Clubbing!

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Some where in Brooklyn – here we went to a Couchsurfing “meeting” aka we met some cool couchsurfers & got tipsy!

For Chocolate Lovers!

For Chocolate Lovers!

Really Beautiful Place - MarieBelle @484 Broome St.

Really Beautiful Place – MarieBelle @484 Broome St.

Chocolate Galore!!! inside MarieBelle

Chocolate Galore!!! inside MarieBelle

Last Day- we had a picnic in Roosevelt Island! #Parklife

Last Day- we had a picnic in Roosevelt Island! #Parklife

Had to leave my mark in NYC hahaha

Had to leave my mark in NYC hahaha

Enjoy your Sunday! Or Happy Monday! 🙂

Tampa Florida Tips!!!

Tampa, Florida is a cheap & fun vacation guaranteed! – the sounds really commercial but seriously it is inexpensive and a really good time, the drinking, partying. eating at restaurants, activities, etc… Here are a list of places to visit if you are there:

Nightlife: There is always people out in the bars, even on a Monday or Tuesday night.

Jackson’s – Is my old time favorite nightclub in Tampa, is beautiful, by the water, the DJs are always playing the right tunes, and just the 4 different room selection makes it impossible not to find the right space for you to dance all night long. If dancing is not your thing I think calling the right people or getting on a list can probably get you a decent price table!

HPC – or Hyde Park Cafe – This is probably my 2nd favorite nightclub as it feels like a relaxed nightclub and I really like that environment away from the posh clubbing style sometimes. Feels like it has 5 different areas and one of the areas is alfresco! Best room at HPC is the techno room! We went 3 nights in this trip- so yeah we like.

Hogan’s Beach – owned by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. I have mix feelings on this place, I like the service, the fact that is right by the water, and appreciate some of the eye candy. But I just find it a bit weird parading around in a tiny bikini sipping alcohol and never actually getting in the beach, I see it more as a Tampa life style therefore maybe is something I would have to get used to if I ever live there, still worth checking it out for the experience. (I went to a fake beach bar in Germany & that I LOVED-Will make a Germany Tips Post soon!)

MacDinton’s Irish Pub – an outside bar, what is not to love about an outdoors bar? Try a shot of Johnny Vegas if you happened to stop by!

Hard Rock Casino – definitely good music and fun for the lovers of the game!

Eating: Cooking may be cheaper but not in Tampa seriously you can eat out almost everyday, they have really good deals & now we all sorts of Groupons you get even better deals.

Cracker Barrel – I LOVE BREAKFAST! Seriously I hate skipping breakfast is really rarely that I skip it and CB offers breakfast all day long-Yessss!!!! It taste good too but they had me at breakfast! After eating spend some time in their store and feed the eye with some pretty cool and interesting stuff.

Fly – My dish was pretty tasty, my cousins didn’t love their dish but it still wasn’t horrible or anything. I think is worth going here at least for the art on the walls, I am a sucker for art and interior decor and Fly definitely offers really beautiful decor. Also try the Spicy Tuna Tartare!

Hogan’s – we also ate at Hogan’s and the food was really good!

Applebee’s – I had been to an Applebee’s in NYC that had left me feeling like I never wanted to go back but tried again in Tampa and it was pretty great! Their White Sangria is delish, try it try it!

Ocean Blue Sushi Bar – pretty good, cheap sushi, and our waiter was very nice and easy on the eyes too.. hehe

Grill Smith – the Caribbean Pumpkin Crab Bisque soup was really good, overall a nice place to eat.

Lodging:

Grand Plaza Hotel – the hotel is right on the beach, walk to the back of the hotel and voilà! Comfortable & clean rooms!

The rest of the trip just stay in someone house! Save money haha… Also if your budget is low you can try Couchsurfing – another post coming soon about my couching surfing experience!

If all you want is a place to sleep then maybe Gram’s Place may be perfect for you, I have not stayed there but it seems and sounds pretty decent.

View from Hogan's to the untouchable beach lol

View from Hogan’s to the untouchable beach lol

Sitting outside Cracker Barrel

Sitting outside Cracker Barrel

Fly Bar Dish

Fly Bar Dish

Fly Bar Dish

Fly Bar Dish

Spicy Tuna Tartare @Fly

Spicy Tuna Tartare @Fly

MacDinton's Irish Pub

MacDinton’s Irish Pub

The Mood of the magical beach day!

The Mood of the magical beach day!

Cri setting the umbrella St. Pete's beach

Cri setting the umbrella St. Pete’s beach

Last Weekend with NY girls at HPC

Last Weekend with NY girls at HPC

Straight from the Airport - to Ocean Blue Sushi.

Straight from the Airport – to Ocean Blue Sushi.

View from Jackson's

View from Jackson’s

Awesome Sky & the Grand Plaza Hotel in the back

Awesome Sky & the Grand Plaza Hotel in the back

View from the VIP cabanas

View from the VIP cabanas

How much did we go out?

How much did we go out?

Tampa, Florida ’13

I’m back! Well I had been back from vacation but away from writing on the blog. But onto the vacation topic now… The budget was low this year so Tampa seem like the perfect place to go, and it definitely was a great time regardless of the stresses the comes with vacations. A lot of people always assumed the vacations are relaxing and they are but vacations can also be stressful at times.

First weekend was pretty nice! We went to a hotel in St. Pete’s and headed straight for the beach in the afternoon, truly one of the most relaxing beach time I have ever had, it was just perfect… Made me realize how much I had missed warm beach water, and just how peaceful it feels to have your toes in the sand, not a worry in the world haha okay I am starting to sound like country song but seriously it was a magical afternoon and night in salty warm water!

I’m also very grateful to have come back alive as I felt in the shower, came out of the shower when I felt and hit my head on the toilet which resulted in me breaking a piece off the porcelain toilet with my head (NO I WAS NOT DRUNK haha…Didn’t even drink the night before the fall). So I had to visit the ER but thankfully I am one lucky girl with amazing Angels looking after me and my CT Scans came out clear!!! My head still hurts from time to time but for now is all good, thank God I am hardheaded hehe!

But not even the fall stopped us from having fun, we went out almost every night… We spend some family time with the Tampa Family, had awesome and cheap food – WOW eating at restaurants in Tampa is super cheap, love that and my wallet too! Same goes for the nightlife, very cheap to drink and have a good time at very nice clubs, even VIP tables don’t cost as highly. I will make a Tampa Tips Post soon!

CollagesA little collage of the trip!

The last weekend was a lot of fun as 2 friends came from NY and we had a pretty awesome time! It also was my little cousin’s Birthday party which was a lot of fun and we danced a lot despite of the steamy humid Florida weather, we looked like a hot mess after dancing so much but we still ended up going to a nightclub after, and even had a night swim after the club, time seems to go so far in Tampa is unexplainable.. I had always said “I would never live in Florida” but after this trip I have change my mind a bit, I think I could definitely see me leaving there… maybe one day… I had been to Florida before but don’t know what about this particular trip changed my mind.

***Also I noticed that I have had some visitors, thank you so much for stopping by & writing such lovely comments!!! 🙂

Here are some of my favorite pics of the trip! <3

Total Vacation Feeling!

Total Vacation Feeling!

Yumms Yumms

Yumms Yumms

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I want a Dog!

I want a Dog!

Burn Baby Burn... Amazing Tampa Sky after the rain!!!

Burn Baby Burn… Amazing Tampa Sky after the rain!!!

Trip Inspo Quote

Trip Inspo Quote

Perfect Flask!

Perfect Flask!

Couldn't have had such an amazing vacation without the Incredible best hostess Cri Cri! Thanks Love!

Couldn’t have had such an amazing vacation without the Incredible best hostess Cri Cri! Thanks Love!