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! 🙂

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!