Time for another quarterly update! These past 3 months and especially last weeks, have been challenging. After a pretty good April the life has slapped me in the face at the end of May. But I took it all with the humbleness, after all life is not only rainbows, unicorns and sunny places!
But let’s talk travel first!
We’ve seen so many concrete buildings we can’t really count them, ate too many cheesecakes and had so much fun! We even were investigated by the police who interrupted our mission to see every single metro station in Kharkiv (only 3 were left!).
Kiev is always a good idea, Dnipro was this kind of place that the majority of people would hate yet I found it pretty cool and Kharkiv was surprisingly awesome and I want to return there so badly! Ukraine really is one of my favorite countries to visit and I’m so looking forward to more trips there!
2 days after returning from Ukraine I went to another Polish travel bloggers summit in Cieszyn. It was 6th edition I think and I, as one of the founders of this event, couldn’t be any more proud! Just like Kiev, Cieszyn is always a good idea and with such a great company it was a wonderful weekend full of great conversations, so many laughs and not enough sleep!
Shortly after I went to Yerevan – one of my favorite cities ever. I don’t even know anymore how many times I’ve been there before but this one was special for two reasons.
I took my mum with me and after hearing my stories about Armenia it was her dream to go there too. We happened to visit Yerevan during a very special time: not only it was another anniversary of the Armenian genocide but also the peaceful revolution was taking over the country and we could witness the first victory of it. Such a special and unforgettable time!
I came home only to repack and again 2 days later I was out for another trip, this time to a completely new country for me! I’ve finally visited Russia! It has been on my mind for years but all the hassle with the visa (that turned out to be pricey but straightforward eventually) kept me away. Well, better late than never!
I enjoyed my time there so very much and even if I’ve visited only three cities: Moscow, Kazan and St. Petersburg I could get a small glimpse into Russia. And now I want to see more of it, hopefully soon! The highlights of the trip, besides seeing all these amazing places, were my ability to communicate in my (very poor but still understandable) Russian and seeing 30 seconds to Mars playing life in Moscow!
After Russia I had some other trips planned, including another new destination for me – Azerbaijan, but life happened. I only went for 3 days to Italy for work this past week but as it was really interesting and with great company I had a blast. I might adore Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans but I gladly go to Italy whenever I can. I mean, who doesn’t love the Italian food?
This time I returned to Bologna and Modena and besides the work meetings I had time to do a big of sightseeing and climb 498 stairs to the tower in Bologna – at least the view was spectacular so it was worth it!
Next three months don’t look very intense travel-wise but also there’re some epic plans, like trying to visit Azerbaijan after all (my visa is still valid so it would be crazy to miss this chance!) or going to 3 Balkan countries (and Hungary) in 3 days. I’m also hoping to finally do some weekend trips around Poland as this country is the best in the summer time! We will see, I’m not planning all that much this time and just waiting what happens!
Life has been ok more or less. The big slap in the face was my dad’s heart attack. To make everything even more fun it was just a day before my mum’s 60th birthday. Things looked really bad, he was unconscious and at ICU for few days but now he’s back at home and slowly recovering. It was a really stressful situation and a tough time for us but let’s hope things will be only improving from now on.
That’s why I didn’t go to Azerbaijan and Istanbul, that’s why I’ve decided to cancel few more trips. Travelling is important to me but not the most important. Family always comes first!
Other than that work is crazy busy and a bit frustrating, Poland sucked at football World Championships and meeting friends is fun as always. I went to some good concerts (like Marilyn Manson and Stone Sour), read some good books and wasted way too much time on Netflix. Just your average everyday life things.
Finally, after weeks of not feeling inspired at all I’m back at writing and blogging and I enjoy it so much! I’ve started so many blog posts that there should be regular updates here in next weeks! In the meantime I published following posts:
- How I witnessed the revolution in Armenia
- Russia travel tips
- My favorite things to do in Sarajevo
- 10 days New Zealand itinerary, without renting a car
- Day trip from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes
- What to do in Skopje, the kitschy yet cool capital of Macedonia
I’m also back on Instagram on regular basis and I enjoy it surprisingly much! I try to post pictures daily so be sure to follow me there too!
Sarajevo is one of my all time favorite cities. I can return there over and over again and always find something new and exciting to see and do. No other place makes my heart beat faster than Sarajevo. I've recently published a new post on the blog, the longest one I've ever written, with all my favorite things to do in Sarajevo. You are more than welcome to read it, you can find the link in the profile! Which place is your Sarajevo :) ?
But the funniest part was when I got the best hate email the other day. It wasn’t the first one I’ve ever got but definitely the best one, like from the book “how to write hate emails”. There were remarks about my look, my nationality and origin and the person writing trying to prove she is better than me because of her hometown only. On top of that there were so many elaborate insults involved I had to check the dictionary as I’ve seen some of them for the first time.
I’m glad I really don’t care about messages like that as it was all so mean it could really hurt someone sensitive. And I was just laughing, finding it all fascinating that a complete stranger spent so much time writing all these awful things to some random person from the internet!
Anyway, let’s hope this summer will be good for all of us! Happy and safe travels!
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