Ever since I was a small girl and since I remember I was travelling. My parents used to drag me first around Poland and then, around Europe. Each summer was spent visiting mountains, seasides, lakes, cities and so many other beautiful places. That gave me a serious travel bug that is getting worse and worse with time…
My first solo trip took place before my 18th birthday when I went to visit a friend in Austria and came back home via Slovakia (with some minor adventures on the way). This gave me the courage and confidence and pushed me to travel to more far away places. 10 years later I find myself travelling more than ever!
Every year for the past decade I went for a train trip around Europe, discovering new places, admiring views from the train’s window, meeting various people. Along the way, back in 2005 in Portugal, I discovered the awesome idea of Couchurfing and since then it’s a big part of my way of travelling. I also try to help other travelers in my area whenever I can – it’s like travelling without actually leaving your hometown! :) And I know how great meeting a local person in a far away place can be! :)
Sometimes I travel with friends, more often alone. I used to travel mostly by train, now I find myself flying more often. When I see a cheap ticket to the place I wouldn’t mind seeing I just book it and think leave the thinking about everything else for later on (however lately I’m more picky with cheap flights;)). I take my camera everywhere with me and after coming back home I’m mad at myself and promise not to take that many pictures anymore – of course it doesn’t work. If not couchsurfing then definitely hostels – that’s the best way to meet new people and fellow travellers.
Some random facts about me:
* despite what people think I do work, full time, and travel only in my free time :) My work is kind of connected to travel and I love it with passion. It actually is my passion and I know how lucky I am to do for a living something that I truly enjoy (no matter how annoying it can be at times)
* I’m a holder of a tour leader licence, just never had time to actually use it…
* I’m really into learning Czech language properly (I’m somewhere at the intermidiate level now) so if you go to Czech Republic be sure I’ll ask you to bring me some newspapers :) once I’m done with Czech there’s Russian, German, Italian and probably few other languages to learn…
* I always have to have some trips to look forward to, otherwise I get miserable (but that doesn’t happen very often:))
* back in 2007 I’ve lived for 5 months in the tiny town in the middle of nowhere in Finland (as an exchange student) and then for a month in Berlin. Those were the times!
* I was a volunteer during European football championships and that was one of the greatest adventures of my life!
* I hated Warsaw so much but after changing neighbourhoods I suddenly really enjoy living here
* I never bring the typical suvenirs, like the small Eiffel Tower, from my trips. Instead I buy lots of spices, tea, earrings and postcards
* I have too many books to read on my shelves yet I spent every free moment on reading – in the elevator, in the queue or before going to sleep (that’s the best way to end a day!). I never leave house without the book in my bag!
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