Every now and then while you are traveling the world, take a moment to indulge yourself in a small reminder of home. Movie night in Lithuania is the same all around the world, no matter where you live. It was my first time watching this silly movie, and I laughed even harder among friends. Can you tell which one it is? Drop me a line! I’ll give you a hint, it’s a Disney movie.
Ever felt the urge to go someplace so far away from the normal, the big cities, and tourist traps? A place that not only has retained its’ charm, makes you feel like you’ve entered into a unique world?
Neither have I, but on a visit to friend in a small town in southern Austria called Graz, I stumbled upon a park littered with unique works of art. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before!
So you have a vacation, and you want to go to Scotland. Great! Get ready for a unique experience. Glasgow and Edinburgh are two of the largest cities in the region, and both have their attractions. Between the two, I was drawn toward the latter, because of my affection for castles.
First things first, where to stay. If you are short on time, and want to meet interesting people who could introduce you to the best spots in town, try the Light House hostel. Walking distance to the center of town, and with a few minutes more, you are standing beneath Edinburgh castle. One of the greatest things I liked about this hostel is the people. It’s locally owned, not a corporate chain. The full kitchen on the 2nd floor lets you cook your own meals, and each night within the common room you will find a new event each night to enjoy with other travelers.
Night has fallen, you’re looking for a good pub, and the castle hasn’t gotten your attention? The hostel has the best recommendations for any given night, but I found myself exploring on my own, then later with others I met along the way.
During the day, Arthur’s seat is a must if you are not afraid for a mild hike on the outskirts of the city. The panoramic views are the best way to see the city. It was cloudy, and dared to rain on my visit, so I never tried.
It was Christmas season when I visited, and the Christmas market was full of carnival games and rides, a full maze of seasonal trees with decorations for the occasion. Of course, you can also find candy, chocolate, festive clothes, gifts and souvenirs for yourself and your family back home.
Grab your camera, you won’t want to miss Edinburgh!
Hop in your car and drive toward the Nivolet Pass. At 2612 meters, or 8570 feet, you will be able to see the landscape below, and the surrounding lakes. The road is narrow, and the turns are tight, but both the journey there and destination will reward you with a great view among the clouds.
You will many many people along the way. Some of whom you will befriend , others you may never see again. There will be missed encounters, there will be times when you wonder what the hell are you doing out here, and times when you would rather be no where else. Every day will be an expense, but also a memory. There will be times when you will be bored out of your mind, times when you long for something constructive to do. There will be times when you are snapping amazing instragram photos, putting on a good face for your friends back home and online, when the next day you are in tears missing family. You will miss your plane, train, bus, tram, boat on occasion and forced to be flexible or cancel or reschedule an evening. But there will also be fleeting moments of discovery. Moments when you recognize a truth, one you may have always known but never accepted. Alone these moments may not change your life significantly, but they might be enough to make a place special, one which you would want to return to.
If you are the organized type who planned every destination, and every day of your trip… bravo! I am not a member of this specifices and so I also spent many days wonderiong what will I do tomorrow? What do I have the passion to do tomorrow? What will motivate me to get out of bed and go? Not having a plan but still havig daily expenses will help you understand what is important to you, and what is not. But it can also lead you into those moments of depression where you wished you did have a plan, or found a travel partner to help you discover things you never would’ve known about.
What had happened was
I arrived arrived at my connecting station with precisely 10 minutes to spare before my connecting train to Kandersteg departed. My plan for this time was simple, find the correct platform, and the closest restroom, get some food, and board my next train. Simple right? Wrong.
Every business has a beginning, and this is where you talk about yours. People want to know what opportunity you saw or how your passion led to the creation of something new. Talk about your roots--people wanna know you have some.
The Journey Continues...
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Today, I write the first page of a story that will take me across oceans, language barriers, and cultural differences. More than any I may write in the future, this will be the most surreal. Because this is the day when a vague idea, bullied by adversity, became a solid part of my reality. Years of saving what I earn, sacrificing what I can do without, and a steadfast belief have paid off. Yet this idea would never have become anything more than a spark without a bottle of courage to abandon the wheel.
I’ve traded a life and career with a comfortable routine for one filled with unexpected encounters & experiences (😊 and ☹), and where no two days will ever be the same. I cannot know how this story ends, but with absolutely clarity I can see to get where I must be, I must put my own feet in front of me. One and then the other on the path less travelled.
And so, my journey begins…