Posts tagged ‘Life’s a stage’

2018, February 2

The Bohemian Quater Guest House in Skopje, Macedonia

I was so thrilled with Bohemian Quater Guest House in Skopje, Macedonia, I have to write my review of it here as well not only leave it on Booking.com. Hope some of you will find it useful.

Pros:

The place was clean, comfy, cozy and quiet even though there is a large boulevard around the corner. I have trouble sleeping if there’s noise, but had no issues here.

The property is in a perfect location! We could walk basically everywhere – we didn’t use the car once after arriving. One can reach the city center in about 15 minutes, the old bazaar in 20, the mall in 20 minutes, and there are several 24/7 bakeries, pastries shops and groceries around reachable in up to 10 minutes.

The bus stop is reachable in 5 minutes and I was most surprised that any trip (within the city, and even where the bus goes outside of the city, for example to visit Matka Canyon) is 35 Denars ($0,7 at the time of writing this).

The hosts are lovely, they speak English very well, and are knowledgeable, gave us ideas on what to visit, advice on which bus to take, and checked back to see if we needed anything.

A huge plus, I’d say, is arranging our registration and check out at the police station – I wasn’t aware before, but foreigners spending even one night at an address in Macedonia are required to register their place of residence within 24 hours of arrival. The host took care of this and we got to enjoy ourselves.
As far as I heard afterwards, the fine is pretty steep for not being able to present this paper at the state border if asked for it and also results in being banned from the country for a year. I’m happy the host was on top of his legal knowledge.

Cons:

In one place among the property descriptions it says that “Free private parking available on-site”, in other places it only says “Free parking”. I assumed it to be private parking in a garage or yard, but it is street parking.
That said, it is a safe neighborhood and we had no issues leaving our car in front of the property.

Overall we had a lovely time, the property was great and the city is very interesting to explore!

 

PS: If you book a holiday on Booking.com using this link, you’ll get 10% back after your trip. I am not an affiliate, but I can get $15 for referring you, after your stay.
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2018, January 26

Over-used YouTube expressions lately

Sometimes while being a very busy bee with house chores, I turn on my laptop, and either have some music playing in the background, or listen to different youtuber channels. I like the occasional make up tips, maybe a vlog or two and I especially enjoy DIY videos and recipes.

However, lately I start getting antsy when I hear youtubers say certain things/expressions. Here are a couple of examples of these pet peeves, in no particular order:

  • “I’m obsessed with x,y,z” – It seems like *everyone* is obsessed with *everything* from floral buttons, colors, lipstick, tank tops and decorative pineapples to working with a certain type of food processor, and everything else in between.
  • “Super natural” – Nope, not for make up tips. It always comes out pronounced as if it were “supernatural.”
  • “If that makes sense/If you get that” – If it didn’t, you wouldn’t include it in a video. That simple.

What expressions turn your radar on, either on Youtube, TV or real life?

2018, January 19

Every Day Matters

After a very nice holiday trip to Skopje, Macedonia, I came home to my diary and started planning my 2018. A dear friend of mine sent me the “Every Day Matters”  illustrated holistic diary created by Dani DiPirro of Positively Present for Christmas.

I suspect my friend thought of this, because on the one hand I’ve been quite depressed for the better half of 2017 after our dear sweet kitten died and pretty much felt like none of my days mattered. (I feel so blessed to have someone like her in my life. Thank you, Trisha!)
On the other hand, she also knows I’ve followed Dani’s 30 day photo challenges yearly since 2011. (Those photo challenges even prompted me to start a photo challenge of my own.)

As it says in the description if it, “the planner not only has plenty of space for daily planning, but also offers inspiring advice on how to make each and every day really matter.” I am looking forward to it being a resource for enriching my daily life, guiding me through a journey of awareness and fulfillment as I’ll go about my everyday activities. Who knows? This might just be the diary/planner I fully fill out.
I’ve only been that disciplined with one other planner thus far in the 30 years of my existence.

For today, I thought to share a list with you. The theme for January is Openness, and the prompt for the first week of the month is a suggestion to write a list of five feel-good surprises from last year. I feel that so much of last year has been spent in grief I definitely didn’t pay much attention to letting happiness find me. It was actually hard to think of five things. I like that this comes first in the planner.

Five feel-good surprises from 2017:

  1. A phone call my boyfriend received to pick up his diploma, which led to us taking a trip to pick it up around my birthday.
  2. Google Maps taking us the wrong way during a road trip, but leading to the most scenic ride through the forest.
  3. Receiving a bike for my birthday – I’ve wanted to buy myself one for the past five years at least, but never got around to it.
  4. Out of a five-people team, being the only one asked to hand over her project work in person at the client’s site in the UK.
  5. Receiving the out-of-the-blue gift that included my Christmas present, this diary.

Now I’m wondering, what was your 2017 like overall? And what are your five feel-good surprises from last year? Do share in the comment section below!

2017, December 29

Happy New Year, the travel writer’s way

It’s been three years since my boyfriend and I started travelling over our New Year’s holiday time. We are currently enjoying Skopje, Macedonia.

I still want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and wonderful 2018 ahead – the travel writer’s way.

Go on over to Milliver’s  Travels to read about our New Year’s Eve, 2015 trip in my travel article, “Spending New Year’s Eve in Budapest, Hungary”. You won’t regret it.
Happy 2018, everyone!


2017, December 22

Merry Christmas, the travel writer’s way

This Christmas, I want to highlight a couple of awesome pictures my friends took. 

So if you want, go read my short article, “Funky Decorations: Holiday wishes, the travel writer’s way” over on Milliver’s  Travels to see them.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

2017, December 15

Broke the BF ice skating

To the question “What have you been up to last ice skating season?”, the answer is “I broke the BF.”

He was already off from work, while I would be off starting two days later. However, I figured taking a break and going with the BF to run an errand, we could stop at the ice rink together. He liked the idea.

We were on the ice for about 15 minutes. He fell a couple of times, but was fine. Then I turned around for a minute, and he fell again, hitting his head.
He was fine, nothing major… but to this day, and probably until his last day on Earth, has a scar from the cut he got next to his right eyebrow.
It bled a bit back then, because of the sensitive area it is in, but hasn’t swollen, which was good. He kept saying that I should go skate more, he’s fine, and I kept saying “No, we really need to go sit you down. Besides, you might scare the children skating around us!” I am not even kidding – a mob of children have gathered around him in no time asking what happened and if there were any gory details to it…
I know logically it’s a natural thing to fall on ice, and he’s still being cute making jokes about it and not blaming me or anything, but oh well.

I haven’t asked him to come with me again after that day. Nor did I ask anyone else. I went alone, one session almost every week of the season.

This season? I’m going alone still! We’ll just have squash, hiking and cycling as sports activities to do together.

2017, December 1

Curious Holiday List time

As I did when first introducing this cute little idea-book years ago, I’ll share one of the list titles from the book and the content I came up with. Then, You let me know in the comment section what Your lists would look like.

I opened the book to page 109 and then chose the upper-right title, from the chapter “Lists for Holidays”.

I really have no clue what words might actually be uttered at a Shakespeare Society holiday party, but the below were the quotes I thought of when associating Shakespeare and the holiday season.

Quotes uttered at a ‘Shakespeare Society’ Holiday Party:

  • At Christmas I no more desire a rose
    Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
    ~Love’s Labours Lost (Act 1, Scene 1)
  • I see the trick on’t: here was a consent,
    Knowing aforehand of our merriment,
    To dash it like a Christmas comedy:
    Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany,
    ~Love’s Labours Lost (Act Five, Scene 2)
  • SLY. Marry, I will; let them play it. Is not a comonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling-trick?
    PAGE. No, my good lord, it is more pleasing stuff.
    ~The Taming of the Shrew (Intro, scene 2)
  • Have I lived to be carried in a basket, like a
    barrow of butcher’s offal, and to be thrown in the
    Thames? Well, if I be served such another trick,
    I’ll have my brains ta’en out and buttered, and give
    them to a dog for a new-year’s gift…
    ~Merry Wives of Windsor (Act 3, Scene 5)

Our modern conception of Christmas is more tied to “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens rather than Shakespeare.

Back in the court of Elizabeth I, Christmas and New Year weren’t celebrated as we do today.
Christmas was popularized in England when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert started following many of the German Christmas traditions about 200 years after the death of Shakespeare.

Your turn. Ready? Go! :)

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