When waiting takes over

Waiting Malta

We are all waiting for something. Always, ever. We are waiting to be 18 and we are waiting to finish high school. We are waiting to get to university but soon after waiting to graduate. We are waiting to get a job and we are waiting for a promotion. We are waiting for the perfect relationship and we are waiting to get married. We are waiting to set up a family and we are waiting to buy our first home. That’s how we stroll through life. Waiting can be exciting but might also turn frustrating. Sometimes we have to wait only for an hour or two, e.g. when at the airport, but it can be longer when we missed our connections. This is the frustrating kind of waiting. Life goes on out there and what we do is just sit and wait, because

“what else can we do”?

Too much waiting in life is like a slow killing poison. It gets into our home, our workplace, our everydays, drags us down and slowly takes control of our life. When waiting too long the moments of present are missed. Slowly we get completely disconnected from the reality since all we do is sitting idle. Either literally or at the back of our mind. When an unplanned event happens, that turns our life suddenly upside down, people tend to say

“time will sort things out”.

But how much time? How long we have to stand still for time to sort our things and let us live our life again? Shouldn’t we just be more flexible and take things as they come? Not that we should take everything easy but just a little more flexibility? Shouldn’t we just let us go with the flow sometimes and cherish every little moment of our precious life? Why do we want to turn 18? Isn’t it better to have a carefree life? What’s the problem with high school? It’s so much fun! Uni is a cool place, so many interesting folks you get connected with. When waiting to get our first job or just lost our job the lots of free time can be used to live for something we always enjoyed doing or always wanted to do. And the list goes on. Working towards our goals is important but instead of the void waiting game you are better up living, breathing, exploring and enjoying.

Let’s rock the island! Mind-blowing clubs in the middle of the Southern seas

When was the last time you totally let your hair down? When was the last ‘burn the house down’ kind of night out with your friends? Dancing the night away is something that keeps us going in our teens, essential in our social life in our twenties, gets us connected in our thirties, brings some memorable weekends in our forties. And so on. And how is all that when you do it on an island?

Two Brothers Bar Zakynthos

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Cycle around pre-season. Cycle around Lake Balaton.

As spring is knocking hard on our door (actually we’ve already let it in), we are itching to get out to nature more than ever. Probably with this in mind, I caught myself looking at photos of lakes the other day. Not a particular lake but all kind of lakes. Then memories were flooding back all of a sudden of last summer’s family vacation.

Pre-season holiday around the lakePre-season lake holiday

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Paris lies in the details

This is the place where modern meets traditional and Gothic meets Art Deco. The fascinating architecture of Paris makes the city one of a kind in Europe and throughout the world. Be it Renaissance or contemporary, stone or metal structure looking at the details will make you adore the city more than ever before.

Paris and Seine from aboveParis from bird’s eye view

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Paris – eclectic mix of cultures and art

No time would be long enough to discover all the beauties, major and off-tracks, splendid buildings and tiny shops Paris hides. To try to make the most out of it, a well-constructed list and a detailed map were my best travel companions when I visited (came in very handy indeed). Yet so many things left undiscovered for now but not for ever.

Paris Eiffel Tower from sidestreet

Eiffel Tower sneak peek

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When you walk the roads alone

Before not at all I would have considered traveling alone as an option. Ok, that was long time ago. I was thinking (way too wrong!) that you need company, people to talk to, to go out with, to be protected by and so on. But traveling unaccompanied no way means you are a lonely wanderer. There are so many unprecedented things waiting for you out there so are the pros of walking the roads alone.

Duck walking

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Vienna is cool on foot (part 2.)

Started with a filling breakfast, then visited a number of upcoming hot spots in Vienna. After a short break I hit the streets of the buzzing Austrian capital again.

14.00 PM

Due to the hearty breakfast just a few hours back, some quick bites were more than enough to get back on track for the afternoon. The good thing is that you can always grab something fast and healthy in Vienna. You can pick up a whole-grain sandwich in one of the bakeries, if opting for something light you can find a number of vegetarian restaurants around the seventh district. Pop in for the daily vegetarian and vegan lunch menu to Govinda (Lindengasse 2).

Hotel DanielOne of the guest rooms at Hotel Daniel

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Vienna is cool on foot (part 1.)

Conventional yet innovative, bustling yet livable, Vienna is very different from other capital cities around Europe. Loyal to it’s traditions but open for the new this fantastic city can always surprise. Travelers who venture beyond the obvious will be left with colorful memories and a good dose of inspiration. I’ve put on my walking shoes on a Saturday morning and checked for myself what all the sidetracks hide.

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Relax, retreat, rethink

We go to wellness hotels for many reasons. We work hard so we deserve it. We are heartbroken, so we deserve it. We have anniversaries, birthdays, name days, joy, sorrow, kids, no kids, lost our job, got a job… so we deserve it. In fact, sitting in the spa, musing about life while your mind and muscles are pampered is one of those uplifting moments in life. Well, up to the point when you see other guests circulating around ‘your’ Jacuzzi or giving an urging look through the window of the infra sauna, as a slight indication that you are sitting inside for more than 15 minutes. This can certainly kill those moments when you felt you breath with the place. Suddenly the well deserved vacation turns into a sneaky fight for deck chairs and for a good position under the neck massage jet.

Bio Hotel Hermitage, Madonna di Campiglio, ItalyMuse about your life peacefully – Bio Hotel Hermitage

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The village was silent. The roads were empty.

It was a warm day. We traveled an hour in the car to reach there. We had to look it up on the map. I’ve never heard about it before. That’s my bad. We were searching for a house. Not like a house to live in but rather a place to retreat. The village was silent. The roads were empty.

Musings Tiszainoka Father’s musings

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Wining around cultures

An unforgettable trip always has something to do with wine. Wherever in the world, unless alcohol is banned, wine helped so many travelers across the globe to overcome language barriers and smoothen their way to people and culture. That’s how we feel at least after a couple of glasses.

Maltese wine

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From sea to market to plate

Beyond guidebooks around the Maltese islands (part IV.)

The best Sunday pastime on the island? Sure you can get your suntan lying on the beach or have a grand buffet brunch out, however to me Sunday’s were about the always so lively, always so loud fish market.

Octopus Malta fishmarket

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Less is more on the south coast

Beyond guidebooks around the Maltese islands (part III.)

There is a small village down south with a small population. It might seem insignificant for some, but all the more important for its residents. And me. Birzebbuga gave me joy for the day, shelter for the night and friends for a lifetime.

Fishermen Birzebbuga MaltaFishermen and fisherwoman

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Malta – adrenaline junkies paradise

Beyond guidebooks around the Maltese islands (part II.)

Did anyone say Malta was relaxing? It’s time to rethink. With a territory 5 times smaller than London, this charming place has a lot to offer the adventurous traveler. Getting above or underwater, hanging from the rock or racing off-road, Malta is slowly getting on the bucket list of adrenaline junkies.

Trekking Malta Gnejna

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Valletta – an upcoming art scene in the Mediterranean

Beyond guidebooks around the Maltese islands (part I.)

Traveling to Malta for the umpteenth time? Staying longer than a short-term vacationer? Living on the rock for over 14 months, within weeks I’ve finished off all the sightseeing the guidebooks had to offer. Then I put the map and a bottle of water in my bag and let the roads take me wherever they had to take me. Out of this experience I’m starting a series of alternative trips around the islands to share some handy tips with fellow travelers.

Valletta balconiesProtecting residents

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Nature escapes – off the beaten track

Feel like jetting off to a place to leave the rat race behind for a while and just find your little escape in nature? Have you dreamed about being offline for more than 24 hours and enjoy the pure serenity of flora and fauna? Three hidden accommodations built right in the heart of nature await those with adventurous soul.

Bathroom in the rainforest- Elephant Hills, Thailand

Rainforest bathroom – Elephant Hills, Thailand

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Travel globally – eat locally

The best way to start immersing in a country’s culture and heritage is to get a taste of their cuisine. Skipping the luring restaurants on busy shopping streets targeting masses of tourists, the real secrets of a country’s gastronomy are waiting to be discovered away from the city’s buzz. The following restaurants are offering unforgettable journeys around (the world) to the traditional gastronomic delights of 3 countries.

Seagull restaurant Kerala

Can’t get more local than this – Seagull restaurant, Kerala

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Guests are not welcome?

In today’s competitive hospitality industry some hotels just don’t want to keep up and mastered the art of frustrating guests, chasing them away forever. So see a list of the most common mistakes – from my perspective – a hotelier should just not turn a blind eye to.

old-abandoned-estate

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Berlin never sleeps

Berlin has always been a top pic among hip travelers. We love it for its profound history, abundant culture, underground bars and cosmopolitan atmosphere. It’s so wanted by the young crowd around the world that in a Lufthansa competition a Swedish guy – among 41 others – went as far as to change his name from the absolute normal Michael Andersson to hilarious sounding Klaus-Heidi (a mix of German male and female name) to win a new life in the German capital prepaid by the airline. So how Berlin can keep on attracting a good number of visitors year by year?

Design hotel 25hours Berlin entrance

A city with 1000 faces – 25hours Bikini Berlin Hotel

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Amongst peaceful vineyards

Have you heard of the increasingly famous vineyards in Hungary? Probably Tokaj, home of the sweet golden liquid. But you better know that this is not the only notable wine region in the country.

Etyek Hungary

Lonely wine cellar

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Milano: passion for design and innovation

Milano. Beyond the Duomo and Da Vinci’s Last Supper it offers many off-path venues for the design hunters. You only have an afternoon and a night free to immerse? Here we go.

Nhow Milano reception

All about design – reception at Nhow Milano Hotel

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Beat Generation

It was a journey back in time, stepping into a rather hallucinatory universe of young intellectuals, hipsters, rebels, artists. The world of the Beat generation.

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Design, vintage, art and wine – Budapest sidestreet walks

The morning of 1st January when most people were struggling to get out of bed, or actually they went to bed at that time I started to feel an inner push, an urge which did kick me out of bed in the early hours. Something repeatedly was telling me ‘what you do today will reflect on your entire year, get up and be productive’. I took my morning shot of coffee, with an unusually fair amount of time devoted for breakfast and went on to immerse myself in a couple of projects I have started have been planning to start recently. My New Year’s resolution for 2014? Stop dreaming about things, get up, get out and just get it!

Contemporary art Printa design shop and silkscrreen studio Budapest

Printa design shop

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What is beyond landmarks?

If you were a tourist in your own country and were looking for off the beaten track places do you know where would you go? What spots would you hit with a friend coming from abroad to amaze him? These are the questions I asked myself earlier today while taking the public transport to my Italian teacher. Looking out of the window I was like, how beautiful this city is. I studied here for 4 years, then worked here for a few more and actually still living here at the moment but I’ve never devoted enough time to explore Budapest further. I know where to shop what, where to go out for a few drinks or a nice dinner, what are the major landmarks, but nothing beyond that. That’s not good enough. So I decided to add the ‘get to know your home country’ activity to my to do list. I am going to dedicate a full day going around the city where I live and find the hip places, art galleries, local designer stores, small spas, restaurants and side street bars. Sounds like a good starting point.

What about you? Do you really know your city?

Hidden pearls of the North Italian countryside

There’s something that never changes. And that is the beauty of Italy. There can be winter or summer, economy rising or declining, the boot-shaped country proudly shows off its constant splendor. But what’s all the buzz about?

Northern Italy landscape

Mesmerizing landscape of Northern Italy

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The sparkle of Wattens never fades

Located in the state of Tyrol, surrounded by giant mountains, with a population of less than 8000 this charming little town is truly a hidden treasure in Western Austria.

Hotel Goldener Adler in Wattens

Hotel Goldener Adler

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State-of-the-art Nürnberg

When you hear about Nürnberg contemporary art is not the first thing pops up in your mind. It was also not my first thought either when I got the opportunity to spend a few months there. However this great city in the Bavarian region of Germany has lots of hidden gems to offer the urban traveler looking for something distinctive.

Back in 2011 I spent 6 amazing months in the “secret capital” of Bavaria and during this time I tried to explore its treasures from a different angle. Now to relive the great moments I had there, I’ve put together a day tour to share it with all you guys looking for these small bits of extra tips to avoid the crowd when visiting this great place anytime during the year. So let’s start the tour.

Nürnberg butcher

Local delicacies from the butcher

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