Weekend Reads #93

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hello there! How is everyone? Have you taken advantage yet of the Black Friday? I might start a new job on Tuesday; if so, I will definitely visit Asos and shop my heart out! So keep your fingers crossed for me. Not just for the shopping, but this job in general :) I hope you have a great weekend! And here are some links you might enjoy...

Weekend Reads #92

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hello dear friends! As you ready to have an awesome weekend? (I suppose I'm talking to the majority who just got up; my weekend is half-way through!) And yes, of course that an awesome weekend can consist of #netflixandchill, what else? :) Though I must admit I still have not fully jumped on the Netflix bandwagon. I was recently talking to a dear friend and then spontaneously used the words "streaming service", which left her in shock because, as she put it, it's Netflix, it is something that hugs you at night and stays by your side when the world shatters, how can you say it's just a streaming service? :) Anyway, I'm watching Better Call Saul (after having devoured Breaking Bad) and I seriously want to go to New Mexico. But if you've been here a while, you know it's nothing new. I want to go everywhere. :) However, since you're not here today to read about my travel wish list, here are some weekend links for you to enjoy.

Three Months in New Zealand

Friday, November 17, 2017

I am sitting on a terrace, looking at a palm tree in the backyard. The sun is stroking my face. Actually, no, this is an understatement: the sun is aggressively burning my skin, at least that’s what I feel, even though I just applied sunscreen. My laptop keyboard has become hot in mere minutes, so each stroke feels like a little burn on the top of my fingers. And my typing is pretty fast. I even have that in writing. So, that's a lot of burning.

Today marks three months since I landed in Aotearoa, or New Zealand if you please.  

Weekend Reads #91

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hi everyone! The leaf is for my readers from the Northern Hemisphere, who make the most of my readership anyway. No falling leaves here, though! But at least I got my hands at a book. I finally borrowed a Kindle, since I've been having issues with ordering a battery online throughout this whole year, basically. I'm currently reading The Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I saw the movie three years ago, so I'm missing out on the great plot twist. Hah, I wish I could see my own face back then! Did you watch it? (Hope you did so you understand what I'm talking about. If not, do so!) Anyway, here's my choice of this week's links, and I hope you'll like some of them. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Reads #90

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hello! How is everyone doing? What are you up to this weekend? We're having a cloudy and rainy one—who would have thought it's spring. I just recently told a friend from back home how much the weather changes every day, and he was like "oh... I thought it was the land of eternal spring". Well, it depends on the spring you're used to, and this is not mine! On the bright side though, I landed a weekend job after a search that took ages, and I'm hoping to get a week job soon as well! A girl needs her dollars, right. Anyway, here are the links I liked this week. Oh, and make sure to check out my piece on free things to do in Berlin, a guest post I did for the lovely Melissa from A Broken Backpack.

Weekend Reads #89

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I have never experienced weather moodier than the one we have in New Zealand. Which is the reason I have no idea how to dress properly here; and by properly I only mean in a way that feels good and is not too cold nor too hot. Impossible! Also, have you ever got a sunburn through your clothes? Why, you didn't think it could happen? It can, and I had the misfortune to witness it firsthand. How do people even live here? By the way, it is SO WEIRD that we're in the second half of October and all I keep hearing is "summer is coming". 

Okay, maybe this was too much weather talk? :) What are you up to this weekend? We're having a long one, as it's Labor day on Monday. I'd love it if it were warmer so I could finally walk to the beach. I literally see the ocean when I get outside of the house, but being born and raised in a plain, I'm hesitant to walk that much uphill. (I know sea is downhill, duhh. But this is New Zealand, subjective feeling: everything is uphill.) Anyway, here are some links for you to explore.

Berlin Guide For Newbies

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I always hated how some bloggers sound pretentious starting their blog posts with “everybody asked me to write about (some random topic), so finally here it is”. That’s why I was super hesitant to start in the same manner; but I can list at least several people who did ask me to post a detailed Berlin guide they could pass on to their friends traveling to the city. So okay, it wasn’t “everybody”, but it still made me feel so humble at times. And so—here it is. (Self-cringe!)

Weekend Reads #88

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hello lovely people. How's everything? I hope you have a good weekend. By the way, I'm toying with the idea of not doing the Weekend Reads anymore. It's not anything final, just an idea. They might transform or something. Any guidelines from you? Anyway, here are the links for this weekend.

Weekend Reads #87

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hello lovely people! I am still going through the interesting-reads-slump, but I'm getting back there. On the road to there, at least! On the other hand, I did create instead, and my post on what you should do if you're a first-time visitor to London is something I'm really proud of, so check it out if you haven't. Oh, and it's really beginning to feel like spring, which is weird. September is meant to be fall. And have a great weekend!

The Ultimate Guide For First-Time Visitors To London

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The best thing about having a wandering soul is the wandering part.
The worst thing about having a wandering soul is that you’re never 100% happy where you are.
Take me, for example. 
I’ll always be at least 10% happier when in London.

Weekend Reads #86

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I'm taking advantage of the time difference and writing this post on a Saturday afternoon, knowing that the majority of my audience is in Europe and America. 🙈 My overall feeling about Weekend Reads, that I mentioned last week, is still present, but it may be due to my taste becoming more refined? Who knows. Have a great weekend! (Or what's left of it, in case you live closer to me.)

What to See in Baku

Monday, September 11, 2017

Baku is… different. Now this is not much of a statement if you don’t have my exact background, and judging by the fact you’re not me—you probably don’t. So, different to what, anyway? I don’t dare say “Europe” because Europe is just so diverse, but I’m thinking along those lines. Baku is just different.

Weekend Reads #85

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello people! The negative trend in regards to my #WeekendReads continues. I usually try to include at least ten links, which I failed miserably last week, and I am failing again. If you read some interesting content on a regular basis, please let me know! I don't feel I consume less online content than usually, but it's less interesting, less enticing, less share-worthy... I don't know. Maybe it's me. Anyway, here's a couple of links. Have a great weekend!

10 Useful Airport Tips And Tricks That Will Make Flying Easier

Monday, September 4, 2017

Airports are my happy place. Sometimes. More often than not, however, airports are just places where there's a lot of waiting and a lot of queues. They're shiny and crowded, filled with stores and eateries with sky-rocketed prices. However, if you have to get from A to B by plane, they cannot be avoided; even less if you have a layover. Here are my few tips and tricks that will make your flying endeavors easier, and let you glide through airports seamlessly!

Weekend Reads #85

Friday, September 1, 2017

I skipped last week's Weekend Reads because I only had a few links to share with you. My taste online is either more refined than it was in the northern hemisphere 😄 or there have seriously been less good reads recently. It appears I have not bookmarked a single web location in the past seven days?! I don't remember it ever having happened before. Anyway, greetings from down under, and if you'd like, follow me on Instagram, where I'm obviously more active. (The top photo is mine, btw. This is where I live now, not far from many awesome beaches. Still have to pinch myself on a regular basis.) Have a great weekend! Oh, and happy September. Trivia: it's the first day of spring in New Zealand. :)

GPSMyCity: Travel Apps Are The New Travel Guides (Giveaway Inside!)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Five years ago I was copy editing the Serbian edition of the book Un Amico Italiano: Eat, Pray, Love in Rome, and I remember telling myself I would love to use it as a tour guide once I travel to Rome. Of course, a novel is hardly a good guide, no matter how well written. A while after, when I actually did find myself in Rome, I had to go through that novel again and write down the points it had recommended. Maybe I even missed something.

Down Under

Monday, August 21, 2017

I just moved to New Zealand!

Weekend Reads #84

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hello folks, how is everyone? We're melting here in Europe. I don't remember ever having had such a hot summer. Maybe it really is the hottest; or maybe my long memory refuses to keep such data. But to the contrary of the weather, my life is real fast at the moment, as if someone pressed "fast forward". Honestly, it's really stressful, and I don't see it ending before September, and who knows for how long. We'll see. Keep your fingers crossed, and in the meantime, I'll share more. For now, here are some links you might enjoy. 

Weekend Reads #83

Friday, July 21, 2017

Oh, would you look at that—I showed up here again. Well. With it being too hot to breathe and eat (and I thought that wasn't possible), can you blame me? I hope you're navigating the summer in the best way imaginable. However, in less than a month, I'll be in the south hemisphere for the first time ever, so I guess I shouldn't be complaining much. Anyway, here are some links for you. Enjoy!

Weekend Reads #82

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hello there! What's on your agenda this weekend? I'm feeling overwhelmed with the heat so I spend a good chunk of the day watching TLC. Guilty pleasures, eh? I hope to see some humans tomorrow, that'd be nice. In the meantime, it's just ice cream and chill. And here are some links from around the web if you have some spare time.

Azerbaijan: The Land of Fire

Thursday, June 29, 2017

I didn’t plan to blog from Azerbaijan because I’d made such plans in the past, and they did not turn out very well. So I gave myself some time off. But when I came back home, I didn’t want to blog right away either. Not so travel-bloggish of me, is it? The thing is, with some of my experiences I was not that impressed and I didn’t want to write with that in my mind, but to let it cool.

So it did. I now look back at my time there fondly—more than I did right after coming back. It was ten days of being completely out of this world, and honestly, I really needed it.

For ten days I didn’t think about the bills I needed to pay or job I didn’t have or anything like that. I think I was living in the present, being present.

Weekend Reads #81

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hello there! I've been quiet for some time here, and honestly, I would just rather sit and stare at another meaningless website than focus on writing. It's just so hot. (And the cheese pie in the oven doesn't help. Why on Earth do I bake a pie on a hot day? God knows.) I am super slow and my sleeping routine is a mess and I'm not sure how to fix it. (Ideas, anyone??) Anyway, here's an attempt to be normal on a Friday. Weekend Reads, y'all. Enjoy!

Zlatibor Mountain, Serbia—A Perfect Getaway

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I like, love, adore and enjoy traveling.

(Which shouldn’t come as a surprise since you’re reading what I imagine to be a travel blog.)

Yet so it happened that I’m mainly traveling abroad. It’s more available than ever, and the world is so big and beautiful and waiting for me to discover it and see in person everything I’ve been longing for since… well, forever.

It’s easy to end up seduced by the very world and forget about what’s in my backyard.

Well, not literally. (Though there is a cherry tree and I should pick some while they’re still good.)

I’m talking about Serbia, my home country.

Weekend Reads #80

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hi everyone! I just gathered last atoms of strength to publish this—I just want and need to lie down, I am super tired, had a tiring session at the gym and then ate my weight in chicken and I am half-dead now. So kudos to myself for being responsible-ish enough to publish this before Saturday evening, when I'll probably wake up now that I pass out. :) Also: it's Eurosong finale tonight! Are you watching? Serbia didn't qualify, but nevertheless I expect good fun. And I am cheering for Moldova, though people around me say they are ridiculous. Well, I like them. Are you a Eurovision fan as well or have no idea what this glitter event the whole Europe loves is about? 

Anyway, here are some links I found on the WWW this week. Enjoy!

Weekend Reads #79

Friday, May 5, 2017

Hello there! How are you, what are you up to this weekend? I'll be going away for a small trip in the mountains that I'm really looking forward to, so feel free to follow me on Instagram to stay updated, and soon enough I'll post about it and might give you an idea for where to spend a vacation 😉 But for now, here are my weekly favorites. (Also, anyone else watching leaked Season 5 of Orange Is The New Black?! 🙈I  love that show. It's just so, so good.)

Musings: Berlin (heart emoji)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I was decluttering my laptop the other day, which is something I'll probably keep doing as long as I live, and  I found a short piece I wrote in 20 minutes last year just a couple of days after having left Berlin. This was actually a part of the test for a certain job: they wanted to check my written English and I was supposed to write anything at all ASAP. So I let my heart speak.

I didn't get the job eventually; if I recall correctly, I was told the piece is good but then they never bothered to contact me again. I read it now, after more than a year, and decided to publish it. Here's a different love story.

Weekend Reads #78

Sunday, April 30, 2017

So I happened to not have made it on Friday, nor yesterday... Sorry! I still go to the orthodontist's every Saturday hoping I won't be the first person in the world who has to wear braces forever :) I prepared a bit more links this time than usual, because we're having a long weekend here. If you aren't, sorry—but maybe you'll find something interesting to read today. Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Spreepark Berlin—A Tale of an Entertainment Park

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I still miss it. I'm refraining from going through old photos and blog posts because why put salt on the wound? And this one, this wound, guys, is real. What I keep doing, though, is checking prices to Berlin from airports close by... well, yes, 6 hours is close by... sort of. Springs in Berlin are no less than magical and I want to say goodbye before I move overseas—at least a temporary goodbye, because that's one of those love stories that never ends, y'know? Especially because, as a friend put it: "you might find it expensive now but once you start making money at the end of the world it'll seem crazy cheap and you'll regret not having gone". True! So here I am, making plans and lists of things I want to see again and visit again and eat again. (Currywurst and doner kebab, I'm looking at you!) 

Weekend Reads #77

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hi there! The delay in the #WeekendReads is caused by the delay of my yesterday' post (worth checking out if you're going to Italy anytime soon). I'm also working on some new content from my travels from last year and even before (gulp!), so that'll be coming your way soon! In the meantime, I'm waiting for news about some trips that may happen in June and beyond, so keep your fingers crossed for me, pretty please! What are you up to this weekend? I hope you're not freezing like we in Serbia are, and here are some links you might enjoy. 

If You're Going To Siena, Italy

Friday, April 21, 2017

I have mixed feelings about Siena. It’s a city in Tuscany, Italy, and the whole Tuscany is beautiful, therefore the conclusion would be Siena is, too. While we’re at it, Italy is beautiful. A fellow blogger from Serbia commented on my Instagram back then that it was her favorite town it Italy, but I just didn't feel it. Would I recommend it? Definitely—but bear in mind that this has more to do with the fact that I advocate going wherever one hasn’t been yet (and that’s what I do, anyway). So, here's what you should know if considering visiting Siena.

Siena is a medieval city that used to be a wealthy city-state during the Middle Ages, and its historic centre has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It’s famous for its arts, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year around the central piazza, Il Campo. Have you ever been to Siena? I'd love to hear, especially if you loved it! What did I do wrong? 😉

Weekend Reads #76

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hello there, what are your plans for the weekend? My sister is about to arrive home in an hour and then we'll dive deep into baking and egg coloring, guided by Mom's instructions, that is, until she decided we're way too grown up for needing advice and guidance. Oh, the usual. :) I wish you a great Easter weekend, and here are some fun links from around the web!

Stuff No One Told Me

Monday, April 10, 2017

These are old news if you live on the Internet. However, no matter how old, they're still SO good and I think they deserve a share and a mention on this blog. Alex Noriega is an artist who, in his own words, started the blog Stuff No One Told Me "as a way of trying to find what I was doing wrong. I wanted to put on paper all that I had learned in life as simple as possible and try to see if what was happening around me made sense. It didn't". I mean, an artist with a sense of humor and everyday struggles we all face? I'm in! His characters are flawed and worry about the exact same things we do, they make mistakes and feel bad about it and overthink it and that's why it's easy to fall in love with them. Check them out if you haven't already! 

Weekend Reads #75

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hi! You might have noticed the absence of Weekend Reads... or not. Both is fine. At some point, almost two months ago, I got one minor and one major translation gig that didn't allow browsing the Internet, let alone writing a Weekend Reads post. Apparently, as I noted on Twitter (only worth checking out if you understand Serbian), why hasn’t anybody ever told us it’s impossible to work, keep your home neat and clean, cook healthy lunches every day and have social life?! I know there are people in the blogosphere who brag about doing everything by thorough organization, but I think they’re just full of bullshit. It’s just impossible. I’m sorry, you’re lying, and do you even have a job? I don’t and I’m really struggling.

Sorry for the mini-rant. After the gigs were done, I got into a sort of imaginary cocoon that meant no work on the blog at all. I know it happens to me here and there and all the bloggers would tell you consistence is key, and I do agree, but honestly, I enjoyed the time off the blog. If nothing else, now I have both ideas for new posts and the will to write them, so hopefully the big break was a good thing to do! Anyway, here are your weekend reads for this week. 😊

Three Months Later—Where I Am With My New Year's Resolutions (ed. 2017)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I feel like I always start these posts with OMG it’s already ____ (fill in with the name of the month) I cannot believe the time is going by so quickly blah blah blah. On one hand, yeah, it’s hard to believe it’s actually April (and I’m still in my home country, as my plan was to move some time ago and it still isn’t happening), but on the other hand, it means three months have passed since NYE and, yeah, this time it feels like three months. Maybe because I’m unemployed a freelancer? I feel like days are passing by faster when they’re filled, and now I’m kind of responsible for filling them, and it’s not really going the way I had wanted.

Anyway… it’s time for my quarterly check-in to see how I’ve managed to stay on track with my yearly resolutions, and if I have in the first place. With some of those I’m super happy, with others… not so much. But there’s still room for change, and time, obviously, since I’ve got almost ¾ of the year left!

Why I want to attend LEAP Summit Zagreb?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The important thing is to pay attention to the deadline, they said. Why of course, it always is, that’s why I bookmarked the page well in advance. And then life happened. A first time visitor, just like you, would shrug and say “well, she didn’t want it hard enough”—but they wouldn’t be right. I will try and prove you wrong a day too late. 

LEAP Summit is a global conference on innovation, IT and modern technologies, entrepreneurship, career development and life changing stories, as they describe themselves. LEAP stands for Learn, Engage, Act, and Progress; and I really feel the importance of these words for my personal and professional development. Sounds a bit cliché, doesn’t it? Well, read on.

Weekend Reads #74

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hello there! Sorry for the lack of Weekend Reads last week, but things have been hectic around here, and still kind of are. Two things you didn't know about me: I hate moving and I love routine. Coming from someone who moved 16 times in the previous 10 years—enough reasons to be hating it, right?! Actually, I don't hate the going-somewhere-new (or old!) part; it's the packing that's driving me crazy. Apparently, no matter how much I try to not hoard unnecessary items, I always end up with impossible amounts of things. Of everything. So that's why it's hard to read as much online as on regular days... but anyway, I managed to find some interesting reads for you this week. Enjoy!

Why I Will Never Hire A Life Coach—And Why I Think You Shouldn’t Too

Monday, January 30, 2017

I was in my early teens when I first heard the term, and it sounded downright  silly. A life coach? Someone who will teach you how to go through life? Yes, life is scary sometimes, if not all the time. Yes, I can be the most clueless person when it comes to what I should do next—in terms of whether I should go to grad school, take down that job offer, text a boy. Buy this or that. But does one really need a life coach?

A Foodie Heaven in Kreuzberg, Berlin: Street Food Thursday, Markthalle9

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Here's the thing. 

I miss Berlin. I miss it terribly, I miss it like a lover who's shaped me for life, I miss it like a child I gave up, I miss it like the love of my life. Which it is. 
Beware, a personal post with heavy reflections ahead. If not interested, just scroll until you find "Markthalle 9" written in large letters.

Weekend Reads #73

Friday, January 20, 2017

I just got asked what's with the Weekend Reads. Honestly? I forgot if was Friday! 🙈  That's what happens when you're unemployed. Or a freelancer, as we like to put it. 😉 Well, I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you, regardless of what you think of the news and current affairs. I plan to relax and then do some work as well—because weekends don't exist when you're unemployed. Or a freelancer. Have a good one!

Weekend Reads #72

Friday, January 13, 2017

Well, I guess the time has slowed down again—I mean, has taken its usual pace, because as we all know, it's crazy rapid. The temperatures are awful and I dread leaving my warm studio apartment. That means: more time for freelance work, more time for movies, books, and of course, the Internetz. So, here goes.

Weekend Reads #71

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hello lovely people! How are you doing, how have the holidays been for you? I hope you're having a good a time and a lot of food. ;) Also, if you celebrate Christmas today, have a great one! Hristos se rodi! So here are some of the links you could find interesting.

25 Things I'm Looking Forward To In 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

When you think of 2017, what do you see?

I don't know exactly. I was sure my 2015 would be better than 2014, and it didn't happen. I believed I could make 2016 anything I wanted it to be, but it sucked big time. So I'm now being cautious and not setting an intention of a great year. But if I can stick to my resolutions and just do some little things I will enjoy, it cannot be a bad one. So, here's what I'm looking forward to this year. Anything you can think of? Think small. Think big. There are probably some awesome things, or just nice things, that are ahead of you.
Spoiler alert: mine are not burgers, despite what the featuring photo says. But then again...

New Year's Resolutions: Chapter 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

The post-NYE days are slow and so am I. Also, living alone means there's no heaps of food so I'm missing out on the magic—BUT only for a couple more days, as I'm going home for Christmas. (We celebrate it two weeks later.) Food and family, yay! I might have just reached that age where that's enough for happiness. However, I won't let myself be super lazy, and when I'm lazy, I'll make sure I at least read or watch something. So, here are my New Year's resolutions for 2k17. (Also: check out this post where I stated some of the NY resolutions you might borrow. You'll see I did too. 😊)

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