2022 Wanderlust Diary

Memories, emotions and also less happy events from 2022 unfold in my mind. I browse through all to remember the sunset in Portugal, a reunion in Sweden, days in nature and time spend on a Greek island.

I traveled more than I expected. I remember spring days in Brussels and nights in Berlin. The midsummer light in Paris after work and the streets of Vienna before German classes.

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Before Christmas in Bucharest

This December in Bucharest, I went for a walk in the city center and came across spectacular Christmas decorations in two historical restored buildings. One new favorite sight was discovered by accident and the second one on purpose.

My first stop was the Marmorosch Hotel, monument building with a history of over 100 years. And at Mița Biciclista we can admire a restored house from the interwar period, back in vogue.

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Christmas Past – Bruxelles

Similar to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, the spirit of Christmas pasts in Brussels visited me – from a time when I used to be in the holiday frame of mind, unlike this year. Although is never too late.

The markets in Brussels were festive and even magical, but most important, also gourmet. After all, Belgium is the country of chocolate, waffles, bier and fries.

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Berlin Science Week

I started thinking at my life so far when I was in the Naturkunde Museum, during Berlin Science Week, while surrounded by children (and dinosaurs). Growing up, I did not had the opportunity to attend this type of events.

This November, Berlin Science Week was a 10 days international festival with innovative scientific organizations, a different type of travel experience, and most important, a reminder to stay curios and optimistic.

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Meteora – suspended in air

Even though many years have passed, I remember the morning we left for Meteora, the place that impressed me the most in Greece. Luckily I also took notes.

Meteora is a huge rocky complex located in the valley of Thessaly, not far from the Pindus mountains, with centuries old monasteries. Means suspended stones or suspended in the air. The landscapes left me speechless – an imposing rock formation, which seem to float.

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Kalimera. Greek Journey

Greek islands and their mythology have always fascinated travelers. Corfu is an island with a rich history where many civilization left their mark. Where time seemed to move at a slower pace.

Grateful for the greek food & good coffee, the Ionian Sea, and the melody of their language. What I got to see, hear, feel and live every day in Greece brought me a lot of appreciation.

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From Paris with Art

Art o’clock. Classic and modern art. Not a visit possible in Paris without many croissants, Eiffel Tower views and at least one museum. What I learned about art and time is not a lot, but here it is – c’est ici – Traveling, reading books, never stop learning, speaking French, making time visiting museums, are all investments in myself – that help me see the bigger picture.

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Brussels briefing

Briefing from the European capital – a promenade bruxelloise and Belgian days, years later, on memory lane, thinking in French. I could walk for hours in Bruxelles, among paths imprinted in my heart, in a city that felt like home from day one. Beautiful corners in places I’ve been with details I’ve never noticed, and moments I remember.

And a thought – no matter the choice, if we leave or return, we’ll always miss something.

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Something new in Frankfurt

Something new, an old town and blue sky. Plus Apfelwein, handkäse, and why not, schnitzel with Frankfurt green sauce. Few of my notes during a spring day on Frankfurt am Main are below. Some call it Mainhatten for a reason, since is an international hub in Europe and the only city in Germany with skyscrapers, but for me will always be the city of books.

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Rediscoved Lisboa

The different areas of Lisbon are as a puzzle, but I remember pieces from my journey here years ago, as I celebrate the present. Across hills, stairs and elevators, I am rewarded with viewpoints, sunshine, water reflections, spring weather, many pastéis de nata, coffee breaks, as I explore the narrow streets and enjoy the city in my rhythm.

And just like that, I overdid it and I would do it again.

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