Culture Shock: London to China

look right, shawnasetoThe moment you start thinking: “Well, this would never happen in my country”, you are experiencing some sort of culture shock. You probably won’t know it’s happening. You may not feel disoriented or start panicking, but it is there every time you travel to a foreign country  (not to mention other continent). Continue reading

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10 Things I Love About Dublin

half_penny_bridge_dublin1. Dublin is not as big as you might think. Everything is within a walking distance. It is also quite easy to run into someone you know – even if you are new in town.

2. Bicycles…bicycles everywhere. Thanks to the government’s cycle-scheme, cycling became one of the most popular sports in Ireland in the last decade. Dubliners cycle to work every day or get together on the weekends and go to the nearby Howth and enjoy the view over the Dublin Bay. Continue reading

Christmas Spirit

IMG_9334There is one song that will mark my winter in London. I hear it everywhere I go. And, no, it is not Gangnam Style. It’s Mariah Carrey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.

The absolute Christmas frenzy has started in the UK. The Brits have been talking about it for two months now! In the early October was the first time I saw “Christmas lunch special” in a pub close to the Hyde Park. Continue reading

Denali: Into the Wild

Denali, Mount McKinleyMount McKinley/Denali

The moment I decided I was going to live in Alaska, I knew I will finally get the chance to visit Denali National Park and cross one more thing from my bucket list. I couldn’t wait to experience it’s diverse wildlife and to see the highest mountain of North America.

Some of you might know this area by the name of Mount McKinley National Park. The name was the subject to local criticism for decades. The word Denali means the high one in the native Athabaskan language and refers to the mountain itself (6,194 m). Continue reading

Doppler: A new life in the woods

Doppler by Erlend Loe is a book I always go back to. Whenever I am stressed out, sad, happy or just in a wandering mood – I open up a random page and start reading.

On the surface, Doppler is a heartwarming story about a man and his moose written in a simple and naive language.

On the other hand, it is a satirical criticism of a modern society and contemporary capitalism. It is the story of a misanthropic man in a midlife crisis who has turned his back on society. Continue reading

Top 5 rides from hell

Thanks to the fact that I can’t sleep in the public transport, I experienced a lot of weird things while on the road.

The bus driver stopping the bus to fist fight with the passenger, a girl that suddenly went blind, a lot of different animals riding the bus (from chickens to a goat) and my personal favorite: a man who was smiling while looking at his briefcase filled with knives of all sizes and a Bible on the top. None of these rides made my ultimate top 5 horror list. Continue reading

Kerouac: The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums

Jean-Louis “Jack” Kerouac (1922 – 1969), an American novelist and poet, is considered to be a pioneer of the Beat Generation, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous prose. He wrote semi-autobiographical novels which were based upon the actual events he experienced and about the people he knew.

He was covering the topics such as spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, nature, bohemian life and travel. His lifestyle became an inspiration of the hippie movement. Continue reading

Serbia ≠ Siberia

Belgrade, Serbia

People asked me a lot of silly questions about Serbia. Unfortunately, the most common ones are not at all about my country. They are about Siberia.

  • Oh, it’s really cold in your country, right?
  • Do you speak European?
  • Serbia? You mean Siberia. In English it’s pronounced Si-be-ri-a. Repeat after me: Si-be-ri-a.
  • Serbia is right next to Brazil, right?
  • Do you speak Russian?
  • Why are you so pale if you are from Baghdad? Oh, Belgrade. Are you sure it’s not Baghdad?
  • Do you drink a lot of vodka?
  • How much snow do you have during summer?
  • Have you met Putin?

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How to unshrink a wool sweater

Wool sweaterIf you travel a lot you have to use different washing machines and dryers. And if you are like me – you end up destroying a lot of your clothes. To be completely honest this time (yes, this time only, shut up) was all my fault.

I took my beautiful new wool sweater and put it in the washing machine. Then I put it in the dryer. It shrank. It shrank down in half of its original size. Continue reading

Ticket to anywhere

Passport

“Aren’t you afraid of traveling alone? How can you afford traveling so much? Aren’t hotels expensive?” are the things people always ask me when I tell them my future plans. Well, the answer to all of these is CouchSurfing.

In case you haven’t heard of it yet, Couchsurfing is the practise of moving from one’s person’s house to another, sleeping in whatever spare space is available, floor or couch, staying for a few days before moving on to the next house or returning to yours. Continue reading