Good morning from Salzburg! It was quite the adventure to arrive here yesterday but the main thing is that I made it!
Salzburg is a city near the border to Germany and close to the mountains. It's also the birthplace of the one and only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Hopefully I find his house. There are too many pretty streets in the old part to get lost down. #salzburg#austria#mozart#instago#travelstoke#adventure#vacation
Feeling blessed waking up to this. If dad were with us, he'd be lounging here with a steaming cup of coffee right about now. Missing you daddy! I'll drink all the Sicilian coffee for you. #italianhomes#homedecor#garden
08.26.19 | #Cefalu , #Sicily
I don’t usually style my hair but this time I decided to try doing braids to change things up 😜 I used VO5’s Big Volume Mousse and Firm Hold Spray - my go-to products for styling my hair. ☺️ (They’re now available here at Watson’s, Lazada and Shopee) ✨ #AlivewithVO5#VO5ph
“Non si può essere infelice quando si ha questo: l’odore del mare, la sabbia sotto le dita, l’aria, il vento.”
1 6120 August, 2019
Don’t ever be afraid of being yourself.
Don’t ever be afraid to admit your ignorance, lie or defeat. Things happen. We weren’t born perfect and we won’t die perfect either. We don’t even have to be perfect.
Don’t ever be afraid of being (or seeming) weird. As far as I’m concerned, being weird pretty much encompasses being real, being an actual human being.
Don’t be afraid of opening up. Indeed, that could hurt a lot, but in a long run life kills us all. And the ordeals one goes through only make a person stronger, shape them, catapulting forward.
Don’t be afraid of not fitting into someone else’s image of yours, of not living up to anyone’s expectations. You don’t have to do all that. It’s your life and yours alone. Stay real.
Don’t be afraid of making a mistake. There is no one right path in life and every “mistake” we make is a step of experience, which sometimes turns out to be one of the brightest and funniest moments of life.
We don’t have much time in here. We don’t have enough time to go on pretending to be someone we are not or trying to please everyone. We all will end up as memories at some point, disappearing more and more as the time passes. All will be forgotten, us included.
Instead of worrying,
Let yourself live.
What impressed and fascinated me most in Japanese culture was how much it is focused on the exact moment, how attentive it is to that “now”.
For me, “now” itself is almost non-existent, being either Past or Foreseeable Future. What is more, every past memory and future goal are evaluated, analyzed and then placed somewhere inside my own head. I cannot recall any moment when I was entirely focused on the “now”-moment without that never-stopping roaring burden of thoughts on the background.
Japanese, somehow, can do that (or so it seems according to what I’ve learned about the language and art).
I sincerely adore that ability. I adore all those exceptionally poetic and extremely moment-attentive “untranslatable” Japanese words: Komorebi (sun filtering through the tree leaves), Yuugen (the oneness of all things), Ukiyo (floating world), boketto (gazing into the distance and the world without thinking)...
I think, this is one of the things that would be helpful to learn from the Japanese culture. In the modern world, full of rush, the present is often under-appreciated.
I’ve been thinking for some time with which picture to start telling you about the trip across Japan which took place this May.
You know, starting something is often regarded as a very serious thing, where you simply HAVE to put EVERYTHING right. Deliver hilarious jokes (always fail on that), describe things masterfully, tell stories captivatingly and use as many symbols as one could. All that in one picture and one text to go with it.
Then I realized that there is no such thing as perfect start. You just do. Or spend eternity waiting for the right moment, mastering your start. And the start is probably the messiest thing in the entire process. Also, the most encouraging one. So I start.
I have never been to Japan and never thought of visiting it until my best friend became a huge fan of it, always bringing me some tasty and unusual things from this country (personally, I am in love with Sakura latte, KitKat with white peach, Clear Coke and those rice buns with all sorts of things inside them, beans included). I knew close to nothing about this country and it seemed so different, like it was an entirely another planet.
Fortunately (or not), we live in the era when close to everything could be googled. I did a vast research that included the fact that there is usually no Sakura blossoms left in Japan by the May. Well, that was one of those cases when research proved to be not entirely accurate.
Imagine my surprise and delight when we saw Sakura blossoms near Fuji mountain!
What I want to say with this picture is that miracles do happen.
And, in my opinion, it is the best start possible.
34 6743 August, 2019
We all choose what to feel. We all choose which parts of reality to keep in our minds and hearts and which to let go. We choose what to remember.
And that’s the Prague I want to remember. Vltava River flowing peacefully. Tall majestic buildings savoring the last sunlight of a day. Crispy air and soft wind caressing the rebellious locks of hair. All that in my most favorite time of the day: sunset. This is also the last picture of Prague that I am to share in my feed.
Since my gram is closest to the travel blog (imo at least), here are main Prague TRAVEL TIPS:
🔹Bring comfortable shoes and a jacket. Be ready for lots of walking and freezing nights. 🔹Bring some cash. Cards aren’t accepted in a great deal of places and the commission in local ATMs is pretty high.
🔹If you want to visit St. Vitus Cathedral (a.k.a. the most fam Prague sightseeing), keep in mind that without ticket you may enter it but may not wander. I recommend buying a route-B ticket as 1. It is the cheapest one 2. The equally awesome and less known Basilica of St. George is included.
🔹Strongly recommend joining a free walking sightseeing tour at the first day in Prague. This way, you will get to know the city. And if you like the tour, you are very welcome to tip your guide.
🔹I also recommend spending the first evening in Wikipedia, reading about Prague. This way, you will know more about the city and will have an idea what you want to see or to do. 🔹My fav places: Memorial to the Victims of Communism, Kafka’s Head, Spanish Synagogue, Basilica of st. George, Charles Bridge.
Maybe I will meet you again someday.