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3 cose che non ti diranno su Budapest

Si mangia benissimo (ma proprio bene bene),  i giovani hanno in mano il paese e … ti cambia la vita. Anche se non ci vai.

 

1- Il miglior cibo 
Hai presente quando al rientro di un viaggio dici: ‘adesso mi disintossico per una settimana’?.
Ecco, di rientro da Budapest mi sono detta, al contrario:
‘Mi impegno a mangiare sempre così bene’.
Servono ovunque e a basso costo zuppe gustosissime, di ogni tipo. Saziano e fanno stare bene. Dalla Zuppa di gulasch, che ha preso il nome dai mandriani (gulyás)  che vivevano a lungo nella steppa e cucinavano nel paiolo i loro cibi, alla zuppa Jókai (dal nome di un poeta ungherese) che viene cucinata con la carne affumicata e coi fagioli. .
Ricorderò per sempre la GOMBALEVES (zuppa di funghi, verdure e noce moscata), la BROKKOLI KRÉMLEVE ai broccoli e patate, e quella alla zucca, SÜTŐTÖK KRÉMLEVES.
metterm budapestIo ho provato (e raccomando) il Ristorante SYMBOL , Cantina di 220 anni in Bécsi út 56 e il ‘M’ Restaurant (M Étterem), Kertész utca 48. [foto accanto]

 

2 – Sziget Festival

Il più grande concerto di musica d’Europa, e avviene proprio a Budapest ogni anno a metà agosto.
La manifestazione è stata ideata da un ragazzo di 22 anni!
Qui i giovani hanno molto credito, si inizia a lavorare presto e presto si fa carriera (anche se la media degli stipendi non supera i 500 euro al mese). Anche la classe politica ha in media meno di 50 anni.

3 – Ti cambia la vita… anche se non la visiti.


Hai presente la canzone (bellissima) Di George Ezra, Budapest? Bene, il giovane londinese dai suoni folk rock (vecchia scuola) sarebbe dovuto andare nella capitale ungherese a chiusura di un lungo viaggio in Europa, dopo anni di racconti dei suoi genitori su questa città. Ma… l’ultima notte in Svezia ha finito i soldi in alcol e ha perso la tappa. La canzone non è che un omaggio ad una città mai vista, che gli ha cambiato la vita.

 

 

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Wine-travels. 3 places to go.

I’ll be short, you’ll get the information you need by reading this 49-seconds-article.
And there comes a day, when you discover that there is a place in Germany where you can sleep in a barrel of wine.

vinoSo, I decided one of my next steps is the Bed & Breakfast Schlafen im Weinfass, in the Sasbachwalden vineyard, in the Black Forest.
You can spend the night there, in the elegant barrels, wake up in the vineyard and taste their wine.
I really think this is a MUST DO BEFORE DYING!
Small, small, problem: the website is ONLY in German. Write them and suggest ME for the translation of their website in English and Italian. This is clearly the only solution.
Here is the website: www.schlafen-im-weinfass.de

 

Closer to me, here in Italy, there are several Italian wine tours available, like the one of Aosta Valley, offering you guided wine tasting tours after the usual mountain Winter activities.
www.italianwineholidays.com

Deep in the South of Italy, you should definitely rely on the Southern Vision Travel tours, that offer 7 days food and wine tasting, guided by chefs and sommelier. Despite today’s weather even here in the deep South, our Winter is milder than elsewhere in Europe, that’s why there are no Winter Activities… but drinking.
www.southernvisionstravel.com

Puoi pernottare gratis in tutta Italia… ma solo se ti fai un selfie

Per chi crede che i social non portino alcun beneficio e che la pratica dei selfie sia solo una perdita di tempo 2.0… in parte ha ragione.
Ma ci sono dei casi in cui oltre al divertimento fine a se stesso e alla condivisione delle nostre espressioni migliori (!?), fare e condividere istantaneamente foto, momenti, aperitivi e noi stessi mentre beviamo un caffè a letto può portare dei benefit.

Ad esempio, per chi ama viaggiare e ha spesso motivo di spostarsi a proprie spese in varie parti d’Italia e del mondo, è nato un social che si chiama Freeppie, e che permette agli utenti di guadagnare punti per pernottare gratuitamente in un’ampia gamma di hotel o di avere aperitivi e cene gratis in varie parti d’Italia.

 

Presentazione standard1La faccenda funzione così:
– ti iscrivi,
– inizi a recensire, ad esempio, vinerie e ristoranti in cui ti trovi [in tempo reale]
– scatti e fai l’upload delle tue foto, selfie inclusi  [in tempo reale]
– aggiungi contatti (come si fa con tutti gli altri social)

How-to-Become-a-Freelance-WriterTutto questo fa accumulare punteggio. I punti vengono man mano trasformati in crediti che permettono di usufruire di sconti e offerte in punti di ristoro, in hotel e b&b. Ovviamente ad ogni benefit, deve corrispondere una recensione con foto e la raccolta punti riprende.

Tutto molto bello MA:
1 – i periodi in cui è possibile usufruire dei punti sono prettamente di bassa stagione, proprio perché i gestori preferiscono riempire le stanze vuote con persone che fanno girare un micro-circuito promozionale. Ergo, io non spererei di andare a vedere i mercatini di Natale usufruendo dei miei punti (anche se in merito a questo vi aggiorno quanto prima).

2 – Al momento il circuito ricettivo in cui spendere i propri punti è Italia-centrico. Ma credo che presto ci saranno anche diramazioni all’estero.

3 – Altro piccolo problema (in realtà per niente piccolo): dal sito web è possibile fare tutto e subito, ma la App da scaricare per fare le recensioni e gli upload dal cellulare è ancora da implementare. Purtroppo è molto lenta, ti lascia minuti interminabili a guardare una  odiosissima rotella che cerca di caricare la nuova attrazione che stai cercando di recensire, salvo poi abbandonarti all’ultimo senza lasciartelo fare. Non dipende dal tipo di connessione, ho provato con le connessioni wi-fi dei locali, con collegamenti fibra ottica e con i giga del mio contratto telefonico. Sono riuscita solo una volta, per un posto già esistente nella lista delle strutture già recensite.
Speriamo negli aggiornamenti, perché l’idea davvero non è male.

 

7 reasons to choose New York in October

Somebody says ‘wake me up when September ends’. Here we go! Wake up, it’s hight time to choose a place and leave again, after the ‘end-of-Summer -melancholy’ .

Here are 7 reasons to choose the big apple:
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1 – it’s cheaper than in any other moment of the year. I’m talking about the very first week of October. After that, all the Halloween and Xmas celebrations will make it all harder. So, take advantage!

2 – it’s beautiful. More than in Spring and Summer. Well, that’s for sure my very personal opinion, but all people particularly fond of Autumn colors would agree.

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Read NYC – HURRICANE – a short love&travel novel

3 – it’s warm. It will not last long! Ice may come quite soon with a snow storm. In NYC Winter comes in one night.

4 – Victoria’s Secrets Sales . Nothing to add!

5 – the ‘Smoke’ in Harlem has just reopened the concerts season.

6 – pumpkin sweets and Halloween decorations on the Doorsteps. You’ll see amazing examples of pagan art, before the pagan-religious period of Xmas lights decorations.

7 – As Audrey said, it’s always the right moment to go to New York.

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Veg food in Mallorca

Tapas to try:
Tortillas, pimientos del padrón, queso y salsa de fresa.
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5 ways travelling can make you rich

Let’s be clear, I’m not talking about richness of the soul, peace of mind and heart and those stuffs that are enought for people like me (and most of you). I’m talking about money. Yes, you can make them travelling, in some ways.

And I won’t even write, in this article, about the work experiences that will allow you to earn as much as you need to keep a decent life while travelling; I’ll tell you about some experiences of people who made a quite good amount of money with particular (and legal) jobs that can just be done travelling.

Let’s start with:

Teaching (languages, yoga, private dance classes).
Well, these are not jobs that generally make you rich. But I mention them because there are countries such as China, Russia, Arab Emirates, where a lot of new rich families are able and willing to pay high qualified professional from all over the world to give private lessons to some family member. Travel Blogs are the best ways to have informations and contacts (nomadic matt is not bad…). If you are a good teacher of your language, you should subscribe to the international database such as findmyfavouriteteacher.com and many others.

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Cruise Ship Crew.
No job on a ship is easy, but if you’re good and patient (very good, and very patient) you can make a quite fast career, being paid more than the average amount of your peers, gaining a very solid work experience and gaining contacts with people from around the world. For those who can speak more than one language everything is a bit easier. I must say that most of the times, the conditions for people not coming from the U.S or Europe and with a lower level of education are bad and the possibility to earn a decent income is very low.

Selling luxury products
If you are a jewels maker or an haute couture designer and tailor, don’t waste your time and money staying home. At least, not only. You can create your blog, learn how to use the Social Networks and learn about SEO articles in order to be know all around the world (if you don’t want to learn it all by yourself, hire an expert… like me, for example!) and go to your clients to design with/for them your next luxury product.

Be creative and… TRUST IN WHAT YOU DO!.
I’ve found, searching on the internet, a lot of websites and blogs of people who, as far as they say, earn a quite good amount of money putting their business on line and travelling. Like in the case of wanderingtrader.com, they are not the maximum experts in something, but they are optimists. Sometimes they make their lives look more shining than it actually is… but nobody will trust (or pay a lot of money) to someone who shows to be sad, afraid, demotivated.
When they start, they trust in what they are doing even in the worse moments. And if you don’t trust on what you do, why should the others?

PS: I’ve used a lot of expressions such as ‘decent amount of money’, ‘quite a lot of money’ etc. The point is my level of ‘richness’ may be different than yours! Sorry, Bear with me.

How can travels save Love (and vice-versa)

Let’s keep on talking about Love&travels.
There are so many ways this two very good ideas of mankind can be put together, but for a matter of space, time and competences I’ll just focus on 3 points:
1 travelling separated
2 travelling togther
3 meeting in travel.

donna in viaggio1 – when travels keep you apart, the relationship must be mature and childish at the same time. Sometimes lovers travel separatedly because of work, sometimes for clinical reason (like those who need at least a couple of lonely travels in one year to keep mental health). In this case this distances can give more advantages than problems:
a) [finally interesting] things to talk about and to share after coming back
b) jalousy (no, it’s not a negative thing at all. And that’s it)
c) a [truly] good reason to come back – something that makes a travel complete, and so in this case it’s Love who saves a travel.

immagine_oggetto_editoriale_720x6002 – Someone says that true love, the mature one that can survive the difficulty of an absolutely love-unfriendly daily life,  is based on quotidianity, the little issues that make you true partner. I agree with it. Boredom is the place where true and lasting loves must feed. BUT, every now and then, a travel made together is a way to understand how your ways of living new issues has changed.
I might be wrong but I have a theory: if 2 years ago you faced a mouse in the hotel-room/a new food/a dinner with a sandwich sitting on the  quay/the travel-money-running-out in the same way and now in a different way, something will soon change [has already changed] in your daily love and life too.
For parents with children: I suppose travelling with kids is amazing. BUT a week end with a baby sitter or with friends is not an hypothetical  trouma for them, it may be a way to teach there is a sacred space, the one of the ‘couple’, that they don’t have the right to violate.
Sense of guilt has worse consequences than egoistic happyness for kids.

Read the short love&travel novel NYC - HURRICANE
Read the short love&travel novel NYC – HURRICANE

3 – Meeting a persona on the road can be very romantic. Someone says: be careful! In travel we are different than in daily life.
It’s true, but I’m not sure the ‘real us’ is the one you see at home, sourrounded by the overwhelming expectations of others.
The true challange, if you decide to take each other in your mutual daily life, is to protect the identity of the person you’ve met in the free-land where you first saw hime/her.

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The word difficult is not enought to describe the entity of this challange.  In daily life, when you don’t follow trains and lively-horizons but only dead-lines, no tickets but only bills, well, in those days only LOVE can save your travel together.