• France,  Travel

    Lyon (April 2019)

    Lyon holds a special place in my life, as I did my Bachelor’s degree there, which brings some bitter sweet memories from my student life (will share more in my “Living in 9 countries by the age of 28” articles series). After 7 years, seeying Lyon through the eyes of a tourist brought only good impressions and made me appreciate it more. Regarding public transport, I recommend either buying 10 tickets that cost around 17eur and last for 1h each, getting a day pass for 6eur, and/or using the public bikes (velov) at 4eur per day (but you have to change them every 30min to avoid additional costs). Below are…

  • Expat Life,  North America

    Living abroad: United States (2017-2018)

    I moved to the US in 2009 after having won an ASSIST full scholarship to study for a year (grade 11) in a private boarding school in the US: Northfield Mount Hermon School (1.5h from Boston, Massachusetts). It was the first time I left Moldova/Romania region, I was 17 and was supposed to fully immerse in the culture (haven’t seen my family for a year), so this circumstances had a huge impact on my impression of the US. I really enjoyed my year, met a ton of students from many countries and built skills that helped me achieve other successes later on it life. I very much enjoyed the educational…

  • Morocco,  Travel

    Morocco (October 2018)

    Last week I visited my first country on the African continent which was super exciting. I grew up watching a series called The Clone filmed in Morocco which really made me curious about the culture of this country and Morocco did non disappoint indeed. I was fascinated by the place, the variety of landscape and intrigued by the bargaining culture :)) Before you travel drones are illegal and they will be confiscated at airport, do NOT bring with you (ours was taken, RIP dronie) wear clothes covering your shoulders & knees pork and alcohol are not common as this is mainly a muslim/islamic country, but some places serve alcohol book…

  • Spain,  Travel

    Spain – Costa Brava (August 2018)

    We went to Costa Brava recently, so here is a quick overview of our trip with places we liked (I am trying a new format this time – instead of Day 1,2,3, I am structuring the tips based on categories: places to visit, beaches, restaurants). Main tip: we stayed at Rosamar hotel near Palamos, but if I had to redo the trip I’d stay in Cadaques town as it is one of the most beautiful beach towns I have ever been in. It reminded me a little bit of Santorini. Places to visit: Cadaques town (my favourite place by far, I would choose accommodation there next time!) Salvador Dali museum…

  • Moldova,  Travel

    Moldova (August 2018)

    This will be a short one, as I have already written an article on Moldova. I wanted to share some places to visit, restaurants that I liked and some wedding traditions as I’ve recently been home. My top places to visit in Moldova (so far): Milestii Mici winery -> biggest underground wine cellar in the world (book in advance on their website/via email; 30min drive from Chisinau) – I have also been to Cricova winery, but the customer experience, wines from the tasting package and food was  better at Milestii Mici Orheiul vechi historical and archeological complex/monasteries & Butuceni restaurant (1h drive from Chisinau) Restaurants in Chisinau (the capital): Gastrobar, Osho, Acasa…

  • Travel,  United States

    United States – Colorado (July 2018)

    I went for a business trip at our Boulder office last week and also stayed for the weekend to visit some of the sights in the area. We visited Boulder, Rocky mountains & Bear lake (~1h drive from Boulder) and Chatauqua park (near Boulder). The highlights of the trip included: chipmunks, a gother/groundhog, an elk, some rabbits and a deer 🙂 We also visited the Devils Thumb Ranch which had great outdoors activities such as: hiking, horse back riding, ziplining, archery, etc. Finally because no trip is a proper trip without a food coma, we ate at the Med (Boulder center), which turned out to be a wonderful place for…

  • Romania,  Travel

    Romania – Brasov (July 2018)

    We were invited at wedding a couple weeks back in Transylvania, in a beautiful town in the middle of the Romanian mountains called Brasov (2h drive from Bucharest, the capital). I have been there a few times on school trips, as well as with my family once, but I was curious to see how the city changed. We only had a few hours to stroll around due to the wedding. We ate at La Ceaun which had good traditional food and then I had some Middle Eastern desserts on the main shopping street (not a big fan of Papanash, which is the Romanian desert so went for Baklava instead :D).…

  • France,  Travel

    France – Nice (June 2018)

    This weekend we celebrated the bachelorette party of one of my friends with a group of 6 girls. We decided to go for Nice as we heard Nice has it all: beach, parties, beautiful narrow streets, good food, etc. After 2 days in Nice I have to say it did not disappoint and even exceeded expectations 🙂 My advice is to take accommodation close to old town (we rented a lovely airbnb near Rene Socca restaurant where you should absolutely try their Soccas). Day 1 We started with brunch at Marinette. They had this lovely granola, yogurt, honey and red fruits combo as well as pancakes and good coffees. We…

  • Italy,  Travel

    Italy – Sardinia (May/June 2018)

    Last week I celebrated my bday and I really wanted to make sure that it is a sunny warm day. Some of you may not know, but I live in Ireland, which means I have to escape to ensure predictable weather. This time I chose Sardinia. Some quick tips based on our experience there, that I wish I knew before our trip: best time to visit is June or September (25-28 °C), unless you enjoy crowds and scorching temperatures around July & August if you have just a few days, spend your time in the region around Olbia (fly to Olbia airport) if you have  ~ 1 week, spend them…

  • Latvia,  Travel

    Latvia – Riga (May 2018)

    My friend who lives in London and I have this tradition in which each year we meet in a different city in Europe (in which we both haven’t been to before). This year it was Riga 🙂 She also loves to walk a lot so I prep for a 10h daily walk when I see her. We stayed at hotel Edvards which was super good quality and price (55eur per double room per night) and centrally located, with good breakfast included. Day 1: Art cafe Kolekcionars, ESPA Riga, Galerija Centrs As my friend was only going to arrive in the evening, I decided to spend the day eating good food,…