Home sweet… home?

I’ve recently (about a month ago, hah!) been back home, to Romania and ever since, I have been trying to figure out if I enjoyed it or not. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s been amazing seeing family and friends but I somehow feel that it would be just as good if they came to visit or we’d go on a holiday together or something of this sort. So I wanted to put this question out there for all you who may be living away from home (be it in another country, city, etc.) : Do you ever feel like a stranger when you go back home?

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Because I do. And I sort of felt guilty about it, but then I told myself it’s been almost six years now so it kind of makes sense I felt like that as now I’ve made my own little home away from home here, in the UK. It almost feels like when you try to tidy up your closet and come across your old favourite leather jacket – it’s got that familiar leathery smell with a hint of your perfume ingrained in it, it may be old and battered, but you know every little flaw it’s got and you still feel good when you wear it. however, it doesn’t quite fit that well anymore. I think that’s how I’d describe the way I feel about going home. I’m always really excited and happy and after a few days in I’m less excited and trying to figure what what else to do and who to see next and then I end up not seeing as many people as I wanted, having to wait for others or simply just not feeling like seeing anyone and just wandering around the city by myself. So I feel conflicted as I set out with all these plans and ideas which go to waste and I feel like I could have used that time differently.

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I do however, enjoy the wandering the city by myself as I get to see and visit so many new places such as quaint bistros and minimalist coffee shops with amazing coffee and friendly faces. I always end up seeing Bucharest in a different light every time I go back. I guess this time it was a slightly melancholic light with a hint of sadness and bittersweet memories aftertaste that left me feeling this way. I think with age, as priorities change and now that I’m thinking of starting a family of my own, perspectives change.

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And on that note, having shared this, it would be really interesting to hear other views and opinions on this matter.

Love,

T

Happy Easter!

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It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not, Easter is always a nice little break to get together with family and friends or just to have some time off work. I think for me, this is the first Easter that I spend with only my other half and not any of our relatives or close ones. So it got me thinking what should we do? We weren’t really in the mood to travel anywhere so we just decided to spend the time we had off for Easter at home. Initially we said that we won’t go crazy about food and making any traditional dishes from home, but then, as I started thinking about this more and more I kind of craved them. And so I decided that why should we only have these deliciousness only when mama cooks it, when – not to blow my own horn here (clearly blowing my own horn here!!) – my mama’s recipes and my cooking go pretty awesome together.  Continue reading “Happy Easter!”

Easter Treats

I can’t believe it’s Easter in 3 days! These 3 months and a half have gone so quickly, it feels so strange. Now I don’t know about you, but ever since I was a kid, I always had something new for Easter – it used to be toys for the most part and then clothes and accessories during my teenage years. When I came to uni, I started saving to buy myself something new for Easter every year, usually shoes or a nice handbag to keep this “something new” tradition going. I think it’s nice and it brings back memories and warm feelings.

So this time of the year is now upon us and in my quest for “something new” I came across a lovely little brand called Bergen Brand which makes some really beaut handbags, belts and fine accessories. Continue reading “Easter Treats”

Fighting the Winter Blues

Now that the festive holiday period is really over – even the sales are almost over, gah! – the cold hard reality of life hits us. I think I’ve been in a sort of denial mood for the last three weeks, thinking that the holiday cheer was still here. Well no it ain’t here anymore! Work, school, uni, you name it, is slowly sucking up your energy and the cold and grey-ish weather makes us feel like we want to cancel the day and go back to sleep. At least the days are starting to get slightly longer, bit by bit… So I have decided to share some of my all time feel-good ways to beat the January and February blues and stay calm, focussed and stress-free (or at least try!). Continue reading “Fighting the Winter Blues”

Dream a little dream

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Happy New Year peeps!

I realise it’s been 2017 for a while now, but I wanted to write this because it’s long overdue. And because I hope to hear your views on this ‘New Year, New Me’ thing, which I personally don’t really care for. I think this is just how glossy magazines gain new readers and increase profits really. But that’s just me. Apart from a couple of years when I did write actual New Year’s Resolutions lists (which clearly went awry and nothing on those lists got done!), I think this is just putting a bit too much pressure on ourselves for the year to come. I believe in dreams and wishes, and I think these should be ingrained deep within your heart and not on a silly list, regardless of when you want these to come true. I do love a good list, but for shopping or people I want to invite to a party, not for my dreams.

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Vienna: Sneak peek

Hallo! It’s been about four weeks since my trip to Vienna and it’s been so hard getting back into the full-time job and commute routine – hence the lack of posts. I miss Vienna so much and I cannot wait to go back again. I fell in love with it at first sight. It is such a beautiful, historic, romantic, wonderful, fairytale-like city – words do not do it justice!

I will show you more photos and tell you a bit more about my holiday soon (I hope!), but until then, I’ll leave you with some of the photos that I love the most from there. Clean, no edit, no retouch – just the beauty that I saw in the moment.

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Pastimes

Hiya! I do apologise for being radio silent for the past couple of weeks – it’s just been a bit of a rough patch. Work is going great, but getting used to the commute is a bit of an effort. It has got a lot better now as I’ve put some new music in my playlist and I’ve started to bring my Kindle along on the train ride so the 25-30 mins I spend on the train just fly when I’m captivated in whatever I am reading. I have, for the past month and a bit read the first 3 books of a series called “Girl in the Box”, which you would love if you’re on the geek camp and you like all the Marvel and DC comics and other things of sorts. After finishing those three first books I have decided that I HAVE to read “Me Before You” as I’ve not had the chance to go to the cinema and watch the film – so until it comes out on Blu-ray, the book will have to do. I’m a big fan of reading the book and then watching the film, anyway. I do find the book quite touching, funny and quirky in places and in less than a week I’m halfway through – I almost did not get on my train because I was so captivated by it!

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