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New York – prima zi: compost, cimitir și universitate

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M-am tot calculat dacă să scriu în română sau în engleză, dar în sfârșit am decis să o dau înainte cu limba maternă. Prea le tot combin. 

Prima zi în New York a venit cu micuțe întâmplări. Una incredibilă, una amuzantă, două tâmpite și una delicioasă. Iar una extraordinară. 

Să încep cu începutul, totuși. E a doua oară când ajung în New York, prima dată fiind anul trecut. Dar acum voi sta o săptămână plină. Cum majoritatea lucrurilor turistice le-am făcut data trecută, acum e vremea de a descoperi lucruri noi, de a gusta minunății, de fapt de a mă bucura de tot ce vrea sufletul meu. 

Deși sunt doar 4 ore distanță între New York și Reykjavík tot mi-au trebuit câteva zile bune să îmi revin. Dar să revenim la peripețiile din prima zi. 

Ceea ce nu am știut data trecută este că hostelul e la câteva blocuri distanță de Tom’s Restaurant. Așa că m-am îndreptat înspre colțul de stradă unde aveam să găsesc faimosul restaurant din Seinfeld. Dar înainte de asta am decis să cumpăr un nou sim card pentru că am nevoie de internet on the go. După aproape o oră, explicat ce opțiuni am, cumpărat sim card, văzut că nu merge și restituit banii am purces mai departe.

Am vrut să văd și o universitate așa că cea mai aproape a fost Columbia University. În fața uneia dintre clădiri am văzut un stand despre compost. Oamenii aruncau acolo resturi de legume și fructe și m-am oprit,  bucuroasă să văd așa ceva. Ei bine, am stat la povești cu omul care se ocupa de asta vreo jumătate de oră timp în care mi-a dat câteva flyere și mi-a sugerat câteva locuri unde aș putea merge să văd mai multe lucruri asemănătoare. M-am umplut cu energie pozitivă și m-am îndreptat înspre restul universității. Am dat nas în nas cu mascota lor care se juca cu un bebeluș în cărucior. 

De acolo am mers mai departe vrând neapărat să ajung la Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum unde este îngropat Hamilton. Da, mi se trage de la musical pentru că nu sunt atât de interesată în istoria SUA. Din păcate cum nu am avut internet, nu am reușit să găsesc piatra de mormânt. M-am plimbat prin cimitir de una singură. Adică eu și cu veverițele. 

Ca norocul că înainte de asta am mers la un magazin cu cele mai delicioase prăjiturele. Foarte dulci și mari și gumoase chiar. Care sunteți curioși, verificați Levain Bakery. 

Ei bine după cimitir m-am întors la hostel unde a trebuit să îmi las orice bagaj mare pentru că urma să fiu în public la Seth Meyers. Și uite așa m-au luat emoțiile. Dar mai multe despre asta în articolul viitor. 

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How to be a complete idiot in 30 steps

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Firstly let me set up the scene. I’m in Lugo, Galicia for 10 days now and I decided to visit something outside the city too. So today I choose A Coruña. It’s two hours away by bus. I arrived around 2 pm, I had bus back at 8 pm. 

1. When you get into the new city, don’t trust google maps when it’s saying you’re going farther away from the spot you were meant to head to. Keep on going in the wrong way for at least 40 minutes.

2. When you do realise you went wrong, don’t take the city bus to save the wasted time. Walk randomly in such a way that it will take you even longer to get back to square one.

3. After 2 hours and more than 8 km later, when you do get back, rest for literally 5 seconds and keep on walking. You’re not tired anyway.

4. Ignore being hungry and just eat some light snacks you brought with you.

5. Take your time to shot videos and photos by the ocean.

6. When you finally get to the main point of attraction, don’t check the time to see how much you have left until you need to catch the bus back in the other city.

7. After climbing 234 stairs and enjoying the perfect view from Torre de Hércules don’t bother to look up exactly how to get to the bus station.

8. When google maps says it’s gonna take you one hour to get there on foot and  the bus leaves in one hour and a half just shut down any thoughts of taking a bus and keep on walking. 

9. Also don’t bother to check exactly how to get there. You clearly know where you’re going. Right? Right?! 

10. Being too hungry (it’s been 6 hours since your last proper meal) decide on the spot to buy a sandwich from one of those vending machines.

11. Be amazed by how the sandwich actually is being warmed up and when to take it out.. block the fucking little door that would give you acces to the sandwich. Close the door again just to get 0 sandwiches. And 0 money. 

12. Decide to call the number written on the machine. You moron, like you’d be able to explain in Spanish what happened! 

13. Talk for 10 minutes with the person explaining there’s no point being called later for someone to bring you the money tomorrow since you’re leaving in one hour from this city. Explain? Fail in explaining since again.. You don’t speak Spanish!

14. Leave the place losing €2.20 and still being hungry.

15. Buy food 3 minutes later from a bakery and start eating on the street once again not paying attention to the road.

16. Pass by a bus stop, look at the three buses waiting for people to go in and keep on walking down the street.

17. Five minutes later exactly when you started to doubt the way you’re going be back in front of the tower. Panic.

18. Panic some more and decide to take the first bus that’s coming towards you since you conveniently were in a bus stop.

19. Ask the bus driver „estacion del autobus”? And follow his instructions to go one more bus stop up, where you just came from, and take number 4.

20. Only now look at the clock: 40 minutes to reach the bus leaving the city.

21. Be happy the bus number 4 comes in the next 2 minutes. Pay €1.30 and then, at the next bus stop, the one you ignored before, panic again when the bus driver stops the bus completely and goes out of it.

22. Bus is leaving in 5 minutes or so says google. It takes around 25 minutes to get to the bus station and it’s exactly 30 minutes until the main bus leaves. Math was never your strongest point, but from all your calculations the result is the same: you’re fucked.

23. Panic the fuck out.

24. Exactly when the bus driver returns, see on the other side of the road some taxis. Leave the bus just in time to make the bus driver very confused and take the first taxi.

25. Breath. You forgot to do that in the last 15 minutes.

26. When the taxi driver asks you what way do you prefer for him to take just use the only bit of Spanish your brain can still remember: „mas rapido, por favor”. Pay 8 euros for taxi.

27. Arrive to the station in time and finally breath happily you made it.

28. Five seconds later panic again. Your bus is nowhere to be found.

29. Ask a bus driver. Ask a girl. Ask another bus driver. Ask another woman.

30. Finally find the bus and forget to eat because it’s for sure forbidden to eat in the bus. 

P. S. You can see the nice part of the trip on my Intagram stories.  😊

P. S. I walked around 15 km today. 

Weekend in Westfjords – part 3

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Bolungarvik – Bíldudalur

After I had that amazing smoothie, I went back to hitchhike my way out of that area. I have to admit, even with the new shoes, I was starting to feel a bit disappointed and my moral was going quite low.

And the fact I was waiting for 30 minutes for someone to pick me up wouldn’t help. It was around 4 pm and so it was starting to get late… thinking the day before around the same time I was making it to Ísafjörður.

Anyhow, finally someone stopped and told me Citește restul acestei intrări

Weekend in Westfjords – part 2

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Ísafjörður – Bolungarvik

As I was saying last time, after a night in which I could barely sleep because of being too cold, I woke up way too late. It took me even longer to get ready for my trip.

Especially because I wasn’t quite sure what to do next or where to head to. And so I heard there is a city close to where I was (around 10 km or so) where I could hike a mountain and, if the weather is really sunny, as it was, I can see Greenland. That sounded really good. Little I knew how wrong I was.

Around midday, I was packed and ready to go. This time it took way longer time for a car to pick me up. And just when I was prepared to give up, Citește restul acestei intrări

Weekend in Westfjords – part 1

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Reykjavik – Ísafjörður

I woke up at 5 am, I was too excited to sleep. And after a final touch to my backpack, I took the first bus outside the city. Few minutes before 8 am I was on route 1, hoping someone will stop and take me to my destination. Or as close to that as possible. 6 cars and 8 hours later, there I was. But let me tell you how it all started.

For everyone who knows me at least a bit, might not be a surprise: I don’t know to make a decision. I’m either rushing into it, not thinking enough about consequences or not taking it at all. I changed my mind 4 times before going on the trip, but eventually I decided to go. The plan was to hitchhike my way there and back for four days and three nights. Camping, of course or if I was lucky, sleep one night in a hostel.

Started my trip with me Citește restul acestei intrări

De ce Islanda din nou?

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Let me tell you a little story about a girl and her dream…

Eh, e prea mult de povestit, așa că în schimb voi face o mică recapitulare a motivului pentru care mă aflu din nou în Islanda. Pentru că da! M-am întors la țara de care m-am îndrăgostit iremediabil. Și nu, nu era ceva plănuit. Voi fi aici toată vara (până cândva în octombrie… deși niciodată nu se știe ce se mai poate întâmpla). Lucrez la unul dintre hosteluri, la recepție.

Dar să încep cu mijlocul. Citește restul acestei intrări