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Not your usual summer post

I can start with the usual “Oh, summer is almost over!” but I don’t give rat’s ass about that, excuse my language. It’s just a season, why so much drama! In almost 305 days it will be back. Relax. Moving on to “Oh, vacation is over (cause mine ended already) ” and again that’s ok. I will take some more time off in a month for my next destination (not going to tell you just yet).

As the title suggests this is not about vacations. However, important piece of information, I was in Spain this year, Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar to be precise. And since we are here, Lloret de Mar is approximately 75 km distant from Barcelona.

The only day, the only single god damn day, I went to Barcelona, which was for the first time in my life and guess what happens?? A terrorist attack! And damn, was I close!!! And damn, did I nearly shit my pants!

What I want to talk about today is something that might look completely off the topic compared to what I wrote above. It’s about nationality.  And no it’s got nothing to do with terrorism or something of the sort.

Back to us, it all started, on August the 10th when we take the bus from Tirana to go to Thessaloniki, Greece, for our scheduled flight to Girona, Costa Brava, Spain. After almost 12 hours of bus drive, the driver tells us to get off the bus, as we are “close” to Thessaloniki (the bus was headed for Halkidiki, a tourist hot spot in Greece). “Close” my a**, we were in the middle of nowhere with no direction, no information, no freaking mobile connection! Nothing! So, under the scorching sun we start walking on the high way. We have walked for almost 50 minutes, between risking to get lost walking in the opposite direction and being forced to cross some dried creek, dead plants and a not so challenging fence. We make it to some hypermarket or something and all sweaty, barely breathing, we manage a “taxi” whisper.

One of the cashiers was kind enough to call a taxi for us and we finally make it to the center of Thessaloniki.

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“The Story of a New Name” Elena Ferrante- book review

 

As promised, here is my review of the book “Storia del Nuovo Cognome” Elena Ferrante, the second volume of the Neapolitan saga.

Something off the topic, my room is a complete mess and this is no news at all for some of you who know me a little bit. Looks like, I can’t function that well in this chaos, books everywhere, clothes scattered on every possible piece of furniture, accessories, make up, make up brushes (on my defense they are freshly cleansed :D, yay \oo/) and despite my room’s rumble, my laziness and irresistible desire to procrastinate, here I am, in front of my laptop trying to do my best.

So back to the book. I was looking forward to read it and after reading it, I now look forward to read the third. It starts right where it left the first one, but the girls’ lives take a wild turn, specially Lina’s, now married to Stefano Caracci, thus becoming Mrs. Caracci (hint to the book’s title) something she deeply despises and the sound of it, makes her cringe with disgust. Her last name might be different, a brand new one, but she’s still the crazy, stubborn, independent girl she used to be. I must admit that, despite her life becoming an unbearable hell, she still keeps going on with her flame burning hot. She never, even for once surrendered to her fate. That’s something to worship and envy at the same time. Unfortunately it’s not something you can learn at school or through books, this is something you are born with. This is how, life energy works or vibrates into someone, I suppose. It vibrates in different wave lengths inside of everyone, that was Lina’s wave. Colorful, vibrant, sharp, fast, crazy, unstable that’s why it was so visible and so contagious. The very reason why no one could ever resist her. Her strength but also her curse.

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What’s your superpower

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Last night my mom, remembered an episode of my childhood. Out of the blue I asked her  if I would ever be able to read minds… telepathy looked more alluring than wasting time playing with dolls.

My mother, as a very pragmatic woman answered with a plain, short, “No.”

Because she already knew what kind of curious brat I was. And right away a chirping “why” followed.

“It’s simply impossible. What do you need that for anyway?” 

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​Things at 18 I don’t do at 28 anymore

It might  look like 10 minutes, but time has flown. Day after day or even year after year we don’t even realize how much we change, do we? Well maybe some of us do, especially when we deliberately try to improve our traits. Now with a decade gap in between,  it’s so much easier to point out what we were/ were not and what we are/are not.
Here is a humble, brief list of mine:

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What we value – Part I

What’s really important in life? Money, power, possessions, status, job…, family, friends… freedom… or time? I can’t deny that at some point all the above might be important, but not equally important at the same time, except time itself, the most precious and yet it’s always being taken for granted. However, time is the only thing I am not focusing on, in this post so let’s get it started with all the rest:

  • Money

= Can’t really live without money. You will need food at some point, won’t you? + other basics.

= As for the rest, it remains a necessary mean to do important things in life such as travelling and exploring, going to concerts of your favorite bands, buying more books. With these experiences you will make so many good memories and life changing experiences. I plan to buy a professional camera soon, for my photography hobby and ehm… well yeah it’s not that cheap.

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Home

So, I signed up for a free online course “developing your eye”. It’s a photography course available on WordPress platform. The first assignment was “home” themed. The beauty of it is that it’s unconventional, not necessarily a home… home is where your heart is, right? So I let my imagination do the thing, which enabled a new perspective and my lens captured things I related to home… not some mere building or a room… not fancy but pieces of the reality I live in… this bar for example where I come lots of times for a cup of coffee and raki ?. 

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Want More Do More

Talking about creativity a couple of weeks ago, it made me think…

Of course there are tons of creative and talented people in our country, some of them not that easy to notice and some have managed to distinguish themselves through hard work, persistence, deliberate practice and at some point they have managed to come up with a brilliant idea.

Numbers of these kind of people are quite low, truly so if we focus on the real life scenarios, what happens? Do we lack creativity? Does creativity involve just some of us working in specific fields such as arts like writing, painting, music, acting, graphic design or maybe science, inventors… etc etc. Is this it?

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Shopping at Fishop

Fishop is a fish restaurant in Tirana, one of the moment’s hot spots, so that’s where I could be found yesterday at this time.

The place is very cozy and welcoming, not some ridiculous fancy restaurant, where a certain dress code is mandatory. Nope, it was very sweet with a cute, simple furnishing, a bit dark as a matter of fact, but still nice. It’s pretty clear that the guys who run the place want to stand out by making “Fishop” a real brand. I think they are succeeding, because it’s becoming huge in popularity. Well done guys! Thumbs UP.

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quiet moment when we were about to leave

Due to the raising popularity, in case you want to go, you will necessarily need to book before hand. On Sundays they are open till 7 pm. If you think that going during some kind of happy hours you will be lucky enough to find some free table, you are dead wrong. We had booked the day before for a table, at 4 pm, which is not exactly your usual time of having lunch right? Yet, when we got there, it was full. No exaggeration, it was FULL.

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Why worry

Not worrying is one of the most difficult battles one needs to face in his/her life. Without even realizing what we are doing or not doing, our lives pass us by and we have spent a good deal of time just worrying, preventing ourselves to make some good plans and take action.

Why didn’t I think of it before?

What was I thinking?

Very common questions, right? I am not suggesting that things are always easy to work out. However, tons of times we are our own isolating walls. Again, I do not think that “In the end everything will turn up all right.” because, sometimes it doesn’t happen. However, that is not equal to an ETERNAL MISERY sentence.

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Good Bad :p

I think we all know the importance of being always tuned with positivity . Choose good examples in order to be the next good example to somebody else. Do I virtually sense, someone nodding? 😀

You deliberately choose to stay with people who support you, people who share the same values. And it might sound tricky, as when I say values it doesn’t mean having the same perspective and it really  makes the difference, because you will be mentally challenged. When it comes to improvement, challenge is a key word. Cool!

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