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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 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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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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Guts over Fear

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The song is beautiful, the words make it even more because of the enormous, deep message they carry.

When you are safe in your little happy routine, in your cozy comfort zone, it’s so hard to take a step further. A step outside means you are out in the “dark”. It means you are vulnerable… well uncomfortable is the right word.

You know that there are lots of wrong things with your current comfort zone despite all the benefits. You know that at some point you will need to take that risk, not saying face life blindfolded but heeeeell you need to take a chance for yourself, when an “opportunity” presents itself. Most of the times others spend an eternity looking for one and never find it, or maybe they do, but are unable to overcome their fears. Thus, if you are looking, it means that deep down, that comfort zone of yours is not that comfortable after all.

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Waterfall

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I visited Podgorica this Sunday. Besides the pleasure of going to a place where I had not been before and finding a new reality, I also realized that I tend to underestimate the pleasure of little things that make me feel alive.

This means, that it really doesn’t matter where I go, what matters is to take the initiative to do things I like and that make me richer; richer with experience, knowledge, memories and last but not least also happy.

The little trip was tiring physically, but refreshing mentally… eehhmmm maybe not the right choice of words, but just trying to say that it was wonderful and it filled my heart with joy , especially Podgorica’s Niagara waterfall.

True, that I am not the typical outdoors person, specially when it comes to nature. I have underestimated nature’s effects on mood and thoughts, lately. Probably because, once it was much easier to connect with nature and because my days weren’t as busy with work and everyday errands I have to run, as they are now.

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Tsunami of Expectations

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So I happened to read one of my friends’ post on facebook which was about expectations. It really gave me something to think about and also the right trigger to write this post. So before getting started, first things first. That means: “How does something I am being asked to do, affect me?”, “What about my well-being?”. It might sound selfish, but honestly, between that and being “selfless” putting myself at risk, I prefer selfish or self-centered thousands of times.

True also that, lots of us are inclined to meet others’ expectations, exceed them without even getting where we are going or what we are doing to ourselves. Others might be parents, partners, bosses, colleagues, friends etc.

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