Travel

10 tips on what to pack for Europe in spring

Packing for a multi-country European vacation can get quite complicated really quickly. With diverse landscapes and weather types even during the same season, figuring out what to pack for Europe in spring can be quite tricky. And because I don’t want you to repeat the same mistakes I made, I compiled a list of the 10 tips on what to pack for Europe in Spring!

 

CLOTHES & BEAUTY

1| Breathable light layers

Do bring short and long sleeve cotton shirts, and only pack halter or sleeveless tops if you are going to the beach. But even if you do plan to visit some place warmer in Croatia you will still need at least a light jacket to keep you warm. Colder places still get tempertures around 10°C, so pack a warm jacket and some shirts that you will be able to layer as the weather during the day changes quite a lot. And a light comfy scarf as well!

2| Comfortable shoes

If you can be sure about something, is that any city you visit, will be filled with cobbled stone streets. And since you will probably walk everywhere, wearing shoes that will endure the tough roads is a must. For my first trip to Venice, I thought it was a good idea to bring my cute, cheap affordable booties. They lasted exactly 8 hours. By the time we arrived to the hostel, they were completely destroyed. Luckily, I had some ugly spare tennis shoes and one more lesson under my sleeve.

3| Appropriate outerwear

In one day you will likely experience sun, rain, wind and heat. A warm leather jacket paired up with some hoodies, or perhaps a think windbreaker will become your best friend. So if you are a fashionable girl like me, pick a cute one because unfortunately no one will get to see your cute tops in the pictures while you are here.

4| Travel size/tester beauty essentials

Don’t leave your hydrating cream at home, with so many weather changes your skin will thank you! And better yet, pack up their travel size versions. Reuse hotel shampoo bottles if you can’t find your specific brand. Makeup removers are also a must, and if you are environmentally conscious, how about trying this cleansing cloth? Little things can make a difference during your travels.

5| Day backpack/messenger bag for sightseeing

Remember that you will likely encounter rain, so stick to a leather or polyester material bag. Make sure your essentials are safely pack. You don’t want your camera or passport to get ruined. And if you are in the hunt for a cool leather bag that gives back, check out the made to order Mahi Leather goods, $1.50 from every product purchased goes to the charity FRANK water!

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HEALTH & SAFETY

6| Travel insurance specifically for the type of activities you will do

Getting travel insurance might be an obvious for some of you. But before you buy just any insurance type, make sure it will cover the types of activities you will take part of. For example, most basic travel insurances don’t cover extreme sports and in some cases, skiing is considered as such. So if you are planning on doing something a little bit out of the ordinary make sure you buy the right travel package for you.

7| Water bottle

Bottled water in Europe is expensive. So don’t think that packing your own bottle water is silly, most tap water is safe to drink. Confirm with your hotel before you fill your bottle up though. Take advantage of city fountains, most European capital like …

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Belarus

If they had told me before that one of the countries that I will visit while studying in Europe was going to be Belarus, I would’ve been like “you mean Russia, right?”.

KIDDING! I mean, sort of. I knew Belarussia was not exactly in Russia, and that it was located somewhere around Europe but I had no clue about its culture, language, heritage or history.

This trip certainly opened my eyes to the underrated gem that this country is. Their people are the nicest, most friendly and helpful I have ever met on any trip. Guys, when a stranger hops inside your bus to help you find your destination that happens to be in the other side of the city. You can be certain that you are in a nice place.

Aside from lots of problems with the visa procedure and crossing the border, that I will definitely share with you guys later, it was certainly a place full of things to explore and do. But first let me share with you some random facts I discovered in my trip to Belarus…

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1| For starters, Belarus is located between Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia and it has around 9.5 million inhabitants. The main language is Belorussian, and it is most similar to Polish language than Russian. Its capital is Minsk.

2| It is a super flat country, I didn’t even saw a small hill on the horizon. That is because its tallest mountain, Mount Dzyarzhynskaya, is only 346 meters high. It has a lot of dense forests though.

3| Belarus is like cheese heaven. And it’s know for its top quality dairy products. Some cheeses tasted like a combination of butter, mayonnaise and cheese, and when I inquired about them they seriously told me that it was just cheese. Mind-blowing delicious!

4| Minsk is like a Phoenix, it has been destroyed in 8 occasions. The last time it was rebuild was after WW2 with a Stalin Classical Style architecture.

5| The capital, Minsk, is older than Moscow. They have found historical references dated from 1067!

6| Their most important national holiday is Freedom Day on May 9. They celebrate the end of the German Occupation during WW2.

7| The first Nobel price winner in Democratic Belarussia is a woman. Her name is Svetlana Alexievich and she won it this year (2015) for her work in literature.

8| Belarus is known as “Potato Nation” because they have over 300 potato recipes. They even have potato pancakes, and they are amazing!

9| Belarus has develop a really competitive and productive IT sector. It has produced the world famours Viber Messenger app and the game World of Tanks.

10| Though this fact is still a little debatable, Isaac Asimov was born in what was Belorussian territory.

What did you guys liked the most about this country?

From the sunny side of this,
Isabel…

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Hello, it’s me…

Well hello everybody,

It’s me Isabel, the girl who just blogs and leaves without a warning.

I’m so sorry for not being able to be part of the Wanderful Wednesday community for the last month. I had (have) a medical scare…

The good news is that I am pregnant. I’m currently in my 16th week and having all the feels. We are really REALLY excited and happy and over the moon but also quite nervous, I was diagnosed with placenta previa. This means that the placenta is hanging quite low and I need to be on bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy. It is quite a delicate situation but I have been trying to remain positive.

Last weekend, I decided to face my fears and do a small party with my friends for my 26th birthday. My husband took care of every single detail, and managed to pull off a great party!

He had this idea of doing a “make your own pizza” party, where he prepared the dough a night before and bought ingredients for the guests to choose their own toppings and prepare them for themselves. It was so cute how everyone made their pizza represent their culture and food. The friends that attended where from India, China and Kyrgyzstan.

Mr. M also made a delicious cherry Nutella cake, and got me special candles and balloons. It was a whole weekend filled with special gifts, messages and phone calls from all over Mexico. My heart filled with joy and my spirits lifted. The baby and I needed this a whole lot!

Regarding the pregnancy, the last three weeks have been really tough but we are positive that things will get better with time. I had a hematoma that caused some bleeding (I won’t get into much detail but as you can imagine, it was very scary) and now it seems that it is clearing up and nothing invaded the placenta. Plus the baby is growing fine and dandy, and even felt some kicks the other day!! The baby is oblivious to mommy’s pain but I don’t care, this means that things are going the way they are supposed to 🙂

In case you are wondering, I’m taking special hormonal and iron treatments to stabilize the situation and taking lots of rest. My body is responding quite well so far, and it gives me some piece of mind to know that we’ve caught this condition early in order to monitor it properly.

I’m obviously not working at the moment and I sincerely have no clue if I will be able to manage it for the next months to come. My whole priorities have shifted and my body and mind are not what they used to be. I know I don’t look sick from the pictures, but trust me, I’m not my usual self. My back hurts (it is part of the symptoms), and sometimes I have a lot of pain at night making it hard for me to rest properly, which means that I usually sleep throughout the day. At the beginning, it was quite hard to get use to the new hormones so my appetite was gone and even lost a couple of kilos but that quickly stabilized again, so nothing major to worry about.

Right now, I will try my best to get back to this online world. I miss you guys, I miss this community, I miss the creative outlet. My mind needs it and since today was a good day I decided to give it a try. I hope I can keep it …

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What You Need to Know Before Dating a Slovenian Guy

They say you can only be lucky in love or in gambling, and I’m happy to report that I am lucky in love. Slovenia has only 2.06 million inhabitants. You can consider yourself lucky if you happen to be dating a Slovenian guy! wink-wink

I am writing this list for the girl currently having no luck googling “dating Slovenian men”. I was in the same place as you. And I couldn’t find much information either. So alas, let here give you… what you need to know before dating a Slovenian guy.

Please read with a pinch of salt and humor. Also, I am pretty sure this is applicable to any other culture or country 🙂

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They are very active

They love organizing events, and attending any local cultural or sports activity. And can have many hobbies at a time. They are also fond of traveling, and they are the kind of guys who live say yes to any kind of plan. Slovenia is community oriented. So guys grow up with strong ties to their family, and friends. They are not extreme social butterflies. But they are the kind of people who will get creative when picking up what to do on a date. And the major benefit is that they always have something interesting to talk about. It never gets boring!

They love the outdoors

Somewhat kind of similar the last point, but this deserves an explanation on its own. If you are not used to hiking or camping, or anything related to nature, prepare to be thrown out of your comfort zone. Slovenians LOVE hiking, and they have been doing it for most of their lives. Some kids are already going on hikes even before they even know how to walk! So even if they haven’t been on a hike for awhile, their muscle memory is still impeccable. Which is something they might not take into consideration when taking you on your first hike 1000 meters uphill. You can read more about that incident here. Prepare yourself for spontaneous off-the road hikes ahead because there will be plenty!

They prefer their dinners early and “light”

In Slovenia, dinner is usually between 5-6, because lunch is usually between 11-12.Oh and they usually don’t have breakfast. I still haven’t get used to this, and I don’t know when I will. In Mexico dinner is usually a bowl of cereal, a salad or a quesadilla. But once in a while you love to treat ourselves with some kind of street food style dinner. Which is “too heavy” for Slovenian guys. Their version of light is half a baguette or loaf of bread with dozens slices of cheeses and hams (oh, and beer!). I laughed so much when a friend told me that her Slovenian boyfriend refuses to have potatoes, and chicken for dinner. But it’s totally okay with having half a kilo worth of sandwiches for himself. Maybe their version of “light” is something that doesn’t need to be cooked? Anyway, I’m giving you the heads up for when you encounter this inevitable cultural clash.

Their favorite meal is Sunday lunch

Sunday lunch is not a typical takeout food sort of day. Slovenian Sunday lunch is a 5 course meal. It involves a typical Slovenian beef or mushroom soup, a good portion of fried chicken or roasted pork (or both), green salad with pumpkin oil, and a bunch of roasted potatoes. Dessert is also included. And it’s usually something sweet like apple štruklji. Sunday lunch is sacred and they will never get enough of it, period.

It gets really serious, really

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