Thursday, 8 October 2015

Due settimane a Milano

So, my two weeks in Milan is nearly over. I had the chance to work from my company’s Italian office and spend some time in the city where people queue for their Gelato; where women wear perfume so that other people can actually smell it; where people even look better than me dressed up when they go for a dog walk—and they have a lot of dogs; where men are dressed in suites and women go for the key style of ankle free skinny jeans, sturdy shoes and leather jackets; where you consume espresso like having a shot of wodka in a bar; where the wine just tastes like heaven but a bottle in the supermarket still tastes like shit when it´s cheaper than 10€; where the handbag always shows a well-known brand; and where red traffic lights are just there to reveal the tourists who wait until it´s green. Even cars ignore that it´s red and you are feeling constantly pressured to get over the street as fast as possible or they will push you away.

 I had a blast in this city. Every morning I walked through the beautiful Parco Sempione and watched all the crazy fitness people running around whilst I enjoyed the best pizzas, pastas and pastries every day and night. Still, this disappointed look in women’s faces when they looked at my bag and couldn´t find any label amused and scared me at the same time. The status of Europe´s Fashion Metropole definitely has it´s reason. Italians just know how to live the life. Every night I went out for Aperitivo, which is just the best thing about Milan. You pay more for your glass of wine (10€) but you are served with food constantly. Some places even have a proper buffet, but don´t load your plate with a Mount Everest of pasta, bruschetta or cheese: you will get weird look and people won’t understand your greedy behavior. Milan is about enjoying things: Fashion, drinks and food.
 Oh, another hint. If you are looking for a cash point, you will definitely not get it by following the signs to an ATM. This actually stands for Azienda Trasporti Milanesi—The Milanese public transport company. You´ll get a ticket for the Metro but no bank notes. I thought this might be a bit of useful advice.
What else can I say? Milan is just full of beauty. The houses are pretty, the Cimitero Monumentale is just an art gallery in itself, Duomo just blows you away and the Castello Sforzesco and the Arco della Pace amazed me every morning and evening on my way to work and back. The alternative part Navigli is just the perfect place for bars, Sunday walks by the canals and exploring all the specialties of Italy which are sold on the Sunday market. But don´t expect to take a picture of a beautiful house without a beautiful car in the front… they are everywhere.
Next week I’m off to Sardinia and Rome—I cannot wait. One last week of holiday this year is waiting for me. Mi piace Italia.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Posterasmustrip II: Kafka and Hranolky

God, I am always realising how time is flying when I am looking through my phone. Ages ago I went to Prague just for a long weekend. I needed to get back to the city of dreams, just to fill up my batteries with czech beer and Trdelník. This post will just show some more impressions of the city. I stayed again in the same hostel called Hostel Lipa in Žižkov, close to my old flat.

Of course we had to start the day with breakfast at Globe Café. I can really recommend this place. It is a bit pricey but the selection of dishes is amazing. Unfortunately the weather was really bad when we were over. It was raining most of the time, as you can see. Nevertheless we did the typical walk up the castle and did a big round through the town. I actually have to see when we can go back because I kind of want to be back when the sun is shining in Prague. On the other side we finally went into the Franz Kafka museum, which was really cool and is definitely worth seeing. 
This is my favourite picture because this was always my view from my tram station when I left my house. It is the view from Husinecká, the end of my street up to the TV tower. I miss this place so much and I really hope that I will have the chance to go back to this city and spend a bit more of my life there. If you need some more tips about Prague, you can find some on my blog if you click here, here and here.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Easter in a basket: A trip to Poznán

 Welcome back to another little travel diary. Over Easter we went to Poznán because I was craving yummy Pieroggi and Wodka too much and I haven´t had them since last September in Warszawa. Firstly I was so disappointed because I expected the weather to be bad and everyone told me that in Poland everything will be closed and shut over Easter. Easter is a big thing for Polish people because this is the time when family comes together. So I kind of lost my excitement to go over but as soon as we arrived there I felt at home. 
 The city is as pretty as I expected as the sun was shining for us and there were enough bars and restaurants open to fill our tummies and to give us some decent nights out with a lot of good Wodka and beer. Unfortunately the museums were closed on Friday already but we had enough stuff to do because Poznán offers beautiful streets, churches (obviously they were open), parks (Citardela is amazing) and massive, impressive cemeteries which invite you to a big history lesson and give you a feeling for how much Poznán had to go through in the past. Again I have to say that Poland is such a fascinating country to me, not existing on the map for a couple of times, culturally so widely spread and just too hard to believe how much people had to fight for their identity and independence. Anyway, we definitely enjoyed our time and had a glance into the Polish Easter culture: we went into one church and saw how all the Polish people got their little Easter baskets blessed and filled with bread, salt, sausage and chocolate. I can definitely recommend a trip to Poznán but you might want to skip the Easter weekend.
 Make sure you are not just going around in circles, surrounding the beautiful Stary Rynek all day long. Try to go into the little streets and make it your mission to find some cute little cafés, and dark smoky bars in the basements. Most of the time you cannot tell from the main door what is hidden behind.
Thonet –Kramarska 2-6
Zielona Veranda or Zielona Weranda – Świętosławska 8-10
PRL – Mokra 2-3
Van Gogh - Mokra  1-3
Wiejskie Jadlo – Franciszkanska 1

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Greenwich Market

A few weeks ago I did a pretty short trip to London. We spent most of the time with family but one day I had the chance to hang around with my one of my friends. Seeing as I have been to all the sights not just once in life and time was pretty tight, I really wanted to have a relaxed fun day away from the busy and crazy city center. My friend lives pretty close to Greenwich so we decided to go to the Greenwich market and just wander around. 
We walked down the river Thames and had a peek inside the beautiful painted hall situated in the Old Royal Naval College. Loads of films were shot in this building. It just got restored and the colours are amazing. After that we passed the Cutty Sark, a big floating boat from 1869, until we eventually reached the Greenwich market. No matter it wasn´t even completely open we spent hours there, having a look at so many nice handmade accessoiries and trinkets but I was mostly impressed by the food market there.
We tried so much stuff: Cheese toasties, bhajis and Spanish churros with caramel sauce. Afterwards we went straight to the pub and in the night we met up with friends from Erasmus and uni time. You can also see my new coat I bought a week before at Boxhangener fleamarket. It´s way too big but I really like it and I am getting used to it from day to day. This was definitely one of my best London trips because we just wandered around and enjoyed the day without any hassle and running around.