2014 Rewind

If 2014 would have a nickname than that would be rollercoaster. This was the year when we lost old friends and gained new friends, lost lovers and gained opportunities for new beginnings, lost family members and gained family members, travelled a lot, worked a lot, learned a lot, smiled, cried, laughed as crazy, dreamed, learned to let go what we can’t change and fight for what we can change…

Started the year with Spanish Sangria and churros in Valencia…

Valencia

had an amazing spring drinking beer in Munich traditional beer gardens…

Munich

meeting up friends in India…

India

breathing in the Italian “dolce far niente” in Milan and gazing at amazing views in Lake Como…

Milano Como

enjoyed a summer of Cyprus beaches with girlfriends…

Cyprus

street wandering with soulmates on the streets of Prague and Amsterdam…

Prague

Amsterdam

chilling in Budapest…

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going with the flow with no plans in Gokceada, Turkey…

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had an autumn with Super Trees lighting up in Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Singaporetrekking volcanos, walking rice fields and diving into an incredible culture in Indonesia

Indoneziasailed and partied with locals with our feet in the sand and San Miguel beer in the Philippines

Boracayhad great time with old friends and new friends at the WTM in London and dived in the world of Harry Potter; spent nights between flights in Doha and Abu Dhabi.

LondonEnding 2014 with an Indian New Year in Jaipur amongst friends and feeling incredibly blessed. 2014 has indeed been a year of constant change and surprises. And maybe there is no good or bad change there is only change…and if change is the core of evolution we say why not embrace it. And maybe sometimes you have to let go any plans and expectations and just let yourself be carried away by life and go with the flow.

As the days are getting fewer and fewer and we step into 2015 we wish you all to have an amazing 2015. Wishing for simple and pure happiness, more family time, more friends’ time, more traveling, more smiles, more exploration and adventure. May we all have the courage to challenge ourselves, push our limits, dream more, feel more, be open minded, let go of other people’s expectations and focus on our priorities, be safe, evolve.

Beautiful Romania – Costinesti

Well travelers this post it’s not about a typical holiday, it’s not about planes, boats, trains, routes or museums.  This is a post about an extended weekend chilling at the Romanian Black Sea in Costinesti.
If you are looking to spend some fun days swimming, sun tanning, playing beach games and partying all night long and if you are the type of traveler that likes better comfortable shoes and not so sophisticated clothes while on holiday as opposed to high heels and fancy dresses than Costinesti is the place to be.
 
The beach positively surprised us; clean, perfect sand, lifeguards at every corner, enough space to sun tan, play football, volleyball and other beach games, with radio platforms bringing together bars for drinks, live DJ and live music, foam parties and beach competition.
For those of you looking for adrenaline there are plenty of water sports and also some “steady ground” activities like testing the flying fox or jumping with ropes or no ropes.
The food is for all tastes and pockets.  You can test the food at the corner of the street like small fried fish (“hamsii”), the traditional Turkish food, pizza, shaorma, Mexicanos (or for those of you that have visited Spain – churros), ice cream, etc. or you can try the self service restaurants with very tasty traditional Romanian food or even high class restaurants serving traditional and international Romanian food.  Our personal favorite are the self service restaurant called “Closca cu Puii de aur” – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Autoservirea-Closca-cu-puii-de-aur/295697233900818?fref=ts and Maxx – an open air club just besides the Obelisc perfect for coffee and cocktail just about at any hour of the day.
If you are looking for parties Costinesti has a lot to offer from foam parties, thematic parties, to concerts all night long the clubs at the seaside are trying as much as possible to make the tourists happy and keep them entrained.  Our favorite is Mega Discoteca Tineretului, an open space club with great music, concerts every night and the best dancers we’ve seen by now – https://www.facebook.com/discotecatineretului?fref=ts
Photo credits – Radio ZU
If you are the type in search for more calm activities you can choose evening entertainment shows or open air cinema or you can even consider spending the time watching the sea at night and the candles inside air balloons lighted up and sent up in the air.
In terms of accommodation you can choose staying with one of the locals; it’s cheap, close to the beach and has all you need in terms of services and who knows maybe you even end up making some new friends.
All in all we loved the experience; Costinesti is truly the pace to chill and relax in a crowd, how we like to say it.