Varadero, Remedios and Cayo Santa Maria

Our first town in Cuba was Varadero. After a long flight and a long ride (around 2,5h) from Havana airport three of us have reached our first casa. We were very tired but very hungry as well, so we went out to search for a place for dinner. We got recommended one restaurant and as we liked it quite a lot we ended up spending there every night in the next two days. The food was good and our mojitos were delicious!

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Cuba: Tips, tricks and personal impressions #2

People

Cuban people seemed to me rather distant. I could say “as if we were in two parallel worlds” … but the problem is that we are indeed in parallel worlds. We are just tourists, the ones who spend money, enjoy their time and leave. And though the whole life in Cuba takes place on the streets and you get a chance to witness many small daily life scenes, you are still just an outside observer. With no doubt even that glimpse at Cuban life was very enriching and interesting but unfortunately I cannot think of any engaging conversation or meaningful connection with local people. I talked to casa owners, taxi drivers, tour guides and bar tenders – but it was mostly “just business”. (Bear in mind I speak fluently Spanish, so that was not an issue). Maybe a company of six people was just too self-sufficient, I guess this would partly explain the lack of interaction with locals. But the other part, I believe, is that we were mostly seen as a source of income and there was no genuine interest in us. (The truth is why should they even have this interest? There is nothing special in us :)) Anyway, I guess it was just a mismatch of expectations and reality.

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Cuba: Tips, tricks and personal impressions #1

Cuba is a firework of emotions, it is a different world that will make you smile, laugh, love and hate it all at the same time. Sometimes you will wonder if this is for real, sometimes you will be insanely annoyed, sometimes you will be left breathless contemplating the beauty of this country and its people. It is a unique place that can become one of your most wonderful journeys or one of your worst ones as well… all depends on your attitude. But I would not even know how to describe the right attitude, I guess it’s either your vibe or not and when it clicks it’s an unforgettable adventure. Continue reading “Cuba: Tips, tricks and personal impressions #1”

Dancing in Cuba

When I went to Cuba I decided to record some dancing of mine around beautiful places on the island. It was hard to shoot, hard to edit, the result is not the best, but I still kind of like it. Because the video just radiates happiness and fun. When I watch it I instantly smile and feel energized. I would love to create more videos like this in the future and I already learned something from my mistakes, so I hope that the quality will be better next time. Enjoy!

My first Olympic experience – volunteering at Rio 2016

I realized that I had never properly told you about my experience at Rio Olympics and how my daily life as a language services volunteer had looked like. I wrote here about the road to become Olympic volunteer and about the costs and benefits, but never about the actual work and daily routine. So let’s change it! I was lucky to get into the area of language services and I was even luckier when the venue assigned to me was my preferred venue of artistic gymnastics! During a skype call months before the games we were told, that we could write an email and name our preferred venues. That would obviously not guarantee getting these venues, but they said they would try to allocate us according to our preferences. In my case that worked perfectly! Continue reading “My first Olympic experience – volunteering at Rio 2016”

Discovering Taipei

Taiwan was my first ever south east Asian country, I have never been to this region before and I was really looking forward to discovering it. Everything was new to me, especially the food and the humid weather (both were killing me xD). The culture as well was very different from what I was used to (Europe, Middle East and Latin America), both in terms of “sightseeing list” and in terms of local lifestyle. Sometimes I had my difficulties adjusting to this new world, but overall I looooved the experience, because it was really unique and special for me. I remember recording long voice messages to my friends telling them about all the new things I was encountering every day. I just had so much urge to share my Taipei adventure and I could not keep it to myself. Continue reading “Discovering Taipei”

Volunteering at the Universiade in Taipei

This August I have spent 2,5 weeks in Taiwan volunteering at the Universiade Taipei 2017. Universiade is a multi-sport event like Olympic Games but, as you might have guessed, organized for university students only. The level of competition is pretty high and they say that the winners of Universiade have around 35% chance of becoming Olympic gold medalists. There were around 150 delegations from all over the world and it was the biggest event of this kind for Taiwan. I have to confess that I really did not know much about Taiwan itself before going there and my only motivation was to take part in the games. I already had experience with the Universiade in Belgrade in 2009 (wow, so long ago) and it was amazing! So I was hoping Taiwan would be fun as well… It turned out I was absolutely right =)

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A week in paradise on Sardinia

This year I have finally realized that hopping around continents and visiting a huge amount of cities and places in 3 weeks was not the only type of vacation I needed. I actually have been suspecting it for quite a while and now I came to the point to try it. The same place for one week. No sightseeing list, no to-do list, no Instagram photos – just the beach, the sea, beautiful nature around and time for myself. Maybe I am simply getting old, who knows =) But my week on Sardinia was wonderful like a dream … For the first time in many-many years of my active travels I came home feeling rested. Truly relaxed, energized and recharged.

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