Did you open your chocolate Advent calendar today?

I woke up this morning with only one thought on my mind. It is 1 December which means that I can finally open my new Lindt chocolate Advent calendar. I bought it in mid-October when I was going back from a business trip to Italy. My new colleagues asked me if I bought it for a kid, but no, I blushingly explained, I bought it for myself. Yep! That’s me, carrying a big chocolate Advent calendar back home from a business trip. And I’ll be 33 in 17 days!:) But what can I say, I just love chocolate Advent calendars. The waiting part, the excitement part, the part when you get to open a new window each day which hides a new sweet treat and the tasty chocolate itself. It’s the best thing ever!:)

chocolate Advent calendar

I didn’t really have a chocolate Advent calendar when I was growing up. First of all, I grew up in 80’s and early 90’s in a country that no longer exists, deprived of shopping malls, McDonald’s and a mobile phone until the age of 16. I got my first PC when I was finishing high school. But you know, I had better childhood than most kids today. I spent my days playing outside with real friends. And reading lots of books, of course. Anyway, I’m digressing too much, the point is, there just weren’t Advent calendars and most other things until I was a teenager. So now, I’m making up for some things, like the absence of a chocolate Advent calendar by buying it for myself. And I enjoy it shamelessly. I probably enjoy it more now than I would have when I was a kid!

I used to buy ordinary, plain, chocolate Advent calendars but last year I splurged a bit and got myself a Ritter sport chocolate advent calendar. You can read the story about my last year’s Advent calendar here. I loved it! It was just great!

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Lake Toba, Indonesia

My travel wish: Lake Toba, Indonesia

Lake Toba, Indonesia

So far I have only travelled around Europe and to Asian part of Turkey. I’d love to visit other places, countries and continents. Until then I can only daydream. I have made a sort of realistic bucket list and a travel wish list but even with that list I didn’t really go overboard and I didn’t put exotic faraway places on it. Honestly, some places are just out of my reach. However, I will indulge in some real travel daydreaming now and I’ll tell you about a place I’d love to visit one day. I’m sure you have all heard about Bali or Lombok but what about Lake Toba in Indonesia?

My travel wish is Lake Toba in Indonesia. There are some places in this beautiful world of ours that can be only described as otherworldly and Lake Toba (Danau Toba in Indonesian) is one of such unique places. If only I could visit it!

Where is Lake Toba? It’s located in the northern part of island Sumatra, Indonesia. The closest big town is Medan from where you can travel by car/bus to Parapat, a town on the edge of Lake Toba.

Why is Lake Toba so special? First of all, it is the largest volcanic lake in the South East Asia and one of the largest lakes in the world. Secondly, there is a Samosir island in the middle of the lake. Samosir island is almost as big as Singapore. Imagine that! Furthermore, the Lonely Planet describes Lake Toba as a ˝mythical place˝. And if it’s good enough for the Lonely Planet, it’s good enough for me🙂

Lake Toba, Indonesia

Batak house, Lake Toba

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The Quote Challenge: Lost

This is the last post in 3-day quote challenge. You can check previous quotes here and here. Do you have a favourite quote? If you want to participate in this challenge you’re more than welcome🙂

Day 3: Lost

“Not all those who wander are lost.”  

J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Quote Challenge: Diary

the library in Kenwood House
Kenwood House, London

This is the second post in 3-day quote challenge I’m doing. You can check the first one here. If you want to participate in this challenge too, go ahead! Just let me know in the comments section so I can check your quotes too🙂

Day 2: Diary

˝I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train˝. Oscar Wilde

I like this funny quote by the genius writer Oscar Wilde. I chose it because I write a travel diary. And no, it’s not that sensational and no, I don’t read it on the train:) I think I began to keep a diary when I was about 9. I guess I must have read about diary writing in one of the books I devoured at that time and decided to do the same. This is just a guess since I don’t really remember what made me do it in the first place. However, the above sounds quite plausible since the books I’ve read have influenced some of my life choices. I wrote about the mundane things and every day life in my diary. I didn’t write much about my feelings.

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The Quote Challenge:London

in London this May
in London this May

I’ve been nominated to do the 3-day quote challenge by a young blogger Chy from The Lost Mango blog. Thanks, Chy🙂

I’ll be posting quotes for 3 consecutive days but I won’t be nominating other bloggers as the rule dictates. Instead, if any of my readers want to pick up the challenge, that would be great! If you decide to do it, let me know in the comments section under this post so I can have a look at your quote posts!🙂

Day 1: London

..“when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford “

Dr. Samuel Johnson

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Your travel wardrobe sorted!

in Pula, Croatia a few years ago. I love my red coat:)
in Pula, Croatia a few years ago. I love my red coat:)

It’s very important to be comfortable while travelling. You don’t want anything mundane such as clothes to ruin your travel experience, do you? I am rather sensible most of the time when it comes to clothing but I have made occasional mistakes too. Like that time in Nice, France when I wore my new shoes and had huge blisters by the end of the day. But, hey, I was in France and I wanted to look stylish. I could have looked much better in my old trusty ballet flats🙂 When I began traveling properly in my 20’s I used to stay at hostels and I had my big backpack. When I travelled to Greece by boat I wore comfy walking sandals and cargo pants because I needed to stay as comfortable as possible on my 2 weeks odyssey around Greece. When cheap flights became omnipresent I ditched my backpack and got a small convenient hand-luggage-size suitcase. So I had to be smart on how much clothes I could pack in my small suitcase.

in Nice, France, 2015
in Nice, France, 2015

You should keep in mind two different aspects of any trip when considering what clothes to pack: clothes for on the go and clothes for the destination. Of course, you should combine those two so as not too pay for excess weight if you’re travelling only with a hand luggage.

Clothes for ON THE GO: this means what you’re wearing while actually flying, or travelling by train/bus/boat/car.

Layering is the key here. Always have a cardigan or a long-sleeved top in case you get cold on the plane. You probably won’t be wearing heels too🙂 Leggings and jogger pants are a good comfortable choice as well as hoodies or sweaters.

this is cute and comfortable for a long flight
this sweater is cute and comfortable for a long flight
cute florals on these leggings
cute florals on these leggings

Clothes for the destination: the clothes you’ll be wearing while at your destination since you’ll probably pack differently for a hiking trip in South America or a city break in Rome

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WPC: Magic ( 9 3/4 platform)

Experiencing some Harry Potter ˝magic ˝ at 9 3/4 platform at King’s Cross Station, London

Are you a Harry Potter fan too? This is one of my favourite Magic  quotes from HP’s books:

˝Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible sort of magic.˝

J.K.Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Via Photo Challenge: Magic

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