Sunday, 23 November 2014

The urban myth of takeaways

Ever since Charlotte in Sex and The City said remarkable "I'm a bad wife. I ordered Chinese", Joey from Friends  cared about pizza way more than about hot pizza delivery girl, Emma from Bride Wars found a ring in her fortune cookie and Mrs. Doubtfire served a fabulous healthy dinner without ever cooking it, I was hooked up with the idea of takeaways. Effortlessly enjoying the meal cooked by someone else while sitting at home in your pyjamas seems like the best kind of plan on Sunday, Monday, ANY day really!
That said, my 2 year experience with takeaways has been... well, rubbish. When living in student halls we would order Domino's pizzas on Tuesdays, but the social aspect of being all together was much more enjoyable that those pizzas. There were numbers of orders and takeaways, but they all have been too spicy, pricey, small or simply forgotten. None of them stood out or made me swear it being the greatest meal in months. None of them until about a week ago.

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Not only it was the real version of my dream takeaway, but it also was an absolutely wonderful night. He brought Wudon noodles and nibbles and giant prawn crackers (!!!), I set up the movie and did my happy wiggle dance (just like at fireworks!). We watched Love Actually and enjoyed loads of that delicious and full of flavor food. It's great value for the money and definitely best takeaway I had in Glasgow so far.
What is your favorite takeaway in Glasgow, guys?

Patricija

Monday, 17 November 2014

The magic behind Airbnb

Last night I was watching one of my all time favorite movies, The Holiday, and caught myself thinking that Airbnb pretty much nailed the idea of the movie. Staying at someone else's apartment while abroad enhances whole holiday/travel experience enormously! We don't only visit countries for wonderful architecture, delicious food or breathtaking nature; it's the people, lifestyles and attitudes what we are after, really. Trying to embrace foreign thinking, pace of life and habits of locals takes ages, unless you dive into their everyday life straight away. And so we did!

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Planing our first holiday together we faced way too many questions and decisions. Just after we settled on the date and place he found this apartment on Airbnb website and we instantly knew we will be staying there. It was a new post with just a few photos and short description, however we didn't hesitate and signed for it the same day as we found it. To be honest, it couldn't have worked out any better for us. As the day of our travel was approaching we saw updates and new photos, which made us more and more excited about our stay in Berlin.

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If you still haven't heard of it, Airbnb is a website which connects people all over the world. You can rent an apartment or a room for as long as you are traveling or you can sublet your own place for those exploring your country. It can be as cheap as a hostel or as luxury as 5 star hotel, the one thing you can be sure about is the unique, local experience.

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We were really lucky I think, as the apartment we stayed at was beautiful. I could have taken the picture of every single corner and create a pinterest board of it! The area was also great as we watched locals passing by and checked out little hipstery shops. The most important - our host Vicky - she was amazing at helping us before and during the stay, answering our silly questions, giving directions and even inviting us to the brunch. We felt so welcomed and comfortable. We did rave about the apartment, partying with Germans and all beautiful views from our window for so long, that we missed the review posting period on Airbnb (honestly the only bad thing about this website!), so I am writing this as a tribute, as a big thank you. I want to think that Berlin changed me, there were some very personal experiences I had and new things I learned about myself. The holiday in Berlin was so remarkable and inspiring for me that I wish I could share bits and peaces of my experience with everybody on a dull busy Mondays like today.

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If you are planning a holiday or even little getaway during upcoming holiday season, check Airbnb out here (and get £16 off your first travel), or alternatively - be a host, because you never know, maybe a few days in your apartment will truly change someone's life.

Share your Airbnb experience!

Patricija

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Shine bright Glasgow

Experiencing city life at night is wonderful. Whether it's streets buzzing with crowds or empty lanes and corners, the atmosphere changes when the lights turn on. Empty face expressions neutralize whatever emotional storms we experience inside. All cozied up in giant scarves and jumpers we brace the night aiming to get home in record time. But if you stop for a second, to have a deep breath and glimpse of the streets you will see - nights are truly wonderful.

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Patricija

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sparkles in the skies, sparkles in your eyes

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We may be ready for adventure for years, but we only start the journey once we found our partner in crime. And now I know I did.

I can't express how grateful I am to have that particular someone who would go to all touristy places with me, watch Russian movies about new years, patiently listen to my instructions about stupid video games, try out burgers, and even onion rings at various places in town, buy appletizer and put up with unsweetened almond milk in the cereal, see me cry and be angry, go on a first independent holiday with me, care about my girlfriends, listen to my morning songs and help me experience all new wonderful things in Glasgow. I might be a bit soppy, but it surely is the truth.

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After few years in Glasgow, I finally made it to Glasgow Green to have a look at fireworks. And he was there, holding me while I wiggled and jumped and happily stared at fireworks. 

Patricija