Today is my 23rd birthday, kind of relishing in the fact it’s my 23rd birthday on the 23rd date, oh and you know, I’m also in Barcelona! Well I mean technically I’m on my way from Barcelona to Sevillie but, anyway, I’m in Spain. I wanted to do a special post today, 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years! Here goes!
It’s okay to make mistakes, even huge monumental, life-changing ones! I’ve made so many huge mistakes in my life, but I honestly would not be in the relationship I am, with the life that I have, if I hadn’t made those mistakes!
Don’t take your friendships for granted. I spent the last two years on the other side of the world to all my friends but one and it has been so hard not having those friends close by. Probably the hardest thing about living in London.
No relationship is perfect! Relationships are work, you have to constantly communicate and the moment you stop talking things go wrong.
Travel as much as you can!
Take risks, it’s okay if things don’t work out 100% like you wanted!
Eat what you want and be happy, your self-worth isn’t based on a number on a scale as long as you’re healthy and happy that’s all that matters.
Love wholeheartedly, don’t be scared of getting hurt.
You don’t have to be friends with someone who you don’t want to.
Always stop to appreciate the beauty around you – literally stop to smell the flowers, stare at the sky, enjoy nature it’s beautiful
Drink water, all of the water
A good skincare routine will change your life
Invest in good olive oil, it’ll change your life
Avoid touristy areas when travelling when eating, stick to side streets and away from the centre, the food will be better and cheaper!
Always be nice to the people serving you
Never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy
Set a budget for your travels and then add another couple of thousand, enjoy your holiday and indulge, so you’re left with no regrets – but don’t put it on credit always have the cash in hand!
Appreciate your parents, they worked so hard to give you everything in life.
Always work your hardest, even if you hate your job, you never know when you’re gonna need to ask something of an old boss or colleague!
Alway’s say thank you – manners are so important
Take all the photos, ask for people to take photos of you, take selfies! Memories are everything!
Planning is important, but also life changes unexpectedly – one moment you could be planning to finish uni and apply for medical school and the next minute you’re moving overseas for two years, things change, embrace it!
If you don’t want to drink on a night out, don’t
Live your life exactly how you want! It’s your life don’t let someone else dictate how you live your own life!
Right as I’ve mentioned 100x I’m currently travelling Europe, getting some sun and culture and just generally having a blast! While I’m away I think I’ll just do quick posts with a few cities in one with what we did, where we stayed and how we got there etc..
Let’s get started!
Our first stop on our adventure was Krakow, we spent 2 nights here which probably wasn’t enough to get to see the whole city itself as well as venture out to Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps… As far as where we stayed, it was honestly probably a bit further out of the old town than we would have liked which was something we didn’t realise until we got there, however, Uber was so cheap we just grabbed one of those in and out of the old town!
Our first afternoon there had us exploring the old town and just hanging out sitting outside a pub, having a beer and just enjoying the sun! We ended up having dinner at this burger place called Moaburger (which funny enough was recommended to Lachy when he was in an Uber pool by the guy he was sharing it with!) and honestly this burger was probably the best chicken burger (I had the Chilli Chicken burger Hot) I’ve ever eaten, it was fresh and spicy and honestly amazing! If you’re ever in Krakow you need to check this place out! It’s a little small and the first time we walked past there was no seats but we just went and had a beer at a near by pub and by the time we had finished that there was a table free!
The next day we did a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps, I did a lot of research on whether or not it was worth going through a tour guide company or just doing it yourself and I decided to go through a company and honestly I’m so glad I did! We did it through Cracow Local Tours and it cost us about £60 I think from memory so it was slightly up there in price but well worth it. They organised a pick up from our accommodation to the old town and then onwards to the camps!
This is where going with our tour group really paid off, we didn’t have to line for anything, tickets or even security, they opened a separate security line just for us which meant no unnecessary standing in line! The camps themselves were intense, it’s kinda hard to imagine how many people suffered there, what people went through and with the Birkenau camp the sheer size of it. I kind of felt like it was place that really needed to be respected and honoured so I really didn’t take very many photos.
I want to post just this one photo at the Birkenau camp, it’s so long you can barely see the entrance from the end of the train line.
That afternoon we headed back to old town and honestly just kinda pub/cafe hopped until it was time for dinner. I had been told about this place called Chata which apparently did really good polish food and they were right, the food was really good and traditional which is exactly what we were looking for!
So Kosice was really just somewhere we picked as a stopover between Krakow and Budapest. We ended up using the Leo express company to book a bus from Krakow to Kosice. My guess is because it’s not a popular route they used a minivan which was still good, they provided WiFi and water and it was actually pretty comfortable. It took about 4 hours between places including a few stops to drop others off.
It makes me sad we didn’t spend any more than a night here, it was such a chilled, relaxing vibe, we could just sit and drink beer and eat and just enjoy! Not to mention how lovely the Main Street was, there was a group singing ABBA songs and the sun was out and it was just a really nice place to be for the night.
Budapest is the place we’ve spent the most time in, we arrived about midday and had a few hours to kill before we could check in to our Airbnb so we ended up at a place called Cafe Vian (really good food and drinks and the service was top notch) and had quite a long lunch there before heading to our Airbnb. We were staying in the 5th district (for some reason referring to things in districts always makes me think of The Hunger Games hahah) which ended up being such a good location to be in, we could walk everywhere!
The first night we just had a casual night, going for a walk up to the palace and having a look out over the city, the cityscape is just incredible in Budapest, so many incredible buildings to see.
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Our next day we started the day with a coffee from this coffee shop called “My Little Melbourne” which was honestly probably the best coffee I’ve had since I stopped working like 3 weeks ago! We honestly just walked, we didn’t really have any intentions or any plan and we ended up right by the number 2 tram (which was voted the most idyllic public transport route) it takes you right along the Danube past all the incredibly iconic buildings of Budapest and we ended up heading past the parliament building before we headed for lunch at a resturant called Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo, the food was amazing however the service, not sure if because we weren’t Hungarian and could speak only English but the waitress seemed a lot ruder to us than the other people dining around us, but anyway the food was really good so I mean that’s the important part!
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When it came to dinner for that day we literally spent an hour and a half walking around pretty much a majority of the city trying to find somewhere to eat, we eventually stumbled across this restaurant called Apacuka Etterem, which turned out to have amazing food and really good service and such a nice relaxing atmosphere! I would definitely recommend eating here!
The next day we had quite a late start to the day, heading out for lunch before heading on a wine tour we booked through Airbnb Experiences. We headed to three different wineries drinking many glasses of wine! At the second winery, I got to bottle, cork and label my own wine! Naturally then I had to buy it, good thing the wine was yummy! The third winery included a home cooked traditional Hungarian dish of beef stew and dumplings, which was actually one of the best things I’ve eaten since we’ve been away, it was delicious!