So okay, it's time for the second part of our advent travel questions and last time we focused on flights and getting there, so I thought it would be nice to do a follow up with destinations.
1. Where is your favorite spot in the world? Not a city or country, spot.
I do have a favorite spot, or maybe it's a favorite memory that was made on that exact spot. But anyway, my favorite spot is on top of the Castel Saint Angelo in Rome. We visited for a weekend a few years back and that place just took my breath away. Sitting at the top, overlooking the entire city, sharing a glass of wine with the love of my life.
Yeah, how can that not be a favorite?
2. Okay, let's do your favorite country and city as well?
I would most definitely say Edinburgh as a favorite city, I fell head over heels in love with that beautiful city with all it's charm and history the first time I visited. But favorite country is a bit harder... maybe Italy. I have been to several parts of the country and I have loved all of it.
3. If you could move to a city, which one would it be? Permanent?
My spontaneous answer is Scotland of course, but seeing as I have only visited Edinburgh and all my other plans for visiting Scotland constantly seems to be crushed by the universe, it might not be the right choice for me. But if I can only choose one place to live permanently, I would say Scotland.
4. Once you have moved there, what do you do for work?
I would freelance as a photographer, going back to doing model photoshoots and working with some local agencies. And if that would not cover the rent I would not say no to picking up a few shifts at a bar.
5. To what country and city did you travel the first time?
I think I was about five years old when I went on a vacation with the family to Ayia Napa in Cyprus. I barely remember the trip, and the memories I do have - I can't tell you if they are really my own if it's memories created from stories I have heard or from images I have seen.
6. What is your favorite season to travel? Pick one favorite trip for each season.
I don't think I have a favorite season to travel to, but I have to admit that I do love warm weather and the sun, but even though I love the season of summer it's not necessarily that's my favorite one to travel within. I love to travel, at any season.
But let's start with winter, Athens in Greece is a magical place to visit during the colder season. We went there for New years eve 2019/2020 and I absolutely loved the vibe of the city. For spring I would say Madrid, it's an absolutely stunning city during spring. For summertime I would choose Turkey and just about anywhere in Turkey, I just love all of our summer trips we've made there. Fall, yes let's go with Edinburgh.
But there are a few cities that I have visited during a certain season that I would love to go back during other seasons, to see how the seasons affect the city. Istanbul, Barcelona, Rome...
Winter Athens, spring Madrid, summer Turkey, and fall Edinburgh.
7. Are there places that you don't want to visit?
No, not really, at least none that I could think of... Of course, I would not want to go to a warzone, but who would? There are places that I would place lower on my bucketlist, for sure, but that's just lower on the list - that's not a no thank you.
8. Where did you have your worst travel experience?
Oh, that's easy, Halkidiki.
I think I have started to tell you about this trip but I have never really finished it, have I? So, this was a long time ago, I was just turning eighteen that summer, so me and mom decided to spend two weeks in Greece. We booked a trip that was unspecified to keep the cost down, which meant we knew what country and city we were going to but they could place us on either this or that hotel. So they did... the transfer bus stopped in the middle of nowhere, it could not reach our accommodation due to the small and narrow roads, so we had to walk. We were promised a room with a kitchen, and that we kind of got. There was a small kitchen plate on the dresser, that was located at the end of the bed. If you put your bag on the floor, you could not reach the bathroom cuz the room was so small. To take a shower you had sit on the toilet. But that was not the worst part... we had four large cracks in the ceiling, and as we were living next to a large dump, there were all kinds of insects flying in all night long. To get to the beach, we had to walk through the dump, straight through a field and then you ended up in the backyard of one of three available restaurants (ish).
This is a long story, so let me know if you want to hear the rest of it and I'll write a blog post about it. After burning busses, cockroaches, and toilet malfunctioned, my mother was on sick leave for two weeks after we came back home.
9. And the best?
I don't know really... there's been so many good and even great trips that I am having a hard time picking just one favorite. I fell head over heels in love with Edinburgh the first time I visited and even more so the second time - so that's one favorite. Rome is kind of magical, but then again so is Rhodes with all its history. Budapest is amazing. But I am just naming cities, aren't I?
Best travel experience... that would be the Beer Spa in Prague!
10. What's your All-time dream destination?
I have been dreaming of getting there for the longest time, but the world just keeps putting up roadblocks. I am not giving up though, someday, I will get there!
And just like part 1 ended, I am going to end part 2 with a few nominations of my favorite bloggers that I would love to read their answers to this list. I nominate Fantasydining, Imagine Sunsets, Ingelas Resor and Culinary Travels. But naturally, you are all invited to do the list, and if you do - give me a shoutout, I would love to read your answers.