Samaria Gorge

Samaria gorge was initially not on my bucket list when I came to Crete since I don’t have the best shoes and it is one of the longest gorges in Europe, a 16 km hike. I have never walked this much in my life. Thus, I was not sure if I will be up for it. Yet all kinds of people make it, meaning also not very active or sporty. So when I got the chance to join our company’s guided tour I just took it. Woke up 5 AM. Oooh how early it was and still dark. And off I went to catch the bus at 6.15 AM. I had not done a guided tour for a long while. Last time I did, I was the guide. It was nice to listen to some info about the gorge and some useful tips too. Apparently, this 16 km hike equals to 32 km walk on a fine asphalt. The bus drive to Samaria was amazing. The sunrise between the mountains was absolutely wonderful and made me immediately forget about the lack of sleep. First, we arrived at a small plateau Omalos to have breakfast and […]

Traveling as a tour guide- Gramvoussa & Balos.

One day I was offered a chance to try out tour guiding. I was pondering about the idea because it scared the crap out of me but when I listed down all the pros and cons, I realized that I have nothing to lose if I try and it will not turn out to be such a good experience. So I said yes to the offer and then freaked out a little that what the hell did I just decide to do?!? I had one day to prepare my material. One-day preparation during my normal job, because there is no one to replace me so that I could take time off to study. Basically I had a few hours in total to prepare and to do it not just in English but also in German. I feel very comfortable in English, but German was a challenge. I speak German pretty well, but my German level is not as nearly as good as my English. So during these few hours I gave myself also some extra German lessons. And some French, because some days prior to the excursion, I booked some French people on this trip […]

First impressions of living in Crete

Finally, I can jot down some first impressions I have from living and working in Crete. I have been busy settling in and getting started with my new job. A month has already passed since I moved here and this has created a certain image of the local life. In general, I am very satisfied and completely in love with the island. Nevertheless, when you live in a foreign country there are always some things that are different and take some time to get used to. Sun and the surroundings I am most happy to be working and living in a country where the sun shines constantly. I can see the sea and the mountains from both, my office and from my house. It gives me such joy to be in an environment like this, especially when it is still snowing in my home country. If I please I can go for a swim in the sea every day. The city where I live, Rethymnon, is absolutely lovely. Particularly the old town. I love all the tiny streets and the atmosphere. And did I already mention the sea and the mountains? Ahh… Some days I am […]

Visiting Palm Beach Preveli

And here we go, new adventures! It has been less than a week and I am already in love with Crete. So much positive and the surroundings are awesome. I can see the beach from my house as well as a mountain with a snowy peak. Can it be more perfect? The first days I have spent getting settled in. This means getting papers fixed for my new job, meeting the crew, getting things for my new apartment and so on. We also started training for the job. Namely, I will be selling excursions for a travel agency. Once the job officially starts I will be quite busy and won’t have much time to discover the island.  Thus, when I found out that we have a day off from our training week, I impulsively decided to rent a car. I recently got my license, relearned how to drive a car in a month to complete my drivings license. I had not driven a car for five years. During the few months I spent back home, I had only had the chance to drive with my driving teacher or with my dad and his big jeep. So […]

The Sunshine Blogger Award

One day I opened my laptop and received a nice surprise. I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I feel humble and very thankful that somebody has noticed my blog and finds it inspiring. I was nominated by Travel Plans For Miss Fancypants. Thank you so much! Have a look at her super fun blog! What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is a nomination given to bloggers by bloggers. Members of the blogging community nominate others who they think are inspiring and bring the sunshine into the lives of their readers. Once nominated, you are all required to write a post where you: -Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog -Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you -Nominate other blogs and give them questions to answer -Notify your nominees through social media or commenting on their blog -List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post   The challenge   I was asked 9 questions by Miss Fancypants and here are my answers: 1. What songs/type of music do you listen to whilst traveling or that which inspires you to […]

Why I travel?

“I love to travel because it opens my eyes, gladdens my heart, sharpens my mind, tires my feet, lightens my wallet and brightens my life.” – Ramya Tirumalai Twenty-two countries and seventy-one cities and counting. I have lived five years in the Netherlands, more than five months in Bali, over three months in Romania, and two months at a time but four months in total in Italy. At the age of twenty-four, I am pretty proud of these numbers but I can’t stop here and gotta keep on going. My first trip independently was at the age of fourteen. It was a trip to an English language camp in England. A company called EF, Education First, was organizing it. There were other Estonians in the group too, but I still did not know anybody and it was a big challenge for me, a shy kid. It turned out to be one of the greatest experience at that time. I met so many international people, got to travel and see new places and had so much fun. A few years later I wanted to go again and went to Berlin. I was the only Estonian there and it was even […]

Tallinn- medieval surroundings and depression

One day my awesome friend decided to visit me in Estonia. Since it was a weekend trip, I thought it is best to spend it in Tallinn. There is more to do in the capital and then we can both be tourists. I do not know my way around Tallinn and I always need to use google maps or ask for directions. Thus, it was a little domestic trip for me. Independence day   When she arrived, Estonia was celebrating Independence Day. I took her to a nice homey restaurant called the Granny’s Place to enjoy some local food and made her eat our famous blood sausages. Afterward, we strolled around the city but because it was cold and dark it was best to leave the city tour for the next day. There was a small parade too, in the city, with people quietly walking in a row holding torches. I started to question my culture. My friend was wondering why it is so quiet during the Independence Day. Later that night we went to a bar and met a group of British bachelors and they asked me the same question and why are people […]

Wandering in Estonia- video post

And here we go, a new baby of my newest hobby is born. I have put together yet another video of some nice spots in Estonia. While I am still home, why not do some domestic travel and capture it, right? So without further ado, I now present you my latest video. Enjoy 🙂

Some of my most memorable travel moments

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain Some days I feel a little nostalgic and like to remember all the memorable travel moments I have had. This happens especially when you are currently not on some awesome trip but are itching to go somewhere. Till I’ll go exploring again, I figured I can appreciate the great experiences I have had so far. So here are some of the unforgettable moments during my travels. Swimming under the waterfall and fireflies in Bali I will never forget the feeling how difficult it was to actually reach the waterfall. The Git Git Waterfall in Bali was a beautiful sight and it was possible to swim through it, get a hold of the rocks behind, climb higher on the wall and then jump back in. The current was very strong and you had to put a lot of effort in to reach the wall because the outpouring kept pushing you back. It was very difficult to breathe, too. After a few attempts, I realized I should swim underwater till I reach the other side and finally there I was. I climbed higher on the wall and jumped through […]

Estonian winter – video post.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll   For a while now I have been residing back at my homeland. Finishing some unfinished businesses and some free time has given me a good opportunity to explore the nature in my country. The winter here can be pretty beautiful but freezing. I missed experiencing a proper winter while being abroad for so long. After a long time, I could feel how -20 C  (-4F) degrees feels on my skin. It’s not very fun and the best is to stay indoors by the fireplace, but it does create beautiful art outdoors. Windows are getting painted by Jack Frost and the trees are wearing white coats. I have been practicing a new hobby and have put together a video of a frosty Estonian winter. I hope you enjoy it!