3 most important things of the day

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When you’re far away from friends, distance can be your biggest enemy. After a small fight with one of my best friends over the fact that there is no time to talk, or conversations are not the same when we are not next to each other, or you get too busy with your daily life in the other part of the world that you let go of the friend that is far away from you.

So I was wondering what to do to keep things like they used to be before. It doesn’t seem fair to let this cold distance take away the time we took to build these amazing relationships, these memories. I want to know everything my friends are doing; What is new, what stressed them out, what made them feel emotional during the day, what problems they had at work, what new haircut they have, what new dessert they learned how to make and the list can go on.

And I’m sure most of you can relate to this scenario: You wake up in the morning, go to work and feel the stress there, come home and have to cook and care for the child/wife/husband and if you have some extra hobbies, there is no time left for anything else, even 5 minutes are precious and you think that if you start a conversation at that time it will take you forever and there will be no time to rest, especially when you have to do everything all over again the next day.

That’s when I came up with the idea of the 3 most important things of the day, the long distance relationship game. Every evening before going to bed I write to my best friends three things worth mentioning of what I’ve been doing that day. You tell me, I tell you. If at first it felt like a stupid childish game and I had to literally force them to write something, now they are the first ones to write about this and it seems that they are excited to talk about it.

The funny thing about this game is that it can engage into conversations🙂 So even if you are tired or moody, you’ll still find time for writing those 3 things you did that day and comment on the things your friend wrote. This is how you keep in touch on a daily basis in a long distance relationship.

Hope you like the idea, it’s really working. Now I don’t “stalk” my friends anymore, they’re giving the information themselves😛

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What are you thankful for?

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Besides being thankful that I’m healthy, me and my parents both, and that I have money to buy stuff from the market, here are 7 things that I am thankful for:

1. Double D’s – next to which the days turned into nights, Fridays turned into whole weekends, dreams became adventures, boring trips outside the city became life and death exploring games. I am thankful and cherish the memories we have together. At this time, they’re a happy family living in Romania and me with hubby here in Bulgaria so… not that many crazy times coming soon.

2. Good friends – even if there’s are like… 5 of them, they mean the world to me. Wouldn’t have gotten anywhere in this life without them

3. Working on the ships – with all the bad experiences (and trust me, they were plenty!) at some point in my life, all the paths lead to this one, me starting another life experience faaaaar far away form home. The stars and the Universe aligned in such a way that the preparations and beginning of this journey were flawless, no obstacles whatsoever.

4. My future husband – which I met on the ships, another magical coincidence of the unknown. Since day one we were always together. It’s so good to travel the world with your best friend. And I’m thankful for all the morning coffees he’s preparing me.

5. Starting to learn German – and I’m saying “starting” because for some reason it seems insane. So thankful because I had the courage to begin the course. Fingers crossed to finish it🙂

6. Having a completely nuts brother – when my whole childhood was about “don’t do this”, “don’t do that”, he always came and said “DO IT.” There it was. My hero.

7. X-Files Season 10 – Just don’t stop after only 6 episodes…

 

Now your turn.

What are you thankful for?

 

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Haines

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Haines is situated at the upper end of North America’s longest and deepest fjord.

The Tlingit Indians, whose legends speak of migrations from the north, were first to arrive in the Chilkat Valley, home of the Chilkat and Chilkoot tribes. Known for their arts and crafts, their traditions are still recognized and practiced today, like wood carving or story telling.

It grew as a mining supply center during the Klondike Gold Rush.

It is home to the one of the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in North America and it also gives the opportunity to see brown and black bears.

Not to miss in Haines:

* Alaska Indian Arts Center – who offers a daily cultural history and is known for developing the totem pole carving in the area

* Chilkat River Adventure – go for a jet boat tour into the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

* Hiking Trails – … well, Haines is for hikers😉

* Outdoor Barbecue – camp with friends and share fresh grilled salmon after a day of fishing.

Find out more here: VisitHaines.com

 

“Explore the road less traveled”

 

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Alaska’s first city

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Ketchikan, also known as the salmon capital of the world, has a population of over 8000 people. Every summer the city is hosting almost 1 million tourists, mostly from the cruise chips.

Things not to miss in Ketchikan:

* The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show – a popular tourist attraction that has skilled performers in activities like log-rolling and tree climbing.

* Totem Heritage Center – with it’s collection of 19th century totem poles being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

* Blueberry Arts Festival – where thousands of residents and visitors gather for blueberry-themed events like blueberry lunch, slug race, pie-eating contest, beard and mustache contest or battle of the bands. What’s more cute about this festival its that it concludes with a fishermen’s poetry slam and Gigglefeet Dance Festival on the last day.

* The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center – highlights the Tongass National Forrest and Misty Fjords National Monument, both of which cover most of the southern Southeast Alaska.

Fun place to visit and amazing people to meet.

 

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Alaska – Bear Country

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If I haven’t told you until now, my second favorite place (except Europe) is Alaska.

Not only the beautiful landscapes that I caught your attention with, but also the healthy air, the clean streets, the people, the wildlife and the unique activities like whale watching, hiking and backpacking experiences, walking on the glaciers or just enjoying the Alaskan craft beer.

But going back to the bears… They have been in Alaska for centuries. A lot of the bears live here but surprisingly very few people ever see bears; even fewer people are ever threatened by a bear. This is because most bears tend to avoid people.

Bears are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous to other animals, but when people are unreasonably fearful, both bears and people are endangered.

If you choose to go hiking in the mountains of Alaska, you also choose to risk the possibility of encountering a bear. To reduce these chances, follow these simple advices:

* stay on the trail and in groups.

* do not leave your pack unattended at any point along the trail.

* when ready to leave camp, take a visual sweep to ensure that no garbage food or personal belongings are left behind for bears.

* hiking at dawn may increase your chances of meeting a bear. Use extra caution in bushy areas, berry patches or where trails round a bend.

* bears have extremely good hearing so be loud and make a variety of noises.

* usually, bears will not approach a group around a campfire, but if it’s sensing the smell of food or garbage they may come while campers are sleeping. Cook away from your tent and keep a clean camp packing all your garbage.

* if you do see a bear, talk to it calmly and remain still; help the bear recognize you. If he doesn’t and he comes closer to sniff your odor, he is usually curious, not threatening.

* never imitate bear sounds or do high-pitches sounds, never scream or make a sudden movement; these may trigger an attack.

* back away slowly if the bear is not moving. Never run or climb trees, they will win in both.

* if you are attacked by a grizzly or a brown bear, leave your pack and PLAY DEAD. Spread your legs to make it hard for the bear to turn you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area. If he starts eating you, hit the bear in the face with whatever you have at hand.

* if you are attacked by a black bear, DO NOT PLAY DEAD. Try to escape to a secure place such as a car or a building. If this is not possible, fight back using anything available aiming at the bears face.

Most bear encounters end without injury, BUT each of those encounters are unique and there is no single strategy that will work in all situations.

Your safety depends on how good you are in calming the bear🙂

 

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Somehow I made it back

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Hello world!

It’s nice to be back on land and have time to write again.

It’s been two years since I started to travel. What to say, nevertheless the places I visited were amazing and I will do my best to try and describe the most beautiful cities I’ve been to and what filled my heart with joy in this adventure that I had.

So I’m preparing some articles about the Alaskan landscape; I hope you will enjoy.

But for now, enjoy this scaly-naped amazon parrot that we found in the port in Colombia.

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Wish you were here

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Long time no see, but despite that so many things happened since I last wrote on this blog… I feel like I have nothing much to say.

To resume… I went back home in vacation and now I came back to the ship. And after one month and a half here, I miss home a lot. Now I feel it stronger. But let’s start with the good stuff.

The Caribbean was nice and I enjoyed it very much, but Alaska is AMAZING! Really… uau… Places like Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Heines, Seward and of course Vancouver are awesome. Because the people here are awesome. Very polite, clean, friendly, warm, interesting and full of energy! From the To Do List here we checked hiking in Juneau, barbeque in Heines, travelling across the White Pass in Skagway and eating Chinese food in Seward. For the next weeks we are planning to go whale watching and visit the ice cave in Juneau, barbeque in Heines (yes, again), hiking in Skagway and flying over the glaciers, doesn’t matter where. A lot of fun stuff to do here. And we still have nice weather too

Which reminds me that all I see in my facebook news feed are pictures and check-ins at the sea side…. Am I a little bit jealous?😛 My dear friends… wish you were here … I’ll keep you posted soon, I promise!

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