Three things I love about Bruges

If somebody ask you to tell us something about the favorite things you encuntered in any city, what will it be? Let me tell you what I love about Bruges.

Picturesque surroundings

When you are in Bruges it feels like you are part of a fairy tale where your role is to wander around and to discover everything that this small town on the West Flanders has to offer. We arrived in Bruges late at night and I think that it was perfect time because those old buildings and small houses look even more strange and mysterious. Finding ourselves on the main square when the clock ticked midnight gave us feeling that we are all alone and that empty streets are just waiting to show us where will lead us. Medieval surroundings at night impressed us so much that we didn’t really know what to expect in the morning when the sun comes up and when thousands of tourists come out on the squares of Bruges. We had morning coffee near the famous belfry and the colorful buildings that were all around us just gave the special touch to this irresistible Belgium jewel.

All kind of sweets

Is there anybody who doesn’t like chocolate? While you are exploring Bruges you will realize that on every corner you can enter in the small colorful shops that will present you all kind of nice, tasteful, imaginative chocolates. You will not be able to resist to all those candies, mignons and marzipan that are nicely stacked in display windows. In the moment you will feel like you are in the sweet wonderland so start your adventure and try some of this imaginatively decorated morsel that will melt in your mouth. Other than chocolates you should definitely try waffles. Whether they are filled with all kind of fruit, chocolate or with fresh homemade jam that will awake all your senses, it doesn’t matter, pour it with some delicious topping and you will be ready for the next chapter of your trip to Bruges.           

Canals of Bruges

This town is often called Venice of the north but to be honest I can’t really compare this two cities. For me Bruges is far more beautiful than this popular Italian destination. Maybe it is because it’s not so crowded like Venice and it allows you to enjoy every step that you take there. All those canals that are passing through Bruges keeps you calm. Even if it’s bad weather it doesn’t matter because rain drops that are hitting the water compose the music that creates special atmosphere. It seems like every canal is telling its own story and the bridges that take you from one side to another are so nice and small, looking like somebody painted them.

So, this is what I love about Bruge and here you can read a bit more about this small town in West Flanders!

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You have to love Budapest!

As I already told you Budapest is one of my favorite cities in Europe and here is why I think that. If you still haven’t visit this special town on Danube river do that as soon as possible. Here are just five reasons why is Budapest so special to me.

Extraordinary historical sights

It doesn’t matter if you are in Buda or in Pest because on the both sides there’s so much to see and experience. Beautiful Chain bridge, Elizabeth bridge and Margaret bridge will be on your sightseeing list for sure. I don’t even have to mention Parliament, Buda castle or Fisherman’s Bastion from where you will have great view over the city. If you want to get even higher climb up to Citadela, from there you will see why I think that Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities that I have been to.

Summer in Budapest parks

Great place for the picnic during the sunny days is Margaret Island where you can easily get by foot or even better by bike – just cross the bridge and you are there. Spacious green areas are calling you to lay down for a while and to enjoy beautiful summer weather. Vehicles are prohibited there so this is perfect place to run away from the crowded and loud city center. If it is very hot here you can find pools in the water park Palatinus and refresh a little bit. Eleven outdoor pools are waiting for you and your friends.

Food

When I’m on the way my favorite thing to do is to eat. Eat all that food that I don’t usually or not so often eat at home. I have to try everything, from the main dishes to the tasteful desserts. Hungary is the right place to enjoy the food. Their specialties are a bit spicy because of the paprika that gives their dishes special taste. Stews, goulash and paprikas are just small part of what they are offering. Leave a bit of space in your stomach to try desserts. Dobos cake will be a great choice. Who doesn’t like chocolate and crunchy caramel!? Visit Central Market Hall, it is the largest and the oldest indoor market where you can eat good and at the same time you can buy some authentic Hungarian souvenirs.

Nightlife

If you like to party hard Budapest is the place for you. Clubs are all over the town and people are having lots of fun till the early in the morning. Have a beer in Szimpla Kert, its unique pub where you can sit inside or outside on the terrace and have a chat with your friends or meet new interesting people. If you are in the mood for the late night partying try one of the Morrison pubs, iSkola or go and party on the boat on the Danube in the club named A38.

Cheap, cheap and cheap!!!

Budapest

Of course, prices in the town that you are visiting are very important. Budapest is probably one of the best destinations for the budget traveling. Accommodation is very cheap so it is easy to find a great room in a hostel in the center for less than 10 euros. Food is also cheap, there’s a great place to eat on Szent Istvan Krt. where you can have goulash for only 2 euros. When it is about drinking you have to go to Kiraly utca which is full of bars and pubs. Budapest is famous for its Ruin pubs, how they called them. They are opened in the tenement houses or in the buildings which are going to be destructed that’s why every place here has unique style and atmosphere. Great thing is that in some of those places you can drink whatever you want for the price of one euro, visit Kuplung and 57. szamu italbolt (it is very messy pub but veeery cheap).

Visit Budapest, I promise you that you’ll love it!!

WE ARE MOVING TO NEW ZEALAND !!!!

Idea to move from Croatia and live somewhere else is in our heads for a few years now but we didn’t really have good plan what to do and how to get out from here. Our first wish was to move to Sweden and that’s one of the reasons why we went there in October, to see how it will be to live there. We loved that Scandinavian country, and you never know, maybe we will end up there someday, but in the meantime something else happened. For the first time New Zealand let Croatians to apply for Working holiday visa. So we applied but at first we really didn’t think that both of us will get it because there was only 100 visas. In less than a month we got the answer from the officer that had our cases. The answer was positive, our application is approved and we can go and live in New Zealand!!! I would like that we can go there tomorrow but there are few things that we need to arrange before we leave our country. I always loved the stories from the people that left their everyday life just to live as they want. And now it will be my story. I will quit my office 8 to 16 job and move to New Zealand. After one year there I don’t know what will be, but honestly I don’t care, as Doris Day says in her famous song: “Que sera, sera whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera, sera, what will be, will be”. Now I don’t really know what to expect from New Zealand but for some reason I think that we’ll love it. We read a lot about that place and it seems very nice place to live. Great thing is that our friends also applied for visa and got it so we will meet them there in the end of the year, when they are planning to arrive. We are leaving on 5th of June and untill then we have enough time to save some money, rent our place out and for me to quit my job. I have to say that that really makes me happy 🙂 Past three years in the office were OK but now I’m ready to discover something else, something new. I think that New Zealand will be great place to start!!!

Your story: Have you been to New Zealand? What do you think about the life there?