We are all drops in the ocean

         

I read a quote recently and it goes a little something like this – “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” This relates to so many people in my life. A couple especially who I’ve met on my recent travels to Budapest.

Q: How lucky am I to have gotten the chance to spend a week in Budapest? A: Very lucky!

So I’ve just gotten back from my trip to Hungary this week, and I’m quietly freaking out as to how exactly I’m going to put my experience into words for you all. And I don’t mean experience as in the things I got to see, I mean experience as in the beautiful people I got to meet and the stories we all got to share.

Isn’t it funny how the people in your life now were once complete strangers? And for some reason you decided you liked them enough to keep them around, to continue sharing your life with them? I find as adults it’s a lot harder to connect with people. Whether you’re too busy or you simply just don’t have the time and energy to be interested in anyone’s life but your own. Traveling changes that. It’s as if you’ve left your self-importance at the departure gate and all of a sudden you want to know anything and everything about the people you come across and the faces you meet. I understand now why people feel the need to travel, because it allows you to believe in something greater than yourself. You come home feeling like you’ve really accomplished something, you’ve escaped the routine that so many people are accustomed to, but most importantly you now know that pieces of you will be preserved in the stories people who were once strangers, will share about you. You’ve been a part of someone’s story.. And I think that’s the most important thing!

I met some pretty amazing people in Budapest. Yes, I could tell you about the city this time, but we all know it’s one of the best cities in the world! So I’ll just leave that to Google and trust that you believe what you read/see enough to visit the place yourself..

Now where do I begin?

From the moment I checked into my hostel, I was greeted by someone who I thought – fuck, if this girl lived in Perth, we’d be best mates! The first thing she did was ask where I was from, the second thing she did was google where I was from and the third thing she did was tell me that she won’t be able to stick around for long as she had to run to her second job at some radio station. I automatically added her to my list of people I’d like to know more about. We spent my second night at the hostel drinking beers and talking extensively about music! From our taste in tunes to our views on society, my initial impression of this girl was bang on! (Alexandra if you’re reading this, Szia :D) Alexandra’s one of realest people I think I’ve ever met. There’s no false sense of politeness to her. She is who she is and she doesn’t sugar coat a thing! It’s rare to meet people like that these days. So many people tend to kiss ass for the sake of being liked – but not this one. So thank you for being you, Alexandra!

The second person I was lucky enough to meet was a girl I’d got talking to on CouchSurfing the week prior. We organised to catch up and have a drink/coffee/lunch and ended up walking aimlessly through Budapest, had a couple of cocktails at an amazing sky bar, indulged in some rose shaped ice cream, did a spot of shopping and basically just talked shit the whole time! You know those people who you feel like you’ve known forever? Well yeah, Zsófii’s one of those girls. The amazing thing is that Zsófii was just as excited to show me those places as I was to be seeing them for the first time! I think that’s the greatest thing about CouchSurfing. These people don’t have to be spending their time with you. They don’t have to be taking you to places they’ve been to a hundred times before, or even open up their homes to you, but they’re literally so selfless that they would take time out of their day and life to introduce you to their city – to make you feel at home – to show you things you may not have had the chance to see as a “tourist”. They make you feel like a local and that’s what I love the most! I ended up catching up with Zsófii again before I left and we’ll be linking up in Amsterdam in a couple of weeks. I’m so grateful to have met this girl and am so excited for her future plans! The world needs more people like her..

On my last night at the hostel I met a guy traveling from Japan and another traveling from Turkey. We drank beers and talked all night about ourselves, our lives and where we were from. Interestingly enough, my Turkish pal Arda has been to Australia! But only to Port Hedland. (People from West Aus will understand the humour in this). It was so interesting to hear their stories and about where they were from, their struggles and their reasons for traveling. I don’t remember too much as I was a few beers down by that point, but I do remember laughing a lot. Which makes me so happy to look back and think about now! To share those moments with complete strangers, is something I’ll never take for granted.

I’ve learnt a lot about myself this past week. Who I am without my influences back home, what I want to do with my life and what truly makes me happy. My life has taken so many turns that I’ve doubted myself a lot, but I can say strongly that I’ve always done exactly what I’ve wanted. It may have been influenced by certain people around me, but I have always stuck to my guns and taken the chance. They say if you’ve never lost your mind, you’ve never followed your heart. And I can well and truly say that I’ve both lost my mind and followed my heart!

I’m off to London today to begin the third and last leg of my trip!! The time has gone so fast, but I’m excited to get home to the people I love and cherish the most. There have been times when I’ve been homesick and missing my friends and partner in crime, but it’s only made me appreciate them all the more! The love I have for the people in my life and the love I have for my life in general is beyond comprehension and I’m so ready to take on the next chapter of this crazy adventure called life.

I’m doing a two week Topdeck tour commencing next week which covers Paris, the Swiss Alps, Florence, Rome, Venice, the Austrian Alps, the Rhine Valley and Amsterdam. “How touristy” I know, but I’m excited to see just how much partying my 25 year old person can actually handle! Haha.

So to all the above mentioned people, thank you for all being drops in my own little ocean. My life would be less without each and every one of you. We’ve all shared memories at some point and these will all be things that I’ll look back on and either smile about or cringe at when I’m old and senile.

Until next time beautiful people, viszontlátásra xx

Also, for those of you who want to stay at a sick hostel in the heart of Budapest, I HIGHLY recommend Hipster Hostel. For €13 a night at a quirky little place that gives you the same vibe of crashing at a good mates place, you can’t go wrong! I can also give you a 20% discount if anyone is actually keen 😀

What I’ve learnt: That you should always trust in yourself no matter what you do. Trust that you can accomplish anything, trust that you can overcome anything and trust that you will be okay again if ever you feel you’re not.

Spontaneity is the essence of pleasure

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“Spontaneity is the essence of pleasure” is a quote I first heard from my good friend back in 2012 and it’s something she believed in strongly enough to get tattooed on her body.. I can now say I understand the true meaning of this. (Shout out to my homegirl Julie!)

I’m not sure I ever understood spontaneity completely, until I booked a flight to Istanbul one morning to leave that afternoon with only an hour and a half to pack.. And let me just say – I think this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

After spending a week in Vienna (post-Lisbon) and not much changing from my initial feel of the place, I felt it was time for a change of scenery. So with not much down time left, the next thing you know, I was on a plane to Istanbul..

I didn’t have many expectations of Turkey, apart from knowing their religious beliefs and the fact that they inhale shisha like oxygen. So this place really blew my mind. No expectations > no disappointments, right?

From the people, to the culture, to the food, to the atmosphere.. Istanbul left me wanting more. Even the drive from the airport to the main square in Taksim was stunning! The way the city presents itself is really beautiful. You’ll know what I mean if you ever visit.

Never really having stayed in a hostel before, this was such a different experience for me. I was a little hesitant (being female and all, it’s usually a little more nerve racking) but apart from the glances and the occasional cat calls, I felt completely safe! So leave whatever pre-meditated opinion you have of Turkey at the airport and as long as you carry yourself respectably, you’ll have absolutely nothing to worry about!

The must sees in Istanbul would have to be the obvious:
• Grand Bazaar for all your trinkets, jewelry, rugs and Turkish treasures
• Aya Sofya (also known as Hagia Sophia)
• The Blue Mosque for a religious insight
• and getting a boat over to Kadiköy (the Asian continent of Turkey). I found this to be a lot more urban and leafy for all you vibe lovers ✌🏽️

Also, if you’re after a cool place to smoke shisha, pay a visit to the guys at Kültür Cafe! I’ve never felt more at home during a dining experience before!! They’ll really look after you and even sit down, have a smoke and talk some shit with you which is always welcome!

As I’m writing this, I’m on a bus on my way to Budapest. I’ve spent the last 4 days in Vienna and I can honestly say that my opinion of the place has still not changed. They held a buskers festival the day before I left for Turkey and I can only refer to it as “organized fun”. There’s no sense of freedom in that city! You feel almost suffocated in a way.

I was lucky enough to catch a Ball Park Music gig there with my brother, which is easily the most fun I’ve had there so far! Along with kicking the footy and going for a skate, which are all things you could do in Aus – and probably have a little more fun while doing them too.

It’s a sigh of relief for me to be spending the next week in Hungary, adding more experiences to this ever growing list.. 😊

So I’m excited to see what the next week has in store for me!

Until I have more to share with you all,
Güle güle xx

What I’ve learnt: Life wasn’t made to be easy. My greatest moments of joy and utter appreciation have come from the struggles I’ve faced.

*queue Joy Division by The Wombats*

Oh, and don’t mess with little gypsy girls – because they WILL throw food at your head!

And so it begins…

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So today I leave for my first big adventure.. To some, this may not be such a big deal. However to me, this is everything.

For so long I’ve lived my life for other people (those close to me would know the full extent). I’ve lost count of the times I’ve told people, I’m gonna buy a ticket, go visit my brother and travel aimlessly through Europe! For so long it’s been a conversation, that the fact it’s actually happening is surreal to me.

I don’t think it will hit me until I’m there. Until I’m somewhere completely foreign where people are talking in languages I don’t understand, making gestures that I think are absolutely hilarious.

I’m excited, nervous and stressed, but most of all, I’m relieved. Relieved that I’ve taken this step and am freeing myself of the constant state of Wanderlust I’ve been living in for the past 3 years. Relieved that I’m doing this for me and no one else. Relieved that whatever happens from here on in is going to shape me into the person I’m yet to become.

Adventure is everything.. And they say, “you are what you do, not what you say you do”.. So I’m looking forward to meeting the girl on the closing end of this chapter!

This blog is going to be used as a platform for me to share my thoughts, photos and experiences with you guys. It’s also going to be used as a creative outlet for me while I’m away and act as therapy in a sense that this is somewhere I feel I can be brutally honest with myself..

I hope you enjoy and appreciate me sharing a piece of myself with you all!

Au Revoir xx