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Most Cheapest vs Most Expensive City In Europe

August 24, 2016

What is the cheapest city to live in Europe?

Chişinău, Moldova is the cheapest city in Europe to live

What is the most expensive city to live in Europe?

Zurich, Switzerland is the most expensive city in Europe to live

How does the cheapest city in Europe compare with the most expensive city in Europe?

TOTAL 81% difference

Let’s take a closer look the cost of living between the cheapest city in Europe and the most expensive city in Europe

Chişinău (Moldova)

FOOD MDL GBP EUR USD
Basic
lunchtime menu including a drink in the business district
57 Leu £2.24 € 2.60 $2.90
Bread
for 2 people for 1 day
4.63 Leu £0.18 € 0.21 $0.24
HOUSING MDL GBP EUR USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 900 Sqft furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 5,780 Leu £227 € 263 $294
Utilities 1 month heating, electricity, gas… for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,528 Leu £60 € 70 $78
TRANSPORT MDL GBP EUR USD
1 liter 1/4 gallon of gas 18 Leu £0.71 € 0.82 $0.91
Monthly ticket public transport 193 Leu £8 € 9 $10
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. 5 miles 51 Leu £2.00 € 2.32 $2.59
PERSONAL CARE MDL GBP EUR USD
Short visit to private Doctor 15minutes 192 Leu £8 € 9 $10
1 box of 32 tampons Tampax, OB, … 59 Leu £2.32 € 2.69 $3.01
Deodorant, roll on 50ml ~ 1.5 oz. 55 Leu £2.16 € 2.50 $2.80
Hair shampoo 2 in 1 400 ml ~ 12 oz. 59 Leu £2.34 € 2.71 $3.03
4 rolls of toilet paper 30 Leu £1.19 € 1.38 $1.54
Tube
of toothpaste
34 Leu £1.35 € 1.57 $1.75
ENTERTAINMENT MDL GBP EUR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 282 Leu £11 € 13 $14
2 tickets to the movies 178 Leu £7 € 8 $9
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 75 Leu £2.94 € 3.40 $3.80
Coffee 28 Leu £1.11 € 1.28 $1.43
1 beer in neighbourhood pub 500ml or
1pt.
24 Leu £0.96 € 1.11 $1.24
1 month of gym membership in business
district
806 Leu £32 € 37 $41

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Zurich (Switzerland)

FOOD CHF GBP EUR USD
Basic lunchtime menu including a drink in the business district CHF 28 £22 € 25 $28
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.53 £2.00 € 2.32 $2.59
HOUSING
Monthly rent for 85 m2
900 Sqft furnished
accommodation in NORMAL area
CHF 2,476 £1,963 € 2,272 $2,539
Utilities 1 month heating, electricity, gas
… for 2 people in 85m2 flat
CHF 143 £113 € 131 $147
TRANSPORT CHF GBP EUR USD
1 liter 1/4 gallon of gas CHF 1.48 £1.17 € 1.36 $1.52
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 98 £78 € 90 $101
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. 5 miles CHF 34 £27 € 31 $35
PERSONAL CARE CHF GBP EUR USD
Short visit to private Doctor 15 minutes CHF 121 £96 € 111 $124
1 box of 32 tampons Tampax, OB, … CHF 9 £7 € 8 $9
Deodorant, roll on 50ml ~ 1.5 oz. CHF 5.82 £4.62 € 5.34 $5.97
Hair shampoo 2 in 1 400 ml ~ 12 oz. CHF 5.29 £4.20 € 4.86 $5.43
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 3.03 £2.40 € 2.78 $3.10
Tube of toothpaste CHF 4.02 £3.19 € 3.69 $4.12
ENTERTAINMENT CHF GBP EUR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 76 £61 € 70 $78
2 tickets to the movies CHF 37 £29 € 34 $38
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 18 £14 € 16 $18
Coffee CHF 5.79 £4.59 € 5.32 $5.94
1 beer in neighbourhood pub 500ml or 1pt. CHF 7 £5.39 € 6 $7
1 month
of gym membership in business district
CHF 115 £91 € 105 $118

 

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16 Amazing Places in Europe You Need To Visit Once In Your Life

August 23, 2016

Europe is a blast. It is a great example of history upon history. Each place in Europe has changed hands more then a few time and with it, each new tribe adds their own touch to a place.

Here are my top 16 places to visit in Europe once in your life 

River of Flowers, Keukenhof, Holland

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Melissani Cave, Greece

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Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

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Rocamadour, France

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Foss a Sidu, Southern Iceland

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River House, Serbia

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Strokkur, Iceland

Hallstatt, Austria

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Bastei Bridge, Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Germany

The Alcazar of Segovia, Spain

Chilchilianne, Rhone Alpes, France

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Le Mont – Saint-Michel, France

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sunset at yacht harbour in Dubrovnik

Albarracin, Aragon, Spain

Aescher, Switzerland

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Hvitserkur, North Iceland

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25 Best Lakes To Visit In Europe

August 17, 2016

Lakes hold a magical, tranquil and mystical aura. Here is a list of the top 25 best lakes to visit in Europe

Glendalough, Ireland

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Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Hallstattersee, Austria

Lake Annecy, France

Lake Geneva, France and Switzerland

Lake Garda, Italy

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Lake Como, Italy

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Lake Wastwater, Lake District, England

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Sognefjord, Norway

Loch Duich, Scotland

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Lakes of Killarney, Ireland

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Saimaa, Finland

lake saimaa

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Konigsee Lake, Germany

Kerid Crater Lake, Iceland

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Lake Orta, Italy

Loch Awe, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Lake of Sainte-Croix, France

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Lake Hévíz, Hungary

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia & Albania

Lake Constance, Switzerland, Austria & Germany

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Lake Breinz, Switzerland

Jasna Lakes, Slovenia

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Lake Massaciuccoli and Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy,

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My Trip To Palermo

July 26, 2016

Palermo | 21st -23rd July 2016

Over the centuries, countless people have fought, lived and loved in Sicily. I lived and loved.

The bus from Agrigento to Palermo was smooth and lovely. A one way ticket cost 9. The bus left on time and arrived exactly on time.

When I arrived I asked the taxi driver to take me to my Airbnb. It instantly rattled me that the taxi drivers all started to talk amongst themselves in Italian, smirking and nodding. He quoted me 30 for a 7 minute drive.  As I started to walk away one taxi driver quoted me 20 and I shook my head and kept walking. Another taxi driver then ran up to me and quoted me 12! No thanks homies. With my huge backpack on, (I couldn’t be bothered to haggle) I waddled over to a coffee shop bought a bus ticket for 1.40 (which apparently I shouldn’t have even bought as everyone was strolling on the bus without tickets(free ride)) and got there in 15minutes. I’ll remember that for next time 😉

My Airbnb apartment couldn’t have been in a better place. It was by Theatre Massimo and my room offered a fantastic rooftop view of churches, houses and Theatre Massimo. It was perfect. Cool – apartment sorted, onto understanding the city and meeting locals

Palermo City By Day

Palermo is the perfect city for walking and definitely a city for finding. I walked and really enjoyed the street markets where you can find fabrics, socks, pots, tops of the pots, bikes, eggs and cannoli. Every turn I made I would discover a new square/piazza.

I enjoyed the botanical garden, Piazza Marina, Piazza Bellini and simply taking time to watch the locals interact.

In comparison with Catania and Agrigento, Palermo is a vibrant multi-cultural city full of Italians, Tunisians, Indians, Pakistanis, West Africans… It has a great colourful feeling. People seem get along and co-exist in harmony. The people are outspoken, hospitable and have a great sense of humour. During my trip to Catania I was told that Palermo was smelly, dirty and the people weren’t nice. In fact, I enjoyed Palermo more than Catania.

I enjoyed Palermo so much that I put together My Top 8 Things To Do In Palermo

Palermo Street Markets

What. For almost 800 years – and more or less in the same way – merchants and shopkeepers start to populate the market around 5am, peddling all sorts of goods: from lemons to posters, socks to pots.

How. Sellers to not just offer you their goods.. they literally sing it! “Abbanniari” is an art: a deafening chant in strict Palermitan dialect, with a time-space displacing effect

Riffa Time. If you just stand in a central place of a market and observe for a while what is happening around, you’ll notice little pieces of paper passing from hand to hand. It’s the inner market lottery, with a jackpot that is usually a box of fish, meat and vegetables of the day.

When. The best time to go is before 10a although that could not be easy after a Palermitan night but you’ll find fresher vegetables and fish earlier in the day.

Rules. Haggling is usually inappropriate (except taxis…), mostly if you know how a market works pay cash, better with the exact change ask for the right quantity and check that the seller is not cheating you while filling your bag or “cappo” (typical paper cone)

A farm indoors? It is not uncommon to stroll about the markets and hear horse neigh or see a chicken running away from its roost. Many people hold their own in-town-farm, or breed horses for nightly clandestine races.

Vegan Food and drink in Palermo

The price of coffee in Palermo is only about 0.70 cents and it good Italian brew. Food in Palermo is pretty much the same as Catanian food (sorry to offend). The signature dishes are the usual (fish, pasta, pizza). I spent only around 10 during my entire stay on food and I ate well and enough. You will not spend much money in Palermo, or in Sicily in general unless you want to.

Vegan Restaurants and Cafes in Palermo

  • Gelateria Oreleans
    It’s a very small place and everybody eats outside. The ice-cream / granite / sorbet is homemade, genuine and tastes like the old days.
  • Al Vicolo
    Al Vicolo means in the alley a family run restaurant in a peaceful corner of Palermo. When weather is good, you can step out onto the terrace to enjoy a beautiful view of Piazza San Saverio, under one of the baroque domes of Palermo. It is cheap and you will find quality and respect for tradition.
  • PaLab
    Pa Lab is a multipurpose space: It hosts concerts, expos, events and has a restaurant with a wide selection of vegan friendly dishes.
  • Khalesa
    Khalesa is a café in the ancient city wall with a library, restaurant and a garden on the top of the fortress. Not cheap, but very charming.

Vegan Italian Snack

Italian Romance in Palermo

The typical Italian is courteous, proud, undisciplined, tardy, temperamental, divas, passionate and charming. Just my type.

She was waiting for me in a a white car. Wow, this girl had sass. I fell for her accent immediately. On first sight of her I got butterflies, her body, her face was beautiful. Just my type. The car smelled strongly of weed which pleased me more. By now you know that I love all of the above and can’t stand basic bitches.

We drove to Mondello beach, a beach not too far from Palmermo city centre. The Friday Feeling was definitely in the air, people all around were laughing, singing and enjoying themselves. We spent our time getting to know each other over a bottle of white wine. Explaining the tragic highlights of why we were both single, a bit about our past and our vague plans for the future. It was a lovely. That night I also tried Panelle & Crocche which is another Vegan Italian food.

The way we kissed was unlike any other kiss I’d had recently, first on the pier at the beach, with the sound of chatter around us and the smell of sea. Then back to her house.. I got high off her vibe, I didn’t know how to behave.

Intense, intertwined bodies hot like fire
The only thing that matters is desire

How To Hook Up With An Italian

I find that Italians similar to Spanish, Africans and Latinos. They have extreme, attitude, and volume and are blunt. Shyness will not get you anywhere. If you want to hook up with an Italian you must hold good witty conversation and it must be full of laughter. Don’t be silly, a looser or boring.

Leaving Palermo and going to Tunis by boat

It is 2016 and I am still always the only foreigner I see taking boats accross countries. It’s always me and the locals! Same ting happened with the boat ride from Spain to Morocco and Turkey to Lebanon. Yeah, its boring and seats get taken quick so you might have to camp on the hallway floor but it’s an ok ride and a cheap option – you get to chat to random people who make the time pass. I even smoked a J and drank whiskey. Just don’t tell!

The journey on sea from Palermo to Tunis is 10 hours. By ferry it will cost you 35 for a deck seat and 54 for a cabin.

On arrival the border control agent confiscated all the European passports (three of us) and told us to wait. We waited for 40minutes to only be told that the boss couldn’t be found so we were let go. A huge waste of time.

Anyway.. welcome to Tunisia.

 

Links:
My Trip To Agrigento

My Trip To Catania

Top Vegan Italian Foods

Top 8 Things To Do In Palermo

My Trip To Tunis

 

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Top 8 Things To Do In Palermo

July 26, 2016
  1. Arancina Under The Trees

    The neoclassical buildings set the entrance to the Botanical Garden, home to over 12000 species of plants, natives or tropical.

    Palermo Botanical Gardens (Orto Botanico), a Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Banyan Tree, Ficus macrophylla), Sicily, Italy, Europe. This is a photo of Palermo Botanical Gardens (Orto Botanico) showing a Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Banyan Tree, Ficus macrophylla), Sicily, Italy, Europe.

    Palermo Botanical Gardens (Orto Botanico), a Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Banyan Tree, Ficus macrophylla), Sicily, Italy, Europe. This is a photo of Palermo Botanical Gardens (Orto Botanico) showing a Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Banyan Tree, Ficus macrophylla), Sicily, Italy, Europe.

  2. Palermo Cathederal

    Just as the Sicilian people is the result of such complex layering of dominations, so it Palermo Catheral is a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
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  3. Eat at Caffe del Kassaro.

    From the outside Caffe del Kassaro looks like a bar, as it name suggests, but walk past the first room and you will find a typical Sicilian restaurant, with many locals having their lunch break. Waiters are nice and polite and meals start from 6euros (Mon-Sat 7a-3p)

  4. Over The Hidden River

    If you like live music (especially manouche) Borderline is the place for you. The space is narrow (it a tunnel between via Materassai and Piazza Fonderia) and when theres a lot of pople it is not easy to stand and enjoy the music, but the atmosphere and the underground river that flows under your feet will convince you to grin and bear. They often do vegan dinner too. And try their artisanal beer!

  5. A Concentrate of History

    The area between Piazza Bellini, Piazza Pretoria and Quattri Canti is the core of the historic centrel within the range of 200 meters you can walk through a cross section of total history.

     

  6. Great Place of Knowledge

    The Archivio Storico Comunale in a little side street at via Maqueda 157, is a wonderful and mostly unknown place, even to Palermiatans. The institute keeps seven centuries of city documents, and the architecture of the magnificent Great Hall designed by Guiseppe Damiani Almeyda stands out. The spiral staircase leads to the highest galleries and four large wooden winches are proudly displayed.

  7. KM 0 Food in ancient Stables

    Km 0 food grows in local farms and is consumed locally, skipping chains of transport. Housed in the fascinating stables of Palazzo Cattolica. Meals from 10euros.
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  8. Palermitan Graffiti

    The Steri, now a University, was the seat of the Inquisition in 1600. In the underground prisons, graffiti was brought to light, describing the prisoners dark days. Where the executions were held, in Piazza Marina an enormous Ficus tree grew that’s the oldest and largest of Italy. On Sunday mornings the piazza is used for a flea market (amoung the many kitch items you might find a few precious rarities), while at night it acts as a social hub.

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My trip to Montenegro

July 22, 2016

Travel through Montenegro

I absolutely love this country. It was the most peaceful country I went to during my road trip through Eastern Europe. The breathtaking beauty will captivate you.

If you love landscape, these are some photos of Montenegro which will convince you to go.

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My Top 10 Vegan Italian Food

July 22, 2016

Good tasty Italian Vegan Food..

Eating is something very important in Italy. If Italians are not actually eating, they are thinking about what to cook (and to eat) very soon and the main topic during meals is often “what we are before and what we will eat after”. Even if meals-time is usually quite late (9-10pm for dinner) it is always almost time to start cooking.

It is not all about pizza and pasta you know! They have wonderful salads and veg/legume dishes. At restaurants you can tailor your menu so that it works for you. The Italians chefs are generous and willing to accommodate your requests. While in Italy I gained 2kg! Eli cooked for me in Catania and my gosh… it was amazing.

Below is the vegan food I ate during my stay in Sicily, Southern Italy and Italian vegan food I want to eat by onegreenplanet

Granita
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Vegan Mushroom Risotto

vegan mushroom risotto

Sundried Tomatoes

Olives

Homemade Limonchello

Spicy Eggplant Caponata

Gnocci alla Genovese

Focaccia With Roma Tomatoes and Onion

Minestrone Soup

minestrone-top

Meanwhile.. On my Vegan Food Wishlist

Panna Cotta Cream

( recipe and pic by onegreenplanet)

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My Trip To Agrigento

July 20, 2016

I’d spent 2 hours in the car from Catania to Agrigento. The road up was smooth a for a moment I caught my beach in astonishment as I was convinced I was in Greece. Valle dei Templi stands at the entrance to Agrigento so before driving up into the city you can stop off there and admire the temple of Valle dei Templi, one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture.


A few miles past Valle dei Templi we climbed higher up the hill and into the city of Agrigento. The air was cool and the town was stunningly pretty with long views down to the blue sea. A compact town tumbling down to the blue sea. I fell in love with Agrigento in an instant. Perhaps it was the time of day, passing the Valle dei Templi on arrival or the weather. It was perfect. At its heart was a small busy street called Via Atenea with a reasonable amount of people eating, laughing and strolling along their way. Leading off the street were stairs and alleyways going either up or down depending on which way you turned to face. These side street were full of neighbours gossiping and children playing. For the rest the town appeared to exists of a bundle of wandering streets and alley ways with winding stairs climbing up and down the city. It was lovely.

I booked a studio apartment in a guesthouse called Il Sole E La Luna. The room was perfect with a balcony where I watch the passers-by radiating contempment. The town was not full, it had a low hum of chatter which would be broken with the locals gossip and laughter.

Marco, the owner of the Il Sole E La Luna had agreed to meet me 3 hours later and show me Scala dei Turchi.
I’d never seen something quite like it. Scala dei Turchi is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle. I’d seen rocky cliffs in England but nothing like this. The sea was almost crystal clear, the sand on the beach was unusal and the cliffs were inviting, not frightening.

As requested Marco gave me a lift on his motorbike the next day to Scala dei Turchi. The journey down by motorbike was breathtaking as if I hadn’t seen it the day before. I stayed hours under the sun reading and listening to deep house music.

Later that night I ventured out to walk around Agrigento. The city is gorgeous, a tiny little place with narrow houses and long views accross the city to the blue ocean. It reminded me very much of Porto or Lisbon. It was common to see churches at the corner of the street standing magnificent and dignified amoung the shops and bnb’s. I can’t recall a more attractive place for walking. The town consisted of almost entirely of a complex network of stone-walled lanes and passages with stairs and all of which interconnection beautifully so you would find yourself back in the same place you departed from 15minutes after walking. Every few strides you would find an arched alleyway. Every few strides a cross passageway would plunge off down the hillside or a set of steps would climb up to the sky with a set of restaurants and bnb’s leading above.

As a tourist I was sold by the charm of the city. But looking a little closer I noted that many shops were closed down and there were quite a few abandoned, derelict buildings. To me this also added to the charm but Marco’s father explained that they are going through a crisis, it is difficult for the locals in Agrigento and the political system doesn’t function well, a pity because it is by far my favourite town in Italy, I want to move here.

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My Trip To Catania

July 19, 2016

I still remember the first sight. The plane swerved over the sea through the sky and there below me was the sudden magical tableau of life in Catania. It looked big, and mostly busy. It was orange and yellow, so compact, so exciting and so Sicilian. I was smitten.

Eli, my host was very friendly and spoke good English and made sure everything was pleasant. She explained to me that she worked as a food scientist and has a passion for fitboxing. Her family lived just around the corner from her in Catania. She drove us home safely as Sicilians drive as though they are in an arcade game. It is not unusual to see unexpected cars zipping in front of you to from either direction to overtake. I was genuinely astonished.

Day 1 and 2 were spent with Eli and Franchessco.
We spent our days at the beach in Giardini Naxos, at Franchesco’s mothers traditional Sicilian home in the beautiful town of Nicolosi eating ice cream and granitas.

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Catania in a day

Eli dropped me off at Via Etena and pointed for me to walk one way. Down, down, down. My favourite direction to walk. I was excited.

In a not very long time I arrived at Piazza del Duomo di Catania around 9:30a and it was getting busy with tourists and locals. I left my map of the city indoors so from herein my journey has all been a big improvisation.

Piazza del Duomo di Catania was nice, big however nothing special. I’ve seen hundreds of different plazas/squares/piazzas in my life so unfortunately I’m all Piazza’s up. I saw a group of Chinese tourists walking towards a passageway and I followed.
Welcome to the fish market.

Eli had told me about this place, she said it’s a must see.

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Catania Fish Market
What’s a vegan doing in a fish market?
At first I was walking around, looking at all the fish for sale. Many of which I’d never seen before. Some long some short, some fat some thin. Some with 8 legs. It’s a marvellous atmosphere. But watch your step, you could easily slip.

Finally I found a place to buy my second breakfast.

What’s a vegan eating at a fish market?
catania fish market

There is a park outside the fish market where I sat on a bench and ate my food. It was so delicious! Though I took it easy on the olives because salt isn’t my thing.


Midday onwards
Look at this place I found while walking, lost in private thought along Viale Africa towards Piazza Europa

I made my way down by jumping the fence and climbing down the stones. What a find! I ended up staying here for 4hours, jumping in the water and swimming than chilling. It was just me, an old Italian man and a German painter.
The way back to Eli’s house was complex. My phone battery died so I had no way to ask her for directions. I’d finally had enough of aimlessly walking around sub-urban Catania so I walked into a shop and asked the shopkeeper to call a taxi for me. Despite the language barrier it was done, and I was back at Eli’s house in no time.

Our last meal was great, I cooked my usual; chick peas and veg stir fry and we sat talking until both of us were tired and I had to leave early for my next destination in Sicily: Agrigento.

It’s quite rare that I meet somebody that inspires me (see previous post).
I fell for Eli as soon as we met because her energy is beautiful. Eli lives in fearlessness which is hard to obtain, she lives for the now and celebrates each day with an upbeat attitude.
A big bonus is that she is an excellent chef. Suffering from being a vegan in Italy it was beginning to concern me. I couldn’t taste their favourite meals and flavours because they all contain some form of animal. But Eli found a way for me to enjoy risotto, pasta and cakes. And it was delicious. On the first day she made a tasty pasta with a spinach savoury cake and on the second day she made mushroom risotto and a mushroom savoury cake. All vegan.

 

Links:

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Top Vegan Food in Italy

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My solo festival experience at Summerjam

July 4, 2016

My festival buddy pulled out at the last minute due to a sudden death in his family. 
I really considered not going because the idea of going to huge festival alone is a bit daunting. I’ve done it before spontaneously while travelling but never planned. These things are definitely better with friends.
Anyway – I went to the festival alone (but was never alone) 
Although I knew I had friends scattered around (some of who I didn’t even see) I did get a little paranoid that people were looking at me wondering why I’m alone. They probably think I’m a crazy girl! In fact someone even asked me if I’m a gangster girl. After considering this I’ve decided that I could be. 
The flight from London was 1hr late because we had to change planes due to an engine failure. When we landed I couldn’t be bothered to wait any longer so I took a taxi to the festival. That cost €55. I also bought 3 bottles of Jaegermeister and champagne along with brown bread, sun dried tomatoes and hummus to last throughout. And it did.  
Mala the Rasta was the first person I met. He obviously could see I was in need of something because I was looking around. I needed a tent! (My friend who I was due to go with was going to bring it / I heard I could buy one in the festival). My friend who was also there had a tent but hooked up so she preferred for her hook up to share. She told me via text when I got to the festival! Whatever. I didn’t even bump into her once. Funny thing, it turns out that Mala the Rasta needed a tent too. He’d already arranged to buy an already pitched up tent and said I could share. So I did. I hate pitching tents, I’ve never actually personally done it but it looks long. From being alone, having no tent to being with company and having a tent. This was within 5minutes of arriving. 
Some of you are probably thinking that I trust people too easily. I do. I 100% felt comfortable after having a minutes conversation with Mala. What’s the point of being alone for no reason. Plus he helped me out! The tent was in the best location as Summerjam is HUGE and camping goes on for miles. So I had a great stroke of luck! 
…until I was told that it was a stolen tent from the other side of the festival. That was my last night in that tent…
I spent the first night with Mala and even though I occasionally bumped into people I knew I didn’t stray from him. He’s the most gentle human ever and a great dancer. He didn’t even try to hit on me. But I did something bad. I got him drunk and smoked all his weed. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be an issue. I wouldn’t feel bad if it wasn’t for the fact that he (nearly 30) had never drank alcohol in his life due to his religion and I persuaded him to drink half a bottle of Jaegermeister

The next morning changed my vibe up an it just got better. I became friends with my camping neighbours in the morning. They were totally cool, all 8 of them! And from London too so there was an instant connection. They filled me in about the tent thieves/hustle and told me that they had a free tent with an air bed and I could have it alone. Sweet, I took it. As it was only a few tents down Mala and I remained neighbours though i went alone. Another stroke of awesome luck. From thereon I spent the festival with this big group which included a female reggae singer! Awesome! 

Festivals alone, but never alone… 

Summerjam festival itself was a blast. A few reggae heads didn’t like it and said that it could have been better. True, it rained a lot but I thought it was great. Hats and jackets exist for a reason. I am very loyal to festivals, I definitely make the most of my time and TURN UP. 

Turning all the way up is my specialty. I love it. Dancing on the stage or on the table is my favourite hobby. For some reason I need to be high up. What’s funny is I’m not the best dancer! I am not a competing dancehall queen. But who cares..

Other things that happened:

– I kissed a German girl 

– I kissed an English guy 

– (Not at the same time) 

– I spent about €150 for the 3 days 

– A creep whispered in my ear ‘whatever happens in Summerjam stays in Summerjam’ i still don’t know who that was but they had a scary voice

– I introduced myself as Sky, not Celina. I’ve wanted to start doing it for a while. I like it. It felt right.

Doubts – I did question myself. Sometimes I wonder if I’m too free. Financially free, free time, sexually free, mentally free. I started to wonder if this is why I’m still single. 

I automatically judge that people can’t handle me and my ways. I even started to question the word; Stable. I’m comfortable like this, but it doesn’t seem normal. Here is the mind fuck, because I think I’m wry normal. My thoughts and actions are my own. No fear. Should there be a balance? Or is that the weed making me think too much. (Why I never smoke unless I’m at a festival, I hate overthinking)

I really enjoyed myself. Going to festivals alone is awesome! It’s not first choice but it definitely wouldn’t discourage me. It shouldn’t discourage you. Solo travellers, do your thing. Intergrating is easy. If any readers wanna share my tent at the next festival let me know!

Here are some pics: