My Experience Clubbing in Ibiza
Jan11

My Experience Clubbing in Ibiza

By Miruna Corneanu When I traveled to Spain for the first time it was in the summer of 2006. I didn’t know much about the country except a few words like “ola” and “mojito”, so there is nothing I could say in my defense. My dream was to hit up the best clubs in Ibiza and nothing more, so my friends and I planned a car trip all the way to the island. It was meant to be a one week vacation on the “island that never sleeps”, seven noisy nights, the best DJs and lazy afternoons on the beach but in the end this turned out to be not just an amazing “Eurotrip”, but an important experience that changed my life even if the beach afternoons were lacking. The plan was simple. We rent a nice apartment in Santa Eularia with a pleasant view over the port. We packed and jumped in the car on a hot Sunday evening with the intention of arriving Thursday morning on the island. We were young and excited and that was all we had besides some cash and a trunk full of clothes. Upon arriving in Barcelona, my first impression was that I was still dreaming. I never imagined how that moment Barcelona would linger in me forever. We bought the ferry tickets from Barcelona and we went to Denia to catch it. We started to feel the spirit of Ibiza; we were so thrilled to discover this completely new world where nothing else was important, not even the fact that we were almost missed the right road we were supposed to leave the continent. The sea road seemed like the longest route of my life but also the most beautiful one. I loved the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, the salt that made my hair curly, the clear sky and the tiny islands seen from distance. I felt like I was floating in a giant pot of ink. I still keep a photo album with 436 shots that I took from the moment I saw a little rock till I actually reached the island and I am still laugh remembering how desperate I was to arrive in Ibiza. That was more than a dream for me, at that time it was one of the most important triumphs beyond getting my driver’s license. We finally arrived in Ibiza. A travel agent waited for us in San Antonio and he joined us to the apartment in Santa Eularia. Everything was amazing: the landscape, the people, the air, the sun, even the smell that came from the coquette terraces. From that moment I irreparably felt...

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World Halloween Destinations
Oct31

World Halloween Destinations

By Miruna Corneanu We are all human beings and we all love stories, we grew up with them, we dream about them, we imagine them, we created them and now we are living them and we call them our lives.  And as long as reality allows us to juggle so many variables, who are we to judge the veracity of a fact or to deny a legend? London “This melancholy London- I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air”- William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet. Haunted places, old castles, frightening dark streets, a tumultuous history and endless rainy days are all part of London, the city of fog, the muse of Charles Dickens. One of the greatest cities in the world, London is an excellent Halloween destination for all ages and tastes. Home of the huge Halloween event-Phobophobia, the capital itself looks like it was designed as a shroud of mystery running the past every day after sunset, an incredible scene where forgotten characters are still living their lives, embedded in a lousy eternity. From the ghostly Tower of London to the spooky Pubs there is a road, shorter than you could imagine, between haunted places and legends it passes a thread thinner than you could think and who knows what cursed souls do live beneath this glittering metropolis as long as the stories are kept alive by witnesses? The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs are maybe the major attractions for those who chose London for Halloween. From families with kids to dauntless tourists, they are all fascinated by this unique adventure of reliving the history of a nation in the most tangible way. After dark, the lively London Bridge will show its other side, the dark one from the gothic tunnels, as for the London Tombs words are too poor to describe such a feeling. The actor Harvey Fierstein said once:” In London they don’t like you if you’re still alive.” This might be a good joke but we all know that “…great truths are revealed in gest” (Javan) Transylvania Transylvania is a beautiful place in the heart of Romania and some people would say that it might be the place where everything “Halloween” started. If you decide to spend Halloween in the most original way, Transylvania is undeniably the perfect place. Surrounded by magic, traditions, myths and a wonderful view, you might find yourself back in time, witness of a long standing history, observer of the most notorious legend-Count Dracula. The famous character invented by Bram Stoker has its...

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An Art Day in Amsterdam
Oct11

An Art Day in Amsterdam

By Miruna Corneanu When you see the sun rising up over the silent structures of Amsterdam painting shapes of light thru Renaissance, when you hear the Concertgebouw waking up more than 783.364 souls with the best symphony of the world, then you’ll know that the morning has arrived in Amsterdam. The best way to discover it is by foot or by bicycle, so put on some comfortable shoes and start to revel in the city’s charm. The is no better way to begin the day than finding a chic and cozy place to sip a pungent brown coffee, admiring the main attractions one of of the city through a window and feeling pampered in the original atmosphere like a local. There is a trend in Amsterdam called “Gezelligheid” used by people who are pleased about spending their time in a uniquely designed café that follows a specific theme; and there are plenty, on nearly every corner, on each street. This word it’s almost untranslatable and it is related to the cafes where people used to chill out in a brown wood décor. If you are a romantic or a bohemian you will definitely enjoy visiting a live music café; if you just want to get drunk, try a sportive drinker’s bar where you will feel at home. Even if you are the most demanding person, be sure that somewhere in a corner of Amsterdam sits, a café or a bar is waiting for you. After coffee, when you will be introduced in this enchanted atmosphere, take a walk over the canals; enjoy the cloudy and romantic surroundings, lose yourself between the little bridges headed up by the historic buildings and you will imperceptibly get to the famous Rijksmuseum which houses an impressive collection of art, the magnum opus of Nederland’s children: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. Once your taste of art is satisfied by this enchanted entrée, you can hardly wait for the first dish, the Van Gogh Museum. You will be surprised at first, seeing the unexpected building where a considerable part of Van Gogh‘s force lies on the walls. Over 200 paintings and 600 drawings fill the main building extending towards the Exhibition wing, revealing a violent beauty and an assortment of colors. After enjoying “The Yellow House”, the “Bedroom in Arles ”and“ Paul Gauguin, The Painter of Sunflowers which is actually a self-portrait, a cold beer and a nice lunch would be the break you’ll need to recover after this overwhelming experience. For that you should try a local tavern where a long time ago, during the 17th century, people weent to taste a...

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