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Hola, I’m in Antigua, Guatemala.

The sight from almost landing in Panama.
Close to Panama

My first trip across the ocean and out of Europe: Don’t be nervous, everything will be just fine! I kept saying to myself. And then this became an involuntary soundtrack before my actual flights. Cheers, brain, I know I can always count on you for messing up my sleep and bringing up weird songs before any kind of travelling. 🙂

But now I am here (OMG!) and everything is so great and exciting and new and crazy different, but sometimes also out-of-this-world similar to the Romanian culture. It’s so hard to put in words. Maybe something of a harmonious chaos that we also master in Romania.

One other surprising thing, I understand a lot of the language, it’s incredible! It feels like it was all the time asleep inside of me. This learning process is very exciting for me. I only need to listen carefully and I understand the use of expressions. Love it so much! At times, I even keep up conversations for so long that I forget I am speaking Spanish. Now that’s really something 🙂

The people. Oh my, I don’t even know where to start on this topic. They are very hospitable, kind, patient, welcoming but also curious to know about you and your country. Here in Antigua they get a lot of tourists and they are used to sharing their lives with them. I have been welcomed with open arms into their houses (thank you Charly, Luis, Majo and Elizabeth), I met the extended family with aunts and uncles and cousins and grandmas. I’m enjoying small talk during meals at my wonderful home and I have the perfect view on the terrace of my room. Antigua is surrounded by volcanos (Volcan de Agua, Volcan de Fuego and Acatenango)and I am lucky enough to see them all 🙂
What can I say, guys, it was love at first sight with Antigua. Here, el Volcan de Agua, first thing in the morning.

Volcan de Agua is the most beautiful one, standing alone with its blunt peak sometimes wrapped in white clouds. The more cheeky one is called Volcan de Fuego. As his name hints, he is still active and kicking. Sometimes more than once per day. It’s far away so we can’t even hear the explosions many times, but you get such an adrenaline rush to see it by night! Mirna from Probigua Spanish School took a great photo of it the other day. I was overwhelmed at its sight to even move a muscle, but she managed to capture it! Such good timing! The Spanish language schools here in Antigua are renowned all around the world and have become one of the main industries along with tourism.

Volcan de Fuego, Mirna

So enough about how amazing this entire trip is for me, let me walk you around the places so you can get the positive vibes in wonderful Antigua. The city has well preserved Spanish colonial style buildings and many ruins of churches. During the colonial times it also served as the capital of an administrative region that covered most of Central America.

View over entire Antigua from La Cerro de la Cruz.
cerro de la Cruz view over Antigua

La Merced church.

La Merced

Antigua is well known for having elaborate religious ceremonies during important Catholic events such as Cuaresma (40 days before Easter Sunday), the Holy Week (Semana Santa), Easter. I will be here just before Easter time so I will document all the flowers, fruits, pine needles and paint artworks made by the artists to celebrate these events. Here you see Cathedral of San José which is located in the Central Park.

Flare san jose

This is the sight from Palacio de los Capitanes, Plaza Central. In the background, the beautiful Volcan de Agua.
Main Park

The main market. Love the colors of everything here. So many new veggies and fruits I had no idea about. Now wish me luck learning their names in Spanish with no Romanian equivalent. Quiero un camion de nisperos.♥

el mercado

el mercado )


As for me, I wait for good light and spy on people, I’m really enjoying myself out here. 🙂 This is fast healthy food on the street. If you like how one lady is cooking, you usually stick with her. Guacamoooooleee tortilla wrap, yum! ♥

fast food



la luz



Oh, yes, this is me during lunch break soaking up the sun as much as I can before I return home. Keep bright 🙂

Sifnos Island, Greece

2.1 pretty church bells

I will soon implode if I don’t get to share with you some of my flaming happy energy I got from this island. Since all seems just chaotic stardust and magical memories in my mind, I will refrain from using great words and will show you some of the beauty I captured the past days in Greece. Through that I hope you get a smile and I will call it a successful mission.

1.Kamares bus stop

Only 3 hours away by ferry from Athens’s port, Piraeus, Sifnos is a gorgeous island in the Cyclades island group with tons of beaches to explore and captivating history. All you have to do is rent a scouter or a car and drive around its edges and reputed towers left over by the mining that was going on in ancient times. The island was very wealthy once since gold, silver and lead were mined here as far back as 3rd millennium BC.

3. greek blue setting

2.2 pretty church

2. Chrissopigi blue

The main cities are the landing port – Kamares, the island’s capital close to the center of the land, Apollonia – named after one of the most important deity in Greek and Roman mythology and Kastro – a roman based settlement on a hill facing the Aegean Sea with narrow white paths and gorgeous Greek blue details. Every little settlement will surprise you with at least one gorgeous church. Here’s my piece of sparkling universe.

4. arch to blue

8. Apollonia, Sifnos

5. Apollonia colours

9. top view Apollonia

14. top of the hill

20. Chrissopigi church by the sea

21. Church by the sea

23. beautiful church by the sea

17. Kastro walk

18. stiati ca aveti de studiat Eminescu pentru BAC

24. Kamares sight from uphill. Sunset

11. Greek

25. Kamares sunset

10 Kamares sunset

12. sunset

Until next time, stay high.