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The sun is shining in this part of the planet! This makes me feel good and it always brightens  my day. How are you folks? I am doing okey  but I miss traveling again. I know  I just returned from my recent travels  but here I go again planning for the next trip.  After cancelling two trips for next month due to career change, I picked-up the phone again awhile ago and booked for a  trip in Europe. I super love this beautiful continent.

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The picturesque town of Perast in Montenegro. It lies beneath the hill of St. Ilija (873 m), on a cape that separates the Bay of Risano from that of Kotor, and overlooks the Verige strait, the narrowest part of the Bay of Kotor.

Let me finish this post before going to work. I have to accept the truth that I fall in love with Montenegro the first time I stepped on it.  When I visited it for the first time back in 2013, I told myself that I wanted to go back there again.  It did materialized during  my recent round trip in the Balkans last month. Read more… »

Have a wonderful and happy New Year 2014!
May this brand new year be a brighter and blissful year for us all!

Cheers and all the best for 2014!

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God bless us all!

“In this new year, may you have a deep understanding of your true value and worth, an absolute faith in your unlimited potential, peace of mind in the midst of uncertainty, the confidence to let go when you need to, acceptance to replace your resistance, gratitude to open your heart, the strength to meet your challenges, great love to replace your fear,  Read more… »

I always feel good everytime I remember my past travels. The memories, fun, excitements and the many experiences, happy or sad, always makes me feel wonderful…all the time!  It simply makes me feel “rich” in many aspects.  I remember these words that says about traveling, ” Traveling is expensive but it makes you rich”. Now I understand why! It  makes me rich  after visiting a certain place or country. Rich not in terms of monetary value but with the many priceless experiences I gathered  after each travel.

Let me share a bit about my wonderful travel in Avila.  My friends in Madrid decided to have a picnic despite the winter weather that time. We took a train from Madrid Chamartin station going to Avila. The weather in Madrid that time was sunny  with a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.

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The Alcazar gate in Avila.  taken last March 2012. © www.europetravelpad.com

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It was over but I could still  remember the travel memories from the luxury cruise trip we did last spring time. I miss so many things from that holiday. I felt like I was vacationing in my home country because wherever I go in that part of the ship, I always see and talk to my fellowmen. It is amazing knowing that over 50% of the workers are Filipinos in that luxury ship.

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The Aidabella cruise ship during our holiday in Scandinavia.© www.europetravelpad.com

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This infographic represents the main holiday expenses: food, alcohol, trips, gifts, duty free, travel & transport, holiday decorations, clothes, sports, and accessories. Christmas is a great opportunity to relax and save up some strength for work; however, the holiday season is particularly expensive. The most popular states to spend Christmas vacation in are: Nevada, New York, Colorado, and Florida. 37% of Americans even don’t think about their spending, especially when they are on vacation. Astoundingly, 63% of Americans take out payday loans to get quick cash, along with high fees. During the holiday season, it is necessary not only to control your expenses, but also to use payday loans right way, for emergencies.

Top 10 Reasons holiday makers overspend Infographic

Source: FastLoanTree.com

This infographic represents the main holiday expenses: food, alcohol, trips, gifts, duty free, travel & transport, holiday decorations, clothes, sports, and accessories. Christmas is a great opportunity to relax and save up some strength for work; however, the holiday season is particularly expensive. The most popular states to spend Christmas vacation in are: Nevada, New York, Colorado, and Florida. 37% of Americans even don’t think about their spending, especially when they are on vacation. Astoundingly, 63% of Americans take out payday loans to get quick cash, along with high fees. During the holiday season, it is necessary not only to control your expenses, but also to use payday loans right way, for emergencies.

Top 10 Reasons holiday makers overspend Infographic

Source: FastLoanTree.com

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As my motto says, “Always plan and book holidays and vacations ahead of time”. This will not only help us save time and money but we can also avoid stress. I believed I am already good when planning a holiday. I don’t only do it for myself but also for friends who are visiting particularly in Europe. Per experience, I don’t have a problem about it and I always see to it that I plan it ahead of time especially when it is a long vacation. Whether it is a Camping or adventure, a sightseeing trip, beach vacation, cruise trip or a family getaway, we should see to it that everything is planned before we take off.

Yesterday morning, I already started planning for my 2013 holidays. In fact, I already booked a cruise trip to the Scandinavian and Baltic Regions in summer next year. I was only saddened because the dates I wanted to spend the cruise were already fully booked. Oh well, at least there are still free slots on the other schedules of the cruise trip. It was so far the cheapest cruise trip I can find online.  I  will  for  sure  bring and  wear the most comfortable Outdoor Footwear in the house during that  vacation. Trips like this require a lot of walking especially during sightseeing in the city.  Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and St. Petersburg are included in the cities that we will be visiting. It will be a  7 -day  cruise  and I am happy to see those places included in that trip.

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The Port of Hamburg in Germany, where some of the cruises to Scandinavia and Baltic region starts.

I also booked yesterday some Christmas market trips to Basel and Strasbourg. I am still planning to book  some  other Christmas market trips. There are special offers sent to me and they are really cheap. Compared to driving to those places and booking a hotel, booking the trip to the travel agency is still cheaper for me. My friends who will be coming with me are quite excited to experience the said Christmas markets.

I have a lot of travel plans for next year. I am still looking for cheap travels to more cities and countries that I have not visited yet in Europe. Among the few ones are Croatia, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, Malta, Cypern and Portugal.

When planning or going for a trip or holiday, I also considered a lot of petty but are important things. I see to it that I always wear comfortable Outdoor Clothing depending on the season that I am traveling. I also bring with me my travel gadgets like camera, papers and pen, umbrella, credit card, travel documents like passport and many others.

I am hoping to visit more countries in Europe in the coming year 2013. Crossing my fingers for it!

Learning Languages

How I wish I am a polyglot like the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Sad to say, I am not but I am happy to speak and understand some languages. For those who don’t know the meaning of polyglot, it refers to person who can speak and understand several languages with high proficiency. It also means a multilingual person and others also call  this person  a linguist.

If you know two languages, you are called a bilingual. If you know how to speak three languages, you are called a trilingual. I believed I belong to this group. Am I?

If I have to consider knowing languages and dialects, I can probably say I am a polyglot since there is no consensus on exactly how many languages a person has to speak to be a polyglot. I can speak and understand English, German, Filipino or Tagalog and two dialects in the Philippines,  Visayan and Ilongo.

It has been my dream to speak, understand and write many languages. I want to become a certified language translator but I need to attend first a language school to do it. I asked a friend before about going to school for languages and she told me that if I do it, I need to learn and study at least three languages being English as the major one. You can select the other two like German or Spanish, depending on your choice. Actually now, I am still thinking about it.

There are a lot of companies who are engage in language services. Different sectors such as financial, travel, legal, government, logistics, automotive and other international companies always hire a language translator to translate documents and facilitate easy communication in the company.

I guess it is still not too late for me  to study languages.  What do you think guys?

I found a deal to Zurich, Switzerland last December 2010. It was really a very cheap trip considering that the transportation, overnight in Hilton Hotel Airport and breakfast were already included during that deal. I immediately booked it because I also want to witness the Christmas market in this Swiss city.

To give you some overview of this city, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is also the financial center of this country.

We had some hours walk around the Altstadt or old city of Zurich. I am happy with what I saw but I would be very satisfied if we have more time seeing more of its sights. At least, I was able to witness the biggest covered Christmas market in Europe and maybe in the whole world to.

Here are some of the images I took during our visit last December 2010.

Zurich by night. You can see the buildings along the Limmat River in this city.

winter in Zurich. You can see the towers of some of the churches in this city. One of it is the Fraumünster. I guess the one on the right side.

I am joining again these wonderful memes: Special thanks to the Authors for hosting it;
Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Sunday Snapshot, Mellow yellow, Tuesday Travels, Orange Tuesday, WEDNESDAY WHITES, Black and White Wednesday

 

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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.

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