I am blogging for over a year but as you probably see I don’t spend enough time on posting. One of the reasons is that I don’t want to take myself too seriously about blogging, I just want to go with the flow of writing my personal stories and impressions. I prefer baby steps, with no agenda, no disappointments. This will be the best way for me and for you who read the blog.
The other strange side is even I am blogging about travel I do not have any bucket list. Yep! True! Neither I, neither Dido could tell which countries we would like to visit and what we would like to see in the future. Every journey comes at the right moment when we are ready to explore exactly this place when we are ready to learn exactly this lesson. Having a bucket list looks like something obligatory which I don’t like at all.
Anyway as you can see on the blog, we do love to make lists, here and here. Today, I am sharing the next list which made us very happy. We have reached 10 visited countries and this came in the same week when announcing the Brexit probably to remind us how happy we must be living with open European borders and having the freedom to travel all around the world. I still remember how my travels started in the ’90s during the times of visas, passports, permissions, etc.
Here is the list of the first ten visited countries. And cheers for many more to come. 🙂
France is the first country that I’ve ever visited. I was a young girl studying in the French language school in my hometown Plovdiv. This trip left a mark in my life and the memory of it still remains. As a kid of socialist Bulgaria, raised during the transition to democracy, in 1999 the things were still very strange to describe, and traveling in Western Europe has opened my eyes to the totally different world from ours and the big differences between West and East. For the first time then, I saw the house with a swimming pool, photocell sink, Carrefour Hypermarket, etc. Since then I was traveling to France four times already, two times with Dido. Oui, c’est la vie, c’est comme çà! My parents gave me the opportunity to travel during my teen years and I am very grateful for that.
Venice was a dream to me. Yes, it was the one and only. But there is a wise sentence, probably you’ve heard of “If you are dreaming about something ask the person who has it is he/or she still happy with it.” My dream was destroyed after my travel to Venice, sorry not sorry. That was my first real disappointment after a journey. I didn’t plan any other trip to Italy. Still.
I’ve been to Turkey three times already. And all of them in Istanbul. Ups, nope, I’ve been with my family also in Edirne, the very close city to the Bulgarian border. Istanbul is my favorite anyway. The place between the East and the West recharges everything in me. The last time we were all together – Dido and my sister. Who said a weekend on the Bosphorus? I am always in.
We have discovered Spain while traveling with Dido. I have done a solo trip to San Sebastian once but the country was distant to me. After a few summer trips to Barcelona, I am in love with this place. I have so many wonderful stories to tell and I am thirsty for more. We already planned our summer trip to Valencia and if you have some tips and tricks we are open to hearing from you.
The first travel to Berlin was a travel to remember, with a big company of friends, with a lot of emotions and just in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Wow, right?
The United Kingdom
London, London and again London, still counting. The city is never enough for me.
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The Balkans are too close to us to miss them. The Balkan road trips were the best idea ever and I can recommend it to everybody who loves to enjoy the short distances, the interesting and hidden gems driving through the picturesque roads.
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Montenegro is a place where everyone should go even for one in a lifetime.
We traveled to Lisbon with my younger sister and Dido. In November we found cheap flight tickets through London. What a piece of luck! We’ve crossed the cloudy and rainy London to find ourselves in sunny and calm Lisbon. How we spend our days in the Portugal capital, follow our blog to read the stories 🙂
The United States of America
For those of you who are following the blog, you all know that the four months stay in the USA was a turning point for both of us – Dido and I. It was a great experience and at the same time it was a lesson learned. New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood…
10 countries from 196 is a small part, we have such a long list to achieve, I just hope for not stopping to follow our dreams and to be open to the world. I hope that the number of our “om trips” around the world will increase. 🙂
Share your list of visited countries in the comments section below. 😉 Looking forward to hearing from you!