D for Dani

No man is a failure who is enjoying life.

Tag: Travel

Venice, Italy

We spent our Easter weekend in Venice. It’s an absolutely beautiful city with lots of history. I also got engaged here so I love it even more! 

Our Engagement story:

We went to San Giorgio Maggiore and wanted to go to the top of the tower to see the city. It costs 6 Euros per person and they don’t take cards – we didn’t have any cash on us either. So we went to a nearby cafe and asked a random stranger to buy his lunch with our card for some cash. He just handed us the money without asking for anything in return. We went to the top and it was breathtaking and just so peaceful. My boyfriend didn’t plan on proposing to me up there but I guess he felt the timing was right so he proposed! 

I bumped into that kind stranger again when we were on our way down. I was so excited I shoved my hand to his face and was yelling at him to check out my ring. He was confused and slightly frightened, and rightfully so. I told him we got engaged, and then I hugged him and thanked him. 

Lesson learned:
Always have some cash when traveling. 

Morocco 

Recently went to Morocco (Fes, Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Sahara Desert, Casablanca, Tangier). It was absolutely beautiful! 


To Friends and to More Travels! 

We just had a birthday/going away party (my boyfriend and I are moving to Sweden) at Sbragia Winery this weekend. It was close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit- we were sweating our balls off. But it was so nice to have everyone come together and celebrate this new chapter with us over a beautiful view and delicious wine! I thought I was going to be a bit heartbroken seeing everyone but I am more excited. I have always moved around a lot and have thankfully always met amazing, down to earth people. These friends that I am leaving behind will always be my friends and they will always have a place to stay when they visit. The great thing about moving and traveling is that you have the opportunity to create something special at that place – friends, memories, another place you can call Home. There’s so much beauty in this world – in people, in places, in food, etc. – take the opportunity while you still can and embrace it.

Skydive

So my visa is on the third and final phase. It’s supposed to take 6-8 weeks and it’s also the most important step. During this time, my boyfriend and I have been getting rid of things we no longer need or want. We have also been spending some time trying to figure out which appliances might not work in Sweden – not a fun process. But to balance out the boring and tiring process of cleaning out our apartment, we’ve been having as much fun as possible.

So we skydived this weekend! It was just crazy! The people attached to you do not countdown when they drop out of the plane – they just go. They do that so people don’t change their mind last millisecond. But the view was absolutely beautiful and it’s so crisp up there. The craziest part about the whole thing was that on that same day, a person and their instructor died because the parachute wouldn’t release. Glad I made it…

Bali

I recently took a trip to Bali – stayed in Ubud and had a driver take us everywhere! Speaking of the driver, I think it was the best way of getting around Bali – their infrastructure is not well developed so it’s safer for the locals and for you to just hire one. I only paid $50 a day and my driver was super knowledgeable of all the touristy and non touristy spots, and he was flexible with driving me anywhere I wanted. Anyways, I chose Bali because I heard it’s beautiful, people are nice, and it’s just a very relaxing place. Everything people said about it is true. There’s a lot of natural beauty and just being there makes you forget about all the crappy things happening in this world. I think a lot of it had to do with the amazing, care-free culture and the nice, super courteous people. I never really worried about my bag being snatched, I felt really safe, and I felt really free. It’s one of those countries where the outside world has yet to leave its mark, so things still operate in a very communal, traditional, and trusting way. And because of that, it really reflects in their day to day lifestyle – simple, laid back.

Besides hitting the beach (Angel Beach, Virgin Beach, and a few others), I also water rafted, explored the Monkey Forest (the only place where I was afraid of having my belongings robbed – the monkeys are cute but really mischievous, so I recommend leaving your things in the car), visited several temples (they eventually all look pretty similar), and so much more! The activities and adventures were a blast, but the food was also quite good. I ate A LOT – I made sure I had my breakfast, lunch, and dinner with 3-4 sides of dessert! Their food portions are smaller than American portions, so you walk away feeling content and not in pain. Bali doesn’t have many options, but rather variations of the few dishes they have. Also, if you are located in touristy areas, the food tends to be more westernized. I prefer authentic food since I travel to experience different culture, so I always made sure to find a place that’s away from the tourist center – it’s also a great way to pay a lot less for what you’re buying and this goes with souvenirs too! But wherever you are, make sure to negotiate.

Bali was truly lovely but I have to be honest – it was really humid some days and certain places were really dirty. And I come from the city, so I see and am comfortable with the idea of dirty to an extent; beautiful places in Bali were littered with trash. I was surprised the country hasn’t invested in better ways to address this problem considering they make part of their money from tourism. Either way, I would go back to Bali in a heartbeat. I did a lot in Bali so this blog post probably didn’t do much justice. So feel free to ask me any questions you might have.

And the pictures…

Should I Move (to SWEDEN) with Him

So my boyfriend of 4 years got a few new job offers. Being the awesome girlfriend that I am, I was very excited and proud of him. However, the interesting thing about these offers is that one would allow us to continue living in beautiful San Francisco. The other opportunity would move him to Stockholm, Sweden. The role in Sweden is a better opportunity all around – career wise. The question now is, should I go with him? The happy go lucky side of me says, “HELL YES!” The super analytical side of me (maybe slightly scared) says “HELL NO! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S OVER THERE.”

I need some time to think. To be continued…

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