FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

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Cu totii avem locurile noastre speciale, care ne-au ramas in minte mult timp dupa ce le-am vizitat. Cam asa arata harta calatoriilor mele si desi inca mai am multe destinatii de bifat, pot spune ca sunt multumita ca am ajuns in atatea locuri frumoase.

Sper ca incet incet sa imi fac timp sa scriu despre fiecare loc in parte, pentu ca mai sunt multe povesti frumoase de spus.

We all have our special places, that stuck with us even if a lot of time has passed since the last visit there. This is how my travel map looks like, and even if I still have many destinations on my bucket list, I am very happy that I was able to travel to these beautiful places.

I hope to be able to write about all these places because there are still so many interesting stories to be told.

Adriana’s Travel Map

Adriana has been to: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom.
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MI MADRID

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 Ma intorc la tine iar si iar … Madrid drag. Capitala Spaniei e singurul oras dintre cele multe pe care le-am vizitat care m-a convins sa ma intorc mereu si mereu. Glumind putin, as putea spune ca e ca o a doua casa. De data aceasta scopul vizitei a fost unul special; meciul din Champions League dintre Real Madrid si Borussia Dortmund. S-a terminat 2-2 si Realul a terminat abia a doua grupa ei, dar nu e motiv de suparare, a fost spectacol atat pe teren cat si in tribuna. Pentru prima data la Madrid am luat parte la coregrafia organizata de suporteri. Sa va mai spun ca deja imi e dor de Madrid? Cam asa s-au vazut din tribuna incalzirea jucatorilor, coregrafia Realului si bucura baietilor in alb dupa cele doua goluri. I come back to Madrid again and again. The Spanish capital is the only city from the many I’ve visited that “tricked” me into coming back. I could almost say it’s my second home. This time, I had a specific purpose: the Champions League game between Real and Borussia Dortmund. The final score was 2-2 and Real Madrid finished second, but it was no reason to be upset, the match was spectacular on the field and in the stands. For the first time ever, I was part of the Real Madrid choreography. Need I mention that I ‘m already missing Madrid? This is how I’ve seen from the stands the player’s pre-match training session, the choreography and the joy after the home team’s goals.

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A PIECE OF SPAIN IN BUCHAREST

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Review: Alioli, Bucharest

Iubesc mancarea din Spania, asa ca oricand poftesc la ceva dau fuga cu drag la Alioli. Au un meniu minunat si multe bauturi aduse direct din Spania. Daca nu stiti ce sa alegeti, atunci eu va recomand Paella (cu carne, fara sau cu fructe de mare) nu aveti cum sa dati gres.

Cea mai recenta vizita a fost la a doua locatie deschisa de Alioli in Bucuresti: La Finca. In Spania, “finca” este o proprietate rurala, o ferma am putea spune, iar cei de la Alioli reusesc sa te scoata din jungla urbana din Bucuresti … pana si ospatarii sunt din peisajul suta la suta latin: calzi, amabili si glumeti.

Am ajuns acolo direct de la birou, cu pofta de mancare din plin, asa ca aperitivele au disparut instantaneu, fara sa mai am timp sa vi le arat. O portie delicioasa de jamon, insotita de deliciosul sos aioli din partea casei.

Pentru partea a doua am ales paella, facuta ca la mama ei acasa. Totul a mers ca uns cu sangria racoritoare, servita la carafa.

A fost incalzirea perfecta pentru vacanta care va urma … pentru ca am ales o populara destinatie din Spania pentru balaceala de anul asta 🙂

Mai jos puteti vedea cum arata prima locatie Alioli din Bucuresti, si ce oaspeti de seama au trecut pe acolo.

I love Spanish food, so whenever I crave something I head out to Alioli. They have an amazing menu, topped off with great Spanish drinks. Paella is my favorite dish here so go with this if you can’t decide. You have multiple options: chicken, vegetarian or seafood.

I recently visited the second Alioli location in Bucharest: La Finca. In Spanish, Finca is a rural property, a ranch we could say, and the Alioli staff and decor take you out of the Bucharest urban jungle … even our waiters were 100 percent Latin: warm, kind and able to crack a good joke.

We arrived straight from the office, with a big appetite, so the tapas we ordered disappeared instantly, and I failed to take a picture. I was a delicious Jamon plate, accompanied by a delicious aioli sauce, with compliments from the house.

For the second part, we chose a tasty paella, that tasted exactly like the delightful ones from Spain. It all went down with a refreshing sangria.

It was the perfect warm-up for the following vacation … because we chose a popular Spanish destination for our summer trip this year 🙂

You can read below about the other location Alioli from Bucharest and what are the famous guests have eaten there.

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AMINTIRI DE LA EL CLASICO / EL CLASICO MEMORIES

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Sunt printre norocosii care au asistat, chiar de doua ori, la cel mai spectaculos meci de fotbal al zilelor noastre (cel putin pentru mine) El Clasico: Real Madrid – Barcelona. Nu am avut norocul sa prind live si o victorie a Realului pe Bernabeu (un meci s-a terminat 1-1 si celalalt1-3), dar a meritat pentru sentimentul de a vedea cele doua echipe jucand si pentru atmosfera fantastica. Voi ce pronostic aveti pentru meciul de azi? I’m one of the lucky people that saw twice the most spectacular football match of our days (at least from my point of view) El Clasico: Real Madrid – Barcelona. I wasn’t lucky enough to witness a Madrid victory on Santiago Bernabeu (one match ended 1-1 and the other 1-3), but it was totally worth it; the feeling of watching the two teams play and hearing the crowd chanting was amazing. What’s your prediction for today’s match?

DE MADRID AL CIELO

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…Sau cand la ei e mai bine decat la noi.

“De Madrid al cielo” … cum zic spaniolii, adica un fel de a spune ca, dupa orasul lor doar Raiul e mai frumos, si asta cu o conditie: sa ai de acolo de sus o “fereastra” spre capitala Spaniei, ca sa urmaresti tot ce misca.

Povestea mea de dragoste cu Madrid a inceput acum vreo trei ani cand am ajuns pentru prima data acolo. M-am simtit ca acasa din prima clipa. E normal pentru noi, ca romani, sa ne acomodam usor acolo, sunt la fel de galagiosi, limba o inveti imediat si avem obiceiuri destul de asemanatoare.

De atunci, m-am intors de 7 ori la Madrid – am ajuns din omul care spunea ca nu o sa calatoreasca de doua ori in acelasi loc, un fel de Madrid-junkie. Uneori, mi se face atat de dor de locul ala incat inchid ochii si imi imaginez ca sunt acolo, pe strazile care nu dorm niciodata.

…Or, when over there is better than over here.

“De Madrid al cielo” , is the Spanish way of saying that, after their city, only the Heaven is more beautiful, and only with one condition: to have a „window” in the sky  that overlooks the capital city of Spain, so that you could watch everything that’s happening there.

My love story with Madrid began about three years ago, when I first got there. It felt like home from the first moment. As Romanians, it’s normal for us to adapt quickly over there, they are as talkative as us, we can learn quickly the language, and they have similar habits.

Since then, I’ve returned 7 times to Madrid – I’ve come a long way from the girl who used to say that she’ll never visit the same place twice, I’m a Madrid-junkie now. Sometimes, I miss that place so much that I close my eyes and I imagine that I’m there, on the streets that never sleep.

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