I have worked in Greece: Memories, Adventure, and Challenges.

I have worked in Greece: Memories, Adventure, and Challenges.

I have worked in Greece: Memories, Adventure, and Challenges.

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Symi: An Absolute Gem You Mustn’t Miss During Your Rhodes Vacation. This Enchanting Island Will Captivate You with its Breathtaking Beauty and Authentic Charm. It’s the Perfect Destination for Adventurous Explorers Seeking a Unique Experience.

From Rhodes to Symi

Imagine: you’re sailing over the waves of the Aegean Sea, the wind ruffling your hair, and the sun’s rays caressing your face. After a short 50-minute boat ride from Rhodes, Symi emerges before you like a picturesque masterpiece. As you approach the harbor, you’re greeted by colorful houses clinging to the steep cliffs, enveloping you in a warm and authentic Greek ambiance.

Once you set foot on land, you’re surrounded by cozy restaurants, taverns, and charming coffee shops. Why not start with a rejuvenating cup of coffee and a delightful pastry from the local bakery? Let the energy flow through your body as you embark on your exploration of this undiscovered paradise.

Explore Symi Town, the Vibrant Heart of the Island, Full of Charm and Beautiful Sights. 

Symi Town, also known as Symi Port, is the heart of the island. Here, you can immerse yourself in its narrow alleys, admire beautiful sights, and relish in the vibrant Greek life. There’s no shortage of excellent restaurants, cozy taverns, and charming coffee spots where you can indulge in local flavors and culinary delights.

Explore the winding streets in the morning hours, when the town comes alive and the sun rises slowly. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty around you as you stroll through the streets. And as the afternoon sets in, find a scenic viewpoint where you can relax and savor a refreshing drink while gazing out over the picturesque village. This is the true vacation feeling on a small, authentic Greek island.

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Climb the ‘Kali Strata’ and Discover the Breathtaking View and Photogenic Route to Kástro Castle. 

For the adventurous hikers among us, the famous ‘Kali Strata’ is an absolute must. Yes, it’s a challenging climb of 500 steps, but the view and the photogenic route make it more than worth it. As you make your way to the top, surrounded by the scent of Mediterranean flora, you’re rewarded with a breathtaking panorama over Chorió. And at the top, you’ll find the Kástro Castle, perched high and historically difficult to access for both tourists and, in the past, even enemies. This is the perfect spot to lace up your hiking boots and let your inner photographer shine.

Don’t forget to visit the enchanting Monastery of Archangel Michael. This monastery, also known as the Panormitis Monastery, is one of the most significant sites on the island of Symi. Here, you can immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere and experience the religious history of Greece. Remember to dress appropriately when visiting the monastery and take the time to admire the beautiful religious artifacts in the shop. 

Step aboard, be amazed, and create memories that last a lifetime. 

Symi is a true paradise for anyone seeking a unique and authentic Greek experience. Let yourself be enchanted by its picturesque beauty, charming streets, and the warm hospitality of the locals. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing day in Symi Town, embarking on a breathtaking hike to Kástro Castle, or embarking on a spiritual journey to the Panormitis Monastery, this island will capture your heart.

So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of your vacation on Rhodes and plan a day trip to Symi. Explore, discover, and relish in this hidden paradise. Symi awaits you with open arms and an unforgettable experience.

Rhodes, the island that is diverse and appealing.

In 2015, I had my first experience with Greece when I worked on Rhodes for 3 months before heading to Sunny Beach. After 6 years, I returned to the island, filled with fond memories and hope. This year, Sarah also came to Rhodes, and it was very exciting because we worked for the same employer. I became her supervisor, a situation we both had to think carefully about whether it was a wise decision. Sarah took care of the Danish guests and colleagues, while I looked after the Dutch guests along with some colleagues. We were going to make it a great season together.

It was amazing to be back on Rhodes, a place full of vibrant memories and beautiful beaches. The island offered us the perfect mix of sun, sea, and culture. We enjoyed exploring the Old Town of Rhodes with its charming streets and medieval architecture. It was also a fantastic experience to visit some other islands in the vicinity, like Halki and Symi, easily reachable by boat from the harbor.

Rhodes is known for its diverse nightlife, and we definitely spent some fun evenings in the lively bars and clubs. Experiencing the energy and fun of the island’s nightlife was great.

Unfortunately, our season ended earlier than planned due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workload was intense due to the high number of guests and the minimal number of colleagues we unfortunately had. The travel industry was hit hard, impacting our experience on the island. Nonetheless, we still managed to build some beautiful memories during our stay.

Due to uncertain contracts and an unstable market, we decided to move to Denmark to gain a bit more stability. While the memories we have of Rhodes are priceless, it’s also necessary to have a certain level of stability, which is unfortunately hard to find in the world of tour operators.

Rhodes will always hold a special place in our hearts. The island has so much to offer, from stunning beaches and rich culture to vibrant nightlife. We cherish the memories of our time on Rhodes and hope to return to this enchanting island someday.

And we move to Denmark, Copenhagen.

Currently, we’re living together in Copenhagen and enjoying wonderful vacations under the Mediterranean sun. We haven’t completely left behind our life in the travel industry – I’m currently working in a hotel, and Sarah is busy with her studies.

As tour guides, we’ve met many people and experienced incredible moments together. That time shaped us and gave us a deeper appreciation for the diversity and beauty of the world. We cherish the friendships we’ve built and the special experiences we’ve shared with both colleagues and guests. While we’ve taken a different path now, those memories and the love for traveling will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Paris Champs-Élysées and the Latin Corner

Paris Champs-Élysées and the Latin Corner

Paris Champs-Élysées and the Latin Corner

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Paris welcomed us warmly during our five-day adventure. Even though we were mindful of our budget, we still enjoyed every moment in this charming city. Join me as I recount my experiences and the delicious food I discovered in Paris. 

We navigated the streets of Paris on our scooters with expertise.

Our journey kicked off with excitement and adventure as we zoomed through the beautiful streets of Paris on our rented scooters. Starting from the Champs-Élysées, we soaked in the energy and magnificence of this famous avenue. We admired the stylish boutiques and soaked in the lively atmosphere while making our way past bustling cafes and upscale department stores.

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Opera, 9th Arrondissement

Continuing our journey through the enchanting streets, our exploration led us to the Opera district. On our scooters, we easily navigated the area, taking the time to admire the Opera Garnier up close. It was a magical experience to follow in the footsteps of the greats who once performed here. We continued our trip towards Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, majestically perched atop the hill, offering a panoramic view of Paris. 

Affordable local cuisine in Paris. 

While traveling on a budget, we still wanted to treat our taste buds to delightful French cuisine. We discovered that there were budget-friendly dining options for us to enjoy. For three evenings, we relished delicious meals at Bouillon Julien, Chartier en Picalle Here, we could savor typical French food at an affordable price. Each dish was a delightful treat that helped us experience the authentic flavors of Paris without putting too much strain on our wallets.  

 

Gare de Lyon and the Latin Corner – Secret escapes.

For the final part of our Parisian adventure, we shifted our base to the Gare de Lyon area, a hub for train transportation in the city. With our trusty scooters, we explored the enchanting Latin Corner and other surrounding neighborhoods. On our two-wheelers, we uncovered hidden gems, picturesque streets, and lively squares where the local community gathered.

Paris captivated us with its undeniable charm, breathtaking landmarks, and vibrant culture. We fell in love with the romantic atmosphere, delightful cuisine, and treasures hidden around every corner. This enchanting city has stolen our hearts, and we’re eagerly looking forward to returning and embarking on new adventures. 

Tivoli Gardens: An Enchanting World in the Heart of Copenhagen.

Tivoli Gardens: An Enchanting World in the Heart of Copenhagen.

Tivoli Gardens: An Enchanting World in the Heart of Copenhagen.

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Copenhagen, the vibrant capital of Denmark, is home to a magical place that captures the hearts of both young and old: Tivoli Gardens. Located in the heart of the city, Tivoli Gardens offers an enchanting world filled with amusement, beauty, and wonder. In this blog, we take you on a journey through the history and charm of Tivoli Gardens and discover why it’s an absolute must-visit attraction during your stay in Copenhagen.

A historical gem in the heart of Copenhagen.

Tivoli Gardens offers a wide range of attractions for all ages. From thrilling roller coasters and merry-go-rounds to serene boat rides and fairy-tale gardens, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the iconic Rutschebanen, a wooden roller coaster from 1914. For a breathtaking view over Copenhagen, you can take a ride on the ferris wheel called “Star Flyer”. The park also frequently features performances by world-famous artists and live music, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

A Magical Atmosphere

What truly makes Tivoli Gardens unique is the enchanting atmosphere that prevails there. Especially in the evening, when thousands of lights illuminate the park, Tivoli transforms into a magical world. Wander through the fairy-tale paths, enjoy live music and dance shows, and get swept away by the romance and coziness that is present everywhere.

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It’s an investment, but it’s well worth it. 

For those looking for a fully all-inclusive experience, Tivoli Gardens offers the all-inclusive ticket. This ticket includes entrance to the park and unlimited access to all attractions. The prices for all-inclusive tickets are currently 439 Danish kroner (approximately 59 euros) for adults and 339 Danish kroner (approximately 46 euros) for children between the ages of 3 and 7. An entrance ticket without access to the attractions is 155 Danish kroner (approximately 21 euros). 

 

 

Restaurants in Tivoli Gardens.

Tivoli Gardens offers a wide range of dining options, from casual cafes to upscale restaurants. Visitors can enjoy quick bites, light meals, and delicious dishes such as grilled fish, smørrebrød, and steaks. Some restaurants offer beautiful views of the gardens and live entertainment. It’s advisable to make a reservation, especially during busy times. Furthermore, some restaurants offer special packages in combination with entrance tickets or attraction bundles. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or an elaborate dinner, the diverse restaurants in Tivoli Gardens ensure that you can enjoy delicious food during your visit.

6 months on the Island of Corfu.

6 months on the Island of Corfu.

6 months on the Island of Corfu.

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For six months, I had the privilege of working on the enchanting island of Corfu, where I had the opportunity to explore all its beautiful spots. From the moment I set foot on the island, I was captivated by the beauty and charm it possesses.

Impressive capital, Kerkyra

One of the best parts of my stay was Corfu’s capital, Kerkyra. The city is bursting with history and culture. It has narrow streets, Venetian forts, and beautiful old houses. I loved wandering around the old town, checking out the lively squares, and finding local craft shops and cozy taverns.

My 3 tips for things to do when you’re in Kerkyra.

 

  1. ste local delights at the old market: Head to Kerkyra’s old market and try out some yummy local foods. Find fresh goods, traditional cheeses, olive oil, honey, herbs, and more. Dive into Corfu’s flavors and enjoy a real foodie treat.
  2. Visit the Palace of St. Michael and St. George: Check out this historic palace right in the heart of Kerkyra. Wander through its grand rooms, enjoy its lush gardens, and catch an awesome view of the city and sea from the lookout.
  3. Discover the historic fort: Make sure to visit the huge fort that stands out in Kerkyra’s skyline. Known as the Old Venetian Fort or the New Fort, it’s a cool way to learn about the island’s military past.

 

Stunning beaches and hidden coves. 

But what really won my heart were the beaches. Corfu is packed with amazing beaches and hidden spots that just call out for some chill time and fun. From the golden sands of Paleokastritsa to the clear blue waters of Agios Gordios and the picture-perfect views at Canal d’Amour, every beach was its own kind of awesome.

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An amazing experience in Greece. 

I feel privileged to have spent six months on this beautiful island. Corfu stole my heart with its rich history, stunning beaches, and welcoming locals. It’s a place where you can immerse yourself in beauty and enjoy an unforgettable Mediterranean experience. 

 

 

Kerkyra, the capital of Corfu, is a picturesque town steeped in history and charm. With its Venetian influences, cobblestone streets, and stunning architecture, Kerkyra offers an enchanting blend of cultural heritage and Mediterranean beauty.

Restaurants on Corfu.

When I think about my personal dining experiences in Corfu, a few restaurants stand out. In the charming old town of Corfu, I fell in love with a place called Bougainvillea. They served the juiciest steak I’ve ever had. The delicious dishes, combined with the cozy vibe, made eating there unforgettable. In the cute village of Ipsos, I stumbled upon ‘ALS’, known for having the island’s best Moussaka. This seaside restaurant serves up classic Greek dishes. Their Moussaka, with layers of soft eggplant, spiced meat, and creamy sauce, was pure joy in every bite.

While it might not be everyone’s first pick, I found a spot for my love of Indian food in Corfu at The Tandoori Bites. It’s located in Kerkyra near the harbor to Albania. Even if the spot itself isn’t that dreamy, I’d often take my food to a beautiful part of the city. There, I’d savor the tasty dishes with a great view.

Ontdek het betoverende Kopenhagen, Nyhavn en nog meer

Ontdek het betoverende Kopenhagen, Nyhavn en nog meer

Ontdek het betoverende Kopenhagen, Nyhavn en nog meer

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Ik ben 1 jaar en 9 maanden geleden naar Kopenhagen verhuisd, en sindsdien ben ik betoverd door deze prachtige stad. Met zijn architectonische schoonheid en overvloed aan ontdekkingen, heeft Kopenhagen mijn hart veroverd. Ik heb een aantal tips voor je als je van plan bent Kopenhagen te bezoeken.

Nyhavn en het oude centrum

Kopenhagen, de bruisende hoofdstad van Denemarken, is een stad vol charme en verrassingen. Met zijn schilderachtige kanalen, kleurrijke gevels en historische architectuur doet het oude centrum denken aan Amsterdam. Een absolute must-see in Kopenhagen is Nyhavn, een pittoreske wijk die bekend staat om zijn charmante grachtenpanden en levendige sfeer. Wandel langs de kade, geniet van een heerlijke maaltijd in een van de restaurants aan het water en bewonder de historische schepen die hier aangemeerd liggen.

Bezoek de imposante Church of Our Saviour in Kopenhagen

Een andere opvallende bezienswaardigheid in Kopenhagen is de Church of Our Saviour. Deze prachtige kerk, gebouwd in barokstijl, biedt bezoekers de mogelijkheid om naar de top van de karakteristieke toren te klimmen. De beklimming kan een beetje uitdagend zijn, maar het adembenemende uitzicht over de stad maakt het absoluut de moeite waard. Terwijl je omhoog klimt, kun je genieten van panoramische vergezichten en de unieke architectuur van Kopenhagen bewonderen.

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Ervaar het plezier en de betovering van Tivoli,

Naast historische bezienswaardigheden heeft Kopenhagen ook veel te bieden op het gebied van entertainment. Tivoli, een van de oudste pretparken ter wereld, is een populaire attractie voor zowel inwoners als toeristen. Met zijn prachtig aangelegde tuinen, sfeervolle verlichting en spannende attracties is Tivoli een plek waar jong en oud plezier kunnen beleven. Breng een bezoek aan het park, geniet van de vele attracties en trakteer jezelf op een heerlijke Deense lekkernij.

 

 

Nyhavn, de pittoreske wijk in Kopenhagen, is beroemd om zijn kleurrijke grachtenpanden en gezellige terrasjes langs het water, waar je kunt genieten van een verfrissend drankje en de levendige sfeer van de stad kunt ervaren.

Rust en schoonheid van de stad

Wat Kopenhagen echt bijzonder maakt, is de rust en schoonheid die de stad uitstraalt. Met zijn brede boulevards, groene parken en open ruimtes voelt Kopenhagen aan als een oase van rust. Het is een stad waar je kunt ontspannen en genieten van de prachtige omgeving. Daarnaast staat Kopenhagen bekend om zijn inzet voor duurzaamheid en milieubewustzijn, wat bijdraagt aan de schone en groene uitstraling van de stad.

Verken Kopenhagen op de fiets

Een ander kenmerk van Kopenhagen is het uitgebreide netwerk van fietspaden. De stad is zeer fietsvriendelijk en het huren van een fiets is een uitstekende manier om de stad te verkennen. Fiets door de straten, langs de grachten en ontdek de vele verborgen plekjes van Kopenhagen op je eigen tempo. Het fietsen in Kopenhagen is niet alleen handig, maar ook een geweldige manier om de lokale sfeer en cultuur echt te ervaren.

 

Mijn eerste fiets in Kopenhagen, een trouwe metgezel door de straten van de stad. Samen hebben we de iconische bezienswaardigheden verkend, langs de schilderachtige grachten gefietst. Bijna 2 jaren zijn voorbijgegaan, maar mijn fiets blijft me vergezellen, vol herinneringen en een symbool van de vrijheid en avonturen die ik hier heb beleefd. Hij staat momenteel bij de fietsenmaker, lekke band.

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