About The Wanderlust Me
A Little about The Wanderlust Me
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Here is My Story:
My very first independent trip to the UK. It was a huge adventure : exciting and scary at the same time. I was dreaming of a foreign land and a self-reliant experience, so I found an agency in Latvia which offered to find work placement in the UK. This is how I became a waitress at a local coffee shop in a Welsh village of Bala. I learned how to make scones and welsh cakes, danced with the local sheep farmers at the only two pubs of the village, took a tractor ride to a barn party and explored everything there is to see in the North Wales. Now you know what I did that Summer! 🙂
I became a proud Architectural student at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, UK. These were three exciting years which flew by in a blink of an eye. Studying abroad was a huge dream of mine but living an Erasmus Experience was on my bucket list too, so I spent 6 months as an exchange student in Lille, France.
After Part 1 bachelors degree in Architecture in the UK you are meant to validate an internship and I got an offer to work at “Fantastic Norway Architects” in Oslo, Norway. Only an adventurous person or a fool would accept an unpaid internship offer in one of the most expensive countries in the World, leaving with a 1000 euros of savings (barely enough to last a few months in Oslo) in a pocket and trusting that serendipity will sort things out. It did! I ended up staying 18 months in this beautiful country, made lifetime friends, learned Norwegian language, plus randomly became a little chef at a little Italian Coffee Shop.
I was lucky to get accepted to an ERASMUS MUNDUS masters program in Cultural Heritage Management. During two years I lived, studied and traveled in France, Italy and Germany. This was a truly international experience, we were 16 students, coming from 14 different countries, studying in 4 different languages (French, Italian, German and English) and moving to a new country every 6 months.
Knowing I would have to move around so often, I had an idea to get a car and she became my trusted travel-buddy for numerous road trips around Europe for the next 5 years.
I got an Almost-Perfect-Job offer as a Project Manager at the Association of Le Corbusier Sites. The job was about 90 percent my Dream-job : I could be a part of a team yet independent and flexible, I was managing projects on international scale, working with European institutions in several languages and best of all – traveling frequently. The other 10 percent were making me miserable and a year later I got sucked into a depression. While battling against the melancholia and misery in the those gloomy days at the end of 2014, I was trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel, questioning myself, what should I change in my life: new job, new city, new country, new experience…
My Travel Style:
I am a city girl with a deep appreciation for land and Mother Nature and those two things determine how I love to travel. All in all, I’m a low-budget-down-to-earth kinda traveler. European Low-Cost airlines like Rynair, Wizzair and Easyjet have been my best friends in the past few years and along with carpooling and hitchhiking have allowed me to afford myself numerous trips and adventures.
Hikes are on top of my list as I believe life is best lived outdoors. Bread tastes that much better when you feel you deserved it after the challenges of the day, and the further you walk away from the city the closer you seem to get to your inner self.
Long weekend getaways are just a perfect breather from the everyday routine. It can be truly low-budget too! Catch some low-cost tickets, try out couchsurfing or airbnb, wander the streets of a new city, window-shop to get a better impression of the local lifestyle, taste the food, listen to some live-music at some bar and return home with your batteries fully recharged.
Here’s a fantastic way to spend a holiday – be adventurous, challenge yourself, try out something new! Anything from snowboarding or telemark skiing in the winter and cycling, kayaking or via ferrata climbing in the summer are just the right cup of tea for me.
What is an Urban-Speed-Dating-Road-Trip you might ask? 🙂
In the period from 2011 until 2015 I owned a car and while living in France, Italy and Germany, once a year I had to take it back to Latvia for an annual MOT test. This circumstance created a fantastic opportunity for various road trips. To make the best out of the 2000 mile journey and still have some extra time to spend with my family in Riga, I would plan a 4-5 day trip, splitting the distance in such a way to insure a quick visit in some 7-9 cities on the way.
Having breakfast in Strasbourg, stopping for lunch and a quick walk in Germany’s Fairy-Tale dream town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and listening to a violin concert in Berlin in the evening is just an example of one day on such a Road-Trip. It is fast pace and speedy but paints an atmospheric impressionist-style picture of the cities visited – Urban-Speed-Dating!
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