At every age we can find a new passion, a new hobby, something new we love to do and makes us feel full and happy.
During the last six months I found two new passions I very much enjoy:
I have always liked reading, since a young age I have read many different books. I read many of Roald Dahl books when I was small, then Meg Cabot, all of Harry Potter, Gossip Girl, Stephanie Meyers, … I have had periods where I couldn’t stop reading but until recently most of my books were more for entertainment, love stories, mysteries, … but now … I have started to find a real interest for books that teach me something, that when I have finished the book I have some new knowledge from someone important, from the past, from a different culture, … or the classical books we should all read at some point in our lives. At the moment I am reading Animal Farm by George Orwell and on my bookshelf I have 1984 (Big brother) also by George Orwell and The portrait of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wild, all books that have to be read at some point of our lives. This holidays I had the chance to read a lot of different books and i feel like I have learned so much and I hope that even if my summer holidays are nearly over I will continue to have the time to read, I have many books I want to read, so much to learn still !!!
My other new found passion is my blog! I never considered myself a writer, I always kept a diary but thats something private that no-one will ever read. My blog began as an experiment, I had no idea if it was going to last or if I would be able to keep it up dated or keep people interested enough for them to want to keep reading. My first post was 8 months ago and here I am writing non stop and it’s nice to know people enjoy reading it and following it, thank you ;). I have started considering to start writing an autobiography, a recompilation of my life, all I have lived and gone through, how I have grown and changed during my life and during the years. It will be a slow progress, first I have to create a skeleton of what I want to write, a time line of my life and then processed to fill in the details. Between uni and all it won’t be easy or quick but it’s a project I want to start when Im back in Santiago. Find some hours during the week to start collecting facts and details I will need to make my autobiography as accurate as possible. The day I actually manage to write it I will let you know, I will let you know how the progress goes too ;)
Well those are two of my new found passions and Im sure that during my life I will find many more and my taste will change in many things and that the beautiful thing, changing with the times and with our age, changing hobbies, finding new ones and leaving old ones behind …
My last stop of my summer holidays is over :( :( :(
It’s nearly time to go back to reality and to real life … I DON’T WANT TO !!!! I want to continue traveling the world and living so many cool and new exciting experiences like I have so far.
Egypt was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ! I was in paradise, with the two people I love more than anything in this world, doing just what I wanted and when I wanted, enjoying the sun, the beach, the red sea, a nice warm climate,… It was perfect ! This month was just PERFECT, there is no other way to describe it. The sense of calmness, serenity, happiness that I felt during my time there is something I haven’t felt in a very long time. My parents spoiled me till the very last moment, we had a great time together, we managed to up date each other on everything. I went back to being a little girl at times, letting myself be cuddled by my parents, feeling like I was back living with them, not only there to visit.
I loved getting to know my new “home”, I like my parents apartment/suite in the hotel. At first I thought it would be weird living in a hotel again but to say the truth it felt just fine, I could get used to it again. The hotel and everyone there is like your extended family, everyone knows you and everyone is so kind. I liked it, I could go back to that kind of life. It’s were I belong. Soma Bay with it’s 5 hotels, the kite station feels like a big, big home, a big family… I don’t know how to explain it, I just felt comfortable, at ease in this new environment, not out of place or like a guest, like I have felt other times.
But now it’s time to go back to my life in Santiago. Don’t get me wrong I love my life there, I have missed it a lot and I have missed my friends there a lot too. But it’s hard to leave my parents again, especially because I have no idea when we will have the chance to see each other again. I think thats the hardest part of all, not knowing when we will be together again. Now that both my parents are working they won’t have holidays for a while so we think that the next time we will see each other it will either be october 2012 otherwise in a years time in 2013 and to say the truth thats too long for me. More than 8 months?! Too long! I need my parents, I want them near… but not everything is possible.
I chose Chile, I don’t regret it, I actually love it but like everything it’s not perfect and it has it’s down sides and once of them is not having my family near.
But I have no regrets I know I made the most of my summer holidays, I spent lots and lots and lots and lots of quality time with my family, my friends, all the people I love the most, I experiences many, many new experiences, tried new sports, saw new things,…
I REALLY ENJOYED MYSELF !
p.s Mum and Dad thanks for making all of this possible! I love you and all of this wouldn’t have been possible without you! Thank youuuuuuuuuuuu and I love you ever so much!
Cease making an effort; resign oneself to failure.
Determination |diˌtərməˈnā sh ən|
Firmness of purpose; resoluteness
It’s easy to say “ I just can’t ”, “ I’m giving up ”, “ I can’t do it ”, “ I surrender ”, “ Im not good enough for this ”. Of corse it’s easy to find an excuse and just give up what ever new project, work, study, sport, relationship, goal you decided to try or start. But for me giving up means exactly what the dictionary says: resign oneself to failure… do you really want to lose against yourself ?!
Now Im not trying to say that if you start something and your unhappy and just suffering because you decided to do something you have to go on no matter what. We are allowed to change our mind, we are allowed to make mistakes and admitting that you made a wrong decision shows a great strength but you have to have a real reason for quitting not a simple “ I can’t do it ”.
Why am I saying all this ?! Because a few days ago I was about to give up kite surf … and the reason was : “ Maybe it’s just not my sport, I’m not good at this ”, but really what I was saying was “ I want to give up, I resign, I don’t want to try harder ”.
When you start something new it’s never easy, you will find a lot of hard obstacles but your not allowed to give in to them, you have to be strong, be persistent and over come them and once you do you will feel a great satisfaction for your accomplishment.
Ex: My studies in Milan; I had days were I felt useless, that I was no good and that I wasn’t made for uni and I was never going to pass and at the end I graduated, and not only did I graduate, I graduated with and amazing 100 e LODE.
My studies in Santiago so far; at one point I was really frustrated started asking myself “why did I decide to go on studying, Im will never make it here” and now after my first semester I feel like I have learned a lot of new things and I passed all my subjects.
Moving to Santiago; I had days were I cried and I just wanted to fly back to Milan, I didn’t want to make an effort anymore, I wanted to be back home to what I knew, with my family and my friends. But I never took that flight and now I have made some new amazing friendship in Chile, I have lived some unforgettable moments, learned so much about a new country, new culture, about myself and life.
This are all some examples of moments when I decided to take on a new challenge and of corse I had my moments of struggles and frustration but now I am proud I didn’t give up and that I tried my best and the results show me I made it.
I’ve never been the kind of person to give up. If I start something I do it till the end, I don’t like leaving things half done or badly done just because it’s too hard or I think I can’t do it.
So on saturday when I was about to give up on kite surfing because I got so frustrated because I couldn’t stay on the board more than 10 seconds and thought about just saying that maybe it’s just not my sport, I didn’t really recognize myself. So I picked up my board and went out to the water to try again and guess what, it went absolutely fantastic! I managed to stay on the board and ride for a while and when I lost control of the kite, I started again and once again managed :) after that I felt so proud of myself and my effort, my decision not to give up. Now I still go and still try my best, it doesn’t always work out how I would like it, but I can’t expect miracles after only 5 or 6 days of kite surf.
Everything is one step at a time. So I most say I learned an important lesson with kite surf. I have to always try my best and with time everything will work out, all you need is lots and lots of patience and if I should decide to give up it has to be for a better reason than just “ I can’t do this ”.
Remember what Adidas always advertises “ Impossible is nothing ”
A wonderful book I read a while ago and now a very nice movie.
It’s a beautiful story about, friendship, giving people a second chance, family and mostly and most importantly love, a love that will never die and is strong enough to endure anything. If you have the chance read the book or watch the movie, Im sure it won’t disappoint you ! :)
The past four days I have been diving because there has been no wind at all to go kite surfing and I have enjoyed it a lot too.
I already have had the chance to see a big turtle, a big stingray, some small stingrays and lots of many different fishes of all kind of shapes, colors and sizes.
The water is a little bit cold, but once you are down 14 meters and you enter this completely different world from the surface where we humans live, you forget about everything. In that very moment you are in a different world, an unknown and completely different environment, where everything around you is different and fascinating. The feeling you have when you are down there just with yourself, it’s a totally relaxing experience. You only hear your own breath going in an out, the pure oxygen get into your lungs, the bubbles that come out and wiggle their way up to the surface and being surrounded by a amazing form of life. One just looking at the sea could never imagine all that is going on out there, all the life, all the different animals that live under water.
Im loving it, this no having facebook or blackberry. I feel so much freer !!!! I don’t waist that much time on my computer anymore. I use it mostly to check my email once a day, watch some series or movies on-line and the rest of the day I am outside enjoying the sun, enjoying the fresh air and enjoying my parents every single second.
I also love going back to “old fashion” way of keeping in touch : emails. I hadn’t written so many emails in such a long time and it feels so much more personal than fb message.
I don’t want to leave this paradise anymore ! I want to freeze time for a bit !
Soon enough I will write a bit up-date .. just been busy, busy, busy enjoying life ;)
Sooooooooooo I am Miss confused, Miss no idea what I want, Miss I don’t know what will be of my life, Miss I want everything, Miss I have no clue, Miss I want to live everywhere, Miss I want to do everything, Miss independent, Miss I need my parents, Miss, Miss, Miss …
In oder word : I have NO IDEA of anything that has to do with me, my future plans, my present life, everything is so confusing and I don’t know how to make up my mind. There is so many things I want to do, so many places I want to live in, so many different jobs I want to try out, … Can’t I just live for ever to be able to do it all ?!?!?!?!
Soooooo till know when people ask me what I want to do when I am finished with my plans this is what I say: I wishing uni and my internship in Chile in december 2012 and after that I would like to stay longer in Chile and find a real job in a publicity agency there and stay to live there a little longer. So lets say this is my plan A ….
Now that I was in Milan, I could see myself back in that city. I love it and it has been my home for 3 years. It’s a city that fits to me and I know I would feel fine going back. I have family there and I would be closer to my parents and brother. So lets say thats plan D (because before it was plan B and then C, now it has become plan D)
My new plan B is in 2013 move down to Egypt in Soma Bay and work at the Robinson again. After all Robinson is where I was born, where I grew up most of my childhood years, I am a “Robinson kind”, “Ein Robin”. Robinson also feels like part of who I am.
I can still hear how I have been telling everyone how I would never move to Egypt because I saw absolutely no work possibility here for me because 1. Im a girl, here there is nearly no women working and it can’t be easy working in an environment dominated in the majority by men, 2. I am blond (believe it or not people look at you a lot if you are very different from them).
BUT Robinson is a world aside, it’s different, it’s a very international environment, it’s like a little german town in Egypt. I can see myself working for Robinson again. But this plan B is also only for a year, lets say of 2013 and after that I think I would go away from Egypt again because after a while I guess it can get a little too intense specially because in Soma Bay and Hurgada there is not so much to do, it’s a little limit. I like the idea of taking it as a year of being in a different country, with a different culture and in such a different environment but this would definitely be a temporary experience, not a life time plan.
Here I would also once again be near to my family, of Europe and all my friends there.
My plan C is to work in the marketing department of a hotel or a chain. I would be open to moving to where ever the hotel is, which ever the destination. This plan C I can also apply it to my plan A and instead of working in a publicity agency in Chile, work in a Hotel in Santiago or anywhere in Chile really.
Being here at the hotel where my dad is now, being back in a Robinson and being back in a very touristy and hotel environment made me realize once again how much I love it. It’s what I have grown up with all my life, I lived in hotels and I have spend most of my life inside of hotels no matter where I have been. It’s what I know extremely well, I have learned a lot living in hotels, working in hotels myself and having a dad and mum that work in the hotel business and a brother that is doing the hotel university in Mallorca, I can say I am 100% surrounded by this hotel atmosphere and feel, it has been a very big part of my life. Maybe I will follow my parents steps and get into the hotel business myself too…
Sooooooo I guess you can tell that I am pretty confused :P !!!! But the good part about it is that Im not stressing about it now and I won’t stress about it later either because I know things happen the way they have too.
I don’t know what 2013 has reserved for me, if it’s plan A, B, C or D or maybe neither of all of them !!!!!
Right now I shouldn’t even start thinking about 2013 as 2012 has just started… there is still so much time and everything can change …
For now just enjoy 2012 …. Keep enjoying Egypt, then back to Milan 5 last days and then back to my Santiago !
I have had two days of lessons so far and Im loving it. At the moment I have swallowed mostly sea water :P but it still is really fun, probably when I will be able to really ride I will manage to enjoy it even more.
This first two days I have been learning how to get the kite pumped up, get all the strings of the handle attached to the kite with which one maneuvers the kite, get it all attached with the safety cord, the chicken lop and chicken dick (I know funny name, but thats just how it’s called!) then you got to make the kite start flying without you going behind it and flying with it ;) and after that control the kite and not let it drag you around how he wants making you swallow lots of water (not always easy I most say!).
In my first days after learning how to control the kite a bit I did some “body drag”, which consists on making little 8 shapes on the air with the kite and let the kite drag you in the water, at times you really fly out of the water with the whole body, it’s amazing but the clash after that is harsh but still worth it. On my second day I learned how to do the “body drag up”, which is what you have to do when you lose your board and you need to let the kite drag you against the wind towards your board.
Now I am ready to put on the board on my feet and try and start riding. Tomorrow will be the big day to do that! Can’t wait to try it out, I hope I manage to get up and ride a bit, I want to know how it feels to have the kite drag you over the sea.
I am a really big fan of snowboard and wake board and this is suppose to be some what similar just that you have a big kite you have to control now :P sounds kind of easy no ?! mmhhh … we will see about that!
Will post pics up as soon as I got some of me not under the water just swallowing sea water ;) ;) ;)
My mum, dad and me wanted to go to Luxor for the weekend, to do some sight seeing and get to know the city a bit better and visit the old ruins of the glorious days of the Egyptians but bit the looks of it we are going to have to cancel our trip.
Things have gotten pretty un calm in the past few weeks again. There has been a few incidents here and there and the presence of police and the military forces has augmented, in the streets there is many different check points and you aren’t always aloud to enter the city. Luxor isn’t that near from the hotel so it’s a unsafe ride for us to do alone.
We have asked different people what they think and many say it’s not worth the risk and it’s better to wait till the next time I am over. So I guess I will just have to wait till next time, always an excuse to come back again soon ;)
We are going to organize an alternative excursion somewhere nearer to the hotel where it’s safer to go to.
I really hope Egypt manages to fix it self soon, otherwise tourism and all the people that live here and live from the tourism are going to be without a job soon. People are going to get scared of coming if there is always more violence in the streets and things get unsafer. It’s a pity because an area like Soma Bay has so much to offer to anyone that comes here and here you are like in a little safe bubble, you don’t realize what is happening out there, as long as you stay here and near by you will be ok.
So far during my holidays I have had the chance to read 3 different books:
Retrato En Sepia by Isabel Allende
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Each book talks about a different culture a different time in the past and I have learned a lot from every single one of them.
Retrato En Sepia is based in America and Chile, Isabel Allende once again portraits the chilean society and taught me of different wars that were fought in Chile: La Guerra del Pacifíco during 1879 and the civil war in Chile during 1891. I also learned a lot of how society was both in America and in Chile such a long time ago and it’s amazing to see how things have changed, especially for us women that once weren’t a loud to do a thing. I for instance would never have had the chance to write a blog or anything similar because really women weren’t aloud to voice their opinion.
This book was quite good but really at the end of the day I must say Isabel Allende’s books tend to repeat it self a little bit but I still enjoyed reading of Chile and learning even more of my home town. It some how also made me feel a little bit closer to home reading the book whilst I was in Colombia and Milan.
The next book I read is absolutely amazing, IT’S A MOST READ! The Help, a book based in the 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi where racism was still strong and the differences between white and black very defined and notable. It’s a book about how some black women and a white lady put their life at risk to write a book that for the first time in history would show the point of view of the black ladies working in the house hold of the white ones. It’s a book that moved me a lot, got me thinking a lot of how our society could be so racist and how Im happy things have changed and we have managed to move on.
I started reading this book because the movie was out in the theaters and many friends of mine had said they saw it and that it was absolutely amazing. And when a friend told me that it was based in a book I decided I wanted to read it before I watched the movie because normally the book is always better than the movie. But The Help has had nominations to The Golden Globes, NAACP Image Award and Oscars so I was very eager to reading the book and watching the movie straight after.
I just watched the movie with my mum and I still have puffy eyes from crying. Great movie! The movie isn’t a 100% loyal to the book but it’s still an incredible movie, extremely touching, with some great characters and talented actresses. The movie deserves all the nominations and all the prices.
If you get the chance I really suggest you both read and watch the movie, you won’t be disappointed, I pretty sure you will enjoy it.
The book Im reading now and Im about to finish is A Thousand Splendid Suns based in Afghanistan. This book is once again a totally different story from the two I read before. I started it the day after I got here and tomorrow I will be finished with it, I didn’t read this book I devoured it in my first five days in Egypt. It won’t come off my hand, I don’t seem to be able to put it down, Im at the beach and Im reading, Im at the pool and Im reading even when Im in the gym sitting on the bicycle pedaling away I don’t seem to be able to let go of the book. The book tells the story of two different afghan women and their struggles, fears, suffering, joys, bravery, courage and survival of the different wars that shook Afghanistan from the Soviets, to the communist, to the Taliban and the times they were forced to live.
For the first time I am also learning a lot more of their traditions, their laws, their rules and their way of life. At times it’s hard to read on without being shocked or bewildered by what you just read. The writer, Khaled Hosseini has an astonishing way of writing, it’s so tragic and so dramatic but full of feelings and it’s impossible it won’t move anyone that reads this book. He also wrote The Kite Runner another book I read a few years back and enjoyed immensely.
I guess that what Im trying to say is, you HAVE to read The Help, watch the movie and read both the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I am sure you will enjoy them, let me know what you think of them after having read them :)
Now Im on the search of the next book I am going to read, my mum says she has some here from which I can choose … I will let you know if it’s worth a read or not.
Did you ever wonder if there was a paradise on earth? Stop wondering because I can assure you there is… and its called Soma Bay. This place is breath taking, it’s just the perfect place to disconnect from the world, disappear from the routine, recharge energy, relax, enjoy, take in all the wonderful views that surround you.
Five different hotels at your disposition, one nicer than the other, you can move in and out from all of them freely and enjoy a different atmosphere every day and every night, have lovely food at all of them and an extremely kind service.
You have a variety of sports you can choose from: tennis, golf, kit surf, wind surf, catamaran, diving, gym, … or simply lay at the beach by the see-though, seven different blue colored sea.
Doesn’t it sound just amazing ?!?!?!
And Im lucky enough to be here and to say my parents live here, this is one of my many “homes” in the world and I LOVE IT! Im soooooo coming back here!
I have been here 3 days now and I don’t get tiered of looking around and just being amazed by the view that surrounds me 360°. It’s been a very, very, very long time since I have been to such a pure and beautiful place, were nature is still taken care off and it’s kept as undisturbed as possible. I have just been to Colombia and as nice has Cartagena and Baru are the beaches here are 10000000000000000000000000 times nicer, the water is calm, see-though, it changes into so many kind of blues and the sand is white and soft under your bare feet. The calmness that surrounds you is so southing to the soul, so vitalizing, I feel like I have just left the whole exterior world behind me and entered a whole new dimension.
Here there is no sight of all the problems Egypt is living, here you don’t get the feel of how dangerous it is out there, in many other different places of Egypt. You only read on the newspapers of people killing themselves at a football stadium, of american women being kidnaped, of the fighting in Cairo, it feels like it is happening in a whole other country not here.
The egyptians that work here are of a kindness never seen before. I am sooooo surprised by the kindness of all of them. I must say I had a bit of a bad memory from Morocco or my first time in Egypt, I didn’t consider the people here friendly or very good workers but I have been surprised with great kindness , smiles and desire to work and make your stay as comfortable as possible. They have been nothing other than nice to me, making me feel welcome and I have been spoiled by every one of them.
But obviously not EVERYTHING can be perfect. Soma Bay is a big complex, there were plans of building more hotels, more golf courses, private apartments, private houses a marina and a few other things but things didn’t turn out as planned so you see some half built apartments, some half built houses just abandoned because they never got sold, the marina was suppose to be an area with shops, restaurants but in reality it has very little compared to what was planned and expected. I hope some day the apartments get finished and sold, the houses built and people can actually move in and live there, it would make this place even more beautiful and there wouldn’t be anything disturbing your amazing view.
So to conclude all of this all I can say is that I have found my own personal paradise in this world, I know where I have to go when I want to really disconnect from the outside world, just be spoiled and be entertained every day my something different.
I will be posting up more pictures of Soma Bay in the next few days.