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What I learned in my first year as a full time blogger and a freelancer

Laptop and accessories on the desk

Hey guys, I have a blogiversary!!! A year ago (yes, indeed, on the 1st of April) I went to the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam and registered my own company – Culturetourist.com! I quit my job and felt like a true #girlboss! Except, I was terrified! And not only because I opened my company on the April’s Fools Day, but because I was afraid of that vast confusing freelance world I just entered. I never worked for myself. I never pitched for a job collaboration or sent an invoice to someone before. But, I felt like I had nothing to…

Monthly overview: February 2017

Snow on Waag, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

After a lot of traveling during the January, last month was very calm. I’ve spent it mostly in Amsterdam and was very busy with working on the new art tours and the blog! 2017 – A Year of Mondrian and De Stijl 2017 is pronounced to be a year dedicated to one of the most famous Dutch modern art movements – De Stijl. It will be celebrated in many places around the Netherlands, so it will be a great opportunity to see some of the most famous works of Mondrian and other artists. Stedelijk Museum is hosting the exhibition ‘100 years of…

Monthly overview: January 2017

Tea taking photo of Rome

After all the Christmas festivities and a New Year’s celebration, January is always a little bit depressing for me. You should take down your Christmas tree, the weather is usually poor and days are short and dark. So, I decided that this year I will overcome January depression by traveling half the month. And it worked really well! Paris – Solo trip The year started with three days in Paris. It was a solo, sort of a business trip on which I was researching life of Impressionists in Paris. I went to some of the places they were living in…

Monthly overview: December 2016

PC and coffe on the table

December was festive! It was filled with Christmas markets, cookie baking and Christmas movies. And it started in the best possible way – with a three days in Barcelona. Barcelona I loved everything in Barcelona, architecture, food, people and its spirit! I was mostly amazed with Gaudi’s architecture and Sagrada Familia Church in particular. I am working on the post dedicated to it, so keep an eye on the blog if you don’t want to miss it! Christmas markets I did my research on time this year and compiled the list with the Christmas markets in the Netherlands. Unfortunately I…

Monthly overview: November 2016

Tea trying out VR set

November was all about the London. I went to the World Travel Market for the first time and it was my first solo trip ever. So,  it was quite an exciting month for me! Traveling solo to London Being a person that doesn’t go to cinema alone or that since recently didn’t like to go to the caffe alone, I wasn’t quite fond of an idea of traveling solo. I was concerned I would be lonely and that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself for the whole day. What if I would see something funny and won’t have…

Vivian Chiona: The lessons I learned in Bali

Lady meditating in nature

For me, traveling is always inspiring. It teaches you how to be open to differences. You also learn so much about other cultures and, of course, about yourself. Here is a guest post from Vivian Chiona, psychologist and founder of Expat Nest, where she helps expats with the challenges and struggles of a mobile life. In 2014, Vivian took a solo trip to Bali and felt totally inspired. Here she writes about the two most moving insights she had there: “In the summer of 2014, I went on a solo voyage to Bali. The trip was challenging, but it was…