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My year in 12 photos

London at rainy day

Another year is behind us! Well, I am quite satisfied with this one, so I hope that 2017 will be even better. I started my own business, bought an apartment and met some nice people who become a dear friends. I started to blog more, went on my first blogging conference in London, had first collaboration on it and finished a blogging course which helped me a lot in starting to think of my blog more seriously. And I traveled a lot! I went on some great trips in 2016! I can’t even decide which one I liked the most. So,…

Jewelry inspired by different sceneries

Nahla presenting her jewelry collection from different sceneries

A few days ago I went to the launch of new Analogie Jewelry collection ‘A Piece of Earth’. Event was held at cozy MICA coffee bar in Haarlem which was very suitable venue for it. Its designer Nahla already had collections inspired by traveling and different cultures (you can see more about her story here). But, this one really stands out with its simplicity and amazing reflection of motifs in jewelry. Nahla found inspiration in five different locations; Ethiopia, China, Australia, Turkey and the North pole. She then looked for gems that are trully representing colors and shapes of its sceneries. It is…

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…

Expat stories: Nahla’s Analogie

Nahla presenting her jewelry

Travelling can inspire you in many ways, especially if you were moving and travelling since you were a kid. Started her expat life at a young age, Nahla El-Gizawy truly is a global nomad. And she uses it in the best possible way – by making art of it. Founder of Analogie Jewelry, Nahla is looking for inspiration for her collections all around the world, in nature, under the sea or in a great diversity of world cultures. Being a global nomad, my personality, values and skills are of a quite diverse mix. I have been travelling my whole life…

Expat stories: Sofia Garefi

Sofia Garefi

Living in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, travelling abroad, taking great photos of destinations while visiting them and getting paid for it. It is a secret desire for a lot of people. Well, this all is happening to Sofia, professional photographer and interior designer, originally from Greece, currently living as an expat in The Netherlands. # Tell me how it all started? How did you become an expat? I grew up, studied and worked in my hometown in Greece, Thessaloniki, but I always had the inherent desire to experience life abroad. Then one summer, I had been accepted for an…