One of my…

favourite songs… moves me every time.

Wishing you all a lovely Wednesday :)

…and lyrics if you want to sing along…

“Hotel California” – Eagles

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! “

We cannot solve…

…our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein


Yes, I am a fan of quotes. Sometimes I just need another person to put my thoughts into words… And yes, I’ve thought a lot lately, I guess there is some processing going on in my mind… You know, when you are at a crossover in your life (in my case crossing over from 39 to 40). I guess it is a good thing. You have to think, rethink and so on to move further in life, no matter which direction it takes you.

Today a word just blew up in my face. L O V E.

Remember that one? I don’t. To be more precise I was thinking about being in love and I just couldn’t remember the last time that happened. You remember the first time you fell in love as a child? That was such a sweet feeling, but falling in love as an adult… of course you feel it differently.  Read the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho at the age of 15, 25, 35 and so on and you will comprehend it in different ways as well…

But that first adult being in love feeling… I can’t remember all the details, but it’s like a warm shadow following you through your life. You can’t get rid of it. Sometimes it disappears when there is a clear sky or when it’s completely dark in your life. Other times you can just sense its presence.

As a former fan of the tv show Sex and the city I remember something Carrie said about love:

““I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.’” Yeah!

That is the feeling. As hard as I try I can’t recall having those feelings. I just wish I could feel only 1% of those times I had been in love. So warm and fuzzy, and the butterflies in your stomach, the sun always shining, waking up and going to bed with a smile on your face, every single love song is about you…

But these days  past few years it has been cold and dark and a combination of tornadoes, hurricanes and every other natural disaster you can name.

A friend told me recently, after I had an emotional breakdown and telling her that I am dead inside (you know, turning 40, not having family and so on…the big L of society printed on my forehead):

” You have to wake up all those beautiful things that fell asleep inside of you, don’t forget to breathe. All smart and creative people are usually misunderstood and sad. You are full of love and you have to find it, not suffocate it.”

She is a smart cookie that one, no wonder we’ve been friends for 30 years :)

But I don’t know, I really don’t know how to open my heart or whether there is something left there for future visitors. I guess I always have this fear that whoever I open my heart to; they will enter it, cut it from inside and leave. And yet again I am left with patching it all up. And I am not getting younger nor stronger.

Even though my thoughts are primarily dark there is always that little (stupid) ray of light that doesn’t let me wallow in the mud. And I get annoyed most of the time. WHY? Why don’t you just let me be, let me sink in that deep, dark hole. Let me just vanish. But it won’t. That little ray of light and love is there, faithful and loyal and happy and optimistic and shiny…

It just doesn’t let me fall.

Meanwhile… in the land of Lost and Confused…


“While I work on my next post” she said 53 days ago… (my previous post)…
I fell out of the blogosphere as usual… It’s a tricky thing this inspiration, little bit like the lottery. You never know if or when you’re going to win…

Anyhow, these past few days weeks my thoughts have flown around in my head like a humming-bird on lsd.

I realised that after two years in my current job, I’ve had enough. No, I am not quitting, yet. I need an income to pay the bills and survive (considering the fact that Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world).

Looking back all my jobs had one thing in common; working with people.  I thought for a long time that this was my calling. Working with people, helping them. Being a caretaker in a way…

The Norwegians have an expression “møte veggen”; directly translated it means meeting the wall, in English  I guess it would be “crash and burn” (or have a breakdown). So I’ve had a few of these, not ever realising what the real reason was. Few months ago I realized I was on the same path again.

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I was trying to find the reasons; bad habits like smoking, eating a lot of sweets, not enough exercise, forgetting my C-vitamins, the weather, the depression, the low temperature. Went to the doctor, everything was good. Went on a vacation and did nothing. I thought it was because it felt good doing nothing, I usually run around like a mad dog trying to see/experience/do/feel everything on vacations.  (Honestly, I also thought it was my age…)

But after a while I realised that I was so exhausted that I simply couldn’t move a muscle.

Got back to work after vacation thinking I had recharged my batteries and was ready for the next 9 – 10 months of work… After a week or so I am dead again.  Even my physiotherapist told me that I had the body of a 80-year-old woman.

So after having a typical Serbian ill-tempered reaction followed with tears at work, somebody suggested career counselling. I sent an email immediately and got an appointment the same week.

AND to my BIG surprise, and at the same time shame for not realising it myself; we came to a conclusion that I am an introvert. At that moment all the lights came on, like on a superstar concert when the show starts. Fireworks and lights and special effects… All the dots connected. Every single little piece in its right place. Understanding why I was exhausted every day I came back from work, why being dead tired after talking to several people for a longer time (longer than 30 min.) and so on…

Going to work every single day imagining I was going to an archive room where I could file papers 8 hours a day and go home happy.

So I started reading about being introvert, I found an article on

1. You enjoy having time to yourself. TRUE
2. Your best thinking occurs when you’re by yourself. DEFINITELY TRUE
3. You lead best when others are self-starters. WELL, NOT A FAN OF LEADING, BUT IF NEEDED TRUE.
4. You’re the last to raise your hand when someone asks for something from a group. TRUE
5. Other people ask you your opinion. TRUE
6. You often wear headphones when you’re in a public situation. ALMOST ALWAYS.
7. You prefer not to engage with people who seem angry or upset. TRUE AND FALSE. DEPENDING ON MY MOOD :)
8. You receive more calls, texts, and emails than you make, unless you have no choice. FALSE
9. You don’t initiate small talk with salespeople or others with whom you have casual contact. TRUE

So after years of having jobs dealing with people, seeking similar jobs because I was convinced I was meant to do this kind of work, it only took about 30 minutes of talk to realise that all those years were like thrown away. I get a job, I do it well and I get bored. But I don’t quit until I am fired or there is no need for me.
And it is so great finally figuring out which way to go, concentrating on finding a job to like and not get sick every morning thinking : “Oh God, another day doing that”.
Not only my work situation, but also my personal life. For a while I thought I was losing my mind, not being able to understand why I’ve turned 180 degrees. Not wanting to go out, to parties, movies, getting anxiety attack when surrounded by a lot of people, being stuck in small spaces with a lot of people and so on..
Now I feel I can just be myself. I don’t have to pretend anymore, I don’t have to wear a mask to please other people. I can be myself with a good conscience. And be content.

It takes time getting to know and understand yourself, but when you do, the feeling is just wonderful.
I enjoy my moments of solitude. Some people think that it makes me a lonely person. Yes, I am alone and lonely sometimes but it’s ok. I’ve come to terms with that. I have stuff to do (I’ve thrown away the TV so… you get the picture). I like taking walks for hours just wandering around, listening to music, taking pictures and so on… It’s ok. It’s my life. I am living it the best way I can.


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While I work…

on my next post…

Please take a look at this blog  Lettersfromhelen.

A dear childhood friend of mine decided to join the wonderful world of WordPress.

Still a novice here and I know she would be grateful for visits and comments. A very creative person who recently discovered the world of decoupage. She also has a store at

Unique and wonderful products.

Her blog is both in Serbian and English . She has written a lot of travelogues as well as photography.

Thank you for your attention.

Wishing you a lovely day wherever you are (’cause here it’s currently 30 plus degrees :)

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Beach o’hoi

Ok, so let us continue…

Here are some of the closest beaches to Gouvia. As mentioned before you can either take the bus, drive or ride a bike.

From Gouvia to Dassia, Ipsos, Barbati (Mparpati) and Nisaki.

The only problem is that my photos have not been organised in a proper way, so unfortunately I can’t connect the name of the beach to the pictures below. But, I recommend visiting each one of them.

Let us start with Dassia. 

Pretty popular, about 13 km from Corfu town. The beach is narrow and long, it is a few kilometres long. Sandy with pebbles. Possibility of renting sunbeams and umbrella for a small price. Lot of possibilities for summer activities. You can also find shade under the trees.

If I am not wrong, Dassia means forest. You also have a view of the Albanian coastline. A lot of restaurants, shops and bars. Quite shallow, so it’s perfect for families with children.

It has also been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness.

Let us move along, next stop Ipsos (Ypsos). Located around 15 km from Corfu Town. Shallow water, various water sports facilities, shops, mini-markets, cafes, restaurants and bars. Excellent view to Mount Pantokrator.

Ypsos means height.

From Ypsos we’re going to Barbati (Mparpati).

About 17 km from Corfu Town. As you have  notices these beaches are not far from each other.  To me Barbati and Nisaki have the most wonderful water. It is so clear and so clean, just imagine jumping in there after a short nap on the subbed. It’s nirvana. Barbati is neither long nor wide but you’ll see for yourself. It is in general like that in Corfu, what one beach doesn’t have, the other does. 100%.

White shiny pebbles, a variety of restaurants, tavernas and bars. Barbati is a bit hidden, but it is like searching for a treasure. If you have the imagination :) Tour boats are available fr trips to nearby bays.

Next and last stop in this post is Nissaki (Nisaki means little island).  White pebble beach, crystal waters. Peaceful and calm. Krouzeri beach is the biggest one, then Kaminaki and Nissaki beach. There are also a lot of private beaches that can only be reached by boat.

Nissaki is about 25 km from Corfu Town. You can enjoy its natural beauty because it’s not commercialised like other places.

Do not forget to visit Mitsos Taverna. Family run taverna, by the water. The swordfish is to die for. I remember when I was there in 2013 somebody threw some bread in to the water and you could see around 20-30 fishes going crazy over that bread.

And..last but not least, here are some photos from these 4 places.

Wishing you all a lovely and sunny day wherever you are.













While we’re still in this area I have to mention a beautiful place with the most magnificent sunset I have ever, and I mean EVER seen.

It is in the Gouvia bay (in Kommeno), a small church named Ypapanti. It is easily located, follow the main road to Dassia (from Gouvia) and you will see a sign where to turn to reach Agia Ypapanti.









Gouvia – Corfu

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The closest beach is in Gouvia. From GCV to Gouvia (screen shot Google Maps – the time it takes is approximate, I am living proof that you can make it (walking) in less than 21 minutes.) Events -1636 Gouvia is an old fishing village built on the bay of Gouvia, today a modern holiday resort. You can also find a small beach there, lots of restaurants and shops, a marina, and most important what is left of an old Venetian navy yard. Built (of course) by the Venetians during their rule period on Corfu. The ruins are close to the marina of Gouvia port. Columns, walls and arches survived but the roof is long gone. The Venetians used the bay as a port and the arsenal was built close to the water.

The keystone of the gate at the entrance to the shipyard bears the inscription:


ZBM are probably the initials of one of the captains constructing the arsenal. The year was 1778.

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Really magnificent architecture. You can just wander around, touch the walls and touch history. You know the expression: “If these walls could talk”.

(Also mentioned in another blog post of mine : Threes – WPC)

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Close by is a memorial plate dedicated to the Serbian army (allies).

It says:

At this port of the island of Corfu, the Serbian allied army coming from Albania  disembarked from 6 Jan. 1916 to 5 Apr. 1916.

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There is also a duck pond at the beach.

These photos were taken last year.

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If you like italian food, there is a great restaurant called “Bella Ellada”. I think the pizza I ate there was one of the best I’ve ever had, and I just had to come back for more. Great and hospitable staff. But if you need some sugar, I would recommend a place called “Fresh“. Waffles, crepes, ice cream… u name it. They have it.

So, there you go. Next post is about some of the nearby places (beaches).

Wishing you all a lovely day.

Green Corner Villas – Danilia – Corfu


A bit about the accommodations. Green Corner Villas (and yes, it IS green :)
I stayed there all three summers. Now, it feels like a little piece of heaven, it feels like home.

Green Corner Villas is a holiday residence with fully equipped studios and apartments. A complex of 2 buildings surrounded by a large private garden. Each building has 2 floors and all the apartments are fully furnished.
GCV is family managed and the location is very central. It is like you are surrounded by the island, you can easily reach any location from GCV.

It is situated in Danilia, not far from Gouvia (closest beach) and Kerkyra.

It is such a wonderful place, surrounded by trees. It is a bit up a hill, but worth the walk. Easily reachable with any vehicle.

Imagine waking up early in the morning on the balcony, the first sunbeams trying to reach your coffee cop, the sound of crickets… and you can also see swallows flying around. I think they a have a nest somewhere close.
It is really nice and quiet and you feel so relaxed.
And because it is surrounded by these amazing tall trees, you can sleep through the night without using the AC or the ventilator. In case you need to use the ventilator or the AC you don’t have to pay extra for that.
It is a clean and neat place, praiseworthy.

You have a parking area, a barbecue you can use, each apartment has a TV, refrigerator, a small stove and so on.
Even though this is an apartment, you get the feeling you are in a hotel. The bedclothes and towels get changed every 2nd/3rd day, as well as cleaning the rooms. You are always provided with bottled water (no charge).

The airport is only 8 km from the apartment.

The owner, Sokratis Englezos and his family are wonderful people, hosts with capital H. He picked us up at the airport when we arrived and drove us back when we were leaving.
No matter what or when you need it, just ask. He and his family will help you in any way. They are really friendly and forthcoming.

Whether you travel alone, with friend(s), huge family, this is the place for you.

I highly recommend this accommodation and I guarantee you a pleasant stay.
The next time I visit Corfu, there is no other place but Green Corner Villas.





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Corfu – introduction

“There rose up large and lofty trees.
Pear trees and pomegranates
the brilliant golden apples
luscious figs
and green olives.
And winter or summer
fruit never failed these trees.”

Homer, The Odyssey, Book Seven

Corfu, the island of rich mythology and history, art and culture.
English, French and Venetians all passed  through and left their mark on this island.

Mythical landscapes, historical monuments…

An island in an old country with ancient civilisation. An island with many names. From “Makrya” (Long), “Drepani” (scythe), ”Cassiopi” (named after the city), “Arpi”, “Keraina” and so on.

There is a myth relating to the Drepani in the “Argonautica” of Apollonius of Rhodes and in Hesiod’s  “Theogony” telling how Cronos, urged by his mother Gaia (Earth) cut off his father Uranus’s genitals with a scythe in order to take revenge for the atrocities committed by him on Crono’s brothers. Various divinities were born from the drops of blood that fell into the sea, such as Aphrodite, the Nymphs and the Erinyes (Furies). The scythe that Cronus threw into the sea formed the island named after it.

The most famous name was Scheria, mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey.
Korkyra is probably of Illyrian origin. The earliest name Kerkyra, is thought to have come from the nymph Kerkyra who Poseidon fell in love with, and brought to a place where they were to unite and give birth to Phaecias; thus, the island got the name Phaeacia.

During medieval times the island was known as Koryfo (also the name of the Byzantine acropolis – the old fortress in Corfu), then it went from venetian Koryfou to Corfu, the name by which it is known today.

The northernmost island in Greece.

The north part of the island is wider and has more mountains. The southern part is less wide.
Summers are warm and dry, with blue skies and occasional breezes. Mountainous areas are cooler. The winters are mild, rainfalls occur from November till March.

Easter celebration is highly recommended (haven’t been there during spring time yet, but there is still time, right? )
I have been there three times; the first time I spent 3 weeks in July and August. One word: HOT! and wonderful…
Second time was in September; remember to take some warm clothes with you. The evenings and nights can get quite chilly. And 3rd time in June. It felt like warming up before the heated joy of July.

June and September were quiet months, not so many tourists. Giving you the opportunity to wander around the island with few interruptions. Not much traffic either. Not having problems finding available sun beds. Almost always available seats on the bus.
July and August are a bit more crowded. Whatever you prefer, nice and quiet or loud and colourful, Corfu has it all.

Beautiful architecture. Friendly people. Great food. Museums… you name it…

The patron saint of the island is St. Spyridon

How to get there? By plane, by boat, by your own yacht :)
How you get around the island? Your choice: bus, bike, taxi, rent-a-car, scooter, bicycle, boats…

If you choose to take the bus, you have two lines. BLUE buses, they serve Corfu town and the environs. GREEN
buses serve the rest of the island.

As I mentioned before this year was my 3rd and definitely not the last one. I’ve simply fallen in love. The minute I win the lottery I am buying a house down there.
You know when you get that feeling of belonging somewhere . That is how I feel about Corfu.

This is the first of many more posts to come about Corfu. Hopefully somebody who hasn’t visited the island will get inspired to take  a trip.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

With this photo I am ending today’s posting marathon.
I wanted to catch up on the Weekly photo challenges (The Daily Post) AND our dear WordPress also tells me that this will be my 100th post. Yay! :)

“So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten,
even by ourselves,
so it’s gratifying to have something you have done
linger in people’s memories.”

John Williams

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.


Ephemeral @ TDP