Not so late-night thoughts

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It feels like forever since I last posted something that was going through my mind. But tonight, it feels more like I have several levels of thoughts going on.

Firstly, I am finally coming to terms with the fact that the world is not as lovely as I thought and that you can find mean people everywhere. But that doesn’t mean that you have to stop working for your dreams or that you have to outwit someone just to feel better.

As human beings, I believe we have to be better everyday. Better to each other, better at doing things, better at believing in ourselves. Because if we are not better, then what is there left for us?  For the past few years everything has been changing at an increasing speed – sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

I never thought I would experience a world where there is war, a world where innocent people are being hurt, but oh, I was so naive. I grew up believing that everybody has something good and positive to offer.  I thought everybody had a story that can teach us something meaningful and good, but now, as I am in my almost mid 20s, I realise that we’ve become so selfish and we’ve put aside our sense of loving and caring and made space for fights that shouldn’t be fought or for technology that should bring us closer rather than divide us.

Then, there is other thing.

I realised I have stopped doing the things I liked because I was to busy to live. Not to necessarily enjoy the life, but to live as plainly and as ordinarily as possible. I became the person I promised never to become: dull, caught in the daily routine, too tired to smile a little more. But now, I’ve made a promise to myself,one that will get me through the days with a meaning, with a true meaning. I will enjoy more sunrises and rains, more outdoor activities, more books, more time spent with friends and family.

We are often stuck in this circle of life and it takes quite some time to realise we haven’t exactly achieved something. I think that the true meaning of having lived is when you wake up in the morning and no matter how many responsibilities lie ahead, you can smile and believe in yourself.

That’s the most important part; being at peace with yourself, with what you can offer and with how you can become a better person.

Oh, and did I mention that sometimes the people around you are those who can make you feel better?

Those who believe in your ideals, those who help you achieve your dreams, those who stand by you no matter what. They say a flower doesn’t ask another flower when it blooms, it just does and that’s what we should remember, too.

 

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many likes and shares you get on social media platforms, but the laughters that circled your lips.

And remember:

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” – Bob Marley

Love,

Csilla x

 

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FreePrints: Free photos delivered to your door

In a world where the visual online presence is a must and memories are remembered through shared photos, I decided to keep it a little more vintage.

I am a shutterbug and I love keeping photo albums. Sure, many of them are shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter but the ones that really matter to me are the ones I decide to put in a photo album so that 10,20 years from now on I can look at and just smile. I started printing out photos back in the 2000s when I was still a kid and I remember spending most of my pocket money on them.

But now, I don’t have to worry anymore about that.

I have recently discovered an app called FreePrints that not only prints out my photos, but also delivers them to my door.

And you know what’s the great thing about them? They are free!

So, what do I really get for free?

Every month I get to choose up to 45 6X4 photo prints, so that’s 500 photos per year! That’s about two full photos albums! The photos are printed on glossy photo paper and they come in high quality.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting them to be so professionally looking and I was quite sceptic in the beginning.  Free photos? There must be a trick or something. So I decided to select a regular photo and an edited one as well, just for the sake of comparison. But when I received them, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were true to my screen image.

However, there are a few things you do have to pay for.

If you decide you need more than 45 photos a month or different sizes – the app let’s you choose what size and tells you how much it costs. The postage and packing are not free, but they’re as little as £1.49 and never more than £3.99. When I first ordered my photo I received a discount and I only paid £0.50 for the postage! The photos usually arrive within 3-5 working days and they come nicely packed in two envelopes so that they don’t get damaged.  The app allows you to pay through PayPal, which I find hassle free and very easy to use.

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You can get the app: Apple Store , Google Play Store and also on Amazon Apps.

Have you guys tried it? Let me know about your experience!

Love,

Csilla x

 

This is a disclaimerThe mentioned product(s) have not been sent to me for reviewing or commercial purposes and this is my personal opinion and experience.

You’re allowed to scream, but you’re not allowed to give up

 

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They say we should take more time to do things that make us happy. But what if being happy means you have to be sad and lonely first?

As some of you may know, I have been unemployed for over month already and, let me tell you this, it hasn’t been easy at all. I decided to resign from my position in retail, mainly because I wanted to focus more on writing and finding my path in the editorial field.

So far, it’s been damn hard.

I am not going to lie, there have been days when all I wanted to do was just shut the blinds and hide under the covers. Everybody was at work, so my social life was reduced to zero and my will to work was practically non-existent.

But, there also have been days where I’ve spent all my time writing applications, composing cover letters and re-designing my CV to match job requirements. And those are the days I am most proud of.

Many have said that being in London gave me an extra chance to get the job of my dreams and pursue the career I always wanted. But what they didn’t tell me was that it’s okay to fail, that it’s okay to have to start over, because London is also a big city. A city with a supersaturated market, where the competition is bigger than I could possibly image, and in order to get what I wanted, I need to work with all my strength, to show passion and initiative, and also, to have a little luck.

I was going the other day over my emails and applications ,and I’ve realised I’ve reached number 150, many cups of tea and coffee, hundreds of cover letter drafts and many anxiety levels.

At some point last week, I was feeling so down, I just thought ‘Maybe this isn’t for me. Maybe I’m not that good and maybe I am just wasting my time and theirs’. 

I closed the laptop in frustration and pushed everything aside and I cried. I don’t think I ever cried that hard in my life, nor that loud. It hid me hard and cold: you just have to keep going. 

I remember moving to London four years ago with endless dreams and started manuscripts in my bags, hoping to become the next J.K. Rowling. I was naive to think that I will just simply fit it, that it’s going to be easy, that I won’t have to fight my way through life. But now, after many stories written and read, blog posts, late night researches, interviews, life experiences, breakups, I have realised that I am enough.

I have realised that no matter what happens, I just have to keep going. I have learnt that being strong means to hold on to my own dreams and fight with everything it takes to fulfil them because at the end of the day, I will be the only one to benefit from them.

And that’s what all of you should know: that no matter where you’re from, what religion you are or what skin colour you have, you are enough in your own way. It’s not an easy fight, but it will be all worth it in the end. It’s not about the destination, but about the journey you decide to take to discover what you’re really made of.

What about you guys? How do you keep going on?

Love,

Csilla x

 

 

How to make the most of Venice

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Since Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, its beauty has its price. However, you can enjoy everything it has to offer if you plan ahead and budget accordingly.

If you are staying more than a day in Venice, buy a vaporetto travelcard

Travelling across Venice can be a little bit of a rip-off – one vaporetto journey costs €7 – and it would be a shame to miss out on the scenery it has to offer (if you have trouble walking a lot).

If you are under 29 years old, you can buy a vaporetto travelcard valid for 72h,that costs  €28 . With the same travelcard you can also visit Murano, Burano and take a ride to Lido (where you can walk to the beach and see the Adriatic Sea).

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If you want to purchase the tickets in advance, you can do so here , where you can also download Waterbourne Routes map and book different activities.

Take a short trip to the other islands in the Venetian lagoon: Murano and Burano

Plan a self-guided day trip to Murano, the island famous for its glass making and Glass museum. Did you know that they don’t have any glass making teaching schools? The art of glass making has been passed down every generation from father to son! 

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The other lovely island in the Venetian lagoon to visit is Burano. The island is about 40 minutes from Venice by boat and it has a much more different atmosphere from Venice’s busy centre.

The Buranese have painted their houses in bright colours – they say the fishermen painted their houses in different colours to make it easier to recognise them when they would come back home. 

Your eyes will be pleasantly surprised with a wide spectrum of colours and coziness. Although the locals don’t speak very much English, they are welcoming and cheerful.

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Once you’ve returned to Venice, walk around  and take in everything the city has to offer. The architecture boasts a history filled with many secrets and stories ( The youngest building in Venice is 200 years old! Youngest, eh?) 

San Marco’s Square is overly priced. Consider dining somewhere else.

Because it is the main attraction point in Venice, the place is filled with tourists and the restaurants are making the most out of this. You can visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the Campanile Tower and then just wander around. On the small streets you can find plenty of restaurants with lower prices (or you can go for take-away snack on the canals).

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You don’t have to pay for everything in Venice!

There is so much you can see in Venice for free, you just have to arm yourself with comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and a lot of patience (to survive the crowds, of course).  You can walk down the Grand Canal, explore what Giudecca has to offer, visit Scala Contarini del Bovolo ( the so called Snail Staircase) or just admire the churches and their stories.

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Treat yourself to a gondola ride.

The gondola rides cost 80 euros during the day and 100 euros after 7 pm. They last for approximatively half an hour and the gondolier usually offers a splendid tale about Venice’s historical buildings and Casanova’s romances.  The gondola ride is intimate and romantic, but it can also be shared with up to six people, hence reducing the costs for you.

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There’s so much Venice has to offer and you can enjoy it  – either by day or by night. Have a spritz with the locals instead of an expensive Bellini and prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey.

Have you visited Venice?

Have you got any tips or tricks about visiting Venice?

Let me know in the comment section below!

Love,

Csilla x

 

 

Blogs, placements and creativity with FutureRising

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Csilla Kulcsar is originally from Romania, but grew up in a Hungarian family. Interested in space travelling and language tuition, one of her dreams is to teach English or Spanish to children from disadvantaged areas. She is driven by passion, not by money, and believes in second chances as everyone learns from their mistakes in order to thrive.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WANTING TO WORK IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?

Being creative has always been a part of me. As a child, I grew up in a bilingual family, so the need to master two languages was key and the only way I could do it was by being creative. The creative industries offer the option of personal development through one’s visual perspective and my desire of working in the creative industries was particularly generated by the media world. Unlike any other industries, the media world exists to deliver information and help others. And that’s what I want to do: help other people understand everything that’s happening in the world.

WHICH ADVERTISING AGENCY WOULD YOU LOVE TO WORK FOR AND WHY?

Ever since I’ve moved to London I have expanded my knowledge about the creative industries.

“…it didn’t take long until I found Grey Advertising and Thinking Juice.”

I started my search for the dream agency I’d love to work for and it didn’t take long until I found Grey Advertising and Thinking Juice. Both of them are really great agencies that deliver creative strategies and digital transformations to brands, and most importantly, they are the leading agencies in the market. By following their work I understood the necessity of delivering customer-focused content and implementing interactive methods of satisfying the audience.

WHY DID YOU START A BLOG & WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR POSTS?

The idea of starting a blog came from the thought that I needed to find a voice for myself. A voice to truly represent who I am and what I do.

“..I launched myself into the great world of media and delivered my stories effectively.”

Finding inspiration is not easy, I must confess. So every time I think of writing something new, I plan ahead with a few days. My muse so far, has been the city. There’s so much in London that’s worth writing about: places, cafe’s, people, literature. And even better, I can link all this to worldwide information and write followers-focused posts.

Interviewing people from different places in the metropolis has given me another insight to what exactly it means to be part of such a great place. By doing so, I never struggle to find a new idea for the blog: I keep a journal with quotes and themes; and when I have time, I just put the pieces together.

HOW DID YOU LAND A PLACEMENT WORKING WITH LONDON AND PARTNERS?

Working with London & Partners has been my greatest achievement so far. Being an International Student Ambassador has offered me an incredible amount of information and personal development and I am really grateful for that. I was just starting my final year of studies at Middlesex University when the opportunity of being an ambassador came through.  I received an email from the Media Department saying that London and Partners are looking for an ambassador from our university; and I simply applied.

My role consisted of visiting different locations in London and blogging about them to inspire future students to come and study in London. It has been a great experience and I have been awarded the ‘Most Committed Blogger’ at the beginning of this month.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN EARLIER?

Yes. One of the things no one ‘warned’ me about London, was the immense cultural diversity that exists here. If I had known earlier, I would’ve moved to London ages ago! The beauty of the cultural diversity in London is that you get to know so many people from all around the world and that is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“Understanding different cultures makes you question whether you know enough about the world…”

Understanding different cultures makes you question whether you know enough about the world surrounding you so I believe that being in London has given me the opportunity of better understand myself as well.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

When my schedule is free, I like to travel and take photos and, of course, blog about it! Travelling and writing are my passions and I would feel incomplete without them. Also, I read a lot: whatever falls to hand. From Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, to Austen and J.K. Rowling. I am a bookworm; I even wrote my dissertation about the impact the Harry Potter books had on literature!

SELL YOURSELF. WHY SHOULD SOMEONE HIRE YOU?

I like to think of myself as a free spirit that challenges herself as much as possible.

“I am fluent in five languages, incisive when it comes to work and devoted to my causes.”

I am fluent in five languages, incisive when it comes to work and devoted to my causes. I also believe in equal rights and the importance of caring for one another; and what better way of doing so, than working in the creative industries and connecting with people.  I like exploring new things and I never just do what I am told, I always wonder about more and try to dive into the immense world of possibilities.

All good things come to an end

Time goes by very quickly, especially when you are busy.

As summer is slowly fading away, I realised that it was due for me to tell you about the LUIP closing ceremony.

As you all know, since October last year, I have been an International Student Ambassador for the London Universities International Partnership and I have achieved so many things through this programme!

I have met wonderful people, gained insight into London’s cultural and historical life – better than most people – and, to be honest, it has been the best experience since I have been in London.  But you know what they say, all good things come to an end.

This partnership has taught me so many things:

That friendships are born from the most insignificant things and that being from a different country it only shows how special people are. And because we are so special, we work our way around the world in different ways.

My fellow ambassadors were students from all around the world studying from English Literature, Nutrition, Veterinary Medicine to Business and Marketing and because of that, we grew together as a whole.

After experiencing London from a different perspective and understanding everything it has to offer, it was time to say goodbye and start our own individual paths, taking with us everything we’ve learnt.

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Fellow ambassadors with their diplomas and prizes!

Fellow ambassadors with their diplomas and prizes!

The closing ceremony was held at the Swan Bar, at the Globe Theatre, where we were delighted with cherry tarts, apple pie, lemon drizzle, and of course, prizes!

One of the other things that I’d like to share is the fact that I was awarded the ‘Most Committed Blogger’ Award and I couldn’t be more than thankful for it!

This wouldn’t have been possible without all your support, follows and comments, and of course, without Kim Duller’s ( our awesome programme leader!!) encouragement and good advices.

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I’d like to also say ‘Thank you!’ to all my fellow ambassadors for sharing their experiences and memories with me, for being such good people and for giving the world the best they have!

I hope the future brings you all the best things.

Love,

Csilla x

Trip to Hampton Court

If you are a fan of the Tudors Dynasty  this post might interest you.

Let us step back in time and follow the world of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey and Oliver Cromwell at this world known historic palace, Hampton Court.

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Some of the things you can see at Court are the beautiful Tudor Kitchens, the Great Hall – that still preserves the décor and immense dining table – and the Chapel Royal.

Surrounding the castle, you can get lost in the beauty of the gardens, the Great Vine, and, literally lost in the Maze.

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Hampton Court Maze via 365Tickets

Hampton Court Maze via 365Tickets

Englishmen are known for being fond of their lawns and one of the key attractions at Hampton Court are the beautiful gardens. The eccentricity and perfection of the flowers draws you immediately in, and, if you let your imagination play, you can almost feel the magic of history!

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Over 750 acres of royal parkland are boasting with sparkling fountains and gracious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and there is no better place at Court to have a picnic and relax.

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There is though a rumour that circulates across the Palace.

The ghost of Catherine Howard is believed to frequent the Court’s Haunted Gallery where she was dragged back screaming to her rooms while under house arrest, being accused of adultery by King Henry VIII. Have a look around, and you might just hear the Screaming Lady!

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Hampton Court offers a delightful experience into the immense world of Tudors: galleries, bedrooms, paintings, sculptures, everything you can imagine a Royal household can have, you’ll find it here!

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You can even take a cape and stroll around *feeling royal*

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If you want to visit Hampton Court Palace  you can book your tickets here.

Take my word for it, it is an amazing place to have a day out and enjoy cultural richness!