Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Coffee Blogger Interview 2

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Meet and greet Gianluca Fiore, a Neapolitan programmer, traveller and a metalhead, the co-author of PaperSounds blog and an absolute coffee lover who enthusiastically agreed to answer my 10 questions about his coffee habits and preferences.


Gianluca Fiore 

Paper Sounds was born to take out every useful thought, share every inspiring experience and light up a debate on currently discussed issues. The idea is to create a friendly space where principles can grow and personalities evolve.

Coffee Lover Interview/Questionnaire


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1. What time of day do you usually drink coffee?



It has to be in the morning, shortly after waking up. Usually an espresso or a double one. Then I tend to avoid too much caffeine for the rest of the day but if I need, another espresso or lungo may be drunk around early afternoon or just after lunch.


2. How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?


1, max 2. Very, very rarely 3


3.  Do you prefer going out for coffee or drinking it at home?


Definitely at home. I go out for coffee only on the weekends.


4. What is your favorite coffee drink?


Espresso is the “true” coffee for me and the one I drink the most. I enjoy the occasional cappuccino or macchiato. But if I had to choose one type to drink for the rest of my life, it will surely be espresso.


5. When drinking coffee do you prefer drinking it instantly and quickly or taking your time and enjoying it?


Sort of both. I don’t gulp it down as it would disappear otherwise but I never drink it so slowly as to make it become tepid or even cold. I attempt to savor it and taste it well each time if I can. I try to drink it all at a hot/warm temperature, so I can take around a minute to drink it all (for espresso) or
5-6 for a longer drink like a cappuccino or a lungo.


6. What’s your primary reason for drinking coffee?


I love the taste. Even if it had no caffeine benefits from it would still be one of my favorite drinks. The fact that it also wakes you up and increases your focus is simply a great bonus.


7.  What do you take coffee with?


Nothing, most of the time. I prefer to focus on the coffee alone and most of the coffee blends I believe don’t mix well with most kind of food. When drinking coffee out I may have it with a cake or a croissant. Otherwise, I drink coffee 
separately from anything else.


8.  Do you currently own a Coffee Machine at home?


I own 2. A Moka pot and a Nespresso machine.


9. How often do you visit Coffee Shops?


Since when I bought the Nespresso machine, much less often. Perhaps once a month, or less. Before it was once every  10-15 days.


10. What is your favorite Coffee Shop?


I find it hard to choose a favorite here as I find all of them serve either mediocre coffee or add too much sugar to it, even when specifically asking for no sugar. I usually go to local cafes rather than bigger chains and if I have to name a specific one I would say Tektura in my city, Krakow. 
They have an amazing blend for cold brews too!


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If you are a coffee lover and want to be featured on my blog, feel free to contact me and send me your answers to the 10 questions below. 

You can download the free printable "Coffee Lover Questionnaire" by clicking on the link below. 


Have a sip of joy, enjoy your coffee!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Bucket List: 35 Things To Do at 35

Back on New Year's Eve, I made my first Bucket List of 35 Things to Do in 2019 and kind of failed as I was not very persistent and kind of forgot most of the wishes I had determined to accomplish.

Today, as I have turned 35 years old, I feel more determined to set a bucket list of 35 goals, wishes and things to do by September 2020. I have tried to make most of my wishes achievable and realistic. Wish me luck!

 
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1. Travel to a new country

2. Purchase a professional camera

3. Purchase a mobile with a professional camera

4. Develop my photography skills (online course maybe)

5. Eat healthily and keep my ideal weight

6. Keep fit, exercise daily

7. Drink more water

8. Practise self-care on a regular basis

9. Paint on a canvas

10. Ride on a train

11. Start driving

12. Start designing T-shirts

13. Go self-hosted on my blog

14. Save money

15. Learn to play chess

20. Run a marathon

21. Watch classic movies (write down their names)

22. Finish all the books I have purchased

23. Try a new cuisine

24. Buy a painting from my favorite artist, Leonid Afremov

25. Learn to take better care of my plants

26. Create my herb garden

27. Learn to ride a bike

28. Try pottery

29. Take a cruise

30. Learn to paint on fabrics

31. Create a blog logo

32. Go to the movies alone

33. Try audio-books

34. Purchase a designer-made item

35. Learn a new skill ( will add the name once I do it)



Is there anything more pleasing than ticking something off your To-Do list?

That's why I will cross a wish out once I accomplish it for me and you to be visible how far I have gone.


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How many of these things have you done?

What's the one wish you would like to have accomplished by your next birthday?

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Monday, September 9, 2019

10 Interesting Facts About Coffee

Are you one of those people who can't imagine his morning without a freshly brewed coffee?

Do you just get thrilled by the smell of ground coffee or a fresh pot of it?


Are you someone who can't pass indifferently near a coffee shop?


If yes, you must be one of the millions of coffee-lovers around the world.


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But... have you ever wondered where coffee comes from, when and where it was discovered?

Do you want to learn some interesting facts about coffee?

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So grab your cup of coffee and sit comfortably while you are sipping your beloved drink as I am about to present you 10 interesting facts about coffee.




1 - Coffee is the world's second most-traded product after oil.


2 - Coffee was first introduced in the 15th century, and to this day it maintains its status as the second most popular beverage (after water of course), with millions of coffee drinkers worldwide. The black brew is made from ripe berries which are picked from the coffee plant, processed and dried. Once dry, these 'beans' are roasted and ground to be brewed into the coffee drink we all know and love. 


3- Coffee beans are only called "beans" because of their resemblance, they're actually berries that grow on a bush. Coffee is actually the pit of the berry, which actually makes it a fruit.


4 - They say that coffee was first discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopia in the 1500s who noticed that goats became extremely energetic and didn't sleep after eating these certain berries. He shared his discovery with the local monks who made a drink from the coffee beans which helped them stay up all night and pray. Then they spread the news to others and eventually it reached the civilized world.


5 - There are two main categories of coffee: Robusta and Arabica.
Robusta coffee has a more acidic and harsh flavor with double the amount of caffeine.
Arabica is known for its delicate flavor and low acidity. It was originally cultivated on the Arabian peninsula, hence its name. 

6 - Brazil produces 40% of the world's coffee. It is the largest coffee producer in the world followed by Vietnam and Colombia.
Good coffee growing conditions require high altitudes, tropical climates, and rich soil. Hawaii is the only American state that cultivates and produces coffee.

7 - Decaf coffee is not completely caffeine-free. The decaffeination process usually removes 94-98 %  of coffee. The extracted coffee is usually sold to Coca-Cola.


8 - The word " coffee" comes from the Arabic word 

" qahwah". 

9 - According to the International Coffee Organization,  Europe imports more coffee than the USA. Finland consumes the most coffee in the world.


10 - Around 1735, Johann Sebastian Bach composed Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht," also known as the "Coffee Cantata". In the song, a father-daughter duo has an argument about how much coffee she drinks which is the reason she doesn't have a lover. When the father gives her an ultimatum, she lies to please him. While he's out trying to find her a husband, the daughter secretly tells her potential admirers that they must let her drink coffee if they want to marry her.


For the ending, I will leave you with this amusing masterpiece to enjoy.







Are you a coffee lover? Do you want to be featured on my blog by just answering 10 questions about Coffee?

Click here to find out how or contact me and I will send you the Coffee Questionnaire to fill in.

You can also read 7 Reasons to Drink Coffee


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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wordless Wednesday #26 " Exploring Armenia"

When was the last time you took a trip to explore your country like a tourist?

Are you guilty of craving to travel and explore other countries and cultures while you haven't discovered the hidden gems of your country?

This is the lesson I learned on my own experience. I started appreciating my motherland, its heritage and traditions only when I settled down in another country. 




That is why every time I visit Armenia, I try my best to make the most of it, walk as much as possible and not to miss any event while there.

I purchase lots of souvenirs with the hope to build a small piece of my country in my house, try every dish, especially the ones taking me back to my childhood.


Armenian Traditional Sweet Bread "Gata"

This summer I had an incredibly unforgettable time in Armenia.  I visited new cities, tried new dishes and got acquainted with new traditions.

I also did my first ever hiking (4km in total) under the rain.

The first 2 kilometers was a steep route down a gorge ( I was about to give up here) and the second one along a muddy forest path.

For the Wordless Wednesday I will skip the process and difficulties of the tour and only highlight the satisfied and beautiful ending pictures.








Have you ever been to Armenia?
If no, would you like to?

Would love to hear your answers in the comments section below.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

My Versatile Blogger Award

As I am enjoying the last days of my summer vacation I got a Versatile Blogger Award nomination from a fellow blogger Rachel, the owner of www.thecoffeemamma.wordpress.com.




The Versatile Blogger Award is my second award as a blogger and I am really thankful to Rachel. It was very thoughtful of her to make an inquiry looking for bloggers who aren't yet nominated for this award and it was very modest of me to immediately ask for the nomination:) You can check out her blog post here.




Rules:

. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their website

. Share 7 facts about yourself

. Nominate 15 other bloggers


7 Facts About Me:


. I am a true Virgo (an overthinker, an introvert, a perfectionist)

. I never wanted and thought I would be a school teacher one day

. We are 3 sisters (each of us has a son and a daughter)

. I start crying every time I yawn

. I used to hate my name and decided to change it the first year of  University 

. I dreamt of becoming a dancer

. I got acquainted with my husband on Skype

. I keep dreaming about action movies where I am running away from evil 

Nominees: 


Whitney from Willow Bottom

Edel from Edel Pace

Amy from My Goals, His Grace

Lizzy from Lizzie Florence 

Eilidh from Eilidh Horder

Jas from Jas Being Jas

Cheryl from Just Cheryl's Random Thoughts

Emily from New York Family Adventures


Lena from Art by Lena

Brenda from The Burrows Way

Alex from Living.Pretty.Happy

Nicole from The Professional Mom Project

 Sophie from The Ophite Life

Laura from Do Five Things a Day

Briana from Just My Thoughts


I hope my nominees will take the challenge and I am already looking forward to reading their posts.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wordless Wednesday #25 "Doors"

Some of you may have noticed that I have been MIA lately as I am spending my summer vacations in my homeland, Armenia with my little girl. We mostly spend our time on playgrounds, amusement parks, and public gardens and I hardly find any time to post anything but random photos from now and then.

However I could manage to take a tour to the second largest city of Armenia, Gyumri, once well-known as the city and center of "crafts and arts".

It was my first visit to this city and I was really impressed how beautifully it has been reconstructed after the terrible earthquake in 1988.

In spite of this, the residents of Gyumri are well-known for their humor. Gyumri is also called " the laughter and humor capital" of Armenia. They are also distinguished for their dignity and conservatism. They have done their best to keep their traditions and local customs which is evident at every corner of the city.

I was especially attracted to the old doors. They took me back to my favorite old films and the most famous Armenian actor of all times, Mher Mkrtchyan, a proud citizen of Gyumri.

So, this week's Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to the doors I came across in the city of Gyumri.


Gyumri was the first city to open a theater and was home to the first opera show ever staged in Armenia. Before that plays were performed in the living room of rich men's mansions.
Have a look at the remarkable door of the Puppet Theater in Gyumri.


In the 19th century, Gyumri (which was then called Alexandropol after the beloved wife of the Russian Tsar Nicolay I)resided Greeks, Turkish, Russians and Armenians who lived peacefully together and developed different trades and cultures.

 

Gyumri is home to many prominent museums in Armenia and is the birthplace of many legendary Armenian actors, poets and writers. Their museums and house museums are located there and if you take a guide you will learn lots of interesting facts from their lives.


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

5 Tips for Flying with Kids

Are you planning a trip on a plane with your baby, toddler or small children? 

Are you scared of possible stress involved in air travel with kids?

I have done it twice and I know it.

Travelling with kids is exhausting whether it is the first time or not and flying is the most challenging part of it especially if you are not well-prepared for it.




Even a two-hour-flight trapped on a plane may seem endless unless you have planned a couple of activities, toys and snacks to kill the time and make it less chaotic and stressful.

I have gathered 5 tips based on my previous mistakes that can make flying with kids more tolerable and smoother.





1- Bring your snacks

I used to think that there is no need to carry extra weight and grab snacks for kids as we were going to be served a meal on board.

That's a huge mistake.

Kids usually don't seem to like the meals on board and their freshness is also doubtful.

So why not do some grocery shopping and put together a bag of snacks? You can include anything bite-size like pretzels, crackers, biscuits, fruit chips, baked rolls.

Lollipops can also do wonders as they will keep your kids entertained for a good deal of time (keep wet wipes nearby:)plus they are said to be good if your child has trouble with ears popping during the takeoff or landing.

Having a good amount of your kids' favorite snacks must be a success. You can use it as a little bribery and promise them their special treats if they behave well on the plane.

2- Have your child carry a backpack

Let your child carry a light backpack where you can put everything he might need during the flight: wet napkins, a favorite toy (of course not something noisy, preferably a soft toy), one new toy, one new activity.

As most of the airlines offer cups without lids, it will be wise to bring your own bottles and spill-proof cups.

I would take 2 bottles, one full of water and another empty bottle in case your kid wants to drink some juice offered on the plane. 

3- Bring your fully- charged electronics 

Even and especially if you limit your kids on screen time, it's a great idea to fully charge all sorts of electronics you own (Kindle, tablets, cell-phones) and load them with all sorts of offline games and cartoons and films.

Bringing electronics on board must be a huge success too as kids are usually not allowed to spend lots of time playing video games so this trick can be used to remind them one more time to behave well and keep quiet and not kick the chair of the passengers in front:).

4-  Carry a purse besides a backpack

I used to think that backpacks are more practical to keep your hands free but they are not really very handy when you constantly need to reach for a diaper, a napkin or your documents. 

Nowadays, when waist belts are coming back in fashion, you can get one for easy access staff while you can use your backpack for carrying your laptop, camera and chargers.

5- Watch your intake of drinks before the flight

You don't want to run to the toilet every now and then when you are checking in or boarding. 

Though it is well-known that hydration on board is very low and it is recommended to drink lots of fluids, but if your flight is not that long try to reduce the intake of fluids before and during the flight as you can't keep the kids unattended most of the times.

You can always resume drinking lots of water once you have landed to avoid dehydration and headaches.






As a bonus, I have included a free four-page downloadable printable I made a few years ago when I was planning my first visit to my dream destination, Spain. 

I hope it can be of use to someone who feels anxious before travelling and wants to feel more secure and organized.

You can download the printable below
MY TRAVEL Printable by on Scribd


Even if you plan everything beforehand you can't expect everything to pass perfectly and smoothly. 

Lower your expectations and focus on the positive and enjoy the moment.

Feel free to share with your tips for flying with kids in the comments below.


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