Agios Efstratios, commonly referred as Ai Stratis, is a small island located in the middle of the Aegean
It has approximately 200 inhabitants and it’s only reachable by boat. There is daily connection with the closest island, Lemnos and less frequent connection, on some days of the week, with some bigger ports of the country. The Island does not have pharmacy, bakery and bank but all these are just practical details. The reality is that while in Ai Stratis you don’t need much, or in order to put it simply, you will be pleased with what’s available.
It is necessary for your life to have a purpose, which means that you need to feel that your life has a purpose, a meaning and is powerful.
The purpose does not necessarily have to be external, in fact, just the condition that you have inside is enough, but this condition must be absolute.
Many people live their life with no sense of purpose at all, and this makes them feel like with no sense or meaning. They feel that their life is not going anywhere.
Here again, it is necessary to make clear that we are talking about inner intent and not external goals. Externally one may have or may not have a goal, this is irrelevant, but the sense of purpose is important. It is something that usually people confuse.
From Harry Potter to the salty Atlantic Ocean – my top 4 recommendations for what to do, see or eat in Porto, the favorite parts that made my journey special. Oporto, the second largest city of Portugal is a true gem. Most people combine it with a visit to Lisbon, but I believe this city is worth a trip alone as well. Because ‘wise is he who enjoys the wonders of the world’, as Fernando Pessoa puts it.
This story was written after my chocolate trail in Belgian ‘chocolateries’ during my last month in a place I called home for more than three years. Thus, it was my way of honoring Brussels, my adoptive city.
Bruxelles is for me the city of chocolate, Art Nouveau, European Institutions, smurfs and bande dessinée. I will cover for now only chocolate. It will be the pricey one because in Belgium quality comes with a (high) price.
One friend will celebrate a birthday anniversary in Austria; another one is living in Germany, you haven‘t seen him for years. And you wish to see Switzerland finally.
Then where do you go? Correct, no need to pick one.
You just combine it all into a multiple stop road-trip, thus visiting eight cities of 3 countries in a week. Believe me – Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are perfect ingredients for the most energizing travel cocktail!