5 things I loved about Las Vegas

Last week was all about traveling. While I blogged I was actually in Las Vegas. This was my first time there and Jimmy and I had a nice vacation. Our experience was not as you may expect. There were no crazy nights out or pool partying. But there was a lot of walking, shopping and eating. We experienced a total different Vegas vacation. (On our second day Jimmy was rushed to the E.R. He had kidney stones and was experiencing excruciating pain. After two days he felt better though.)

I want to share with you guys five things I loved about Las Vegas. There are also many things I did not like, but that I guess would be a total different post.

1) Let me get this out of my chest: I have been a Britney Spears fan since a little girl. I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I do love her so please don’t hate. One of the main reasons of this trip was going to see her Vegas residency show. It was AMAZING. This is the first time I see her up close and she is beautiful. Best night of our trip. (Sorry Jimmy for dragging you to the concert, but let’s admit we did have fun!)

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2) We stayed the first five days at the MGM Grand and the last ten days at the Cosmopolitan. The last hotel was spectacular and they gave us a fantastic room with a breath-taking view.

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3) We are early risers, so you can imagine how peaceful the mornings were with no one around in the streets and the pools. Those were our relaxing moments.

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4) We usually woke up at 6:00 am. Some mornings were really cold so we had coffee while walking in the streets. (From time to time we saw people from the night before returning to their hotels and some healthy runners.)

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5) I got to spend quality time with Jimmy. This trip would not have been the same without him. He made me laugh everyday.

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10 Random traveling tips

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There is something magical about traveling. You get to change your routine a little, explore new grounds or maybe revisit places. You get to pack and leave. (I really don’t understand people who hate packing because that is one of my favorite things to do before traveling.)

As you may have noticed, I am a really organized person but I was not born that way. As a kid I was the first one to leave clothes on the floor and leave my bed undone. I used to lose everything and I always left something behind every time I traveled. With time I learned that was not the way to get things done.

Today I want to share with you some tips I find useful while traveling.

1) I always bring an eye mask and ear plugs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a long or short flight I always have them in my carry-on. They don’t take space and are really light to carry.

2) Do your laundry before packing. You don’t want to start packing and find out your favorite sweater is dirty.

3) I like to leave the house clean before I leave. You have no idea how wonderful it is to come back from your trip and find everything neat and clean.

4) I throw a dryer sheet in my suitcase. My clothes smell amazing once I unpack. In my country you can’t find dryer sheets so I make my own. Take a coffee filter and soak it in fabric softener. Leave to dry overnight. There you go: home-made dryer sheets.

5) Never bring a piece of clothing you have never worn before. I once bought a fabulous sequins dress and thought it would be a fantastic piece to take with me. The dress was heavy and took some prominent space in my suitcase. To make a long story short, I tried the dress once I arrived and it didn’t fit.

6) Always wear black or dark-colored pants. I once had the fantastic idea of wearing light colored bottoms just to spill coffee on them at the airport.

7) Planes get chilly so bring a sweater. If you don’t need it in the plane you can always use it as a pillow.

8) Bring sanitizing hand wipes. Believe me you always will find those handy.

9) Scan your passport, ID, driver’s license and ticket. Email them to yourself.

10) I hate entering hotel bathrooms and showers with naked feet. So I always bring a pair of flip-flops.

Hope these tips are helpful for your next trip!

Based on true stories: my top 5 favorite movies

It was really difficult to bring down to five my favorite based-on-true-stories movies. I enjoy watching something that is based on true events. It automatically brings it to the “real” zone of movies. It’s always a plus when these movies are interpreted by some of my favorite actors or actresses.

1) W/E. (2012)

As I said in this post, I really liked this movie. The story behind it was really interesting because I had only seen “The King’s Speech” and with this we get to see a different point of view of the story behind the scandal of King Edward VIII abdication. Plus the costuming used in this movie is spectacular.

2) Intouchables. (2012)

You have no idea how much I loved this movie. It’s funny and heartbreaking. It is inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo.

3) Gia. (1998)

Angelina Jolie does an excellent job portraying model Gia Carangi.

4) My week with Marilyn. (2011)

This was based on the book “The prince, the showgirl and me” by Colin Clark.

5) Girl, Interrupted. (1999)

After seeing this movie I fell in love with Angelina Jolie. It’s an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir that has the same name.

 

Do you guys have any favorite movies based on true events?

Top 5 favorite drinks

I like to have a drink from time to time. I usually have wine because I limit my sugar intake. My dad always tells me that if I was going to drink I had to do it responsibly and always drink the “good stuff”. He always tells me “You either drink good quality drinks, or you don’t drink at all.” He is right but I do love my fun frozen drinks here and there.

1) Limoncello. I mean, come on, I named this blog after it. My mom makes home-made Limoncello and it tastes like heaven.

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2) I first tried Martini Bianco in Greece. I loved the flavor because it wasn’t too strong. I normally order it on the rocks with ice and a slice of lemon. I have the glass that is shown above.(It was a kind gift from my roommate at York University. Thank you Casey, I still have my Vermouth in it.)martinibianco

 

3) Prosecco. It’s lighter than champagne and it is a fantastic “aperitivo” before a meal. (Sometimes, I like to toss some strawberries in it.)

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4) Pina colada. I just love this frozen drink. The first time I tried it I was in Puerto Rico and I fell in love with it. pinacolada

5) The classic Mojito. Who doesn’t love mint?

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What is your favorite drink?

 

 

Throw back Monday: Easter edition

I hadn`t seen my grandparents for eight years. I live far away and it is very complicated to see them often. So three years ago I decided to book a flight and make a surprise appearance in Greece to visit them.

The only person who knew was my aunt Irini. She picked me up at the airport at midnight and we went straight home. When we arrived to my grandparents house everything was quiet because they were sleeping. So my aunt woke my grandfather gently and said she had a surprise for him. Both my grandparents woke up and went to the living room where I was waiting,excited.

Their first reaction was absolute silence. I knew, from my grandfather`s expression, that he thought he was still dreaming. He gently approached me and touched my face. We both started to cry.

I will never forget this trip.I spent two weeks with my grandparents and I am truly thankful for those days together. That was the last time I saw my grandfather, he passed away eight months later.

I want to share my favorite things that happened in that Easter trip to Greece because it was my first Easter there and one trip I will never forget.  

1) One of the traditions on Greek Easter is to paint boiled eggs red. You have to hold your egg then you tap the end against the end of your opponent’s egg, trying to crack it. It is called “tsougrisma” and it always ends in laughter.

DSC012052) I feel in love with this giant mug to grow flowers in.(Isn`t the Easter bunny lovely?)DSC012113) Spring flowers. I couldn`t stop taking pictures of flowers everywhere. DSC013214) The “Lefko Pirgo” at sunset. This was spectacular. DSC013245) I discovered chocolate euros. DSC011386) Tangerine tree downtown.DSC012317) Had the best “Giro” in town.DSC011088) Found baked Lays in Greek. DSC011999) My beautiful grandmother`s flowers.DSC0125810) I had strawberries every single day. DSC0120011) This happened. I rarely eat fried food but I made an exception.DSC0129612) Here with my papu Kiriakos. This was our last picture together. I will treasure it for the rest of my life.

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The art of relaxing: 5 things that help me unwind

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We all have those days; you wake up and every-single-thing feels like a slap in the face. Yes, you know what I am talking about.

Everybody has different ways of relaxing. People often told me meditation was a wonderful thing to do when you are stressed. The last thing I want to do when I am stressed is meditate, I mean, seriously? Please do not get me wrong, I love to meditate but not under stressful circumstances.

Here are five things that help me get through moments of stress:

1) I go for a run.

It works every time.I sweat, I mentally curse a little, then I am a brand new person.(Can this count as meditation?)

2) I watch a movie.

If I am feeling like a potato-couch, I dive in my sofa and watch a movie. (Not a horror one obviously.)

3) I make myself some tea.

There is something about tea that soothes me.

4) I cook.

I go to the kitchen and make something yummy. It brightens my mood right away.

5) I put my favorite classical music playlist.

Since the ballet days I fell in love with this genre. It has been scientifically proven that classical music is good for relaxing.

Sometimes I do more than one of these at the same time…

What do you guys do to relax?

Guilty: bad habits decoded

I don’t consider being extremely tidy and anxious bad habits, I just think of them as part of my personality. There are certain things I don’t like about myself that I would love to change. Here are my five bad habits I’m working on changing:

1) Skipping breakfast.

I am guilty of skipping this important meal. I try not to but unfortunately I sometimes do due to lack of time in the morning or being not hungry at all. A year ago I started paying more attention to my breakfast habits and I’m proud to say I am on the right track to making it a good habit.

2) Cursing.

I do curse a lot. I grew up with mostly male friends so you can imagine how much I curse. I really try not curse when I’m in a public place or speaking to people I don’t know, but once I get to know you, I start cursing like a sailor. I’m really working on that too.

3) Grinding my teeth.

This is very annoying. I really can’t control it because I usually do it while I’m sleeping. Think about it like snoring. I have chipped my back teeth and I’m currently using a custom-fitted mouth protector at night. Not very sexy.

4) Drinking too much coffee.

Wonder why I am anxious all the time? Well this is part of the answer. I love coffee. I can have it all day, everyday. I had to cut it down because I was extremely agitated all day. One or two cups a day is fine, but I have to learn to not over do it.

5) Overusing my car s honk.

If you hear someone honking behind you like a maniac, it is probably me. I try not to do it but in the country I live in, people seriously don’t know how to drive and I find myself honking all the time. I will work on it, I promise.

Do you guys have any notorious bad habits?