My name is Cris and I have chronic wanderlust

It is this time of the year. Slowly, I am approaching my holidays. Something I have been waiting for so long. However, I can’t help but thinking about future places I want to see. Yeah, I haven’t even gone on my 2014 hols and I am already thinking about what to do next year. Yes, I have chronic wanderlust.

First of all, I have no idea from whom or where I feel wanderlust (or Fernweh, which is the right word in German). It could be a generational thing, as many people in my generation saw how borders (re)started to be dilluded and how with a simple card or passport you can go to several places without worrying about extra fees or permits. Despite my parents like going on holiday (even more now as they are both retired from their long-time jobs and don’t have Unis/schools to pay), I seemed to favour places many people don’t know about it. I still remember the reaction of many acquaintances (not friends, as they are used to my thoughts) when I first told them I was going to Poland (and then, when I decided to learn Polish).

Everytime I open a book, click on a website, or even watch a series or film on a certain country (that are not the typical Western European ones, that is), I feel like travelling there, but not simply “kennen” (knowing) it, but “kennen learn” (being acquainted with) it. That means not visiting the typical touristy places with a guide and such… I like visiting places and feeling “like a local”. There are so many places to see, yet little time.

Right now, what is on my mind are my upcoming Germany-Poland trip with the brother (in which I am in charge of planning what to do, see and probably even talk) and my 2015 one which is in a place to be determined, but hopefully one I don’t know much about, and naturally, Central and East 😉

#100happydays: final post (94- 100)

Again, so sorry with everything, but you’ll see why I’ve left behind this 🙂

day 94:

Monday was one of those rare days I get home early (as I often have other activities in the afternoon), so I managed to stay at home and avoid the cold.

day 95:

Chinese food day with the work colleagues 🙂

day 96:

I got a huge surprise. My brother is in town! I even took a day off to pick him up at the airport.


That means getting spoiled as well with food 🙂 Ceviche for lunch.

day 97:

After a tough day at work, Sushi was waiting for me at home.

day 98:

Avoiding the rain at night at home.

day 99:

My brother’s birthday party!!!

day 100:

My bro’s birthday cake 🙂


So, I hope you’ve enjoyed these 100 days 🙂 I hope to pick up regular posting by next week.

#100happydays: days 86 – 93

day 86


I had to work on that day due to Cultural Heritage Day in Chile (all museums and cultural places are open for free in Chile). It was exhausting due to the cold yet rewarding for things such as this one 🙂

day 87

Got the day off 😀 and best of all… my sister passed her thesis and she became officially a teacher 🙂 And that deserved a small celebration:


day 88:

I TURNED 28. As my good friend Natalia says, I am the age I mentally represent (according to her). Starting with a good cake to wake up, then a big surprise at work (breakfast, sushi day and afternoon off), and finally Polish lessons. It was an overall good day.


day 89:

Good day workwise 🙂 Managed to turn in some papers that will see their fruits soon.

day 90:

I filed some papers to ask for Wednesday off, and they were approved. I am taking that particular day because my older brother is staying for a few weeks with us to drop off some of his things from the Netherlands.

day 91:


This ad from a restaurant near work always makes me laugh… are they aware of what “ass” means?

day 92:


First time in years I did a family+friends celebration, inviting my friends K and J to my family sphere 🙂

day 93:

Lazy pyjama day 🙂