WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL 2022!
The best five posts of 2021: ChasingLifeMoments blog! One year ago, I started a new tradition. I summarize each year with the top five posts from that year. It is the second article, following the initial one: Top 5 posts of the first year: Chasing Life Moments.
How was the second year of my blog? Active! I focused more on the qualitative side of the posts. My writing became longer and more detailed. I did not aim anymore to publish 52 posts, one per week. When writing a post of nearly 4000 words, like the Relocation to Bangalore one, I needed more time to build helpful and interesting, content.
It is the 40th post that I wrote in 2021! I am just finalizing and publishing it today. It is great! Every 9 days, a new blog post was available for you to read! Additionally, one new guest blogger, Make This a Journey, joined our authors’ community. Her article, Things you will love about Croatia, was so interesting!
I am sure that 2022 will be a wonderful year for all of us, beautiful and challenging. It will give us opportunities to grow, smile, and stay connected.
Are you ready for the top 5 posts from 2021? Did you read them all? Which one was your favorite one? Ready, steady, go!
THE BEST FIVE POSTS OF 2021
#1 MANGO PICKLE: SECRETS OF THE AUTHENTIC INDIAN RECIPE
Mango pickle: today, I want to share with you the secrets of an authentic Indian recipe. It is a homemade pickle from an Indian house, our house. The recipe is not new, it is prepared by the next generations now. It brings a lot of memories, tasty moments, and smiles.
No matter where you are in the world, you should be able to prepare it at home. There is just one ingredient that is a must-have raw mango. Many raw mangoes!
And if you think one recipe is too little and want to enjoy more of the Indian cuisine, check one of my previous posts: Secrets of an Indian Cuisine: Authentic and Easy Recipes. Six super yummy food recipes are there, including step-by-step preparation. All inspired and shared by My Better Half!
Mango pickle, the most famous pickle, is a traditional Indian condiment. It is made with raw mangoes, spices, and oil. Although the name is the same, it is different than European pickle. Yes, it includes a lot of spices, many packets of spices.
People in India eat pickles as a side in many meals. They are eaten with dal and rice, dal and roti, parathas & some snacks, like mathri.
Indian cuisine is very diverse. Don’t be surprised that mango pickles can be prepared in many different ways. At our home, there are always two different types of mango pickles. One homemade and one bought Madras Thokku, by Mothers Recipe.
Are you ready for the homemade mango pickles recipe and its secrets?
#2 SANTORINI: THE BEST IDEAS FOR A GREAT LONG WEEKEND TRIP
Santorini: the best ideas for a great long weekend trip! It is time for the third article from the Santorini series, last one. If you missed the previous two, you can find them here, one click away: Santorini: Seven Amazing Reasons You Can’t Miss It and Santorini: Six Things You Need To Know Before Traveling.
It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.
I am sure that by now you know what is your top reason to visit Santorini and what you need to know before your first travel. So let’s get a bit more specific now and see what can be done in Santorini during a great long weekend trip! Let’s say… 10 recommendations? Check below!
OUR LONG WEEKEND TRIP TO SANTORINI
Is a long weekend enough for visiting Santorini? Of course, when one is traveling, time is never enough! On the other hand, if you can visit Santorini for four days, you would enjoy it for sure! I love ‘compressed travels!
They give me a chance to experience a new place, to taste it, and leave the feeling of not enough, often wanting me to return one more day.
Our travel to Santorini, indeed, was a long weekend trip. We were lucky to get great plane tickets which allowed us to enjoy this Greek island for nearly four full days. You can explore WizzAir and Ryanair flight options in Europe. I was so happy to know that WizzAir started to fly from my city, Gdansk to Santorini on my birthday! The best gift!
Our flight to Santorini departed from Gdansk at 6 am. We landed in Greece at 10 am, enjoying over there entire Friday! On the way back, we had a late afternoon flight. It was a perfect time for a stay in Oia with the option of visiting twice Thira and once Imerovigli. What can one do in Santorini during a long weekend other than famous views and sunsets? 🙂
Let me share with you a bit!
#3 NEW YEAR BUCKET LIST: FASCINATING PLACES AND WAYS TO CELEBRATE
New Year bucket list: fascinating places and ways to celebrate this unique night. What is it? Isn’t it a bit too late? Don’t worry, that’s a bucket list. Bucket lists, challenging and inspirational, can’t be completed overnight. Additionally, with the current travel restrictions in place, this article might be more applicable for future planning, for many ‘new years’ to celebrate.
In 2021, let’s start making your dreams come true.
First, let’s switch on the ‘dreaming’ mode. And later on, explore what you could incorporate into your bucket list. I wish all of us that 2021/2022 New Year night will be full of travels and adventures!
NEW YEAR BUCKET LIST
I love to travel. In ‘Travel & Taste’ post, I wrote a bit more about my traveling. I am sure that you love traveling as well. And now, more than ever before – we miss it. We can’t wait to go and explore, admire new countries, cross new items from the bucket lists… yes, having a bucket list can be inspirational. Bucket list: one lifetime, many dreams – don’t miss this post if you haven’t read it yet!
I have celebrated New Year, next to my two homes in Poland and India, in some of the European cities, like Paris, London, Barcelona. Still, my New Year bucket list and ideas are long! How about you? If given a chance, where would you love to celebrate it? Is it Times Square in NYC? Or maybe mountain chalet in Aspen or Zermatt? How about sunbathing in Maldives or Seychelles? Choices are many, just like dreams.
#4 TRAVEL AND SHOPPING: THE MOST WANTED SOUVENIRS FROM INDIA
Travel and shopping: the most wanted souvenirs from India. This week I am super happy. We will be traveling again! From India to Poland! As I am still here in India now, I want to tell you a bit more about this incredible country.
Let’s continue last week’s topic of Travel and Shopping: The Truth about Shopping in India. This time I want to share the list of the most wanted souvenirs from India. If you plan to visit one day, or maybe you plan to return, explore the list below. It includes both more and less known items. Happy shopping!
India is one of the world’s top exporters. As per 2019 data, it exports about 4450 different goods to 220 countries. Truly impressive!
So what is on the top export products list of India? Let’s keep aside petroleum oils, medication, rice, or cars, as you won’t buy them during holidays to take back home. 😉 Potential top souvenir items include diamonds, jewelry, cotton, women’s clothing, t-shirts, vests, steel products, and footwear.
I am not a shopaholic. I am helping the economy.
Are these what I would recommend you bring back from your travel to India? Discover the list below! The most wanted one.
#5 SANTORINI: SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING
Santorini: six things you need to know before traveling! Following the latest blog post, Santorini: Seven Amazing Reasons You Can’t Miss It, it is the continuation of the Santorini blog posts series. I am happy to share more with you from my recent Greek journey!
Santorini is calling and I must go.Anonymous
OUR SANTORINI TRAVEL
Our Santorini trip, surprise surprise, was a spontaneous journey. During our stay in Poland, we realized that the pandemic situation in Europe, at that moment, was a bit better. Additionally, our immune system, post our Covid-19 recovery, helped us decide: let’s travel abroad!
Till the last moment, we were undecided about the country and the dates. Malta or Greece, birthday weekend or the following one. I am super happy with our outcome: Santorini in Greece, four days travel, after my birthday. It was 6 of us traveling as we invited our parents to join us. I think that after the long 1.5-year pandemic standby, everyone was excited about this trip.
Since it was a bit more spontaneous travel, we had less time to explore thoroughly. So I thought it might be beneficial to give you some practical insight before your first travel to Santorini. These items shared below are based on our recent experience. Not all can be googled easily. Enjoy your Santorini travel preparation!
Thank you for being with me in 2021! I hope you will continue this journey with me in 2022 and beyond.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this article with the top five posts from the previous year. Did the list include your favorite posts from my blog? Which one was your favorite or maybe the one that you read twice? Your comments always help me grow! Let’s grow further in 2022. Have a wonderful year ahead! Hugs!
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