WISHING YOU ALL AN UNFORGETTABLE 2023!
The best five posts of 2022: ChasingLifeMoments blog! Two years ago, I started a new tradition. I summarize each year with the top five posts from that year. It is the third article, following the initial one: Top 5 posts of the first year: Chasing Life Moments.
How was the third year of my blog? Year 2022 was influenced by a lot of changes in my life! I relocated, finished my extended parental leave, and found a new job. As a result of it, I had to find a balance in life for everything: family, home, work, travels, blog, my IG page, my hobbies, and daily life. In H2 of 2022, I did not aim to publish weekly or every two weeks. My goal was balance, not to pressure myself too much and continue to create interesting content, both here and on my IG page.
In 2022, I published 19 blog posts! One blog post every 19 days! I feel proud that I accomplished so much in many different areas. And I did not stop writing!
I wish all a beautiful 2023. Simply beautiful, in the way that you would love it be. Nothing more, nothing less. Smile a lot, and let’s stay connected!
Are you ready for the top 5 posts from 2022? Did you read them all? Which one was your favorite one? Ready, steady, go!
THE BEST FIVE POSTS OF 2022
#1 RELOCATING TO BANGALORE: MY SURPRISING THREE YEARS PERSPECTIVE
Relocating to Bangalore: my surprising three years perspective. On the 8th of March, I marked my three years of living in India. Since I am Polish, living in India means living in another continent and culture.
Recently, I wrote a master post about Bangalore. It is a complete list of tips for the relocation to the capital of Karnataka. You can’t miss it if you consider your transfer or have just relocated.
I will not repeat those tips here. I want to share with you my latest perspective. Highlights and suggestions that I haven’t shared before and refer to the previous article that I wrote one year ago, after two years of living in starling India.
RELOCATING TO BANGALORE
DAILY LIFE COMFORT
After one month, I returned from Poland last week. One more time, I realized how comfortable daily life could be in India. I call it daily life comfort. I am not referring to the infrastructure or lifestyle.
Daily life can be very comfortable in India:
- There might be maids to support you at home.
- Many schools, especially international ones, will provide school transportation for children.
- Many online shopping companies, via apps, provide immediate shopping to your doorstep. Our favorite one is BlinkIt. They provide everything you need in 10-15 minutes! Also, BigBasket introduced a new shopping option, BB Now. Online orders are delivered within 10-20 minutes.
- You do not need to wear layers of clothes; it is always warm!
#2 VISITING POLAND: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LOCAL FAUX PAS
Visiting Poland: the truth about the local faux pas. Following my latest blog post about the faux pas in India, I thought it might be an interesting perspective to write this time about Poland. Somehow I write less about Poland here so that’s also a great occassion to share a bit more about my home country.
What are some of the top faux pas in Poland? What should you avoid doing when visiting Poland during your holidays or maybe when considering a relocation? Some items might be more “European” while the others a bit more unique or even funny. Check this list and learn more about Poles.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LOCAL FAUX PAS
#1 DON’T USE “YOU” IF NOT APPROVED
Let’s start the list! Don’t refer to people in Poland as “you” if not approved. The “approval” word is, on the one hand, an exaggeration here, but on the other hand, I want to highlight the validity of this point.
Refer to people in Poland as “pani” (Madame) or “pan” (Sir) and wait for what will happen next. The general rule is that .shifting to “you” is usually done based on the agreement. The discussion is initiated by the older person. Yet, don’t get surprised if this is followed by a glass (or two) of vodka or beer. It is time to celebrate the new form of the relationship.
Ps. The above (and vodka drinking for sure ;-)) usually doesn’t happen in Poland in the corporate world. It is the norm to refer to people as “you” (also to supervisors), reflecting more American style.
#3 NEPAL: NINE AMAZING REASONS YOU CAN’T MISS IT
Nepal: nine amazing reasons you can’t miss it. And once you visit it, you will miss it! We visited Nepal two weeks ago, and I can’t stop thinking about it. On the one hand, I want to explore new countries and places. On the other hand, I want to merge again in the Nepali’s nature.
Nepal was always my dream destination. I felt so happy to know that we would travel there in the last days of 2021. We are back to our home in India now, enjoying our life here. But why do I miss Nepal? What was so charming in that country that somehow I feel very connected to it? What are the top reasons to visit it or shift it higher on your bucket list? Find out below nine amazing reasons you can’t miss it. You simply can’t.
This article is a continuation of the same series. The initial article was about Santorini. You can find it here: Santorini: Seven amazing reasons you can’t miss it.
YES OR NOT YET
HAVE YOU BEEN TO NEPAL ALREADY?
YES: You are very lucky… traveler, climber, or the world explorer! Visiting Nepal ranks high on people’s bucket lists, especially if you are a mountain lover. However, if you have visited Nepal already, you might be willing to travel there again and again.
“Nepal once is not enough.”
NOT YET: I hope it is just a matter of time and some extra budget for you! The good news is that Nepal reopened its borders again to tourists in Q4 of 2021. Travelers from many countries can receive a visa on arrival. Since we are still in the pandemic, check the latest guidelines for the travel recommendations. My suggestion is #spontaneoustravels!
#4 UNIQUE PLANTS: BLOOM YOUR SMALL GARDEN IN BIG HAPPINESS
Unique plants: bloom your small garden in big happiness. Spring is just behind the corner! It is starting next month. So it is a perfect time to pause my traveling stories and share with you our small passion. A passion that grew thanks to the pandemic: gardening.
It all started in India, with a slightly grey terrace, with a few plants. A beautiful space with potential, yet not fully taken care of by us. Covid helped us to re-prioritize and reminded us of this beautiful space. How to bloom your small garden in big happiness? It isn’t a professional gardener guide. These are some of the tips we followed, this time about unique plants. They helped us flourish our small garden into a beautiful ‘jungle’!
MY SMALL GARDEN
I come from a “gardening” family. That was the education and profession of my mom. My sister, AZ Assitente Virtuale, has a magical garden! It is an oasis of peace, my inspiration. In our home in Poland, I have been growing different plants. And it happened only in India, where I fell in love with our terrace garden.
Today, I understand that gardening isn’t about a huge garden. One can enjoy a mini garden on the balcony or the window sill. And such a mini garden can become big happiness. Maybe a corner of your home-grown spices, a beautiful palm tree, or a small collection of potted flowers. It all starts with two elements: time and heart.
#5 VISITING INDIA: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LOCAL FAUX PAS
Visiting India: the truth about the local faux pas. I enjoy writing about India and its culture. Often it is very diverse from the customs and way of living I am used to in Poland. Yet, traveling the world changed my thinking a lot. I am not surprised about different approaches, lifestyles, or cultures. I admire them with eyes wide open.
When visiting other countries or places, we tend to focus on what to do. This time, I want to tell you the reverse about India: the local faux pas. Faux pas? Literally, it means “false step” in French. The phrase refers to “an embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation”.
What are some of the most common and also unique faux pas in India? No matter if you are planning to relocate or only to travel to India, this list is a must-read before your journey.
And don’t miss one of my recent articles about India:
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LOCAL FAUX PAS
#1 DO NOT EXPECT EVERYONE TO SPEAK ENGLISH OR HINDI
When you arrive in India, do not expect every person to speak English or Hindi. Yet, don’t worry about it too. There are 23 official languages in India, including English. In India, many people are fluent in English. Yet, the country’s population is so vast that you will also encounter many people with basic or no English. The best advice: before your travel, check the official language of that region/s. The chances are high that it won’t be Hindi.
TRAVEL TIP: Before your travel, check the official language of the region/s you will visit, and learn 2-3 basic words. It might help!
Thank you for being with me in 2022! I hope you will continue this journey with me in 2023 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 2023. Have an amazing year ahead! Hugs!
Moments that matter, no matter how many posts.