On the trail of explorers from the past…

On the trail of explorers from the past…

Hey guys! Sorry for the brief hiatus, but I have to say I’ve been quite busy (and lazy) lately.
So first of all, yes! I moved back to London, finally! And it feels so good. I really missed this place. So, after settling down (and spending all my savings in furnitures for my new place, damn) and getting used to my new job, I finally found some time to go back to explore the city and its wonders. And of course… I needed to write a blog post about it!

So, few days ago I took a train on the Piccadilly line and got off at Hammersmith, Zone 2. Nice place, but the bus stop I needed was closed. Bummer.

Me and my friend (whom I forced to join me the night before) had a nice, long walk. Crossed the Thames river on a bridge, and we got to the bus stop.

We took the bus number 209 towards Mortlake Bus Station, got off at the last stop, and walked to St Mary Magdalene’s church yard. Why? To visit Sir Richard Burton’s mausoleum.

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THE ART OF TAKING A SELFIE

THE ART OF TAKING A SELFIE

Like it or not, taking “selfies” has become a true competition. There are plenty of apps you can use to take the best selfie of your life, and every new smartphone now focuses on its inner camera like no phone ever did before.

Taking a selfie it’s not only a way to show yourself: it can say a lot about you.

My coworkers were kinda amazed by the way I take beautiful selfies without having a super pro reflex camera, photoshop, lightroom and more.
I just snap, go through some apps, and the selfie is online. Wanna know how and what are my favorite apps?

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How to ace a job interview

How to ace a job interview

I recently helped a friend to survive her first job interview: I clearly remember how scared she was. Her family put a lot of pressure on her, trying to make her feel motivated (and obviously, it didn’t work). She also felt kinda “threatened” by her younger sister – which already had a full CV, a nice job, and was already studying for her driving license.

In other words: I was working with a person with no self esteem, who pretended to call the numbers on the job offers section of newspapers just to let her mother know that “she was doing something, but no company ever called her back”. That’s it. Nothing more. Her mother believed these lies for over a year, until she realised that grounding a 21 years old girl was useless, and she called me in tears asking for some help.

Let’s make it clear: no one is gonna hire you with that attitude. Also, if you don’t send your CV’s literally everywhere, how can a company even know that you exist?

This girl has now a part time job that satisfies her needs and gives her some responsability, which is a good start. She also moved to another city to do that (and to get away from the imaginary competition between her and her sister, but that’s another story)! She fixed her CV thanks to her step mother. I sent mine to my friend to take some inspiration from it, and they created a whole new customized resume for her!

I thought that this experience helped both of us. So I think it might be a good idea to write down a post on my blog for everyone else struggling in finding some advice about job interviews. Remember that these are general “rules” and that depending on the job position you apply for and the country you live in, some changes may occur.

Get ready to print your curriculum vitae. And when they call you back, just a few friendly reminders…

  1. FIRST IMPRESSION IS EVERYTHING – and it starts from the phone call or email. When a company calls you for a job interview, remember to sound already active, happy and confident. Be immediately available for them when they ask you to come over for a proper interview. Say thank you, be polite.
  2. YOUR LOOK IS YOUR BUSINESS CARD – you think a shower is enough? Not at all! Shave your face. If you wear a long beard, groom it and trim it. If you’re a woman, wear some basic make up. In any case, moisturize your skin, dress smart, don’t look baggy or provocative. Look good, smell good. Clean your glasses, wash your hair and teeth! (You should do this one everyday, job interview or not, but specifying never hurts…)
  3. SHAKING HANDS CAN SAY A LOT – okay, you probably heard this too many times. But it’s true. Work on your hand shake. Let it transmit your energy.
  4. SMILE – also a classic. There are a few tricks that make people feel comfortable around a stranger, and one of these is as simple as it seems: place a nice smile here and there, especially when your shaking hands and making eye contact with your future boss. Of course, if he/she’s talking about something bad like the awful accident that your predecessor had, do not smile… 😛
  5. LOOK CONFIDENT, BUT BE YOURSELF – you want to look efficient and ready for the position, but nobody likes a “I-know-everything” kind of person. You don’t understand something? Ask away, before the interview ends. Asking a few appropriate questions will aslo show that your interest in working with this company is genuine.
    When asked to talk about yourself, make yourself appear interesting – but be honest. You’re gonna spend a lot of time with this people, the truth will eventually come out. Got any special skills, like a very good knowledge of computers, or speaking two languages? Point it out. Saying something like “I am used to teamwork” and “I’m a quick learner” are also good choices.

About money. I didn’t put this in the list because on this point there is a little controversy. I am perfectly comfortable in talking about money, but many others do not think in the same way.
I never bumped into actual problems when asking about my salary, but I noticed that some people tend to dislike this question (maybe they think it will make you look greedy), while some other told me about my $ per hour spontaneously. I literally didn’t even have to ask.

I will leave this to you, maybe you can just wait and when talking about working hours per week you can ask, if your employer didn’t already mention anything about it.

Now you’re ready! You can practice your charming charisma with your partner, your friends and family, and even on your own – you just need a mirror!  😀

Don’t expect every job interview to be identical to the previous one.
Every employer has different ways to interact, but don’t panic! Remember that if someone is willing to hire, it’s because they need help (as much as you need a job!), so don’t feel like you’re asking for a favor – it’s mutual!
Also, don’t feel bad if your first interviews are not successful. One of my best friends has been ignored for over two years from a company, and after sending them his resume multiple times not only he finally got hired! It also opened him a door leading to bigger opportunities – he travelled the world, lives in New Zealand and you can spot his name in the credits at the end of movies like Valerian or videogames like Until Dawn.

Never give up!

xoxo,

Siberia ♡

One week in London for an aspiring immigrant

One week in London for an aspiring immigrant

– aka that time I travelled to the UK and decided to stay.

All my friends ask me how I did it. I’ve always been that kind of girl that does crazy things, but something like moving to another country? Not at all. I travelled a lot, that’s true, but always in safety and comfort without taking a risk. So, probably people that knew me started to think: “how the hell did a girl like her do something like that?”

Many others are just tired of their routines and want a big change to shock their lives and see what they are capable of.

So… I decided to share my experience in the shape of a “to do list” for anyone that would like to make the same experience, step by step.

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Quick Trip: 12 hours in Vienna

Quick Trip: 12 hours in Vienna

If you’re one of those super organized people always planning at least one month in advance your moves when it comes to travels, then you’ll probably find this post a bit stupid and you’ll end up thinking: “well girl, if only you scheduled this before going in there…”

But that’s not how I roll! I’m a crazy adventurer and when you have a full time job, sometimes travelling means choosing a close destination and having no time to lose.

So pack your things, wildlings! We’re going on a super fast trip in Vienna, capital of Austria, in the heart of Europe.

QUICK REVIEW:

Prices      ★★☆☆☆
Food         ★★★★☆
Art            ★★★★★
Nature   ★★★★☆

IN MY BAG:

  • Phone charger
  • Small umbrella
  • My lipstick
  • My wallet
  • A Tangle Angel hairbrush
  • Orange juice
  • A chocolate bar
  • A ham & cheese sandwich

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, a country with an interesting long story made of royals, wars, love, music and much more.
Home of the sweet empress Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, aka “Princess Sissi” and artists like Mozart and Beethoven (they were all born in other cities, but spent definetely some important time in here), Vienna is a beautiful city and probably 12 hours are not enough to enjoy the place.

Let’s be real: prices are a bit high. If you don’t know specific low cost places and don’t want to eat in a fast food, you’ll probably end up spending around 12 € for a Wiener Schnitzel, drinks not included.

Museums are also pricey, but hey don’t get discouraged! You can still do a lot of nice things in Vienna.

  • Take the tram – See the beautiful architecture, wander around the city and take a lot of pictures. The city offers a lot of wonderful, classy, elegant locations and glamourous lights at night, especially in the city centre.
  • Try some street food  Sausages, maroni, bratkartoffeln, leberkäse. Fill your stomach sometimes while walking around the city. It’s not as fancy as sitting in a classy Viennese restaurant, but hey you only have 12 hours to enjoy the city!
  • Climb the 343 steps in the Südturm next to the city centre. It only costs 4,50 € and the view it’s not gonna disappoint you.
  • Visit churches – okay, this one is kinda personal because I really love visiting churches, but churches in Vienna are magical.
  • Go to the museum – I know what I said about museums, but some of them, like the MUSA or the Kunsthalle am Karlsplatz are 100% free. Get in!
  • Walk in the Schönbrunn garden. The castle is perfectly conserved and once upon a time only the royal family was allowed to have a delightful walk in the gardens. Sounds tempting, isn’t it?

Didn’t I mention you absolutely need to walk next to the Danube when the sun goes down? Better if holding hands with your loved one(s) or a hot cup of pumpkin spice latte by Starbucks. 😉

OVERALL:

I really enjoyed Vienna! Everyone is so kind, and I didn’t have any problem in communication even though my german is very poor. Almost everyone speaks a pretty good english (or at least the basics for prices and food related things) and some can understand some Italian (we’re neighbours, after all!).

Sadly, I think 50€ for a 20 mins long cab ride or 20€ for a museum are way too much, but hey if you travel across Europe skipping Wien, are you even trying to see our beautiful continent?

See you next time with my next destination!

xoxo,

Siberia ♡