@akvilestan AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL Instagram photos and videos | inst24
@akvilestan AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL Instagram photos and videos | inst24

AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

On a journey of a thousand miles, one step at a time ✈ Join me #enroutewithakvile 🌎 📍Manchester, UK 🇬🇧 ✎ akvilestan@yahoo.com

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

It’s almost time for Christmas and Christmas markets are the place to be! 🎄 • • As someone who’s spent many years visiting German Christmas markets, I have to tell you that I was really impressed with Manchester Christmas markets this year. No wonder they’ve been voted the best ones in the UK. From German sausages and mulled wine to Yorkshire pudding wraps, Dutch pancakes and loaded cookie dough. There are so many options and I cannot wait to give them all a go! By now, I had a cheesy (Krakauer) sausage, mulled wine, hot apple cider, a chocolate marshmallow kiss with Baileys, garlic mushrooms with garlic potatoes... and I ain’t stopping! • • What’s your favourite food at the Christmas markets? #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Have you every tried Prosecco with lemon sorbet? • • I tried this drink in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) and opted for it purely out of curiosity. I’ve never heard of it and found the combination to be very unusual. However, I did my research afterwards and found out that the drink is actually an age-old refresher that once graced aristocratic Venetian tables and is called Sgroppino. It’s basically a mixture of softened lemon sorbet and Prosecco whisked together until frothy. Back in the day, it was often served between courses as a palate cleanser, particularly when moving from a seafood to a meat dish. Today, it is mostly served as an after-dinner drink in place of dessert and is commonly boosted with a splash of vodka. I can confirm that it is very refreshing indeed! • • What’s the most unusual drink you’ve ever came across on the menu? #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

2018 is almost over. Can you believe how fast the year has gone by? Another year of adventures, challenges, successes are coming to an end so let's talk about what this year has taught you. • • Every year I try to do something different in my life to keep it exciting, to keep it going. So these are the things that 2018 has taught me so far: 1. I am brave. I left my job of 2.5 years, packed all of our bags, moved cities without a set plan (or a new job) and made it work. 2. Self care is a must. I am one of those people who wants to look after everyone around me. I like people do well and be successful but what I didn't realise is that sometimes, whilst concentrating on other people's problems, I forgot myself. 3. Accept constructive criticism. This one isn't an easy one but it's so important to learn that most of the people are wanting to help you and if you accept their constructive criticism, you'll only get better. 4. Be kind, always. Kindness can help people who struggle, it can also make friends and build close relationships with your colleagues. You don't have to be mean to be successful and it's much more fun to do a great job when everyone supports you rather than hates you. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Any architecture lovers over here? • • I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to architecture history. So here is Barton Arcade which was built back in 1871 in Deansgate Manchester. It is the Grade II listed Victorian arcade and was restored to its former glory in the 1980s. Nowadays Barton Arcade hosts a number of shops, salons, cafes and offices on the upper floors. Even though original shop fronts and decorative floor no longer exist, the building is still a beautifully restored piece of Victorian architecture. 💕 #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What's the worst that can happen? • • Very often we talk ourselves out of trying something new because it's scary, uncomfortable and challenging. It usually requires extra effort and we don't feel prepared for it yet. However, the longer I live, the more I realise that we are never truly/fully/absolutely ready. There's always buts and ifs in our way. So I question myself, what's the worst that can happen? The answer is always 'No' if you don't ask and you don't try, right? You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. • • So here I am once again thinking about the future and what my next step should be. I have now lived in Manchester for around 5 months (time flies!) and in England for just under 6 years. I question myself if my next stop should be in another country. Maybe somewhere warmer and sunnier. What do you think? #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What would be the perfect Christmas gift for you? 🎁 • • It's that time of the year when the question 'What would you like for Christmas?' is repeated more and more. From your colleagues to your parents and partners, everyone wants to make it right and pick the right present. So what would be that perfect gift for you? • • The older I get, the more I realise that Christmas is about spending time with your family and people close to you. I don't get to see them that often, therefore, I make it count when I do. Tickets home are one of the best gifts for me and I always urge my relatives to buy me experiences rather than material gifts. Concerts, trips, memberships, stand up shows, spa breaks, staycations... I am the happiest when I can experience something new with people I love the most. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Has anyone else been here? ⛰ • • Let me introduce you to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 1936 Winter Olympic Games happened here and until that time Garmisch and Partenkirchen were two separate towns with quite separate identities. They were merged into one for the Olympic Games and despite that you can still recognise one part of the city from another. Garmisch has a more 21st-century feel, while Partenkirchen has retained its old-world Alpine village vibe. This ski resort is a top hang-out place for outdoor lovers, skiing fans and day-trippers from Munich. So make sure to check it out if you are visiting Bavaria or Austrian Tirol. • • What’s not to miss in Garmisch-Partenkirchen? • Partnachklamm (a deep gorge that has been incised by a mountain stream) • Zugspitze (the highest mountain in Germany) • AlpspiX (an observation platform with panoramic mountain & valley views) • Ludwigstrasse (a historical street in the old town with traditional colourful houses) • Eckbauerbahn (a gondola ride up the mountains that will give you views like the one in this picture) • Eibsee (a stunning mountain lake on your way to Zugspitze) • Werdenfels Museum (a very traditional museum exploring local history & culture) #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What's the most cliche travel experience you've done & absolutely loved? • • Travel Cliches. Ohhhh. I can feel how some very passionate travellers shake their heads right now because 'travel cliches' are a total no no for them. I agree with some points they have to say but disagree with the others. Some places become popular for the wrong reasons and aren't really worth a visit but other places are popular for a reason. They have a story to tell and a reason why people have been going there for many years. Sadly, most people go to those popular places but no one really knows why. Find out what the story is, it will make your cliche experience much better. • • I am a believer in balance. I like to do classic/corny experiences as well as more local ones. There are certain things that's just gotta be done. Like Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Christmas markets in Germany, Oktoberfest in Munich and even Venice. And if you are that complaining person who is always annoyed about many tourists around.... remember, that at some point you are one of them. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Was travel better 20 years ago? • • I was reading an article on The Telegraph about how travelling changed over the years. Today, we can plan pretty much everything in advance, including having a (virtual) look inside the room we will be staying at, checking out menus of restaurants we would like to go to and even buying advance entry tickets to iconic places to avoid queuing. To many newer travellers, this is the normal way of travelling, however, some say that this access to every little detail conflicts with excitement and thrill that old school travel used to bring. • • I remember when I was little, we used to travel across Europe by car with my parents. We had maps, travel books and packed lunches for a day or two and that was it. No sat nav, no pre-booked hotel rooms or reserved restaurant tables. You knew you will get a place somewhere on the way and it was kind of part of the adventure to find out where you'll be sleeping tonight and tomorrow. • • Even though I love change and that we can travel safer these days, I'm a bit nostalgic to those days when it was all kind of unknown and unpredictable. You knew where you were heading but the trip was a bigger adventure with so many funny stories to tell... and no Google translate! #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Tell me your Top 3 favourite foods/dishes from the various cuisines of the world! • • One of my favourite things about travelling is tasting the food. If I haven't been to the local market or shop during my trip, have I even been there? I think I could spend my whole time eating and buying food in different parts of the world. So for such a big foodie that I am, I want to share my Top 3 discoveries & I want to know your Top3. Just to make it a bit more complicated, they have to be 3 foods from 3 different cuisines! • • Here are my 3: 1. Käsespätzle (In this picture at the bottom, cheesy egg noodles in Bavaria are my absolute fav!) 2. Croquetas de Jamon (I can eat these non-stop in Spain. I don't even need any other tapas if I have croquetas.) 3. Dumplings with potatoes (This Lithuanian/Russian dish will always remind me of my childhood and I'll never say no to it, especially when my grandma makes them.) #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Share with me one thing that you LOVE about yourself the most? • • We always talk about things we could improve or things that we don't like about ourselves but why don't we pat ourselves on the back for things that we love? It is important to give yourself some credit and be confident in your knowledge and worth. One of my favourite things about myself is a positive mindset. To many people it's naive, childish, stupid. To me, it's important to stay positive and enthusiastic no matter what. I think your mindset sets you up for success and I like to look at things from a positive angle. To find good in anything I have to do instead of complaining about it. I feel that it also makes my life easier because I don't load myself with unnecessary trouble and stress. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What's your favourite cocktail or mocktail? 🍹 • • I love anything and everything with passion fruit. Pornstar martinis, passion fruit mojitos... or even a passion fruit mocktail will make me happy. Even better if I get to drink it inside one of the seasonal floral pods at @20storiesmcr. That gorgeous restaurant & rooftop terrace has to be my favourite place in town so far. So pretty & with some of the best views of the Manchester skyline! I heard they have something very Christmassy up there at the moment... 🎄 #enroutewithakvile