IBIZA – A-FEST 2017

My journey started once I entered this luxurious new home – Hard Rock Hotel. Once the valet showed me the room, I got too excited about the ocean view, that he didn’t even know what to do. 😀 The purpose of this journey was to reconnect with my fellow Mindvalley friends and to experience A-fest when you’re not working there. And let me tell you – it was the best experience of my entire life!

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A-Fest

If festivals could have babies, Ted-talks + Burning Man baby would be called – A-fest. It’s a gathering of people who want to make the world a better place. They come together to network and grow. It’s a tribe of entrepreneurs, public speakers, actors etc. who gather twice a year in a paradise location. It’s an invitation-only event, where you have to apply and only the people who pass the qualifications are eligible to participate.

DAY 0

On the first day, we had a magnificent cocktails reception with a spectacular show. Fire dances and mingling. It was so wonderful to see all the people I’ve met in A-fest Costa Rica 2015!

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DAY 1

After registration and exciting welcome talks we had a memorable Beach party at Hard Rock beach area, where everyone was kind of coordinated and dressed up in white clothes. The party included an awesome BBQ with drinks and toasts. And of course, let’s not forget the fire dancers and some crazy after parties.

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DAY 2

I started my day with yoga and free dance, to which I proudly made to. 😀 After seeing the breathtaking sunrise I continued my day with sessions with Esther Parel and had a spiritual breakthrough followed by energy healing. I’ve never felt so calm in my entire life. People could see me glow. At night we were entertained in the hippie market – Namaste party. My dear friend had a surprise marriage and it just felt like you were in India/Thailand. People really put an effort into their costumes. After energy healing, I entertained myself with tea and fabulous music.

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DAY 3

Another Sunrise at the beach, swimming in the sea. And you would think this experience could not get any better. However, I went to awesome talks and taboo party! Everyone was dressed in leather and latex, they brought their whips and handcuffs. It got really kinky in the dark room, but I am not allowed to say what. 😀

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DAY 4

On the last day, it was so sad to wake up knowing it. Nevertheless, we knew that the best party was yet to come – future human.  After inspirational talks by Vishen Lakhiani and Lisa Nichols and the beach party, I found myself in the future. It was absolutely out of this world experience. The countdown for A-fest Jamaica has started.18622656_10158711093310503_8237033300532207087_n (1)

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MAGICAL MAASTRICHT

First Visit

It was the love at the first sight. It happened during Christmas as I visited Maastricht’s Christmas market. Imagine a fairy-tale where in a historic inner city you find an ice ring, glue wine, hot cocoa and cotton candy sparkling in the light of Christmas decorations. That was the reason I picked Maastricht University to study as I wanted to experience a fairy-tale life.  Ok ok, great reputation of the university played a small role as well. 😀

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Maastricht is based in Limburg and it’s one of the oldest  multicultural cities in the Netherlands. It has borders with Germany, France and Belgium and you can feel different influences in this so called student city. I am so blessed to have lived here for 2.5years.  You have probably heard about it from the Maastricht Treaty, which marked the European Union and Euro creation. It has 30 thousand students and 90% of them in Maasticht University are German due to the fact that you can study business in English.

People come to Maastricht from all over Europe to shop. It is a fantastic shopping location if you love shoes. You can find local boutiques on every corner. During sales season shops are absolutely packed, because they offer great sales deals.

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One thing I love about Maastricht the most is that even on a casual day you will see someone wearing a costume and nobody will mind. You can be yourself and there’s no one judging you.  In February there’s a carnival season, where for a week the whole city is closed down as it puts an emphasis on role-reversal and suspension of social norms. I have never seen costumes like that. During this festive period Maastricht doesn’t sleep and I promise you will feel like in a movie.

It’s a small city, you will never be able to leave the house without meeting friends on every corner. It really gives that close community vibe that I cherished so much. Even when I come to visit I always bump into some people that I know, it’s a really good feeling.

Spots To Eat

Tea Zone – this is my no.1 spot for cakes & tea. It is a beautiful family owned tea place with truly magical atmosphere. All the decor is Asian, which gives a very zen vibe. You will meet their friendly dog who is always there to keep you company. 😃 I highly recommend to reserve a spot in advance, especially if  you want to try their magnificent high-tea.

Sap – a perfect brunch place where you can enjoy freshly squeezed juices and fresh bagels. They have great brunch options to share for a very reasonable price!

Dadawan – this is my new favourite place for dinner/lunch. Their menu is huge with so many tasty options! I wanted to try everything. They offer great prices for everything, from sushi to lobster! During the peak times you will find a queue outside, but it’s always moving fast and worth waiting. If you don’t have time, try their 2-go option next-door!

Cafe Zuid – beautiful cafe facing water. You have options to sit outside or inside. Love their swings. 🙂

Spots to Visit

Christmas Market – breathtaking magical experience that offers everything that you can imagine christmas market to offer. Located in Vrijthof in December.

Vrihthof – magical square with a lot of cozy cafes/ restaurants. There are plenty of events that happen, from car shows to Polo.

Markt –beautiful squere

Park – Onze-Lieve-Vrouwewal you will find fountains, animals and a beautiful place for a walk or a picnic.

Party street – Platielstraat must have experience, gets crowded around 22. You must end up in alla to experience the true student life.

Bridge- picturesque view.

 Mount Saint Peter – the view from this hills is absolutely gorgeous ! I recommend to go for a jog here.

TEFAF– it’s a very prestigious art fair, definitely check it out!

13th-century Dominican church – it’s converted into a bookstore/café – worth a visit.

Peters Caves tour – get lost in the miles of limestone tunnels. Be ready to see a huge dome and a gothic hallway.

Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht– my vary favourite modern art museum !

Tips for visiting

  • Bring money for shopping – you will need it 😀Especially for shoes. You will find a lot of cute boutiques.
  • Visa card is often rejected
  • Parking is extremely expensive
  • Taxis are extremely expensive
  • One day is enough for the visit
  • Try Maas beer, it’s a must!
  • Boat trips – lovely day experience

Tips for studying /living / Maastricht University 

  • Housing prices for the room vary from 300euros- x
  • You will need around 800 euros a month to live
  • Maastricht University has exams every 7 weeks and doesn’t offer a lot of holidays
  • Education that you will get is very high quality and it’s wildly recognised
  • Great exchange programmes around the world
  • You can apply for student financing – subsidy if you work certain amount of hours a month
  • A lot of student jobs, but pay depends on your age and It’s very low. Check out Hollister for an international crowd and good wages.
  • Dutch people mostly belong to sororities and German people stick together and go home during the weekends. Hence, you will most likely create your social life at work or Mac gym.
  • There are lots of bars, but no real clubs. People don’t really dress up.
  • Get a used bike. Understand that people ‘share’ bikes in Maastricht – it will get stolen. Hence, don’t invest too much into it. Often locks cost more than bikes.
  • Pick the most adventurous exchange programme – YOLO. The reason I lived in Asia for 2.5 years and planning to go back.
  • Sign up for some extra curriculum activities : AISEC etc…
  • The closes real club – Mondial. Check out their Sunday rnb nights
  • Airport in Maas offers great prices for holiday destinations
  • All cosmetics products are overpriced, try Germany.
  • Make friends from the very beginning. The first groups of friends normally stick together throughout the years.
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Hello world!

Finally I’m starting to write about my travels around this beautiful Earth. I guess it’s something you just have to do once you visit more than 50 countries. I’m very excited to share all the tips and the most breathtaking places that I’ve seen. Hopefully this will inspire someone to pack a bag and give in to wanderlust.

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