So after the two weeks spent in Barcelona I took a flight and landed in Saigon, or formally known as Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Everybody here calls it Saigon ‘though.
The flight was surprisingly cheap. I booked it through Etihad Airways, and it was a total of 420€, from Barcelona to Saigon. It took me around 24h since I entered the airport in Barcelona ’till the moment I exited the airport in Vietnam. I flew from Barcelona to Rome and from Rome to Abu Dhabi in Air Italia. Then with Etihad from Abu Dhabi to HCMC.
I must say that Etihad is really an impressive experience regarding flight. They even have access to internet in case you want it. The attention was amazing. I actually felt like I hadn’t paid enough for all that I was getting.
I had to ask for a pre-aproval letter for my VISA before embarking. There are a few websites you can use, but I did it through http://www.hotels-in-vietnam.com – It worked just fine, in about 72h from my application on-line I had the approval letter to print in my e-mail. The pre-approval was 35$ plus the fee at the airport that was – if I’m not mistaken – 45$. All this for a 3 month single-entry VISA.
Ok, I know, it has been a long time without any news from me right? I know, I know, you missed me so much you were at the verge of committing suicide, but you need not worry, I’m back, more stupid and currently on the other side of the world (Vietnam). So what’s not to celebrate?
I had promised a new post about Berlin and freelancing online. Forget about Berlin, I mean, I can’t recall most of it at all – let’s say – about things that could interest you vaguely. About freelancing online though, I have a bit to say, since in Prague that was mostly what I did.
With walking and public transportations and all that I’m pretty sure the count had already exceeded the 5.000km’s
I won’t speak much about Prague sincerely. It’s a beautiful city packed with tourists in the centre, due to the beautiful old buildings and neighbourhoods. It’s also an important country in the overall politics of Europe/Western world due to its geographic position. They have great beer and are known for many things, including Czech Streets. I personally did not feel it to be warm in any sense, I’m definitively more at peace with latin countries.
it’s been a long time since the last post, which means this one will be gigantic!
So after my long stay in Switzerland I traveled to Torino, in Italy. There I would have a place to stay in the house of Catarina, sister of a long time friend from Portugal, Gonçalo Almeida. He’s currently finishing a degree in London Film School and she’s doing an erasmus studying medicine in Turin.
3.350km ! ohhhh god!
I know Catarina since she was a small child, really. From the times I went to hang around Gonçalo’s house when we were kids. She’s four years younger than me. She lives with other 2 medicine students. Elena and Joana, italian and portuguese respectively. This was my second time in Italy, which is a country I really like. I had been there 2 years ago, doing a Leonardo DaVinci internship at the studio of Luca Masarà, working on retouching with him and Georgina. If you need photographic services near Padua, look them up! They do some amazing work and I learned quite a bit while there, besides being treated in a very pleasant way. I was never in Turin before, I had been to Padua, Venice, Bologna, Verona and Parma. I was there through Check-in, a Lisbon based interchange association providing young people with opportunities to go abroad and do voluntary services or internships in creative areas. They in hand coordinated with XENA, the italian association headquartered in Padua.
today I’m gonna talk about my experience with Regus. I got to know regus through elance.com , a freelancing platform I use. In one of the posts they made they talked about it due to the new wave of people that are starting to “work differently”. I was kinda, hmmm, let me see, so I pay 47$ per month and I have access to a truly global net of offices, in mostly any big city throughout the world, where I have a business lounge where I can sit and work (I work a lot in my laptop), with a secure and decent speed internet connection, free treats and snacks along with coffee and some drinks? Really?