A few words on empathy

β€œThe biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.”

Stephen R. Covey

At the beginning of February I asked on my Instagram account, how many empaths are there. The amount of replies was quite big and since the subject itself seems to be really important (plus not raised enough in my opinion), I decided to talk a bit more about it on the blog. The post on Instagram was inspired by a little incident, which has happened to me a while ago… on Instagram as well, surprisigly. Let’s just say I “took a wrong side”, or at least it was kind of suggested to me, while in fact I didn’t take any side at all. But that’s just the thing about empathy, I suppose. It’s often misunderstood.

The Giant Lanterns of China, Edinburgh Zoo

Chinese Lanterns in Edinburgh. Myths & legends

“Me fellow travellers, good evening. Welcome to a magical land, a world of myths and legends, of adventure and fantasy.”

We’re about to meet fantastic creatures and learn some whimsical stories straight out of a different realm. Are you ready to go with me?

The Giant Lanterns of China is a regular display in Edibnurgh Zoo, taking place every winter (from the middle of November till the middle of February). There are over 400 lanterns, lighting a magical trail through the Zoo. I was lucky to take part in the event this week and it was more amazing than I expected!

Vintage vibes at the Vennel

Let’s take a short walk to one of the loveliest viewpoints in Edinburgh!

The Vennel is a short laneway, leading from the Grassmarket towards Heriot Place and Lauriston Place. Very popular among local Instagrammers, it has a spectacular view of the castle. All you need to do is to climb the stairs… and there it is, looking you straight in the eye! I love that place also because of its vintage vibes: surrounded by stone walls, old houses and beautiful tall lanterns, you can really feel like in a different era.

Chetham's Library

Manchester libraries from another world

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve.”

Sidney Sheldon

During my trip to Manchester in September 2018 I had an opportunity to see two absolutely magical libraries, which look like straight out of the wizarding world. I know it’s been a few months since then, but hopefully you don’t mind taking this little adventure with me now. Let’s step into places where time stops, to be surrounded by the history, thousands of books, a scent of dust and old paper. Sounds appealing? πŸ˜‰ Come along then!

My favourite feel-good films for winter (+ your suggestions)

Are you dealing with winter blues too?

Time between January and March is tough for many of us and it’s good to focus on positive vibes then. I’ve asked you a question about your favourite feel-good movies some time ago on Instagram and decided to share the whole list here. It’s quite long, so I’m sure everyone will find something suitable πŸ™‚