Amazing people V.: Ernestvideos

As I was browsing Youtube for some tips on learning French, I found 26-year old Ernest from France, who works as a marketing consultant and a project manager, but he also makes time to be a true showman as a Youtuber. What if cats could talk? How to safely set yourself on fire? How to sound like a real French? These are just a few things you’ll get an answer to if you click on his videos. While doing it: ’Don’t forget to smile and I hope you’ll enjoy!’ /Ernest/

Ernest

Lady Fraise (LF): Tell me a bit about your travelling past!
E: I lived for 3 years in Australia, mostly in Melbourne and had the chance to travel to many countries (78 exactly). My true love is to travel, to discover new people, new cultures and to learn.

LF: What is your favourite place in the whole world?

E: It’s really hard to answer, because every single country is amazing in its own way. That being said my heart (and also my origins from my mother) is Japan. Japan is THE country I loved the most and would love to go back to again and again.

LF: What do you think you can learn from travelling?
E: I always learn about new cultures, open mindness and being tolerant. Also you can discover new countries, landscapes and world wonders.

LF: What do you like doing in your free time?
E: My hobbies are numerous. I love sports and especially extreme sports. I do a lot of rock climbing, snowboarding, diving, snorkeling, skiing. I used to do free fall and wingsuit but because of back problems I can’t do those anymore.
I love drawing, playing music (drums and piano), cooking, watching movies, reading, philosophy and learning new things in general.

Ernest

LF: What inspires you? Both in making your Youtube videos and your everyday life?
E: The world! It’s beauty and complexity is what inspires me in real life. I’m knowledge driven, I want to learn and discover everything I can.
Concerning the videos, the smiles of the people who watch me. They are what drives me the most and especially recently when I was and am still lacking motivation.

LF: Why did you start making your Youtube channel?
E: My reason to start my Youtube channel was that I’ve always loved acting. I’ve always dreamt to become an actor and I thought Youtube would be a great door to start but also a great way to reach people and make them smile. As I’m saying in my bio, if I could make someone smile every day with my videos, then my life is done.

LF: What are your future plans with it?
E: My plans are a bit unclear. I truly want to continue and make this channel grow. I want to succeed and make even more people happy. However, I felt lack of motivation recently and mostly because the channel doesn’t move much and doesn’t make as many views as it used to. I’m unsure if I will try to make a new channel or try to renew this one with new subjects. I guess only future will tell. But one thing is sure, I will NEVER give up!

LF: Do your friends and family watch your Youtube videos?
E: Yes. 🙂

LF: What’s on your bucket list?
E: Wow! That’s harsh! To be fair, I don’t have a bucket list, because I don’t like the idea that it’s linked to death. However, I do have a massive to do list!
A few of the things are:
-to act in a movie
-to see the Seven Wonders of the World
-to skydive from a skyscraper
-to dive in the Mariana trench
-to go dive in the Jellyfish Lake in Palau
-to climb the Everest.

 

For fun videos, click to Ernest’s channel: Ernestvideos

St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary

August 20th is a national holiday in Hungary that celebrates the canonization of the first Christian king, Stephen I in 1083. He was born a pagan and as the son of Grand Prince Géza. After fighting for his throne, he recieved the blessing and a crown from Pope Sylvester II, and he dedicated his region to Virgin Mary. Hungary became one of the Christian countries in Europe. He later founded several monastries and did everything to spread Christianity. His canonization was inchoated by King Ladislaus and now he is remembered as St. Stephen. His right fist (also called as the Holy Dexter) became a relic that can be found in the St. Stephen’s basilica in Budapest. The other part of his body was buried in the Cathedral he established in Székesfehérvár.

On this day there are rejoicings in almost every town that include pageantries, fairs and fireworks. The greatest celebration is in Budapest though. They take the Holy Dexter for a procession, give away honours and announce the Cake of the Country. This year it’s the scummy hazelnut cake from Balaton. Yummi!!

Here are some short recordings from yesterday’s celebration in Szeged:

Short Barcelona videos

On my journey to Barcelona I recorded some short videos to capture what photograps can not. They seem very popular among my followers, so here you are:

The beautiful and monumental church I have ever seen: Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s masterpiece:

Also made by Gaudí, Casa Battló:

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya:

And last but not least, Barceloneta beach:

Barcelona II.

In this part, I’ll write about the other sights I saw in Barcelona. They are not related to Gaudí but they certainly are worth a visit!

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Art Museum of Catalonia)

Since 1934 Palau Nacional serves as an art gallery and is now one of the largest museums in Spain. It has a Romanesque, a Gothic, a Renaissance and a Modern collection (with Picasso and Dalí pieces as well). The current additional exhibition shows the work of Ismael Smith, an artist from Barcelona and is called The beauty and the monsters.

Mercado de La Bogueria (Market)

The most popular market of Barcelona can be found while walking along La Rambla. It specialises in fresh fruit, sweets and seafood. It’s the perfect place for a daily smoothie!

The dock

After you bought your smoothie, keep on walking on La Rambla, until you reach the Columbus Monument (it is 60 meters tall, you won’t miss it!) and the dock. Surrounded by palm trees and seagulls flying very close to you, you will get the ultimate summer vibe.

Sant Sebastiá beach

It is basically the end of the coastline, but if you are looking for a more peaceful beach, this one is for you!

San Sebastian beach, Barcelona

Barceloneta beach

Barcelona’s oldest and most popular beach inspired Cervantes to write a fight scene for Don Quixote and the Knight of the White Moon. If you spot the Wonderwoman building, you are at the right place!

Barceloneta beach

Barcelona I.

First of all, I would like to start with Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona, because they are the most unique sights I have ever seen. They are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect, who lived between 1852 and 1926. He became the symbol of the modernist movement and his name is now inseperable from Barcelona.

‘There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.’ /Gaudí/

 

Sagrada Familia

Gaudí dedicated his life to work and faith. This project took him almost 43 years! By buliding his masterpeace, Sagrada Familia, he wanted to demonstrate God’s grace, so he was given the name, ‘God’s architect’. The cathedral was built both in Gothic and organic style and has a cruciform plan. It’s now under reconstruction, but this doesn’t influence its popularity.

Make sure to buy your ticket first, or it will be impossible to get in!

Parc Güell

It was built between 1900 and 1914 and named after a businessman, Eusebi de Güell, who assigned Gaudí to build it. It reflects his naturalist phase and full of organic elements. It consists mainly of gardens and buildings (one of which is the Barcelona City History Museum). Its symbol is the mosaic salamander, el drac (the dragon).

Anyone can see the park freely, but to enter the terrace with the mosaic benches, you have to buy a ticket (and do this in advence too!).

Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gracia was a very fashionable place to live in 1900, that’s why textile industrialist Josef Batlló ordered Gaudí to renew the house he bought for his family. Inside you can find the Noble Floor and a museum. The roof of the building looks exactly like the back of a dragon.

Like Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, Casa Batlló is extremely popular among tourists, but the ticket is very pricey (28 euros, while the ticket to Sagrada was 15).

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Parc de la Ciutadella

This public park was designed by Joseph Fontseré, but legend sais the young Gaudí helped to build the main statue as well. It is surrounded by the Parliament of Catalonia, the Museum of Natural Science and the zoo.

It was the only place I didn’t have to pay for in Barcelona. On a warm Saturday morning, it serves as a home for playing children and yoga lessons. It’s worth a visit!

15 things I learnt about Barcelona

This July I spent 6 days in Barcelona with a friend of mine. These couple of days made me adore this city and now I have the desire to discover other parts of Spain as well. Here are the most important things I learnt about it:

  1. Barcelona is the second largest city of Spain.
  2. It is the now the capital of Catalonia.
  3. It is the largest and most popular city of the Mediterranean coastline.
  4. Legend sais Barcelona was founded by Hercules. Although other sources suggest, it was founded 400 years later by the Romans. We may never know, but it surely  became part of Kingdom of Aragon in the Middle Ages.
  5. The most beautiful, creative and popular buildings in Barcelona were all made by Antoni Gaudí in Art Nouveau style. Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and Park de la Ciutadella are must see attractions!
  6. Barcelona has 9 UNESCO heritage sights, most of them are Gaudí buildings.
  7. Las Ramblas is the perfect place to find souvenirs.
  8. If you have the chance, go to the market, Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria every day, because they sell amazing smoothies and fresh fruit, and daily liquid and vitamine intake are very important!
  9. Famous people born in Barcelona include Joan Miró, Daniel Brühl and Álvaro Soler.
  10. Barcelona is the hometown of the famous football team, FC Barcelona. The Camp Nou Experience include a tour and a museum dedicated to the team.
  11. Ed Sheeran loves Barcelona so much, that he wrote a song about it to his new album, Divide.
  12. Catalan people doesn’t like to be called Spanish. They are currently fighting for independence.
  13. You can find paella in most of the restaurants (and other seafood as well). But if you are not into that, almost all of them serve pizza as well.
  14. Cliché or not, everybody should taste sangria!
  15. No doubt that the best Spanish dessert is churros! It comes in many forms, my favourite was the one filled with Nutella!
Barcelona

My very first flight…

… wasn’t so bad after all! But ‘Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.’ /The Sound of Music/

In the past 24 years I managed to escape flying. Not only because I have a healthy fear of hights, but also because I dread plane crash. My father used to say: ‘If you are travelling by bus or train and it breaks, you can walk. If your boat goes wrong, you can swim, but if your plane crashes, you will never learn how to fly’. (Yep, it didn’t help either!) Although I’m sure it’s not genetic to fear of flying, beacuse my mother is a pro plane traveller. (I’m not sure it’s a real word…)

But this year, my friend and I went for a vacation together for the first time and we wanted to go to a nice place neither of us knew very well, so we chose Barcelona. The distance between Hungary and Barcelona is not ideal for a train ride, so we bought our plane tickets. I decided it was time to face my fear like Batman and sunk into a deep resignation, thinking: ‘OK, this is going to happen.’ It wasn’t a slavic carnival, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. During airport security, I didn’t get a colonoscopy, my seat was just fine, there were not turbulence, and it only took 2 hours to get there! When we landed in Barcelona, I just realised, it’s not the first time I feel this way. Whenever I’m facing a great challenge in my life, the first time I was teaching, my state exam, the first job interview… if I make all the preparation, things just happen. Those 2 hours on the plane passed like any other 2 hours.

I want to thank my best friend, Linda, for encouraging me to take this step. I think she was more excited about this than me. 🙂

So I hope this experience opened my eyes to new adventures and maybe yours too! 🙂

On my way to Barcelona