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Hello My Dear Friend 🙂 I’m Monika Chmielewski. I’m a cosmetic chemist with the passion in adventures, travel, good food, fashion and cosmetics of course 🙂 Probably you wonder now, who is a cosmetic chemist. Cosmetic what? No worries, I get this question all the time. Let me explain this little bit here, so you are more familiar. Cosmetic chemist is a scientist who develops, creates formulas for personal care, skin care, color and hair care products. Basically all beauty products you have in your bathroom or in your cosmetic bag are done by science nerds like me. Besides that I also love to dance, sing and play keyboard, just in case you need any lessons…lol or we can do the video on TikTok together!

I was born in Poland and lived in a beautiful city Torun for 25 years. Torun is in north-central Poland. It is a birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Additionally, it has the largest number of preserved Gothic houses in Poland. This city is also famous for its gingerbread cookies. Mmmm yummy! Believe me, you have to try them when you ever visit Torun!!! You can smell them everywhere while walking around and taking beautiful pics.

When I graduated with Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering in Poland, I decided to come to USA with my friend from college. I left my whole family in Poland, packed all my belongings in 20kg luggage and came to USA. And here I am living in NJ for the last 16 years…wow time flies when you are having fun. 

I hope you will find my blog interesting and enjoyable. Ready? Let’s get started 🙂

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Where I Am Now – New Jersey

How I Started Travelling

Hmmm, it all started in High School I believe. During that time, I met bunch of friends who loved to do sightseeing, going on the weekend getaways, have some fun outdoor like hiking, skiing, ice skating on the frozen river, etc. Every year we were traveling to southern Poland, which is a home to many beautiful mountain ranges. We were also spending a lot of time in the northern part of my home country, by the Baltic Coast. I think I visited every city and small town in this area. Beautiful scenic beaches, sand dunes and famous Tri-Cities: Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot should be on your must see list when visiting this part of Poland.

During the college time, without any budget for traveling (like most of the students…lol oh good times), we were able to find a way to travel to Germany. We spent some time in Hamburg and Berlin at that time. Believe me, you don’t need a big budget in order to travel. Everyone can do it. 

When I came to USA, I started to travel by myself while working full time. Finally, because of my job, I started to have some money for traveling. Wohoo!!! I strongly believe that dreams do come true when you work hard. Sometimes I was taking a  group tour from travel agency in order to get better price and meet new people.

Since I got married in 2010, my husband Robert is my best travel hubby ever!



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