What to See and Do in Pecs, Hungary

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hometown friends are a special sort – you know, those who’ve known you for a lifetime and with whom you share tons of adventures growing up? Yes, I have those too. But the funny thing is that I met two of my 'hometown friends' on a night prior to my moving abroad two years ago. Yes, I’ve known them before because it’s a type of town where everybody knows of everybody, but this was the first time I was actually introduced to them and we spent the evening together. Best way to wrap up a life phase. 

This past spring I came home just in time to be asked if I’d join them on a road trip to a nearby town in Hungary. The two of them + one girlfriend + another friend had already planned it and they had an extra seat in the car. Why, sure! Especially because I’d never actually been to Hungary before, even though my hometown is really close to the border. (If we rule out the occasional landings and departures from the Budapest airport, that is, and we do because I say so.) So yes, a short one-day trip to a random town called Pecs was definitely something I was in the mood for.

Weekend Reads #38

Friday, December 11, 2015

OK, I'm quite sure you haven't even noticed I was gone for a while, but I must say I missed my little online place. I'm so inconsistent! I even promised to myself I would blog regularly this year, and then just out of the blue too many things appear that need to be done, or I just end up in a cocoon made of my blankets because my head is blank, or a combination of the two. But few days ago my brain started working so hard I could almost hear it twist and twirl. It was crazy. Most people find winter depressing or at least experience a lack of creative juices flowing, but this year it's the opposite for me. I have so many ideas it's hard not to do all. at. once. (And of course, it's physically impossible.) Well, at least it feels good. But I won't bother you about my state just yet -- maybe we'll get there in a couple of weeks, if I feel like it. For now, here are the links. I hope you enjoy your weekend, friends!!

Weekend Reads #37

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Hi guys -- enjoying the weekend? I don't know about you, but we've got AMAZING weather here in Germany, it's a true Indian summer and I'm loving it. Actually I would love it more if I didn't have to be tied to my computer, but hey, sun through the window counts too, right? Anyway, here's something nice that just made my day. Lovely Zorica from Eurotribe contacted me a while ago on Twitter saying she was delighted to find out someone else from Serbia also had a travel blog in English, and we clicked instantly. So she asked me to do a guest post on her website and I was super happy and grateful she did! I opted for Lapland -- those of you who haven't been around two years ago (sh*t, has it been that much?!) don't know I visited Finnish Lapland in a December even though I was everything but a fan of winter - and so far that has probably been the best trip of my life! You can see some photo overload if you find Lapland in the keyword tag on the right, and here's the post on Eurotribe that has just been published. While you're there, don't miss the chance to snoop around the website -- I really love it, it has great recommendation on travels in Europe!

And as always (OK not always but when I have time *insert_sad_emoji*), here are some links for your weekend. Thought it's about to be over, but hey.

The True Cost of Our Behavior

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

*I know this is too long a blog post, but please please please read it as it’s SO IMPORTANT. The introduction is long, but I think it makes sense as it gives you the context you might be in right now. Or, if you absolutely don’t want to read this, it’s OK too, but then please just watch the movie The True Cost. That’s your take-home message for today. Write it down, make a mental note, just watch it.*

About a year ago, I was an avid shopper. I feel slightly embarrassed writing this, because shopping as a hobby is usually perceived as something superficial people do. Now, I wouldn’t exactly call it a hobby but let’s say I left shops with bags full of clothes and accessories at least once a month. I would also window shop out of boredom, curiosity, desire, or sometimes combination of the above. Most of the time I would know exactly what was on display in H&M, Zara, Vero Moda and the like. It went so far that I could instantly say where a random girl on the street had bought each of her items. Whenever I would spot something I liked, I would buy it without blinking an eye, because hey, of course I can afford a sweater that costs €15 or a top that’s less than €10.

Nine Months Later: Where I Am with My NY Resolutions

Monday, October 26, 2015

Beginning of October was the time to check in and see how I was doing with my New Year’s resolutions. I totally forgot, though. And then when I became aware of that, well, I kinda put it off because there was not much I can brag about. These past three months were the worst this year. Although I did manage to travel to London – that was the good part. :) But speaking of resolutions, I did bad. I was in a very bad place overall, and I’m not ready to share that yet, but one day I might, just to tell everyone who’s feeling similar – it’s OK.

So, here’s how it went. Check in is a check in, even when there’s nothing special to be said...

Weekend Reads #36

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hi guys, apologies for the late weekend post! One of my best friends came to town and I spent a day with her as I haven't seen her... since April, actually. We shared a flat back in Belgrade and I have great memories from back then. As always, I had a great time with her because I love love love her very much and I actually miss seeing her every day! Having my coffee made by her every morning before she sets off to work was another perk too. Other than that, my week was a mess. I interviewed a Berlin based fashion blogger for Plezir magazin, had a blast with her, she was so incredibly sweet, and then on the same day my phone died. Like, just froze and didn't react to anything. It had never happened to me before - my older phones would normally become a bit slow and wouldn't work as smooth as before, but I always had enough time to transfer all the photos, text messages (yes I'm a sucker who saves all the messages dear to my heart), contacts... Now it wasn't the case. It's all forever lost. I had more than 20 notes in my phones and I know they were important because I would delete one as soon as it became irrelevant. I can now remember only half of them. What if I actually miss something important because I had it written down in my old phone? Guess we cannot rely on technology all that much, after all.

Anyway, here are the links for your Sunday afternoon. Or Monday morning. Suit yourself ;)

Flirting with Minimalism

Monday, October 19, 2015

If I find an interesting challenge online, chances are I will try it out. We love challenges, don't we'?Though it tells nothing about how far I will come. Plank challenge, half way through. Abs challenge, not even that far. 30-day yoga challenge, well, eventually I finished it! Only because it took a lot more than 30 days, though. But all this shouldn't mean I (and you!) shouldn't even try because I know (OK - I suppose! Some positivity here...) I won't be as successful as I should be. So I found another one, ages ago! I loved it and bookmarked it right away. But I wasn't ready to take it until now.

If you'd like your surroundings and daily life to be with more purpose, and if the thought of being more present appeals to you, you might want to join me. Read on! 

Weekend Reads #35

Friday, October 16, 2015

Hi peeps, another weekend is juuust around the corner! What do you plan to do? If the weather permits some outdoor activities, I'd suggest those... and yes, sitting outside drinking coffee or even beer should be considered an outdoor activity. Sun will not be such a common guest in our daily lives soon, so let's make the most of its company. It's crazy how cold it's been in Germany these past few days - and my winter gear is back in Serbia. Oh, imagine the life where all your belongings are in one place. I might have mentioned this before, but my cozy winter slippers are in Slovenia. Slovenia! I've never been to Slovenia.

Well, enough with the rant - I can't change the weather, but I can have a positive thought in the morning that miiiight help me get through the day, as one of the links below suggests. Not that I actually do this, but you know, it might
be worth a shot ;) Here are some links for you.

Next Stop - Baku!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You remember when you were a teenager and were desperately waiting for a text message from that special someone, but it never came? Your phone was in your sight all the time. You even took it to the bathroom, but nope, no message. And let me just remind you that back then we didn't have social media and there was no way of telling if they saw our last message, let alone when they were last online! So you eventually gave up and lost hope.

Only to once forget about your phone for like half an hour, and when you then grabbed it afterwards, there it was: the desired text. Crazy, huh?! Well, something like that just happened to me. Didn't include someone I dream of, though. :)

Weekend Reads #34

Friday, October 9, 2015

I don't know if it's just me, but Fridays sneak up way too fast every week. So do Mondays. This late twenties thing is real. I remember how bored I was as a kid during the summer break (back then I preferred school). It just seemed it would never end! My mom told me time would pass by quicker when I'm older. I looked at her suspiciously. It doesn't make sense, I thought. But boy, was she right! It's funny: days seemed long when we had nothing to do with them. I wish I could go back and manage what seemed like a 36-hour day. And get all the naps I so long for. I hated napping when I was little. :) 

Anyway, here are the links for this weekend. Hope you have a good one!

Weekend Reads #33

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hi people! Wow. End of September - it basically means the year is over. This time last year I was in Italy, and this is a good time to remember my time in the best freaking country in the world. I'd give anything to have a slice of the true Neapolitan pizza, y'hear! But here I am in Germany. That's not bad either :) Any plans for winter getaways? You might want to read my blog post on traveling on the budget as the tickets might be quite cheap at the moment! Also, here's yesterday's post with some of my thoughts as a birthday girl. 

Anyway, here are the links for the weekend - I know it's basically over but, um, for a nice beginning of the week then?

A Few Thoughts of a 27-year-old

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hello there lovely people! 

Just wanted to check in - because I haven't for a while, obviously - even though my blogging calendar says I should have SO MANY TIMES. 

I'm 27 today, and what you see in the photo above is my breakfast. That's a weird tradition of mine I've been having for years now. Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit; that's the usual regime, but once a year I get to be silly (in this regard! I'm not talking about anything else :)) and just grab something nice and chocolate-y. Well hello you beautiful day! 

Weekend Reads #32

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hi everyone! Excited about the weekend? I'm gonna take some time to slow down and rewind - and to take a look at my photos. I haven't told you this, but I was in London last week because THIS YEAR WAS SO POOR IN REGARD TO TRAVELS AND I NEEDED ME SOME AIRPORTS AND LONG TIME NO SEEN FRIENDS AND EXPLORING AND STUFF! Sorry for yelling, but that's basically how I felt! London is one of my favorite cities in the world and I couldn't be any happier. I was bitten by the wanting-to-live-in-London bug - and I was bitten hard. Folks, I'm all about thinking how I can go work there. But I'll share more soon, even though I wasn't a proper blogger - I didn't take as many photos as I had hoped I would, because I was just too busy loving it.

But anyway, here are some interesting links for your weekend. Have a good one!

I'm a Tinggly Ambassador!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

I don't know about you, but when I'm facing someone's birthday, graduation or even wedding, I have NO IDEA what to get them. And it doesn't have to do with how well I know the person. It can be my best friend or my sister, but I'm still paralyzed with cluelessness every freaking time. And when you're friends with many people, that can be troubling. Especially because I do care, and I do want to show them I've given a lot of thought into the idea of a present. 

Maybe somebody over at Tinggly had the same problem, but unlike me, saw it as an inspiration to make something awesome :) And I'm so thankful they did, because I have a great announcement to make today - I'm a Tinggly Ambassador! Woo! But let me explain what this means.

Weekend Reads #31

Friday, September 4, 2015

I counted and calculated a bit and realized that when Weekend Reads turn 1, it will be around #40, and not 52, which means I've missed entire three months! That's crazy! I know at times I was too busy to write the post (like last week - sorry!), but still, two months... that's a lot. I publicly promise to try and be way better in Year 2!

Also, from this month on, I'm planning to deliver a lot of content you will hopefully like and I'm super excited about it. I've landed an awesome collaboration I'm going to share about soon, and I'm so happy about it! I hope you will find it useful too, but more on that to come. Keep your fingers crossed because I've got SO MANY plans for the upcoming fall that I might use some good thoughts! 

I wish you guys a wonderful weekend, and now dig in these links. 

How to Survive a Shopping Ban

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last week I shared my thoughts on why I started my shopping ban. It was pretty much stepping into the unknown. It was a challenge I wasn't sure I could endure up to the end, so I allocated a six months' period pretty randomly. I thought: let's say six months, and if I cannot make it, well... that's it. Nothing too serious.  The initial idea was six months without buying clothes, but soon I extended it, so it was six months without buying clothes (except for one pair of jeans because I really needed it), decorative cosmetics (which shouldn't be too hard, as I use minimal make-up), nail polishes (ok, harder, because I'd been eyeing a shade or two), glossy magazines (hard!), candles (sad, because I was really used to their lovely light in the evening), flowers (super hard, as buying tulips in the Netherlands is the most natural thing, plus it's incredible how much they always brighten the desk), jewelry (not that hard, but then again, I had to remember not to buy it!), Starbucks coffee (at that point not that hard because Groningen had Starbucks at the main railway station and I almost never went there). In a nutshell: I was banned from buying things I didn't absolutely need.

Why I Started a Shopping Ban (And Why You Might Too)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As I mentioned on the blog a number of times, I'm bad with money. OK, well, I'll always be a person who prioritizes rent over anything else, and you can be 200% sure that I will never end up in a situation where I cannot afford to pay this month's rent because I bought an expensive pair of shoes. I'll never, ever get a loan so I could afford a vacation. If I cannot afford something, I cannot afford it and that's it, end of the story. But me being bad with money applies to those situations when I can afford something. Come a paycheck, and I'll be the queen of the world! Clothes, shoes, nail polishes, magazines, flower bouquets, cute mugs, trinkets that will make my home prettier, accessories that will make me feel so. I want it all!
Aaand that's where the paycheck melts.

Weekend Reads #30

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hi everyone, how's your Friday going? If you're working, hang in there a few more hours, because you know what follows! This week has gone super fast here and I think someone's put me in a time accelerator, because this is crazy. On top of things, I feel like I'm not achieving everything I want to and everything I should, so that's another reason I hate this time flying by so quickly. But at least something's happening... I guess. What are your plans for the weekend? I'm meeting a friend from Geneva today afternoon and hopefully taking her to a food market... in case a certain website isn't outdated.

#MBFWB: Green Showroom

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

For the past few years human nutrition and lifestyle in general have been going through incredible changes: it's as if we finally realized eating healthy only benefits us; we realized the good we get from the exercise; we ditched junk food... OK, most of it. (A pizza a month is good for the soul, isn't it?!) But after taking care of ourselves, we also decided to look at the big picture and look after Mother Earth. I've heard of people going vegetarian or vegan not necessarily just because of their love for animals, but because growing plants is more Earth friendly than farming. Recycling is becoming a thing. Sustainability is becoming a thing. So a lot of fashionistas and designers out there decided to take this path too. Let's create kind fashion!

#MBFWB Day 4

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Aaand here we go with the fourth and the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. Honestly? I was kind of sad when the last show was over. The four days were fabulous, lovely, wonderful, hectic, painful (heels!), hazy. I enjoyed the shows, the beautiful people, and the wine! Of course I enjoyed the wine. So after this first experience, I can only express hope that it's not the last! OK, now, who will hire me as a (fashion) journalist?! :)

Weekend Reads #29

I'm working really hard today to deliver all the fashion news from the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, both to you nice people reading the blog (if this is your first time here, welcome! Great to see you!), and Plezir Magazin, which basically enabled me to attend the #MBFWB as an accredited journalist. But I do realize that fashion isn't and has never been the primary topic of this blog, so I'm not forgetting about you if you're not into it!! That's why I had to count in the time to publish this post. I hope you have a great weekend! (Yeah, I know it's halfway through, but with this schedule and a room this messy, as I haven't been able to spend time in it, can you blame me? Phew, thanks!)

#MBFWB Day 3

Day 3 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin was so much fun! I spent it mostly running from one location to the other, sipping wine and eating nothing. No wonder people in fashion are skinny, there was free alcohol everywhere, before the shows, after the shows, but not a single bite could be found. Maybe all the alcohol makes you forget you're hungry.

#MBFWB Day 2

Friday, July 10, 2015

Firstly: I wanted to write about each day in the following night, like I did for Day 1, but obviously, I thought too high of myself. Fashion Week is actually quite exhausting, so coming home every night I only wanted to sleep, just to wake up the next morning and having to leave soon because of the first show of the day. Plus my computer is so infected with I DON'T KNOW WHAT that basically disables me to do anything on the Internet. I spent two hours yesterday trying to fix it, and I thought I had, but now it's back again. I think I'm gonna scream. :( 

On day 2 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week I only had two shows to attend, so I decided to explore the other things connected to the Berlin Fashion Week, but not necessarily in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz. Not really sure what I’m talking about? Don’t worry, me neither, but the thing is there is this official Mercedes-Benz website, where you can also find info on NY, Istanbul and Sydney Fashion Weeks, because Mercedes-Benz is their sponsor. On the other hand, there is a Berlin Fashion Week website that offers other events as well.

#MBFW Berlin: Day 1 (And a Few Other Words)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

{If you're interested only in the IVANMAN and VEKTOR shows, please scroll down, as I'll be sharing some personal insight into the whole me-at-the-Fashion-Week story that you might not be interested in. :) }

Step outside of the comfort zone, they said.
Take a leap of faith, they said.

So I did. I applied for a press accreditation for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (which is a long name, so I'll keep referring to it as #MBFWB). 
First of all, I didn't want to apply at all. I just shared something about not standing a single chance on Twitter, and then a lovely lady that shares my love for fashion encouraged me to at least try. 

Six Months Later: Where I Am With My NY Resolutions

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For those of you who don't know, last January I compiled a list of NY resolutions and published them here. I've always had those, but kept them to myself, and this, along with the fact that I'd constantly been an overachiever, might be the reason why I never accomplished them all (not even near!). So now I decided to keep it low and publish it, because then there's no back! 

Three months ago I posted an update, to allow both you and myself to keep track with my progress. It seems that publishing was a good thing, because I was doing good! That's why I'm also posting another update, half-way through the year. (I know, scary.)

Have you made any NY resolutions? How are you doing? Making effort, or did you already forget them? In that case, I hope this list of mine inspires you to take action. It's not too late! So, here's how I'm doing.

Weekend Reads #28

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hello there! 
Are you melting? Because I am. It's 37° C here in Germany (arrived yesterday) - it's 98.6° F and it's the worst. My room is on the west side of the building and I have no blinds or anything, plus days are so long at the moment that the afternoons are unbearable. No AC, of course! Funnily enough, this is probably as summery as it gets, because on Monday the temperature will drop 10° and then there will be one 30° day until the end of August. Sounds like a perfect reason to go to the lake today or tomorrow, right? ANYTHING that will get me out of this room.

How's your weekend? Here are the links for you to enjoy it a bit more ;)

Weekend Reads #27

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hello you! If you're here, it means that you're probably an internet junkie, because what on Earth brought you here otherwise? Sorry, just joking, I LOVE having you here and I'm really grateful you bumped into this online space of mine! :) What I wanted to say is, you've probably seen yesterday's BIG news, but I have to repeat it once again because it's just beyond awesome. Supreme Court of the US ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Love Wins, and way to go, America!

Weekend Reads #26

Friday, June 12, 2015

Hey you people, has the summer begun where you are? We're sweating here. We're dying, the temperature exceeds 30 degrees (Celsius -- that's 86 in Murrica) every day, which is... I don't know, it's not normal in the beginning of June, right? I'm going back to Germany in several days and I hope it'd be easier to breathe there. Although I must admit I wouldn't appreciate the cooold summer like last year. I almost feel British right now: but yes I can talk about the weather all the time! Probably because I'm hard to please in this regard. Does the weather affect your mood as well??

Weekend Reads #25

Friday, June 5, 2015

I don't know if it's because I'm getting older, but one week feels like much less than 7 days. Does that mean I'll be 30 in no time? I don't even want to think about it. To let my mind slip into some more pleasant musings, I'll just indulge in Weekend Reads. Have a nice one!

Foreign Habits Worth Adopting

Sunday, May 31, 2015

I wish words could express how much I miss traveling. Or even better, I wish I could travel right now! But as I already said a couple of weeks ago, my staying in one place at the moment is one side of the medal - the other one is saving money, and I like that one way better. After all, I've got a lifetime ahead of me to travel... right? So if you're in the same boat right now, lusting for travel but not going anywhere, you might want to bring the world to you. If Mohammed will not go to the mountain... ;) Here are some great little ways to internationalize your days.

Weekend Reads #24

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bloggers deserve a break sometime. That's all I'm ever saying about the last week's missed #WeekendReads, and I hope you forgive me. (Of course you do, I doubt anyone even noticed the lack of the post, but I guess we're a bit vain sometimes.) So here are my favorites of this week. Hop on and enjoy the ride!

Favorite around the Web: Travel Blogs

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Just like reading makes a (better) writer, reading blogs makes a better blogger. Or maybe it doesn't, but it's just given: if you blog, it means you read other blogs. A lot of them. Sometimes you have troubles limiting the amount of information you devour on the daily basis, but hey, it's just one of the sides of blogging. From personal entries, blogs have become much, much more. There's a crazy amount of usefulness you can find on various blogs. You lack ideas of what to make for lunch, want to go to a vacation somewhere cheap but nice, wonder what you could do to brighten up your walls or desk, have an idea for a business but don't know how to get there... Don't worry, someone has probably blogged about it and shared the wisdom! But what you will do once you discover their range of other awesome topics and posts... that's up to you. No, I'm not grinning, and yes, you're an adult who knows what they're doing *wink*

Anyway, because sharing is caring, I wanted to share some of my favorite travel blogs. Whether you're looking for information or just amazing photos, they more often than not have both. Plus the people behind them are usually awesome, so you'll enjoy reading them.

Weekend Reads #23

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hello there,
What are you up to this weekend? I'm hoping to get done with the preparations for my experiment and finally get things started next week. It's taking a lot more time than I'd expected and it's also making me super anxious. I like it best when I'm the only person responsible for something I have to do. Also, I need to finish my June stories for Feather Magyou can read my published stories here. I was hoping to hand them in more than 24 hours before the deadline, but something was wrong with the connection between my thoughts and my fingertips. Alyssa, if you're reading this, don't worry, I'll be on time :)

Anyway, here are the Weekend Reads, I hope you like them! (Also, if you're an animated movies fan, check out my yesterday's post!)

Favorite Animated Shorts

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I remember, once as a kid, I read somewhere that roughly only 20% of world's consumption of ice-cream is eaten by children. It came as a shock surprise to me: why on Earth would adults eat ice-cream that much, it's children's food?! Growing up, the realization of the obvious was inevitable. Of course we love ice-cream and are not giving it up! There is a number of things that are reserved for children, or maybe more appropriate for them, but I decide that age has nothing to do with them. One of these is cartoons and animated videos. From time to time I really wish for a Disney marathon - and nothing anyone says will persuade me I'm too old for that! Luckily, in the past decade or so people making animated movies realized that adults are a big part of their audience, so turned to making stuff that is appealing to them as well. Not that I'm saying The Lion King isn't, but, you know.

Weekend Reads #22

Sunday, May 10, 2015

I hate it when I'm late with Weekend Reads so it doesn't really make sense to ask you what you are up to for the weekend, because half of it was already gone. What have you been doing yesterday, then, and what are you up today? I think I rested a bit too much, because I'm overwhelmed with how much work I have to do, but you know those days when you just don't want to can't get out of the bed? Yeah, yesterday was such a day. Hopefully today I'm in full swing again.

Weekend Reads #21

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hi there, people, can you believe it's May already?! I know!! How was your last week? Done anything interesting yesterday for the Labor day? I stayed in and enjoyed barbecue made by my Dad. That's pretty close to a perfect celebration, actually :)

Weekend Reads #20

Friday, April 24, 2015

You might have noticed that I skipped last week's Weekend Reads. I was in Novi Sad, a town in Serbia, at my sister's, also meeting a bunch of friends and attending a course at the University followed by a conference, followed by my computer simply refusing to do anything. As if I didn't have enough trouble just not having a regular internet connection! (My sister doesn't have wifi in her flat but cable, cable that for, reasons unknown to most humans, does nothing when attached to my laptop. I don't think people at a certain pub in Novi Sad think I'm particularly cool, going there almost every day alone to work. I haven't really noticed anyone doing that in Serbia, apart from its capital.)

This Time Last Year - Some Thoughts on Travel & Saving

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

If you stumbled upon this li’l blog of mine last spring, you could have probably thought that I was leading this out-of-the-suitcase life. In a way I did, it lasted for about two months and I never slept in the same bed for more than five days. I covered six countries and twice as many cities, packing on Thursdays, unpacking on Mondays, and repeating it all over again. It was exciting, but also hectic, and hell, tiring. In the end I had troubles separating memories from different places, because it all seemed like a continuum with blurry lines in between. That coffee with a view, was it in Zurich or in Paris? That open square where we spent a sunny afternoon, was it in Brussels or Berlin? ...And when I say ’we’, who exactly was there with me?!

Weekend Reads #19

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hi there,
I'm typing this post as I'm sitting in my mom's kitchen. I arrived back home two days ago and I'm enjoying this wonderful slow pace of life. Before I get down to work, though, as the main reason for this comeback is data collection I have to do for my thesis. I will be taking a week off now - you cannot imagine how happy that makes me feel, haha :) Here are the usual Friday links to keep you entertained this weekend.

The Lungs of Kreuzberg - Prinzessinnengarten

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I've noticed lately that healthy lifestyle is becoming more and more popular - which is supergreat, of course! People are getting hooked on exercise (I haven't gotten there yet, but hopefully I will!), riding bicycles instead of using cars and/or public transport, visiting farmers' markets for fresh fruits and veggies instead of getting those in large chain supermarkets... or growing their own food. As someone whose mother has grown her own veggies ever since I can remember, I find it quite funny that it's so hip nowadays - especially when I remember that her veggies had never looked as good as the one in the supermarket, so of course a kid would prefer a better looking bell pepper... (because the kid knows nothing).

A Thought for the Beginning of the Week

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello you lovely people, 
since you reacted so good on the quote I shared with you last Monday, I thought I could make it a thing... or at least do it again today. I know Mondays are hard, so it's nice to remind oneself once in a while that life is not all Mondays, it's a pretty good deal of Fridays as well. And the days in between? Learn to embrace them as well.

One of the Loves of My Life: Amsterdam (& Some Exciting News)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Last year I was lucky enough to visit seven European capitals and another major city (Zurich). Two of them managed to capture my soul and heart forever. One I have praised on the blog many times (hint: Rome), and the other one isn't any less beautiful. Have you ever seen something so beautiful your heart ached? That's how I felt while roaming the streets of Amsterdam. The town is as if it came straight from a fairy tale. The buildings make me feel as if they're made of chocolate. The canals, the bridges, the bicycles... I have no words, I'm bought for life. I kept imagining how wonderful it would be to wake up in the city, hop on the bike and pay a visit to the market where I could buy a bouquet of fresh tulips. Apparently I don't need much to be happy.

Weekend Reads #18

Friday, April 3, 2015

I began 30 Days Yoga Challenge some time in January, but I stopped halfway. I'm now doing it again, and again I'm convinced that yoga is one of the best workouts there are! So no, it's not very energetic, but the stretching feels so nice, and I feel wonderful after every single class. Classes are quite short, by the way, so you can definitely incorporate them in your daily routine. The teacher is the wonderful Erin Motz, she's so amazing and probably one of the reasons I feel so good doing this. I'll be done soon and I'm already eyeing some other yoga courses taught by her. So apart from the regular Friday link love, I'm recommending Yoga Challenge to literally everyone - and especially to you if you think yoga is boring. Just try it, and, well, if you still think it's boring, you're completely wicked :)

Three Months Later: Where I Am with my NY Resolutions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This year was the first year ever I've published my New Year's resolutions. I did that as a reminder to myself, but mostly to not have an excuse to quit. So I thought it'd be interesting to see where I am now that we're three months into the New Year. (Already, I know!) I might do this every three months and check my progress. I invite you to do the same! 

A Thought for the Beginning of the Week

Monday, March 30, 2015

So I stumbled upon this quote some time ago and kept it on a note on my desktop ever since. I've been wanting to share, and is there a better opportunity to do it on a Monday and inject you all (and myself!) with some energy?! Here goes:

Positano, Italy

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just before I had planned the itinerary of my Italian trip last year, I read that Margo from The Overseas Escape had thought Positano was the most beautiful place in Europe. It sure seemed cute, and as I was planning to start in Naples, I thought: why not? Let's check this out! However, I wasn't as bought as she was. The place is indeed colorful and interesting, but there was something about that, I cannot even explain it... nah, we didn't click. I didn't feel the feel, you know? Would I recommend a short getaway to Positano? Yeah, I think so, it's nice to spend an afternoon there, have a stroll, have a dinner (the waiters were just the nicest human beings!) and go back. I would probably never stay there for more days, because it's small and full of tourists, I figure I could get bored easily. But hey, if you're the type of gal (guy?) that doesn't mind small touristy places, go for it! Oh, and also: the bus ride along the Amalfi coast (I got on the bus in Sorrento) is just the best - when going toward Positano from the direction of Sorrento or Naples, make sure to grab a seat on the right side of the bus, because the views are uhhhhh-mazing! Here are some photos for you guys. I just wish I had had better weather, because as you will see, it was quite cloudy. 

Weekend Reads #17

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Today one of my best friends is having a premiere of a play in my hometown theater. Worth mentioning: he’s not from my hometown. We met in high school. He was an amateur actor, I had wanted to become a journalist for years. In the year and a half of high school that we knew each other, we both changed our minds. He entered law school, and I became a student of general linguistics. A year later, though, he quit law school to try his luck in acting – and got accepted to the academy. Fast forward to today – he’s an actor (obviously), and me, well, I’m still in linguistics, but I’ve been toying around with journalism as well. More on that to come – I don’t want to reveal too much, but I’m super excited to be doing something that has at least minimum connection with journalism and writing. Crazy how life turns out sometimes, right?!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I definitely didn't expect to have my Italian travel stories on the blog six months (!) after I left the country, but that's life. Today I'm bringing Pompeii photo diary. If you're anywhere near Naples, you don't want to miss this famous ancient city. Actually, you can even visit from Rome on a daily trip. I would recommend this even if you're not really into ancient history, because it's a really unusual experience to roam the streets of a city that was alive two millennia ago. As you probably know, the city was destroyed in the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius. It was buried in 4 to 6 meters of ash and stayed like that for 15 centuries! Now, I know these facts and I've seen photos of Pompeii in my history textbooks in school, but what I somehow failed to realize was that it was indeed a city. Not just a random excavation site that can be seen in half an hour, but an entire city, with streets, roads and squares, houses, villas, backyards, public baths... I may sound silly, but there you go. :)

What I Wore Today

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gemma Correll and Jillian Evelyn

My friends know that I'm the one in the circle who follows blogs. We even joke about it and I don't mind - as long as I'm free to get in front of my computer and find out what's new in the blogosphere. I don't really think they get what it is about following blogs that I like, and it's okay - I guess you do know since you're here, right?! Anyway, one of the categories I follow is fashion blogs - not my favorite, but there are some I don't miss, it's a mix of a habit and curiosity. Plus, I must admit that ever since I started blogging myself, I've realised how much effort people put in this and that it's not as easy at is seems - take some clothes, strike a pose, upload pictures, done! And if you're looking for inspiration, all you need to type in Google is "what I wore today" - voila, tons of hits! But there is one that is a bit different - it's a blog by the illustrator Gemma Correll, who chose not to take photos of everyday outfits, but to draw them. She created a flickr group where illustrators post their outfits. I'm sharing my favorites with you today!

Nice People

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When you ask a successful blogger, or someone who is well traveled, what the best thing about what they do is, they'll almost always tell you this: people they've met on the way. Well, I'm not a successful blogger, nor someone who is paid to travel (I wish!!), but I am an international student. You'll see the connection in a sec. I have had this wonderful opportunity to live and study in three European countries, to attend lectures by amazing teachers, try different lifestyles and foods (let's not forget foodies, right?). But twenty years along the road, do you think I will remember what subjects I had in school? I don't think so. I will remember, though, people I met and stories they shared about their distant or not so distant homes.

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