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! 
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