Home (in winter)

I don’t have much to say except that I do want to use this platform more again to share pictures that are collecting dust on my hard drive.

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It’s been a long winter. With lots of frost, some snow and weeks and weeks of bitter cold temperatures.

But it’s a beautiful, beautiful world.

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The road to Tanger

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Ladies and gentlemen, I have arrived.
It has only taken 3 days or so, but who’s counting?

So let me tell you about this odyssey a bit.

When I left Vienna on Saturday, I didn’t think much of it. I knew I had a relatively long journey ahead but it was all doable. Take the plane to Frankfurt, fly from Frankfurt to Casablanca on the same evening. Sleep in a hotel and catch a train to Tangier in the morning. Sounds easy enough, right? Right.

So I did fly to Frankfurt without problems, but in Frankfurt the nightmare started. Due to weight issues (they somehow reached the weight limit of the plane and had to offload even paying passengers (mind you, I was flying with staff/standby tickets, as usual)) I couldn’t get on that flight.
Good, not ideal but not too bad – yet.
So I got my ticket transferred to the next day (Sunday) and went to the lost and found to collect my suitcase. There the very friendly Lufthansa employee told me that due to airport regulations they won’t be able to access my suitcase anymore that day. The airport always closes around 11 and since it was already 10.40 or so there was no way that they could bring my suitcase from the plane to the lost and found. They gave me a little bag that contained a t-shirt to sleep in, some toiletries and wished me a good night.
So I sat at the airport and tried finding a hostel to spend the night. I called two but they were all already fully booked, then I called a third one and they had a free bed in an 8 bed dorm. For 65€. I actually laughed when I heard this. I asked the guy on the phone if he was serious but he just said that there was a lot going on in Frankfurt right now.
At this point I didn’t have much other possibilities. It was now around 11.45 or so and the last train from the airport to the city would leave at midnight. Fun times.
So I begrudgingly left the airport and spent the night in that hostel. It was nice enough – nothing special and nothing that would warrant a price of 65€ (with breakfast NOT included).
I spent Sunday roaming Frankfurt, which was a nice surprise – I probably wouldn’t have gone there any time soon and the old city is cute.
I also looked up prices for that night (just in case I couldn’t get on that flight again) and saw that the prices of that hostel ranged from 18-21€ per bed in dormitories, so I guess I was majorly ripped off that night. There’s not really a point in being angry about this now but let’s just say that Frankfurt didn’t make a very good impression on me (this only being one of the instances where I wasn’t too happy with that city).
So I went to the airport, caught a seat on that plane to Casablanca at the very last second and just kinda felt that my suitcase wouldn’t make it. I somehow just knew.

So i landed in Casablanca, after I went through customs it was now around 2am on Monday and I was tired and still in the same clothes from Saturday. I went to the baggage claim and I wasn’t even all that surprised when I couldn’t find my suitcase. A quick talk to the employee at the lost and found confirmed it. “Your suitcase is still in Frankfurt.”
Thanks a lot, Lufthansa.
But again, these things happen – and they’re way more likely to happen when flying standby than when you’re buying a regular ticket, please keep that in mind.

So this very friendly employee also told me that I wouldn’t get my suitcase before Tuesday. Awesome. I would also have to go to the airport and get it from there as they couldn’t deliver it to my adress.
Bonus: they didn’t have that little toiletry bag and couldn’t even give me a toothbrush or anything. I thought “Never mind. I’m staying at an Ibis anyways, they’ll have something for sure.” No, apparently Ibis hotels in Morocco don’t.

I fell asleep in my hotel room around 4.30am, woke around 7 to buy my train ticket and a toothbrush and went on the last leg of my journey. The train to Tangier should have taken a little under 5hours but ended up taking almost 7. Fun times, fun times.

Anyways, it’s now Tueday morning, I’m in my apartment in Tangier and it’s been lovely so far. Keeping a positive attitude has gone a long way. There’s not really anything I could have done differently anyways (apart from checking hostel prices online first before calling ahead blindly…. but you live and you learn).
I’m now sitting here waiting for a call from the airport to let me know when I can go and collect my suitcase. I feel like I’ve hyped up getting my suitcase so much now that I’ll be a bit disappointed once I get it. I’ll open it and see plain t-shirts and pants… but there’ll be fresh underwear in there too and that alone will be worth it ;)

So if anyone still thinks traveling is glamours, think of me at 3am in a hotel in Casablanca, hand washing my underwear with a tiny bar of soap. It isn’t. It really isn’t.

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I’m young and I’ll make my own luck

Recent thoughts and musings have led to only one conclusion: if I’m not happy with how my life is right now it’s up to me to change it. Me and me alone.
So I will. And it’ll be tough. It’ll be exhausting, but also very exciting and exhilarating.
At least that’s how I imagine it will be. I tend to romanticise life, so we will see how I talk about this in a couple of months.
For now I will take on new projects. I don’t really know what I’m doing but I’ll figure it out and learn as I go.

I don’t need anyone. And while I, like everybody else in this world, craves company, I will not let myself be held back by the lack of it.
I’ll go my own way. Kinda. I hope.

Who knows what will come of it but at least I tried. At least I was brave. At least I dared doing what many others don’t.

Rhubarb-Strawberry-Apple Pie

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Rhubarb is back in season, and if you can remember from last year, I go absolutely crazy whenever rhubarb hits the markets.

It’s not a joke, it’s something I take very seriously! I love it. It’s just so easy to make and I love the crisp and sour taste!

Last year I made Rhubarb – Curd Cheese Cake and Rhubarb – Curd Cheese Tartlets. I was tempted to just go back and repeat these recipes because I couldn’t really find anything that tickled my fancy but then I stopped and thought “well, why not do your own thing?”

Why indeed?

Among my friends and family I’m mostly known for three things and ironically I haven’t posted either of those recipes here yet.
As it is I’m known for my Chocolate-Coffee Cake, my Chocolate – Banana Bread and my Apple Pie.

Then I started thinking – I could make that Apple Pie and just switch apples for rhubarb. And yes, it really was that easy. Kind of.
I had to tweak it a bit as I went but if you’re like me and enjoy the hands on cooking more than the fussy weighing of the exact amount of grams, then let’s get started, shall we?

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Ingredients

400g flour
40g sugar
1/2 tsp salt
200g butter (unsalted at room temperature)
1 tbsp vinegar

1kg rhubarb
400g strawberries
1 apple
200ml strawberry juice*
50ml maple sirup (honey works just as well)
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp rum
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 egg
2 tbsp milk

* I used strawberry juice but rhubarb leaves more juice than apples so I ended up having a lot of liquid in my fruit mixture which I had to drain out again. So you can either forgo the strawberry juice (as well as the lemon juice as rhubarb is already very sour) or you can just put it in and then drain the excess liquid before you put the fruit on the dough.

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What to do

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

For the dough you mix together the flour, 25g sugar, salt, 175g butter (room temperature and cut in small pieces), vinegar and 9 tbsp cold water until you have a smooth dough.
Divide the dough into two pieces, wrap in foil and let it chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Wash, clean and cut the rhubarb and apple into small pieces. Don’t worry if they’re a bit bigger as it will cook and soften anyway. Add the strawberry juice, lemon juice, maple sirup (I usually always use honey instead), cinnamon and rum and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Wash and cut the strawberries and add them to the mixture. If you think this isn’t sweet enough you can add some (brown) sugar or more honey if you want to.
In a separate cup put together the cornstarch with 3 tbsp cold water and stir it until it dissolves. Add this to the fruit mixture and let it cook for another minute or so. Leave the mixture to cool.
If you have used the juice (or even if you haven’t) and the whole mix seems very runny, try to get rid off the excess liquid by draining it.

Grease a form with the remaining butter. Roll the dough until it fits the form, put it in and then prick the bottom with a fork.
Put the fruit mixture in the form. Roll the remaining dough and cut into stripes so you can braid it on top of the fruit.
Mix the egg yolk with the milk and brush it on top of the dough.

Bake for around 60 minutes.
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A couple of days later I basically made the same thing but without the strawberries. I also tried my hand at braiding the crust around the form. With the leftover dough I made some rustic tartlets filled only with rhubarb (cooked with honey, rum and cinnamon – basically that’s all you need!).
It really is easy and such a fun and creative way to try new things.

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Summer / Travel Essentials: Tops

Let’s give this a try. Here are some Shirts and Tops I fell in love with and would pack for my travels in a heartbeat. They are also perfect basics for your summer wardrobe.
Summer / Travel Essentials: Tops
1. Lightweight Terry Tee by J. Crew. | 2. Fine Linen Singlet by Toast. | 3. Everyday Tank by Rebecca Taylor. | 4. V-Neck T-Shirt by Target. | 5. Short-Sleeve Chambray Shirt by J. Crew. | 6. Large T-Shirt by Zara.