Lately.

The lack of recent blog posts is probably easily explained: Christmas. University. Work. Christmas.

So, if you’re not following me on Instagram, here’s a short recap of what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

Snow has yet to really make an appearance in Vienna, though we’ve had a little. Still, the forests surrounding my hometown make more than up for it as they’re currently covered in thick frost. It’s truly magical to look at. I took Sargon for a ride in the forest and we even met some deer along the way. It’s like a fairytale. Still, here’s to hoping we do get a little snow until the 24th.

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As mentioned in the last blog post, Vienna during Christmas time is a great place to be. I really cannot say this often enough and I kind of feel bad about not blogging about it more often. In any case, here are some impressions of how the city looked like the past few weeks.

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The weather here wasn’t the best all the time, but let’s be honest, there’s something soothing about rainy days as well.
I tried fighting back with festive nails (Essie’s Shearling Darling and a top coat of golden glitter nail polish) while sipping copious amounts of tea and coffee. It works.

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At home we tried hard to make the house look a bit more Christmasy. We don’t have a tree as we celebrate Christmas at my grandparent’s house, but there are some little things that can be done to get into a festive mood.
I also hosted my annual Christmas party again which was a relaxing evening spent drinking punch and stuffing ourselves with melted cheese and homemade cookies. As it should be, I guess.

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I also started sewing to make my mum’s Christmas presents, using some of the fabrics I brought home from Tanzania and Togo. I’m actually super happy and proud with how it turned out, seeing as I haven’t sat in front of a sewing machine since elementary school. This might be a new hobby.
Kat, of That Kind of Woman posted a recipe idea for brunch on Instagram a while ago and I finally had time to give it a try. It’s safe to say that this will be made more often from now on.
(Bacon then vegetables and basically whatever you fancy on top, before cracking some eggs over it and putting it in the oven)

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Oh, and I also cut off a good bit of my hair.
I don’t regret it at all, this change has been waiting to happen for a while now and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out :)

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I hope your last days before Christmas aren’t too stressful and that you get to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year in peace with your loved ones.
I hope I can get one or two more posts up in the next few days, but as mentioned in the beginning… there’s uni. And work. And…. Christmas.

Christmas in Vienna

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Have I mentioned that I think there’s no place more magical during Christmas time than Vienna? It’s the smell and the lights, the cold, crisp air. It’s the frozen fingers, red noses and scarves tied snuggly around your neck. It’s the myriad of Christmas markets on every major street and square. It’s little stands selling roasted chestnuts and roast potatoes. It’s meeting your friends over a mug of hot punch, warming your fingers, and then strolling past the stands giggling over all of the kitschy Christmas ornaments.

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So far I’ve been to two Christmas markets and loved them both. If you’re in Vienna during Christmas time I can recommend the “Weihnachtsdörfer“. There are four of them: one is located on the uni campus (Altes AKH) and another one is stunningly situated between the big museums (Museum of Art History and Museum of Natural History). Then there’s one in front of Belvedere Palace and the last one is in Schloss Hof (this is a palace outside of Vienna. Said to be gorgeous, though I have never been to that Christmas market yet.).
If you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas experience there’s the obvious choice of the famous “Christkindlmarkt” in front of the City Hall. This is one of the biggest (if not the biggest one in Vienna) and offers a lot of different things to do, eat, drink and see. The City Hall serves as a gorgeous backdrop, but the park surrounding it is not to be dismissed, either. Stunning lights all around.
Another one of my favourites is situated in front of the Karlskirche. I went there last year (and cannot wait to go back there this year!) they have cute little stands selling handmade jewelry, and a live Christmas crèche.
Last but not least there’s the Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Castle. Another quite obvious choice as the location is utterly enchanting. No matter if you want to drink mulled wine or taste your way through the multitude of different punch varieties. If you want some jacket potatoes or roasted almonds. There’s something for everyone.

These are some of the bigger markets but always look out for the smaller ones as well (Spittelberg,  for example, is quite cute!).

The food and drinks are mostly the same everywhere; it’s the location that makes it to a unique experience. I’ve mentioned before that there are a lot of Christmas markets – luckily, there’s more than enough time to visit at least some of them :)
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