Los Angeles, I don’t hate you.

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Los Angeles has been an incredible start to an incredible journey and more adventures are to come.

I’ve had so many people beg me to not hate LA and no, I didn’t. In fact, I had a great time, filled with fun activities, laughter, long days, late nights and little sleep. This is how exciting LA was for me.

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/ Disneyland is pure magic.
/ In-n-Out had to happen at one point.
/ If you say you’re too old for Disneyland, you’re lying.
/ Went to see ‘Casablanca’ at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and witnessed a stunning sunset.
/ Huntington Beach. US open, lots of (beautiful) people.
/ Lemonade stands are more authentically american than deep-fried butter. Or so I’ve been told.
/ Little Tokyo.
/ Bottega Louie is a bright place.
/ Perch gives you downtown views while you enjoy great food.
/ Venice Beach has bricks and good coffee.

 

You can follow along via my Instagram account and these hashtags: #TheRoadWander & #OpenRoadThirstyHeart

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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.

Frage Foto Freitag

This is my first try at the Question Photo Friday hosted by  Ohhh Mhhh.
I guess we’ll do it bilingual today, let’s start :)

1.) Schönes Gefühl?
(Beautiful feeling?)
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/Einen Sekt Orange trinken während man die Füße das erste Mal in den Pool steckt.

/Sipping a Mimosa while sticking your feet in the pool for the first time.

2.) Schöne Idee?
(Beautiful idea?)
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/Mal schnell ein paar Marshmallows grillen – wozu gibts nen Feuerkorb denn sonst?
/Quickly grilling some marshmallows because… it’s what a fire basket was made for, no?

3.) Schöne Kombination?
(Beautiful combination?)
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/Kaffee-Topfen Eis (von Bortolotti auf der Mariahilferstraße).
/Coffee-Curd cheese ice cream (from Bortolotti on Mariahilferstraße).

4.) Schön einfach?
(Beautifully simple?)

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/Mein Lieblings-Accessoire diesen Frühling. Mehr Infos gibts hier.
/My favourite accessory this spring. More info here.

5.) Einfach schön?
(Simply beautiful?)
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/Frühlingsmoren im Stall. So ruhig, so warm, so friedlich.

/Spring morning at the stables. So quiet, so warm, so peaceful.

Travel Stories: Thailand presentation!

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[Thailand 2004]

This is a friendly reminder that tomorrow (Thursday May 9th) I’ll hold a presentation on how to travel safely and smoothly through Thailand.
Please join us if you’re interested! More info here (you have to give prior notice).

Also, the presentation will be held in German. I thought maybe I should mention that ;)

The presentation will not substitute a travel guide but is more about giving background information about the country, mentality, religion. It tells our own travel stories, things we did that you probably shouldn’t do (like crash a funeral), stories to make you learn from our mistakes, stories about how to have fun but still be conscious about a different country and culture.

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[Thailand 2010]