The last themec in our challenge was the wonderful topic of
Lots of bright colors are something I really love and adore and there are hardly any things more satisfactory than staring at an assortment of colored pencils or pens or a new palett of watercolor. Well, maybe (certainly) staring at the ocean.
I'm pretty sure that everyone who ever watched a YouTube video stumbled upon a "What's in my Bag" video recommendation. I am a nosy person and love seeing what bags other girl use and what they are schlepping around on a daily basis. I myself was carrying around big and really heavy bags but over the years I started switching bags depending on the things I need on this specific day. So I either carry around a smaller bag when I don't go to university or a larger bag that can hold my notebook, papers and books.
It's also different when I am away on holiday. When I'm wandering around the city all day for many days in a row I try to reduce the weight of my bag drastically. I carry around as little as possible in a bag as small as possible. For my six day trip to New York City in June I found the perfect bag which fits all my necessities.
When I'm away I need very little - my purse (which is usually not the one I use at home since I don't need all my membership cards and it's easier to switch purses than to clean out all my cards and put them back in afterwards), my camera (I bought a small Canon Ixus compact camera before my trip which is as good as my big one and a lot lighter), tissues, lip balm, gum, a pen (because you never know when you might need one), sunglasses (I usually take cheap ones which I don't mind breaking) and a small mint tin which holds my medicine, band aids, painkillers and a hair band.
Since I am nosy I would love to know what you are carrying with you either when on vacation or on a day to day basis.
Over the course of the last six (6!!!!!) weeks every member of my family was sick!
It all started when my mum and I returned from New York City. She started to feel unwell and spent almost a week in bed feeling poorly. After she got better my dad got a cold (man-cold - almost deadly) and after fighting it for five weeks on Sunday evening I finally gave in and went to bed with quite a high fever and am only today returning to the world of the world of the living.
Spending six weeks either taking care of your loved ones (including your dog who needs TLC probably the most - in his opinion) or studying for your finals (which you missed because of a horribly timed fever), there is no time for blogging.
Now I am officially on summer break and started thinking about things I want to do during my three months off and dedicating more time to blogging is high on the list. I got a long list of ideas written down in my Bullet Journal and am now taking the time to plan, write, prepare posts, taking photos, enjoying the creativity of writing, ...
So be prepared to see more action here over the next weeks and wish me luck being able to planning my blogging better when university comes back into my life again.
This week's topic was Snack(s). I have a huge sweet tooth and I love everything chocolaty and sweet. So one of the best things that can happen to me is when there is some kind of cake for afternoon coffee.
During the warmer months I love having this particular strawberry and yoghurt cake (which - to be completely honest - is store bought but I don't really care). It's fresh and tasty and a perfect afternoon snack or pick me up.
This week I wanted to see your pictures of Reflections. I've been to New York City recently and as there are a lot of skyscrapers with lots of windows there are many beautiful reflections.
But this one really stuck with me.
The left side is the original while the right one is the reflection in the mirror of the Museum of Modern Art's (aka the MoMA) bathroom mirror.
I got out my New York box which I got from my aunt for my birthday and started flipping through my guide books which were a present from my other aunt and my parents. I honestly cannot wait to get off the plane and start exploring this amazing city.
I was born and raised in Austria's biggest city and still live here because I can't even imagine living anywhere else in Austria. So I am used to bigger cities and love getting to know them but I'm pretty sure New York will be something special. It's been on my "cities to see"-list for many years now and I am so happy that my parents gave me this tip as a present for my 30th birthday.
So me and my mom, aka the best travel buddy in the whole wide world, will soon board a plane and 9 hours later will get off in New York City and have a whole week to explore and experience the city.
I got some recommendations from friends but if you know a place I need to see either leave a comment or tweet me. I'm pretty sure I will post some photos in my Instagram if you want to check it out.
This week's challenge promt was Travel. I love to go places and I am happy to say that I've already seen amazing corners of our world. I'll be eternally grateful to my parents who took me there and made it possible for me to experience places like Western Australia, the USA, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Greece and many more.
So when I'm thining about travelling, airplanes immeditely popped into mind. On most weekends planes go over my house to land in Vienna and this time it was a beautiful day so I spent some time on the balcony and tried to capture some.
So let's go get away soon because the travel bug bit me again.
We had a visit of spring and summery temperatures in Vienna for some days in April but at the end this last month was a mix of everything imaginable - weatherwise! I'm really happy that the flowers in the balcony survived the cold nights but as of this weekend summer finally arrived on the balcony. I will show you some pictures either here or on my Instagram soon.
For next week I want to see your pictures about Travel
I am a born and raised Austrian so I don't know the movie "The Sound of Music". It's always hilarious when Americans want to know if Austria is like in this movie and you have to tell them that basically no Austrian has ever seen it.
The only part I know is this:
It was also the inspiration for this week's topic - so here are a few of my favorite thing.
Music - especially Lady Antebellum and The Corrs Books - mysteries like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and her Fox and O'Hare series co-written with Lee Goldberg and Terry Pratchett's Discworld series Crime series on TV - Castle is my absolute favorite Flowers - in all variation
This week's topic was Black & White and I had lots of fun thinking about what to do for it. I wanted to do a black & white edition of a photo and discovered that flowers work best and now I couldn't decide which picture to use so you'll get two.
Next week I want your photos for the following topic:
As a dog owner I can watch Felix sleep in the weirdest positions but one thing is always the same - he has to have contact with something. The couch, a leg of a table, the wall, a cabinet, a person's leg, ...
These snapshots were all captured on different evenings.
I am not a fan of German lyrics even though German is my native language. So I mainly listen to songs with English lyrics which also means mainly to English bands, singers, songwriters...
(there's always a "but", right?) there are two or three exceptions and one of them is
Roger Cicero. I know that not many of you will know him but sadly he passed away last week as was announced today.
He was an extraordinary singer and songwriter with deep and meaningful and often also entertaining lyrics and he was an amazing singer. He was a musician with all his heart and soul. I am shocked by his death since he was only 45 years old, in good health and on his way to start his new tour but sadly someone had other plans for him.
I will miss him and all the potential songs he would have written in the future. I am a bit lost for words but wanted to at least mention how much I loved and respected this great German musician and for all of you interested, here are some of my favorite songs by Roger.