Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Black and White

DSCF5580 Sometimes life gets clearer when reduced to the most important things. Just like a black and white photo that animates to focus on the details instead of the colors of the details.DSCF5560 IMG_1630I had a great time with my best friend Madi the last couple of days. She visited me here in Vienna and you cannot imagine what it felt like to see and hug her again after nearly 10 months of only talking to her via Skype or texts. Spending time with her was pure chicken-soup for the soul. I am so very thankful for her. We had some wonderful conversations, ate at amazing restaurants and took lots of pictures of the city. She is heaven-sent and I don’t know what I would do without her in my life. IMG_1615 IMG_1617 DSCF5754 DSCF5745 IMG_1622Accompanying her back to the airport was sad – some tears and lots of hugs and there we were separated again… Hopefully not for too long.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Let’s go to… Venice

CIMG2052 I’ve wanted to tell you about my fantastic times in Venice a couple of times already but now is the perfect moment to do so because it is exactly two years since I’ve been there for the last time. Back in April 2012 my friend Lisa and me decided spontaneously to go there over Easter and eat lots of good Italian food.Venice2012 (106)Venice is a city in the North of Italy situated in the Venetian Lagoon. It consists of 118 islands that are separated by canals and mainly connected by bridges but also by ferries. Therefore it is also called “The city of bridges” or “The floating city”. But not only is Venice known for its massive amounts of water but also for its carnival in February and its frequent acqua alta (high water) and its stunning beauty. Once the New York Times described Venice as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man".Venice2012 (21) Venice2012 (212)What I especially love about Venice is the combination of beautiful architecture and the water that surrounds everything. Grabbing a good Italian cappuccino in the early hours of the day and then stroll around in the narrow alleys and enjoying the first sunrays and maybe even go to the farmers market – simply fantastic!!Venice2012 (277) Venice2012 (56)Lighting and colors are in my opinion magical in Venice. Everything looks so peaceful and at the same time so vivid and esthetic.Venice2012 (160) Venice2012 (76)Venice2012 (254) Even though there are tons of tourists (I guess pretty much all year around) you should definitely walk to the Piazza San Marco. This square is full of people and pigeons!! On the one side you have the Palazzo Ducale – a really fascinating building. On the other side there is the Basilica and the Campanile. I’ve to admit that I’ve never been inside of the Basilica simply because I really don’t want to line up for half a day.. But I’ve been on the Campanile and the view from up there is breathtaking!!Venice2012 (314)Venice2012 (195)Venice2012 (187)Venice2012 (210) An absolute must when you visit Venice is the island of Murano. You can go there with the Vaporetto (public transport on the water) and I guess it is the most colorful of all islands of the city. Murano is especially famous for its glass – they make filigree chandeliers and all other kinds of glass objects. In the summer you should also check out the lido, the beach. Arriving there you all of a sudden feel like you’re no longer in a city but on a beach holiday, so make sure to bring along your bikini and beach towel.Venice2012 (137) DSC06118I do only have two specific recommendation when it comes to food. First you should go and have dinner at Ristorante Al Graspo De Ua the food there is outstanding!! And if you want to have really, really, REALLY good profiterole go to Al Vecio Forno (on tripadvisor it does not have the best ratings but believe me the food and especially the deserts are very delicious!!). In general you will find cute restaurants, caf├ęs and bars all over the city.Venice2012 (31) Venice2012 (351)Also stay at a hotel that is quite central because you just walk everywhere. Check out little boutiques because they sell high quality and very unique stuff especially leatherwear, scarves and delicate fabrics, jewelry and underwear. Venice2012 (214) Venice2012 (71) Venice2012 (80)Venice2012 (147)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Found

I never NEVER thought that I will meet such amazing friends during my time in the US. But life proved me wrong and gave me a good handful of inspiring and great people who definitely changed me a lot!!
In the past year I learned what family means. For the first time I had the feeling to belong somewhere, to be part of something special. Sure there have been ups and downs, but I mean that’s life. “It’s a rollercoaster, you decide to be terrified or to enjoy it!!” I loved to see the girls that I took care of grow both physically as well as a person. Being an Au Pair definitely gave me the opportunity to focus on the really important things in life again – the little ones & the people that surround us!!
Often we take the people who surround us for granted. Me included. But I try my very best to value and respect others and also tell them how much they mean to me. I’m really thankful for all the people that are part of my life – no matter if in the long run or if they are by my side for a shorter time of life – they are all very special and I can learn from everyone’s story and wisdom.
Especially in the US I found some truly precious people. I carry lots of great memories in my heart and I cannot put down in words how grateful I am for every single moment I was allowed to spend with them!! So I also found my dear friend Madi from Germany. I never would have dared to dream about such a like-minded person like her. I love and miss her a lot so it’s even more exciting to know that my bestie is coming to Vienna in 14 days!!! Foto 11.01.13 20 36 39 DSC09126Foto 22.03.14 02 02 45

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring has sprung

For a couple of weeks now we have the most beautiful weather here in Austria!! Sunshine and summery temperatures. It is so nice to be able to take the bike instead the underground or go for a run in shorts or just spend the afternoon with friends outside.
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