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The blogging experience

The blogging experience

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

I started blogging seven months ago and I thought I should write some words about the blogging experience and share my thoughts with whoever might be concerned. Thoughts come out from my experiences. Blogging was and still is a very new world for me, such a big world and so many new things to learn, from technical things such as hosting companies, plug-ins, and SEO, to marketing and promotion. Overall, the blogging experience is fun but it can also be very tricky as well.

Copyright is something that everybody should take seriously. But many people don’t know that. And to be honest, some months ago, I also didn’t know that. When you hear of copyright, you might think: what’s the problem if I take a picture from another website? It is not that simple. Taking pictures that belong to others or copying text that someone else has written might get you into a problem and actions can be taken. I am not trying to warn you or to threaten you, don’t get me wrong. I am just trying to tell you to be careful with this stuff. I also visited once a lawyer who gave some very useful advices on what to do and what I shouldn’t do and also talked with photographers about copyright. For that reason, on my blog, which is like a photo journal, I use photos that were taken by me, or photos that other persons gives me with their written permission. I never use others’ photos without their permission.

To create a blog you need money and technical knowledge at the beginning. To keep up the blog and make it grow and grow you need a lot of time and creativity, and a big imagination in order to write entries that people would take the time to read and photos that people would fancy to look. Blogging is a job. It is like any other job that requires your effort and time. So, I find it reasonable that bloggers add advertisement to their blogs to make some money out of this.

The usual topics that bloggers write about are fashion, food, and travel. And I find that reasonable too. Would you imagine a girl writing about politics or football? I mean, if you feel like writing about football, you can do so. Nobody will forbid you from doing so, unless you do something that hurts or insult others. The topics of my blog are the same with so many other bloggers. By blogging the same topics we all run one risk. The risk of doing something that at the end might become boring and of no interest. The best we can do is, not to change topics of course, but to try to do it on our way, personal and unique.

The virtual world of The Viennese Girl has nothing to do with Silia’s world, my real world. This website gives me the chance to create a brand new world. A world that is more exciting, more charming and more interesting than my real world. A world without airplanes that are crashed on the air above the Ukrainian air zone, a world without wars and battles, a world without hunger and poverty. It’s all about creativity and imagination and whoever follows this blog shouldn’t confuse these two different worlds.♥

I have some plans that excite me for the future and the online world of the Viennese girl. But it takes time to realize them because simultaneously I have to carry out several other things in my private real life that need my time as well.

The conclusion is: You should never stop doing what you love and makes you happy, no matter what.

Creating a positive world

creating a positive world

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

Creating a positive world full of lights can be sometimes harder than expected. But my friends and I in collaboration with the 3 companies who are behind this blog are doing their best to ensure that the vision of this blog is possible. You will probably have noticed some changes on the blog these days, as I purchased the theme (which is actually the one that I was using before with some necessary changes.) So that we are still going to have more positive days, more happy days, more love.

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” -Orison Swett Marden

3 years in Vienna

It has been 3 years since I moved to Vienna. How do I feel? Strange! I came for 3 months and after 3 years I am still here. Crazy but true! You probably think that I met the love of my life in those first 3 months of living here, who changed my mind and convinced me to stay here. No. That’s not the reason. My life is not so romantic. You might think that I decided to stay here because of the economical crisis in Greece. No. That’s not the reason. There isn’t one reason actually but there are many.

I decided to stay here because I wanted to do something different, I wanted to see how life abroad would be. I somehow felt that I had to bring myself a step further. I had a project whose name was “self-improvement”. Easier said than done, but certainly an ideal to strive towards. I was curious and believed that this experience is worth having. And it is. I was right. Generally, I am very aware of what I am doing, what I want in life and what is good for me. But things don’t go always as planned, because we sometimes depend on others and because there are plenty of things that are out of our control.

Now what? What I have managed? Where have I failed? Where do I see myself in the future? That kind of questions are an endless inner monologue. You also ask yourself that kind of questions from time to time. We all do it, it’s normal and mature. Well, I actually aim to finish my studies and then I will reevaluate things, set priorities, contemplate the future, and make seriouuuus decisions, as usual.♥

Thumbnail photo by Jakob Reinfeldt

My favourite dessert

My favourite dessert

It’s official. My blog has its own dessert. Actually this dessert had no name before so I decided to call it: the Viennese girl’s dessert. Forget about Sacher torte, cheesecake, tiramisu and apple strudel. If you are looking for a summer-like dessert, don’t look any further. I have done it many times at home: it’s simple, quick, it gives you that perfect summer feeling and everybody likes how it tastes. What else do you need?

You need Greek Yogurt, lemon peel, digestive biscuits and condensed milk. First buy the ingredients, mix the yogurt with the condensed milk and the lemon peels in a bowl and you need some ice cream glasses to serve it. At the bottom of the glass, you put the biscuit crumbs.

If you make the Viennese girl’s dessert, let me know and send me some photos. That would be fantastic!

Thoughts

Thoughts the viennese girl blog ViennaOne friend of mine who learnt that I have a blog said to me “Oh you are going to be famous”.
This declaration by my friend made me think a lot and there are two comments to make about it. First of all, I don’t think that somebody becomes famous just because he/she has a blog and secondly, the most important thing is that becoming famous is not my goal, not the reason why I started blogging. I don’t think that somebody starts a blog with the aspiration of becoming famous. Things are not that easy. Nowadays there are thousand of blogs, I don’t think we are all going to be famous.

The website was launched at the beginning of 2014. My thought is that everything should be written in English so people from all the continents of the world could understand the content. But writing in English is such a great challenge for me because in the past years I worked more upon my German and Italian languages. As a result, with the passage of time, my English got rusty and through this website I have the chance to improve my English every time I write a post. But the fact that English is not my mother tongue makes it difficult for me to express my thoughts and sentiments compared to the way that I would do it if I was writing in my mother tongue. This is a bit of pity but I try…

My biggest worry was and still is to not appear arrogant, snobbish or boastful. Putting photos of myself might give the impression that there is that need of “showing off”. On the other hand, I am afraid that this site would be so impersonal if I didn’t upload any photo of me. So, there is a constant battle within me between “you shouldn’t appear arrogant” and “the blog shouldn’t appear impersonal”. So, I try to keep a balance and maintain a down-to-earth profile and hope at least that I will not give this false impression of a boastful superficial person.

Besides, I am aware of the fact that having a website means “a big exposure”. And when I say exposure, I mean exposure to the whole world. Everybody can google it, find and read it. And I am also aware of the fact that many people wouldn’t find my content of such a big interest. There is no reason to worry about it because I know deep inside that it is impossible to win them all and that’s totally fine with me. This shouldn’t stop me or anybody in this world from doing what I or you like.

Why I made this blog and why would I recommend you to start blogging too:
The website keeps my enthusiasm alive on every day life and helps me not to fall to a routine. It is like a hobby that keeps you motivated, makes you more creative and inventive. Who doesn’t want such a hobby? After finishing work and university, it’s so much fun sitting in front of the pc, writing, uploading pictures, editing and sharing.

But the most important thing above all is that through this blog I managed to meet such incredible interesting people. I realise that if this blog didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet them. And this is exactly the reason that makes me wanting keep on blogging.

Let’s say…the best is yet to come.♥

 

Monsieur Seguin

Monsieur Seguin is the name of the salad I ate some days ago at Le Bol, a delectable salad that you can also make at home. You need to buy the ingredients which are: lettuce, kiwi, pears, figs, tomatoes, raisins and of course the goat cheese that will give a very special flavor and taste to your dish. Mix the ingredients and don’t forget the vinaigrette. It will not only look yummy, it will also taste so. Très jolie.
Le Bol is a lovely french Bistrot and their dishes are delicious and sophisticated. We shouldn’t expect less, it’s French cuisine dear! Have a look here of the dish I ordered some other time at the same place. 

 

The 500

the 500 The 500 – Oh, what a day! We went for a stroll around the city, the weather was warm and the sun was shining brightly. We explored some cool places where you can enjoy a drink with a view (stay tuned – posts are coming soon) but what really excited me were two things: a fawn pug with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face that wanted to bite me, or kiss me, or lick me (actually I didn’t understand his intentions) but it was fun anyway and also a vintage Fiat 500! Cute pugs and old cars make Vienna even more beautiful! If you like this photo, you can find more photos on Instagram.

Btw, the mini skirt in the photo below was made by me.

Spread the word

Spread the word

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

  1. “Cause you wouldn’t know me today, and you have got to see, to believe, from the fading light I fly”. Conchita Wurst and the song “Rise like a phoenix” is the winner of the Eurovision song contest 2014, that took place in Copenhagen last night. I was very happy to watch the contest with friends in a very beautiful loft in the first district of Vienna. It used to be like an annual ritual, when I was living in Athens, to gather in a place, chat and vote with friends, and having fun together in front of the television. I am happy that the same type of gathering happens in Vienna as well. I don’t know how you find the winning song, but among the others, it was really the one that I liked most. This song has something powerful. The melody which is slow at the beginning and then become stronger gives you the impression that it talks about an achievement, something successful, for something that was lost and found, for someone who is reborn. 12 points from Greece to Austria and next year the European song contest comes to Vienna!
  2. Do you need to escape from routine for 6 months and travel the world? Swiss Air Lines gives you the opportunity to apply for a dream job and be a Swiss explorer. Just watch the video and you will understand what I am talking about. The video of the advertisement is excellent and the voice of the speaker manages to define the spirit of the job, still we should not fool ourselves that it’s going to be only fun and excitement. It is going to be demanding as well. Would you like to apply? You should hurry, because you can send your application until 28 May, 2014
  3. Do you know Mary Katrantzou? That Greek girl who managed to establish herself in a very competitive business field in London as a fashion designer. I have watched this video many times and thought I should share it with you, just in case you haven’t see it yet. I like people like Mary who persist and fight for their dreams, no matter what, and people who are creative generally. Challenge yourself to define your limits.
  4. Do you know what kind of cosmetics you use? Have you ever wondered about what kind of ingredients are they made? I had a very interesting conversation with my student who is concerned about the chemicals that they put into skin care products. She recommended me to check out this page on the web. It is a pity that the context is written in German only. I searched for a button to switch the language but didn’t find anything. Whatever, we should be and stay informed. And the next time you buy a product, take a look at the back side, where the ingredients are..

 

Home dinner

this is the menu

here is the table

 

this is the first dish

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I have a strange yet awesome story to tell. Few days ago, someone rang the bell of the apartment where I live, and when I went to the door, I heart a male voice saying that there was a delivery. I opened the door, and the delivery boy told me that he has a hard disk to deliver; however the recipient wasn’t me but rather a person who lives on another floor of my building. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I should take the package, which belonged to someone else, especially to someone that I don’t know at all. But the delivery boy insisted and begged me so much that it was impossible to say no. He also assured me that he has done it often in the past and that I shouldn’t worry. You see, I was the only person in the whole building at the moment.

So, I received the small parcel and thought that I have to bring it to the owner. Some days later, as I came back home from work, I thought I should try and ring the door of the person to whom the parcel belongs. This person, who happens to be a very talented photographer, opened the door, thanked me for receiving the stuff that he had ordered and all of a sudden invited me to take part in the home dinner that was about to take place and of course I accepted.

We were about nine people and everything was great. Friendly people, warm atmosphere, and excellent service from two butlers. What did I enjoy most? For every dish there was a different wine and since I love sweet wines, I mostly liked the last one which came with the dessert. You see what can happen when you receive a package?♥

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