Over a cup of coffee and a Tarte aux citron, I asked my friends today if they knew about InterNations and I was really surprised of finding out that they had never heard of it before. So I promised them I will write about it and I advised them to join the expat community online.
Under the motto “Connecting global minds” InterNations organizes various events and brings expats together. For example, you may be currently living in Amsterdam and are planning to move to Stockholm. You have already organised work and home but what about your social life? I don’t think you plan to stay alone in your new city! You can join InterNations and meet other interesting people, find interesting topics to discuss with other expats, useful information and city guides, and take part in the groups and events they organize. How can you do that? Just make your own account or give me your email and I can send you an invitation.
I have been a member of InterNations since 04/2011 and I am very happy that they now feature my blog in the recommended expat blog Vienna section, where you can also find an interview about my experience of living in Vienna here.
A big thanks to Valentina from Munich for the interview and nice chat.
What is in my beauty case? – I received one email and I was asked about the make up products I use and I thought I should write about it. Well, I don’t like make up that much, I’d rather say I avoid it most of the times, especially when I have to wake up early, I don’t feel like putting a lot of make up on my face. And I believe in natural beauty…!
Nevertheless, I will tell you about some products I use:
As a day cream, I use the “Make a difference plus +” from Origins, every day after I clean my face. Breakfast and day cream go together. This cream keeps my skin soft and hydrated. I first bought this product in Manhattan and fortunately I can find it in Vienna as well.
I am quite pale, so I believe I need a little bit of color on my cheeks. For that purpose, I use the Crème de blush No 2 from Yves Saint Laurent.
Fortunately not all beauty products are expensive. My favorite Volum’ Express Mascara from Maybelline is friendly to our wallets.
And now I am going to reveal my favorite lipsticks….
The No 97 Incandescente from Chanel…so sexy, hot red, french and classy! And the “Im-Passioned” from MAC cosmetics. I love them both. Two more lipsticks that I like are from Yves Saint Laurent: Rouge Volupte No 13 and No 11.
This products fit my colors and skin perfectly, and that doesn’t mean they fit you as well. Try them before you buy them.
Thank you for asking and never forget that happy girls are the prettiest girls and that all you need is a spontaneous smile!♥
Every old coffee house in Vienna has a story. Did you know that this coffeehouse is where the love story between Leopold and Josefine took place? Leopold began to work in the Deierl restaurant, where he met Josefine. They got married and they later opened Café Hawelka in Dorotheergasse.
One more exciting thing to mention is that there is no menu; say no to a usual menu made of paper which list all the desserts and drinks! What you can order is written on a blackboard which hangs on the wall.
Tip: Go after 20.00 and order some Buchteln, sweet rolls filled with jam. You will avoid the crowd, you will have the chance to taste some delicious Buchteln and if you are lucky enough, you are going to meet happy girls sitting alone and writing poems in a dark artistic atmosphere which remains the same since Hawelka took over the cafe in 1939 . Until 2011 you could meet Leopold sitting at its entrance but unfortunately not any more. But you can still smell the aroma of Buchteln, a culinary delight, that Josefine used to bake.
Dorotheergasse 6, Vienna
When you pass through the red velvet curtain that stands behind the door, a whole different world is revealed to you. Old wooden floor, royal chandelier, and an addictive flavor of divine chocolate.
Why should you come to Demel?
Demel has everything: a history which goes back to 1888, its downtown location, delicious desserts, and creativity. Here, chocolate is not seen as just candy, but as fine art. Personally, I like to put Demel in my plan because it makes my day. January is not one of my favourite month. Apart from the freezing cold, January means a lot of university exams and many hours spent in front of books. I know, it is exactly as how it sounds: not so pleasant. In days like these, a piece of chocolate speaks directly to my soul. Let me guide you through an extraordinary realm of sweetness through my photos and enjoy without remorses.
Dear Prague is only a 4 hour bus drive from Vienna.
Charles Bridge, astronomical clocks, illuminated castles, Czech marionettes, and black theatre were enough reasons to jump on the bus and finally visit this fairytale city.
8 things I enjoyed in Dear Prague:
1. Walking around the historic centre.
2. Having fun with street artists and musicians.
3. Renting a pedal boat in the Vltava River.
4. Picnicking in the park Riegrovy Sady while enjoying the view over the city.
5. Trdelník, the most common pastry to find on Prague’s streets. I like it with Nutella and strawberries!
6. Hot chocolate drink at Choco cafe.
7. My hotel Rezidence Dlouhá 17 in the Old Town pedestrian zone.
8. My favourite cafe Černá Madona