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Let it snow

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Let it snow – We were waiting for some snow flakes for a long time and at the moment of writing this post the city is finally dressed in white. I tried to find a little bit of time to go out and enjoy it despite the freezing weather below zero.

Although we were waiting for the snow to come, I have to admit that I would love to get rid of all this heavy clothes, wear a mini skirt and a t-shirt , and escape to a dreamy warm exotic place, somewhere in the Caribbean, for example. Vienna is beautiful but the winter here lasts unfortunately longer than the summer. Anyway, instead of mini skirt and t-shirt, I wear red boots that I bought in Manhattan, a long white coat from Benetton, and a red beret. I like the contrast between the colors, white red and black! Let it snow!

Phil

When we want to philosophize about love and life, art and politics we go to Phil.

I like Phil because it has a unique style and warm atmosphere. There aren’t many coffee shops like that in the city. If it is the first time you come to Phil, once you enter the door, you will wonder if this is a bookstore or a coffee shop. I would say, it is a mix of both.

Here you can have small talk with the people with whom you share the table while listening to great retro music. The persons that are sitting next to you are usually artists, students, or just “modern philosophers”!! One more thing that I shouldn’t forget to tell you is that what you see around you, you can buy and take it home. Tables, chairs, lamps and books are all up for sale.

Gumpendorferstrasse 10-12, 1060

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Life abroad

life abroadWell, this post is very different from the previous ones but I wanted to share with you my thoughts and the things I’ve learned or realized through my crazy experiences of living abroad.  So, here we go:

1.    Human relationships are nowadays incredibly fragile. If you say a word that you shouldn’t say, the relationship you’ve fostered can vanish instantly. Relationships can break like a vase that you throw against a wall, into a thousand little pieces. Everything will be gone in the blink of an eye. One word, one phrase, or one not so pleasant moment is enough to destroy what had been built for a long time. It is hard for me to realize that people tend to judge other people with ease, rather than trying to understand and solve hard situations or problems. It easier and more comfortable nowadays to throw away something and replace it, than to take the time and the effort to repair it.

2.    No place in the world is like home. Before I moved to Austria, my father knew that I wanted to live abroad and he was even positive and excited with my ideas. But he warned me!! And he said that I will never find a home that will be as good like my home. When he said that, I honestly confess now that I didn’t get what he was talking about. Later on and after having lived abroad for three years, I now understand what he once said and think a lot about his words and how right he was. So, expanding yourself abroad is attractive but experiences prove that no place is like home.

3.    I learnt how to manage difficult situations and above all how to manage difficult people. When you go abroad, in order to start creating network of friends and establishing relationships with other people, all you have to do is to be open, friendly, and nice. I assume that that’s the way it works or that’s the way it should work. But even if you are open, friendly, and nice, it doesn’t mean automatically that others are as well. I often catch myself to be too naive and too good natured and still get in trouble or cause misunderstandings without even wanting them. So, I suppose if you want to get along smoothly without having many problems caused by others, choose your friends carefully and keep the ones that inspire you, motivate, help and care for you. True friends really are worth their weight in gold.

4.    Family is the most important thing we have. Friends are also important in one’s life and we need them but throughout these past three years in Vienna, I realised how many people come and go, but family still stays. To make it clearer, even if you choose to live abroad, think about where all the expats are going for Christmas, where and with whom do they choose to spend these special holidays. Of course, they go back home.

5.    This paragraph is related to number 2. Life in a shared apartment with people that you don’t know can turn up being very unpleasant. People, especially 18-30 years olds, share flats because of money. They think “I cannot afford a flat on my own so as a second choice I will share the flat with others, and also the rent and bills.” And of course, it is comfortable for your wallet but I don’t know how comfortable is it for your inner serenity and for your mental well being. The starting point is wrong: you are doing something for money, and not for what you want. So, in my opinion, if you want to save yourself troubles, stress, and wasted energy, ask your friends if they want to share a flat with you or try to find a better solution. I don’t want to be pessimistic and negative, and it can even work out very well for you, but after all that I experienced, I am amazed at how this system still works and at the same time I am happy I managed to survive after all that I have gone through and I am happy to be where I am now!!!

Do you have similar experiences?

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” -Susan B. Anthony

Sacher Torte

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What would Sacher Torte be like without Vienna and what would Vienna be like without Sacher Torte?
Some things are so connected to each other, that you cannot even imagine them apart.
You can find Sacher Torte in other countries but they are done exquisitely in the country they originated from.

Today we said “Let’s pretend that we are tourists” and jumped into the cafe of the Hotel Sacher. When the sky turns grey, a good friend and that famous piece of chocolate cake with whipped cream next to it is all I need to feel happy.

Freiraum

Although we are in the middle of the exams period, I couldn’t refuse the invitation of a good friend for a tasteful omelette at Freiraum. How could I refuse when It only takes me five minutes on foot to reach Freiraum and omelette tastes so good at this bar restaurant in Vienna. I always choose the area for non smokers and enjoy the modern and stylish interior and the variety of the dishes. Freiraum is not my favourite restaurant in Vienna but it is a must to visit and whatever you order, be sure that it will taste delicious. ♥

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Home sweet Home

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Finding a nice home in Vienna was a no easy journey. After many bruises from moving boxes and coffee tables, I found this one that matches me the best, this one that I finally can call home sweet home!

A home that provides me with positive energy and inspiration and encourages me to make beautiful and creative things. The deco was made by a special lady. I don’t want to reveal more than this online; two of the photos gives you a small peek into my personal refuge.

“Home is the nicest word there is.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Café Sperl

Before I come to Vienna, I heart a lot for its famous Coffeehouses. After visiting all of them, Café Sperl became one of my favorites for many reasons.

It is not situated in the first district, but in the sixth, so there are more locals than tourists and although it is crowded, it still remains quiet for those who want to enjoy a Melange reading a newspaper or working with their computer.

Each time I visit it, I enjoy the hot chocolate which they call it Creme Choco and the interior design which brings me back to another epoch.
In other words,Café Sperl is a gem that you have to discover.

Gumpendorfer Straße 11, 1060 Vienna

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