Utrecht & The Hague

Here are some impressions and recommendation from my trip to the Netherlands last week:

What to see in Utrecht
Inner City

You can walk through the main part of the inner city by foot in only a couple of hours. The city is quite small, but incredibly beautiful! We walked through the streets during the afternoon, then got a hot chocolate at the restaurant PK (one of the best hot chocolates I’ve ever tasted) & in the evening we walked through the streets by night. Utrecht is so lovely with the canals & the fairy lights. It’s much calmer than Amsterdam and less tourist-y!

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The luc. is a cute restaurant which we ate lunch in. I tried the lentil toast and my friend Anna had the smashed avocado toast (see picture above). It was really delicious and the meals were so creative! I wish I could have tried the french toast as well!

The Dome of Utrecht

Tip: Go go and look inside the dome – the entry is free.

Honestly, I feel like the best way to explore Utrecht is just by walking around. It is quite easy to find one’s way there and it’s beautiful no matter where you go!

What to see in The Hague
Binnenhof

The building is just so beautiful and it’s a really nice location to take pictures at!

Peace Palace

It’s a big palace in the middle of The Hague. Outside, there is a little tree on which people have hung little letters. On the letters they say what they wish for in the world in various languages – such a nice idea! Go and look at it if you are there.

The Pier

The Hague is located right next to the ocean & is also known for it’s pier. When we were there, there was so much going on there – I haven’t felt that much energy in so long, this place felt so alive! We also took a ride on the ferris wheel, which was veeery scary  at first (especially since I am super afraid of heights haha). But I am glad that we did the ride, you have such a nice view from up there!

I hope I could inspire some of you with this post. Have you ever been to the Netherlands? If so, what was your favourite thing to do there?

Love, Chris

Summer Day in Hamburg

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Todays post is dedicated to one of my favourite outfits this past summer. Since I love wearing black dresses, I fell in love with this one – especially because it’s also fit for summer. I paired it with a light bomber jacket which was perfect for a summer day in Hamburg, as it can still get pretty windy there. The bag has golden details which matched the jewellery on my hands. For shoes, I chose sneakers – simple but great for city trips since you’ll probably walk around a lot.

You can find the details here:

Jacket: Pimkie (similar one)

Dress: Asos

Bag: Vero Moda (similar)

Shoes: Converse

Jewellery: New One

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I hope you like this post. I loved making it & I looove love love reading posts like this and looking through different outfit ideas! Also, feel free to leave comments – I appreciate every feedback!

If you want to know what we did in Hamburg, just klick here.

Love, Christine

 

 

Berlin + Hamburg

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A lesson that I have learned on my trip to Germany: Nothing happens as you expect it to & so much can go wrong when you are traveling!

The trip started out perfectly fine. My friend Melanie & I planned to visit our friend Destina in Berlin and spend a day in Hamburg before flying back home. We flew from Bratislava to Berlin-Schönefeld (the airline Ryanair offers flights from Bratislava which are much cheaper than the flights from Vienna). Destina picked us up there and we stayed at the place she rents.

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On the first evening, we mostly talked to catch up and cooked us some food (we also went grocery shopping which was quite fun – don’t know why but I just love buying groceries and food haha).

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On the second day, we spent the whole day strolling around the city. First, we went to  Brandenburg Gate where we sat down in the middle of the street and drank lemonade. It was so much fun – the city and the people there have such a youthful and laid-back vibe. I absolutely loved the atmosphere! Afterwards, we went to the Berlin Cathedral, the Lustgarten, the Mall of Berlin (honestly, the most beautiful mall I’ve ever been to) and Alexanderplatz, which is located right next to the TV tower.

Things to do: Visit Café Einstein – they make delicious coffee (also with soy milk!). Also, visit the Rittersport shop! You can make your own Rittersport chocolate there!! You can choose the chocolate flavour and up to three fillings. I made myself a dark chocolate bar with strawberry and raspberry flakes and caramelized almonds – it was so delicious!

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Hamburg

On the third day, we packed our bags and hit the road to Hamburg. The day before, we booked ourselves tickets for the Flixbus and spontaneously found a nice hotel to stay in. The drive was about  3 1/2 hours long. In Hamburg, we stayed at the Pension am Rathaus which is located in the centre of the city. It’s also close to the central bus station where our bus arrived.

We went shopping at the Mönckeberg street (visit the shop Reserved, I just loved the clothes they have there!). Subsequently, we took a long walk by the harbour and the Elbphilharmonie. Everything was so close to our hotel, we didn’t have to use public transport!

What else to do: Go eat at bona’me! The flair of the restaurant is amazing and the food looked really good. Sadly, we didn’t eat there because we were’nt hungry when we found the restaurant, but I can really recommend the lime blossom tea and the Rhubarb Sherbet – they were delicious.

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Hamburg was so lovely. I felt so at peace there.. The city, the atmosphere, the people, the buildings, the harbour – I loved everything and I just need to go back someday!

Missed flight & 14-hour train ride

Let’s get to the part now, where everything went wrong haha.. Everything was fine at the beginning, Melanie and I found a great place to stay in Hamburg, we had no problems with the flight, we had so much fun, etc. … We even started to get suspicious – if you would know Melanie or me you’d know that both of us are extremely chaotic people! hahaha .. So we started to think that something just had to go wrong – and well it did.

On our last day, we took the Flixbus from Hamburg to Berlin where our flight would departure. We even booked the early bus just in case something would go wrong & we would still get to the airport on time. Well.. turns out there was a big traffic jam and we got stuck. We would be 2 h late but there was still a slight chance that we would catch our flight. However, then the bus driver announced that we needed to stop at a stopping place, for 45 minutes. We didn’t have wifi, the bus driver didn’t help us when ewe tried to talk to him, we didn’t knew where we were..

Nobody could help us and we had to decide fast what we would do.

In the end, the overall best option was to buy train tickets back home. The worst thing was that the train tickets were quite expensive and Flixbus wouldn’t give us back the money for the bus ride (the bus arrived nearly 4 hours late, so I guess that was the least they could have done..). In addition, it would take us 14 hours more to get home, which was exhausting. Melanie had to go to work the next day either.

When you travel, you really can’t plan something 100%. Everything is possible and so so much can go wrong. The most important thing is to keep cool and laugh about it – after all it could have been waaay worse haha

Furthermore, you never know who you could meet in situations like this. Melanie and I met so many interesting people.. a woman who told me exactly what I needed to hear and an old man who had many fascinatig stories to tell. That made the train ride really worth it in the end.

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I believe that everything that happens at some point in our life has a reason. Everything is a lesson to teach you something.

I will never forget this trip. It was everything from relaxing to exciting to adventurous and I had so much fun. I enjoyed the vibes Berlin gave me and fell in love with Hamburg. But I will probably go more into that in my next post.

Did you ever miss a flight or had a travel situation like this? If so, what did you do and how did you feel in that moment? I would love to here your stories.

Much love, Christine

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Lake Neusiedl

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Be brave. Be vivacious. Be anything but normal. Be a sea of magic in a world full of deadened eyes. Be anyone you want to be. But never forget that everything is possible, if you can dream it & if you work for it and hold on to your beliefs. Magic is all around us..*

When it comes to being brave or even being confident, I sometimes really struggle with myself. I am just never really content of how I look like, how much I weigh, how I dress, of what I’m doing in my free time, or what I have achieved..  However, bravery & self-confidence is a trait that I always really admire in other people. I often find myself thinking days & weeks about other people and about how they do it, and how I can achieve to get that kind of confidence.

I like to start with the smallest steps. Some days, I am even a little proud of myself because I made a phone call to a stranger or because I went on a run or I wore a dress of which I thought most people would critize or slept over at a friends house. It seems strange to admit that things like this really scare me & I know that most of these things are day to day activities, but then my anxiety kicks in and it becomes so difficult for me.

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I know that people mostly admire things that they wished they had or wished they would be & I guess that is the reason why quotes like the one above really get to me, but also excite me and motivate me a lot. I also know that everything is a process, nothing changes overnight, but I am sure that one day I will become the courageous, self-assured person I am deep down.

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The photos were taken in Neusiedl am See at Lake Neusiedl (hence the title), which is near my hometown. It’s a beautiful place, especially at sunset. When you walk through the restaurant Mole West and go to the end of the pier, that’s where my favourite place there is. I wouldn’t recommend to swim in the lake because the water is very shallow and sludgy there, but it is a truly magical place to take photographs.

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*The quote above is from The Better Man Project, although I did change it up a bit.

Austrian Adventure

Last weekend, some of my friends from university and me went on a roadtrip to Wolfgangsee in Salzburg, here in Austria. Sadly, it was quite cold so we didn’t get to swim – I brought two pairs of bikinis with me because I was so excited to finally enjoy my summer holidays, so I was kind of disappointed haha.

However, we did see some beautiful places in Salzburg as well as in Upper Austria. Today, I want to share my favourite pictures of the trip + a recommendation for every place we visited.

Strobl, Wolfgangsee

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What to do: Take a walk on Bürglstein! It’s a circular walk around the Wolfgangsee lake. We didn’t walk the whole path, but it still was a cool experience to see the lake from different angles.

Gmunden, Traunsee

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What to do: Visit Schloss Ort! It is a small castle at the Traunsee lake which offers beautiful spots to take pictures.

Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt

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What to do: If you are visiting Hallstatt by car, park at the ‚Freizeitzentrum Hallstatt‘ (leisure centre). We were there on a saturday afternoon & there were still some parking spots left. Plus you don’t have to pay for the parking spot, which is great. However, you have to walk about 20 min to get to Hallstatt.

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What to do: I really loved walking through Linz, the inner-city architecture is very beautiful. However, there was one particular highlight for me: The ice cream parlour Eisdieler. They have amazing ice cream flavours like ‚Süßer Stoff‘ which consists of Nutella & Gugelhupf ice cream – so delicious! Some of the flavours are also vegan, which is great. The price is quite expensive though: One scoop costs about 2 €.

I really enjoyed this weekend trip. You can see so much of the country if you travel by car. Plus, it’s cheaper than taking the train/flying and you can be flexible & decide spontaneously where you want to go next. Moreover, long drives can be a lot of fun if you have good music & wonderful people by your side (even if you are the driver like I was). This definitely wasn’t my last roadtrip.

Do you know other great places to visit here in Austria/near Vienna? If you have any recommendations, feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram!

Love, Christine

Life’s a lesson

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7 things I have learned this year

…when you lay down in the grass & look up to the sky, you feel so unbelievably weightless and free, the world seems infinite and nothing can bother you or disturb this moment

…it doesn’t matter how long I lay in bed and watch movies – I can solely release myself from my anxieties when I face them

…that you should always say „yes“ to a spontaneous adventure

…whenever you have to make a difficult decision, deep down you know how you will decide right away – even if you can’t admit it

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…you should always stay true to yourself and pursue your dreams, even if everyone else says that you are too naïve and unrealistic

…it’s better to take a walk in the rain and risk to get wet instead of sitting at home all day

…& that you should spend all your savings for a trip you’ve always wanted to take but never had the guts to do it

I feel as if I have learned how to truly live in the last couple of months. 2017 is the first year I actually did what I wanted to do, without caring what other people expect of me. And it’s the first time I feel 100% happy and worriless.

I hope that everyone who reads this feels the same way! 🙂

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PS: Don’t know why we are posing like this hahaha

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I need Vitamin S E A!

I know that I should probably start to study business for my upcoming test, but I spent the whole day looking at old pictures of our family vacation in Croatia. I would love to rent a car right now and go on a roadtrip to the sea with my friends, but there are a lot of chores I still have to do for university!

The good thing is though, that my exams are over in a month. Then, I can finally enjoy summer and plan my trips to Berlin and Canada. Until then, I will just have to settle for these pictures we took in Crikvenica! 🙂

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