Outfit: City lights

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I love accessories! They allow you to wear the same clothes, but with different jewellery/scarfs/bags/shoes/etc. your outfit will get a whole new vibe. When I was in New York the past week, I basically wore the same coat every day. However, I used different accessories. Each day, I changed up the scarf, my earrings and my shoes.

In the photos above, you can see one of the variations of my NYC Outfit. In the pictures below, you will find the links to where you can buy the scarf and the earrings. The rest of the outfit is featured in this blog post.

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Quotes: Positivity & Motivation

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Everyone has bad days once in a while. For me, positive quotes are really helpful on days like this, or when I am stuck in a rut. So today, I will share some of my favourite quotes with you. I hope these will keep you going and inspire you a bit. Enjoy!

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How to stop time: kiss.

How to travel in time: read.

How to escape time: music.

How to feel time: write.

How to release time: breathe.

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It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.

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You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.

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If they say „it’s impossible“, remember that it’s impossible for them not for you.

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Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be amitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living.

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I’m coming for everything they said I couldn’t have.

Words of Success

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.

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Which one is your favourite? Do you have any tips on how to stay positive? Comment down below, I’d love to read your opinions!

Love, Chris

 

 

Comfy fall outfit: November

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Big sweaters

Scented candles

Tea

Fuzzy socks

Pumpkin soup

All of these things perfectly describe autumn for me. I have such a deep love for this season, especially for November. The leaves are falling off of the trees, and Christmas time is coming up. (My favourite time of the year to be honest!)

Fall in North America also means two things: Thanksgiving and Black Friday. This past Friday, I experienced my first real Black Friday. Some lines were crazily long (one of my friends waited 50 minutes in line at Sports Check), but I guess it was okay in comparison to other shopping malls.

Today, I want to share three of the things that I have purchased with you: an oversized sweater, a necklace and rings. Everything you need for a cute, but comfy fall outfit!

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You can purchase those things here:

Sweather: Zara (Size S)

Necklace: H&M (Similar one)

Rings: H&M (Size XS/S)

Earrings: ? (Similar ones: 1 2 3)

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Where did you buy your favourite fall sweater? I’d love to hear about it!

Love, Christine

 

4 things to do in Cape Breton

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Over the thanksgiving weekend, I was invited to my friend Brittany’s home in Cape Breton. We did many things and saw a lot of Canada’s nature on this trip, which is why I wanted to share four of my favourite things to do there:

1. Drive along the Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is a drive along the north of the island. The views along this drive are unquestionably mesmorizing, the scenery is just incredible. It felt like a mixture of Ireland and France combined. On one side, you can see the cliffs and the ocean, on the other, there are endless woods painted in green, orange and bright red colours.

Moreover, the small villages you drive through are so lovely. My favourite place was Chéticamp, where you can eat at the restaurant Le Gabriel. Also, don’t miss out on the Gypsum Mines. They turned those mines into lakes, which look incredible as you can see on one of the pictures below.

100 per cent worth driving along.

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2. Do the Ceilidh Coastal Trail

Another beautiful trail you can drive along! Again, the scenery is just amazing. I feel so free when I see green hills and the ocean. It always reminds me of the trip I did to Ireland four years ago.

When you drive along this trail, you should definitely check out Christie’s Look-Off, I believe that’s where I took my pictures.

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3. Go to a square dance

I guess this one is pretty typical for people who live in Cape Breton. On our stay, we went to not only one but two square dances (my first ones ever), and it was so much fun! Just believe me and try it out, you won’t regret it.

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4. Eat pancakes at the Shining Waters Bakery

This bakery in Mabou (btw one of the cutest places I have ever been to) has the best breakfast pancakes EVER. I am very picky when it comes to food, but this little restaurant did not disappoint me. The portions are huge, and the price is really okay. Also try their porridge bread! It may not be on the menu, just ask for it – it tastes amazing!

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Whether you try the trails/restaurants that I have recommended or you experience the island on your own, one thing is for sure: Cape Breton is definitely worth visiting! The small villages, as well as the nature are incredibly beautiful & I will certainly come back one day.

Love, Christine

Peggy’s Cove

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It’s already been one whole month since I live here in Canada. The time is flying by so fast, it’s unbelievable. Even though I miss my friends, the life here feels so normal now & I don’t feel homesick at all. This experience has actually shown me that I am more grown-up and independent than I ever would have thought, and that I am ready to move away from Austria (as soon as I get my Bachelor haha).

I feel as if I have already learned so so much here – especially about myself and what I really want in life. Moreover, I finally have the time here to actually work on myself and the person I want to be, which I am really grateful for.

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All the memories and experiences I made here have taught me something, and I am looking forward to experiencing even more and going on new adventures here! … Like the little roadtrip we took to Peggy’s Cove last weekend.

Peggy’s Cove was lovely. The houses looked so cute, and walking around the big rocks by the lighthouse was incredible. The view from there was mesmorizing – dozens of rocks, the Atlantic ocean … I could sit there all day and just watch the waves as they crash into the waterfront!

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After some time, the sun even came out which made the whole place brighten up. This place was exactly what I imagined when I thought of Halifax when choosing my destination for the exchange semester – and I don’t regret it at all! I will never forget this day and this little adventure with our international group here.

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What are your thought on an exchange semester & moving to another country? I’d be really interested to know!

Also, I hope you enjoyed this post & my pictures!

Love, Christine

First Week Abroad

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My first week at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is officially done! It seems crazy when I think about all of the things that have happened in the past ten days I have been here. It was the first time flying alone, the first time on a different continent, the first time I used a washing machine by myself, the first time at Walmart, and so on.. There has been so much going on – so many new places, people, surroundings.. which is why I thought it was a good idea to write some of it down!

But let’s start at the beginning: All in all, it took me about 19 hours to get from Vienna to the airport Halifax. I had to transit two times (one time in Frankfurt and then again in Toronto), which I was very anxious of in the beginning, since I had never flown alone before! However, everything turned out fine in the end, I met super nice people and managed to carry my heavy luggage without any problems. I finally arrived at 12:34 a.m. in Halifax, where a woman who works at the university kindly picked me up.

The Mount (my university here) didn’t only pick us up, they also had so many events planned for us in the so-called orientation week. It was amazing! Even though it was stressful at some points (every day was loaded with activities), the events were so much fun. For instance, there was an inflatable parcour, a casino night, a show with the mentalist Wayne Hoffman, a ‚Glow Tight & Bright‘-party, etc.

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As you can see in the pictures above, we went bowling one evening where we even got to meet the university’s mascot Mounty. I was pretty bad at the game itself, but I enjoyed meeting the other international students from China, Nepal, France, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, India, Great Britain, Ghana, etc. The exchange students here are from all over the world, it’s incredible!

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This is the pond which is directly in front of the house I live in, it is such a lovely place! I am staying in one of the ‚Birches‘. Each one has room for 20 students to live in.

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Above, you can see the view from the campus. The university is up on a hill and next to the ocean, which is why we have an amazing view from up here! There are even deer living on campus & they don’t shy away from us humans, it is amazing.

 

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We have also already explored downtown Halifax! We have seen the Spring Garden and we were at the waterfront, which was so so nice. I have instantly fallen in love with this place, it is so lively but at the same time quiet and peaceful. Just being able to be by the sea at all times is amazing, I am so grateful for this!

Also, Canadians seem to be the nicest people ever! Everyone here is so welcoming and wants to help you all of the time.

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We also took the ferry to the city next to Halifax, Dartmouth. You can see Halifax and the bridge that connects both cities from there.

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The thought of living and studying here for the next 3 months just seems so crazy to me, I still can’t believe it! I am incredibly thankful that I have this opportunity and I will try to make as much of it as I can!

If you study abroad or have studied abroad, message me on Instagram or comment here! I love to hear stories of other people about their experiences and travel adventures.

See you soon!

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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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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