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29 August 2013

Press Play, Smile


Perhaps your life is not the best or how you want it at the moment, but cherish what you have and enjoy life while it lasts. Turn that frown upside down (J) and stop worrying about every little thing that might not be or go exactly as planned. Focus on love and celebration instead and stop crying over homework. Celebrate your friends, being with your friends, your family. Celebrate you!

23 August 2013

MyBeautyBox | June Edition

Wow this is late - I know! But I thought it would only be appropriate to end the "series" properly, as I was keeping a 3 months subscription and I've already reviewed the first two boxes I've received. So, sometime by the end of June I received my last MyBeautyBox with fingers crossed in hope that it might leave me just a little more excited than the previous two boxes have!



In the final and last box I got an eyeliner pencil in "Sea Green" from Astor, an Ultra Lasting Lipstick from NYC, an instant radiance mouse from Rimmel's "Wake Me Up" collection, and a Tights in a Tin - Tan glow from W7. None of these products strike me as anything too special and although Tights in a Tin sounds like a really fun idea, I highly doubt I'll get much use out of it. This being said, I'm definitely going to try out the other products - especially the eyeliner as I really like them in green, and also I'm excited to try out the Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch as a highlighter because I've heard a lot of good things about them!
Though as an overall conclusion I'm not that pleased about MyBeautyBox. The brands weren't really that exciting either as they on their website advertise brands such as Urban Decay, Korres, Sleek, Revlon, and Stila, which I've received right about zero of during the 3 months! I might just be really hard to satisfy but I was left disappointed and I'm glad my subscription has reached its end, as I'd rather spend my money on one or two full sized products that I'd actually look forward to trying out.

20 August 2013

The Gap Year


As you might know (if you've visited my blog just once within this month) I've just kicked of my gap year - I did that by going interrailing (read about that here, here, here, here, and here). Even though that was absolutely great my wanderlust isn't satisfied just yet. Therefore I have taken on me to visit a part of the world I've never even been near: Eastern Asia (and possibly more...)!! So yesterday I went to speak with a travel agency about my upcoming travels. For the past year (yes, I've been looking forward to this for a very long time) I've come up with a few ideas myself but wanted to get an "expert"'s perspective on what I can do within reason and because this is my first ever solo trip. As someone who loves to travel, I had plenty of countries I'd like to visit - though, knowing that of course I couldn't visit all of those in just a few months - those being: Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Peru, Burma, Thailand, Uganda, Israel.. the list goes on. So I told the travel consultant the ideas I had, and after an hour we had a plan that looked something like this:
India (2-4 weeks) - Thailand (1 month) - Vietnam (1 month)
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Though, I might know someone who'll be in Vietnam sometime in January (which is probably when I'll start my trip), and therefore do the route backwards. According to the travel consultant that might be hard, as India is very though country to experience mentally, but I got the idea that she thought I was somewhat of a wimp who had absolutely no travel experience and spends her time tanning by the pool side. That's not really the kind of person I am and I'm really up for some new adventures and impressions! Bring it on!
This being said, I know that it can (and most likely: will) be mentally challenging - especially because I've chose to travel alone. But right now there's only excitement (in spite of the tickets not even being bought yet), and I can't wait to get on my feet and explore a part of the world I've never experienced before!



If you've visited any of the countries, I'd love to hear about it!

17 August 2013

MOVE


In the midst of my post travel blues I stumbled upon this really nice video. Really; give it a look. Can you even imagine how many hours of video this guy must have ended up with? But nonetheless I think it's a really cool and creative video - and you can just pause the video at random to see a really nice location, and do it again to reveal a new one! Great video - doesn't it just make you want to leave your computer and do something or quite literally makes you want to MOVE?

14 August 2013

Small Steps to Happiness

I recently came across a very lovely list written by a girl called Emma Elsworthy, which she wrote one afternoon to remind herself of how to stay carefree and balanced. I was really inspired by this list and wanted to share it here. I haven't included all of her 16 steps, but you can read the complete list right here.

 stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything. 
organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything. 
become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn't a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you. 













12 August 2013

My Interrail Experience | why it's awesome (and you should do it)

I had wanted to go interrailing for so many years and I actually tried to convince my friend to go with me last year as well, but apparently a 2 days notice wasn't enough... Though as you know I managed to convince her to go with me this year, and we went for a 15 days global pass.
It's an incredible experience and I'd encourage everybody  to do it if possible! There's so many great aspects of this kind of travelling, as you meet new people everyday and you don't have to be anywhere specific at any time if you don't want to. I loved that we could decide where we wanted to go whenever we wanted to go: if you want to leave a city right away, you do - if you want to stay for five more days, you do. You're free to do whatever you want and you don't have to limit yourself: if you both want a taste of the cheap beer in Bratislava and the nice water by the coast of Croatia, then that's what you do!
This is great whether you want to plan everything from home or if you don't. Interrail is definitely suitable for both types of people. Though you might strand somewhere in a small Hungarian town for a day: don't panic! Take it as an experience - that's the fun part of Interrail! You might just discover the greatest place you've ever been. You can never be too sure about what'll happen on a trip like this so enjoy every second of it, because it's really amazing to be honest.
All in all Interrail is a great way of travelling where you can visit and experience so many places and cultures in a short amount of time (or a great amount of time - you decide). My advice would be: just do it, I can guarantee you that it'll be something you'll never forget.













Have I convinced you to go yet? ;-)

10 August 2013

My Interrail Experience | The Other Stuff That Happened - Part 2

From Bratislava we went to Siófok in Hungary which turned out to be quite the party place! Though it was kind of fun to experience, we didn't want to stay for more than one night. So the next day we went to the train station, found out which platform our train to Zagreb left from, and waited there. At the time our train was supposed to leave, another train arrived at a platform opposite ours and because it was packed with backpackers we eagerly waved to them as they passed by. It wasn't until "our" train arrived from the wrong direction that we realised that we probably should have been on that train with all the other backpackers - oops. And since Siófok has such a small station, the next train for Zagreb didn't leave until the next day so we had to stay in Siófok for one more day - but(!) that turned out to be a "blessing in disguise" as we hadn't actually had time to explore the rest of Siófok which turned out to be a really nice city.
Luckily we did catch our train the next day as planned and ended up in Zagreb where we stayed for a couple of days before moving on to Sibenik in Croatia as well. I'd never heard of it before, but it's a small city by the sea and it turned out to be a really cosy place! We stayed at a quite small hostel with just two showers so we really had to share. While waiting to shower we met a British guy who invited us out to drinks and dinner with his girlfriend, which we of course said yes to. After dinner we headed out to kind of explore the city and found out there was some kind of concert with a big string orchestra, and although none of us are particularly big fans of that kind of music, we decided to see if we could somehow sneak into the concert. And by walking around among all the old buildings we suddenly found ourselves on a staircase right by the concert with a lot of other people who didn't want to pay to get in either. :-)
Isn't it amazing that you can meet someone in the shower and then end up roaming around the city at night with them? And these weren't the only nice people we met. We literally didn't meet anyone but nice people (well except one train conductor), and everyone really wanted to talk. We even met two guys in Ljubljana who apparently only spoke Slovenian but really wanted to have a conversation anyhow, so for about 5 minutes we communicated in Slovenian and Danish without understanding each other - the charm of meeting new people!





7 August 2013

My Interrail Experience | The Other Stuff That Happened - Part 1

Aside from all the sights we obviously also experienced a whole lot of other stuff - usually involving strange people. But when interrailing you meet so many people, so what can you expect, really?
To save money we always went for hostels and their mixed gender dorms as they were the cheapest. When telling this to people, some seem to be a bit put off by the thought of sharing a room with complete strangers - but I only have one thing to say to that: don't be! I didn't feel unsafe at any point and everyone (from the receptionists to the cleaning ladies to the people staying there) was so nice! Also it's super easy place to get in contact with people as pretty much everyone staying at the hostels are backpackers, so at least you have that in common. Talking also seem like the right thing to do when sharing a bedroom after all.

One day when lying in a park in Prague a middle-aged man came up to us and told us he was going to attend some kind of comedy show later on where he'd make a show about women so he'd "like to know if he could possibly kiss our feet and take a picture of it?". Um well, kind of a strange request but we let him do it anyway, but I'm not quite sure about his story because the photos were taken with a really old phone with a low quality camera. But any ways, it was kind of a funny moment, so let him enjoy his photos of our feet if he has some kind of foot fetish!
A few days later we had just arrived in Bratislava pretty late in the night, and we were super hungry and went for a little street restaurant where a lot of people passed by. While chatting and eating our food a group of guys came up to our table eating durums and started talking to us. And while we were chatting to them a fourth guy sat at the end of our table without us knowing, and when we turned around there just sat this guy hunched over his durum with dressing all over his beard only thinking about eating and not saying a word! I don't know, these are just the kinds of people you'll meet when travelling around a lot - which is great!
Besides meeting these different kinds of people we drank lots of local beer, saw so many of those padlock bridges, and drove in the worlds warmest train packed with backpackers. Though, it was probably our best train journey by far as we (and everyone else) had stuck our heads out the windows like you always see in pictures. It was so great for some reason and just true interrail-style!
















4 August 2013

A Cute Gesture


I work at a Chinese restaurant and sometimes we give out fortune cookies to children. This afternoon I walked past a table with a big family celebrating something. Then a kid (around 12) suddenly stopped me and asked whether I knew how to cook "because in that case I want you to have this". And then he handed me this slip he got in his fortune cookie and was all cute. I know he was just a kid, but it's something right? No just kidding, I just couldn't help but smile - isn't that the cutest thing ever? It's stuff like this that makes being a waiter awesome. :-)

2 August 2013

My Interrail Experience | What We Did And Saw

Having visited 4 capitals we've obviously seen a lot of tourist sights, but when I'm out travelling I much more prefer finding little hidden gems that aren't surrounded by thousands of photo-taking people. Actually we didn't really search for any sights, but you can't really avoid seeing all those churches and castles everywhere anyway - which is nice of course as they were really pretty. But it was so much cooler when we stumbled upon something like the John Lennon wall or a Before I Die wall - both located in Prague.

We probably spend nearly an hour just looking at and taking photos of the John Lennon wall - I think there once was a huge portrait of mister John Lennon himself on the wall, but over the years many layers of paint have decorated the wall with lyrics, poems, and other drawings instead.
Another really cool thing we visited was the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb where everyone can contribute with their own story about a failed relationship. I think this idea is absolutely great and really enjoyed walking around reading all the little stories (some of which were actually quite sad!). Usually I get bored kind of quickly when visiting museums, but this one actually managed to hold my attention - I really recommend it and I actually think it's situated elsewhere around the world as well.

Lastly, we went to a national park in Croatia called Plitvice Lakes where I actually managed to get a cheaper ticket although my student's card had expired - woo for saving money! The park is famous for its breathtakingly clear lakes and big waterfalls, and it was an absolutely amazing experience walking around the park - I've never (ever) seen such clear water! It was just crazy, and the photos doesn't show it any justice! If you're ever in Croatia, I really recommend that you visit this park. :-)































So this post ended up being super informative and not that personal, so I'll be back with a new post soon with some more fun stories about what we actually did. But I thought it would be nice, to just roughly tell what we've seen and done and show a few photos.