Monday, 15 December 2014

The Christmas disaster

Oh well, this baking of Christmas cookies. Couldn´t it be so romantic and relaxing? Not when Vio and Maxi are in kitchen labour. This time we even had a third musketeer (cheers to Karina) in the round and we failed like in 2012. It all starts pretty relaxed with some Christmas music (Rolf Zuckowski please) and one or two mugs of mulled wine (maybe 3 or 4). We are patient, we have high expectations and we are trying to be very precise. 3 hours later you can find us totally annoyed because even the Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars) turned out to be circles and no stars. The last hope was lying in the Vanillekipferl and when they also let us down (they got fat like a big loaf of bread) we decided to drink the pain away on the Christmas market.
Are you still on the run for Christmas presents? You can find great inspirations for Christmas gifts at the Urban Outfitters Xmas Gift Guide. I really like the vinyl player or the cute hip flask. In general, Urban Outfitters has great offers for presents and little giveaways. I am always glad when something arty and fun is wandering into my hands. So for the last minute Christmas ideas Urban Outfitters won´t let you down!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Outfit: Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming closer and I am totally ready for it. The advent calendar for the boyfriend was a total success, the cookies are baked (ugly but very yummy!) and all the presents are nearly bought. I´d say I can totally relax this December. I am spending most of the evenings at Christmas markets and challenging my liver with loads of mulled wine. Also I am spending many days in my beautiful Christmas  jumper I got last year for Christmas from the sister-in-law haha. I really love this thing and couldn´t be happier about being part of the Christmas jumper family. 
 (Jumper: Gift//Skirt-Asos//Bag-New Yorker// Shoes-Vagabond)
I think the last time I owned proper winter shoes was when my mum still had to dress me everyday. Who doesn´t remember those days we went through the cold and freezing winter with Converse or Vans slip-ons. And again: We are getting older. Because Ladies and Gentlemen: Maxi got winter shoes! An early Christmas present from my grandfather.
Check out Boohoo: As I said, I got this jumper from England. I think everything seems cosier and cuter on the island. I love all the crazy Christmas decoration and quirky Christmassy designs on clothes. That´s why I spent a lot of time on the website of the new British online-shop Boohoo, which offers great Christmas clothes including onesies, thick jumpers, socks and awesome dresses. The prices are pretty fair and I love their clothes. I cannot wait to make my next purchase there to get the little Britain flair into my home. You really should check it out!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Pivo a Medovník: A Prague bar and café guide III

Happy Sunday to all of you. I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoy the last hours before the bloody week is starting again. Today I am giving you some more recommendations for a perfect Prague trip. This time I am going to tell you more about the cafés in Prague. Let´s start off with the third part of my Prague guide.
Dobra Trafika: Okay, this is my favourite place in Prague, so if you go there be the nicest person you can be as soon as you enter this beautiful place. In the front you have a bookshop and when you go through it you will find a cosy room with old furniture and quirky music. They have an awesome tea collection and you shouldn´t miss having a hot ginger tea and playing board games. God, I cannot tell you how much I am missing this place at Korunní 1174/42 in Vinohrady.

Café v Lese: Café v Lese means Café in the woods and this is exactly what you can find there. This café is a really pretty place at Krymská 12 in Praha 10. You can enjoy your coffee between green painted walls and wooden details and decor. Also in the evenings you can go downstairs and dance to some live music. It is a definitely worth it to take the Tram 22 there and also just a few metres from Kino Pilotu which I mentioned in my last post about Prague.

Café Louvre: This café is not a secret because it is at the street Národní 22 in the centre of Prague. Still it is worth mentioning it if you want to have a really nice piece of cake and maybe a game of pool in a very chic and beautiful ambience. So whenever there are some cravings for a romantic café, little France in Prague will help you out!

Café Pavlač: Café Pavlač in Víta Nejedlého 487/23 in Žižkov was my local place to be. No matter if I needed to do some work for uni, had a girly lunch date, a romantic dinner date or just had to feed all the hungover Erasmus kids who didn´t find their way home after a party at my house, Café Pavlač always saved us. I just love this authentic café. They have a great menu and serve great food and a wide range of drinks. When I came back now after a year I realised they raised the prices unfortunately but they are still very affordable. Try the hot pear rum thing! Also, if you stay for loger than two hours, you´ll realise that the music is on repeat. At least it´s good music though!
Right, that´s it for today. I will go back to bed now, because the weekend is still in my bones. I hope you will visit those places and if you do, please tell me about it!!!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Outfit: About a hat and humanity

Me and Mr. Hat. We tried to be together several times but it didn´t really work out. I don´t know what the problem is between us but I think I just didn´t find the right one that fits to me. Also I am still getting used to my long hair and the curls it suddenly developed so adding another piece to my head doesn´t make it easier. But I am not tired of trying so I found this new piece for my wardrobe. I am still not really sure what to think of it, but here are some pictures of the first day I tried my fresh friend.
 (Hat - H&M // Coat - Humana // Cardigan - Urban Outfitters // Jumper H&M)
At the moment a lot of stuff is happening. One of this is my first trial in political activism. Well, that might be a bit exaggerated but I always had the feeling to do something good and now I kicked off a wave of movements for tolerance and humanity. There are some Syrian refugees coming to my hometown and I felt like doing something for them seeing as in these small towns people are not really welcoming because of fear, ignorance or other reasons. Reading comments under the local newspaper articles just makes me sick. I am always feeling the urge to help people. I haven´t really done anything like this before and in Berlin I didn´t really know where to start. So I started this Facebook Group and invited all the people who I know from home and proposed a big donation event and also something social, to welcome the people a bit more and show them that people care about them. As soon as I clicked on the `Create Group´ button it went mad like a box of frogs. The people of the group have so much energy and organise so many amazing things. We have leaflets, contacts in the town hall, the social office, with several organisations, to a book shop where we will collect children´s books and dictionaries. We already made it into the local newspaper. We are planning on doing more. It is a great feeling how people can work together and set something big up when you are sticking together and everyone gives a little bit. I really hope that this will all happen and work out. The big collection of the donations, the getting together with the refugees and hopefully to show people who are living there that there is no need to be afraid, hostile, disrespectful or intolerant. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Outfit: My 4 € Lover and my mid-twenties crisis

Okay, I guess we all have to prepare for winter. For three days now I am suffering from the grey days and the sun hasn´t shown her pretty face for a while. Everyone who is reading this blog for longer knows how much I dislike winter. This year I am trying to survive it in a better way and spice it up with some colour in my wardrobe. Last week, on a Saturday afternoon I went to the Humana Shop at Frankfurter Tor to have a look for a new coat. I haven´t been there for ages and I really enjoyed working myself through the 4 floors from crazy vintage treasures to just plain mad stuff I cannot believe even got produced. As much as I want to buy just second hand clothes, I always get disappointed very quickly because I am too small for all the clothes. So I developed a new passion: Getting clothes from friends who want to get rid of them and don´t want to wear anymore. Honestly, my wardrobe consists of a lot of friends´ clothes. I love it, we should just swap clothes all the time and not go to the shops in the first place. Anyway, I found this lovely coat eventually. I still have to get used to it because it is too big, obviously. And it isn´t a thick winter coat. So basically I failed...but in a cheap and pretty way. 4 € was unbeatable!
(Coat- Humana // Shoes - Shelly´s London )
Looking at these pictures makes me realise that I definitely grew up and got older. There isn´t the crazy teenager standing anymore, how I used to feel. Being small, having big eyes and a small nose always makes you look younger than you are, but these pictures made me think that this girl in the photo is a proper 25 year-old `woman´ which you might be able to take seriously. 25 is an awesome age. I am halfway through my 26th year and I couldn´t feel more balanced. Still, there are loads of challenges and loads of issues which burden my thoughts, which I carry around everyday but I am definitely feeling a difference in dealing with them. It´s about confidence and trust. I am learning everyday and I am doing this way more consciously than when I was younger. I am appreciating things more and I am forcing myself to do things I am scared of. I have some goals lined up and know what I still have to do but also I know what I have encountered in the past. I don´t know, maybe the imminent end of my Master´s degree is making my a bit thoughtful but honestly I am thinking about this so often. Everyone is telling me, that `we are getting old´ in such a negative way and that this means not being able to party two days in a row anymore or staying in on weekdays watching a film or sleeping early. I don´t mind that. I think there will still be moments you leave a club at 9am when you at least expect it, but the pressure is disappearing. And I am just so curious when those moments will happen again, amidst the life of calm nights where we are able to discuss world politics with a glass of wine or play board games whilst discussing George Orwell and his theories in 1984. I just enjoy finding myself between still being young enough to have mad days and nights without thinking about tomorrow and already old enough to act responsibly and independently. I just have to find out now where I want to end up.
Thanks to Vio for the pictures. After ages we spent an afternoon including cake and hot lemons together and used the chance to take some pictures like in old times. You can see her post on her blog already.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Outfit: Jumper in golden November

No matter I am definitely in love with this sunny weather and those warm weekends I won´t forget that Christmas is ahead of us. It feels weird to think about mulled wine and Spekulatius when you are still running around without coats and enjoying cold drinks outside. I already have a couple of presents for my family but the job is definitely not done yet. My mum is already bugging me with questions of what I want for Christmas. It sounds odd but I have no idea what I want. I am quite happy with my situation at the moment and rather get rid of stuff then piling up new rubbish. 
(Jumper: Gina Tricot//Jeans: Cheap Monday//Bag: Urban Outfitters//Shoes: Shelly´s London//Cardigan: Urban Outfitters)
 I think this year I am going for some some facial treatments and nice products for my skin. God, I am feeling old when I am looking at my wish list but at the moment I am really into all this crazy beauty business. I want to have some products from the Soap and Glory collection, the body scrubs from Rituals or the Laverra facial series. That´s it! Thanks Father Christmas, please make my skin shinier and softer. Let´s be serious, the only good thing about having those wishes is that you definitely will get rid of it at some point and there is new space for the next mad present season.
 Tonight you can find me at the Glamour Pink Carpet event. Jasmin from Tea & Twigs invited to some drinks and photobooth actions. Who will be there too?

Monday, 10 November 2014

Pivo a Medovník: A Prague bar and café guide II

Let´s carry on with some more tips about bars and cafés in Prague. This time I will focus on some bars in Žižkov, the area I lived in and the area I want to move back to! There are so many cool places. I definitely haven´t made it half way through my list of all the places but these are definitely worth a mention: 

Bukowski´s: This bar was located just 5 minutes from my flat. I think you can already guess that I spent a lot of evenings there. Bukowski´s at Bořivojova 689/86 reminds me more of Berlin bars but still I´d say it´s way more uncomplicated and sweeter. You will step into a dark bar with loads of candles and a beautiful wall covered in a massive bookshelf. Also they play decent music there! Go there on Sunday and enjoy the 2 litres of beer for just 50 CZK (about 2€)

Big Lebowksi: The Big Lebowski at Slavikova 1204/16 is a teeny tiny place where you are standing right at the bar as soon as you enter the bar. To the right you can find a ladder which leads you upstairs to the little cozy tea room where you can enjoy your White Russian or whatever. There is not a lot of space, so don´t go there in big groups. You can smoke shisha there and the best thing is that you decide how much you want to pay.

Palác Akropolis: This bar/club/restaurant next to the TV Tower was the place I met the first amazing friends of my Erasmus. The food upstairs is the same like in Atmosphere and downstairs you can find a bar where you can dance to some drum and bass. Also I love the outside of the old building in Kubelíkova 1548/27. So when you go the TV Tower, you might want to have a beer after a busy sightseeing day.

Klub Pilot: At Donska 19 you can find some other cool places. Klub Pilot is a club where you can dance to drum and bass and some Balkan beats on Thursdays. Next to it you can find a very dodgy bar where you can drink beer between fish tanks and watch quirky Czech films in an almost pitch black environment. I love that creepy little place.

Bunkr Parukárka: You can find a very well hidden club in the middle of Žižkov on a green hill. In the summer this place is also pretty cool to have a beer and enjoy the view over the city. In the night you have to find the little graffiti-covered door of the old 1950´s nuclear bunker and celebrate in the dark cellars under the ground.

So that´s the second part of my personal guide. In the next post I will tell you about my favourite cafés and food places in Prague. So if you are planning on a trip to Prague, let me know and I can give you some more recommendations via mail before the next part will be published.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Outfit: Wanderlust and oranges

In autumn Berlin is just turning back into the colourful and peaceful city which I fell in love with when I moved here three years ago. Berlin can be awesome and Berlin can be annoying. That´s Berlin. Nevertheless I could never imagine moving to a different place in Germany. Berlin got me and I am stuck. Here, I have the feeling that everyone can find their place where they feel comfortable and happy. Still, the city is changing and I´m not sure if I like it, but in this second I am feeling like I´m in good hands here. 
 (Jumper: Urban Outfitters// Hat: H&M//Bag: Gina Tricot// Dress: Thrifted)
But since I travelled a lot over those two years I kind of got addicted. I need to get out of the town, I need these weekends somewhere else, discovering new areas and new cultures. Even just a long weekend can be perfect to free your mind and recharge your batteries - it doesn´t have to be a week-long holiday somewhere exotic. I did some research on the internet and found some nice short trip offers on I just would like to travel again. and it seems like an easy to way to tick this off the bucket list. How much I would love to jump on a plane and get away just for a weekend - I have already bought my diary for 2015 so I can start planning my trips. What are your travel goals for 2015?

Monday, 3 November 2014

So we sailed on to the sun, till we found a sea of green.

Seriously, who is not in the happiest mood when the weather is surprising you with sun and 20 degress in October and November? I cannot get over those sunny weekends and I couldn´t be more grateful that still in Autumn it was possible to take a boat out. I planned on doing this for a while but it was always too late or the weather wasn´t good enough. A few weeks ago we finally went to Treptower Park and rented a paddleboat. It´s only 11 Euros per hour which you can divide by 4 people if you are enough.
I am scared of boats, water and lakes. However I was surprised how relaxing this could be. The waves and the sun just gave my mind a little rest between all the Master Thesis stress and working days. I am glad Berlin offers the possibility to jump out of the big-city madness. Have you tried it yet?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Pivo a Medovník: A Prague bar and café guide I

There is only one post about my time in Prague in 2013. As most of you know I did my Erasmus student exchange year in Prague and I lost my heart there. Prague is my home, Prague makes me happy, Prague is following with every step I am taking since I am back in Berlin. Last weekend I finally got the chance to go back for the first time after I had to say goodbye to my old apartment and all my lovely international friends. I was completely overwhelmed by happiness as soon as I saw the Žižkov TV tower from the bus. But before I am annoying you with my emo side I want to use the chance to finally create a little Prague guide for you guys. I am still getting e-mails from friends or blog readers who want recommendations for the most romantic city in the world, especially when it comes to which cafés and bars are worth visiting. So I will tell you about my favourite places in Prague and where I spent 90% of my time over the 5 months. Who is sensitive when it comes to cigarettes and smokey bars should be aware that after a night out you smell and feel like an ashtray. But the beer is cheap, so you won´t notice the burning eyes after the 4th glass of good old Pilsener or Staropramen anymore. So let´s get started:

U-Sudu: You can find this bar at Vodičkova 677/10 and it hides and endless labyrinth under the streets. It´s dark and quite confusing in the beginning but you will realise soon that it isn´t that big as it first seems. Also there are a few table football tables where me and my friends loved to start the night with a little bit of friendly competition.

Vzorkovna: I just found out about the name when I came back to Prague. Most of the nights I wanted to find out the name but it isn´t really readable at the door and it was known as the candle bar anyway. We used to call it pigs bar because last year they really had little black pigs in there which luckily got removed after a while. Still this bar is very colourful, quirky and has a nice weird mix of interior. You should definitely stop by at Bartolomějská 13 and squeeze into the narrow rooms of this place.

Blues Sklep: This blues bar at Liliová 247/10 was situated just 2 steps from our Finish friend´s house. We haven´t been there that often but it is definitely worth it to go there and have a beer away from all the crazy touristy streets. In the back there is a room where they have live music. So who gets sick of Pragues amazing club music in the night time can get some peace for their ears there.

One of my favourite places is the bar underneath the student building FAMU at Smetanovo Nabrezi 6. You won´t find beer this cheap anywhere else in the centre of Prague. It is nothing special regarding the fact that all Prague bars are woody, smoky, dark and uncomplicated (these are exactly the reasons, why I am so in love with Prague´s bar culture). The thing is that I really enjoy going down there, forgetting the craziness outside and having a calm decent pint. Furthermore they have good food there. So don´t be shy and enter the building and go down there!

Atmosphere: On the same street at Smetanovo nábřeží 327/14 you can also find a place with decent food. It is really fun going in there because the place is pretty colourful and friendly. So when you are taking a picture of the Pražský hrad across the river you maybe want to turn around and grab a bite over there.

Hany Bany: Don´t expect to get a free chair after the students are leaving university or maybe just woken up. Hany Bany is another fun bar where you are having your beer in an old ambience. The walls are covered with weird American stuff but the beer is Czech! It is located next to `The PUB´ on Veleslavínova 58/5.

This is the first part of my guide. Those places are situated around Prague 1 Staré Mesto. Maybe you are planning on a trip to Prague already? There are some nice deals for city trips on . I would appreciate if you could let me know what you think about it and if this was helpful. The other parts are already in the pipeline and will be online soon. Cafés and bars around Žižkov and Vinohrady are waiting for you!

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