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vacation report I – ticino

16 Jul

hello lovelies!

sorry for my absence, it’s been a somewhat stressy couple of days, but now i can finally unwind- i’m on vacation in switzerland in ticino, where i grew up. so many memories! this place is beautiful, every time i come back i’m reminded of how blessed i was growing up in this little patch of heaven.

look, this is the view from my bedroom window- i want to add that the window takes up 3/4 of the wall, top to bottom, so it’s quite an impressive sight at any time of day:

i arrived saturday around noon, flew from vienna to zürich and then took the train to bellinzona. bellinzona is one of the bigger towns in the canton ticino- the italian side of switzerland (most southern part, bordering with italy), and it is known for its three majestic castles. the flight was so early, i had to get up at 4.15 am- pure torture! yuki wasn’t happy about having his night interrupted either, he just kept observing me from my pillow while i was getting ready- it took a lot of willpower not to get back to bed:

yesterday we went to have lunch at an amazing grotto (not what hugh hefner has- a grotto in italian is a small rustic restaurant) in montagnola, a suburb of lugano situated on a hill over the lake- beautiful area! pictures and a report to follow. fun facts about montagnola: the writer hermann hesse used to live here, and george harrison (the beatles) used to spend his summers there in his mansion.
we also passed by tasis, my high school, and needless to say the memories almost got me choked up! the campus became so much bigger and impressive! i can’t wait to meet some of my friends that now work there as summer camp tutors!

hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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loki and loki

2 Jul

loki the god of mischief would be incredibly proud to know that he shares his name with my cat loki.
we named her loki because she reminds us so much of what he represents… ironically, tom hiddleston is exactly the loki we had in mind- they even have the same eyes:

loki and loki

here are a few more examples of how my kitty looks like tom hiddleston’s loki:

see what i mean?
do your cats and dogs resemble any characters or people?
here are a couple more pictures of my loki- i mentioned in a previous post that she is half bengal half european short hair; notice how her ears, eyes, dots and face look a bit exotic, giving her the appearance of a little wildcat :)

*very inspiring blogger award*

27 Jun

hemingway and shakespeare, the two very entertaining kitties who author the blog twocatsviews, nominated me and my little blog for the very inspiring blogger award!
you can just about imagine how flattered, honored and happy i am about this award. that’s right, very!
the rules for this award are:

1.Display the award logo somewhere on the blog:


2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you:

thankyouthankyouthankyou hemingway and shakespeare, you awesome (fur)people! keep telling your tales on twocatsviews, i love to read what you get up to!

3. State seven random things about yourself:

– i started blogging as an anti- new year’s resolution. i challenged myself to pick up writing again- instead of attempting something new.

– apart from fashion, i love interior decorating.

– some day, i will have a horse, two dogs and three cats.

– i speak 5 1/2  languages.

– i could never date someone who doesn’t love animals.

– if i could choose a super power, it would be flying (without wings though, think along the lines of superman).

– i only started cooking and baking 2 years ago (real cooking, as in without using the microwave, and real baking, as in no ready- mixes).

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs (i did 16, was inspired):

the lonely dogs, a beautiful photoblog about 23 rescued dogs living with the author in mexico.

the cats i meet, by beth. a cat- crazy girl (after my own heart!) that documents the cats she meets day to day.

i broke my glasses again, by erica. a ms-paint obsessed college student with a great sense of humor.

the good greatsby, by paul. very funny anecdotes of his daily life that include family and friends.

mommy man, by jerry. the adventures of a gay superdad- hilariously and wonderfully written.

jenne chrisville, by gervin. a fashion blog as fabulous as they come.

catpurrology, by sally. beautiful pictures of her cat slash, and the quest of what causes a cat to purr with happiness.

the fancy pants report, by kate. very cute and stylish fashion blog- totally inspiring!

sarah smiles awhile, by sarah. wonderfully witty blog about life, and general wonderings.

a purrfect cat, great blog for new cat owners. tips and tricks on healthy nutrition and care paired with beautiful photos of a beautiful cat.

dysfunctionalbachelor, by tanc. hilarious tales out of the mouth of an australian living in l.a.

i like to l.a., supercool and funny blog about living in the city of angels.

vivaciously fabulous, by dana. fashion, travel photographs and daily inspirations- a very interesting and inspiring read.

the desert bride, by christina. wonderfully informative blog with beautiful pictures, all about the big day- lovely!

jetsetbarbie, by christina. i might be a bit biased, because irl we’re friends, but her blog rocks… baking, travel and weddings- what isn’t there to love?

meeah, by mia. cute and inspiring travel blog by my bestie <3

5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

ridiculously idyllic!

18 Jun

hello lovelies!

i’m writing you from quaint little eugendorf by salzburg! i know, i had no idea about this place either, and i’m not here by choice…
i was dragged here because of a convention at which my whole (work) team is presenting, and yours truly is freakin’ moderating the discussion!
we actually just finished our second round of rehearsals, and it’s not going too bad!

needless to say i wasn’t thrilled to be attending, but the surrounding environment is reaaaally making up for it! take a look at this freakishly sound-of-music idyllic view!

hotel gastagwirt is where we’re at- it’s so ridiculously cute and folksy and all-things-heidi that i seriously expect a little white goat to merrily saunter into the conference space.

there are about 10 golf greens in the area, horsebackriding opportunities, hiking and biking trails, and the food is amazing!
i have to get back to rehearsing now, but i just wanted to let you partake in my austrian-folk- extravaganza.

toodles!
ps: got confirmation from my brother that the internet at home is up and running!

“feed me” – mornings with whiney cats

13 Jun

pretty much yuki’s daily plan of action to make sure he doesn’t starve.
not that he would starve if i wouldn’t feed him for a day or two- kitty got some spare jiggle!

from the moment i wake up and my feet touch the floor, he starts meowing, reminding me that “oh yes- he’s hungry!”

he follows me to the bathroom. hops on the sink while i wash my face- god forbid i don’t hear him sitting on the floor! brush my teeth with a constant, slightly louder meow in my ear. my toothbrush is electric, so he’s again making sure i can hear him over the buzzing noise.
me: bunny! it’s ok, i’ll feed you! let me get dressed and we’ll go, ok?
yuki: waaaaa! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
oh yeah, it’s not an enunciated “meow” anymore. the sound he is producing at this stage is more like a baby’s wail. long, loud and piercing.

yuki follows me all the way around the room becoming less and less patient. he shows his disapproval of my slowness by reaching an acoustic level that drowns out my radio.
have you had a hungry cat scream at you before? trust me, you want to feed it asap, or you will most likely go nuts.

at this stage i’m threatening him- i’m not taking any of his feline bitching anymore!
me: listen to me, cat! if you don’t shut up now, i’m not feeding you! you hear?!
yuki: … moww… WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
me: i’m being serious! when have i ever not fed you?! shut up! you don’t see cookie and loki being annoying! they know that i’ll feed them! you know it! so shut it!
yuki: waaa waaaaa WAAAAAAAA!
we don’t get anywhere with these conversations. it’s frustrating, to say the least.

i try to stare him down. he’s not impressed. just stares back and voices his disapproval of why he *still* hasn’t been fed.
i sigh. i give up. i walk towards the kitchen led by one very hungry kitty and followed by two other slightly less hungry kitties.

the post-weekend laundry monster

4 Jun

distortion was a blast! a partially wet and cold blast, but thanks to copious amounts of beer and assorted shots, we kept warm at the core :)
in fact, i was having so much drunk fun that i didn’t manage to take a single picture. the fact that i forgot my camera’s charger probably also contributed to the lack of documentation… oh well.

naturally, everything i wore during the weekend was flung onto the already (larger than life) overflowing laundry basket. on top of the basket isn’t a type-o- oh no, i haven’t seen the bottom of it in a while, i can barely remember that it’s blue.

i just found a pretty cool website from new zealand, aimed at moms, that has tips on how to tackle the laundry monster! the folding devil and the ironing daemon are also addressed (i just made those two up, cool ha?), so there is still some hope!

it will come as no big surprise to you that tonight, i will be going to battle!

my nemesis

wish me luck, have me in your thoughts, because tonight- we dine after the monster has been slain!

out of curiosity, do you have laundry issues aswell? how do you tackle the overflowing laundry basket? do you devise a system? a schedule?
let me know, help is greatly appreciated! :)

bratislava and big apple red

25 May

last weekend i was in bratislava visiting my best friend.  we were so lucky with the weather, it was gorgeous!

the main reason i went is the nightlife. not for nothing bratislava is dubbed partyslava– the alcohol and entrances are so cheap! the city is crawling with international people (many big international companies have their european hq in slovakia), but everywhere you go you mainly hear british english. thanks to ryanair and their airfares, bratislava is a super popular place for bachelor/ette parties (as the brits call them: stag and hen nights).

we went to about 4 places on friday night, and ended up at trafo, a fun and crazy club right in the city center. we were home around 4 in the morning, and when we woke up at 1 pm on saturday, we were both nursing a slight hangover. my bff suggested we go chill in the sun, and drink some lemonade (very popular) at leblon, a brazilian churrascaria right by the river. i had lemonade joe, a deliciously refreshing lemonade with cucumber slices, elderflower syrup, limes and soda.

me and my lemonade joe

we then walked around town, and ended up strolling by the blue church– or as we call it, the disney church:

disney church facade

by sunday our nails were a mess, so we went to get them done. i fell in love with opi big apple red! such a striking red shade with fuchsia undertones- the perfect red for summer! needless to say, i wanted to get it. when i got back to vienna i looked online for it, and because i was curious about the much acclaimed seche vite i was browsing for that too. i stumbled upon micky nail studio, a new store in vienna that also has an online shop. what makes micky nail studio special is that not only do they carry most collections of opi, they also stock essie, china glaze, seche vite, orly and zoya! if that wasn’t enough, opi and essie are cheaper there than anywhere else i’ve seen. before i knew it, my fingers started clicking, and i checked out a basket of 5 nailpolishes. it happens, right? when the haul arrives, you’ll know it :)

opi big apple red

 

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