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my most recent date, or what the hell is wrong with you, man

19 Aug

lovelies,
i’ve very recently gone on a date that was not all that. actually, it really sucked. big time. after it was over i felt like going home, curl up on my bed and cry into my cat’s fur- he wouldn’t have liked it, but he’d take one for the team, i’m sure.
how did it come to the date? well, a friend of mine suggested i get ”tinder”. it’s an app that locates people in your vicinity with the same application. it’s very woman friendly, as you get to ”like” or ”nope” the people that show up on your locator feed, before they see your profile. basically, if you ”like” someone, only then they can see your profile. once there’s a ”match” (both liked eachother), you can start chatting. my girls and i installed it- just for fun, of course! r-TINDER-large570
after some browsing through the app, this blurry picture of a guy’s profile shows up. despite the blur, i felt like there was something i can work with- i could see just about enough of him to give it a go. what do you know- it was a match!
we get to chitchatting, mainly about what we do to keep cool in the crazy heat we had in vienna. i mentioned going for viennese ice coffee was a regular thing besides being poolside most of the day, and he suggested to meet up for a coffee. he seemed nice enough, so i agreed. we set for the next day, early afternoon. around noon that day, he texts about trouble at work, and if we can postpone to the next day. sure! no problems, sunday afternoon it is!
right, i’m getting ready to go meet this guy, i choose a cute yet effortless outfit of dark denim shorts with tiny little white stars, and a blush pink cami top. we were set to meet at 4 pm- we were only meeting for half an hour, as he had plans with friends and was catching a plane later that evening- totally fine for a first date. at 3:55 he texts me ”if i know how long i’m going to be”.
ummm, ok… it’s not that i’m late, and was just around the corner, so i text back ”2 mins”. once at the cafe, i perform a quick scan of the place but don’t spot someone that could be my blurry date, so i text him that i’m there, and am finding a place to sit. maybe he is running late, that’s why he asked how long i was going to be…
as soon as i sit and whip out my phone, i hear chairs moving and a figure appears by the table. i look up, and the guy asks: ”nadia?”
two thoughts cross my mind instantly- 1. we’ve been texting for two days, the name of the user is right at the top of every chat window- and you STILL get my name wrong? what the hell is wrong with you, man?
2. i’ve seen this guy during my scan! but dismissed him right away because he looks sixteen, not 28!
whatever, i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, even if i’m a little irritated, stand up and shake his hand, saying ”it’s nadine actually, but close enough i guess.” as soon as he sits down, he asks me if i’m still up for ice coffee, as it’s not that hot anymore. given that it still was 29 degrees C, i was seriously wondering if this guy just has a pretty lame sense of humor, or if he’s serious. i told him i thought it was warm enough to still get two scoops of vanilla ice cream in coffee, yes.

viennese ice coffee

viennese ice coffee

moments later the waitress shows up, and wants to take our order. he asks her if they served ice coffee, she says ”yes of course”! then, he asks how much it costs. when she answers 5 euros, he deems it a fair price, as he says ”thats ok, i’d like an ice coffee”. i’m honestly speechless by now. seriously, how much did you think it was going to cost? this guy is not doing himself any favors…
i proceed with ordering one too, and try to start a conversation. i ask what kind of job entails an emergency on a saturday afternoon, and he informs me that he ”actually lives and works in london, but is in vienna for business over the weekend.” is this guy for real? how in any way, is that an answer to my question? so i make myself clearer: ”what is it that you do?” ” oh finance, investment blablablabla (don’t actually remember, i was so fascinated, obviously), but i don’t really want to talk about what i do, as it doesn’t have a very good reputation. what do you do?” so i tell him that i’m in between jobs right now, and enjoying the summer, but that i used to work at a bank in the communications sector, and didn’t really like it. at that, he proceeds to freely recount how the firm he works at just pulled a gajillion euro deal with said bank, and just keeps on going on and on about money and work… i’m sorry, didn’t you not want to talk about work? why am i being treated to such a riveting tale?
when he’s done, he asks me if i’m still going to the pool today. i answer that it’s too late now, but that i was looking forward to spending the whole next day in the water. you know what his next question is? ”when do you get off work?” i kind of blankly stare at him at this point, and explain very slowly that right now, i’m not working, but when i used to work, i would get off around 5 pm. wow. did this guy not listen to a word i said? what is wrong with you, man!?
as the allotted time for the date comes to an end, i’m beyond happy, and when he starts getting antsy, i beckon the waitress over so that we can pay and i can get the hell out of there. needless to say, he doesn’t even attempt to stop me paying for my own ice coffee, and proceeds to pay for his own. don’t get me wrong, i really didn’t want him to pay for it, but it’s about the gesture, the principle of gallantry- no, not gallantry, manners!
when we walk out, he suggests we should add eachother on facebook- i say sure, but my mind is saying no way. i ask him for his last name. ”i’ll whatsapp it to you.” wow. such mystery. not for the first time, but what is wrong with you, man!?
at the end, he looks for a car2go, and i spot one across the street; when he makes no move to go to it, i ask him ”don’t you need it? well then bye!” we shake hands, and i speedwalk into the distance.

this is the second date i’ve been on recently, and even though the first one was great, but sadly there was absolutely no chemistry, this date made me feel really frustrated, disappointed, sad, and most of all hopeless. where are all the good guys? taken. or gay. or just want to be friends. isn’t that great? time to get another cat, i think. or maybe i should spice it up with something a little more exotic like a chinchilla or a mini horse. i think my cats would like that.

hello, i'm your new roommate!

hello, i’m your new roommate!

thank you, twitter

26 Jul

my 13 year old cousin from egypt is spending some time with me in vienna, attending a dance camp and generally practicing her german. we get along really well, and i’m proud of her for being able to manage getting around the city by herself, using public transportation and everything!

we brought her phone to get unlocked on tuesday, so that she could use an austrian simcard, and she was supposed to call or text me from it right when she got it (around 4 pm.). i was at work, and would have gone on an errand with a friend for a couple of hours afterwards.
around six-ish i started getting a little antsy because i haven’t yet heard from her. i called the number a couple of times, but it was off. by seven, i was restless- i called the number of the store, to ask if she had even been there, but no one answered there either… slowly, scenes from movies and tv-series where kids get kidnapped started sneaking into my mind. my rational side tried hushing them, reminding myself that this is vienna after all, one of the safest cities in the world, and that for sure 1. she was already home 2. the phone didn’t unlock, so she couldn’t use it, 3. she lost track of time while shopping. or something totally unrelated to her being abducted/in the hospital.

i had an epiphany on the way home! if she were to be at home -safe and sound-  she for sure would have been on facebook or twitter, so without giving it a second thought i tweeted her:

i honestly don’t know what i would have done, if i hadn’t gotten an answer.

talk about weight falling off my shoulders!
if this is what it feels like to have kids and worry about them, then no thanks, i think i’ll pass on the whole shebang.

now i know why my parents (still) freak out when they don’t get a call from me while travelling or so, even if i’m already 26.
thank you twitter, for your help in sparing me an anxiety attack. Parents out there, do you resort to social media when you can’t reach your progeny? has anyone had a similar experience?

neon como

24 Jul

i was lucky to be raised in a beautiful little spot on earth, that is only 30 minutes away from the italian border.

trips to como were a weekly occurrence, often connected to market and restaurant visits.
como has some amazing restaurants and trattorie that serve pasta in any which way, but also make amazing risottos, meat, chicken and of course- pizza. somehow most of the food seems tastier and lighter when eaten in italy, really! i always feel that the ingredients are fresher, richer and less heavy than say, an italian restaurant somewhere else (with the possible exception of ticino).

but this post is not about food- it’s about the mercato di como, a charming street market which happens 2-3 times a week, usually tuesday and saturday. it’s packed full of clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup, linens and towels- pretty much everything anyone might need, ever. 
what caught my eye this time, was the sheer amount of neon clothing offered in almost every stall… in vienna, neon is relatively well spread this summer, from eye-catching accessories, to t-shirts and pants, but i haven’t yet seen anyone dressed head to toe in neon. not even to an 80’s theme party. apparently italians (or maybe it’s just the comaschi?) feel that there can’t be too much neon. in every color. all over.

neon everywhere

as far as the eye reaches

i have a question for you: how much neon is enough neon in your opineon? (puns!)
would/do you  wear neon?

the outfit I wore for the day was comfy and practical, and my nails (rimmel, 270 hot shot) would have given barbie a run for her money:

shorts and top h&m (top with a bit of diy)

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!

april weekend

30 Apr

hello lovelies!

i really hope you had an amazing weekend! mine was beautifully relaxing… we’ve had incredible weather over the last week, and the weekend just topped it all off with temperatures up to 30°C!

i spent the entire saturday reading at stadtpark (vienna’s “central park”), enjoying the sun, the grass, the birds chirping- it was divine! i started and finished the first book of the hunger games trilogy that day, and i’m hooked! i even brought the second one with me to work, so that i can read during breaks.

golden johann strauss statue in the park

sun rays through the trees

how dreamy is this garden? to anyone that is planning to visit vienna, stadtpark is a must see!
when i wasn’t at the park, i was with my friends at brunch or at the movies (american pie reunion!).i haven’t felt this rested in a long time, and i can’t wait to repeat the drill tomorrow again, because it’s national day! which equals holiday, and the sun approves.here a few glimpses of life at home on a lazy sunday morning

cookie chilling on the cool floor

 

ttt- totally tired thursday

15 Mar

i’m so tired! haven’t been sleeping very well the past couple of days, and i’m absolutely dreading waking up at 4 am tomorrow to catch a 6.55 flight… baaaah!

my brother and i are visiting our parents in switzerland over the weekend, and i couldn’t find a cheaper flight :( oh well… at least tomorrow i’ll be so tired i’ll fall asleep fast!

i spent most of the day outside today, and the weather was just divine! it was about 15 degrees (celsius), sunny and just so springy! first time wearing ballerinas this year! yay!
hope the weather in switzerland will be just as nice as in vienna- temps are predicted to reach 20°C!
my brother and i are getting my dad an iPad 2 for father’s day (in switzerland it’s on the 19th of march), so we went to town to check when the new one is coming out. turns out it will be available only end of next week, so we will make him a nice card and bought him a chocolate shaving set- should keep him busy till the iPad’s here :)

don’t have much more to report, so i will leave you with a cool/funny pic i found online

musings

14 Mar

i’ve added a new category: musings and daydreams.
it seemed appropriate, as i didn’t really know in which category i could put random thoughts, brainfarts, general wonderings and all the other things that whirl through my mind.

at the moment i’m constantly followed by some sort of restlessness… which expands into (day)dreams and a desire to make a change. it is now my 6th year in vienna, and i love it. i mentioned in an earlier post that to me, vienna is the most beautiful city in the world. i live in a great apartment with three cats and my brother. our parents visit us often, i have a great group of friends- honestly, i’m very happy with my life.
then why do i keep getting this nagging feeling? this urge to move on, try something new, do something else?
it might be because i’m still jobless at the moment- granted, i could be looking for one alot harder, but still, the point is to find something i like (or would like) to do, not throwing myself into just anything… right?
maybe, and i think that is the actual problem, i don’t really know what i want to do. wow. when i first realised that, i was a little taken aback. if i don’t know what i want to do, who would?
i want to add that there is no lack of wishes and dreams as to what i would like to be doing. i think it’s quite the contrary, maybe there’s just too many things i want to try!
one of my life dreams is to work with animals, particularly horses and dogs… it is probably the one constant passion i’ve been carrying around my whole life. other things came and went, but this always stayed. in my mind, i would own a ranch, somewhere in montana -thanks to the horsewhisperer, that’s been the backdrop for this dream. or maybe somewhere in california would do too, with access to a nice secluded beach. my brain plays it out like this:

riding through snow - montana

a girl and her horse (photo by kevin sadler)

yeeehaaw into the sunset

then again, i have another very very different dream. the glitz and glamour of a career in fashion or the entertainment industry! that’s quite a change from the previous one, isn’t it? i think i’m on the right track about not knowing what i want…
having worked at a model agency, i got hands on experience with this fantastical world, and i’m hooked. i don’t care if it’s a shallow, exploitative industry- it’s fun and fast paced, and i like it!
now, sadly, in vienna this particular sector is veeeeery limited… it is bigger in paris, milan or london, but it doesn’t compare to the land of entertainers, the united states. would i be able and willing to move to the usa to pursue a career? cowgirl or showbiz? or is it better (safer?) to stay in good old europe and make the best of it?
the thing is, i would consider moving to denmark, too. for totally different reasons, but it would be an option! the people are so cool, the whole scandinavian culture is so different and relaxed, it almost feels like being out of europe. i used to say “the danish are the australians of europe”. i still stand by that. but then again, i loved australia! sydney and melbourne were such amazing places, i would love to move there too! again, different reasons than any of the ones above, it has a unique appeal!

see where the problem is? my (let’s face it raging) wanderlust has gotten me all confused! so many places, with such different characteristics and appeals! how could i make a decision? what would be the best thing to do? how do i determine what the best thing is? is it happiness? career? money? ideally it would be a mix of everything, but the existence of such an outcome seems quite utopic, no?

i would love to hear your thoughts about this :)

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