Last But Not Least: Day Three

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London has entire streets dedicated to all sorts of bookshops. There’s one dedicated to witchcraft and one sells hand signed first editions of Charles Dickens and one has a café in the midst of paper and ink. The tour guide called it Diagon Alley and I will stick to that (even though it is really called Cecile’s Street).

Oxford Street always makes me a hypocrate. Because I hate that people just shop to shop without needing anything that they buy, but I am one of them and I love commercialism. I bought so much and I needed nothing, and I won’t admit that it felt good.

(Quote: J.K. Rowling)

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Noemí & Inga Take England

Hello everyone!

It’s 2 am but tomorrow it’s back to work, so I really want to get this post online before the sun rises! I haven’t been very active on my blog for the past month or so, because I was having the most fabulous time travelling the UK. Guys, your country is gorgeous! Get it? GORGEOUS!

I wrote something small about each of the 22 days in my diary and I’m going to share these thoughts with you over the next couple of weeks in a series called Last But Not Least. I hope that you’re going to enjoy this little project of mine! There’ll be stories of chocolate orgies and ancient castles and adventures in Hogwarts, and a boy even.

For now, though, I’ll just leave a couple of uneditted pictures for you to gape at!

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I hope everyone has had an amazing summer!
Lots of love from the roots of my heart!
xxx

My England Reading Lists

It‘s only a bit over a week to go until I visit the country of Harry Potter and Mr. Darcy and little Princess Charlotte, and I can‘t pressure enough how utterly excited I feel about having crumpets and clotted cream for breakfast every morning for almost a month!

My life mostly consists of lists – To-Do lists for the day, Never-Mind lists for the night, Errands-To-Run lists for the week, To-Write lists, To-Call lists, To-Feel-Happy-About lists, To-Read lists – therefore it won‘t come as a surprise to you that I‘m quite well prepared for my journey around the island. The thing is, though, that while I‘m well organised and hardly ever forget to pack something due to my grand lists, I take with me the most ridiculous things; last week I went hiking, and where others packed a second T-shirt or another pair of pants I stuffed a jar of Nutella and a huge pack of Marshmallows into my backpack. Had I checked the News I would have known that fires were prohibited in the entire canton of Grisons, thus making Marshmallows completely unnecessary because I don‘t even like them raw!

But what I can share with you is my book list. My book lists, really. I‘ve read a number of books before embarking on my journey, there is a selection I‘ll want to take with me and of course I‘ll be buying more once I get to a place where they have Waterstone‘s.

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This is, of course, only a rough and rather random selection of literary pleasure. Any old Sherlock Holmes novel will do, and if anyone has more suggestions I‘m really quite open for that, too! And before you ask – yes, Harry Potter will absolutely be with me at all times!

I‘m wishing you all a wonderful rest of summer!
Lots of love from the roots of my heart!
xxx

My Bucket List

I have recently developed a liking for lists. I‘m listing everything now. From daily routines over groceries to the number of pages I want to read in a day. Of course I also I have a Bucket List. The intention behind this particular list is not essentially getting everything done before I die – although not being dead would be a great advantage! – but rather valuing the little things more. I saw this on Megan‘s blog and really loved the idea; it also went hand in hand with this gorgeous little note that I found on Pinterest:

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Isn‘t this wonderful?! Not very ecological, sure, but it‘s so sweet! Let‘s not care about the big things, let‘s do all the things that don‘t matter because in the end they‘re the ones that matter most!

So here goes:

  • Eat Yeast Dumplings at Brasserie
  • Feed the elephants and giraffes at Hagenbeck‘s zoo in Hamburg
  • Write a book
  • Publish a book
  • Guide tourists around in Bern
  • Go to a Passenger concert
  • Visit Disneyland with Anastasia
  • Kiss someone in the rain
  • Do a cupcake decorating class in London
  • Make vanilla cookies with Samantha
  • Spend a weekend in Lübeck
  • Go diving in Utila
  • Found a bookstore
  • Travel around in Iceland
  • Visit Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  • Hear The Bookshop Band live
  • Learn Dutch
  • Visit Disneyworld
  • Make my own teddy bear
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  • Crochet a unicorn
  • Live vegan for a month
  • Learn Polish
  • Move out
  • Donate my hair for charity
  • Spend a day on a bus
  • Learn Czech
  • Watch Three Gifts for Cinderella in Czech
  • Read all Jane Austen novels
  • Eat cake with Kerstin Gier
  • Read Anna Karenina
  • Visit Cologne Cathedral
  • Learn the Roman numbers
  • Eat an entire jar of Nutella
  • Get on a random train and just see where it takes me
  • Visit the Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Learn how to play the O.R.E.O. song on the ukulele
  • Find the Loch-Ness monster
  • Visit Liechtenstein with Samantha
  • Buy a Samovar
  • Have coffee at Sala 33 with Sloany & Kely
  • Visit Pemberly
  • Have my hair cut by someone who doesn‘t speak my language
  • Try Butterbeer
  • Eat scones at Café Martha
  • Watch baby turtles hatch
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Visit Ojojona with Sloany
  • Read The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harald Fry
  • Create a brownie cemetery with Samantha
  • See the Lion King musical
  • Adopt a koala

There will probably be added more lovely points! 🙂 If any of you have a bucket list I’ll be very interested in reading them!

Lots of love!
xxx

The Best Day of my Life (A Hamburg Adventure)

Last weekend I had the incredible chance to visit my friend Inga in Hamburg. Until now I always thought Berlin was my favourite city everrr, but now I‘m actually torn between the two! I‘ve been to at least a dozen different book shops, tested like five cafés and started working off my bucket list. It felt so good to just ditch uni for a few days and just feel happy without worrying too much about homework or vacuuming or whether I should take the bicycle or the bus. One of my friends has this status on her WhatsApp account that says, How wild it was, to let it be. This is exactly what Hamburg felt like. To let so many things just be. I didn‘t go see The Lion King and I didn‘t even pass the famous Reeperbahn, I just didn‘t care about sightseeing at all, and it was great to have the luxury of being so free.

In Hamburg I learned one thing about city trips: they are the most fun if you follow the children‘s program! I seriously had the time of my life on saturday.

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We started the day off by visiting the Miniature Wonderland. There are so many details and we just spent ages trying to discover them all. Well, right until we got to Scandinavia and Inga wanted coffee because she‘d seen that bit like a trillion times already. I could probably have spent the day there. So many tiny everyday life situations that suddenly seem so fascinating and, yes, a little disturbing. Like the tiny couple having sex in the corn field while tiny police officers are fishing a tiny corpse out of a river while in the background a tiny family is having a tiny garden party. I thought that this is actually very much like real life, because what are we if not tiny people going about our tiny lives? And how grand we feel while doing so!

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After a well deserved coffee we headed to the Speicherstadt, a beautiful old part of the city. There we visited a museum called Chocoversum which, you guessed it, is all about chocolate! We got a really amazing tour, but what was even more amazing was the part where we could make our own chocolate. And that wasn‘t even the best bit of the day. After that we went to have cake and it was so delicious it made me want to cry. Every day that is so full of chocolate can not be bad, really not.

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It was already late afternoon and I made Inga go to a Build-A-Bear-Workshop with me where you can create your own teddy bear. I‘m really proud of her to have stuck with me the entire time while I was dancing around the store, my arms raised, shouting „Love! Love! Love!“ with the shop assistant, so that my new toy would be a good friend. We had a  bit of a dispute when it came to choosing a name because I declined everything she offered until I finally settled for Poopsy (totally my idea… what can I say, I‘m not very creative under stress!).

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When I look back on these days now I realise how little it mattered that the sky was grey for most of the time or that my train arrived late or that I at one point spilled tea all over me. Because all I really remember is that chocolatey day and the cookie cutter that I bought and how I planted a heart in a teddy bear and how wild it was to have a tea in Inga‘s kitchen, and to let it be.

Lots of Love!
xxx

Servus Salzburg!

As I already mentioned in my former posts, I spent New Year‘s in Austria. I had a lovely time there with my friend Inga and even though I got a terrible cold on New Year‘s Eve, I started well into the new year. If you start the new year feeling off it means that it can only get better!
So, I thought today I‘d share with you some of my favourite memories! I hope you enjoy this read, and if you go to Salzburg let me know how you liked it!

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Salzburg is the place where they filmed The Sound of Music in the seventies, and even people like me, who haven‘t seen the movie, can‘t help but notice as every souvenir shop sells merchandise and every other bus is painted with the face of Julie Andrews.

Salzburg is also famous for its puppet theatre, another fact I knew nothing about.
And, guys – it‘s really fun! We went to see The Sound of Music which caused us both to sing in annoyingly high pitched voices for the rest of our stay!

Another great excursion was the trip to the salt mines in Hallein. I only feared for my life twice, the rest of the time I felt like one of the seven dwarves (I looked like one, too!). If I were a miner, I don‘t think I‘d survive for too long. I‘d probably keep singing „Hey Ho, Hey Ho, It‘s on to work we go…!“ until somebody pushed me into some hole. There‘s a mummy that was found of a miner from the seventeenth century. I‘m fairly certain that‘s what happened to him!
On the bright side, we got to drink champaign upon leaving and alcohol does put everything into perspective, doesn‘t it? (it doesn‘t? what!?)

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The one thing we didn‘t do and that I really regret now was visit Salzburg‘s Christmas museum! It‘s an exhibition about Christmas! It‘s like they knew I was coming!
I should probably mention the fortress, too. Yeah, we didn‘t go there. I went a few years ago with my mum, and this time we were just so cold most of the time that we hung out in cafés and book shops instead.

If you plan on visiting Salzburg anytime soon, here‘s a couple of tips for you:

  • Eat a Brezen. They are delicious. Don‘t, however, try the Doughnut one, it‘s dry and boring. Try the Mozart Brezen!
  • We‘ve been to almost every café the city has to offer. The three best ones were

.Stadt Café
Have a Nutella waffle when you go there! They are AMAZING!!
Museumsplatz 5
5020 Salzburg
www.stadtcafe-salzburg.at

Café Habakuk
The BESTEST place to go and warm up! Delicious cake, too!
Linzergasse 26
5020 Salzburg
www.cafe-habakuk.at

Café Pamina
They do one amazing hot chocolate! If you order tea and milk, try not to steal the tiny jug of milk because of its cuteness! (if I can resist, then you can too!)
Judengasse 17
5020 Salzburg
www.cafepamina.at

  • To get from café to café we had to get back on the street and checked out book shops. My favourite one was…

    Rupertus Buchhandlung
    Big surprise, I bought a book there. What can I say, the flesh is weak!
    Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 12
    5020 Salzburg
    www.rupertusbuch.at

  • Salzburg has very poor wifi. Most of the time it doesn‘t work, even if you have perfect reception.
  • Just in case you were wondering where we stayed – the place was called Hotel Junior and it was really good. The staff is very friendly, the room was clean and there was SO MUCH breakfast (I LOVE breakfast!). It’s a thirty minute walk from the city center (though probably shorter when there’s no snow) or a ten minute bus ride from the train station.

Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 49
5020 Salzburg
www.hoteljunior.at

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I hope the new year has been treating you well so far and I‘m looking forward to talking to you soon!

Lots of love!
xxx