Travel Blog: Rome in a Day

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Ihr plant einen eintägigen Trip nach Rom? Dann seid ihr bei diesem Beitrag an der richtigen Stelle. Ich habe fünf Highlights für euch zusammengefasst, die ihr auf keinen Fall verpassen solltet! Ich war Anfang dieser Woche mit einer Freundin dort (mein drittes Mal schon) und bin nach wie vor fasziniert von dieser Stadt und dem italienischen Zauber, der in der Luft liegt.

Falls ihr ein paar Tage mehr in Rom seid, findet ihr am Ende ein paar extra Plätze, die ihr besuchen solltet. Die ganze Reise ist low budget – meine Freundin Anna und ich waren 3 Tage dort und haben beide unter 100€ ausgegeben (ohne Flug und Hotel). Es wäre sogar noch weniger, wäre ich nicht wieder mal shoppen gewesen haha

Frühstück auf den spanischen Treppen

Es gibt wahrscheinlich keine bessere Art und Weise als den Tag mit einem leckeren Frühstück auf den spanischen Treppen zu starten. Holt euch ein Croissant und einen italienischen Cappuccino und setzt euch oben auf die Stufen. Der Ausblick ist einfach hammer.

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Orangengarten

Von den spanischen Treppen aus könnt ihr die Via del Corso ansteuern, eine lange Einkaufsstraße in Rom. Irgendwann führt euch die Straße am Kapitol vorbei, wo in der Nähe der Orangengarten auf einem kleinen Hügel liegt. Zu Mittag ist es dort durch die vielen Bäume super schattig, also perfekt für eine Spazierpause. Der Ausblick dort ist ebenfalls Wahnsinn, lasst euch überraschen!

Gelato

Holt euch danach zur Belohnung ein Gelato von einem Eisgeschäft. Es ist wahr, was alle sagen: Das Eis schmeckt in Italien so viel besser! Vor einigen Jahren habe ich die Eiscreme bei Blue Ice in einer Seitengasse beim Piazza Navona probiert, super lecker! Auch das Eis beim Pantheon soll gut sein.

Abendessen in Trastevere

Im Viertel Trastevere kann man gut Abendessen und danach auch verschiedene Bars besuchen. Hier sind viele junge Leute zu finden! Die Seitengassen sind auch toll zum Durchspazieren.

Fontana Di Trevi bei Nacht

Mitten in der Nacht, wenn die meisten anderen TouristInnen schlafen, besucht noch den Trevibrunnen und wünscht euch dort etwas, indem ihr eine Münze ins Wasser werft. Spät in der Nacht sind weniger Menschen dort, und der Brunnen wirkt richtig magisch.

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Extra Vorschläge
  • Kapitol mit dem Tempel daneben
  • Piazza Navona
  • Forum Romanum & Collosseum (ermäßigter Eintritt kostet 7,50€)
  • Vatikan (kostenlos, aber lange Schlange wegen Security: am besten ganz früh dort sein und anstellen)

Die Tageskarten für die Ubahn bzw. Busse/Straßenbahnen zahlen sich nicht unbedingt aus, weil man das meiste zu Fuß erreichen ist. Einzelkarten für die Ubahn gibt es bei Automaten (Bargeld ist von Vorteil), und die Karten für den Bus bzw. Tram in Trafiken.

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The little things

My friend Magdalena took these two pictures in Halifax (here is her photography page). At the moment, I am reeeally missing Halifax & the people there. I especially miss the independence and freedom that I have felt there. Here at home, nothing seems as if it has changed, but I feel like I have changed so much – it doesn’t quite fit at the moment I guess. However, this post shouldn’t be about what I miss about Halifax – it should evoke happy feelings!

People (myself included) tend to oversee the little things that we should all be grateful for. In 2018, I will try to be more thankful for the small details that I took for granted until now… So here is a list:

The feeling of sunshine on salty skin. Beaches. Eating porridge for dinner. Sweet meals. Clean sheets. Cute cafés. Love & saying I love you to someone. Music that instantly gets you. New friends who feel like you have known them forever. Flowers. Showers.

French. Laughing with the right people. Change. Sunrises & early mornings. Jumping on trampolines. Ice skating in winter. Mountains & lakes. Maps. People who radiate positivity. 3 a.m. conversations. (Shooting) Stars & looking at them.

Rooms with big windows. Sam Smith songs. Car drives while it’s raining.

Taking chances. Taking risks. Green tea. Almonds. Being able to see colours. Being able to run. The moon & how large it looks sometimes. Lying on your bedroom floor while thinking about life. Overwhelming feelings. Daydreaming. Trying new recipes.

Independency. All the times when the sky looks infinite. 90s hits. Driving with the windows down & sticking your hand out to feel the air. Naps. Summer nights. Letters.

Hot chocolate. Taking time for self-care. Bad years (because then you appreciate the good ones that follow). Dancing. Summer rain. When it starts to smell like spring.

This post inspired me to write this.

I hope you also feel a little inspired now.

Much love, Christine

Utrecht & The Hague

Here are some impressions and recommendation from my trip to the Netherlands last week:

What to see in Utrecht
Inner City

You can walk through the main part of the inner city by foot in only a couple of hours. The city is quite small, but incredibly beautiful! We walked through the streets during the afternoon, then got a hot chocolate at the restaurant PK (one of the best hot chocolates I’ve ever tasted) & in the evening we walked through the streets by night. Utrecht is so lovely with the canals & the fairy lights. It’s much calmer than Amsterdam and less tourist-y!

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The luc. is a cute restaurant which we ate lunch in. I tried the lentil toast and my friend Anna had the smashed avocado toast (see picture above). It was really delicious and the meals were so creative! I wish I could have tried the french toast as well!

The Dome of Utrecht

Tip: Go go and look inside the dome – the entry is free.

Honestly, I feel like the best way to explore Utrecht is just by walking around. It is quite easy to find one’s way there and it’s beautiful no matter where you go!

What to see in The Hague
Binnenhof

The building is just so beautiful and it’s a really nice location to take pictures at!

Peace Palace

It’s a big palace in the middle of The Hague. Outside, there is a little tree on which people have hung little letters. On the letters they say what they wish for in the world in various languages – such a nice idea! Go and look at it if you are there.

The Pier

The Hague is located right next to the ocean & is also known for it’s pier. When we were there, there was so much going on there – I haven’t felt that much energy in so long, this place felt so alive! We also took a ride on the ferris wheel, which was veeery scary  at first (especially since I am super afraid of heights haha). But I am glad that we did the ride, you have such a nice view from up there!

I hope I could inspire some of you with this post. Have you ever been to the Netherlands? If so, what was your favourite thing to do there?

Love, Chris

NYC Winter Outfit

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In today’s post, I want to show you my favourite winter outfit at the moment. It was perfect for the weather in New York this past week. Further down, you will find the different pieces I wore. If you click on the clothing items, the online shops in which you can buy them will pop up. Enjoy!

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Scarf

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Coat

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Sweather

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High waisted jeans

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Bag

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Gloves

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Boots (similar ones)

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Earrings

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Like or comment if you enjoyed this post! What is your favourite piece?

Love, Christine

Came with nothing, left with everything

Halifax has taught me a lot. The past four months here have shown me who I am as a person, what I want in life and what I want to be like. I finally found the missing puzzle piece that I needed to feel complete again – and it feels so good. I honestly haven’t felt that content with myself since summer 2016. I finally found myself again.

I will never forget this place, nor the people I have met in Halifax. I will always keep the memories in my heart. All the movie nights, the parties, the evenings downtown, the study sessions at library, the classes at gym.

It was a whole life lived in just four months. As sad as I am to leave everything here, I know that the end of this chapter has come and it’s time to move on. I am already excited for the next chapter and what’s about to happen the next few months.

Life is so crazy. And full of surprises.

Let’s see what happens next..

Love, Christine

 

L.A. Bucket list

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Dreams come true, and Picasso was right: Everything you can imagine is real.

2:12 p.m. Next flight: WS1513 from LAX to YYC. As I am writing this, I am waiting in Los Angeles to catch my first flight back to Halifax. I still don’t realise that I am actually sitting here, nor that I have spent the past days in this city.

For those of you who know me better, will probably also know that I have dreamed of this place since I was little. I’ve always wanted to go here… lay on the beach in Venice and walk around the funky, palm-tree-filled streets of L.A. And now I am here. One of my biggest bucket list wishes came true.

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If someone would have told me two years ago that I would be in this exact moment right now, I probably wouldn’t have believed them – studying in Canada and casually visiting my friend Anna in L.A. because she goes to university here, would have sounded like a  dream. But dreams come true, and Picasso was right: Everything you can imagine is real.

These past days, I got the chance to cross three things off of my bucket list which I want to share with you. Maybe you’ll get a little inspired..

✓ Take a walk by the canals in Venice

Take a walk there in the evening! It’s so romantic, and probably no one except you and the residents will be there.

✓ Visit Griffith Park & the observatory

It’s true what everyone says.. this place is magical. I could have stayed up there all night just watching the lights and the skyline. The best time to go is during the week, the observatory is super crowded on the weekends.

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✓ Stick your feet into the Pacific Ocean

It doesn’t matter if you do it in Santa Monica, Venice or Malibu. Walking barefoot in the sand and along the shore instantly makes me feel happy and relaxed.

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After the past days, I don’t want to leave. I feel drawn to L.A. and its atmosphere.. Maybe it’s the sunny summer-weather, or the positivity and open-mindedness of the people. One thing is for sure, this will not be my last time here.

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Christine

4 things to do in Cape Breton

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Over the thanksgiving weekend, I was invited to my friend Brittany’s home in Cape Breton. We did many things and saw a lot of Canada’s nature on this trip, which is why I wanted to share four of my favourite things to do there:

1. Drive along the Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is a drive along the north of the island. The views along this drive are unquestionably mesmorizing, the scenery is just incredible. It felt like a mixture of Ireland and France combined. On one side, you can see the cliffs and the ocean, on the other, there are endless woods painted in green, orange and bright red colours.

Moreover, the small villages you drive through are so lovely. My favourite place was Chéticamp, where you can eat at the restaurant Le Gabriel. Also, don’t miss out on the Gypsum Mines. They turned those mines into lakes, which look incredible as you can see on one of the pictures below.

100 per cent worth driving along.

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2. Do the Ceilidh Coastal Trail

Another beautiful trail you can drive along! Again, the scenery is just amazing. I feel so free when I see green hills and the ocean. It always reminds me of the trip I did to Ireland four years ago.

When you drive along this trail, you should definitely check out Christie’s Look-Off, I believe that’s where I took my pictures.

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3. Go to a square dance

I guess this one is pretty typical for people who live in Cape Breton. On our stay, we went to not only one but two square dances (my first ones ever), and it was so much fun! Just believe me and try it out, you won’t regret it.

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4. Eat pancakes at the Shining Waters Bakery

This bakery in Mabou (btw one of the cutest places I have ever been to) has the best breakfast pancakes EVER. I am very picky when it comes to food, but this little restaurant did not disappoint me. The portions are huge, and the price is really okay. Also try their porridge bread! It may not be on the menu, just ask for it – it tastes amazing!

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Whether you try the trails/restaurants that I have recommended or you experience the island on your own, one thing is for sure: Cape Breton is definitely worth visiting! The small villages, as well as the nature are incredibly beautiful & I will certainly come back one day.

Love, Christine

Peggy’s Cove

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It’s already been one whole month since I live here in Canada. The time is flying by so fast, it’s unbelievable. Even though I miss my friends, the life here feels so normal now & I don’t feel homesick at all. This experience has actually shown me that I am more grown-up and independent than I ever would have thought, and that I am ready to move away from Austria (as soon as I get my Bachelor haha).

I feel as if I have already learned so so much here – especially about myself and what I really want in life. Moreover, I finally have the time here to actually work on myself and the person I want to be, which I am really grateful for.

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All the memories and experiences I made here have taught me something, and I am looking forward to experiencing even more and going on new adventures here! … Like the little roadtrip we took to Peggy’s Cove last weekend.

Peggy’s Cove was lovely. The houses looked so cute, and walking around the big rocks by the lighthouse was incredible. The view from there was mesmorizing – dozens of rocks, the Atlantic ocean … I could sit there all day and just watch the waves as they crash into the waterfront!

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After some time, the sun even came out which made the whole place brighten up. This place was exactly what I imagined when I thought of Halifax when choosing my destination for the exchange semester – and I don’t regret it at all! I will never forget this day and this little adventure with our international group here.

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What are your thought on an exchange semester & moving to another country? I’d be really interested to know!

Also, I hope you enjoyed this post & my pictures!

Love, Christine

First Week Abroad

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My first week at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is officially done! It seems crazy when I think about all of the things that have happened in the past ten days I have been here. It was the first time flying alone, the first time on a different continent, the first time I used a washing machine by myself, the first time at Walmart, and so on.. There has been so much going on – so many new places, people, surroundings.. which is why I thought it was a good idea to write some of it down!

But let’s start at the beginning: All in all, it took me about 19 hours to get from Vienna to the airport Halifax. I had to transit two times (one time in Frankfurt and then again in Toronto), which I was very anxious of in the beginning, since I had never flown alone before! However, everything turned out fine in the end, I met super nice people and managed to carry my heavy luggage without any problems. I finally arrived at 12:34 a.m. in Halifax, where a woman who works at the university kindly picked me up.

The Mount (my university here) didn’t only pick us up, they also had so many events planned for us in the so-called orientation week. It was amazing! Even though it was stressful at some points (every day was loaded with activities), the events were so much fun. For instance, there was an inflatable parcour, a casino night, a show with the mentalist Wayne Hoffman, a ‚Glow Tight & Bright‘-party, etc.

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As you can see in the pictures above, we went bowling one evening where we even got to meet the university’s mascot Mounty. I was pretty bad at the game itself, but I enjoyed meeting the other international students from China, Nepal, France, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, India, Great Britain, Ghana, etc. The exchange students here are from all over the world, it’s incredible!

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This is the pond which is directly in front of the house I live in, it is such a lovely place! I am staying in one of the ‚Birches‘. Each one has room for 20 students to live in.

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Above, you can see the view from the campus. The university is up on a hill and next to the ocean, which is why we have an amazing view from up here! There are even deer living on campus & they don’t shy away from us humans, it is amazing.

 

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We have also already explored downtown Halifax! We have seen the Spring Garden and we were at the waterfront, which was so so nice. I have instantly fallen in love with this place, it is so lively but at the same time quiet and peaceful. Just being able to be by the sea at all times is amazing, I am so grateful for this!

Also, Canadians seem to be the nicest people ever! Everyone here is so welcoming and wants to help you all of the time.

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We also took the ferry to the city next to Halifax, Dartmouth. You can see Halifax and the bridge that connects both cities from there.

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The thought of living and studying here for the next 3 months just seems so crazy to me, I still can’t believe it! I am incredibly thankful that I have this opportunity and I will try to make as much of it as I can!

If you study abroad or have studied abroad, message me on Instagram or comment here! I love to hear stories of other people about their experiences and travel adventures.

See you soon!

Love, Christine

Berlin + Hamburg

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A lesson that I have learned on my trip to Germany: Nothing happens as you expect it to & so much can go wrong when you are traveling!

The trip started out perfectly fine. My friend Melanie & I planned to visit our friend Destina in Berlin and spend a day in Hamburg before flying back home. We flew from Bratislava to Berlin-Schönefeld (the airline Ryanair offers flights from Bratislava which are much cheaper than the flights from Vienna). Destina picked us up there and we stayed at the place she rents.

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On the first evening, we mostly talked to catch up and cooked us some food (we also went grocery shopping which was quite fun – don’t know why but I just love buying groceries and food haha).

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On the second day, we spent the whole day strolling around the city. First, we went to  Brandenburg Gate where we sat down in the middle of the street and drank lemonade. It was so much fun – the city and the people there have such a youthful and laid-back vibe. I absolutely loved the atmosphere! Afterwards, we went to the Berlin Cathedral, the Lustgarten, the Mall of Berlin (honestly, the most beautiful mall I’ve ever been to) and Alexanderplatz, which is located right next to the TV tower.

Things to do: Visit Café Einstein – they make delicious coffee (also with soy milk!). Also, visit the Rittersport shop! You can make your own Rittersport chocolate there!! You can choose the chocolate flavour and up to three fillings. I made myself a dark chocolate bar with strawberry and raspberry flakes and caramelized almonds – it was so delicious!

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On the third day, we packed our bags and hit the road to Hamburg. The day before, we booked ourselves tickets for the Flixbus and spontaneously found a nice hotel to stay in. The drive was about  3 1/2 hours long. In Hamburg, we stayed at the Pension am Rathaus which is located in the centre of the city. It’s also close to the central bus station where our bus arrived.

We went shopping at the Mönckeberg street (visit the shop Reserved, I just loved the clothes they have there!). Subsequently, we took a long walk by the harbour and the Elbphilharmonie. Everything was so close to our hotel, we didn’t have to use public transport!

What else to do: Go eat at bona’me! The flair of the restaurant is amazing and the food looked really good. Sadly, we didn’t eat there because we were’nt hungry when we found the restaurant, but I can really recommend the lime blossom tea and the Rhubarb Sherbet – they were delicious.

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Hamburg was so lovely. I felt so at peace there.. The city, the atmosphere, the people, the buildings, the harbour – I loved everything and I just need to go back someday!

Missed flight & 14-hour train ride

Let’s get to the part now, where everything went wrong haha.. Everything was fine at the beginning, Melanie and I found a great place to stay in Hamburg, we had no problems with the flight, we had so much fun, etc. … We even started to get suspicious – if you would know Melanie or me you’d know that both of us are extremely chaotic people! hahaha .. So we started to think that something just had to go wrong – and well it did.

On our last day, we took the Flixbus from Hamburg to Berlin where our flight would departure. We even booked the early bus just in case something would go wrong & we would still get to the airport on time. Well.. turns out there was a big traffic jam and we got stuck. We would be 2 h late but there was still a slight chance that we would catch our flight. However, then the bus driver announced that we needed to stop at a stopping place, for 45 minutes. We didn’t have wifi, the bus driver didn’t help us when ewe tried to talk to him, we didn’t knew where we were..

Nobody could help us and we had to decide fast what we would do.

In the end, the overall best option was to buy train tickets back home. The worst thing was that the train tickets were quite expensive and Flixbus wouldn’t give us back the money for the bus ride (the bus arrived nearly 4 hours late, so I guess that was the least they could have done..). In addition, it would take us 14 hours more to get home, which was exhausting. Melanie had to go to work the next day either.

When you travel, you really can’t plan something 100%. Everything is possible and so so much can go wrong. The most important thing is to keep cool and laugh about it – after all it could have been waaay worse haha

Furthermore, you never know who you could meet in situations like this. Melanie and I met so many interesting people.. a woman who told me exactly what I needed to hear and an old man who had many fascinatig stories to tell. That made the train ride really worth it in the end.

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I believe that everything that happens at some point in our life has a reason. Everything is a lesson to teach you something.

I will never forget this trip. It was everything from relaxing to exciting to adventurous and I had so much fun. I enjoyed the vibes Berlin gave me and fell in love with Hamburg. But I will probably go more into that in my next post.

Did you ever miss a flight or had a travel situation like this? If so, what did you do and how did you feel in that moment? I would love to here your stories.

Much love, Christine

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