21 November 2017

My Weekend in Pictures

Dear readers,

this is how my weekend looked like.
My Saturday started early, at 8:30 to be exact. I woke up like this (no, just joking, I usually do not have enough time in the morning to get ready like a normal person, so this is my simple make-up look). Drank a cappuccino and ate some banana pancakes (banana + egg + oatmeal); next to scrambled eggs, they are my favourites for breakfast.

The reason why I woke up so early and why I had to dress up like a decent human being (otherwise I would spend my whole day in pyjamas) is a block seminar at my university, which started at 9:45 and spread through the whole day. I think these kind of seminars are more productive in comparison to those that take place every week for an hour or two. And they are even more useful in my situation, because everything is already practice based and involves a lot of role plays. So, this time, the seminar was about the burn out phenomenon and the stabilisation of patients with psychosis, self-inflicted behaviour and aggression.


At 13:00, it was time for lunch. I ate a Caesar salad from Hofer. Still amazed how delicious it was! After some brainstorming and discussion it was time for an afternoon snack. Yummy flam kuchen with a fruit whey drink. The sun has already set as we finished at 17:30.

In the evening, my love and me went on a date to the movies. We watched Justice League 3D; pretty nice effects! We just couldn't go without a coconut bubble tea! Nom nom!

On Sunday, we slept until 11:00. We are a couple that loves to sleep long and we cherish those lazy relaxed days. I think that in a world, where everything is about getting the most out of every minute, we often forget to take some time-out, just doing nothing but breathing (and maybe cuddling haha). Breakfast: scrambled eggs for sure!

We visited the Urban Vienna 2017 exhibition, since we received tickets for free. It was mostly companies presenting their products. Then we took a walk to the renovated Stephansplatz, but since it was raining a little, we hid in a coffee shop.

Afterwards, we went to Vapiano for a late lunch with my half-brother and his wife. The delicious photos say it all.

My day ended with work schedule making for the employees and some article reading, while drinking a lovely cup of chai latte. We usually watch a movie in the evening, but we skipped it this Sunday, since I had to wake up early the next day and I wanted to get to bed in time.


Thank you for reading! How was your weekend?

Love, Julija

17 November 2017

Puffer Jacket

Dear readers,

yesterday I got an awesome deal on this puffer jacket in a wonderful camel colour, so I just had to buy it. I was never a fan of such outerwear, because it mostly looks sporty and not elegant, but this one simply goes well with everything - in the pictures you can see me combining it with heels and yellow boots. How do you like it? I know it is a big change from what I usually wear.

Love, Julija

 Jacket: H&M, Sweater: H&M, Pants: C&A, Heels: Esmara by Heidi Klum, Boots: Deichmann

15 November 2017

Touch of Yellow

Dear readers,

here is another outfit from when it was still warm, now it is just too cold for only a poncho. I am obsessed with ponchos since last year, I think they hide my big hips and butt pretty well haha. I am already in a Christmas mood since whole Vienna is decorated and the markets will open this weekend. I just like to fill myself up with those fun festive feelings because it gets me though the cold November faster. 
How do you like my outfit? I find the yellow details next to the boring (but still one of my favourite colours) grey really refreshing. Until next time!

Love, Julija

Poncho: C&A, Shirt: Bershka, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Deichmann, Backpack: ZARA

12 November 2017

Rome & Vatican

Dear readers,

today is another travel story time, this time about our last trip so far, to Rome, Italy. It was a destination high on our travel list for a long time - the transport is pretty cheap, the accommodation and food normal priced plus, it is THE place in Europe to go to, to get historically and artistically enriched.
We spent only 2 full days there (18.-20.9.2017), having the flight from Bratislava in the morning and returning on the 3rd day again in the morning, so we were up on our legs for the whole time. 
Well, our first day started before dawn, taking a bus to the Bratislava airport (for 1€ one way, Slovak Lines is amazing). Then continuing with Ryanair to Rome. The flight was pleasant; of course, we were sitting apart, since the company just wants to rip you off at all times; and after one and a half hour we arrived. Stepping out of the small Ciampini airport, the sun hit us real hard. It was so warm and bright, the opposite of Bratislava that day! You can instantly feel the Mediterranean climate and September was just the perfect month for visiting this beautiful ancient city. We were staying in an outdated but cute hotel (Domus Mea Rome), mainly because of the price. The room was a standard size with a little balcony, bathroom shared. It also offered a breakfast option, but since Italians have crazy delicious bakeries (and gelato, duh), we skipped that part. After checking in, we went to Vatican Museums right away, because we had reserved tickets for a specific time (do it online before your departure, because the lines without the tickets are just too long). Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio, da Vinci, high class art works wherever you look. Then we continued to the St. Michael's Basilica but the line to get on top was so long, we decided we would rather go on and explore Rome. In the first day, we visited many highlights, such as Castel Sant'Angello, Pantheon, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, Borghese park and different churches with works from famous painters.
On our next day, we decided to explore some more iconic attractions. We started at the Baths of Diocletian, it was so interesting to see the ruins of a public bath. The ticket includes four different museums and galleries (Baths of Diocletian, Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Massimo and Palazzo Altemps), so I definitely recommend it, because it has a lot of important art work and historical information about different eras of Rome, plus there is never a line and it is really cheap (even cheaper for students under the age of 26). After visiting Palazzo Massimo, we headed straight to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with the Palantine Hill. Masses of people, standing in different lines to visit the main attractions of Rome. It was another hot day, but we were lucky, because we were waiting for the tickets (the line for a card payment was much smaller) about half an hour and to get inside the Roman Forum and the Colosseum also about half an hour each. Colosseum is for sure one of the most majestic objects I have ever seen, stepping inside it instantly takes you into the past - the gladiators fighting animals and a huge audience squeezing on the steps cheering. We sat down on a ruin of a stone pillar and ate some snacks. Our energy level was slowly dropping, but we still had almost 10 hours to spend in Rome. That is why we continued with a more laid back tempo, visiting other the Altar of the Motherland, some churches and the Crypt. After our last indoor activity (Palazzo Altemps), we went on a traditional Italian dinner - antipasti (toasted bread with olive oil and tomato), pasta (carbonara and bolognese) and wine. The sun has already sat down when we left. Now we still had a few hours until our bus pick-up for the airport (at 4 AM). We crossed the river Themes to a vibrant district Trastevere, where we did some tourist shopping and got a bit tipsy at a Limoncello tasting. We decided to visit some more outdoor attractions, but then, out of nowhere, it started raining. We did not take an umbrella with us so we were literally standing under a construction site next to a local theatre for around an hour, shaking because we did not take any warm clothes with us (even though I had a body, 2 shirts with long sleeves and a cardigan on me, it was still really cold). Well, when it stopped raining, we were really happy that we could continue with the sightseeing. In our last hours we stopped at McDonalds for coffee, at the Colosseum to take some night pictures and in an awesome bar/restaurant La Base, which is open until the dawn and has incredible Italian food (but has an American style interior). I really recommend La Base, because the setting is really cosy and you do not have a feeling that it is already past 3 AM.
So, our Rome journey came to an end at 4 AM, we took a bus shuttle to the airport and a Ryanair flight (where we finally sat together because I switched seats with a nice woman) back to Bratislava, disappointed because of the cold weather and our lack of warm clothes.
To conclude, the whole city is a big monument and there is something historical anywhere you look, so the best way to explore Rome is by foot (We made roughly 25 km per day!) - so take good shoes with you. You can get though Rome pretty cheap if you do not eat out every meal and if you are a student under the age of 26, since you get discounts on every ticket.