Bring it on 2018

It’s the last day of the year! And what a year it’s been. I’ve learned some important lessons and lived through life changing experiences. I’m ending 2017 on an optimistic note. I’m feeling hopeful, positive and happy. It’s gonna be a quiet New Year’s Eve for me but it’s been a loud year, and I can use the time to be introspective and thoughtful. I want to take it all in. There’s so much to be thankful for. There’s so much left to accomplish. So much to do, so little time! I’m waiting on changes, and I know they’re coming.

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! Here are some pictures of my Londoner Christmas. It was quite lovely:)

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Dreams.

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I’ve been having so many dreams lately. Like the other night I dreamed that Lily Collins and I were best friends and were off doing a bunch of bff stuff?? I mean… I like Lily Collins and all but I’m not a big fan or anything, so that was very unexpected and random. I don’t usually care enough about dreams to wonder what they mean. Most of the time they are just about things I went through during the day or conversations I had recently. But this whole burst of brain activity is quite unusual for me. Am I too stressed? Am I anxious? Chronic overthinking? Or is it just the holiday blues?

Maybe I’m just crazy.

Frankfurt for a day

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to go to Frankfurt for a day. To be honest I didn’t know much about the city then, nor do I know much about it now, except that it is the country’s financial hub and home to several banks and corporate headquarters. I’m sure my overly stereotyped idea of Frankfurt is fairly inaccurate and narrow; I know the city also has a lot to offer in terms of culture, education and tourism; which means I need to go back and experience all of that. But for now I guess what I can say is that Frankfurt is  a pleasant little surprise! I was there by myself and spent the entirety of my day walking around, exploring my surroundings and like every city in Germany, once I found the Altstadt, everything started to flow and the city came to life.

Sometimes it just feels incredibly unbelievable to be walking around a city that’s so ancient, that has seen and lived so much history. A place that has been destroyed by war, survived it and built itself up again. It’s like you’re walking inside a history book. I feel very privileged in moments like these. I feel fortunate for living in a relatively more peaceful period in world history and to have the opportunity to travel and see things with my own eyes.

I walked by so many small bookstores, cute little stores and restaurants, and they always catch my attention. But I guess in the end what really won me over was the famous Frankfurt Cathedral and the delightful Römerberg – the perfect German postcard.

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Snippets from my week and random recommendations

Is it me or the days, weeks and years seem to be flying by? I blink and half the week is gone. You know that quote from Chuck Palahniuk, This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.. in moments of silent despair and self doubt these words come screaming back at me. Am I wasting my time? Am I wasting my youth? It’s hard being a person in the world. It’s hard to master the art of adulting. It’s easier to get lost and watch videos on YouTube instead.

Well, this little blog post has taken a surprisingly dark, depressing turn! Let’s get back on track. Okay. So my week has gone by incredibly fast; I haven’t been as productive as I would have liked and I even failed to document most of it, but here are some little moments.

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Chilly mornings.

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Spreading some holiday cheer

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At this point, I can’t hardly contain my excitement. Christmas to me is such a wonderful time; there’s so much nostalgia, there’s a sense of hope and togetherness. It’s an end and a beginning. There’s cookies being baked in the morning, there’s Nat King Cole on the speakers. There are hugs and fights and disagreements and lots of food and family and the occasional stress; but ultimately there’s love and excitement. Until suddenly it’s all over and we’re back to real life.

There are a few movies that I watch every year and let’s be honest, they’re probably the same movies everyone watches every year, but hey it’s just good to honor them and be reminded of how great they are! I never get sick of these and every time feels like the first time. I don’t think I could ever get sick of watching Will Ferrell in Elf. It’s just too good to ever get old. So in case you need some holiday cheer, here’s five movies that will help you get in the mood:

Elf cause duh! 

Home Alone – it’s not Christmas without Home Alone.

Love Actually – everyone’s favorite Christmas rom-com.

While you were sleeping – not exactly a Christmas movie, but it’s set at Christmas and it’s Sandra Bullock plus Bill Pullman plus a very Christmassy Chicago, so it’s great and lovely!

It’s a wonderful life – a wonderful classic with powerful and important life lessons.

 

A weekend in Hannover

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I got to visit a friend in Hannover over the weekend and it was a cozy, comfy, relaxing and great couple of days! We spent most of the time eating, watching movies, talking, laughing and getting terribly excited upon experiencing the first snowfall of the year – which, by the way, made the entire city look magical. Their Christmas Market is an absolute winter wonderland and I felt like a little kid walking around. I had ramen for the first time in ages, and that was certainly a highlight for me, because ramen is my favorite winter comfort food and there’s nothing like sitting in a cozy restaurant eating a big hot bowl of deliciousness and watch the snow falling outside.

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Postcards

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This past month I got not one, but two postcards in the mail! It’s such a wonderful surprise to have a postcard sent to you from miles and miles away from someone you love. Someone who’s off living adventures in faraway lands. You hold their handwritten words and thoughts in your hands. A simple way to make someone feel special and strengthen the bond between friends.

My sister in New Zealand, a friend in Russia. Places I haven’t been, people I dearly miss.