SICK, TIRED AND BACK TO UNI

Hello everyone!

I want to apologize for not being around for the last few of days, but everything in my life was a mess. University started (or it starts tomorrow) and of course I had to pack and come to Cluj and then I had to unpack, put everything in order and  that was kind of exhausting. Then, I didn’t even manage to rest properly that I got terribly sick and now I barely sleep at night.

Nevertheless, I’m spending my days in bed trying to get over it, so bare with me for a couple more days until I get better and manage to get back on track.

Hope you all have a wonderful day or night!

Alex D.

50 LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE LIFE GREAT

I’ve been trying to keep myself positive lately, just enjoy life for a change and find happiness in little things from everyday life. And since I’ve been feeling inspired I felt like sharing with you 50 little things that make me happy and my life better.

1.Sunny days

2.Rainy days

3.Thunderstorms (under the blanket)

4.Empty bookstores

5.Quiet coffee shops

6.Sundays spent in you pajamas

7.Smiles

8.Hugs

9.Compliments

10.Pizza

11.Watching a movie

12.Watching a TV show that you love

13.Singing in the shower

14.Dancing

15.Listening to music

16.Smell of fresh baked bread

17.Laughs of babies

18.Sundays spent with your family

19.Making memories

20.Saturdays spent with friends

21.Smell of rain on a Summer day

22.Rainbows

23.Mulled wine during Winter

24.Hot chocolate

25.Going into warm room when outside is cold

26.Sunsets

27.Sunrises

28.Starry nights

29.Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have a few more hours to sleep

30.Going to sleep after a long day

31.Putting up the Christmas tree

32.Sound of waves

33.Smell of the sea

34.Taking walks on the beach

35.Bonfires

36.Finding money you didn’t know about in your old clothes

37.Clean sheets

38.Playing games with your friends (be it board or drinking games)

39.Organizing your things (be it your desk, your bookshelf or wardrobe)

40.Good hair day

41.Massages

42.Smell of coffee

43.Helping someone else

44.Setting goals that you actually accomplish

45.Popping bubble wrap

46.The feeling of sand between your toes

47.Actually laughing out loud

48.Hearing your favorite song on the radio

49.A smell you love that brings back memories

50.Chocolate

It’s all about being happy, right?

What small things make YOUR life great?

Alex D.

10 SONGS FOR STUDYING AND READING

I’m going back to university soon and since I love listening to music while reading, studying or when I just try to clear my head I had to update my playlist for the new year. So I thought I should share with you 10 of my favorite songs that I listen to when I’m reading or relaxing.

1. The Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart

2. Ben Howard – Promise

3. Kygo – Piano Jam

4. Kygo – Piano Jam 2 

5. EMMA6 – Passen

6. The Head and the Heart – Lost in My Mind

7. Kaleo – All The Pretty Girls

8. The Oh Hellos – Like The Dawn

9. Ray LaMontagne – Be Here Now

10. Vance Joy – Georgia

Do you listen to music while studying or reading? What kind of music do you listen to?

Alex D.

MOVIE TIME: GONE GIRL

It was about time I saw this movie. Everybody said it’s really good so I had to give it a try.

Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) who appear to have the perfect life. However, when she disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary and things from their pasts come to life, he becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.

I won’t tell you how the story develops or how it ends, but I will tell you this: the line of the story is quite predictable, but the end is unexpected. You have an idea, fifteen minutes in, about who is the “mastermind” behind Amy’s kidnapping. Granted, you don’t know how or why it happened but you know who did it. But, if the line of the story is predictable you don’t expect to end the way it ended, which I believe is (kinda) the element of surprise.

All in all it was a good movie, worth watching for the details that make this story interesting, and for the actors that do a really good job with their characters. I give it a 7/10.

Have you seen it?

Alex D.

GOOD FOOD FRIDAY: APPLE COMPOTE

This is an easy peasy recipe that will make your chilly autumn days a little bit warmer and sweeter.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 big apples (or more if you like)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Peel the apples and cut them in small pieces.
  2. In a pot, melt 6 big spoons of sugar until caramelized.
  3. Add the juice from the half lemon and some of the lemon zest.
  4. Add 7-8 cups of water in the pot and stir until the caramelized sugar is melted again. (Be careful how you add the water.)
  5. Once the sugar is melted again and the water is almost boiling add the apples. (!Don’t forget to taste sugared water to see if it’s sweet enough. Usually, once they’re boiled apples get a little sour.)
  6. Let the apples cook for about 10 minutes or until they’re slightly done. (Don’t let them overcook.)
  7. Add a little bit of cinnamon for more flavour.

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ENJOY!

Alex D.

VIENNA: CITY OF MY DREAMS

Vienna, Vienne, Wien…city of music, city of my dreams…

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I’ve seen many places and I’ve visited many cities during my travels but Vienna has a really special place in my heart. I’ve been there four times already and I can’t seem to get enough.

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I don’t know what it is… Actually, I do know what it is. The culture. The architecture. The history. To me Vienna is the perfect combination of old and new, but mostly of old. Whenever I’m there is like part of me goes back in time and has a taste of the past…when girls were wearing gowns and people were waltzing in ballrooms. I’ve always found those times fascinating and magical.

Carriage at Schonbrunn Palace
Carriage at Schonbrunn Palace

Anyway, back to reality. Vienna isn’t only history and old things. Vienna is also fun! I mean you can spend a whole day in one of the best amusement parks I’ve been to: Prater. I mean, it’s impossible not to find a ride that you’d like. And it has one amazing zoo which is pretty close to Princess Sissi’s home, Schönburnn Palace.

Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace
The gate of Schonbrunn Palace
The gate of Schonbrunn Palace
Seals at the Zoo
Seals at the Zoo
Prater Amusement Park
Prater Amusement Park

Vienna is and will probably remain one of my favourite cities in the world. Maybe because it’s one of the first cities I’ve ever visited or maybe it’s because of it’s culture, but if you’ve never visited it you should definitely give it a try! I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!

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Alex D.

15 QUOTES THAT WILL MAKE YOU FALL (EVEN MORE) IN LOVE WITH AUTUMN

I was feeling a little uninspired these days… and whenever I feel uninspired I like to read quotes to get myself motivated and well… a little inspired. This time I read some that go hand in hand with the season… and I felt like sharing some of them with you.

  1. Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. ~ Lauren DeStefano
  2. Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple. ~ J. K. Rowling

3.There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves. ~ Joe L. Wheeler

4. Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~ Jim Bishop

5.  But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you. ~ Stephen King

6. I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it. ~ Lee Maynard

7. I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow. ~ Wendy Delsol

8. It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it. ~ Diana Gabaldon

9. Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary. ~ Siobhan Vivian

10.  Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under harvest skies. ~ Sharon Kay Penman

11. It was one of those perfect fall days when the air is cool enough to wake you up but the sun is also kissing your face. ~ Anita Diamant

12. Autumn is the time of balance and of
sacrifice, a time when the light is defeated by darkness, a time
when night takes over and brings the coming winter. The
ancient wisdom says that those who long for light must face
their inner darkness and overcome it. ~ Tony Riches

13. Autumn teaches us a valuable lesson. During summer, all the green trees are beautiful. But there is no time of the year when the trees are more beautiful than when they are different colors. Diversity adds beauty to our world. ~ Donald L. Hicks

14. I love the start of autumn when the trees in my garden change the colour of their leaves in one last dazzling display. ~ Michael Caine

15. “Autumn is the greatest reminder: It reminds us how dreamlike beauties our earth has and it reminds us how all these beautiful dreams can easily vanish!” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

Which one is your favourite?

Alex D.

All quotes were taken from goodreads.com

The Creative Blogger Award

Thank you The Silver Screen Savant for nominating me for The Creative Blogger Award. You should totally check his blog out. Especially if you’re looking for a good film to watch.

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RULES FOR THE CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I hate talking about myself. Whenever someone asks me to say something about myself or to describe myself my mind just goes blank and I have no idea what to say. Needless to say that this is one of those situations (I literally spent half a day trying to come up with some facts about me), but I’ll do my best.
  2. Whenever I have to spell “weird” I have to google the correct version of it. As much as I try I can’t spell it correctly.
  3. I have a thing for Spanish everything: Spanish language, Spanish music, Spanish food. Whenever I hear someone from Spain talking I “fall in love” with them. Haha.
  4. Of all the countries I visited so far, Switzerland is my favourite, but my favourite city has to be Vienna.
  5. I would like to write a book someday but I’m not sure I’m talented or creative enough to do it.

MY CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE:

  1. Photographs Along the Way
  2. OAS.photos
  3. Turn to Travel
  4. Manekaj
  5. Globe Trotting

Good Food Friday: Green Peas Summer Salad

This recipe was mostly an invention. I basically took whatever I had in the fridge and put them all together.

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Here’s how you do it!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 big onion
  • 5 small cucumbers
  • 1/2 small bowl of corn
  • 1 small bowl of peas
  • 5 spoons of mayonnaise (or as much as you like)
  • condiments: salt, pepper, ground ginger, curry

Instructions:

  1. Chop the tomatoes, the onion and the cucumbers.
  2. Boil the corn and the peas if they’re frozen or fresh out of the garden.
  3. Mix them all together.
  4. Add the mayonnaise and the condiments.

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Enjoy!

Alex D.

TAKE A WALK THROUGH CLUJ NAPOCA’S BOTANICAL GARDEN

The city I’m studying in, Cluj, is one of the biggest and, dare I say, best cities in Romania. Being a university center and host to many national and international events, there’s always something you can do and visit.

One of the places that one could visit all year around (even though it’s more beautiful during Spring and Summer) is The Botanical Garden (Alexandru Borza Cluj-Napoca University Botanic Garden). It’s a great place to go, take photos or a walk or read a book.

Here are some photos I took during one of my visits.

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5-horzSo if you ever get a chance to visit Cluj, don’t forget to go to the Botanical Garden!

Alex D.