I Puritani and the screens at the Wiener Staatsoper

Going to the opera is one of my favorite hobbies and what better place to do so than the Wiener Staatsoper? I consider myself a regular visitor and by far I have seen a great variety of operas. For the longest time, however, I was not able to go an see a performance (half a year if I have to be precise) but on Sunday I was back at my second home for I Puritani.

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How I battled Latin

If you are reading this post, I am mostly sure you have either been in my situation or you are about to be. If I have to be honest, Latin was the biggest challenge in my studies and since I never had it in school, I had to do an additional exam at the university in order to finish my studies.

As now I am almost through with everything and writing my BA-paper, I needed to settle things with Latin ASAP. What I did was not the wisest thing I admit and mainly, leave it for the very end. I’ve always told myself: “There is time” or “I have too much going on right now to deal with it”, but honestly all of that was just my itty-bitty friend called “procrastination” whispering in my ear.

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Murder on the Orient Express (movie)

Maybe you have already read about my story about Orient Express and you already know I was looking forward to the release of the movie this month. Well, you probably also know that whenever you make plans, life laughs in your face and then all the things you scheduled so neatly in you head never happen. Take this for an example – I was looking forward to going and seeing “Murder on the Orient Express” as soon as it came out, but of course being sick for two weeks and having pre-holidays deadlines prevented me from going to the cinema. So all of that meant that I can only see the movie the other day on one of the last projections. Still, I loved the film and I decided to share a brief review with you and try not to spoil it for you.

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Christmas Cookies (and no, not gingerbread)

You may hate me for what I am about to say, but … gingerbread cookies are overrated. Few years ago when I was doing my Christmas baking I was really excited to make this recipe and guess what – in the end they turned out the same as the Spekulatius that you get in every other Billa. Of course you can imagine that I was incredibly disappointed, but last year I found another recipy that was incredbile and so delictous that I could not share it with you. As you can imagine I made it once again this year and I made a double batch since with my family the cookies are never enough.

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Albertina: Raffael

I have had a lot to do for university lately (more than usual), but we were talking with a friend of mine that we should go and visit Albertina after the opening of the new Raffael exhibition. Finally, I have found the time to do so, but as things have to be always ‘interesting’, my experience there was a tiny bit disastrous.

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Secret Vienna: Vienna Behind the Scenes Tour

After the tour at Zentralfriedhof, I was so impressed with what Secret Vienna has to offer, so once I got invited to another ramble around Vienna, I could not resist but join again. This time our walk was around the city center, revealing interesting hidden corners and lesser-known streets that I have always passed by, but never seemed to walk through. Let me tell you just this one thing, once you start living here, you go through the same paths every day and even if it is sad to admit it, with time you lose your adventurer’s spirit and occupied by your mundane daily routines, you forget to look past the tip of your nose. Therefore, thanks to this tour with Secret Vienna, the explorer’s spirit in me was once again awakened.

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Caudalie

I have been hearing about Caudalie a lot in the past few years, but I did not have the chance to try it out until now. The brand is actually the same age as I am (Team ’95) so I felt kind of connected to it once I realized that. If you are not familiar with them, they are a French company, mainly sold in pharmacies (at least in Austria) and they offer high-quality facial and body skincare.  I am a keen YouTube-watcher and one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Fleur de Force, was doing a video about Christmas gift guides and then she mentioned one of those Caudalie crackers and some other present ideas that they are doing this year.

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Secret Vienna: Zentralfriedhof

I was glad to be invited last week by Secret Vienna to one of their awesome tours around Vienna. Still haven’t heard about them? Well, if you are someone like me, who has already seen all those glam and glow places around the city and want something new, these are your guys! There are very few places in Vienna that I haven’t seen, but the central cemetery counts towards those ones.

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Softest Butter Pancakes

I admit, living with roommates has its own perks. I have lived with several amazing girls while being a student and I have learned different things from each and one of them. My last roommate was German with Russian origins and cooked amazing stuff. Every time we were both at home, there was an amazing smell of home-cooked meals and snacks. Of course, when people live together, they share a lot – the roof, the bathroom, the meals. M. made the most amazing pancakes that I have ever tried, so fluffy and light, almost like little clouds that melt on your tongue. We both had nothing in mind eating them for breakfast … and for lunch … and for dinner with everything we had in the fridge. The other day I remembered about those delicious ‘oladushki’ as she called them and decided to recreate them.

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My Spotify (November 2017)

As you may have figured by the whole ‘Opera’ section on my blog, I am a keen classical

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music fan. This, however, does not at all mean that I do not enjoy what is currently on the charts and I try to keep track of the newest trends. I would say that I love music in general and I listen to all sorts of things. Recently, with the weather changing to utterly cold and extremely dark too early in the day, I have been listening to some depresso tracks, but of course, also to some, which are on the more positive side. Today, it is November 2017, and I will tell you what I have been listening to lately.

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