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Sunday lovin’: Vintage Phoenix

PhonixMy last two days in Arizona, I spent in Phoenix, and my friend and I had such a great girls time out and about. The first day I enjoyed some down time, as Melissa had to work. So I headed to the gym and pool for some Selina time. True vacation!

On day two, Melissa and I made sure Phoenix was a more colorful place and since I am a sucker for thrift shops and vintage furniture, Melissa made it a point to show me what Phoenix has. And while we were at it, we threw in some good food, and cocktails at sunset! Yes … we sure had a great two days!

Beautiful city – fun times!

We went vintage and thrift store shopping at Grow op, Annie Boomer Vintage, and Sweet Salvage; had a lunch break at Lux and desert at Ollie cakesUrban Cookies. I loved my dutch pancake with fresh veggies and orange blossom cupcake – yumyum 🙂 Later on we stopped for lemonade at the garage coffee shop Copper Star Coffee…cause honest to god, why does it have to be sooo hot in Phoenix?! It’s only May after all!

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Food Phoenix2A thing that I was pretty amazed about was the amount of creative little shops. So many vintage and refurbished furniture shopswith truly good prices! If I could, I would drive a truck down to Phoenix to buy all the furniture we will need for our future house here. So much cheaper and nicer stuff! Some of the funest shops were J.Sparrow Home and Garden as well as Rust and Roses.Vintage

The best ending to some seriously fun days was having a good-bye sunset cocktail at the Wrigley Mansion. An amazing place for drinks or even dinner – not overly crowded, amazing view and helpful staff.

mansionThanks Phoenix for such a good time! I will be back!

Life is a journey indeed…have a nice one loved ones!

Sky Country – I’m a happy tumbleweed

SONY DSCSo…have you guessed where I am? Yes…no…perhaps? I am in Big Sky Country…where tumbleweeds roll with quails and even the sky does not seem to be the limit! I am in Arizona!

Remember how stuck I felt last week? When it seemed that all I could do was learn to be patient and wait for things to take care of themselves? Well… that was true… but that’s when I had not thought about traveling! Since my financial situation did not seam to allow such extravaganza, I didn’t even think about it. But I had made my plans without my lovely friend Melissa.

I have known Melissa since I met her in Up-State New York at a summer camp when we were 14. We have been friends ever since and I love her to bits! When she heard about me feeling stuck and in a rut, she decided to buy me a ticket to Arizona, so that I was able to come and spend her 30th birthday with her!! Can you believe this girl?!

Needless to say, it has been a blast! I arrived here last week Friday and we spent a lazy saturday in Phoenix, catching up, doing some shopping and getting ready for her b-day party in the evening, where I got to meet some of her friends and had a glimpse at Scottsdales Old Town and night life!

Phoenix1photo-1On sunday we decided to head out to Sedona, which is a 2 hour drive from Phoenix. Sedona is a cute little city with a million dollar view of the Red Rocks, relaxing resorts, bed and breakfasts and fun little shops. If you ever have a chance to spend time in Sedona I can recommend staying at the Orchards Inn for budget traveling or at Enchantment if you are looking for a luxury get away. We have stayed in both and both have their thing going. While Enchantment if definitely high end, has an amazing spa area and a really beautiful set-up, the Orchard Inn is smack dab in the city center, has an amazing view of the rocks from most rooms and a cute little pool and hot tub with a million dollar view.

If you are heading to Sedona, don’t miss the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Coconino National Forest. This gorgeous chapel is built right into the mesa mountains of Sedona and overlooks the Red Rocks! A must see. What is highly recommended is to drive to the airport in Sedona, from where you have a stunning view of the surrounding and can watch the sunset. It was a purely magical and peaceful experience for us.

sedonaOn Monday Melissa had the grand idea to drive 2 hours northwest to the Grand Canyon National Park!! Yeeesss!! I actually finally saw the Grand Canyon!! May I say…it was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.!! Thanks Melissa for taking me! Originally we had planed to a 2 hour hike into the canyon, but since it was in the 90s decided to do the simple walk around the rim. That was after all a good decision, since we had to head back to Phoenix that same evening. The views were however, stunning!

Grand CanyonOn our way back, we stopped in Flagstaff for Sushi and gas. Flagstaff is a cute little mountain city, and home of Northern Arizona University – so it’s pretty up-beat and young. Great little restaurants, pubs and my new favorite shop Rainbow’s End (trust me…their website does not do them justice! Such a cute shop!!) So in case you are ever doing Route 66, you should definitely stop in Flagstaff. So worth it.

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Have a good week loved-ones! And don’t forget to spread your wings…after all, life is a journey!

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SONY DSCCan you figure out where I am? Yes! You are right…I am on a new adventure! To find out where I am and how I got here, come back for tomorrows detailed travel post.

Life is a journey! Have a good one guys!

Talkin’ family in Chicago!

SONY DSCHey there guys! I apologize for neglecting you this week. I have been rather busy getting installed and have finally arrived in Louisville!! Can you imagine… But more about that in tomorrows post 😉

Let me catch up on my Chicago trip first!

For my first day in Chicago I was by myself and had fun strolling through the city. On the second day my cousin John came up from Kentucky to enjoy an amazing day with me in the Windy City! Here are a couple of impressions of that day out and about in Chicago!

chicago beanIf you ever get a chance to visit Chicago, visit Millenium Park – it is really worth it! We loooved the Chicago Bean – such a fun piece of art! And while you are nearby, check out the open air concert area, lovely herb gardens and walk down to Lake Michigan for a stroll and sandwich lunch. At least thats what we did!  😉

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SONY DSCCheck out the Willis Tower – even if you don’t feel like waiting in line, which we didn’t – it’s still a very impressive view from beneath! But if you get there early or late enough, and don’t mind waiting a little while, the glass floor view is truly amazing!

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It’s also definitely worth walking down to Marina City! Great 60’s architecture and you get a bit of the rough urban industrial flair, Chicago is so well known for.

Chicago definitely has a wider variety of different neighborhoods that are great to explore. The Ukrainian Village, Old Town, Bucktown and Wicker Park, Boystown…and Chinatown! Since all we had was a days time, we decided we felt like Chinese food, and China Shop browsing. What a great decision!!chinatown

 What have you guys been up to? I would be more than thrilled to hear your stories!

Life is a journey…share yours!

Off the beaten track – first day in Chicago

Chicago1.jpgI must say, I was jet-lagged and felt alienated this morning when I woke up in the Windy City! It is so odd to be here…I think it still didn’t sink in that I actually moved here! It feels like just another awesome vacation.

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beachChicago2I had a really good first day. Since I have been to Chicago before, I decided to take a look at some spots that have been recommended to me, but are somewhat off the beaten tracks of the tourist hotspots. I took the subway to the Gold Coast and had an amazing stroll along the Chicago beach up until North Beach, before heading in to Old Town for some Lunch at Old Town Pour House and desert at the french bakery La Fournette.OldTown2

The beach stroll was the perfect beginning! It felt so good to feel the warming sun upon my face, the wind in my hair and just be! Old Town was exactly what I had hoped for. Old and low Chicago buildings made of brick, cute bars and restaurants with street sitting gardens and small boutiques. Along the way I discovered some amazing shops that satisfied my urge for exotic smells and fun colors. SpiceHouseThe Spice House is a true treasure box and if you ever happen to be in the area an absolute must-stop-in! Their selection is absolutely insane! Beads.jpgAnother fun shop was String A Strand On Wells, a bead shop. An entire loft-like space dedicated to beads, stones and jewelry making! My little crafter inside screamed of joy, let me assure you!

Buffalos Exchange, a cool vintage clothing shop that exchanges, sells and buys colorfull clothes, shoes and accessories. A short stop at Reckless Records reminded me I definitely want to get a proper sound system as soon as we are settled and made sure I discovered funky vinyl and awesome record covers!thriftrecords

But my favorite of all shops in Wicker Park/Bucktown must be Mojo Spa! This is the absolute Selina-heaven. Handmade cosmetics, with all natural ingredients, all local and to top it of super cute! Their soaps are cake and cupcake shaped, and smell a.m.a.z.in.g.! The shop has such a girly vintage meets modern pin-up flair, I would of loved to move in straight away! A definite must if you love cosmetics or if you are in search of a cute gift for a kitsch-sucker like me!MojoSpa

What are your favorite spots in Chicago? have any recommendations for my next two days?

Have a good one fellows!

 

Touch-down in the land of dreams

SONY DSCAfter what felt like years worth of flight, I finally arrived in Chicago. Since my luggage was extremely heavy, I decided to swallow my “I need to save money” attitude and invest in a taxi service to my hotel. And boy… was I ever happy I did that! Not having slept the night before, I was so weak it was hard pulling both suitcases down the hall into my room! Imagine me on the Chicago metro with those two fat fellows!

It felt weird arriving in the US without my husband. It is after all my dream I am chasing after here, but I have chosen to share my life with him and it feels odd not to be able to share this special moment with him. I hope your Visa will be ready soon my love…I miss you already!

What are you guys up to?

Life is a journey…and the  journey has begun!

 

Becoming a Kentuckian

SONY DSCIt is true! It is d-0…and I am flying to the States today! After 2 years of thinking about it, months of planing, and weeks of preparing, it is now turning into reality! And wow, does this feel weird.

I have been packing for the last 48hours and have not slept this night at all. I find it best to get onto the plane exhausted, that way I am sure to sleep through it. To be honest I hate flying! I love traveling, but not the actual flying part. I enjoy the getting-there more 😉

I will be heading to Chicago first, where I will meet up wih my cousin John. We will spend some time in the Windy City, before heading down to Louisville. I will try to keep you posted on the Chicago week-end. So stay tuned!

So here I go…Kentucky I am coming!!

Life is a journey…and this time Kentucky is its destination!

Whirlwind or when I realized it was d-3

goodbyeWien1Last week has been a whirlwind of packing, getting administrational stuff done, finding insurance, meeting friends and bitter sweet goodbyes! Not only is it goodbye to all the lovely people that I have met along my path the last 10 years here in Vienna, but it is also “goodbye Vienna”!

As I mentioned last week in a post, I have made it a point to take advantage of this gorgeous city as much as I can! I have had fun city walks in the sun with my Australian cousin Alex visiting from Nice, where she is studying International Business (yes she is…very smart!), went shopping at local markets,  met up for drinks at some of my favorite spots such as the beach-bar Strandbar Herrmann or the Aumann Cafe Restaurant with friends, and basically hauled my camera all over the city just like a paparazza!

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WienGoodbye3I have said goodbye to work collegues sharing our last coffee together in the office and cooking together at one of my co-workers house. I have enjoyed the visit ofone of the sweetest girls I have knows since she is four, Kim, my former baby-sitter-kid turned woman. I have shared sad goodbye-coffees at train stations, sending off one of my best friends Laura to Salzburg. I have enjoyed the first barbeque of the season on the roof tops of Vienna at my friends Marie, after celebrating the 30th birthday of three of my oldest friends that have accompanied me since childhood, all the way through school in Munich and studies in Vienna. Thanks for your friendship Manuela, Caroline and Marie – you will be truely missed!WienGoodbye4

And to top it all off I have had the most amazing and fun send-off party I could have imagined!!! Thanks to all of my amazing friends for making it one of the most spezial nights of my life! Since THE party was l.e.g.e.n.d.a.r.y. it will have its own post. So wait for it!

Have a great week adventurers! And don’t forget…life is a journey! Enjoy!

 

Spring-a-ring-ding

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Spring has finally arrived in Vienna and it looks as if it was here to stay! Yeaayyy!!

This week has been a real worldwind – packing, administration, figuring out insurance policies, meeting friends and trying to squeeze in a couple hours of fun. When all you have left is a week before departure, it can sometimes be hard to focus on enjoying. However, since these are after all my very last days in this gorgeous city I have made it a point to do so. So I am particularly happy about the great weather that has made it so much easier to take advantage of my last days here. Thank you Spring-a-ring-ding!

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Spring3Spring is at its best in Viennas parks these days. So I head to the Prater, Viennas biggest park which is also home to Viennas amusement park for a lovely walk.

Spring4Spring5Oh Vienna! I truely love you in Spring! The warmth on my skin, the sunbeams through the trees, lovely long strolls…thanks for giving me such a great send-off! I will truely miss you!

Have you guys been enjoying the warm weather as well? What have you been up to?

Life is a journey…enjoy it!

My Bavarian heart – a visit in Munich

MunichHi guys! I am finally feeling beter and ready to start the week with elan! Which is…to be absolutely honest ABSOLUTELY needed! So much to do, prepare and get ready…OMG only 10 more days to go before I leave the beautiful city of Vienna and head off to my home country the U.S. of A. and my new home town Louisville, KY! Time to pack and enjoy!!

Two weeks ago however, I went to Munich, Bavaria to visit friends and family and to say goodbye to them. BreznMunich is the city I was born in. It is the heart of Bavaria, a truely beautiful city with great beer and don’t forget the most awmazing pretzels! And I am not talking hard and crunchy like the ones you guys are used to, but doughy inside with a nice crust. The B E S T! Eventhough I spent most of my first 18 years of my life here, Munich has grown  foreign to me. For the past years I hardly had time to actually enjoy the city in itself, since my short visits were mainly dedicated to my family. However, this time around I took myself a whole week to properly say goodbye. I don’t know if you guys know what I mean when I say that my relationship with my birth city has been somewhat …complicated. For a long time now, I had the feeling that too many bad memories were made here and I spent a lot of my miserable teen years feeling out of place. It makes it even more special to say, that this week has helped mend that divide between me and Munich and I can truely say: I forgave you Munich! And hey! …after all we have been through, you are kinda awesome!MunichCollage1

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Spending time with old friends and goofing with my brother! Essential!

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Having a girls week-end with my sister of heart Jolyne from Der Bastel Blog and crafting away!

And of course spending very long fun nites!!!

Some places I discovered and would really recommend for a nite of girls night1 drinks out, are in the Glockenbach district. If you ever have a chance, check out the Lola – great bartender and very cozy with sleek walls and red velvet vintage furniture. The Lola is located in the same space that used to house the infamous “Mylord” and was the place to be in the 80s of Munichs who-is-who scene. Those days are over and have made space for a younger crowd and a more familiar atmosphere. girls night3Jeans-and-t-shirt folk mixes with high-heel-beauties and hipsters for an always-fun crowd. For edgier music and some soul to shake your booty too, head to the small Lizard bar, for  hiphop beats and the best whiskey sour in town. Disco feeling will come up at Rausch & Töchter or at dress-down bar and club X-cess for a  layed back late-nite shake to classic tunes from the 80s to today. I had a great time and actually met a lot of old school friends. Thanks for the fun Jolyne. You rock girl!

Very healing was having the extra time to pass by my old street were I grew up and to discover that while some things seam to have changed others always stay the same. I think we will get along again – you and me – Munich! It was truely a perfect goodbye!

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Life is a journey…and sometimes home towns get second chances! Have a good week guys!