…of Journeys and Roots

Things just don’t always go as planed

spring at the praterI apologize for the lack of posts this week. However, I am miserably sick with tonsillitis and basically just feel like sleeping most of the day. I am taking antibiotics but it seams that they havn’t set in yet. Of course this kind of stuff happens when you are short on time and have your days packed full with appointments. Murphys law I guess.

At least it seams as though spring has finally arrived in Vienna and is here to stay!

I have exactely two weeks left before my departure. And let me tell you – I am not where I though I would be with my preparations. Nothing really seams to be packed. We still need to sell a heap of things and Mikes Visa documents are still not complete. I guess it is not that much of a big deal, since Mike will stay here another two months and can take care of unfinished issues. However, I did not want to leave him with all this to do alone. But I guess…things just don’t always go as planed.

I was in Munich last week to visit friends and family and I am about to prepare a post with tips on what to do if you are visiting Munich. I hope it will be finished by the end of the week; depending on my health.

Have a great end-of-week guys!

Life is a journey – and yes sometimes it just doesn’t go as planed. Keep posted!

Sunday lovin’ – homemade cinnamon sugar scrub

SONY DSCDon’t you love sundays? They are my favorite day of the week! Truely! A day for real down time, reading, crafting, baking, watching movies or just staying in bed and spending the day in PJs. My favorite part is to pamper oneself; enjoy the simple things of life. In this case, a homemade all-natural home-spa special: cinnamon-lemon sugar scrub!

I love the smell of sweet cinnamon and lemon on my skin, and the way it makes my skin feel: so smooth and soft, and yummy on top! A hard to get feeling with store bought peelings I find. And isn’t it great to know that what you put on your skin is free of additives and so easy to make you will find all ingredients in your kitchen?! A luxurious and fragrant peeling you can whip up in just a few minutes! So lets get started!

sugar scrub 3Get yourself a glass or jar to mix your ingredients. In accordance to whether you want to mix enough peeling for the entire body or just your face, pour in the amount of brown sugar you think you will use. Brown sugar is an ideal base for a peeling, since its cristalls are soft to the skin and are not as harsh as ground peach pits, often used in store bought peelings.

For the amount I used, I added a half a teaspoon of cinnamon. My cinnamon is extremely intense, if you are using a less strong kind you might want to add a bit more. Due to its content of zinc and vitamin C, cinnamon has been used since the ancient Egyptians as an anti-bacterial treatment and healing properties in cosmetics. Great especially for fighting impurities.

Now add some freshly grated nutmeg. I would say just a few grates…comparable to twice the amount what would fit on the tip of a knife. Nutmeg is high in manganese, copper and zinc as well as many vital B-complex vitamins, including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid anti-oxidants whith skin curative properties. Anti-oxidants and vitamin C will boost your complexion and make your skin fresh and radiant.

To mix your scrub to a smooth texture, add some freshly pressed lemon juice. I use a bit less than half of a small lemon. Make sure to add the liquid bit by bit, as the texture might get too runny. Make sure only to “dampen” the sugar mixture, so you don’t have the peeling driping into your eyes during its application. Lemon juice is especially good to add if you have red spots left over from impurities or acne scares. The lemon juice will slowly even your complexion. If your skin is very sensitive you might want to substitute the lemon juice with honey. Honey has been used in traditional medicin for its healing and antiseptic properties, even on wounds for hundreds of years and is therefore the perfect addition to this peeling.

Once the mixture is ready, dampen your skin and apply in circular motion. If you are doing a whole-body peeling, you might want to shower down with hot water first. The warmth will open your pores and make your skin more responsive to the healing benefits. If you are using it as a facial peel, you can leave it on for a while, just like a mask. If you added lemon however, do not let it sit too long as the acid can be harsh to your skin.

This peeling can either be used straight away, or kept refigerated for a couple of days.

Have fun mixing gals and enjoy the warmth of the cinnamon smell! Ideal for a relaxing sunday evening!

 And don’t forget…life is a journey, cultivate your roots!

 

d-21 or The truth about following your dreams

SONY DSCIt’s official…the move to the US is so close I can’t deny it any longer…OMG THIS is really happening!

I had my last day at work this week and it seamed utterly unreal! I have been waiting for this day to come for months, thinking it would mark the beginning of finally getting excited about the move, hard-core packing and  basically having enough time on my hands to get all those ducks in a row, without having to worry about work. But you know what?…nothing of this set in! I have only 21 more days to go before departure and it still seams so unreal! Where is all the excitement I should be feeling since this has been a dream of mine for many years? Where is the energy and joy for packing and organizing I normally have before a big trip? I came to realise, the truth about following your dreams is: it’s pretty darn scary!!!! And hell yeah…I AM EXTREMELY SCARED!

It’s not that moving is new to me! I have basically moved my entire life. I lived in Munich Germany most of my childhood, but have moved around the world with my mom on a 6-month basis. We used to spend half of the year in Germany and half of the year in the States until I turned 7. We moved to Paris for a year; we even lived in Thailand for a while! And as I grew older I continued this kind of a life-style: moving to Vienna – Austria for my studies, moving to Belgium to follow my then-love for two years and starting anew back in Vienna. So no…moving is definitely NOT new to me at all. But this time it feels different!

Maybe getting older makes us more fearful…moving as a kid was pure adventure. I didn’t need to think about anything – cause Mom did all the thinking. Moving in my tweens was different, because it made me feel free as a bird. Just pack my bags and go! But it is crucially different now – I am married! My decisions have an effect on the life of my husband. Of course, it was his decision to come along – we decided to move to the States together…however, it is MY dream. Mike is just making it possible.

And what if I find out my dream was not worth it after all? What if I find out I hate living in Louisville? Or what if I love it and Mike gets homesick? How will living abroad, fighting culture shock, getting settled in a new environment effect our marriage? I know these questions will only be answered once we actually move, once we actually get there…but they do pop-up once and a while and make me wonder if this was such a good idea after all! But I guess if you don’t jump, you’ll never know if you can fly right?

And then there is all that real-life-stuff you need to think about when moving abroad. The Green Card application for Mike and all of its sometimes very annoying and scary burocratic procedures. Where will we live? How much money will we need to start off? What kind of insurances are we going to get? Do we stay registered in Europe, or not? All these questions are necessary and need to be answered, and finding answeres can be hard and demands a lot of patience. And even though I am more than sure a lot of people have moved from Austria to the States before, sometimes it seams as though we are the first ever to ask all these questions and no one is able to help! At times it can be tiering, and yes …scary!

The truth about following yours dreams is…it demands a lot of energy – energy and courage! It is way easier to dream about something, than to actually do it! So much easier to stay in a secure 9 to 5 job than actually jump into the blue, without knowing what will happen. It is easier to actually not follow yours dreams. Easier to stay in your known environment and keep dreaming. But I have decided to jump! And dear my, I hope it will be worth it!

Life truely is a journey…! Have a good one brave-ones!

 

Happy Easter Monday!

SONY DSCHappy Easter everyone!!

I am spending my time with my family in Munich Germany right now, so just a quick post to wish you all a very happy Easter!

Don’t you love tulips? They are my favorite flowers. They make me think of spring days and happiness and the best thing about them is they keep looking beautiful, even when they are way over their peak!

DSC02281Our family has the tradition of celebrating Easter wih long Easter brunches; traditionally in Germany with an easter lamb. It’s not an actual lamb – it’s a cake in the shape of a lamb, refering to Jesus as the lamb of God. I am not particularly religious, but it has been a tradition in my family passed down by my grandma for many year. Now let’s hope Easter marks the begining of spring for good – I am in dire need of more sun!

How do you celebrate Easter?

Life is a journey, have a happy Easter Monday brave-ones!

Easter Sunday lovin’ – easy pancake recipe

SONY DSCSunday is my favorite day of the week! Not only because I get to sleep in until I can’t sleep no more – but also because it is the day of the week my husband and I take time to prepare a brunch-like breakfast!

I love the slow-pace, musik filled rooms and cozy stay-at-home moments we cherish so much on sundays.

What do you like to do most on a sunday morning? My favorite is making american style pancakes. Yes even for Easter!

I thought I’d share my favorite pancake recipe for normal and chocolate-chip-buckwheat pancakes.Spring pancakes

 Ingredients:

– 1/2 to 3/4 cups of milk (about 120ml)
– 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (about 25 ml)
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of white flour (140g)    or
– 1/2 cup of buckwheat (70g) and 1/2 cup of white flour (70g)
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder (10g)
– 2 tablespoons of sugar (30g)
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt (2pinches)

How to:

– Beat the milk, oil and egg lightly in a mixing bowl.DSC02257
– Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt separately
– then add the mixture bit by bit to the liquids by stirring just enough to dampen the flour. Do not over mix!
– If wanted, add some chocolate chips to the batter.

Pre-heat a pan and add half butter half vegetable oil to bake the pancakes. Make sure the pan is hot before pouring in the batter. I like to check by sprinkling some drops of water on the pan. If they crackle it’s hot enough!

Bake light brown on both sides, whithout turning them more than once.

Serve with a piece of butter and maple sirup!

Enjoy your Easter Sunday lazy ones – have a happy one and don’t forget: life is a journey!

 

 

Two days in Praha

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For my 30th Birthday my lovely husband took me on a short trip to Prague. Two days of bliss in the capital of the Czech Republic, which is known to be called the golden city. And may I say…this city is truely one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to!

DSC02056Its cultural density is amazing and it is really hard to sum it up in pictures!  City of a thousand faces, Prague has so much to offer! Gothic charm, Baroque awesomeness, old-european to edgy and hip urban flair all wrapped up in one and great coffe and beer! A city I would be happy to return to any time!

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We actually had absolutely no time to prepare for this trip – we just got ourselves a map of the city at the train station upon arrival and headed off for Prague to find us!

I love to travel this way! It is the pure beauty of discovering and getting lost is just part of the plan.

Unfortunately it was extremely cold – which just forced us to make more coffee stops and fuel on delicious food and czech beer – Pils that is!

Here are some of the spots we really enjoyed!

*The classics*

Old town, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral

The beauty of the old town really struck me. I mean I do after all live in Vienna and we do have pretty amazing architecture around here – but Prague just has such a fairy-tale vibe to it! And don’t get me started on the astronomical clock! It is the oldest still working astronomical clock  in the world and dates back to 1410! I know…I am such a geek 😉 but I love this kinda stuff!classics 3

The stones that build Charles Bridges are polished and smooth – so many people have touched them for good luck. And don’t be fooled by the tourist masses crossing it –  it is indeed a magical place! As we started walking across the sun was shining through thick heavy clowds. But once on the bridge it began to snow a thousand dancing snowflakes! I was just wowed!SONY DSC

The Prague Castle is an absolute must see! It is perched on a hill and can be challenging to get too, especially if you have a lot of walking planed in one day. I therefore recommend you take a tram up to the top of the mountain and wonder down, enjoying the sights on your way. Take tram 22 to Pohořelec and walk downhill. You will reach Hradčany square in about 10 min.

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Let me put it bluntly – with 4 churches, 4 squares and 3 major halls, Pragues castle areal is huuuge! The most important sights however are the St. Vitus cathedral and the main castle entrance (we were lucky enough to see the changing of the guards – pretty awesome especially as the guards were allowed to wear aviator sunglasses – cooooolllness!) with its amazing view over the city! You can even catch a drink or bite at a terrace overlooking it!

Coming into St. Vitus on a sunny day was the most magical sight! The more than beautiful stained glass windows submerged the church in magically sparkling beams of briliant colors! Totally stunning!the classics

Make sure to wander down these whimsical little steps back down to down town!

*Food and beer*

We discovered that Czech traditional food is quite similar to austrian traditional food – meaning heavy and hearty! Not exactely dietary and definitely not vegetarian, but delicious!DSC02064

Eventhough we had not checked out good places to eat before – we stumble across a real gem of traditional food! U Dvor Kocek (menaing The Two Cats), an old beer parlor that exists since 1684 and has great home brewed beer and well priced good food. Highly recommendable!DSC02060

*The edgy*

The area around the TV-tower, in Praha 3 used to be a bit dodgy and mainly inhabited by immigrants. It still is mostly a foreigners neighborhood, but has been taken over by the rockabily, punk and vintage scene bit by bit!We were lucky enough to hang with some locals – I had my ink re-done by my praguer Tatoo-artist Studio Panter, and they were kind enough to take us out for some beers and Slivovice (czech liquor that is!). They showed us some great pubs and places to hit up (like U Marianskeho Obrazu) for some good beer and czech cheese with oil, pepper and bread! Yummm! This area has great vintage shopping and fun bars. Great for a night out!edgyprague

All in all we had an absolute blast in Prague! Have you ever been to Prague? I would love to hear about your experiences and travel tips!

Life is a journey folks, enjoy your travels!

Burlesque it is!

Something you should know about me is that I am an absolute vintage kinda girl! Anything old with patina and I am sure to love it. That’s why my love affaire with burlesque surely does not come as a surprise!

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Here in Vienna, I have the honour of being a more-or-less-regular of the one and only vintage burlesque crew Cirque Rouge. Stumbling across burlesque was more of an accident than an intended hobby. A friend of mine from university called me up one evening and asked me if I felt like being the nights cigaret girl at her second burlesque event in Vienna.

I jumped on the opportunity and have since then developed a love for diving into a whole new world, just for the night! An opportunity to be someone else, change your name, explore your sensuality and be purely feminine.

I have since then deepened my passion for vintage hair stiles, have perfected my make-up skills and collected a variety of vintage costumes.

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I have also moved from being a cigaret girl, to announcing the next act as  stage kitten Shirley Sweetheart to hosting the night as conferenciére Zaya Sutton. Pure bliss to dive into different characters and live a different life – just for the night!

If you feel like experiencing a new kinda of night-life, or have always been a fan of burlesque and happen to be in Vienna, an evening with Cirque Rouge is just the thing! Like them on facebook and make sure to get updated on the next event that will take place 11th of May 2013. Unfortunately for me, my last event was this month. New adventures are now to come!

Maybe shake up Louisvilles burlesque scene? Stay posted!vintage

Life is a journey – you better enjoy the ride guys!

Beginning my blogging journey…

 

Selina in Prague_portraitWelcome to …of Journeys & Roots my personal blog on travels, small and big adventures, life journeys and creating an eclectic life.

I am Selina a German-American, born in Germany and raised in-between. Life has taken me on many journeys, from Munich, Germany to Detroit Michigan, from Paris, France to Bangkok, Thailand, collecting languages and cultural influences on my way. My roots are Sctottish-Polish-Swiss; a weird mixture. Add a bit of hard-working polish blood to the Morrison clan on the quest of the American dream and pair it with Swiss arisocratic blood and out comes an absolute sucker for travels, cultures and an eclectic life!

Life has led me to live in Austria for the past 8 years. I live here with my lovely husand in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Vienna! Honestly, I absolutely love this city!

Despite the fact that I feel truely blessed to live here, I have gotten homesick. After more than 20 years in Europe, we are moving to the States… this month! And imagine…of all places, we will be moving to Louisville Kentucky! Bourbon and Derby here I come! Talk about a culture clash…from Coffeehouses and Mozart to Bluegrass and Country!

This blog shall accompany me on my big adventure and the quest of my american roots. I will be happy to meet you along the way as well! Please leave a comment – I am curious to meet you!

Life is a journey, come along with me!