Five Senses. 

Seeing: Some "hip" people around the city. Since when is Vienna hip?

Hearing: Traffic noise in the office all day as the windows are open again.

Tasting: Yoghurt and mashed fruit mostly due to a stomach flu.

Touching: The grass patch in front of my office - the only green in miles.

Smelling: Yummy food which I couldn´t eat. Bummer!

Happy Friday, Internets! I´m so glad this week is over.

PS: I clearly need a yellow piano.


(Picture by Ms Cupcake on Flickr.)


The Honeymoon Diaries, Part 2. 

On our second day in San Francisco, we had a big American breakfast in a rather greasy restaurant (it was still quite good, loved the pancakes) and then went shopping as it was still grey and foggy (we were told it´s a SF thing - foggy until noon). I got to see my first Anthropologie store which was amazing. I have to tell you though that I didn´t find anything there for me, except for a hat. A cute hat I might add (and more or less the only thing in there that was affordable, ahem).

However, as promised around noon the skies cleared up and we traveled down to Fishermans Wharf where we rented bikes and cruised along the seaside in the direction of the famous bridge. If you are in San Francisco for the first time, I totally recommend this. It´s a lovely ride and quite magical to see the bridge coming closer and closer. We crossed the bridge snapping pictures like mad (above is one of the results) and I was so happy. There´s something about this bridge, I tell you.

We explored the Exploratorium a bit on our way back to the city and then returned our bikes. After that we did some food shopping at Trader Joe´s (another "landmark" for me, and everything I expected!) and had a picnic in our hotel room. It was the perfect way to spend a day in San Francisco and sadly, it was our last one there since the next day, we went to Seattle - coming up in the third installment!

Honeymoon Diaries, Part 1.


Cupcake Kits. 


I adore these cupcake kits by Meri Meri. If it wasn´t completely ridiculous to send a cupcake kit on a travel around the world, I would totally order one or two. So cute.

(Pictures by Meri Meri).


Where I Live. 


I met my lovely elderly neighbor today and she told me she had just been on a long walk around the settlement in which we live. We had a wonderful warm spring day so she enjoyed her walk a lot. "Aren´t we so lucky to live here", she said. And yes we truly are.

We live in a settlement from the 1950ies in the outskirts of Vienna. This area used to be wood and is basically protected from new developments, but they made an exception after the second world war due to the housing shortage. They sold only rather small lots of land - each about 500 sq. meters and the people built all sorts of houses on them: Big ones and small ones, ugly and nice ones, whatever they could afford at that time. Nowadays these houses are *old* so a good percentage has been demolished and we have some modern houses in the mix, too. As a result this is a rather funny looking place especially if you´re used to the quite similar looking houses in German settlements (they have stricter building regulations there).

The people who live here are a good mix, too. There are some old inhabitants left who live in the houses they´ve built in the 50ies here. But there are also lots of families and increasingly young people, especially environmentally aware ones. We even have a transvestite! And we´re lucky to have extra lovely neighbors - some old, some young - with whom we get along very well. They take care of your cats when we´re away and give garden harvest to us over the fence. We even made friends with some of them.

But what makes the living here so good is actually the location. Our settlement is completely surrounded by wood. From our house you can see it from every window and I walk about 3 mins to get there. This is something I really love. In summer, I go for a short walk after work almost every day  even if it´s almost dark. It´s magical and smells so so good. When you exit the bus from the city, it´s a different air really, pure and full of flavors. And it´s quiet, oh so quiet. Sometimes I ask myself whether I´m growing old since I enjoy these things so much. But then, I like to think I only grow wiser. Because it´s a pretty good place to live.


Sarah Ahearn. 

On a not-yet-spring-day like today, I´m loving Sarah Ahearns whimsical mixed media pieces even more. All the pieces you can see here are available via the Enourmous Tiny Art Show - which, by the way, features many more great artists. They ship to Europe (though one piece I bought last year ended up in Australia, not in Austria which wasn´t their fault, but I thought it was hilarious). You can learn more about Sarah on her blog, or visit her etsy shop and her Flickr account.

(All pictures by Sarah Ahearn/Enourmous Tiny Art Show).