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May 17, 2017

September recap

by ada

I’d never thought I’d see the day when I will be able to finally finish up my summer chronicles of 2015, but here we are. I feel pretty sad actually, because I know now, retrospectively, what follows those three months of pure bliss: two nice weeks in Mariazell and nine months of depression in Linz. One thing I can promise: it won’t take another one and half years to get this blog up to date, because literally nothing happened to me during those nine months. You’ll see.

So how did I spend my last month in Vorarlberg? Splendidly!

I visited Switzerland…

…and Germany on several occasions:

I still found new to me places in Vorarlberg, too:

I took a ship to cross Lake Constance…

…and a train to venture into the moor:

I hiked through woods…

…and through sunflower fields:

I stumbled upon unexpected things…

…at unexpected places:

Some were rather strange, like this DIY boob art:

I learnt a lot about ostriches…

…bats…

…monkeys…

…and sea animals:

I also saw animals that could not…

…and that, in fact, did not exist:

I met Nemo…

…and the Emperor, who, together with the Pope, sits in the hands of Imperia:

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I realized the difficulties people from the area have to face…

…learnt about their roots…

…admired their art…

…their housing situation…

…and that of their horses’:

Living conditions in the Lake Constance area may be ornamental…

…but people still have skeletons in their closets windows:

I also got to enjoy the company of my coworker’s dog, Casey for a whole week:

We went on international adventures…

…and also found some time to just chill out at home. She got spoiled to pieces:

On the last day of September I took a walk at the Bodensee promenade and said goodbye to Bregenz, promising to be back as soon as possible. You’ll see how it all turned out instead.

There is still a message I took away with me:

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November 19, 2016

August recap

by ada

The results of the US election gave me a huge motivation for blogging, because looking back at my sunny summer adventures in 2015 is much more comforting than looking forward to a future in which Donald Trump rules the world; which perspective is, let’s be real, more than terrifying.

Since I can’t change anything (I wish I could), I am now feverishly preparing for WW3 and transforming our cellar into a nuclear shelter do what I can to blend out real life problems and live in the past, so here you are, August 2015.

I started the month with German fireworks in Langenargen:

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It was raining light!

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It was also a fine opportunity to take out of focus photos of the festively decorated ships…

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…and of an unusually empty Lindau at night:

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A few days later I spent 11 hours on a train…

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… to get home in time for my mother’s birthday:

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She received some handmade presents from Milo and Móricka:

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In the process of creating it Milo got caught red handed. He looks quite embarrassed:

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Móricka was rather pleased with the results:

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Everybody coped with the heat in his own way: Milo took possession of the electric fan…

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…Móricka wore his tribal colours with pride…

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…The Cat buried herself in the closet (don’t ask)…

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…my sister put up the grill…

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…and I tackled some long overdue personal projects:

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When the time came, I crossed Austria again…

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…and got back to Bregenz:

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I spent a lot of time on the road…

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…making decisions…

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…and getting my feet…

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…and my bike dirty…

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…on forest paths…

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…and in water:

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I met all kinds of animals…

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…but mainly pigs:

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I took the Muttersbergbahn…

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…to look over the mountains around Bludenz:

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I swam in the Bodensee…

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…and in the Dornbirner Ach:

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One time I even went to night swimming (the giant groups of bats and mosquitos swarming over me are not pictured but they were REAL):

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I visited new cities…

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…and revisited old favourites:

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I also crossed borders, because that’s what I like to do:

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I listened to music during the day…

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and at night:

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I saw (but wasn’t allowed to play) the organ Hans Buchner has once practised on (more than 500 years ago):

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I met really old Chinese ladies…

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…Bavarian witches…

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…and whole families in splendid Vorarlberger tracht:

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And, tired but happy, I ended the month just the same way as I started it: with fireworks. This time in Bregenz:

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July 31, 2016

July recap

by ada

The fact that I’m taking refugee at posting about my last summer shows quite clearly how unhappy I have been lately devoted I am to document life chronologically. So let’s recall, from a whole year’s distance, how I spent the glorious July of 2015.

After I quit my job at the cardiology and spent a month at home in Budapest, I finally figured out that the form of nursing that suits me best is travel nursing. I joined an agency and took on my first assignment in the farthest Austrian town possible, Bregenz. And so did the summer, that turned out to be my best summer since years if not decades, begin.

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I did my best to explore the city…

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…and promptly found Europe’s narrowest house.

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I also met the prettiest inhabitant of the city…

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… and was constantly reminded of deep truths.

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I took cable cars to the top of mountains,

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…explored new cities…

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…and went to the zoo.

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I crossed the German border…

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… and almost swam over to Switzerland (too bad I’m too old not cool enough for daytime nude swimming in public, haha) (note to self: put on your swimsuit even if you’re only out for groceries. You can never know how your day turns out. Better be prepared).

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To make up for missing the Swiss waters, I made a habit of swimming in Lake Constance…

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…and made sure to visit Switzerland on an other occasion. Without getting my feet wet, this time.

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I went to Liechtenstein…

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…where I met the long gone…

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… and the dead.

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I also got to admire tiny stone carvings inspired by Russian folk tales.

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I visited an (even for me) unusual amount of museums…

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…to see contemporary art…

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…and stunning Alemannic fashion,

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…to learn about the beginning of hormone substitution therapy,

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…to practice my 17th century Yiddish (haha),

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…and to play with funny clockwork toys.

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So, yeah. I have nothing to complain about. July 2015 just turned out to be really, really great.

November 2, 2015

June recap

by ada

On the first day of June, I moved out of this house…

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…in that (false) belief, that I have a new place to move in. As it turned out, I didn’t. So, in a not-very-typical-for-me fashion, I took a quick decision and rented a storage locker for my stuff…

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…and bought a train ticket to the first place that came into my mind. It happened to be Břeclav:

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There I spent my evenings with counting trains from my window…

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… while eating ramen (I’m the queen of travelling on a budget!)…

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…and original Albert Heijn cheese which I found at the “Albert Supermarket”. It instantly reminded me of those terrible three years I spent in Holland (and the numerous occasions AH saved my life through providing its costumers with free coffee):

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During the day I took local trains to travel around.

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I visited the Valtice castle…

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…where I admired some aristocratic toilets…

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…drank Kofola…

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…and ate Studentska chocolate:

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I also went to Mikulov…

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…before leaving for home:

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I spent the rest of the month in Budapest:

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…with my family:

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I made only a minimal effort to stay cultured…

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…and spent my time mostly eating (and photographing) summer food:

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strawberries

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September 23, 2015

May recap

by ada

Although I have extreme difficulties to recall anything that happened to me four months ago, because my life feels completely different now than it did in May, I still haven’t given up on getting back to blogging regularly. Hope is the thing with feathers, you know.

So, according to my memory card, in May I…

…took the elevator to the top of the Stephansdom to visit Austria’s biggest church bell, the Pummerin…

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…went to see the castle of Liechtenstein:

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…walked in the footsteps of Constanze Mozart in the Kurgarten of Baden (where she fled every time she didn’t want to perform her SAHM duties):

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…celebrated the end of the war that killed six million people:

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…visited Milo and Móricka:

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…had the first campfire of the season (which turned out to be an extraordinarily stressful family affair, but that’s what you get with two toddlers around a fire, I guess):

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…travelled back to Vienna…

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…to enjoy the sunshine…

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…and to have fun:

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…had the first ice coffee of the year (with an ex-coworker, who came to visit me for a day from Linz):

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…admired sea animals:

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…gave a concert with the choir of the hospital:

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…spent a lot of time in good company museums:

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…saw lots of fellow nurses lying on the pavement of the Mariahilfer  Straße in the hope of more money a better future…

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…which the next generation also seems to be genuinly interested in:

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…visited a lot of churches…

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…walked home in the Viennese dawn after playing the recorder at the Taizé prayer until 4.30 am:

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…spent my last day working in this hospital (I have told you: I love to quit jobs):

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On the last evening of May, while biking through the Hofburg from my soon-to-be apartement to my old place, I finally became perfectly content with living in Vienna. Little did I know that if you happen to have run into the most unreliable real estate agent of the whole city, a single day is all it takes for everything to change. But it is another story, the story of my June, which I will share in the unforeseeable future soon.

May 25, 2015

April recap

by ada

April found me in Hungary, where I visited the ruins of the Schossberger castle in Tura,

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celebrated my father’s birthday,

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hunted some Easter Eggs with Milo and Móricka,

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and took photos of every blossoming tree that came my way.

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After Easter I travelled back to Vienna to work my socks off enjoy spring weather,

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play tourist,

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and continue discovering my neighbourhood.

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I spent an afternoon in Mödling,

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where I walked in weird woods,

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picked flowers,

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and met a post-Easter bunny.

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I visited the House of Music,

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and went to the Vienna Air King contest to see some flying bikes (of which occasion some photos are yet to be shared) (if only I could find the time).

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The rest of the month was not the least blogworthy. I worked/slept it through without taking a single photo after the 11th of April. All the glamour of my life, haha.

April 27, 2015

March recap

by ada

Oh, well. It took me very little time to break my New Year’s resolution of never falling months behind with posting. Seriously, I don’t even remember anymore what I did in March, but fortunately I can look it up (now I know why I keep this blog: it has the function of my non-existent memory skills, haha).

So, according to this blog, in March I:

…contemplated 14th century minnesänger life,

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…admired old clocks and watches:

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…celebrated my hundred-and-sixty-sixth birthday:

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…was waiting for spring for what it felt like another hundred-and-sixty-six years…

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…until it finally arrived:

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…discovered new parts of Vienna:

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…spent an afternoon in St Pölten:

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…and an another one in Klosterneuburg,

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…where I visited the orchid exhibition…

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…and saw some beautiful flowers arranged in rather questionable ways:

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…met the Easter Bunny (-ies. All of them)…

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…who brought some giant Easter Eggs with them:

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Einstein was there too:

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At the end of the month I had my spring holiday which I spent at home in Budapest…

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…with Milo,

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…Móricka,

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…and The Cat:

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March 1, 2015

February recap

by ada

I spent the biggest part of February with being sick with different versions of the flu. After being in denial for weeks about my inability to cope with it while working 12 hours a day, it escalated into a sick leave and taking antibiotics.

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Milo turned two, which we celebrated with a ladybird cake:

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I completed my first month on the cardiology ICU as part of the CPR team. The transition from a Hungarian ICU to an Austrian one is tough, and it isn’t going as smooth as I’ve expected. So I went and listened to some lectures at the Wiener Intensivmedizinische Tage to make myself feel better about my own choices:

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I also took some walks with the same purpose…

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…and finally started to feel at home in Vienna. I do still miss Salzburg, though.

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After a more than ten years long hiatus, I revisited the Jewish Museum.

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I spent another few days at home in Budapest and bought two mini skateboards for Milo and Móricka, which they decided to use in a rather unconventional way:

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I saw the first snowdrops of 2015:

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Finally, on the last day of February I went to see pretty sparkly stones minerals and fossils at the Spring Fair of the Mineralium Wien:

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February 8, 2015

January recap

by ada

In January I…

…travelled back to Vienna after Christmas break,

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…still had (umm, still have) Christmas decoration up,

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…was exhausted most of the time, and spent the majority of my days off at home, wearing knitted cat slippers (because in my heart I’m still three and a half years old),

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…ate lots of red and orange food (and lots of junk food too, which is not pictured here because I am pretentious),

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…bought fresh flowers for the first time in like, two years (my life is clearly not the same instagram-worthy bliss of twee perfection everyone else seems to experience lately),

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…took (a very few) walks in my neighbourhood,

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…photographed some butterflies (living ones, this time),

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…got this pear from my patient, an elderly Bosnian lady. She assured me that I can safely eat it, because “it’s halal”. I have a deep respect for people who are committed to a certain way of life because of their faith. Maybe because the only thing concerning religion I really believe in is that it does not matter at all.

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…completed my two months long rotation on the cardiology ward and started my next rotation period of code duty, on the ICU,

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…climbed all the 343 stairs to the top of the Stephansdom. This experience made me recognise the sad fact, that the last time I was fit for life, was the day I gave up getting tennis lessons five times a week (at the age of seventeen. A long, long time ago it was, a dreary time it is),

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…and looked over the freshly renovated roofs of the Stephanskirche Vienna.

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January 6, 2015

the seasons of her year

by ada

I don’t want to talk a lot about 2014. Although I did achieve almost all the personal goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, those 365 days were hard on me. I desperately tried my best to keep myself over the water by doing cheerful things like visiting cemeteries looking at dead butterflies swimming in thermal waters and going to a summer holiday but, unfortunately, sometimes the best just isn’t enough. Otherwise: while I can’t claim that I won over all the situations that came my way during the past year, I’m still here and functioning. We could even call this success, I suppose.

This year I’ll give myself a break and make no resolutions other than to take better care of myself, both mentally and physically. As of this blog, all my plans for 2014 will continue their career as 2015 resolutions, because – surprise, surprise – I did not complete any of them. I did not even try, mostly. I’d only add one more to that already quite exhausting list: to never, ever let myself fell three months behind with posting again. The justification for this blog is to document the right-here-and-now; the only purpose it serves is to help me love (or, in tougher times, survive) my daily life. I should keep that in mind even if I’m too busy, too tired or too sad to care about this place.

I took an unusual amount of self-portraits in 2014. I’d like to say that this post is the documentation of the magical journey of finding my inner self during this less than ideal year but, honestly, that journey did not happen and these pictures are more about the actual place, background and composition, than about me. I still like them, so here they are, telling the story of my 2014.

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January 4, 2015

Wien – December recap

by ada

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Christmas lights Vienna

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Vienna Stephansplatz pavement

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December 31, 2013

the year is going, let him go

by ada

2013 wasn’t exactly a bad year for me but it wasn’t a good one either. It was like just milling around, one step forward two steps back while nothing really makes sense and nothing ever happens. I’m quite relieved that this year is finally over. Yay 2014!

In contrast to last year this time I have numerous New Year’s Resolutions. Most of them are private, that I won’t discuss here. My resolutions regarding this blog are to

  1. be more personal. At some point along my way through 2013 this blog stopped being my personal diary and became a travel blog or rather a backup place where I uploaded some of the halfway acceptable photos I took of buildings. Which is fine too, I guess, but becoming so neutral was never my intention.
  2. post less and select and sort out my photos more strictly. Sometimes I really envy those beautiful, artistic photo blogs with simple designs and meaningful pictures and I have to remind myself that the purpose of my blog is not to cause visual joy to anybody out there but to collect and save my memories. Crappy pictures for crappy memories. Haha.
  3. improve my photography. Because even if this place most likely will never evolve into a beautiful, artistic photo blog, I still want to learn how to make my indoor pictures less blurry.
  4. write more about music. I totally get that nobody likes my music posts but me, haha, but hey, it’s my blog where I do as I please. And I don’t want to completely forget the person I was before the depression. That nice and intelligent person that had opinions and knowledge and was talented and her life wasn’t centered around iv pumps and artificial hearts. Not that there is anything wrong with artificial hearts.

So let’s remember some of the nice and/or important things I did or that happened in 2013:

I started the year with fireworks in Salzburg.

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Milo was born shortly after that.

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Spring was beautiful (when it wasn’t raining).

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I visited 30 cities in 6 different countries during the year (I don’t count Salzburg and Budapest where I actually live and not just visit). My favourite places were rainy Venice…

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…and the beautiful synagogue of Třebíč.

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 I also paid a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp.

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I hiked mountains…

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… got wet by waterfalls…

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…took boats to reach islands…

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…and cable cars to reach peaks.

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After a more than twenty years long hiatus I actually made two zoo visits this year. A trend I definitely want to continue.

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I became an expert in mountain cemetery art…

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…and in carillon mechanics.

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I celebrated the opening of the Salzburger Festspiele…

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…documented folk festivals…

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…and politically critical art exhibitions.

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I bought my first DSLR. Technically spoken, it’s an SLT, but honestly, for me the definition doesn’t make any difference. I am not entirely happy with it, maybe it’s the kit lens and its huge barrel distortion and poor focusing skills; but it’s nice to have control over my choices. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any control over anything yet, so a lot of blurry, over or underexposed, out of focus photos are to come till I learn how to handle it properly. Don’t be too hard on me if I post the sixty-fourth slightly washed-out picture of the same blurred flower or distorted building. I also try not to over-edit my photos in order to make them less painful but it’s hard, really hard.

I also let my hair cut, after wearing it long for about ten years. This decision didn’t make me more beautiful (I still haven’t found out what makes me more beautiful, haha) but man, does it feel good to have it short! On my Good Hair Days I look like Dora The Explorer. On my Bad Hair Days… Oh well. On my Bad Hair Days I look a lot like Pumuckl. I usually have Bad Hair Days (not that this makes any difference). (Also, you’re welcome for my precious self-portrait, displayed in the true manner of the Mysterious Blogger’s Awkward Bedroom Mirror Selfie. At least it isn’t a Common Restroom Mirror Selfie entitled “what I wore today”. And you really can’t claim that I’d overflow this blog with my own self-portraits).

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In 2013 I also quit my job (twice) and moved (twice). I see a certain pattern here, haha. I guess I’m addicted to this feeling of freedom that comes with quitting jobs.

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I left Salzburg…

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…and moved back to Budapest for a while.

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I started a course to specialize in Critical Care Nursing and Anaesthesiology, mostly because I missed using my brain and was so bored with the job they call nursing in Austria. Hungarian Health Care System has its (major? giant? monumental?) flaws but at least it isn’t boring for all that take actively part in it. Stressful? Yes. Boring? No.

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I also had some family time with relatives I haven’t seen in two years…

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…and went a bit heavy on Christmas markets to overcompensate last year’s complete lack of festive feelings.

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At the end of the year Móricka turned two. He celebrated with smashing his cake to the floor. Unintentionally, of course.

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So this was (the nicer part of) my 2013. Let’s move on, please?

January 1, 2013

year that trembled and reel’d beneath me

by ada

I have mixed feelings towards 2012. I didn’t reach any of my goals (like getting back to my real life or getting rid of this whole depression issue), so it was sort of a fail. On the other hand, the pure facts are, that I started the year with being told by psychiatrists that taking SSRI’s is my only way to survive; and ended it with watching the fireworks in one of the most romantic cities in the world. I definitely see a certain progress in my way through 2012, even if it wasn’t the kind of progress I hoped to achieve.

That’s why I decided to have no New Year Plans for 2013. Life happens, regardless of our hopes and plans and dreams. That’s definitely a lesson I learnt in 2012. I will take this year as it comes (not that I have another possibility, haha) and we will see, where its last day will find me.

And after this short lesson on fatalism, a brief summary of my year:

In January I started this project with the purpose of taking my clinical depression under control. I also drank a lot of coffee with my friend Ancsangyalka with the same purpose, walked the streets of Budapest and listened to Roger Scruton lecturing on music, meaning and morality.

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In February I took some photos of the Danube, felt sick from the depression, had no clothes to wear and visited a lot of doctors.

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In March I behaved like a good Hungarian, met the Easter Bunny and visited the snowdrop fields of the arboretum of Alcsút. Poor Cat got a tumour removed.

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In April I dyed some Easter eggs with mixed result, took part in the March of the Living Budapest, travelled twice to Vienna to get permissions and moved to Salzburg.

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In May I learnt how to put up a May Tree, saw a lot of handsome, young men in uniform and worked a lot. Móricka travelled the world.

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In June I worked and worked (and worked and worked and…), bought some things I badly needed and finally spent some days in The Netherlands.

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In July I felt irritated by my job and sat by the Salzach a lot; took some walks in Salzburg while discovering some of the dirty secrets of the city, and welcomed Móricka back from his world trip.

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In August I was continually listening to operas, spent a day in Graz, moved in my new service appartement and hosted Móricka for a few days in Salzburg.

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In September I got sick. Regardless of it I spent a day in Linz, worked an enormous amount and travelled to Budapest.

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In October I visited a lot of museums, the lake of Traunsee and the waterfall of Liechtensteinklamm. The first snow also arrived.

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In November I travelled to Prague, attended a fancy nursing ball, spent a few days at home and was forced to do some crafting at my workplace.

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In December my father got sick and I paused this project for almost 3 weeks. Móricka turned 1 year old, I tried my best not to miss Christmas completely and finally went back to Salzburg where I spent even the last day of the year at my workplace.

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