Posts tagged ‘happiness’

June 19, 2016

things that make me happy

by ada

Just to keep record of some of the things that otherwise would be forgotten would I hold onto chronology too strictly; things that made my life better even if only for one short moment.

One of those things was eating cherries…

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…especially twin cherries:

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My bike, Priscilla. I bought her from a Portuguese girl who has since moved back home; and decided to keep the name she gave it (I am the queen of second third fourth tenth hand bikes):

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That my bike has “happy” written on it…

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…and that she is not the only happy bike out there:

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Things I find in my bed after Milo naps in it (a half meter long plastic toy tram, a ladle, and the naked leg of a Barbie doll, just to name a few):

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My new pink Adidas ballerinas (the only piece of pink clothing I’ve ever owned, I’m fairly sure). I got them at the mall called Mercury Centrum in České Budějovice:

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This mosaic. It reminds me of Wien:

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Cats on walls…

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…on doormats…

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…and in my work email:

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Deer on my new hoodie:

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The new Mma Ramotswe book:

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All the three and a half days of summer we’ve got this year (so far)…

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…which I used for going on bike rides…

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…and taking cable cars:

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This cheese I found at Merkur. It is so good (and it reminds me of last summer):

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That, after 5 months on raw food (and junk food), I can now finally cook again:

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That my room smells like elderflower:

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Móricka’s new manifesto: When I grow up, I will be Ada and I will take the train to places very very far and I will buy all the presents. (I feel like I’m turning into the American Auntie Rich Relative From The Other Side Of The Iron Curtain, a phenomenon I so badly envied from the neighbourhood kids while growing up in Socialist Hungary):

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Those 30.863 voters who turned over the elections (Obviously, I am not allowed to vote in Austria. But I still have my opinions about my pampered, twenty-years old coworkers with their houses and swimming pools, who all voted right radical because of “young blood” and “dahoam”):

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That I’m moving out of this house (the neighbours! Give me a lonesome island!)…

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…because I’m finally, finally leaving Linz. Not a day too early. My time here had so much in common with my last few Dutch months. The city that I failed to click with. The social isolation. The terrible weather (it was snowing yesterday! On the 18th of June!). The frustrating living conditions (the neighbours! Did I mention my neighbours!). The feeling that I’m stuck and that it’s not my fault. The general unhappiness this unfortunate combination brought on me. Truly, it were some miserable eight months. But it’s almost over now!

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November 3, 2015

things that make me happy

by ada

Well, it’s more like things that made me happy at one point of my life during this not-very-well-documented summer, haha. (Actually, it was very well documented but rather poorly shared.) (Btw, I’m rapidly catching up on summer posts, thanks to the awful schleimy October weather and some unidentified but deadly efficient pathogen that ate my respiratory system and my brain and put me in bed for two weeks).

Anyway. Here come some of my summer joys that I want to keep a record of, like…

…orange flowers:

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…and orange cats:

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Summer shadows…

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…and birds on furniture:

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Free books…

freie Bücher

…especially this one I was gifted by the nice reception lady at the Heimatmuseum in Schruns:

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Wearing the necklace my mother got from her grandparents for her high school graduation:

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Meeting Super Mario in the public toilet of the GWL in Bregenz…

Super Mario

…and discovering a proper dwarf colony in my neighbourhood:

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That my patients seem to like me…

Liebe Schwester

…and that my coworkers in Bregenz turned out to be awesome (after spending the previous six months in a classic You Can’t Sit With Us situation in Wien, this was without doubt the greatest gift of the summer):

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Stones I collected at various beaches around the Bodensee:

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Crossing borders…

border between Kreuzlingen and Konstanz

…and bringing home small reminders of a country I’ve never been to before:

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That I got to spend my summer in Bregenz, where my days looked like this…

Bregenz Pipeline

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Muttersbergbahn

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…and my nights like this:

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Bregenz Hafenfest

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That I got to travel a lot…

ferryboat Romanshorn and Friedrichshafen

…and that, on some of my adventures, I even got to have a travel companion:

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Signs of refugee support around Austria and Germany…

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Migration is not a crime Hohenems

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…and support for those who actually do the job of fighting the cause of the refugee problem. Go Kurds!

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May 15, 2015

things that make me happy

by ada

1. The last of Easter chocolate.

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2. Random hearts.

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3. Spring summer weather…

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4. …with spring summer clouds.

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5. Art on walls…

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6. …and on jam jar lids.

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7. Cat posters.

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8. Forget-me-nots…

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9. …and roses that don’t lose their colour.

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10. The inside of this tea box.

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11. These missing two volumes I found at a flea market to Volume 2 that I’ve already had.

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12. Visiting the Taizé prayer semi-regularly again.

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November 23, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

This mini snail I met on my way to work one morning.

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This plaque, which I, after having passed it five times a week for the last six months, have finally noticed. It marks the house the Hungarian poet József Attila had once lived in.

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The rainbow I saw from our balcony the other day.

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These pressed flowers I found in a book. They must have been there for the past twenty years.

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These fox earrings (I am slowly but irreversibly turning into a Crazy Cat Lady; a spinster of a certain age, with wild hair, weird clothes and age-inappropriate jewellery).

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Autumn. It’s almost gone now so let these pictures stand for All Things Awesome That I Missed Out On This Year.

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October 3, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

1. Other people’s cars.

Ferrari horse

2. Random fireworks I saw from the  balcony the other day.

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3. My ladybird earrings. They aren’t new, but I find myself wearing them every day lately.

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4. Sea salt chocolate made in Piran.

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5. Books from an English bookstore in Ljubljana. I’ve already finished the two Mma Ramotswe stories but haven’t started The Cuckoo’s Calling yet.

Ljubljana books

6. Speaking of books: new bookshelves. This is a never-ending battle between me and my books in which I’m still on the losing side.

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7. Mini bottles of nail polish, bought in Maribor. I’ve never really gotten behind the ways nail polish rules the emotional life of women but Hungarian Health Care System is a weird, cruel place and I – being emotionally not exactly the toughest lately – need every bit of glittery distraction I can get to survive it.

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8. That my time in Hungarian Health Care System is almost over. Only eleven more exams to go and I’m free to choose my own path again.

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July 25, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I last posted in this series. That tells tales about my circumstances lately. I’ve failed miserably with my New Year’s resolution of sharing more of my life here anyway – not that I don’t have a life because I rather do, but it seems I’m not good at getting personal. What I’m good at is taking photos of buildings and flowers, so this place has inevitably became kind of a travel blog, but without the joys and excitement of actual travelling. You know, something like an unofficial Budapest Guide for Weirdos (and for all who enjoy looking at dead butterflies and old medical instruments). This is a lose-lose situation, I’m afraid.

But there are still the small things, like…

…this super cheap waffle place and their raspberry mousse that tastes just like I remember it from my childhood.

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…pretty bees on pretty flowers.

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…visiting museums.

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…doing small trips.

Hungarian train

…summer food.

Vácrátót arboretum wild strawberry

…thrifted summer clothes. Too bad I’m seven kilos overweight (oh well, waffle place, hello).

SUMMER CLOTHES

…the first outdoor swim of the year at Vadaš Thermal Bath in Štúrovo, Slovakia. (Okay, it happened more than a month ago. I’m actually  writing this post since years weeks. I hope one day – if life allows me – I can get back to real-time blogging.)

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…going on a holiday! I haven’t been on a summer holiday since 2009 (ten days at the Bulgarian coast. I’m still dreaming about it). (I usually do budget travelling, that means Venice in February, Prague in October and that epic Moravian road tour in December. I haven’t felt a cold that freezing in my entire life than I did at a bus stop in Moravske Budejovice at 22.30 pm last winter.)

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July 1, 2013

things that make me happy

by ada

1. This tote bag I bought at the Mozart museum. While it promotes the idea of the consumer society which I don’t exactly cultivate, it is so like Mozart, with his love of red robes and all, really.

Mozart bag

2. Reading this book. It’s really promising.  I’m on page 21 yet, and the protagonist of the novel has already made his point about his deep hate of 1) Jews 2) German people 3) French people 4) Italian people 5) clergy in general 6) Jesuits in particular 7) women, totally clear. I’m thrilled to find out whom else he plans to hate on the following 489 pages.

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3. Living in this house.

my house

4. The absence of fire alarm in my kitchen. Having an extraordinarily sensitive fire alarm in my previous apartment made my life really difficult there. After my epic first meeting with the firemen and the police, who made their visit at my flat while I was peacefully baking some flourless cookies and dancing to Disko Partizani in my pajamas (the perfect example of the half-witted pyromaniac immigrant with a  shitty taste of music, whose existence alone manages to ruin the morals of Holy Motherland of Austria), I ended up eating almost exclusively raw food most of the time.

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5. Kitchen windowsill herbs. I’m not a plant person (my mother has somehow forgotten to pass her gardening genes on to me), so I hope they will survive.

windowsill herbs

6. Homemade elderflower cordial with (windowsill) lemongrass, my first experiment with food preserving. It tastes pretty much like plain water. My carreer chances as a celebrity cook aren’t that high, I guess.

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7. More elderflower for a new (hopefully better) try.

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June 13, 2013

collecting elderflowers

by ada

1. Pick a day. Any day. Preferably a day on which you’ve failed at your workplace in every possible ways, your patients were annoying, your coworkers were mean, and, at the end of your shift,  instead of going home and pretending that this day has never happened, you still had to make through an obligatory 60 minutes surgical lecture on how to wash your hands properly.

2. Go on an elderflower-collecting tour.

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3. Walk through poppy fields.

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4. Find wild strawberries…

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5. …and sour apples.

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6. Meet bugs…

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7. …and snails…

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8. …and nice people with whom you share the interest of photographing poppies. Seemingly it’s enough good a reason for them to be nice to you.

9. Find elderflowers.

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10. Get stung from stinging nettle that grows in bushes around elder trees.

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11. Get frustrated and have dark thoughts about the purpose of the universe and/or the misery of your own existence. 

12. Calm down and appreciate the wisdom of Mother Nature who is clever enough to save the blossoming elderflowers from the human race by letting them grow at least 5 meters high and surrounding elder trees with stinging nettle or simply placing them on the other side of deep waters.

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13. Try to pick elderflowers once again. Remember that using stinging nettle for rheumatoid arthritis and gout is a popular naturopathic treatment; and while you don’t suffer from any locomotory disease of inflammatory origin yet, the times, when you will be in the need of considering stinging nettle as your best friend, are  near. Age, with his stealing steps, you know.

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14. Do actually collect them elderflowers.

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15. Walk home through green meadows…

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16. … and poppy fields, once again.

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May 20, 2013

that’s what I love about Sunday

by ada

Sleeping in till 8 o’clock (instead of having to crawl out of bed at 5.30 am, as usual) and having a lazy and comfortable breakfast.

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Meeting a friend in the Altstadt.

Salzburg Kaipromenade Salzachgalerien

Visiting the craft fair Salzachgalerien.

Salzachgalerien

Spending some time in silence.

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Coffee with homemade chocolate.

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Letter trains for Milo and Móricka, bought at the craft fair.

name trains

Spending the afternoon with eliminating moving boxes to make this new flat full of furniture and colours I don’t like, a bit more comfortable.

flat

Doing the laundry (I love to do the laundry).

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Organic, grass-fed pastrami, lamb bone broth and pineapples for dinner.

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Going to bed with a book, knowing that tomorrow I can sleep as long as I want.

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January 26, 2013

things that make me happy

by ada

1. The view from my garden door.

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2. My new Pikolinos shoes.

Pikolinos shoes

3. Being on a sick leave till Monday, with lots of bed time, cups of coffee with coconut oil and awesome music. Lately I’m listening to a collection of original glass harmonica pieces, that are the second funniest music I’ve ever heard. The first are the Albrechtsberger’s concertos for Jew’s harp. I mean, classical concertos of three movements for Jew’s! Harp!, accompanied with a symphonic orchestra. How cool those times and their folks were, the second half of the eighteenth century.

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4. Flowers on my table.

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5. The cute panda backpack I bought for Móricka yesterday for the ridiculous price of 1,70 euros. I almost couldn’t resist the idea of getting an identical one for myself too, but, well, in our society there is an age limit of thirteen years for panda backpacks. Society’s burdens are hard ones.

panda bag

6. The results of the very recent culinary success of mine!

duck gribenes

7. Matryoshka earrings. Did I ever mention that I had a fairly Russophile and socialist upbringing? As a child I played with wooden matryoshkas and listened to the choir of the Red Army singing partisan songs. I still read the Russian alphabet fluently, even if I don’t speak the language anymore. Recommended movie for Western Europeans and Americans (or, actually, for everybody who was born on the other – outer – side of the iron curtain): Good Bye, Lenin! Just to get the feeling, you know.

Matryoshka earrings

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