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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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December 30, 2016

meet Casey

by ada

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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.

June 29, 2016

conversations with my coworkers – part 9

by ada

coworker: – Phew, it’s hot today! Are you gonna jump into your pool after work?

me: – Such a nice idea! Unfortunately I don’t have a pool, but good for you!

(five minutes later):

coworker: – Oh, it’s soooo hot today! You too should jump into your pool at home!

me: – Well, I actually do not have a pool at home.

(an hour later):

coworker: – I can’t bear with this heat anymore! I can’t wait to jump into the pool after work. You should totally do the same!

me: – I am a white trash immigrant. I grew up in poverty in Eastern Europe. I am now living in the house of horror the deepest hole of Austro-Balkan hell a service apartment of exactly 20 quadratmetres. I do NOT have a pool.

(at the end of our shift):

coworker: – And now we can finally go home and jump into the pool! Aren’t you happy to have a pool on a day like this? Go and jump into it as soon as you’re at home!

me:  – Yeah. That’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

(I spent my whole life, which is longer than I’d care to admit, in the belief that in order to take part in a conversation, it is necessary to listen to the others. Turns out I was completely wrong.)

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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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May 20, 2016

conversations with my coworkers – part 8

by ada

At my current workplace I don’t really get a lot of opportunities to make mindful conversations with my coworkers (they prefer not to talk to me), but on the rare occasions they forget about the main policy* of the Austrian working and lower middle class**, there are chances our small talk session turns out to be quite memorable.

* Don’t Talk To Strangers! They Are Evil, Stupid And Dangerous!

**and, most likely, the aristocracy. (Un)fortunately, I have exactly zero experience with Austrian nobility, so I can’t really tell about this one

1.)

coworker: – Are you the only child of your parents?

me: – I have a sister.

coworker: – Does she have children?

me: – She has two sons.

coworker: – Well, it’s your turn now!

me: – ???

coworker: – Go on! Start to have babies!

me: – ???!!!

coworker: – Your sister has already made it. Now it’s your turn.

me: – Why should I copy every decision of my sister? What if she jumps out of the window? Should I jump too?

2.)

coworker: (shows embarrassing lack of knowledge about world history)

me: – Don’t you learn this stuff in school?

coworker: – No, we only learn about Austrian history.

me (incredulously): – What’s about the Soviet Union? The American Civil War? The French Revolution?

coworker: – We only learn about Austria.

me:  – That can’t be true. Please tell me it isn’t.

coworker (trying hard to come up with something): – Hitler got mentioned though.

me: – That’s reassuring.

(Hitler was born in Austria. Maybe that’s how he made it into the curriculum.)

3.)

coworker: – There is a good ice cream parlour in Grein.

me: – Oh, Grein, isn’t it that place with that historical theatre?

coworker: – I don’t know. I only go to Grein to get ice cream.

me: – It’s the oldest theater in Austria still in use…

coworker: – You can also have schnitzel with fries…

me: – …it’s more than two hundred years old…

coworker: – …and tafelspitz…

me: – …and is completely preserved in its original state…

coworker: – …quite expensive though…

me: – …prisoners were also allowed to visit it…

coworker: – …but you get a lot of food for your money, so it’s a good deal.

me: – …and you could even watch the performance while sitting on the toilet!

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March 19, 2016

conversations with random people about being Hungarian

by ada

Part 1.

my family doctor: – Where are you from?

me: – Hungary.

mfd: – But you don’t look Hungarian at all!

(There is no such thing as “Hungarian looks”. We don’t have a national stereotype.)

(Okay, so maybe we do.)

Part 2.

my boss: – Do you know X.Y.?

me: – No.

my boss:  – That’s not possible! He is also from Budapest!

(Budapest’s population is over two million. Shame on me for not being acquainted with every single member of it.)

Part 3. 

my coworker: – Do all Hungarians have blue eyes?

me: – ???

coworker: – The Hungarian doctor has blue eyes.

me: – Oh yeah?

coworker: – You also have blue eyes. So all the Hungarians I know have blue eyes.

(Well, that’s exactly two Hungarians out of the ten million. And my eyes are green but whatever.)

Part 4. 

the same coworker: – You shouldn’t be in contact with other Hungarians.

me: – ???

coworker: – You should use your time while living in other countries to embrace other cultures.

(I’m living in other cultures since thirteen years. I have already embraced everything that is to embrace. At one point of my life I even owned a dirndl.)

Part 5.

Austrian doctor: – Where did you go to nursing school?

me: – I went to some school in Hungary.

Austrian doctor: – I thought you were from Austria!

patient 1: – I thought you were from Switzerland!

patient 2: – I thought you were Czech!

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…

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…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…

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…and discovering a proper dwarf colony in my neighbourhood:

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That my patients seem to like me…

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…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…

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…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…

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…and my nights like this:

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That I got to travel a lot…

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

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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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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.

June 27, 2015

M&M

by ada

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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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May 14, 2015

home-thoughts, from abroad

by ada

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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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April 26, 2015

I Martius am! Once first, and now the third

by ada

Now, with May just around the corner, I suddenly feel like it’s time to recall what I read almost two months ago, haha:

Erle Stanley Gardner: Perry Mason und der Tote im Rollstuhl – because I want Della Street’s life

Gabriel García Márquez: Von der Liebe und anderen Dämonen – because, once upon a time, I had brains used to enjoy Real Literature

Paul J. Frost: Elcserélt elmék – because, birthday book, featuring dogs

Antonia Fraser: Die Nonne – because a murder mystery amongst Catholic nuns is the best bedtime story

Erlend Loe: Ich bring mich um die Ecke – because I loved Doppler and wasn’t left disappointed by this book either

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March 11, 2015

I was born, I suppose, like anyone

by ada

Well, actually yesterday, but I can’t keep up with the changes in my life anymore, haha.

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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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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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November 8, 2014

October’s bright blue weather

by ada

October was beautiful indeed – too bad I did not have the time to enjoy it. How did I get to read 10 books though,  is a mystery.

The greatest accomplishment of the month? I’ve finally finished reading Lonesome Traveler. It took me exactly the same amount of time as did processing my holiday photos: three and a half months.

I don’t even try to explain myself.

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October 3, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

1. Other people’s cars.

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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.

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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.

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…summer food.

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

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…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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June 29, 2014

for the nights are short in June

by ada

For the very busy June I had, I consider four books as an extraordinary accomplishment. Let’s talk about them, because that’s something I’ve never done on this blog before.*

Ambrose Bierce: Lügengeschichten – a collection of short stories. I’ve read Bierce before but his seaman stories were new to me. I liked them.

William Paul Young: Die Hütte (The Shack) – Okaaay… So this book is the reason I’m actually writing this entry. It was recommended to me by a German female protestant prison pastor, five years ago***, in Taizé. I was armed prepared to like it. I wanted to like it. I really did. But I can’t help myself. I so hated this book I can’t even express my feelings about it properly. Because this book is just so. bad. Cheesy theology. Bad writing. Too much unnecessary emotions. Clichés with clichés all over the place. I mean, God as a big, good-natured black woman that sings religious songs? Jesus as a – surprise! – Jew with a – surprise!! – big nose? Is it just me or does this really hurt? Anyway. It is a bad, bad book and/or I’m a bad, bad person. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

Arthur Schnitzler: Casanova hazatér (Casanova’s return to Venice) – I have a heart for everything (everybody) miserable, for broken things and for people who failed at life. Poor old Casanova, he was such a rat.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: Amado mio/Tisztátalan cselekedetek (Amado mio/Atti impuri) – The biggest part of this book I read while waiting at the dental emergency clinic, between 10 pm and 1 am. It definitely did not make those stressful hours of waiting for the inevitable pain any sweeter. Maybe I’m incorrectly influenced by the fact that I’ve never been a teenage boy with homoerotic feelings towards other, preteen boys, but I found the paedophilic aspects of this book deeply disturbing.

* I once had a literary blog to keep track of my readings (remember, those were times when I read 150 books a year. Now I’m proud if I get to 30). It had exactly two and a half followers and went down together with my Hungarian blog provider two years ago**

** never trust a Hungarian blog provider. Never trust anything Hungarian. Our biggest pride is still in our endless suffering about things that happened a thousand years ago

*** yes, that’s really the speed I’m accomplishing things with. I need five years to get to a book. You don’t want to know how late I’m with movies. Clue: I still haven’t seen Harry Potter 2 yet.

June readings

May 30, 2014

the month of May was come

by ada

Oh, well. I totally saw this coming: the month without books. I dutifully read my two sentences every morning at 5.50 am, before closing my eyes in the hope of gaining 20 more minutes before having to get off the bus and face my job the world outside but my heroic efforts clearly weren’t enough. Next time. Or not. Whatever.

Here are some May photos instead of my usual unimaginative documentation of book titles. Because looking at poppies feels good.

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May 1, 2014

you know how it is with an April day

by ada

Well, you sure know. They are short. Especially when they consist of 12 hours of work and 2 hours of public transportation. I do my best to use those commuting hours for literary purposes but I’m just an ordinary human being without any superpowers. My brain does not perform on a very high level at 5.45 am.

Starting the day at 5 am is definitely not the same as starting it at 6 am. This one short hour makes all the difference. I am now miserable 90% of the time and only daydreaming about quitting my job gives me any pleasure.* Sleep withdrawal is a very powerful tool of torture.

* I have this bad habit of quitting jobs very quickly if they make me feel unhappy**

** since I feel unhappy all the time, regardless of what’s going on in my life, it actually does not matter the least bit wether I quit my job or not. I guess the only solution would be to quit life itself. Fortunately (unfortunately?!) I have never been suicidal, not even during my worst times. I’m actually horribly afraid of dying. I guess it’s just a natural side effect of my job; eight years of watching people die, then dumping their bodies in plastic bags*** did not really help to manage my intrinsic depression but it really made me worship life regardless of its quality.

*** the daily chores of a nurse. Just in case you wanted to know what I’m actually doing during those 12 hours. An emotionally rewarding job, isn’t it?****

**** sorry for being sarcastic. I’m just not the crying kind.

Well. At least April was full of contained traces of Paasilinna whom I love deeply so I guess I’d better stop whining.

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April 10, 2014

a matter of perspective

by ada

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March 31, 2014

we like March, his shoes are purple

by ada

Because nothing can happen in this part of the world without the supervision of The Cat, including reading.

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March 18, 2014

on the road

by ada

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March 1, 2014

February, month of despair

by ada

I’m getting worse and less inspired at photographing books with every month. At least I still read (some of) them, haha.

February readings 2014

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