Win a postcard!

As some of you might know, I’m traveling around this summer and I’ll hit quite a few cities. I thought I’d give away a little something for every country I travel to and what’s better suited than the beloved old-fashioned postcard?

Who can guess where my first flight led me to? The first person to get it right will get a postcard from here or the next city I’m headed to!

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I know this one’s tough

To take part, just message me on facebook. The winner’s (first) name will be published and they won’t be eligible to take part in any of the following postcard draws.

Good luck!

How to explore Geneva on a low budget

I visited one of my best friends in Geneva a few weeks ago and my résumé is, that Switzerland isn’t a very welcoming country for travelling students or middle class tourists. Switzerland is kind of “naturally selecting” who visits their country by making everything inexplicably expensive. It goes without saying that the Swiss are much better paid than the Austrians, otherwise it would be impossible to survive in a country where one piece of Sushi costs more than 3€ or a student-offer-sandwich costs 12€.

But especially in Geneva it is not too hard to avoid breaking your piggy bank because it is located at the French border. It is a paradise for commuters as they earn a good salary in Geneva but live and shop in France, where everything is a lot cheaper – and that’s exactly what I did too (well, except for the salary part).

 

Here are some tips for your inexpensive Geneva visit:

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Wie werde ich glücklich?

Böse Martina! Über ein Monat hast du nichts geschrieben. Alle deine Leser sind dir sicher abgesprungen!

So, oder so ähnlich ging es mir heute, bevor ich weiter meiner Freizeit frönte und begann eine Dokumentation mit dem schönen Titel ‘HAPPY‘ zu schauen. Darin beschrieben Wissenschafter, ‘einfache Leute’ sowie Prominente, was es braucht um glücklich zu sein.

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2015 in review

Curious on how my blog did during the past year? Keep in mind that I only started posting in September – I think the numbers are pretty neat!

On to an even more successful 2016. Happy new year everyone! :)

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete stats report.

Day 100 – Did I reach my goals?

On the last day of this challenge, I want to share a few thoughts on the #100happydayschallenge and my personal experience & development with you:

  • I have to admit that I did not post everyday, but 95% is a darn good rate, I would say.
  • I pulled trough with the challenge and with blogging, something I’m personally very proud of. Especially because 100 days turned out to be a much larger period than I initially expected.
  • I did become a happier person. As I mentioned a few times, the past year had been very rough, I really needed some happiness in my life and I am really glad that this challenge helped me to see things a lot more positive than I used to.
  • I think one can compare this challenge to meditation or yoga or playing an instrument – it is something that takes your mind of off the negative things that surround you and let’s you concentrate on yourself (and the things that make you happy).
  • Looking back on my posts, I once again realize that my world revolves around food and friends – I guess I found my favorite f-words. Joking apart, because of university or work I won’t always be able to travel, spend countless hours in museums or go on lengthy shopping sprees, but I’ll remember to take some time to have dinner with friends every once in a while. Oh, and take walks in parks, because more often than not, we forget about ourselves even though we know we function best when we feel good.
  • Last but not least, I am determined to continue blogging and of course, to look on the bright side of life!

 

PS: If you decide to also give it a try, tell me how it worked out for you! :)

 

Day 99 – Homebound

I am sad to leave this wonderful, beautiful, exceptional, unique, amazing, cool, great, [insert more overwhelmingly positive adjectives here] city and country, but I’m also very happy to see my family and boyfriend again today. Always look on the bright side of life whistles