June 04, 2017

Terrorist attacks in London

I woke up to another bright day in beautiful Hanoi in Vietnam and was looking forward to a great breakfast. I wanted to try out some Vietnamese noodles, maybe rice, something I don't really eat every day in the morning. And well, instead of noodles I was served something that made me sick to my stomach. Something that made me worry so much. 


April 22, 2017

Peace in mind

Keswick, Lake District. Spring. Forest. Early morning walk. Sunshine. Singing birds. Flowing river. Peace. And bluebells. Enjoy.



April 10, 2017

Scotland and isle Lismore

Wild and free. That's how I remember Scotland. I used to live there for a couple months during the summer a few years back - in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mountains on one side and by the sea on the other. I had a beach literally in front of our house and used to go there every single morning, to have my breakfast and to watch the passing ferries and occasional dolphins playing in the water. At that time I became very self-aware and realised the importance of being in touch with nature for me. I spent there an amazing summer and since then Scotland belongs to one of my favourite places in the world. Place where I feel at home.

Last week we decided to leave the Lake District, our current home, for a few days and go to Scotland as it is very close. We took a train from Glasgow, travelled through an amazing countryside up to the west coastal town called Oban. Which I visited on many occasions before and simply loved it. The little castle on its edge, the constant scream of seagulls, the smell of fresh rain and salty ocean, the pier with its many ships and all the little isles around just melts my heart. We arrived, checked into our hotel and went to my favourite café in Oban - Oban Chocolate Company. They make the best hot chocolate in the world and their waffles with ice cream are just top! If you ever find yourself in Oban, don't forget about this place - comfy couches, wonderful sea view plus homemade chocolate and you're in heaven.


When the sun was coming down and sky turning red in Oban

April 04, 2017

Our spring in Keswick / video


I used to love making videos. The whole process of it - getting the idea, recording and editing. I made a lot of short videos from my everyday life (still have them on my computer somewhere) and even recorded a couple of short movies with my friends and won some competitions. Then life got in the way and I stopped doing it. I started to prefer photography over video.

Now I got back to it. The last few days (of spring finally!) were amazing - sunny and just magical. I decided to grab my camera again and capture some moments of our life here in Keswick. Have a look! M.

February 26, 2017

Holidays in Rome

 
  

Sweet and crispy croissants with a freshly brewed cappuccino (or espresso if you like) for breakfast. 

Dark hot chocolate gelato together with blueberry ice cream - in which you can actually find pieces of berries and chocolate. 

A piece of crispy pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil for lunch on the go.

A glass of Pinot grigio with a bowl of yummy olives - all that produced locally just a few miles from Rome. 

Pasta carbonara covered in parmesan cheese for dinner. 

And a mouth-watering tiramisu as a dessert followed by a glass of Merlot for a change. 

February 12, 2017

Running for inspiration?


I like to go for a morning run every now and then and that inspires me a lot. It puts my mind into the right place, makes me ask myself interesting questions and broadens my horizons. I feel great afterwards and I have been addicted to it for the past few months. There is a beautiful footpath that leads just next to the place where I live. The footpath is actually an old railway path which is not used anymore and it leads over the bridges along the river, sheep fields and forests. Its views are magnificent. When I feel like running I just grab my trainers and RUN. 

I love the views, the fresh morning air and listening to the birds. I don't listen to music anymore, I much more enjoy the sound of the singing birds, flowing river and leaves rustling in the wind. All this clears my mind and makes my head buzzing with ideas afterwards. Ideas that I can use while working on some of my projects, it inspires my work and the questions I ask myself about the way I live. How to achieve my goals, what to focus on, what to be grateful for etc. It's really interesting and it surprises me every single time and I just can't get enough of it. 

Running is a great tool to become focused and inspired but don't forget on this: a refreshing shower afterwards and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. That is important too. 

M.

December 30, 2016

December in the Lake District




December is nearly over and another year full of adventures is coming up. And I can't wait! So far I have enjoyed every second of this month, visited Scotland after a while, met with my family (after a while as well) and spent the most of my time in the Lake District. The weather was quite alright except a couple of rain storms during Christmas and therefore we have spent a lot of time outside. Walking on the beaches and in the forests along the Derwentwater lake, hiking the surrounding fells and exploring new paths nearby Keswick. Here are some pictures to sum up my favourite month at this amazing place. In Keswick, the heart of the Lake District, place that I love and feel grateful to call my home. Well, at least for now. M.

November 28, 2016

Climbing Skiddaw


In the middle of November (when there was no snow on the top of the mountains yet) we visited one of the highest fells in the Lake District called Skiddaw. A fell is basically a name for a hill here in the northern England. Skiddaw is also one of the first things that I can see in the morning when I open my window. Having such a wonderful view from our bedroom is something that I feel grateful for every single day. Also it feels great to be surrounded by mountains and have this need of conquering them.

It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary

There are many routes you can take to get to the top of Skiddaw, we started our hike from a small village called Bassenthwaite. From there we went across fields occupied by sheep flocks and there in the distance it was - Skiddaw covered in the early morning mist. Even though it felt quite close it took us a good couple of hours to get to the mountain. During the hike we noticed that the weather up there changes quickly, you couldn't see the top for a bit and then suddenly it was all bright and covered in sunlight. We just hoped it will be nice and shiny when we get there. While we were getting closer to the top the path was more and more vertical and so we had to scramble up without looking back down.

You can make a little walk on the top of Skiddaw and the views all around are just stunning. It was still a bit misty but the sun was getting through all the clouds and fog and it was just magical (have a look at the pictures). We did not only enjoy the wonderful views overlooking the Lake District but also our peanut butter and banana filled sandwiches and hot tea from the kiosk which came in handy.

Then we decided to head back (back home to enjoy the view from the other side, haha). From there we walked straight down to Keswick and it was a lovely path as well. The whole walk took us probably four or five hours, we met tons of sheep, other tourists or travellers and enjoyed every moment of it. Can't wait to do it all again taking another route! M.


November 13, 2016

First snow!



The days are getting shorter, darker and colder. I have spent a couple of them laying in bed having cold, drinking loads of tea with honey and eating fresh fruit. Now when the things are back to normal I really enjoy dark autumn walks outside in the forests, mountains or at the Derwentwater lake. A kiosk full of hot tea or coffee became my good friend when spending time outdoors. Everything is suddenly so much darker, the sun is shining way less and you can definitely feel the winter in the crispy air. 

I know that the most of people do not like this part of the year - the late autumn but I truly enjoy it. When it is rainy or just too cold to go outside I like to spend time at home by creating a cozy atmosphere and enjoying every single moment. I usually wear my fluffy and comfy dressing gown, light my favourite gingerbread scented candle and make myself a nice cup of tea. Then I grab a book and that's it. It is all about living in the moment. You can enjoy the moment right now by reading this article. Sometimes I like to stop everything that I'm doing and just have a look around me to see what is happening. All the colourful leaves and flying birds that I can see from my window, the grey weather, smell of my tea that is getting cold.. I am grateful for all of that, right here and right now.

October 15, 2016

Climbing Catbells

When visiting the Lake District and passing through this little town called Keswick, you cannot miss a hill with an unusual name - Catbells. It's one of the hills/fells/mountains with the most wonderful views around here and it's not that difficult to get there. The climb to the top of Catbells is quite easy and short - you're on the top in less than fourty minutes (well if you're fit enough). It includes some scrambling which is quite fun so get ready for that. You're gonna need good shoes or boots and some windproof clothes. It's pretty windy up there - no matter whether you're hiking in the summer or winter. Don't forget a good jacket if you don't want to end up like an ice cube.

We decided to hike to Catbells the other day - the weather wasn't really nice but it didn't rain and so we went for it. You can go by bus which takes you right in front of the hill, by the ship across the Derwentwater lake or you can simply walk from Keswick. That's what we did. The path is about 4 miles long and it takes you around the lake and inside the woods. The walk was lovely and very colourful (thank you autumn!). It wasn't our first time climbing Catbells and so we were very excited as we knew what's waiting for us on the top. Stunning views all around! We got to see the surrounding hills and mountains, little towns and villages, lakes and green fields crowded by sheep. And when the sun starts to shine right when you reach the top, you can consider yourself lucky. And this time we were very lucky. Have a look at the pictures, I felt like I was in a paradise. It's always so worth climbing a hill. After reaching the top, you feel super energized and happy and all that motivates you to climb another one. So go for it, visit Catbells or any other hill close to the place you live and you'll feel great! M.


October 08, 2016

Autumn in the Lake District


Nature and its magic tricks always surprise me! Autumn has finally arrived and I'm happy to be a witness of it. The last week in Keswick (the heart of the national park Lake District and the place where I live these days) has been just wonderful and we've been able to observe how the scenery and nature around us changes literally every day. Not a single drop of rain during the last week - only sun was shining although it's been not so warm anymore, as if saying the tricky weather is coming. Trees have finally changed their colours and their leaves have been flying all around since then. Now the time of picking chestnuts from the ground, carving pumpkins, wearing comfy sweaters and snuggling up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate (topped with loads of cream) has begun.