Sunny Days in Kirkwall And Amsterdam

030814-13Here comes part two after this post, talking about my adventures on a cruise.

After our three stops in Iceland we arrived in Kirkwall, which is the small but very charming capital of the Orkney Islands, near Scottland. We’ve got some spare time to explore the city before and after a short bus tour. It felt so great to finally do something on our own!
DSC05033We visited the boutiques and shops with expensive, self made gold jewellery, ate the most fantastic ice-cream in the world (Apple Crumble, oh my!) and counselled an old store owner which Whiskey to buy. 030814-11Red telephone booths!
030814-12Our bus brought us to the Standing Stones. Like Stonehenge no-one really knows why and how people many hundres of years ago put up these large, heavy flagstones, aligned in a circle. A tale goes, they were trolls, having a party and dancing so wildly, that they forgot to hide when the morning arrived. The sun came up and turned them into stone.
DSC05152DSC05128My favorite place of all there the cliffs, where we watched the waves break against dark stone, sparkling under the sunlight. I could have stayed there until nightfall.
030814-7Each day on the ship we enjoyed free drinks at the different bars, mine mostly alcohol free.
DSC05577Our last cruise stop was in Amsterdam. Even though I don’t really like the language, I fell in love on first sight. No house is the same, there are just sooo many cyclists and blooming flowers everywhere. DSC05739After the short bus tour and a bit of spare time we made a canal tour and headed back to the cruise ship. Goodbye, Amsterdam, hello again, Germany.
030814-8Constant companion had been my new cat bag, which I bought on ASOS. I could only fit in my camera and my purse, which was perfect for travelling lightly. Otherwise I might have ended up taking too much with me on each trip.
030814-3To cruise in style I also went to a beauty salon beforehand, getting my nails done. Since then I try to go regularly. I don’t have to worry about broken nails or chipped nail polish like that.

All in all, it has been a wonderful trip, full of new, fantastic and inspiring things. I recommend taking a cruise in one point of your life. It’s a nice experience and you get to know many places in a short time. If you like one in particular you can always take a second trip again by yourself.

So long,

I hope you’ve enjoyed my travel report. See you next time!

My Cup O’ Tea

flickr-substituteWhen it comes to tea, it is the same for me as coffee is for 90% of the business population. Even in summertime I like to start my days at work with a nice cup of Earl Grey with sugar and milk. Most times I prepare a carafe for the rest of the day, letting it cool down to drink as a juice substitute. I think, fruit tea is especially good for that.
(Unfortunately I couldn’t find a “real” summertea, which you can make with cold water, yet. The ones I tried tasted too bitter and chemical.)

My passion for tea didn’t rose with my travels to Japan, as some people think, but because I fancy this as an old british lifestyle.
From time to time I imagine myself to someday sit on my own balcony, drinking loose, freshly brewed tea from small cups painted with Victorian roses. (Oh, so romantic…!)

While I have a thing for this kind of kitsch, I also fall for more plain but stylish designs with gold elements, such as these:
cups0808141. Winter Landscape Mug 2. Ceramic Mug 3. Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease Mug 4. Mikasa Confetti 14-Ounce Mug 5. DIY Cup from the winthrop chronicles 6. MOBIUS cup 7. Flawed Gold-Plated Cup 8. Luxe Mug

See you next time again!

Intro picture: helloimwild

A Journey Over The Vast Sea

030814-1Hello again.

My blog has been on a hiatus for quite a long time, so I am thankful for everyone who still follows me. Thank you.
A lot of things happenend in the meantime. I thought a lot about my blog and which direction it should take. In the future this will be less of a lifestyle blog, but featuring more posts about Design, Tips and Tricks around being a Graphic Designer and a bit of personal Style. Naturally there will be a few changes in the look itself, but please see for yourself.

On the other hand, a month ago I’ve been on a cruise with my parents.
030814-2The route went from Hamburg over Lerwick to Akureyri, Isafjodur, Reykjavik, Kirkwall and finally Amsterdam.

The ship itself had a very luxurious ambiente, with things such as a Tiger Bar (which had tigerstipe patterned rugs and seats everywhere), a crystal staircase in front of a piano and golden elevators. Our suite were located on the outside, so we had a wonderful view on the sea all the time. Dreamy!
030814-4Personally I would recommend to take enough thermo underwear with you, if you ever visit this island and don’t want to freeze as much as I did. I knew it would be cold in Iceland, but I wasn’t enough prepared for it to be THIS cold, so I had to wear several layers of thighs and shirts to not become an ice-cube, haha.
030814-5Most of the time busses organized by our ship drove us from place to place. At each stop-over we had around 30 minutes to explore and take pictures until we had to get back and drove to our next location. Seriously, it was a bit stressful with so little time. I am more the selforganized travel-type, where I decide when to leave.
030814-14Nonetheless, like this we had the oppurtunity to see a lot of beautiful places each day.
When being in Iceland check out the thermal baths with their incredible healthy water, tinted in mysterious light blue. Most famous and very expensive is the Blue Lagoon.
Funny thing, we were allowed to go inside and take pictures, while other guests around us took a bath.
030814-10030814-9The weather in Iceland changes really quickly from sunshine to rain to sunshine, so I recommend to always carry an umbrella and sunglasses with you to be fully prepared.

Whoever deeply loves being surrounded by nature and enjoys the simple lifestyle should definitly take a tour around this beautiful island.
030814-15I will soon post more about my cruise trip, featuring red telephone booths in Kirkwall, my new cat-bag and stunning houses in Amsterdam.

So long,
Hope to see you next time!