✈ what's in my london bag?


Hi guys :)

Tomorrow I'm off to London and I thought, why not make a "what's in my bag" blog post? So here it is - an overview of what I packed into my handbag and suitcase for my big travel. 


Passport! Really, really important. I always check on having my passport with me about 30 times before, during and after my journey. 

Travel Documents! Such as Flight Number, Hotel Reservation, Bus/Train/Subway Connections, Map and so on ..

Wallet and money! That one's not worth mentioning, I know. :) But I just always put that on my Check List as well! 

IPod! Honestly, you guys- last week when I was going to Vienna on Monday I forgot my Ipod at home and first realized it when I was already on the train. It's almost ridiculous how "naked" I felt without music in my ears and how crazy it drove me to be without earplugs for  4 days. That'll definitely teach me a lesson never to forget my Ipod again! :)

Cellphone! Also,- no need of explanation here. 

Umbrella! I guess, especially in Great Britain I might be needing that thing a little more frequently than in Austria. 

Magazine! Even though I'll probably buy a million other magazines at the Duty Free Shop at the airport, I'll still take one of my current readings with me anyway. 

Beauty Stuff! 
- Lipstick/ChapStick! To stay fresh and to keep my lips soft and colourful, I always take some Lipstick or Labello (as we call a ChapStick 'round here) :) with me. 
-Nailpolish! That one's actually one of the most unimportant things in my bag- (I should probably put it in my suitcase- not in my handbag when I'm at the airport)! Lately, I've had this outstanding talent of somehow ruining my freshly applied nailcolor all the time, by simply cracking my nails while touching something, so that's why I always like to reapply the nailcolor immediately after - since the sight of an undone nail would be quite disturbing for me otherwise. My god, I sound superficial.
-Perfume! I always carry a perfume bottle around in my bag, just in case I urgently need it or simply want to refresh myself after the flight. I still have to check the regulation page for fluids on the Ariport website to make absolutely sure that my parfum doesn't contain too much liquid inside.

Sunglasses! Sunglasses never hurt anyone. Even if there's no sun in sight, I still like to put on some sunglasses to cover my tired eyes or simply to pep up my outfit of the day. :)

Something I thought was really sweet was the present I got from Clemens and Conny the last time I was at their place- they wrote me a little card with GBP in it, "to buy myself a lovely dress in London". I'll definitely do that! So thanks again C&C! :) I loved that the envelope of the card said "For our creative director" - since I helped them with their wedding preparations, by designing the invitation card, the place cards and so on.. 


Basically, everybody has to decide for themselves what to take with them on a 5 day trip to another city. I personally always divide my packing steps into 3 categories to make the process easier:


So, first I start with the question of which clothes have to come with me to London. Since you should always expect lots of rain there (even though the weather forecast states that it's going to be extremely hot and sunny next week) I will pack a thin coat and long trousers just in case. The rest of my clothes will be basic shirts, skirts and blazers, as you can combine them pretty easily. Also, I'll put a nice dress in there too, but that's pretty much it. Except for underwear, pyjamas and so on. I'm pretty sure that I'll buy a lot of cute things in London, therefore I'll pack my suitcase lightly. :)

Things I definitely need are my makeup bag, make-up remover pads and washing lotion, small shampoo/conditioner bottles, Nivea Creme, toothbrush/paste and so on..
I'll spare you all the boring details,- just make sure that you don't forget to pack all your beauty things before you leave- as you probably still use most of the stuff mentioned in this column in the morning before you leave, like in my case. 

This special column might be kind of boring for some people, so I'll go through it quickly. I personally always pack either a straightening or curling iron into my suitcase, even though I haven't been using one of them lately. Whenever I'm in another country I always try to look my best (don't ask me why, it's ridiculous), so I sometimes feel this urge of styling up myself a little bit before leaving the hotelroom. Also I put all my chargers, camera batteries and stuff in there. Unaware of the fact that I still need an adapter for all my chargers in London,-(I just found out about that a few days ago),- and my old one I took to America isn't working properly anymore, I'm probably gonna buy that at a hardware store when I'm there. 

Alright. I guess, now there's not much left to do for me than to go to sleep and to look forward to my trip tomorrow. Nighty night you guys - I'll be back in a few days with lots and lots of London photos! :)


the perfect trip.


Hi guys, it's me again! :) Lately, I've been feeling this enormous urge of sharing my daily experiences with you, before I'm leaving for London next week. So no posts from my side in the upcoming week! :( But that's why I am going to give you a very big insight into the lovely trip me and my parents made today. 

Since I have developed a massive interest in seeing some sort of castle or ruin this summer (as I've engaged in reading a lot of literature about the Middle Ages for university), my parents were now kind enough to grant me that wish and so we decided to visit one of Austria's most well known medieval fortresses. It's called "Riegersburg Castle" and is situated on a dormant volcano above the town of Riegersburg in the Austrian state of Styria. The castle contains a museum with changing exhibitions, the one we saw today was about the history of the castle, witches and torture methods back in the dark ages. It was highly fascinating to see all the different kind of rooms where the owners of the castle actually lived in, where convictions of witches were taking place -and even the dungeons were accessible for the public!  

Here you can see the reproduction of a courtroom in which we are in the scene of a trial. The woman behind the chains is a witch who has been tortured during the past days, therefore she confesses everything and now she comes in to hear the judgment. In this particular room, however, there has never been such a trial.

Up there you can see the picture of one of the probably most cruel instruments of torture- "the Iron Maiden". However, the curators of this exhibiton believe that it has never actually been used! In this room we were told the different kinds of executions of "deliquents", for example by sword, cord, breaking on a wheel, ripping the body apart or burning to death.
In the following rooms we could see the armaments and weapons of the emperors of that time.. And as you can see -

I was quite surprised to notice that the exhibition was arranged in a very modern way, with lots of video installations, light effects and so on.. 

We then proceeded to the State Apartments, where everything seemed big and impressive..

Haha! This is me posing as an emperor with this awesome wooden sword. I just couldn't resist to try it out. 
One of the things I personally loved most about our trip to this fortress was the view from high up there on the vineyards and fields. 

And then it was- BYE BYE castle and HELLO Zotter chocolate manufacturer!  :)
I guess that all you guys who don't live in Austria have never heard of the name "Zotter" before, right? The inventor of this brand, Josef Zotter, has been involved in fair trade a long time before he finally opened his own Chocolate Factory in 2006. Zotter produces individual chocolate for individual people and offers a diversified assortment of products. While there are some extremely daring chocolate bars,- such as bacon bits in chocolate or pumpkin seeds with marzipan and apples or carrots with ginger surrounded by chocolate, there's also a huge variety of "plain" chocolate bars for everyone. 

The best part of the main store of Zotter is that you are able to taste the wonderful chocolate by simply holding your spoon under one of the chocolate fountains! YUUUUMM!!

However, my dad forced my mum and me to keep ourselves together and not nosh on those fountains for too long, since we were planning to get some lunch right after our visit at the Chocolate Factory. Cruel, isn't it?

However, when we arrived at the restaurant (that had a view on the castle we had just visited) we immediately realized that it was worth pulling ourselves together before. 

 We've had some very tasty and lovely meals that didn't just impress us but also this little fella right here ..

Cheeky as he was, he simply jumped on my mother's chair and popped his head up to get a glimpse of the delicious meal my mum was about to consume. Slightly irritated yet highly impressed by his sassy behavior, she rewarded him with a piece of her chicken. 

Just when he seemed to get more and more comfortable and welcome at this table our waiter came over, lectured him about how to behave in public and took him back to his other friends inside the house. 
For dessert my father ordered a Zotter chocolate soufflé, which didn't just LOOK delicious. :)

Even though we'd already done a lot that day, our journey still wasn't quite over! My father had this great idea of visiting a display garden not far from our home which was pretty much the icing on the cake that day!

I honestly have to say that this was one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen in my entire life! I guess, my parents didn't quite believe my overexaggerated positive reaction when I first saw it, but I'm telling you, it's true. I don't really know why, I just somehow felt kind of at home at that garden and was totally awestruck by the variety of flowers and plants there. 

Besides offering and selling most of the flowers and plants that you could see in this garden, there were also some really cool artpieces up for sale!- Like this colourfully painted stem you can see up there.. I think that it looks fantastic. I love those abstract lines and the powerful blue color!.. Just amazing.. 

I soon decided that this spot up there was my favourite one. I honestly didn't want to get up from there at all :)

However, 10 minutes later I discovered those really cool beanbag chairs and knew I had to rethink my preferences right then and there. 

When we came home today, we were exhausted but happy. :) We've seen, tasted and enjoyed so many different things today.. It really was a fantastic trip! And just when I thought the day couldn't get any better, my mom found this awfully cute letter in the mail from my penfriend and former classmate Bianca, who's studying abroad in Japan. I guess, I'm going to send her back a postcard from London when I'm there. :)
Have a nice weekend you guys! :)