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Happy New Year! Looking back onto 2013 – what a big year!

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Dear all, Mike is back and we finally got  chance to celebrate Christmas and New Years Eve all wrapped in one! It was amazing to be able to hold him in my arms again and spend the last hour of the year of 2013 with him, since he arrived in Louisville at 11 p.m. on New Years Eve! We spend a calm and comforting evening at home, taking our us-time, dinning on a home cooked feast and enjoying the far away sound of exploding fireworks on the back porch! What a marvelous way to start the new year! I hope you all enjoyed your evening and we wish you a great start into the year of 2014!! May it be marvelous and splendid! (more…)

guessing games…

SONY DSCCan you figure out where I am? Yes! You are right…I am on a new adventure! To find out where I am and how I got here, come back for tomorrows detailed travel post.

Life is a journey! Have a good one guys!

Off the beaten track – first day in Chicago

Chicago1.jpgI must say, I was jet-lagged and felt alienated this morning when I woke up in the Windy City! It is so odd to be here…I think it still didn’t sink in that I actually moved here! It feels like just another awesome vacation.

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beachChicago2I had a really good first day. Since I have been to Chicago before, I decided to take a look at some spots that have been recommended to me, but are somewhat off the beaten tracks of the tourist hotspots. I took the subway to the Gold Coast and had an amazing stroll along the Chicago beach up until North Beach, before heading in to Old Town for some Lunch at Old Town Pour House and desert at the french bakery La Fournette.OldTown2

The beach stroll was the perfect beginning! It felt so good to feel the warming sun upon my face, the wind in my hair and just be! Old Town was exactly what I had hoped for. Old and low Chicago buildings made of brick, cute bars and restaurants with street sitting gardens and small boutiques. Along the way I discovered some amazing shops that satisfied my urge for exotic smells and fun colors. SpiceHouseThe Spice House is a true treasure box and if you ever happen to be in the area an absolute must-stop-in! Their selection is absolutely insane! Beads.jpgAnother fun shop was String A Strand On Wells, a bead shop. An entire loft-like space dedicated to beads, stones and jewelry making! My little crafter inside screamed of joy, let me assure you!

Buffalos Exchange, a cool vintage clothing shop that exchanges, sells and buys colorfull clothes, shoes and accessories. A short stop at Reckless Records reminded me I definitely want to get a proper sound system as soon as we are settled and made sure I discovered funky vinyl and awesome record covers!thriftrecords

But my favorite of all shops in Wicker Park/Bucktown must be Mojo Spa! This is the absolute Selina-heaven. Handmade cosmetics, with all natural ingredients, all local and to top it of super cute! Their soaps are cake and cupcake shaped, and smell a.m.a.z.in.g.! The shop has such a girly vintage meets modern pin-up flair, I would of loved to move in straight away! A definite must if you love cosmetics or if you are in search of a cute gift for a kitsch-sucker like me!MojoSpa

What are your favorite spots in Chicago? have any recommendations for my next two days?

Have a good one fellows!