The 2016/2017 Book Tag

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Thank you, dear Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me to do this tag! I loved these questions, especially since they are not all about books! The creator of the tag is David at theguywhosaidalwaysno so thanks to you, too! 🙂

If you want to read Azia’s post, click HERE.

First, here are the rules:

  1. Mention the creator of the tag.
  2. Use the image that you find in this article.
  3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.
  4. Answer the questions.
  5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

Now, let’s get to the questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Bitter, sweet, unforgettable.

2. Write the name of two people that have characterized your 2016.

Two is really not that much… First of all, my boyfriend. And the other person would probably be my mentor. I worked with her for a year, exactly for the span of 2016, and she was a great mentor, I couldn’t have wished for a better one. Working in a school for the first time, with so many children, was an experience I will never forget.

3. Write the most beautiful place yoou have visited in 2016 and wwhy you liked it so much.

Oh, no… How can I choose between Dublin and Vienna?!

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It’s impossible… So, maybe, I’ll choose the Cliffs of Moher, because just looking at them makes you appreciate nature even more than you did before. The beauty of nature is the greatest!

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4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted.

2016 was the year I discovered homemade almond butter! I don’t know how I lived without it before. And it’s so easy to make! All you need are almods! Here’s a link if you’re interested.

5. Write the event that has marked you most in 2016 (even a global event).

Speaking of global events, that would definitely be the so-called refugee crisis. Some people really showed their worst, countries have closed borders, and it made me so sad. I’m from Croatia, so our country was on the so-called Balkan Route, and I think we initially handled it well, without closing the borders (though there were some shameful incidents). Now with the new, conservative government, I don’t know how our country is going to proceed with it.

6. Write the finest purchase you made in 2016, and if you want, link a photo.

I’ve bought several amazing books. But somehow, I’m most proud of some graphic novels I’ve read, since I don’t read them often. Especially Watchmen! I love love this one!

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7. Write 3 good intentions for 2017.

I’d like to write more, keep up with my blog, and be happy. 😉

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

Just one? I want to travel EVERYWHERE! If I had to choose one place, then probably Iceland.

9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

Something wonderful that I haven’t eaten before. I’ll let it be a surprise for me! XD

And, in the end, I tag these wonderful people: abitbookishblog, The Looking Glass, Books ‘n’ Reviews Oh My, Quill’s Corner, The Night is Dark and Full of Books, Paradisbooks, Ann Reads Them, Caffeinated Bibliophile, The Book WenchBeth Jones and Closet Readers.

If you choose to do it, I’m looking forward to your posts! 🙂

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Captured Moments… Vienna, Austria

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If you’ve read some of my recent posts, you know I’ve spent a week in Austria, and celebrated the New Year’s Eve there. (Austria, the one with no kangaroos. 😛 It’s actually a big joke there, you can buy t-shirts that say NO KANGAROOS IN AUSTRIA. :’))

Anyway, Vienna is more than beautiful, so it would be a shame not to share some photos from my trip with you. Hope you’ll like them!

After a day of just walking around, one day was spent entirely on two museums – The Art History Museum and The Natural History Museum. Both were amazing! And the buildings themselves are beautiful, too.

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The Natural History Museum had a lot of dinosaur-related exhibits. If you knew how much I love dinosaurs, you’d know how excited I was! (I wanted to be a paleonthologist when I was a child. Well, I still do…) And the Allosaur that moves and growls… I wanted to take it home! XD

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There was also a part of the museum dedicated to space, and it was quite magical, but impossible to photograph well.

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And since it was night by the time we left the museum, we could enjoy seeing it coloured with light. There was a small Christmas Village between the museums so everything looked very cute and festive. It was easy to forget about the cold.

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Now, off to the city itself! Honesty, I wanted to take picture of every building I saw. XD Here’s just a few to show you why:

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Wagner’s apartments:

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The Secession Bulding, an exhibition hall built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich as an architectural manifesto for the Vienna Secession artists:

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The beautiful Parliament, with the statue of the goddess of victory, Nike:

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City Hall and the Christmas Village in front of it, it looked really lovely:

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And the prettiest ever – the Hundertwasserhaus, an expressionst apartment house built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina as a co-author:

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The shops inside were also gorgeously decorated. It was like a little town of its own.

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KunstHausWien was also designed by Hundertwasser. It now hold an exhibition of his work, but also hosts temporary exhibitions of other artists. And it’s amazingly pretty, of course:

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And, oh, the palaces! Belvedere…

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…and Schönbrunn.

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Beautiful Vienna… It was really hard to pick among the many pictures I’ve taken, but I think these give you a nice overview of my trip. Yes, it was cold, but not too cold, and I’m from coastal part of Croatia so I’m really not used to cold. We managed to see everything we wanted, and escaped just before it got very, very cold. XD From now on, whenever I think of Vienna, nice, warm memories of this trip will come to my mind. ❤

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Captured Moments… Northern Ireland

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So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I went on a vacation to Ireland this summer. We were staying in Dublin, but we also made two bus tours outside the city. The first one was to Northern Ireland, so I decided to dedicate this post just to that one tour. It would be to much to fit everything in just one post. 😉

Anyway, we left Dublin early in the morning, 7:30. It was a quiet ride until the first stop – the Dark Hedges.

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Now, if this isn’t gorgeous, I don’t know what is. The hedges were planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their home, which I think they succeeded in. And, yes, Game of Thrones was filmed there.

The next stop was wonderful as well – Carrick-A-Rede island which is connected to the coast by a rope bridge.

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It was really fun to cross it! And the nature there was perfect.

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That’s me in the last photo, trying to make my own version of Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. XD

The next stop was at the Giant’s Causeway – the 37,000 basalt columns whose tops form “stepping stones” leading from the cliff foot and disappearing under the sea. It’s a real wonder of nature! The legend says it was built by the giant Finn McCool who wanted to cross over to Scotland to fight the Scottish giant. The Scottish giant proved to be much bigger than Finn, so he ran away and hid himself in his son’s nursery. When the Scottish giant came and saw how big the baby was, he deduced that its father must be enormus, so he ran away, destroying the causeway behind him.

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That’s me and my brother frowning behind me. XD

And finally, we had a little bit of time to walk around Belfast. The city is very beautiful, both old and modern, unfortunately we didn’t have the time to see much of it.

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We were back in Dublin in the evening, a little before 9 p.m. And I plan to take you to Dublin as well, soon. 😉