How festive is your city around this time of the year?🎄 So far, I've never seen a city as Christmassy as Vienna. If there is anything that really distinguishes the aesthetic of Vienna during winter from the other parts of the year (besides, of course, a layer of white powdery snow), it’s the Christmas decorations and lights iluminating the sky above every city street.
No matter which way you look, everything is uniquely decorated with shimmering lights in yellow, red, or white. Landmarks are also covered in Christmas lights, have lights projected on them, or are wearing festive ornaments. This is truly a sight you can see no other time of the year than winter! 🎀
a big part of me always wanted to live in nyc but as a canadian I have this thing where I just like expect healthcare to be free and I also just like to be able to go anywhere without fear that buddy next to me has a gun ‘er whatever and also had a bad day cuz the post office sacked him and wrong place wrong time, ya know? so I was pretty fuckin’ tickled to accidentally stumbled across Frankfurt in 2012.
After studying everything old & political & racist for 6 years, I graduated uni in ‘12 and wanted to see more of Europe but also wanted to see the Red Hot Chilli Peppers so I bought tickets for the Athens show cuz if yer smart u can combine the two and look super cool on social media even tho yer broke af 🤷🏻♀️🤣 so I got the tickets but was like, “k so how do I get there” so I went to a travel centre and asked for the cheapest flight to Europe....it was Frankfurt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Frankfurt? What’s there to see or do?”
“Nothing. Just banks & a lot of crime. I suggest you book a flight out the same day.”
So I bought the ticket and searched around for the NEXT MONTH for flights to Greece or anywhere that didn’t have such a fuckin’ rep but god or whoever musta wanted me to see Frankfurt cuz all the same day flights were pricey, but a few days later were cheaper so I made the executive decision to see Frankfurt for a few days cuz like, at the very least it would be another country to add to my list. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I remember literally everything about the moments before landing, de boarding the plane, seeing “ausfahrt” for the first time - & laughin cuz I’m 12 and farts are hilarious even tho i now know that means exit lol - the entire train ride from the airport, all of it, and seeing the skyline for the first time and it all had me like whoa - there’s something about this place 😍
It’s almost 2019 and ya hear me say it all the time but shit I love this city and I the way I feel here & I love showing people from my canadian life my new home and what I’ve built and I also love how much my heart hurts every time I leave it cuz that’s when ya know yer home 🏠 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, that bitch was wrong
I couldn’t believe how affluent some areas of Sydney were. This is someone’s private jetty for their boats 😂 All the houses around Rose Bay and Watson’s Bay are custom made and built into the cliff faces with stunning views over the harbours. Some even had private beaches! I watched a girl about my age and her dog come out of their house to take a dip in the secluded bay that was their front garden! I’ve never been anywhere like it. 😮 It made me wish I’d been born into a secret millionaire family! But then I’d never have worked for my adventures, I wouldn’t have appreciated them so. I wouldn’t be able to tell hilarious stories about when I spent 40 hours a week locked in a stock cupboard doing unpaid internships, eating £1 McDonald’s burgers for lunch, while also being on the run from the law as the cheap house I was renting had accused me of stealing their pet tortoise 🐢 (disclaimer: I hadn’t). In the end, the self-confidence I gained from my family was more valuable than all the private beaches in the world, and I don’t think I’d have had the belief that I COULD follow my dreams without it. 🥰
Buuuut a cliff-side villa would be nice, wouldn’t it? 🙋♀️ 😂
We have nothing to lose and a world to see 🌏🌎
The only adventure I’m taking part in today is a trip to the dentist and hoping they don’t take my wisdom teeth out just before Christmas 🦷🙈
On the other hand, I’ve spent my morning trying to mask the pain by planning all our trips for next year.. let the adventures begin!
7 FUN FACTS ABOUT VIENNA ❤️
1. THE WINE CAPITAL 🍷
Vienna is the only capital city in the world to produce significant quantities of wine within its city limits.
2. THE CITY OF MUSIC 🎶
Vienna is often called The City of Music, or the World’s Capital of Music, as more famous composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Strauss, Brahms) have lived here than in any other city in the world.
3. THE CITY OF DREAMS 😴
Vienna is also called the city of dreams. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in Vienna for much of his career. During this time, he had a significant impact on the city, causing it to be known as the birthplace of psychotherapy.
4. AUSTRIAN CROISSANTS 🥐
The famous French pastry actually has Viennese origins. They are based on the Austrian kipferl, which means crescent in German. Bakers in Vienna made kipferl to commemorate Austria’s victory over the Ottoman Turks in 1683, their shape based on the crescents seen on the uniform of the enemy.
In 1770, when Maria Antoinette of Austria married King Louis XVI of France, she introduced her favorite pastry to France. The French made a few changes, and called it a croissant.
5. A CITY Divided ➗
Like Berlin, Vienna was also divided into four parts after WWII, and occupied by the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. The first district of Vienna, the inner city, was administered by all 4 powers. The occupation, and division, of Vienna ended in 1955 with the Austrian State Treaty.
6. THE SNOW GLOBE ❄️
The snow globe was also invented in Vienna. In 1900, Erwin Perzy, a fine instruments mechanic, was trying to improve the brightness of lightbulbs for a surgical lamp. But instead, he accidentally invented a snow globe.
7. VIENNA – THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD 🌍
Vienna has been voted the world’s most livable city for the last 7 years in a row. Taking into account such factors as political, social and economic climate, medical care, education, recreational opportunities, environmental conditions, infrastructural conditions, Vienna consistently comes out on top!
How many of these facts did you know? 🤓
La Brisa 🌴
I remember I saw someone post a shot of their pool when it wasn’t filled yet. The place looked like a forgotten paradise. I was curious so we headed to the place to have a look.
While workers were doing their best to make it beautiful, we walked around wondering how the finish will look like.
After that day we traveled to the Nusa island and Lombok. About a month or so later we returned to Canggu. First day we visited @labrisabali again and we LOVED it! The ambience was so relaxed and it looked gorgeous!
We always have a go-back-to-place whenever we think about our travels. La Brisa is definitely our go back to place in Canggu. Can’t wait to visit again ✨..
More photos of this place on the blog now ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _______
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Летом этого года Испанию настигла волна забастовок таксистов 🚕 Вам же интересны причины?
Из-за непоследовательной политики правительства и законодателей в данном вопросе забастовок стало уже не избежать( Число лицензий такси ограничено, и все они давно выданы. Создалась ситуация, когда на этот рынок новичкам невозможно попасть легально: только выкупив лицензцию у другого таксиста.
С точки зрения закона лиценцию можно передать только бесплатно. Однако, что же происходит в действительности? Как выдумаете, сколько стоит такая "бесплатная" передача? 1 000€? Чуть больше) 10 000€? Чуть больше) В Барселоне цена только лицензии составляет 150 000€=11 250 000 ₽🤭 Вы же знаете, спрос рождает предложение.
А теперь представьте, что вы
1. купили лицензию,
2. потратились на автомобиль,
3. зарегистрировались предпринимателем (то есть платите немалые налоги). Вы готовы честно возить пассажиров по установленным тарифам; выезжаете на улицу и ... оказывайтесь неконкурентоспособны из-за мощной интернет-сети типа Убера.
Много лет назад правительство выпустило несколько новых лицензий под названием VTC, разрешающих возить людей в машинах. Эти лицензии использовались, например, лимузинами. Uber, Cabify тоже стали использовать лицензии VTC и сильно развивались.
Очевидно, что таксисты против таких лицензий потому, что теряют клиентов💸. После нескольких протестов правительство установило соотношение 1/30. То есть на каждые 30 лицензий такси может быть лишь одна VTC.
Проблема в том, что до этой нормы выдали много лицензий VTC, и теперь соотношение не соблюдается🧐. Это одна из причин для протестов таксистов. Они хотят изменения законодательства, чтобы соотношение соблюдали и лучше контролировали.
UBER, кстати, запретили в 2014. Теперь он работает с лицензими VTC и профессиональными водителями.
А ты на чьей стороне? -бедные испанские таксисты😥
-наши люди в булочную на такси не ездят😂
An iPhone shot taken from the comfort of my own home 🥰
One of the biggest things I’ve learnt this year, is that you don’t have to travel far to see new and exciting things...
Nature gives us a beautiful sight each and every day, we just have to open our eyes and look ☀️
@paddyfatstax overlooking Farewell Spit, on the very top tip of the southern island of New Zealand earlier this year. This was at the end of our incredible day at Wharariki Beach watching seals, we drove to this point to watch the sunset and no one was around except for lots and lots of sheep!
We’re heading on a road trip down to The Blue Mountains in a week and I am SO VERY EXCITED! I haven’t been there since I was really young, so it will be great to see the area with fresh, appreciative eyes.
I love this human so very much and realised he hasn’t featured on my feed for a while. I guess we need a holiday!
The Christmas markets in Budapest will make you loosen your belt too so don't judge me and my Hungarian mate 😁 December means indulging ! I have already gained my obligatory 2 kg for the season ...and if you haven't we can't be friends so chose your words carefully!
24 Days of Quotes. Day 17:
"Because when you stop and look around life is pretty amazing." - Dr. Suess
Christmas in Paris is special. I'm so lucky to see the city of lights twinkle even more.