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EAST LONDON: Broadway Market

Saturday markets, hip and trendy! I fell in love these sweet places of joy and delicousness when living in Florida in 2012. Getting fresh produce, munching on local favorites, and meeting friends along the way became our favorite thing to do. Before arriving in London I heard that Saturday markets are a complete thing. Hence, I asked my friend Abigail, who lives in East London and truly knows the best spots, to show me her favorite places and spaces. Our first stop: Broadway Market. Located in Hackney and nestled in between pretty brick houses, this market is a true find, off the beaten path of London city center craziness. It meets you with a simple and rustic atmosphere, easily and quickly having your full attention drawn to the many food stalls. Walking to the end of the market to meet my friend and not already sneakily taste all the local treats was the hardest thing I did that weekend. Not having seen Abigail for about 6 months I was super excited when I spotted her in between other Saturday-market-lovers, stylish and sweet, strutting down …

EAST LONDON: Aida Shoreditch

Aida Shoreditch is one of those places where the storefront naturally pulls you inside to have a closer look. And at this closer look, I adored this space. The beautifully curated concept store is complemented with a small adorable cafe. The rustic wooden tables give Aida a homey feel and the waiter was so friendly, making us feel welcome throughout our time. The cappuccino was to die for. Since they also serve their coffees with soy milk dying for  has not to be taken literally. My beautiful friend Abigail joined us for lunch and a quick chat on our plans for the weekend. The baguette she ordered was fresh and tasty. In the two-story concept store you can find hip and minimalist attire for women and men. London didn’t live up to its reputation, namely being rainy, so the rack of trendy and functional rain coats was quite an ironic encounter. Men will find grooming gear and women can take a seat in the parlour (hear the British accent?), and get their favorite vintage hairstyles done by professionals who have all worked on …

EAST LONDON: Leila’s Shop

Breakfast at Leila’s Shop was simple and simply delicious. The little cafe in Shoreditch convinced us with its sweet and rustic design and the fact that all ingredients are taken from the neighboring grocery store of the same name, which features fresh local and organic produce. We both ordered fried eggs, one with ham, one with salvia, and while waiting for them to be served, we snug in a homemade brownie. The presentation was as wonderful as the food itself, the staff sweet and attentive throughout our stay. The farm-to-table concept really made me feel like I was sitting in a cafe somewhere in the countryside of England. A true down-to-earth find in the busy city of London. Address: Leila’s Shop, 15-17 Calvert Ave, London E2 7JP Find Leila’s Shop on Facebook.

Blue Surf Cafe – Wilmington, North Carolina

There is great surf in North Carolina! Yes, you have read that correctly. While most surfers wouldn’t think of North Carolina when thinking about booking a surf vacation, the coast offers a variety of locally known surf spots. Hence, I was excited to experience that lifestyle being transferred into great vibes at cafes and restaurants alike. So, on one of the mornings of our weekend trip to Wilmington, I dragged Yael to the BLUE SURF CAFE. Naturally, as I have loved surfing and the simplicity of a surfer’s lifestyle for years now, the name of the place sparked my attention, and all I wanted to find out was what the interior design would look like and what the food would taste like. Entering the cafe, I was suprised by the size of the place. Even though it was quite big, the design made it coastal and comfy. The staff was extremely friendly and helped us pick our perfect choice for the most important meal of the day. The only negative, I would say, was the absence of milk options. For someone who’s lactose intolerant, not getting coffee because …

In Austrian Business Class to Washington D.C.

On 29 June 2015, I made my way to the United States. My boyfriend had already left to visit relatives in Canada and we planned to meet up in North Carolina, where his family lives. As always, I made plans to pack my suitcase days ahead of time to assure bringing the most adorable combinations of outfits. Reality does look slightly different. I got up at about 5 am in the morning, just to make sure I had enough time to pack, since I had done none of this as I had initially planned. What was I thinking – that this habit would suddenly change this time around? There I was, all sleepy, and totally overwhelmed with the contents of my closet. What more would I need than a bikini and a few dresses I thought; then packing a few pullovers and jeans, just in case. (Just in case? In case of what?) One would think that after traveling extensively for the past 8 years, I am a seasoned enough “suitcase-packer”. Sorry to disappoint. Unfortunately, I am not. While the inside of …

Long Weekend Trip to Poros, Greece

After a stressful few months working two jobs and organizing a four-day film festival, I needed a break. A good vacation. Naturally, for a globetrotter like me, these vacations from life lead to journeys to foreign lands. While it is usually my goal to visit a new country each time, this time was different. Traveling usually takes planning and organizing to make the best out of the days you have to spend to explore new territories. And I was just too tired. The exhaustion of the past few months almost led me to staying in bed for 5 days, to sleep and to read. But after thinking about this for a few short minutes, the wanderlust grew too strong and soon enough my boyfriend Yael and I found ourselves searching for destinations. First we were eager enough to rent a car and visit the south of England, the lush greens, the sheep yelling “baa”, and the beaches where one is supposed to find great surf. You may be able to guess why we decided against England: the weather. …