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Snug Up With A Good Book

Winter means temperatures are dropping and the only thing you want to do is to stay in doors, probably in bed with a good movie. But try switching it up and instead of Netflix, you might want to try snuggling up to a good book. Here are some of the books that are on my Winter to read list:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles It’s the story about this man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life in the attic of a luxury hotel, as Russian history is unfolding outside his widow. It takes a look at the man’s emotional discovery, throughout the years.

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Although I’ve read the two first ones, I love the era it’s set in. If like me you love the middle ages, stories about Kings and Queens, power, wealth, and war. You will love this trilogy. It’s based on the real life of Queen Eleanor, and her very tumultuous life in the French and English court.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho It’s the story about this boy who travels from Spain to the Egyptian dessert to find a treasure. Along the way he meets several people who point him to the direction of his quest. It’s ultimately a story about the importance of listening to our hearts.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Ever since I’ve seen the movie You Before Me, I’ve been wanting to read one of Jojo Moyes stories. This one sounded the most interesting, because it’s the story of how a painting holds memories of lost loves. Although the two main female characters are separated by centuries, they are united because of their determination to fight for the thing they love most.

If you have any book recommendations, feel free to leave them down below!

xoxo

Zorya

Alone For Thanksgiving…

The holidays are upon us once again! For some it means going back home and spending it with the family, but others might not be as lucky and are spending it alone this year. It’s really easy to get into a funk, when you see all your friends and family, having a great time. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that because they are having a great time that you shouldn’t too!

Here are my tips on how to feel not so alone during the holidays…

Help others. Holidays are the perfect excuse to go out of your comfort zone, and do something you would never do otherwise. If you like giving, why not try volunteering at a food bank or somewhere else. Trust me it’s a great feeling, knowing that you’ve made someones day, that little more special.

Plan an outing. Go to the movies, a museum, the park, or even go out of the city and go for a hike. My roommate did that, and she said it was beautiful. You just hope on a train and pick a spot.

Get together with your friends. You won’t even realize how many of your friends are in the same situation you are in. Don’t feel bad calling them up and hanging out together, I’m sure they’d love too. For example this year I’m spending thanksgiving alone, but I decided to call up a few friends and now we’re having our own friend thanksgiving.

Treat Yo Self! Takes this time as an opportunity to pamper yourself. Go to a spa, get a manicure/pedicure, or even a massage. This will make you feel amazing, and take your mind of of the holidays for a little.

xoxo

Zorya

 

My Summer Trip to Norway

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Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are all getting ready for school on Monday. I just wanted to write this post to let you know what I was up to this summer. This summer break I decided to travel for a month with my best friend in Norway.  We heard so many great things about Norway, that we wanted to see it for ourselves. Instead of doing the easy thing, which is staying in hostels or hotels, we decided to camp. It was one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had, because I really had to adapt to the different weather conditions and learn to live with the strict minimum. Looking back it was so worth it, because I got to appreciate my trip so much more, I wasn’t constantly on my phone or on internet, which made the whole experience so much more special. If you are looking for a break from your daily life and really reconnect with nature, going camping is really a great way to start.

Norway was one of the countries I’ve been to with the most incredible scenery I’ve ever seen. There was such a vast range of landscapes, from fjords, to lakes, to mountains, you could experience it all. If you love hiking and a nature girl, I highly recommend visiting Norway. You will fall in love with this country! Although I absolutely loved hiking there, I really enjoyed my stay in their capital Oslo. It’s such a cool city, and there are so many thing to do, see and visit (we didn’t have enough time to do it all), you cannot get board in that city. The people that live there, are some of the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve come across. I really cannot recommend Norway more, it’s a beautiful country with a really interesting culture and some of the most breathtaking views.

If you want to see the rest of the pictures from my trip you can check them out on my blog

xoxo

Summer Break

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Hello!

This is going to be my last post until school starts again in fall. I just wanted to come here and wish you all a great summer! This summer I’m going to be traveling, which is super exciting. I’m going to backpack all over Norway, a country I always wanted to visit. I’m going to document and take a lot of pictures of my trip, so I’ll make sure that in my next post I’ll talk about my experience backpacking in Norway and include some pictures! Let me know in the comments below if any of you are planning on traveling this summer and where, I’d love to hear.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer!

xoxo

Zorya

Top 5 Brunch Places in the City

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Hope all your finals went well, and that you’re starting to enjoy this lovely weather! I know I am… During the last week I’ve been to more brunch places, than my entire semester combined. Basically my graduation celebration lasted all week! Here is a little recap of my all time favorite brunch places here in New York.

Penelope Such a cute place. If you do go there you have to order their Nutella French Toast, it’s amazing! We went there on Saturday, and there was a little wait, but what was great is that they text you to let you know when your table is ready. So you can wander around without having to worry about your table being taken.

The Butcher’s Daughter If you love taking pictures of your food, this is the place to go. Not only is the presentation beautiful, but the food taste so good. Everything on their menu is vegetarian (which I’m not always a fan of), but boy are those dishes flavorful. They also have great smoothies and shakes.

Two Hands If you’re looking for the best Acai bowl, definitely check this place out. It’s delicious! The place has a very Aussie vibe to it and the staff is super friendly. I love their smoothies, they are very filling, but really worth it.

Jack’s Wife Freda Be prepared to wait in line. This place tends to get pretty crowed, especially for brunch. But it’s so worth it at the end. There food is delicious, I love their grapefruit yogurt, it’s so good (every time I go there I get it).

Bus Stop Cafe This place isn’t that far from school and it’s adorable. It’s not that busy and the location feels very neighborhoody, which I really like. There isn’t one thing in specific to get, everything on the menu is pretty basic brunch food. Definitely go there on a nice day so you can sit outside.

What are your favorite brunch places here in the city?

xoxo

Zorya