Lisboa 5 Days | Photo Diary

Saturday, 28 July 2018
I visited Portugal for the first time back in May, I loved it. Here are some of the shots from the 5 days I spent in Lisboa.

Rossio Square | Rua Augusta Arch 

Castelo São Jorge

Castelo São Jorge | Lisboa Views | Belém Tower

Castelo São Jorge | Views from

Belém Tower | Lisboa Views

Carmo Convent | Lisboa Cathedral | Santa Justa Lift stairs | Pena Palace tickets / trees | Train to Sintra

Pena Palace

Spring Things

Tuesday, 3 April 2018
Here's a pastel toned moodboard - just a few pieces that feel like spring things.

1. Cherry Blossom Candle, Arnotts | 2. Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette, L'occitane | 3. Nails Inc. in 'Dovehouse Garden', Debhenams | 4. Bunny Pens, Etsy | 5. Rose Makeup Brushes, Light in the Box
| 6. Lace Bralette, & Other Stories | 7. Circle Crossbody Bag, Asos | 8. Pointed Slingbacks, Zara

Hamburg - The Coffee Shops

Monday, 2 April 2018

In the five months I spent studying abroad in Hamburg, I drank a lot of coffee! Because of my Instagram addiction, I had a lot of coffee pics on my phone when I landed back in Dublin. Here is a compilation of some of the coffee shops I visited.

This bakery was a Godsend on route to horribly early lectures - their latte's and mohnschnecke's kept me going. Also possibly one of the best smelling bakeries I have ever been in.

Café Alex, Jungfernstieg
Café Alex
Very fancy with a beautiful view of the Alster and really nice cake this place is a winner. Very classy atmosphere, and I really enjoyed their backed cheesecake.

This place was one of the cutest cafes I found in Hamburg, as the name suggests, it's fully of cute pinkness think Cat Kidson style décor and lovely cupcakes that don't just look good, but deliver taste wise too.

Fat Unicorn Sweets
Sadly I thought the cupcakes at this place were a little overrated but the cute interior makes it worth a visit. The staff were really friendly & welcoming.

Café May  - Hein-Hoyer-Straße 14 

Café May
The Hein-Hoyer-Str branch of this café-bar I went to was in the Reeperbahn, this is the place to go if you want coffee at midnight.. which me & my friends did! It was a shabby chic place with a very cosy living-room like atmosphere, there was a bookshelf and lots of lamps which gave it a very homey vibe.

Elbgold, Lagerstraße 34c
I loved the very polished coffee connoisseur vibe to this café, they do a mean chocolate brownie and I liked the giant coffee roast containers lining the walls!

This is kinda like the Costa of Hamburg I guess. I really liked the coffee I got there in the branch at Hamburg Hafen, the view of the Harbour from there was great.

This place I just happened to go a few times as it was right at the entrance of the mall near my campus.. they do really nice giant mugs of tea & there's cute booths and floral wallpaper.

31.01.18 | Café Sul - Ditmar-Koel-Str. 10

This café is located in the Portuguese quarter, it has a really warm homey vibe and cute little custard tarts. 

Brozeit  (no link) - Hagenbeckstraße 31, 22527 Hamburg, Germany
This place couldn't not be mentioned as it was right down the street from my dorm. The staff were probably the friendliest I came across in Hamburg, and they did nice pastries and coffee. Very chilled friendly atmosphere.

3 Years of Blogging

Monday, 15 January 2018

I thought today to check when I had published my first post on this blog and it's three years ago this January! It wasn't something I had really been keeping track of, but since I noticed, I thought why not talk a bit about what I've learned from three years of sporadic blogging.

Creative Space

Having a space to create and share my own media content is really cool, no matter how many platforms I can do this with, there is something more intentional about creating content here. I put a lot of thought and effort into what I produce and I don't have to pay so much attention to silly social media fads here, I just write whatever I want.

Lovely People

I have connected with people from all over the world through this blog and it's great to feel a part of something much bigger.

Cool Opportunities

As a result of producing my own content here I have be gifted with some amazing opportunities that have helped me and my blog to grow.

Jack Of All Trades

Blogging actively means you're constantly trying to improve your skills in a wide range of areas, this means you learn a lot! You're a photographer, writer, researcher, editor, sometimes coder/tech, geek and social media manager. Blogging consistently good content is a very demanding job!

What are some things you have learned from your time blogging?

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Photo credit: wuestenigel 2018 Calendar with Pen and Laptrop via photopin (license)

Free Printable 2018 Calendars

Monday, 8 January 2018
Here are a collection of pretty printable calendars to help you stay organised in 2018.

Bold and minimal from Camilla Rumph

Download a free printable 2018 calendar that was lettered by hand! Put it in a clipboard and display it on your desk or give away as a gift. Click here to download.

Simple but colourful from Clementine Creative

This super simple one from A Piece of Rainbow

Elegant font from Paper Trail Design

2018 floral flower calendars

Pretty florals from FTD by Design

Free Printable 2018 Minimal Calendar - Modern Calendar - Minimalist Calendar - Clean White Calendar 2018 - #2018Calendar #FreePrintable #Calendar #minimalist #modern #simple

Clean digits from Dear Crissy

2018 calendars

Flowing font from Paper Scribbles Co.

I hope you have a wonderful year!

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Things I Learned in 30 Days Studying Abroad - Hamburg, Germany

Monday, 6 November 2017

The Public Transport Really Is Amazing
I have already grown accustomed to only having to wait a maximum of 4 minutes most days, (usually 2) for the underground (called the U-Bahn here) And I am not as hopeless with directions as I previously thought. With the HVV app, it's pretty easy to figure out where you need to go, and central Hamburg is really quite small!

Hamburg Rathaus (City Hall)
Try & Learn The Language Before Arriving
If you're coming to Germany, you can get by with no German, if you speak English, but you're life will be a lot easier if you take the time to learn the basics of German before arriving. I have realised the huge part signs and texts play in my everyday life because here I can't understand so many of them!

The Supermarkets
They are really different here, there is a very distinct German-ness to stores like Aldi and Lidl here. While we have these stores back home and I thought they would be familiar, the stores back in Ireland have been carefully tailored to the Irish market, the first few weeks I found it very hard to get anything I was looking for. It wasn't helped by not being able to read German though! But here there is chocolate, gingerbread style cookies, Nutella, and marzipan, absolutely everywhere!

The Sunday Apocalypse
Everything is completely shut on Sundays. You get used to it but in the first few weeks it was a shock, I had to make sure to go shopping on Saturday for anything I was going to need on Sunday. There are some restaurants open Sundays. but pretty much everything else is completely closed. Also, stores tend to close earlier here than what I am used to. Even fast food joints don't stay open very late on week days so you need to remember to be prepared for that!

Don't Come Here Looking To Shop
Well, at least not on a student budget! Coffee, pastries and ice-cream may be more a little more affordable in most places, but everything else most certainly is not!
You may be shocked upon visiting even a thrift store to find that they really very aren't cheap at all! In general the prices here for clothing and shoes for example are extremely expensive.
You could get lucky with a bargain at a flea market here if you can haggle, but otherwise you'll be lucky to get new clothing or shoes for less than an absolute minimum of €30 here. (Unless you go to Primark maybe, they do have it here.)

Trees & Lakes
Hamburg is a very green city, there are lot's of parks and trees and waterways. You can get a bike and cycle around the Alster, Hamburg is definitely very easy on the eyes.

Traffic Regulations
Do not j-walk. I repeat, do not j-walk.  Traffic rules are taken very seriously here. Also, you must work to avoid being flattened by a bike, I've had some close shaves. Bikes have right of way over pedestrians on the footpath. Usually there is a separate path for the bikes, normally a pink or grey colour, but they don't have to stay on it so watch out!

People Look Up, Not Down #nosmartphonesjustsmartpeople
Here in Germany the amount of mobile data people get on the average phone plan is quite small from what I hear, and maybe this plays into something I noticed right away here, and that is that you don't really see people the same volume of people on their phones. You will get filthy looks while trying to text and walk. Especially while crossing a road, even if it's the green man! And the reason you get stared at so much on the underground is people aren't staring at their phone, so they stare at you instead haha!

The World Is Really Big
Meeting people from all over the globe who have come to study in Hamburg has been a really enriching experience and made me realise the nuances and layers of culture and language in places I would have previously thought of as just one country or area! If you can study abroad, do it!!

The World Is Really Small
We are all so well connected now it's a little scary! Social media means we can connect with strangers and people we've only just met so instantly. It's not like I haven't always known that but it's been reinforced by meeting so many new people in a such a short space of time.
Also, friends and family back home can keep really close tabs on you and there is a good chance you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone who knows you! Even worldwide there are only a varying number of degrees of separation between all of us!

Time Flies!
I've already been here for two months as I publish this! It's gone by so fast and I want to make the most of it! And I definitely want to travel so much more now, sadly my budget isn't doesn't stretch to all the trips I wanted to make since I arrived here, but look out for some other posts I have planned on places to eat and things to do here in Hamburg!


You can also follow me on Instagram @sadiyahearts to see what I'm up to!

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Hello October | Autumn Scented Candles

Thursday, 5 October 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written any blog content, I’m currently on Erasmus in Hamburg. I’ve been here for over a month now and I can’t believe it’s been that long already. I’ve just been exploring and getting used to the new culture and city here, as well as taking classes in a new place. Also, battling flu, which is kinda inevitable for some unfortunate people each autumn/winter.

Anyway, as all blog posts seem to become an ode to autumn/fall at this time of year, (going off my twitter feed here) this is one trend I can get on board with. Sept-Dec is definitely my favourite time of the year. I hope I can keep some fresh posts coming, to get back to posting I think I’d like to get a nice autumn theme going.

Here are some different autumnal scents candles.

1. Vibrant Saffron Medium Jar, Yankee Candle
2. Escape To Wonderland Scented Candle, Max Benjamin
3. Warm Cashmere Medium Jar, Yankee Candle
4. White Wood & Amaryllis, Celtic Candles
5. Fireside, Field Day
6. Earth Collection #wood, Candella

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