12 point goes to…Austria!

Yesterday night was such an exciting evening at the B&W Hallerne where in front of thousands of people in the arena and millions of people on TV, Conchita Wurst “the bearded lady,” from Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rise Like A Phoenix!

I was watching it together with some of my good friends at home but it was still an exciting evening. I thought that most of the music this year was not so good but I definitely think that it was really well deserved.

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Conchita Wurst won with 290 points with the message of room for diversity while The Nederlands got the 2nd place with 238 votes, which was one of my favourites as well.

So, that means that next year the Eurovision will take place in Austria! Yeah!

Vienna is for sure one of my favourite cities in the world! It feels like going back to history and living in a dream city with so much cultural and artistic attractions. Back in 2012 I went to Vienna and had such an amazing trip, so this could be a great excuse for me to go back there.

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I want to share some pictures and tips from my amazing trip with you.

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If there is any single place on the globe that can be described as the historical centre of classical music, that place is Vienna. Most of the greatest and classic composers from all times like: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert comes from Vienna. Definitely a city of musicians!

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When I was there I went to State Opera House and watch my first Opera ever. It was Tosca one of the best classic opera from all times from Puccini. I loved it! If you ever go to Austria you have to go to Opera. It is a must!

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I off course had to try the most famous traditional Austrian dish called Wiener Schnitzel at Figlmueller restaurant. (The best restaurant in town!)http://www.figlmueller.at/en/about.html

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There are so many attractions and places to see and to experience that it is almost impossible to state everything all in a single post but some of the places i had been which are worth to go are: Museums Quartier, Museum Albertina, Schonbrunn Zoo (the oldest zoo in the world- where you can see Pandas), Schonbrunn Pallace, Madame tussauds, flea markets, shopping street, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Orchestras among other amazing places..

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It is so easy to drive around with public transport as well 😉

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Finally, no trip to Vienna is complete without a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel that features in ‘The Third Man’.

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I Wish that one day you get the opportunity to visit Austria 😉 so maybe see you there in 2015 for the Eurovision?

With love,

Noe

http://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/must-sees

 

 

 

 

Summer Festivals

When in Denmark one CANNOT start creating expectations about summer, because rain will come and wash it all away…Oh, DK!

Well, despite the funny coming and going of my beloved sun, I am pretty much excited about this summer. First, because lately I had to stop and think about my weight, which has been increasing for the last few years (I guess being in a relationship DOES help you gaining weight!), then I decided on having a healthier lifestyle – don´t miss my next post! – so I am expecting to have, as Danes say, a “bikini ready” body until summer, but mostly keep on being healthy. IMG_2377Second, because so many festivals on the corner just makes you dream of fresh outfits and sitting on the grass with friends and a couple of drinks, so here is a list with 5 Scandinavian Festivals which you just cannot miss:

 

Distortion – June 4-8DistortionThis is a Street Music Festival that sort of opens the summer season in Copenhagen, so whenever the whole city is out for Distortion, you know it is time to put on some shorts! This year, it is going to happen from June 4th to 8th starting in Nørrebro and Vesterbro, then heading to the Harbour of Copenhagen and the Final Party. The best thing about this festival is that it is for free so everyone can join, but if you are not planning to attend it, watch out these streets, so you can chose other ways to go to your destination. It is almost impossible to bike, drive or even walk.

 

Secret Solstice – June 20-22Solstice Secret Solstice in Iceland has been gaining a lot of international and local recognition, maybe because of the exciting explanation behind it (it will happen during the 24-hour midnight sun during Summer Solstice and is based on the old Norse Mythology) or the even more exciting line up, which includes Massive Attack, Woodkid, Kerri Chandler and many more. If you ever wished to be in a place with endless sun, this is your destination!

 

Roskilde Festival – June 29-July 06RoskildeThe 43 year old pioneer – and one of the largest in Europe – festival that happens in the city of Roskilde, Denmark brings this year, among others, heavy names like The Rolling Stones, Drake, Stevie Wonder, Lykke Li and Manu Chao. It is a big event, so make sure to have a tent, plenty of food and beer. The good thing is that there is the possibility for students to volunteer for small jobs and get free tickets.

 

Stella Pollaris – early AugustStellaImagine yourself surrounded by nature, good music and company. The coolest locations are always held for this electronic music festival.. Be aware for whenever Stella Pollaris releases the dates for 2014, since this is a MUST GO festival if you live in Cph!

 

Strøm – August 11-17StrømIf you are into electronic music, this is the festival for you! With a range of Danish and International DJs and musicians, it is held late summer in different venues around the town of Copenhagen.

 

This year, I personally plan to attend Distortion, Stella Pollaris and go to Roskilde Festival as a volunteer, how about you, which summer festivals do you plan to go to?

Love, Mari

2014!

Hi guys!

Happy New Year! Did you get safe into the new year and had fun? I sure did – with lots of love and positive vibes, I had an amazing evening with my friends. We started the evening by listening to the queens’ speech, followed by a lovely 3-course dinner.

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I wore a dress that i have made myself a while ago, so it was my first time wearing it. I paired it with my beautiful Christian Louboutin shoes and danced the new year in!

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To satisfy my baking need, i baked a special danish treat you have at New Years’, it is called Kransekage in danish. It is basically marzipan sticks that are a bit hard on the outside but chewy inside – so yummy!

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Did you guys have a good evening? 🙂 I missed my hybrida girls – Mari celebrated in Brazil (IM SO JEALOUS ;)), and Noe celebrated with her family and friends in Copenhagen, but i’m sure they had an amazing evening as well. 🙂

To start the New Year in a good way, i went out yesterday to have a cocktail with my good friend Simon at NIMB hotel bar here in Copenhagen, it was so cosy by the fireplace in beautiful surroundings!

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Love,

Aman