So it’s this time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner! To tell you the truth I started listening to Christmas songs right about two weeks ago and I am so excited! Usually I’m not in a Christmas mood before December but I guess it was overall a good year and there is a lot to reflect on and be thankful for.
I love going through my photos and instantly returning to those places, the moments, the vibes, the thrill of it all. Pictures bring me back to the good feelings that I felt, the people I was with, and the things that I saw. These images truly depict the spirit of my weekend, dancing all my worries away, being lost in a state of trance. Do you go to any festivals?
With the Carnival in full speed, I thought I’d share with you some photos from the beautiful Italian city – Venice. The Venetial masks The masks are a centuries old tradition of Venice. The Venetian masks are typically worn during the Carnival of Venice, but they have been used on several other occasions in the city’s past. The idea behind them was hiding the identity and social status of the wearer. Laws were passed banning the masks while gambling or wearing them during religious festivals, severely restricting their use in daily life. Later it was stipulated when masks could be worn – during Carnevale! Today the Carnival lasts two weeks, ending with the celebration of Lent, attracting tourists from all over the world. Have you ever been in Venice during Carnevale?
While I am preparing to say goodbye to 2015, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. I am counting my blessing and wishing you more. Cheers to the New Year! May it be a memorable one. What do you wish for in the coming year? Love, Adriana
As this year is coming to an end, some of us are starting to think of resolutions. We rush in with grand plans, neatly writing them all down, sticking notes as reminders – you name it. The days go by and most of us start to feel discouraged and it becomes harder and harder to keep up with our goals. One by one, sudden events in our lives slow us down and we become discouraged in the challenge to reach the desired outcome. We need to work longer hours or have to take care of more things than expected. Where does this end? We must realize that there are always going to be setbacks along the way. We succeed by overcoming those obstacles. People often blame someone else for their situation. This never leads to positive results. Of course, setting practical goals is crucial, goals that are realistic, and sticking to them when it gets tough. But this is only one part of it. We should try to understand our setbacks and think of what we can change to …
I was recently asked to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of one of my best friends. It’s such a lovely and meaningful tribute! Of course lets not forget that with such great honour, comes great responsibility. I enjoyed every moment of it! It’s only unfortunate that we now live far away from each other, in different countries actually. The planning, the laughs, the memories…it’s great to be part of it all. Since most of my friends live abroad, this is not so easy. Nevertheless, I do my best and try to be there on every such occasion. Below I am sharing some photos from the wedding. Isn’t she gorgeous? Blue was not the first colour that came to my mind when we were discussing the bridesmaids’ dresses but I really like the ones we chose in the end.
Just taking a moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope all of you will get a chance to celebrate with your loved ones this season. Be kind and appreciate all the blessings in your life. xx Adriana
A cup of Glühwein – a warming way to bring the Christmas spirit to life. This weekend I visited the Christmas market in Haarlem. Without even realizing, I spent hours just walking around and tasting everything I could!
Most would agree that the best way to spend New Year’s Eve is in the company of your closest friends and family. With pleasant conversations and delicious meals you can count down the minutes to the next year. I’ve always associated the holidays with Christmas trees, lights, and lots of snow. But last year it was different. I decided to have a completely new experience and go down South. I left cold Toronto a few days before the year end to find out what the warm and sunny foreign lands have to offer. Oh, was it beautiful! The Christmas trees turned into palm trees, the snow into sand, and instead of eggnog I drank coconut milk. No complains whatsoever! I’ve been daydreaming of Cuba ever since.
The past few years I have been living in three different countries. My homeland does not always feel completely like ‘home.’ Not because I dislike something about it; on the contrary, it is a great place. It’s just that I’ve seen so much outside its borders, made memories and friends, that I can’t feel whole. I’m a citizen of the world. Canada, or lets call it my second-home, is where I spent my teen years. It holds a special place in my heart. For over ten years, I have spent every holiday season in this beautiful country. Canada is home. But this year is, well…different. I’ve been living in The Netherlands for over a year and this Christmas it is my home. When I started thinking of Christmas and how to keep my sanity through the New Year, I somehow thought of all this moving from one place to another. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I collect (it’s hell of a lot of work when you have to move)! This …