Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 in (travel) Numbers


I love infographics. Although I never really figured out how to make them! After a quick google search I found that you don't need years of photoshop experience to make them! I tried a couple of different free programs but I have to say Piktochart is my favourite! Had a bit of fun playing around with it and made this little travel statistic of 2014! If you go and write it down you realize you did more than you thought! Time flies!

Friday, January 2, 2015

my ups and downs 2014

I wanted to do a little recap of 2014, but instead of doing a general rundown of my year, I decided to thing of the moments that made 2014 special and that will stand out from the rest. Here are my little highlights 2014:

The Highs:
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Adopting our dog Ally who had been literally scarred by life by her previous owner who made her fight other dogs for money. She developed from a shy and scared-by-every moment to a loving, playful puppy. It shows once more that the owner determines what the dog is like.

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One of my highlights of 2014 were the amazing events I was working at with my company – the best one being the AMG and G-Class Test drive in May in the desert of Ordos, Inner Mongolia. Driving through the sand dunes and riverbeds with the G-Class will be something I never forget. The SLS on the racing track wasn’t half bad too… ;)

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2014 was the year of trips – I got to get out of Beijing and explore the area around the capital a lot more. I climbed two different parts of the great wall and went hiking in the mountains north of Beijing every other weekend. The landscapes in China amaze me time and time again.

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Another thing on my bucket list of 2014 was to see some more cities in China – and the Ice and Snow festival in Harbin was on the very top. A city carved out of ice and gigantic snow sculptures – only in China! Qingdao was one of my favorites this year two. Probably my most fun weekend 2014 with my German roommates in a German-Chinese beer city!

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2014 was most definitely the year of amazing parties! My favorites are house parties – all your friends together, cheap endless booze and music you can choose! Better than any club in my opinion! Endlessly grateful for my friends in Beijing. Love you all loads!

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THE ONE AND ONLY most amazing thing that happened to me was being able to go and live 2 months in the US. From July to September 2014 I got to live one month in New York and one in LA. I had always dreamed about living in the big apple one day and didn’t even know how much I would fall in love with Los Angeles. Wish I could go back ASAP!

The lows….

Unfortunately 2014 was not just the year of travelling and happiness. Of course there are always days you’re feeling down but there are those days that just make you want to lay down and cry. 2014 I lost a dear friend, a brother… I will always remember you.

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xxx


Saturday, December 27, 2014

festive feasting days

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Christmas time is feasting time. I think that’s the same in every family! I love the food and being close to my loved ones, especially now that I live in China and things like an average supermarket really excite me because of all the stuff I can’t buy in Beijing! It does feels like you are in a constant move from plate to plate, mindlessly stuffing everything inside you… but this is no time to feel guilty! For these days I make an exception to my usual eating habits and have whatever I like. Come new year we will all be sweating in the gym again, trying to get rid of our Christmas pounds but that’s ok. Christmas is feel good time.


Friday, July 18, 2014

These nights never seem to go to plan

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First off I want to show you some touristy shots of Madame Liberty and Manhattan during sunset! Seeing the statue of liberty was high up there on my to-do list – but I was surprised how small it is! From the shots on TV I thought it would be huge! Of course it’s still big (Just the nose is 4 feet long) but not as big as I expected.
Did you know you can skip the overpriced boats and get on the Staten Island ferry FOR FREE? It will take you past this lovely lady and after a bit of waiting back to Manhattan. ;)
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Check Mate

I have developed an obsession with this check print. I don’t know why but I love that it is such a simple print, yet playful and sophisticated at the same time. You won’t have to accessorize much with these pieces as they are already quite bold – I think a clutch bag in a nice popping colour like yellow, orange, blue or red would go so well with it! Especially the two pieces.

I am still on the lookout for white trousers with thin black stripes. If you see one let me know! :)

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moved into heaven

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I don’t actually know where to begin! It’s been a couple of wonderful weeks in NY and I am actually in LA now! Turns out I am going to be here the second month so it’s all pretty awesome. Haven’t decided which city is better yet… but I have TONS of pictures!
 
First of all I just have to show you the apartment in NY… it’s just incredible…
 
I will probably never have the chance to live in a place like this again – because, you know, I’m not rich and all. But hey who knows… maybe one day! :P
 
The view is just unbelievable. It’s on the 29th floor and there is a sweet rooftop on the 41st and a gym and pool in the basement. I have died and gone into heaven!
 
I’ll be posting some awesome rooftop shots soon. :)
 
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

NEW YORK

 
Hello Lovelies!

How have you been? I missed you! Yes, I am still alive, and yes I am still in Beijing! But not for long!
 
I am going to NEW YORK on Monday! Eeeek!
 
I am very excited, not only have I never been to New York (or the East Coast for that matter) but I have always dreamed about living in New York one day! I will be there for almost two months until the beginning of September and it is work related so I am actually getting paid to be there – cannot believe how lucky I am! That being said it makes the whole trip a little bit more unpredictable as I don’t know how much I will get the chance to explore the area around New York or even travel to other cities but I guess it will be good any way. I hope I get some time over a weekend to fly to LA as I have so many friends there right now… let’s see. I feel very lucky to have so many opportunities thrown my way and I can only advise anyone to go where the wind blows you, there are so many exciting things happening along the way!
 
I am a bit scared of packing as I hate it and I always wish I could just take everything! But on the other hand the US is just the perfect place to go shopping so I guess I should leave some space in my luggage!
 
Thanks for reading, even if my posts are so rare! :P
 
Much love,
 
Ines
 
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