my late summer journal entry : “the new journal”

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Normally I´d say something like this: New journal, new beginning. But this time it is different. Everything is different. New academic year, one tough decision behind me, an unknown future in front of me and although I just “signed up” for another two years (at least) spent in this familiar surroundings, my almost always so trustworthy intuition tells me that this is not going to be a year like any other…

Enjoy the very last moments of this summer season and let´s get ready for some cooler air!

XOXO

 

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“happiness depends upon ourselves”

Last summer I learnt that you cannot plan your life. It just happens to you and you need to be spontaneous and flexible. This year I decided to take chances and not to leave anything upon fate. At first it was really nerve-wrecking – living in a fear of missing out on some moments – but then I stopped for a moment, took a deep breath and slowed down. I realised I did´t want to be put under the pressure by the time or society. This life belongs to me and I cannot compare my journey and myself to anyone else.

It´s okay if you like different things or have different values than other people. Don´t let anyone take that freedom away from you because that´s exactly the thing that makes you interesting and unique.

Here are some pictures of the things I bought, wore and loved this summer…

XOXO

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the alchemist

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When I give my mum a book for Christmas, I am most likely to read it first (if she ever reads it). Last year wasn´t an exception. I´d heard a lot about Paulo Coelho´s Alchemist, so I decided to buy it for her. Right after I finished what I was reading at a time, I picked this book up and finished it in two days.

Now this is definitely not my favourite book. If I want to read something about religion or the meaning of life, I would prefer non-fiction books. I enjoy reading about historical backgrounds of some major religions or philosophical ideas, “truths” and how much sense they make.

I feel like in this book multiple religions were mixed up into one creating something that is just author´s idea lacking any sense or evidence why people should really accept and believe it. Although I am a rationalist who doesn´t like idealistic novels, because they seem unreal to me, I really like inspirational thoughts you can apply into your life. While I was reading this book, I stumbled across a few of them and I wrote some of them down. So here is why I think this book was worth it…

“You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love…the love that speaks the Language of the World.”

“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

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There is that moment when you´re walking around in your favourite bookshop, you see a certain book cover and without even reading it you know you need to have that book in your personal library. But I didn´t buy it that day. After a few months I went into a library and borrowed it. I should surprise you now with the name of the book, but its name is already in the title. The book is called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

This book, as enchanting as it can possibly be, is all written in letters. Once a young English writer receives a letter from a man from Guernsey, she instantly falls in love with people of the island and their literary society. Their correspondence continues and learns about their lives and what the World War 2 left of them. It´s warm, witty and charming in its own unique way. It makes you feel with the characters as with real people and I promise you will want to read it again!

After I read the book I´d borrowed from the library, I bought it and it has a place in the midst of my favourite books. I believe that there are only a few books that are (really) good and there are even less that you want to read again, but this book is definitely one of them.

<3

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Yesterday I read one of the quotes by Ernest Hemingway, the author I really admire. The quote refers to writing and it goes like this: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So if I were to write something that is true today, what would I write about? The answer is in the title of this post. Question marks.

I usually have a clear idea of what I want and where I am going. I have my opinions, goals and I´m a really determined person. But sometimes in the middle of the path that´s leading to what you want, things can get pretty screwed up. You see all the mess around, family drama and suddenly that rationalist living inside of you has no idea where is east or west or what´s right or wrong. It´s all relative, isn´t it? But there are times when that “I don´t care.” doesn´t help because the decision you´re about to take will determine the rest of your life.

In the midst of life-changing decisions some people would say that the best thing is listen to your heart. Is it even possible to get to the point where you don´t know what you really really want deep inside? Because I think I´m there right now. Surrounded by the people that have different expectations that I cannot fulfill and maybe I will never be able to. Standing helplessly in front of the two pathways, once so sure of which one of the right one, not knowing if one of them will ever make me happy.

I´ve been also thinking about where I want to go with this blog. I know for sure that I want to keep doing this. It´s one of those creative things that involve writing and one´s unique ideas. Even though, I am 100% sure that this is me, at times I feel like I should dedicate more time and effort into it and if I have done it already, I would be much better now. But I am still learning and hopefully in the future I will take more more chances and become a lot more persistent and hard-working in everything I´ll be doing,

That´s life and you have to put up with it and fight for happiness. Because in the end, you not only want to survive, but you want to be able to say that you lived.

XOXO

visiting Budapest?

As I mentioned in my previous post I visited Budapest about two weeks ago. This time, probably for the first time ever, I´d taken planning for the trip seriously. I´d done some research and found several places that I really wanted to see. Four days are not enough to relax and at the same time do everything on your must-see list, but I discovered some pretty cool places. So here they are…

One of the places that really caught my interest from the very beginning and I knew I had to go there was the House of Terror. It may sound scary, but if you´re interested in eastern European history of the 20th century, then you might want to see. This building was at first the headquarters of the Hungarian Nazis and later the headquarters of some communist organisations. You can see there prison cells, offices of some communist leaders or what life in those times looked like. Today, the House of Terror is also a monument to the victims of this terrorful past.

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From the Andrássy Street you can take a walk down the avenue alongside many beautiful buildings right to the Heroes Square. Once you get there, on the left side you notice the Museum of the Fine Arts which I highly recommend, especially The World of Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition that is open until the late August.

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When searching for a restaurant or café that has rather traditional menu I found a very 70´s looking place called Táskarádió eszpresszó. You´re basically surrounded with old pictures, toys and you even get to sit on retro chairs. It´s also quite affordable, waiters are nice and you don´t have to wait a long time for your order. Just go and see for yourself!

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It wouldn´t be a trip without some shopping. I visited two shops that were absolutely amazing! One of them was called Retrock. They sell both second-hand and also some small designer clothes, bags and accessories for a good price. The other shop was called Szputnyik and was very similar to the previous one, but it also offers some modern pieces. The best thing about them was probably that vintage feel you got even by looking at the shop window!

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These were my most favourite places in Budapest. I wish I could do more travelling and write more posts like these in the future. I love it so much!

Hope you are enjoying summer trips just as much as I did!

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my personal pieces of Budapest

Last week I spent four days in Budapest and it was great! Although it wasn´t my first ever visit of the city, I was finally old and intelligent enough to plan what exactly I wanted to see (the last time I had been there for more than one day was when I was nine). And most of all, I was excited about taking a few pieces of it back home with me. Except for bunch of clothes and other stuff I mean pictures of course!

Hope you all have a nice day!

XOXO

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