What I Plan to Do in 2017

Lets make an ultimate To do list for 2017. I love looking back and seeing how many places I’ve visited in a year. Lately I’ve been mostly staying at home, because I have lots to do and I feel as if year 2017 is slowly slipping away and I’m just sitting behind my desk at home. I know it’s silly, since it’s only January but the weather is so great that I feel quite bad about it.

First I’m planning a short trip to the seaside, probably in March or April to get some early sunshine before spring fully kicks in. Last year we booked hotel Lone in Rovinj and I’m thinking of something similar for this year but I have no specific destination yet.

I have a trip to the Netherlands planed (an booked!) for the beginning of May. I’ve been to Amsterdam twice and I’ve even traveled around the country for a bit with my architecture studio group. Then we mostly visited known buildings and some urban designs so I didn’t have time to do a lot of sightseeing. So I’m really, really excited about this trip. Me and my friend plan to visit Utrecht, den Haag, Breda, Gouda, Edam etc. We’ll also visit a cheese market in Alkmaar which I predict to be the highlight of the trip for me! :)

In June I want to go to Italy, to Dolomites. The last time we were there I really loved it. It is actually one of my all-time favorite destinations. Last year I didn’t get to go there so this year this is a must.

Durign the summer I want to spend one weekend in Soča Valley in Slovenia. I’ve been there as a child but I’ve forgotten a lot. I would also like to visit another panoramic road in Austria (Goldeck Panoramastrasse, Nockalmstrasse or Villacher Alpenstrasse) and maybe stay there for a day so we don’t have to drive all the way back home on the same day.

September is my travel month. I plan a trip to Czech republic. I already did the whole itinerary last year but we didn’t get to realize our plans. So this year we don’t have to plan anything – we just need to book some apartments and start the car!

In October I want to make another short trip – no specific plans yet. This is just my wishful thinking. If everything works out, we might even fly to Malta real quick. :)

In December around Christmas we’ll probably spend a few days in Austria, maybe in Innsbruck. We are kind of running out of great close places to visit around Christmas.

So this is mostly it. How do you feel about my plans? Too much? :)

What I Did in 2016

I’m not the kind of person who sets resolution each year in January. For me New Year only means another 365 days I’ll try to fill with as much memories as possible. I already have some concrete plans, I have many more on my mind and I believe I can come up with even more until the end of the year. Before I get into my plans for 2017 I’d like to take a moment to remember what I did last year.

January and February were mostly spent in Slovenia, just taking a few one-day trips and visiting sites nearby. In March me and my boyfriend went To Rovinj, Croatia over the weekend. We stayed in hotel Lone, a wonderful design hotel by LHD architects. We rarely stay at hotels when we travel so this was a nice change. I still remember how comfortable the room was – all white whit huge panoramic window overlooking the pine trees and sea outside. It was windy and cold outside so our bed felt even softer, warmer and more comfortable!

In April and May we were more active and made more trips, but again we stayed inside the country lines. When June came, the real adventures started. I went to island Lošinj, Croatia as part of 20.000 km by car across Europe  project, but also visited islands of Cres and Ilovik. It was first such experience for me and I have only the best memories when thinking about that week. After one week vacation i was back to real life and had to finish my final project and make a model that was almost taller than myself. My work was over so a quick break was well deserved so me and my boyfriend headed to Lago di Garda in Italy, which I’ll remember as my hottest trip since it was 30°C + all the time.

Lubenice, Cres

July was my best travel month because this is when our trip to Burgundy, France took place. A group of students from the faculty of Ljubljana went there and we measured and documented Norman churches for two weeks. These are the two weeks I’ll remember for life. I already shared many photos on Instagram, but didn’t have time to write a proper post about it (but I will, I promise!).

view from the rock of Solutré

Paray-le-Monial

Château de Cormatin

In August I spent a week in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia and we made a day-trip to Großglockner, the highest mountain of Austria. At the end of the month me and some of my friend went to Oxford for a week. We also visited the white cliffs of Dover, that were unforgettable.

Großglockenr panorama road

white cliffs of Dover

September is usually the travel month for me, but this year it was rather low-key because my boyfriend had to finish his masters degree and didn’t know all the dates in advance so we decided to stay home to be safe. We only took a short trip to catch the last sun rays on island Krk, Croatia and it was really nice – warm, not crowded and sunny all the time.

Baška, island Krk

In October the classes started again but I still took a week of to go to Valencia, Spain. Now I’ll be honest, because talking only good things about places I didn’t enjoy isn’t my goal. I was just thinking about how I can’t really get excited over Spain and I don’t know why. I just can’t seem to feel this country. I know that they have great food, great seaside, old cities and everything, but once again it all left me rather cold. I can’t figure out what my problem with Spain is, but I really think there’s something wrong there.

November was spent at home, studying and designing my new apartment and in December me and my boyfriend moved in together and I’ve been spending days thinking about shelves, drawers and tables ever since. We just finished our first room this week and I’m really excited about it. It all looks just the way I imagined it. However we took a few days in December to travel to Vienna for Christmas and we also visited Bratislava for a day.

Christmas market at Karlsplatz, Vienna

Carnuntum near Vienna

view from Bratislava castle

I just love making lists like this because this is how you see what a great year you had. Also I take it as a challenge to make the upcoming year even better – and believe me – this year will be even better, but more about that in my next post! :)

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What I’ve Been up to

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1. I started planning my next trip this week. I bought plane tickets already a while ago and booked an apartment trough airbnb (you can get 25€ off your first trip with my link!). :) I went to the library yesterday and took all the tourist guides I found useful. I won’t tell you where I’m going just yet, but I’ll tell you it’s some place warm. :) For early tips follow my Instagram!

2. I’m slowly getting back into my routines. I’m 5th – last – year student now, and everything is much easier. I usually don’t start classes before noon and I have a day or two free every week. I’ve been getting a bit into baking lately and I usually spend my Mondays with pastries. So far I’ve made gougéres, french savoury bread, madeleines and cinnamon babka. I finally tried my medeleine pan I bought in France over summer. I was a bit nervous about making those, but they turned out great. :) I’m mostly to busy in the kitchen so I just took some quick snaps of the goods, but I decided to share the photos anyway. :)

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gougéres

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french savoury bread – usually served with aperitif

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madeleines

3. My classes started in the beginning of October. I changed m studio professor and I’m so happy with my choice. In past I chose to work with some of the most demanding professors and the studio used to be my daily source of stress. Especially last year when I got so frustrated at times, I was contemplating leaving on my daily bus ride home. This year I decided to make myself take a studio that’s less demanding. So far I am so happy with my choice I’ve been smiling all day after making the model all morning. :) The atmosphere is much lighter, people are more easy-going and the professor is much nicer, not criticizing our work so brutally and I have more time for coffee breaks. My friend are also happy they don’t have to listen to me complaining about the studio all the time. :)

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4. I bought a 6 month card for the gym in September, and I’ve really been good, going 3-4 times a week. I also try to eat healthy, especially in the morning, when I have some spare time before my classes start.

5. This one will be random. There’s a little french café Le Petit Café near my faculty that serves the best grilled cheese with cooked prosciutto. If I had to chose one thing to eat until I die, this would be it. They also have great coffee, pies and cakes.

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