Инстаграм @callme_juli Juli
What’s the first thing you typically do when you come back home from a trip? Confession: for me it’s usually catching up with our recorded TV program! Not this time though... okay maybe a little bit. But on top I also: 1) unpacked all my bags!!!! (definitely for the first time) 2) cleaned the apartment (seriously, who am I?) 3) gave these gorgeous doughnuts a quick photo shoot on my new wooden tray 4) held myself back from going through my work mails (which was surprisingly difficult) But now it’s Monday morning and normal life has us back! I am off to work now so please cross your fingers for me that my inbox hasn’t exploded!
Good morning and happy Monday! I hope yours is heaps better than mine because I am in Portugal and I am supposed to explore all the sights, foods and wine options yet I have the flu and I am pretty much knocked out completely! Instead of googling where to go next I google natural fever remedies. Instead of ordering a bottle of wine I order golden milk because it’s supposed to boost the immune system. We even took the bus yesterday... Have you ever been sick when traveling? What did you do?
What is something you miss from home when you are traveling? Typically I don’t really miss anything as I make sure to take everything I would miss with me (camera, computer, husband...) But this time I do miss fresh food! Usually exploring the food culture is one of my main excitements when I go somewhere new! But after over a week of a diet that mainly consisted of instant ramen, buttered toast and Icelandic yoghurt all I really want is something fresh and healthy! And halloumi!
What is one dish/ ingredient/ thing you can always eat and that never gets old? For me it’s avocado! I think everything tastes better with avocado in it and my stomach is a black hole when it comes to guacamole! So I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived in Iceland and I found a net with 7 mini avocados for about 3 Euros (cheaper than at home!!!) Because seriously, who wants to handle withdrawal symptoms while traveling 🙃
Do you enjoy celebrating your birthdays or don’t you care much about it? My birthday is in a week and I have been so busy in the past couple of weeks that I haven’t thought about it much. I hate celebrating birthdays. It makes me feel awkward. I mean I love getting happy birthday messages but I prefer to not celebrate with anyone in person. This year as we are traveling there won’t even be cake (which is a shame) but maybe I can stick a candle in my noodle cup 🤗 How do you celebrate your birthday?
The lovely Anya from @tegernsee_kitchen tagged me to share 5 facts about me in one of these story templates and while I love these kinds of tags I am unable to keep it short enough for a one page story - so I thought I would move that over here: 1. As I kind of already mentioned: I cannot keep it short and sweet - I always need a lot of words to explain myself 2. I am obsessed with coffee - and I drink it black, like my soul. (⬅️ Bonus fact: I think I am pretty funny) 3. I am very clumsy. I bump into everything that crosses my path - chairs, tables, door handles, people - It’s not me though, it’s gravity 😂 4. I am not into expensive things unless it’s technology - camera gear, lenses, computer stuff... I could spend a fortune on these things while I happily live in a 5 year old T-shirt with a hole in it 5. I am ridiculously into Mediterranean cheese at the moment. Grilled halloumi and even more baked feta! I could eat one of those for each and every meal and not get bored! Yesterday we had Halloumi Sandwiches 💚 So if you have made it until here, it’s your turn! ⬇️ Share a fun fact about you 🤗
Isn’t it crazy how life is always picking up pace at this time of the year? Everyone was complaining that January lasted forever and now it feels like I just blinked once and I have somehow missed half of February. And that means it’s officially t-10days until we go to Iceland! Lately we have a fun little Sunday tradition (that sadly has an expiry date) of making champagne cocktails and planning our trips. So last Sunday we booked the blue lagoon, a glacier hiking tour and a Silfra snorkeling experience. I don’t blame the cocktail for us booking those trips but I might say I was maybe a little bit more okay with casually spending so much money. We gotta make up for it by eating cup noodles and drinking instant coffee now I guess.
What’s you opinion on editing? ◽️Yes, how could you not? ◽️No, that’s cheating? ◽️Somewhere in between? I am very much pro editing. I think 50% of the magic happens in camera and 50% in the post processing. If you don’t believe me watch a few YouTube editing tutorials - mind blowing! And I am not talking manipulating here I am just talking about enhancing. In the last year I have learned a lot about photography but I think my learning curve regarding editing has been much steeper. Hence I thought I would go back and review some of my old work and give it a make-over. I took this Italian inspired dinner picture this time last year. The original edit is in my stories 🙃
Good morning friends! Another round of stressing less about things I cannot control anyway and focusing on the bright side! 1) Accommodation in Iceland costs an arm and a leg BUT we have booked everything now and the places we will stay all look amazing 2) I barely slept last night BUT coffee never tasted as good as today 3) Actually I should be on a train to work right now yet there is no train service this morning. BUT now I get to have a second coffee at home 4) I don’t really have anything I want for breakfast here BUT there is this jar of White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter that I know for a fact is best eaten with a spoon anyway!
Let’s grab a Mocktail (aka fancy pear juice) and chat a bit. 1) Things are going well here I am just incredibly busy with end of semester stuff 2) But I am flying to Iceland in 23 days 🇮🇸 3) And I am flying to Portugal in 34 days 🇵🇹 4) Also I am forcing Stefan to share a new IG account with me to share our travel shenanigans 5) If you didn’t guess it already, I am more excited about that than he is 6) This is the point where I should tell you to go check it out but there are no pictured there yet as we are still home for the next 23 days 7) If you don’t want to miss our hilarious adventures you can of course already pop over and follow 8) it’s @itsnotfarwecanwalk 9) See, we really are funny 🙃 10) the commercial is over Unfortunately I just work a lot and also plan for the trips so I cannot share anything interesting. But I would love to hear what’s new from you 😊
What are your guilty pleasures? Do you usually indulge in them? I have a ton and I am also very indulgent with myself! Next to spending too much time on Instagram, drinking too much wine and consuming more calories in the form of snacks than for my main meals I have just discovered a horribly entertaining Australian reality TV show on Netflix. It’s day 2 and I am on episode 7. Holy moly is it fascinating how different life (albeit scripted) is for some people. P.S. Guacamole - even the largest portion - is definitely a non-guilty pleasure!
Hello guys, how is January going for you? As the end of the term is near I am drowning in a pile of work aka I answer a few too many Emails replying to the most hilarious excuses from my students. I should save a ‘best of’ somewhere! But unfortunately I spent no time at home when there is any light worth getting out the camera for. My shutter release finger is itching! And then I can’t really catch up on the weekend as I cannot eat all I want to shoot even if I tried... I gotta come up with something. Any suggestions?
What’s your dream destination - the number one on your travel bucket list? For me for years it’s been Iceland. And specifically Iceland in winter. So this year we will make it happen and just go. If everything turns out the way we plan, I’ll spend my birthday in a remote Airbnb somewhere in the snow. Preferably watching the aurora borealis from a hot tub as this is on my bucket list for forever as well. I am giddy with excitement, already spent a fortune on functional winter wear and started eating cold smoothies while travel planning to get in the right mood. Now I just need to get my leave approved. So cross your fingers that it will happen 🤗
Good morning and welcome to the first real day of 2019! How is the year treating you so far? To me it’s very much ‚new year old me‘. In fact it’s even very old me! On the hunt for some recipe inspiration on Pinterest I stumbled upon my very old Carrot Cake Smoothie recipe the other day. The photography was so embarrassing that I decided to whip it up for yesterday’s lunch and also treat it to a brand new photo shoot. Now I am very inspired to go back to my oldies but goodies and give them a makeover!
Okay I drank the kool-aid and now quickly need to post my #2018bestnine before we go out to celebrate New Years Eve! Time for my own top 9 in form of a honest (semi-serious) list of end of the year reflections beyond the pictures: 1) 2/3 of 2018 sucked but the rest was pretty damn good! 2) I am allowed to put a Dr. in front of my name now but it feels all kinds of awkward 3) My personal highlight was to discover that my 70+ year old relatives can outdrink me (easily) 4) I still have no clue what I want to do with my life long-term and that drives me crazy 5) An honorable mention goes to the fact that I played Lasertag for the first time and didn’t come in last (every time) 6) We didn’t go on a long trip this year and that feels really strange! 7) But I feel like a spoilt brat when I say that because we still visited a few great people and places 8) I published a book. It’s so interesting that my mum is still on page 1 9) And as every year (and despite knowing it‘s not always true) I have a really good feeling for 2019! Happy New Year my friends - let’s make it a good one!
Hey guys, how has your Christmas been? Mine was a fantastic three days of a lot of family time, way too much food and wine and way too little sleep. And even though the home made cookies and eggnog were everything, I am ready for a January of healthier food, no alcohol, investing more in my health and well-being, a indecent amount of sleep and planning exciting new adventures. I am off to Vienna tomorrow where I will say goodbye to 2018! Who else is ready for the new year?
What is a funny/ quirky Christmas tradition you have? Where Stefan’s family comes from you should always have some champagne in the fridge during the Christmas holidays. Because usually family and friends will show up to praise your Christmas tree at some point. And as a good host you obviously have to serve a drink! To mix things up I have prepared this Gingerbread Champagne Cocktail this year. 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 In case you need a super easy Cocktail recipe for the holidays just combine: ▫️1 glass champagne ▫️1 tbsp gingerbread simple syrup▫️Orange peel & star anise to garnish▫️Ice to serve For the simple syrup add 1/2 cup brown (or white) sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 tbsp gingerbread spices to a small saucepan. Bring to boil on medium heat, then remove from the oven and let sit until cooled (~20 minutes). Sift out the spice mix and you’re ready to pop bottles🥂
Guys, it’s less than a week until Christmas!!! Who else is in shock that 2018 is almost over? December has been a month full of social gatherings and spending money on Christmas presents. I got a few lovely things for the important people in my life but in full disclosure I spent the most on presents for myself. Getting yourself Christmas presents is a legit thing, right? Apart from the phone I treated myself to photography gear and homemade Christmas cookies are on my wish list! What’s on your Christmas wish list?