Laxnes Horse Farm: Two Hours of Adventurous Riding

The first tour I booked was Horseback Riding at Laxnes Horse Farm. I had always imagined how awesome it would be to finally ride a proper Icelandic Pony in its country of origin. Even though it was around 5 degrees Celsius during the day, the ride was a blast and I can only recommend it!

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The Ultimate Nature Retreat in Germany

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I had almost forgotten what it felt like to be surrounded by fresh air, green grass, heaps of trees and wilderness. Being in a metropolis for way too many years in a row, my body was craving some action closer to nature. Indeed, the parents still live in the middle of nowhere and close to the ultimate paradise of forests, farmlands & Co. Read More »

Photo A Day: Decembeer 28 to the End

It’s a new year and the only remnant I am carrying over from 2012 is the photo challenge created by Liz from Be.Love.Live. Those last 4 pictures from December 28 to 31 are best to express how I must have felt during this past week. Liz has announced that she will not partake in any other challenges come 2013 and has not created another list for January. I myself have no desire to catch up with any other PhotoADay’s again, and therefore, will continue without a picture challenge this month.

[rolemodel]

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What you see here are New Yorkers, some of which have become a true role model after living here for 2 and a half years. “Everyone trynna make it, everyone trynna shake it in a city this big!”

It always fascinates me how resilient New Yorkers are and how nothing can put them down. I wasn’t here during 9/11 but I witnessed how this city was turned upside down during hurricane Sandy. The chaos, the stress, the victims, and the lack of power – we made it through all of it and even more.
I once read a quote that it doesn’t matter if you dropped off the bus or I’ve you been here for years, you are a New Yorker from the moment you first set foot here.

I believe this is very true. You don’t necessarily have to earn your right to be a New Yorker but you do have to earn your weeks and days and hours to become someone people can look up to. I therefore cherish this picture and all the anonymous people in it for the inspiration they bring to me every day and the great memories they have created in the past.

[nature]

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The day it snowed again. Or rather: Finally! I am beginning to fear that those pricy snow boots I bought two months ago will never be utilized when it comes to global warming affecting another New York winter. I am unsure whether or not this should make me sad or happy, for I still have the pictures in mind when we did have one snow day after another during the brutal time of 2010/2011.

However, on this particular day, it was snowing. It didn’t stick but it caused a blurry vision onto the streets of the East Village. The smoke rising from the middle of the road is from one of those multiple man holes that eject steam during pretty much any time of the year. It’s one of those “phenomena” that first make you stop if you are not used to it but then belongs to the city’s landscape like the array of skyscrapers do.

[memories]

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The fond memories of a day spent at Fortt Tilden during late summer. I don’t think I will be returning this summer, as the area was completely devastated by Sandy. But I enjoy looking back at all I have accomplished last year and cannot wait to hit up the beach 5 months from now. The countdown is on!

[me]

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Self-portrait taken on New Year’s Eve. Ready to go to Manhattan and sit with friends having a get-together. It was nothing too fancy but nothing too boring either, just one of those evenings you need to say good-bye to a year and start another one. Lots of prosecco and home-made snacks. And a stunning view onto the disco-lit scene of the Empire State Building.

With this I am finally letting go of the old and welcoming 2013! I Hope you had a happy new year!

Photo A Day: June 24 Through 27

The countdown towards the end of the month is on! I am ready to ring in the last few days. This time it wasn’t so hard to come up with some motives. Maybe I am getting good at this, maybe I am just getting used to it. Either way, I decided not to pursue the project for the month of July but to instead focus on other things I want to discuss in my blog. I want to turn it back into what it was before and write about topics that are most certainly coming up during the following hectic and short summer months. I might still post photos on Instagram, though, so don’t be discouraged to follow me (name stays the same: Laura4NYC).

Here we go – four days, four opportunities, four pictures:

[On your mind]

Freedom and nature. In that order! I cannot stand too much of the city at once, it makes me nauseous. Which is why I love these little green oases so much. This was taken around Herald Square and yes, believe it or not, they do have those little islands of green on which you can dwell, especially during the day. I’ve been thinking about many things right now, but more so often about which direction to follow in the next half of this year.


[Something cute]

Wandered around in Madison Square Park during a late lunch break. Almost crushed this lady as I sat down on a bench to read and write but pulled back at the very last minute. I think she was injured. I cannot else explain why she never flattered away. Butterflies – they don’t really have a purpose in this world other than looking beautiful and fluttering from flower to flower and bench to bench, do they?! It takes longer for them to develop to their full height out of that cocoon that is spun around them but then their life span is only 2 months long. But seriously, does anyone know what the butterfly is for?

[Where you shop]

I thought about posting a picture of Macy’s! It truly is one of my favorite stores and I certainly love the sales they offer and the prices I can get for the quality of clothes. But then I went past Beacon’s Closet yesterday and took this fancy shot. So it’s here that I will most certainly become a regular at. Heck, it’s only 2 minutes away from where I live now, and I’ve already stopped by multiple times this week. Not that I am really buying much. But digging through their century old clothes or new arrivals – it’s so much fun to be part of the game!

[Bathroom]

Our faucet. Obviously. Trying to be creative, here. This is a typical American bathroom in an atypical American house hold. My first one with a bath tub again, which is a really nice feeling. It’s also super clean and tidy, something the other one was not. I like my new bathroom. I can see myself spending hours in here to get ready for the day. I am dreaming of having my very own bathroom one day. In my dreams, I can do whatever I want to with the walls, put whatever I want to inside the shelves, and stay however long I need to inside the room. Well, maybe one day my dreams will come true, right? Perhaps not in one of the most expensive cities of the US, though…