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Bad Radkersburg 2017

I’ve recently been to a small city in Austria called Bad Radkersburg. I thought I would share some pictures with you. IMG_4794IMG_4823IMG_4797IMG_4804IMG_4801IMG_4798Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

This is a very short post, but I promise there will be another one up soon !

Nusha

 

DIY: My Adventure Book

Have you seen Up ? It’s an animated movie from 2009. You know, the one with a man who tied up 500 balloons on his house so it was able to fly. And then there was the scene of Carl holding the Adventure Book. So beautiful. *wipes a tear* If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go see it. It’s one of my favourite animations.

As you can tell from the title of this post I’ll be sharing with you how I did my own Adventure Book. I’ll actually give it away as a gift which I think is such a great idea. Whether you like that or just want to make one for yourself go ahead and try it. I had so much fun doing it ! I think I’ll actually do myself one as well.

Things you’ll need: IMG_4660.JPG

If I write everything down again:

  • paper with 2 holes (I took a bit thicker paper (A4) and made 2 holes with hole puncher)
  • fabric (the smallest piece is hessian fabric, other two just normal red & brown )
  • glue gun
  • a pencil
  • a ruler
  • a clip (I took this one from an old folder, but binder rings would work great as well)
  • a cutting knife
  • scissors
  • foam rubber
  • cardboard (for the covers, you can also use shoe boxes, wood, etc.)

Firstly, I searched for “Adventure Book” on Google, took a piece of paper and trimmed the letters on a piece of paper.IMG_4595

I’ve cut “M” out, trimmed it again on foam rubber and cut that out as well.

It took a while, so I tried to figure out a way on how to do it quicker. I ended up placing the piece of paper on foam rubber and followed the drawn lines with pressing a pencil really hard.img_4607.jpg

Once you have the letters done, you can start working on the covers. Place the cardboard on fabric and trim it. Make sure to leave about 2 cm on each side.

Do the same with the brown fabric. This time leave 2 cm space on the inner side of the cardboard as this goes on the inside of the book. This were the measurements I had for one side of the cardboard. The full length of it was 38.5 cm, but leaving 2 cm on each side equals 34.5. I hope that makes sense. 1.jpgIMG_4615.JPG

Glue time ! Firstly, the inner part aka brown fabric.IMG_4617Then the red one :IMG_4618IMG_4628Edges can be quite tricky. This is the method I used to glue them : IMG_4682.JPG

Congrats ! You have your covers covered !

It’s time to add pages. You’ll have to glue the clip first.

Then you add paper and secure it.

The final step is decorating the cover. You can just glue the letters on top or add hessian fabric like I did.

This is how it would look like if I hadn’t added the fabric. img_4632.jpg

And this is once I did. img_4640.jpgimg_4642.jpgimg_4645.jpg

That’s it ! Not that hard, huh ? I’d like to point out that there are million ways on doing it. You could use different supplies. Maybe just stick some letters to the binder or a notebook and skip the “gluing the fabric” part. You could draw the letters instead of cutting them out, etc. Art is supposed to be fun. So be creative, go crazy ! Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out exactly the way you want it to. That’s how art works. I like how mine turned out, even though some details aren’t perfect and you can see some glue on the edges. But hey, I’ll know for the next time !ezgif.com-rotate.gif

Send me pictures if you decide to make it and comment below what you think about the movie !

Nusha

Visiting Museum of Illusions

As you can tell from the title of this post I was in museum. Museum of Illusions in Ljubljana. It was my first time there and it was so fun ! I took a photo of what I found interesting the most. Below you can see a few of my favourites. I blurred my and my friends’ face. It’s a bit annoying, I know. But what can you do, I’m not ready to expose myself yet. I hope you don’t mind.

IMG_3422.JPGOkay, so this was a cube. Well, it looked like there was a cube but you couldn’t touch it.

img_3433Here’s half me and half of my friend. I know we did it terribly on this picture, but you can’t exactly see our faces, so … 😉

Here we are in anti-gravity room.

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Kaleidoscope.

I don’t know the name of this room. There were three lights, almost like you were in a disco. They created three shadows that moved exactly as you did.

IMG_3708.JPGAmes room. It makes one person bigger that the other.

img_3713Infinity room. There was about 4 or 5 mirrors and it looked like there was thousand versions of us two. There was also a disco ball inside that changed colors. Pretty cool if you ask me.IMG_3710.JPGHead on the plate.

Upside down room. The 1st and the 3rd pictures show how the room actually looked like. And yes those chairs were glued on the ceiling. But look how cool it looks if you turn the picture upside down.

There were also photo illusions, a mirror that showed you the opposite of a normal one -so if you moved your head to the right you saw it moved on the left -, optical illusions, holograms, stereograms and vortex room. Vortex room is a room with spinning walls. So you go trough that “tunnel” and you feel like you’re spinning around but you’re not. Super fun and funny to watch.

I really enjoyed visiting that museum. It’s something different. I found it very interesting as it was my first time there. Would I go there again ? Honestly, no. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an experience you must try, but I wouldn’t go back again soon. Why ? Because I just was there and I don’t think I’ll have as much fun as I did the first time because I already know all the tricks. But I would love to visit other museums of illusions or go back to this one after a while.

How about you? Have you ever been to a museum like that ? Tell me in the comments !

* Sorry again for the blurrines. It drives me crazy, but I really hope you understand.
**Not a sponsored post
Nusha

Bye, 2016

2016 is gone. I don’t know how I feel about it. Some really amazing things happened and some not so great ones as well. I like remembering the nice ones, so I will only list best things that happened to me, that I can remember and things I learned mean while.

Family & friends

This may sound stupid, but I realized who I can trust. I realized who my real friends are. It’s funny how I knew this things all along but never really noticed it or thought about it.

My family is simply the best and I love the relationship we have built over the past years. They are the ones I can trust, who love me and support me in good and bad.

It’s not that I didn’t know that before, but I started to appreciate it more.

And when it comes to friends… There is still as many of them as there was before. I haven’t excluded anybody. I just realized who are the ones that support me and ones that call me just when they need something.

Oh, can’t forget about all of the amazing people I met this year, including some blogger friends over the internet.

Travel

I visited some awesome places this year. I’ve been to Amsterdam, Graz … I even went to mountains here, in Slovenia. Absolutely amazing !

My posts about Netherlands : 1 , 2 , 3

and Graz.

Blog

It’s been such a great year when it comes to this blog. So many amazing things happened that I’m afraid I’ll forget to name them all.

First of all, I found out about Twitter chats. I had no idea they exist.

I became part of one, called GRLPOWR (read about it here ). I met some amazing girls that became very good friends of mine. It’s like I know them for ages. And our relationship is probably better than with half of the people I really do know for ages.

Becoming part of this little blogging community was one of the best things that happened to me. I hosted my very first chats, etc.

I met and talked to so many bloggers. I know people from all over the world and it’s just insane.

I just reached 500 followers in just a few months, starting off with 10. Not saying that numbers matter, because they don’t, but it was such a huge change for my blog.

I got my first ever blog comments and followers. That inspired me so much. They / you are all so nice, I can’t believe this is actually happening. I’m so thankful. I can’t even express it with words.

This motivates me so much and I starter taking blogging seriously. I always try my best and it’s great getting some feedback and compliments.

I did my first giveaway! Winner just got the package yesterday. I can’t believe everything actually went fine and they didn’t lose it.

I can go on with this list, but I’d rather just thank you one more time. THANK YOU !

I actually have readers now ! What ?!

Me

I’m a year older. Turned 16. As I said before, I realized what kind of people I like, got some experiences and learned a bit more about life.

2016 ? Quite amazing and full of surprises. I’m ready for new challenges, stories to tell and posts to write. I can’t wait what 2017 will bring. So, bye, 2016 !

Nusha

13 pictures of Graz

I was in Graz this weekend. It was great. We went to Zötter chocolate factory where we could eat as much chocolate as we wanted to. We got ceramic spoons to try out every kind of chocolate. From cacao granules to chocolate fountains. They had so many different types of it. I’ve tried a 100% chocolate and I didn’t like it. It was too bitter. They also had many mixes for example: chocolate with almonds, coconut, etc. There was even one with a fish but I decided not to try it as I was feeling a bit sick. 

Then we went to Graz. Our first stop was Schlossberg. The view on there was absolutely beautiful.

We had free time after that. We had a look of the Christmas market and watched some children songing carols. It was great !

At about 6 o’clock we all meet together and went back to the bus. I forgot to mention that I went there with a travel agency. Me,my brother and friends were at the back of the group. We all followed the travel agent.

We’ve started a conversation and before we realized there was nobody from the group to be seen. We got lost. There were so many buses parked there but not a single one was ours. We panicked a bit. Lucky we saw the bus, but it wasn’t parked, it was waiting for a green light on road ! We ran there and got on.

Can you imagine what an embarrassment that was ? Everyone was looking at us with that “are you kidding me” look. One even said : ” Well now go back and find our travel agent as she went out to look for you.” Sorry, okay ? We didn’t mean to.

Fortunately,everything was good at the end and we luckily returned home.
Nusha

7 pictures of Ljubljana

I’ve recently been to Ljubljana. They have already decorated it with Christmas lights and it looks great. I decided to share 7 of my photos with you to get you a bit in a Christmas spirit.


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Netherlands ( Day 3 )

29th April 2016

We packed our bags in the morning and drove to Amsterdam.We visited Rijksmuseum and place where diamond cutters work, afterwards. We also got the chance to see some original paintings by Van Gogh in the Van Gogh museum / gallery. There is not much to say. We saw different interesting, beautiful, expensive things.

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A window, that I liked, Rijksmuseum
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A library in the Rijksmuseum
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Some old plane in the Rijksmuseum

We had an hour and a half free. We really wanted to go eat somewhere, but it was either very expensive or very crowded. We had nowhere to go. There was literally no restaurants or places that we could go to. I think we went in the wrong direction looking for them and we had to settle with a hod dog stand for 4 € each and some old sandwiches from the past two days.

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A park where we had our free time and ate old sandwiches

Then we supposed to go to Madame Tussauds. We had a reservation, but waited for at least half an hour. They told us that the lift is broken, and if I got it right they don’t have stairs. No stairs ? But you have a lift ? In the middle of Amsterdam, you do not have stairs ? Umm..okay. We got our money back and were actually quite happy about it. There were lots of stores and they promised us to let us go shopping. We got extra time by not going to the Madame Tussauds.

At the end of shopping my legs hurt so much that I was just waiting when will they stop carrying me and I would fall over. Fortunately, our bus came quickly and we were on our way back to Slovenia. I was very tired and slept most of the time. I don’t know what it was, because I felt completely fine before. I’ve slept a lot even when I came home.

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On our way home.

Everyone was really happy about the little gifts I gave them. My family liked the cheese I brought them and we had a nice afternoon talking about the trip.

Nusha

Netherlands ( Day 2 )

28th April 2016

We were eating our breakfast at 7.00 a.m. About an hour later we were driving to Keukenhof. That’s a park with lots of tulips and other flowers. Netherlands is  known for selling and growing tulips, even tho they were brought there from Asia, so tulips aren’t their autochthonous flowers.

The weather was cloudy and it started to rain every now and then. We had this kind of weather all the time and were freezing, because of the wind as well. We received news that it was even snowing in Slovenia, while we were gone. Snow in spring ? Nooo, I want summer now. But it was all gone when I came back.

So, there we got the chance to admire the flowers and had a nice walk. After that, we drove to Zaanse Schans where they have windmills, clog “factory” and cheese dairy. We’ve been showed how they used to make clogs, that they wore all the time and we could see some old samples of them. They also described us how they make cheese and we could try each of them in a near shop, where you could also buy it. They had red and green pesto, smoked cheese, coconut cheese, cheese with pepper, etc. I liked the one with herbs and garlic, so I bought it for my family to try it as well.

When me and my friends were walking pass the windmills two Asian men stopped us. The fact that they were Asian isn’t important, but it shows that there were lots of tourists. It would make no difference if I said they were white, blue, green, because we’re all equal. But enough about that.

They asked us to take a picture of them. So we took their phone and made some pictures. They offered us to do the same for us, as returning a favor. Why not? We agreed. Suddenly one of them came closer and said: “Together?” We were quite surprised, but we agreed. We laughed about that for a long time after it.

But read on … We continued our way when one of us wanted to take a picture. She went in front of the windmill and smiled for the camera. Another (Asian) guy came by and stopped near her and showed peace sign to the camera. We laughed again and by this time we already had 2 pictures with people we don’t know. Later he took a selfie with us as well. You can imagine we told almost everyone about that, because it was so funny and interesting and hasn’t happened before. It is one of the main stories we tell when someone asks us about our trip.But it got even more interesting.

In the afternoon we went to Volendam. That’s a lovely village near the sea, known for its fishing tradition. We tried different kinds of fish and sea food prepared in different ways. We admired that little houses that almost looked like the ones from fairy tales.

We decided to take a seat on a bench that had a view to the sea. We talked a bit and then, I don’t know why, we turned around and saw an older man and a woman, looking at us trough the window from the house behind us. They waved and we smiled and waved back. We continued our conversation untill it was time to go. As we stood up, we saw the woman waving at us, trying to stop us. A few seconds later the man came out and told us to wait.

He asked us which language do we speak (they are very good at English by the way). He was holding two bottles in his hand. He asked us ” Red or white wine?” He apparently wanted to give us something as a gift. We answered that we don’t drink which caused a huge surprise in his eyes. “You don’t drink?!” We explained that we’re on a school trip and we’re not allowed. He excused himself many times, but we just smiled and thanked him. I’m sorry that we didn’t take a picture with that man. He was really nice and he didn’t mean anything bad. Later one of our teachers who heard about it said that it’s not right to disappoint locals like that. She was kidding of course ! We’d be in trouble if we reacted differently.

We talked about it late in the night. That day really was special and interesting. I definitely want to remember it.

 

Nusha

Netherlands ( Day 1 )

27th April 2016

We’ve been driving for around 18 hours. 18 ! There was a lot of traffic on the road. We came late in the morning so we couldn’t visit Rotterdam like we supposed to. We went straight to Delft. Netherlands celebrates kings birthday as a National holiday. Since orange is the colour of this country, everyone dressed up orange or at least puts something on in this colour on this particular day. As we got to Delft everyone was getting ready. There were a lot of people on the streets. We explored on our own for a bit. I saw a beautiful shop window with Delft ceramics. I just couldn’t get enough of that blue and white mixture. People also put lots of things that they don’t need on the streets and try to sell it or at least give it away.

We continued our way to the hotel. I was in the room for three with two of my friends. Rooms were very clean and nice. We had a toilet, shower and a small sink. It was just great. I may forget to mention that I went there with school.We had to sign up for this trip on the internet and all of the free places were gone in a minute. Literally. People who signed up just a few seconds after us couldn’t go anymore, because there were limited spaces. It was all about seconds. I’m glad I was camping in front of my computer for so long that day.

Anyways, we changed our clothes, unpacked a bit and went to Amsterdam. Actually our hotel was in Amsterdam, near an airport, but we went to the centre of the town. We got there by train. We got tickets and had to “check in” every time we went past a yellow little column looking thing. And we had to do that every few meters. We don’t have that in my country or maybe I’m just stupid, but okay.

We could see even more people on the streets celebrating in Amsterdam.There was a lot of alcohol too and amm..weed. It’s kind of leal there so yeah. I had no idea what smelt so weird untill my friend told me. at least  know where not to go in the future if I smell something like that. We had a bit of free time and I saw lots of policemen. I was very confused, because people started running and screaming every now and then. I guess they were just messing around or something.

After that we went to Anne Frank house / museum. I read the book so it was really interesting for me. I really recommend it. In case you haven’t heard about it before …Anne Frank was a jewish girl who lived during the second world war and the holocaust. Her family and some friends were hiding in a house that is a museum now. Anne was writing a diary, hoping she’ll become a famous writer one day. Just a few weeks before the war ended someone told the police about them. Nobody knows who it was. They were taken to concentration camp where they all died, except for her father who returned back to the house where he found the diary and decided to publish it. It became one of the world-known books and was translated to about 70 languages.

In museum you can see rooms they were living/hiding in, personal stuff, etc. There are some short films as well. I could see the first published books and the thing I was most excited about: her diary. Her handwriting and her original diary ! It amazed me so much. She was once sitting in that room writing it and a few decades later there I am, looking at it. It was absolutely stunning and I decided to read the book again. You may heard about this place in John Greens book The fault in our stars. Even movie was filmed there. It’s  sad how she had to die so Young, not knowing that what she was doing would mean so much to the world and so many people would read that. She became a famous writer after all. I admire her a lot.

Me and my friend were so into it that everyone else in the group had to wait for us outside for almost half an hour, thinking we got lost. I apologize, but it was my first and probably the last time there and I really didn’t know they were waiting.

So after all of that we had a bit more of free time and we went to get some food, because we were starving. I have to mention that everything was quite expensive, so we chose McDonald’s at the end. And toilets ! As soon as we left Slovenia you had to pay the toilet on EVERY petrol station. In Austria, Germany and Netherlands. And not just the petroll stations. Everywhere you could see a toilet there was a huge possibility you had to pay for it. Okay..it was just about 0.50 € which is not that much, but not every single time. I feel like a lot of countries have that. Even in restaurants. If you ever decide to come to Slovenia you don’t have to worry about that. We don’t have that. At least not that I know.

 

Nusha

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