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Hope everybody’s Mondays are going well so far!

The highlight of our weekend was getting out for a long hike. Twenty minutes into the bus-ride heading out of the city, we realized that there is still a good amount of snow on the ground elsewhere. In town it has all but melted away.

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It was a long, rewarding hike – good company and plenty of laughter – and the way giant snowflakes clumped onto the tree branches was particularly beautiful!

There aren’t many things better than a birthday brunch!

The atmosphere in this small breakfast joint, called as is in the title, can tend to be quite popular amongst students of industrial design, fashion and those taking interest in alternative lifestyles and sustainable choices. In fact, it reminds me of my hometown, Portland, Oregon, where a place like this is common place.

It’s not uncommon to show up and have to wait; it isn’t just that there are only nine two-person tables and two staff, but that they don’t take reservations, either. As problematic as this may seem, the wait is well worth it.

The menu offers a wide selection of funky versions of traditional breakfasts, including a selection of vegetarian choices.

This is by far one of my favorite little breakfast/brunch places in Vienna. What about you? What kind of atmosphere do you prefer?

I just wanted to share these images with you. They are the magic of the Earth and sky, and the less beautiful side of how we’ve come to decorate the landscape.

Check out the full-size photographs here.

This weekend we took the chance to spend some time in Vienna’s city center. The temperatures had dropped significantly (after warmer days), so after leaving the house, we were pretty quickly contemplating somewhere cozy to duck into.

The national library was the first thing that came to mind, but it was mysteriously ‘full’ (don’t ask), so we opted for a coffee. Just behind the Hofburg Palace in which the national library is housed, there are old royal greenhouses in which now exist a butterfly museum and a café, the Palmenhaus.

The atmosphere is welcoming and it turned out to be just the right temperature inside.

Friday is upon us, and I’m stoked for a birthday weekend! We have been nesting lately; being back from all the compulsory traveling over the holidays, spending time at home feels nice. We have also been looking to our globe, wondering where we’ll end up next. So, it’s a bit of a ‘Fictitious Friday’; perhaps we would be journeying down into Africa on a wild safari, or riding camels through the desert. Aren’t these the kind of things you imagine when looking at an atlas, globe or map?

My better half found this cute vintage cabinet for €20 at a place called Caritas (basically the Austrian version of Goodwill) a few days ago. I met her at the shop, and we ended up carrying it all the way home…

We were looking for this exact one (well…) to match the would-be contents.

We also wanted to mention that we’re looking for thoughtful decoration arrangements to photograph, so if you want to see us and show something off, let us know!

We’re half-way done with another workday, and half-way to the weekend.

We’ve decided that it’s time for a breather. What’s better than taking a short break from work to check out some nice imagery?

Universität Wien, via

Museumsplatz, Wien, via

Well, hope you’re enjoying your week, and looking forward to the weekend! Let us know what you’re looking forward to!

Happy Monday!

I know many of you dread the start of the work week… or at least grumble a small amount as you reach to snooze the alarm. You’re not alone, though this morning we’ve decided to share some of the fun we find in our commute, and want to ask you to share yours with us.

We’re also planning a revamp, re-style of our blog, and we’ll be sure to let you know how it’s developing.

What are your plans for the week? What are you excited about?

So far this winter, we’ve been waking up to one of the following meteorologic attributes: hazy, gauzy, foggy, gray, cloudy, rainy or misty, or white from tons of snow, but suddenly it has warmed up and this weekend Vienna is filled with sunshine and a light 12°C breeze.

The sun doesn’t feel as warm as one would hope, and the wind doesn’t let off, yet the weather feels slightly off for mid-January. It evokes the feeling of autumn, aside from the bare trees, as well as reflection on the nature of winter darkness.

This photograph is from the archives, but makes me reflect over where we are and where we are going.

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Innsbruck, Austria

Paris, France

Paris, France

Tulln, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Out our window, Vienna

Modra, Slovakia

Silverton, Oregon

Overlooking Manzanita, Oregon & the Pacific Ocean

Foothills surrounding Modra, Slovakia

Vineyards in Modra, Slovakia

Prater in Vienna, Austria

This past year, we have watched the early spring sky settle in, we have biked in the rain, reached out for the summer sun shining in its yellow glory, buried our hands in the colors of autumn and listened to the snow fall through the night, piling up in drifts.

While walking in the woods, it has been silent, aside from the rush of the wind and rustle of trees. While in the mountains or on the beach, it has been icy cold, unbearably warm or very windy.

There’s nothing better than truly living with the seasons and embracing the weather they bring. I think we have lived well.

And listen to this great band from Seattle:  The Head and the Heart. Sing along and kick it.

Hope you had a great weekend! What did you do?

From our recent ski adventure in Innsbruck

“First of all, let us greet all our readers with a New Years’ Day and wish you all the best in this year of the Rabbit. People say, that the way you start a new year defines the way you’ll spend it all… We wish you to start the New Year being inspired, because inspiration is, actually, what motivates us to do good deeds and create really nice things. Besides, a rabbit is considered to be a quite sensitive and delicate creature, thus the year 2011 will be the time of all the creative souls, capable of fine perception of the world and transforming their delicate yet powerful emotions into real masterpieces of graphics, literature, music, and all the other art forms.” — via

Although Chinese New Year does now start until the beginning of February, I do like the message above so I am sharing it. Something to think about when starting the new year in this part of the world.

Happy Friday, and stay tuned for a weekend post!