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captain america: a pathetic war

captain america: a pathetic war

3 days has passed since I saw Captain America: Civil War and  I still couldn’t decide whether I should share my opinion about it or not. It seems everyone just loves the movie and I feel like the idiot who didn’t get the joke. First of all: I’m […]

book of the month: dina’s book

book of the month: dina’s book

In today’s post I’ll show you another inspiring novel from Scandinavia: Dina’s Book by the best-selling Norwegian author Herbjørg Wassmo. When I was reading it, I just couldn’t put it down and was forced to go to work like a zombie afterwards. It made a […]

allergy-friendliness and austria

allergy-friendliness and austria

One of my favorite places on Earth is the area where Austria meets Germany: Salzburg, Bavaria, Tyrol – I love them all. Just can’t get enough of those magnificent mountains, peaceful forests and friendly people. Many say that Germans are cold, but every time I meet them, I’m positively surprised. Who knows what’s the trick. Anyway, being a tourist there is an absolute hit, trust me.

Last week we were on a little holiday and spent a few days in Innsbruck and in it’s region. I’ve been many-many times to Austria and Germany, but yet this trip was special: I’m on a strict gluten-, milk-, egg- and corn-free diet and I’m trying to eat low-carb as well – while traveling. I know it’s almost hopeless. But I thought “It’s not that bad, I’m sure we’ll find a huge variation of freefrom products everywhere”. (Don’t hold your cynical laughter, it’s not good for your health.)

My emergency food kit lasted for two days, and we explored in the meantime all the options one with food allergies has in a small village. Here comes a short summary 😉

Regular shops

Spar and Interspar

We visited 4 of them, but even the bigger ones had the same amount of Schär’s gluten-free products as the smaller ones. And they didn’t take a huge space, only two or three shelves. One could find gluten-free bread, cornflakes, cookies and sometimes muffins. All of them had egg and/or corn flour in them. And lots of sugar too.

Good news: we could find gluten- and milk-free products from Alpro in every store. I just love their desserts!


We were in a big store, but they had the same things as Spar, only on a longer shelf. I saw Oreo-like gluten-free cookies (made from corn starch and eggs) and my heart broke into small, Oreo-shaped pieces.


Hofer (alias Aldi) has it’s own gluten-free products, mostly desserts, but they have everything else (milk, egg, corn, sugar) in them. However before checking out I spotted a gluten-free and vegan goji bar, it tasted amazing!


I’m not sure where people who live on diet find the most important things which fit into their lifestyle, but I assume there are specialized shops and webshops for that.


After our semi-successful shopping I was positively surprised about the fact how conscious people in almost every restaurant are about food-allergies. In every menu the allergens were displayed clearly, in every restaurant with the same letters. See below:

allergens in austria
source: Studentenwek Dresden

A: gluten, B: shellfish (crustaceans), C: eggs, D: fish, E: peanuts, F: soya, G: milk, H: nuts, I: celery, J: mustard, K: sesame seeds, L: sulphur dioxide, M: lupin, N: shellfish (molluscs)

My indigo

We bumped into one of those perfect places to eat and I was so thankful for that! It’s called MyIndigo and they can be found in Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Köln and Hawaii. They had lots of freefrom meals, and something for everyone: vegans, meat-eaters, sushi lovers, salad enthusiasts, etc. Peter ate beef curry, I had a huge salad with lentils and everything. I want to go back to Innsbruck just because of that restaurant. I just have to.

myindigo salad
all-in salad
beef curry from myindigo
beef curry with avocado, because why not


We stayed at a little pension in Pertisau (that place was true magic – see the pictures below). The lady who ran the hotel arranged gluten-free bread for me for every breakfast, it was not her fault that my first meal of the day looked like that without our emergency food supplies:

gluten-free breakfast in austria
yummie, I guess.

I think most of the hotels are pretty flexible regarding food intolerance, e.g. if you book a room in a family-run hotel, chances are high that you’ll get a personalized breakfast if you ask for it.


And now let’s round up this post with our pictures of Austria 🙂

Achensee, Austria
Achensee by night
spring, Innsbruck-style
Swarovski’s argumentation technique
the view from 2200 meters
Pjotr enjoyed it all

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goodbye, dear friend

goodbye, dear friend

When I wrote earlier today that Maci came back, I didn’t know he was sick. He went away because of that, he went away to die. But got back anyway. Maybe to say goodbye. My father brought him to the vet, but he said there […]

thank you for being in our life

thank you for being in our life

There are so many things we take for granted. It’s a cliche I know, but yesterday I realized how accurate this sentence can be. How true it is that we don’t say “thank you” or “I love you” often enough. It’s not the first bitter […]

how to survive a bad haircut

how to survive a bad haircut

Last week I made a terrible mistake and trusted the randomly picked stylist and thought it was okay to accept her “revolutionary idea”. She told me she would make my hair look thicker. Well, it’s thick as hell now and too short to be true. After crying my eyes out I decided gathering survival tips was a better step to make than quitting my job to be able to hide in my bedroom all day until my hair grew back. Now I’m gonna share the most useful tips with you on how to survive a bad haircut which really worked for me while recovering from the shock of loss.

Embrace the facts

If it’s still not so short, you can try to experiment with a new stylist, maybe he or she can correct the worst part of it. But eventually you’ll get to the point where you have to face it: it’s done. And here are the facts:

How long will it take to grow back? Our hair grows quite fast, about 1 cm every month. Which means 0.3-0.5 mm each day, which is surprisingly good I think 😉

Can I make it grow faster? Yes: a scalp massage can do wonders. It improves blood circulation to hair follicles and helps remove dead skin cells too. Do it 1-2 times a week.

What about vitamins? They help to prevent hair loss, but won’t affect the speed of growth. So if you take them, you’ll have more hair, because they won’t fall out as fast as they usually do, but for this result you’ll have to wait 6-12 weeks.

Hair masks, lotions, serums, shampoos – do they aid in hair growth? Nope. Sorry.

Get to know the new you

Go and stand in front of the mirror. Observe the details and the whole impression of your new look and do this until you get familiar with it. This way you won’t get shocked every time you spot your reflection in a window or while brushing your teeth. It can totally turn your mood upside down if you are not prepared to see what you’ll see.

bad haircut

Style it up

You left already your comfort zone, so it’s time to enjoy it! Experiment with new looks, textures, colors and accessories. See it as an adventure or an absolute legitimate reason to get to buy new earrings and styling products. For example I’ve never tried sea salt sprays before, but they turned out to be a hit for me: my bad haircut evolved to a sexy and wild new style for a couple of days. And I’m looking forward to further experimentation. 🙂

Your Royal Awesomeness

It’ll be a very long series of bad hair days if you won’t accept the fact your bad haircut is now a part of you. Both Gerda and Peter said it’s time to realize it’s not the looks that really matter, it’s our personality, our self-confidence and happiness which we’ll be noticed by everyone who looks at us. It’s a cliche which everyone knows, but only a few live by. But you are perfect. It’s a fact. And it’s time to you to accept is as well. I’m on my way to do that – it’s difficult, but worth it. I keep on reminding myself on this every day and every day it gets easier.

Say goodbye to your previous style and celebrate this new phase in your life. Because you’re awesome anyway.

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