• Inspiration

    Birthday picnic

    The idea for a picnic came last minute. I didn’t have any grand plans in my head to celebrate my birthday this year – a pandemic, a few postponed trips, and other surprises thought me to slow down and not have many expectations. I decided to have a simple yet exciting and delicious picnic celebration, therefore I made some arrangements, prepared the menu, and looked forward with anticipation. For my last year’s birthday, I made a meringue cake (Pavlova). This time I challenged myself with a crème brûlée mille crêpe cake. Reality is different from tempting food images in culinary blog posts, thus there wasn’t any photographic evidence of this…

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    Synesthetic: hearing colors, seeing sounds

    Once in primary school, I shared with a classmate that I see colors when I listen to music; that letters and numbers have their own colors. She looked at me in horror and exclaimed: ”This is not normal!”. To see music, letters, and numbers in color has always been normal to me. I never asked myself about this ”weird” ability of mine, I don’t remember wondering whether everyone else sees the world this way – I enjoyed the wonderful synesthetic world I was in and wanted to keep it all to myself. Many moons later I got curious what is this phenomenon about. Does it have a name? Has anyone researched…

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    Spanish – un amor nuevo?

    I have an affinity for languages and Spanish has been on my list for a long time. While I lived in New York I acquired some basic Spanish skills and could understand simple conversations. Spanish is the easiest language I’ve studied and the most memorable one. It matches my temperament, sounds pretty, and, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful languages. Even though I started learning it as a hobby, it’s not all about the beauty and passion of this language. It was challenging to ask for the check in a restaurant during a visit to a Spanish-speaking country (Google translate wasn’t that advanced a few years back).…