So zimou rastie chuť

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so zimou rastie chuť

robiť obyčajné veci

kúpať sa v teplom čaji

nedofajčiť poslednú z cigariet

so zimou rastie chuť

vzdať sa ľudí

a nájsť jednu osobu,

ktorá premení zimnú prechádzku

na letný večer pod slnkom

so zimou rastie chuť

aspoň na chvíľu zažiť leto

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From time to time I need to leave

warsaw

From time to time I need to leave. I need to leave the city where I live, the people I am with every day. And just travel. Even if I spend only a few days outside, I come back home calmer, I smile more and I am happy to see my lovely home town.

Last time when I was out of our borders was back in September. That is why my desire to leave was so strong, although January is probably not the best time for making trips. But for me, no problem.The answer to the question “where am I going” couldn´t be easier. I always have some travel dreams and there was always a reason behind it. I usually want to see some new place, but not in this case.

I have spent half a year of my studies in the capital city of Poland – Warsaw. I really had a great time there, felt in love with the country, the atmosphere and the situations which I experienced. It was last winter and I have planned to come back in the summer, autumn or in december, but one of the reasons why I didn´t do it was that I still missed these great times and didn´t know how I would feel there, especially without friends I have met during these times who are not there anymore.snow in warsawwarsaw

Now, a few days ago, after one year, I visited the streets and places which are connected to my best memories. The first day I was walking these streets alone and I felt a little bit nostalgic, but mostly happy and thankful. I realized how important it is to learn from every meeting, to enjoy every moment and realized that the fact that people are leaving from your life is normal. I realized that there´s nothing more important in my life than people. The ones I am not in touch with anymore and the ones who are still in my life and maybe always will be. The same place would never be the same if it wasn´t connected with some original situation and original people.

warsaw

I visited places which were part of my everyday life and I felt like It was yesterday. I have met people I haven´t seen for a year and felt that nothing changed and we continue in the same conversation we had before. I have only realized how I have changed. Or maybe not me, but my plans and dreams. During those times I have met more people than I have met during my whole life and they all formed me. I always thought that you can make strong friendships only when you have a lot fo time to do it, but this experience helped me to understand that time is not important.snowman

From time to time I need to sit in a bus with the headphones on and think about my life, I need to meet people with different lives and dreams to become my inspiration.

From time to time I need to look at the past and appreciate that everything that had ever happened in my life has its own reason.

New Look of Phototown

I would like to introduce you to the new look of my blog. The idea came from my boyfriend Simon. I remember we were sitting in a pub, drinking beer and I was talking about my idea to start blog. I asked him to draw a banner for me. He took a piece of paper, drew a sketch and he captured the essence of the blog title on the first try.

His friend Ondrej (check out his blog) digitally coloured this banner. I am happy to have such creative people around me.

banner Phototown

How to spend your free time effectively

Sometimes we have the feeling that we don´t spend our time effectively and we waste it. But we usually realize it when it´s too late.

I have recently graduated from university and when I am looking back at my studies time, I know that I didn´t enjoy it as much as I could have. I could have learned more, worked harder, made more for my future, developed my skills. Even if I have always had some free time activities  such as guitar or photography lessons and part time jobs, I still feel that I have not spent this time effectively enough.

I cannot change the past even if I wanted to. But I can change my future, in order not to regret anything again. Here are some of my tips.

1. Learn languages. I like reading books, especially in the slovak, my mother tongue. It´s easy and that´s also the reason why i do it, but it is much more effective to read books in foreign languages. You can have a rest by reading and you can improve your skills at the same time. You just need to get used to it and it will be easy for you. I also love to write in my mother tongue, but I gave priority to english. Maybe you don´t need to use languages at this moment, but you never know when your skills could help you.

languages

2. Watch documentaries. Almost everyone likes to relax by watching TV after coming back from work or school. There is nothing wrong with that, but watching TV shows all day doesn´t teach you anything new. Interesting and also more useful could be watching documentaries. There are plenty of them, so you can choose what you are interested in or maybe something that is completely new for you.Or if you really prefer to watch TV shows, it could also be useful to watch them in a foreign language. I like to watch TV in a those languages that I am actually learning – that means german, polish or english :).

watching TV

3. Activities with friends. When I meet up with my friends, we usually go for a beer or coffee. And I love it! It´s the best way of relaxing, but why not to try something else? Find a friend who can play some musical instrument, so you can play or sing together. Find some model or you can be a model for your friend who likes taking pictures. You can produce handmade jewellery together, write a shared blog, make a discussion group about movies or books or create something completely new! You just need to be creative.Your friendship will become stronger, you will have a nice time and you will spend your free time effectively :).

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4. Use your imagination. When you are relaxing, try to think about your dreams and imagine how your ideal life would look like. Try to imagine what you appreciate in your life. Just close your eyes, relax a let your mood become positive. And why do I think that it´s effective? Because I believe that our thoughts and what we imagine has an impact on our future.

imagination

 Do you sometimes have a feeling that you are wasting your time? What does “spending free time effectively” mean for you ? 🙂

Next time I will write how to spend free time without spending any money!

Room inspirations

earrings

I am not usually a neat person (anyone who had ever shared a room with me knows it), but I am always looking forward to do the Christmas cleaning . What I like about it is throwing away the old things and making changes in my room. I feel like I am getting rid of an old energy and making place for a new, better one.

This year I have dumped out three full bags of useless stuff. And I am proud of it. When I was younger, I used to keep my childhood memories and doing these cleanings wasn´t so easy for me.

Now it´s much much better, but I still wasn´t able to get rid of some of the old useless things. So, I decided to give them a new meaning and use them again, but differently.

I have two guitars at home – one of them is quite new and I use to play it and the other one is old and  I don´t play it anymore. Now it is hanging on the wall instead of a frame and I think it makes my room special.

guitar

The other idea I am proud of was to use an old skateboard as a shelf. I got it from a friend a few years ago and I have never used it before.

skateboard

My earings are hanging on an old T-shirt on cloth-hanger. But to be honest, it wasn´t my idea, my friend did it first in her room. I am a very messy person and when I am in a hurry, I have a problem to find all the necessary things. Finding the right earrings is not a problem anymore.

earrings

To make small changes doesn´t take too much time, but that feeling after realizing your ideas is priceless :).

Have you ever done something similar in your room?

O ničom

cup and mirror

sedíme v kaviarni

a kecáme o ničom,

kým chladne nám šálka kávy 

 

počúvam viac než pozorne

príbeh bez konca

i pointy

 

ten bol s tým

a ja ich nepoznám

no viem o nich

nedobrovoľne veľa

 

z úst sa paria len bubliny,

prázdne bez výplne

no ja aj tak neodídem

        ………

po ťažkom dni v práci

i to po tom ľahkom,

každý občas potrebuje

rozprávať o ničom