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London Vintage Shopping Guide

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I love vintage clothing and whatever city I visit or move to - it is always on top of my to-do things to find out about the best local vintage stores. Having lived in vintage paradise London I have found out about some obvious stores, that are big and very popular, but I've also come across a few undergroundy ones that have great gems. Beyond Retro[...]

Lisbon: The thieves market

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Feira da Ladra, or thieves market in English, is the oldest and biggest flea market in Lisbon. This is the place to go to recover your stolen mobile, practice your bargain skills or find some incredibly cheap vintage clothes. My greatest scoop was a 70s leather jacket for 10 euros. Since I normally live in Berlin, I’m used to a great selection of flea mar[...]

Drinking Around the World: Hungary

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This last fall I lived in Budapest for four months. “Studying abroad” was a nice way to ease into dropping out of my university for a year to bum around Europe. So I spent these four months in Hungary learning about horticultural science and Hungarian language, and I also picked up a few things about the drinking in this fine land. Unlike many of the surr[...]

Lisbon: Sunday brunch

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Eat breakfast like a king queen, lunch like a prince princess, and dinner like a pauper it is said. Even though the brunch is left out, it's my favourite meal – especially together with good friends or a magazine, sun and of course sunglasses to cover up the hangover from last night and to stare at people without getting noticed.. I’ve already found two g[...]

Must-Do's in Istanbul

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The first impression you get when going to Istanbul is the view of the city from above. I arrived early in the morning, the sun was about to rise and I was happy to insist on my window seat for what I saw was simply A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! Located between both the Black and the Mediterranean Sea, the lights of Istanbul lingered around the Bosporus reminding me of [...]

Budapest on a Budget: Accommodation

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Hungary’s capital city is known for many things: classic architecture, abundant Turkish baths, pornography, cool night life, and sweet sweet prices. While I studied abroad in Budapest, I paid about $150 per month for my own room with a beautiful loft in a shared flat with a huge kitchen and bathroom. But okay I get it, not everyone is living in Budapest and [...]

Retro shopping in Lisbon pt.1: A Vida Portuguesa

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I have a big fascination of everything that is retrocool. ”A vida portuguesa” means The Portuguese Life and this store is the definition of Portuguese retrocoolness aka my dreamstore for postcards, notebooks and weird remakes of old products. If you're looking for a Portuguese ”70s-remake-of-bonnie-and-clyde-poscard” this is the place to get it. This is a[...]

Nina's to do list for London

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As I told you before I am going to a London trip with a friend (her name is Vivien) and I did a to do list to make use of every minute we have. Along with some spots Vivien wants to check out, this is what I came up with: SHOPPING: Oxford Street (Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Miss Selfridges, All Saints, Primark, New Look) Vintage at Beyond Retro ([...]

Getting Around Germany: Mitfahrgelegenheit

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I first heard about mitfahrgelegenheit while driving from Innsbruck, Austria with my friend Teresa to her hometown in southern Germany. We would pick up two strangers somewhere along our way to the autobahn, they would give Teresa 10 euros each for gas, and we would drop them off in Munich before heading onward. All of this was coordinated by a website. [...]

Do drink and travel: What to Taste in Poland

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Growing up with Polish immigrant grandparents, I had a lot of ideas what I would encounter when I actually had a chance to visit "the motherland." Prominent themes featured in these fantasies were food, alcohol, and babushkas. When I finally visited Warsaw over Christmas, I was not disappointed in any of these departments. It would take a small novel to desc[...]

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