Beijing, Day to day, Travel

I've been seeing a lot of photos and videos of people going on ski trips recently, and it just gave me the itch to go as well. I've been skiing since I was about four years old, and it's always been a fun thing for our family to do - usually with friends or extended family. I did however stop for a couple of years, because we opted to take other trips instead, which resulted in me rolling down the hill (instead of sliding) a couple of years back when we went to Kranjska Gora, in Slovenia. One could say it wasn't the smoothest transition back into skiing.

During the past couple of years its mostly been my dad and I going with a group of family friends, since my brother moved out and my mom has no fear like the one for putting boards on her feet and being pushed down an icy mountain. However, this year we're all going to Bad Gastein, Austria for my dads 50th birthday! Him and I went last year and it was truly great. There was a ton of different options, and even though the slopes close to the town were sometimes very packed, we just went to Sportgastein which was about 10 minutes away with bus.

I can't wait to go back!

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And with that incredibly cliché title, I say goodbye to this school week (thank God)

After two math tests, one economics test, and a biology test I think I've had just about enough stress for a while. So, on tonight's schedule is as follows:

1. Wallow in gingerbread cookies

2. Finish season 2 of re-watching Gilmore Girls

3. Be extremely comfortable and relaxed (no makeup allowed, no bras allowed, no annoying people invited)

I have to say that I'd forgotten how truly great Gilmore Girls was. There are very few shows that can get me that invested after already watching it. I'm currently powering through the 7 seasons as I promised my friend Clare (oy with the poodles already) we'd watch the new revival season that just came out (!!!!!) next weekend.

(Quick info session: I love Lorelei, Rory annoys me a lot, Lane is my queen, Emily is what I aspire to be, I'd like to marry Jess)

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This weekend was Christmas-feeling filled in the Juric household.

Friday night was spent at Bottega, where Graeson and I had some negronis and a bite to eat. Following was Downtown, where we proceeded to almost pass out (because we're tired and weak and weekends were made for sleep). On Saturday I went to Greyhound with Marie for some lunch. Their paninis are amazing, but being served chips that looked alarmingly similar to Lay's chips was not too great. Then came Saturday evening, which I spent in the kitchen helping my mom (as much as I could) bake some sweets and treats for a bunch of people that we had over on Sunday for a first Advent Fika. OBS! Fika is a Swedish thing, I encourage you to google it if you're confused of the meaning, since there's no direct translation to english.

My mom is so much more talented than I am when it comes to baking and cooking, considering the one thing I helped her with on Saturday came out way too flat, and with an intense flour taste, which we promptly threw out and I promised myself to practice more (or just give it up completely). The good news, however, are that it's almost December! Which means Christmas is near...


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So, I know that Halloween feels like a lifetime ago and that we're nearing christmas, and that I am a sad excuse of a blogger but I have some photos from that night that I am quite keen on posting so here we go.

These photos were taken at Juice By Melissa which is, as described by their website, a "Beijing based Company, providing organic and cold pressed juice and vegan western food". They had a Halloween event which my friend Graeson organized, and I had a great time! I also almost swooned when I had their drink named "Voorhees blood" (cleverly named drinks that contain alcohol and raspberries really get me going). And yeah. It was that delicious.


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When I came home today, I expected my Friday to look something like this:

Me, sitting in bed with a cup of ColaCao (google it) (also thank you Ona, it's as good as you said it was), re-watching Gilmore Girls and burning some nice scented candles, thanking our Lord and Savior that I'm not out in the cold tonight.

However, my weekends rarely end up the way I expected them to, and since Graeson has now texted with an offer of some shisha and a nice evening out, I feel like I might as well get off my butt and do something whilst I can. So, soon I will put on a thick sweater and venture out into the freezing its-almost-December-in-Beijing night.

Stay warm!!


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Once more i-D has come out with some great stuff! A video popped up on my YouTube homepage yesterday, showcasing a video made by i-D in partnership with Chanel. I watched the video, which was sort of trailer-ish, and it showcased upcoming videos made by Harley Weir. The videos are centralized around five different female artists, who are all young and from different parts of the world. The trailer looks very promising, and has beautiful cinematography so I can't wait to see each individual part! The concept is based on/inspired by Chanel's new embodiment of the classic No. 5 perfume, No. 5 L'eau. L'eau is targeted towards a younger crowd, with a much softer and fresher smell to it than the original.

A couple of weeks back I actually stopped by a sort of pop-up installment that Chanel organized in Sanlitun Village, here in Beijing. It was a walkthrough experience, where you watched videos on the creation of the perfume and got to experience the perfume in many different ways (one being a waterfall made out of the perfume). I really enjoyed the process of stopping by each section in the small dome they had created, and it definitely was a good way of marketing. I might pick up the L'eau one of these days, since I'm running low on perfumes, even though I am someone who really sticks to the ones I use.


Pictured below: The perfume waterfall installation (left) and the Chanel goodie bags that were given once you finished stopping at each section (right)

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It is the day after the U.S. elections, and I'm just exhausted. As someone who is not a U.S. citizen, I was surprised by my involvement by the end of this election. Because I promised myself after Bernie was taken out of the races, that I wouldn't stick my nose in other people's business, and that either way I disliked both party representatives and that even so there wasn't a chance in hell that someone like Trump would win. A man who has used and abused the system, a man who doesn't believe in global warming, someone who has vilified and ostracized minority groups, a man who stands for the power of the rich, white, "settlers" and who has no space in his life for caring for anything but money. But, as the universe likes to do, I was proved wrong.

Now there are millions of people crying out around the United States because their future is so uncertain. They're not sure if their children will grow up to see the world as we've known it, because the earth's temperature will increase by more than 2 degrees due to neglect of global warming . They're unsure that if they have an unwanted pregnancy, they will be able to choose freely on their next step. They are confused on if there will be any changes in gun control. They're not certain if the color of their skin, the pronoun they choose to go by, the religion they choose to follow, the partner they choose to have, or other factors, will matter in their day-to-day life.

On a personal scale, I am afraid of what this election has done to my future. How will I be able to start my life if the economy is in the drains? What will other countries do? What will America's alliances look like? There are so many questions that I, a teenage girl living across the world, have to ask myself just because of a broken system in another country.

And I am so sorry. That people are now afraid. That they are concerned for the next generation. That they are so out of hope that they want to leave their country. This might all sound very melodramatic, but it's some people's reality.

Lastly, I hope things will be alright. I hope that there is some sort of bright light at the end of this shit hole tunnel, even if it's just realizing what went wrong. Now everyone can concentrate on how to fix it.

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It's slowly getting colder and colder here in Beijing, and for some reason it makes it easier to sit at home and read about "for what reasons and by what methods Stalin rose to power by 1929"... I'm not sure, but something just makes me want to be inside and light some candles, drink some tea, and read some history (Hi, Tumblr? Yeah I'd like to link this cheesy blog post to my account please!)

In other news, my good friend Bojana is coming on Friday! She lives in Sweden, and I've been harassing her for the past (almost) four years to come and visit me, and she finally is, so that will definitely brighten my mood in the week to come. Anyways, I'm going back to little Joseph now.


If you know anything about me, you'll know how pathetically unorganized I am. This planner has helped me to really see how much of a procrastinator I am, and sometimes even guilt-forced me into doing work!

I've also been trying to stay away from artificial sugars, thus the tangerines when I have perfectly good Oreos in my kitchen. (I did cheat today though, but I'm on my period so I think I get a pass...)

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I was meant to write this post yesterday but never got around to it, so I'm just doing it now because I have a free. This weekend was packed and pretty great! On Friday I had dinner with Marie and Graeson at Homeplate in Sanlitun (Taco Bar was sadly full) where we had a nice catching up since Graeson's been gone for so long. There was some talk about a possible job in the future, but I've been so swamped trying to keep school and a social life going I'm not sure if it's going to work out.

Then on Saturday Marie, Javier, Eric, and I played lasertag! I haven't been since I was a kid so had a great time. It was quite the work out because of all the running and squatting, but all the adrenaline and general fun I was having completely took that aspect out. In the evening we all made our way to Sanlitun and celebrated Eric's 21st birthday! There was a lot of us and I wish I had taken some nice photos to post here, alas I forgot to!

Sunday rolled around finally and I spent the whole morning and a bit into the day in bed with Marie, watching The Originals and ordering in food. It was quite idyllic, if I do say so myself. Anyways, it wasn't a very productive weekend in terms of things to be done but I had an awesome time.


Pictured above:

My (sad looking and awfully rushed) breakfast on Saturday morning, alongside one of my favorite Lush face mask which I quickly put on whilst doing some online shopping. Also, a picture of the Beijing subway!

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A couple of weeks back I went to Hong Kong for a long weekend trip to see my friend Greta. It was my first time there and HOLY SHIT what a contrast to Beijing. Hong Kong was kind of as if New York and some tropical place had a baby and it really got 50% of each parent. On the one side there's the humidity (which was not fun for my hair) and the tropical looking surroundings and beaches, but all of a sudden all of these skyscrapers peak forward and you're in this crazy metropolis. I think it's safe to say I love it. The one thing that kind of bugged me was how there was no attempt of integration from the western youth I met there. Not a single person spoke a word of mandarin or cantonese, which I guess is understandable because there's really no need for it like there is in Beijing. I just find it to be such a waste of an opportunity to not try and at least learn more than ni hao, right?

Anyways, here are some photos from when I visited!

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