2018 Reading List

Rainy weather, soft jazz, warm cup of tea and a good book. This is how my ideal morning looks like. When I was little I would read at least 2 books a week, local librarians knew my name and every time library would get a new book I was the first one to read it. When I moved to the UK, started university and got a job, things changed. I had to do a lot of academic work and there was barely any time to open a book which wasn’t for my course. If I remember correctly, last year I started reading 10 books but managed to finish only two. Sad. For a very long time, spare minute to read was something unimaginable. Continue reading 2018 Reading List

Banana & Coconut Muffins (Vegan)

If you’ve been following my Instagram stories you probably noticed that I’ve been baking a lot lately. Main reason? It’s easy, makes me feel like an adult and isn’t it great to see someone enjoy something you made?

A few days ago I made Banana & Coconut muffins and a lot of people messages me asking for a link to the recipe which I didn’t have! Click here to see which recipe I used as my starting point. It took me ~ 30 mins.

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Toronto #DMUglobal

Buenas noches*. As you may or may not know I was lucky enough to visit Toronto this November, all thanks to #DMUglobal. What took me so long to make this post? Mainly the fact that I didn’t know where to start. I had no opinion about Toronto or Canada before this trip and I certainly did not expect it to change me as much as it did. I mean how often do you get a chance to live in a beautiful loft with massive windows and a view to skyscrapers, spend evenings doing things YOU want, have an informal chat with Superior Court judges, watch interesting trials, don’t have to think about work or anything? Not often enough.

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It’s cloudy most of the time but sunny this afternoon.

It’s been 84 years since last time I wrote something on here and I owe you an explanation. As you can probably tell from my Instagram, I’ve been exploring different styles trying to decide what direction I want to take this blog to, what kind of posts I want to make and whether or not to keep sharing my adventures with everyone who knows how to read.

And you know what? I want to! Having a blog helps me to gather my thoughts, keep a track on how my individual style develops and changes. And seeing that there are people who follow my journey (visitor count just hit 4k, thank you!) inspires and motivates me.

Thank You!

Yesterday we had a beautiful snow day here in Leicester and if you know me, you know that proper winter tends to end my creative hibernation. Starting today, I will aim to bring more colors to this space. Expect photo editing tips, regular updates of places I visit, random stories, literature reviews and more. Talk to you soon!

☾ Gabriele Marija

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden

I highly admire plants for no specific reason (despite the fact that they provide us with oxygen, duh). Or maybe because standing in an empty botanic garden, surrounded by loads of various green leafs can make you feel like you have your life figured out.

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The quiet crackle of fire in a warm room, a train rolling by, fall leaves underfoot, the silence of a snowy midnight, wolf pack howls, the tapping of long nails on good wood, rain on window panel, old leather creaking, the quiet strum of a guitar, quietly whispered poetry, a paintbrush on fresh canvas… If I would have to describe the sounds of Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania, I could go on for ages.

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