Aliciouslife: Goodbye 2016

Now that 2016 is almost over I want to look back on it. It has been a spectacular year. Intense, often wonderful, sometimes less so and on the whole I year I will remember.

Come with me as I look back on an eventful 12 months.

January

After the gluttony that was Christmas and New Year’s I decided to go sugar-free once more. It wasn’t as difficult as anticipated. However, it didn’t bring any changes – positive or negative – to my overall feeling.

February

Mr A’s grandfather passed away rather unexpectedly only two weeks after his birthday. It broke my heart to see his grieving wife of over 60 years – and to know that Mr A would not have his grandfather present at our wedding.

Late February was mostly spent by foraging for wild garlic and making the most of it on a culinary level.

Wild garlic galore

March

In March I became more serious in regard to wedding preparations and the more detailed planning (and shopping) stage began.

For my birthday we went to have brunch at Harvest and I ate so much of their delicious food that I literally couldn’t walk upright any more.

April

I experimented with Dr. Bronner’s soap as a one-stop-shop but finally wasn’t convinced that one product fit all my demands.

I shopped for plants and seedlings at rare plants’ fair and made my balcony garden ready for the upcoming warmth and sunshine.

Dr. Bronner's soap - neutral and rose

May

I travelled to Colombia to witness my Chicago-friend get married to the love of her life, then travelled some more, hiked a bit and even attempted myself at scuba diving again.

PNN Tayrona Colombia Caribbean

Upon my return Veganmania 2016 was happening and I threw myself right into it.

Pulled Jack burger from Jenonne
Pulled Jack burger from Jenonne

June

The “Veggerl” Michaela Russmann from Rohgenuss and I had created for Ströck bakery was launched and available for purchase all through summer. This was definitely a new experience for me – seeing something I helped create up for sale, people actually buying it and leaving positive comments about it on Ströck’s Facebook page.

Ströck Veggerl Michaela Russmann Aliciouslog
Michi and I are proudly presenting our “Veggerl”

June was also the month I was invited to more events than the rest of the year combined. And to really cool events too!

We love handmade
Stitching the spine of a book

Mr A handed in his master thesis. Suddenly we had time to spend with each other again <3

July

We hiked a bit and then some more, enjoying the great mountain weather. My instagram feed of July is filled with mostly colourful fresh fruit (with and without oatmeal).

Gesäuse Ödsteinblick Mödlinger Hütte

August

In between putting the finishing touches on our wedding preparations – including a beautiful bridal shower my best friend/ maid of honour organised for me – we also fit in the odd hiking trip.

Bridal shower location & view

September

We got married! Then set off for five days at a spa hotel. I could do this all the time – the attention you’re suddenly showered with, how everybody wants you to be happy and relaxed. It was awesome.

October

Finally did we get to visit Mr A’s aunt and cousins in far-away Vorarlberg. We delighted in taking the train instead of driving there ourselves and we treated with two wonderful hikes – one in Switzerland and one in Vorarlberg.

Switzerland hiking Appenzell

November

Mr A and I explored Semmering Bahnwanderweg and realised how utterly underrated it was.

Semmering Bahnwanderweg viaduct

December

Christmas! We embraced advent in full swing and even gave a little pre-Christmas party, then visited all the others we had been invited to.

Christmas table setting

Christmas itself was very relaxed and family-oriented. Just like every year we celebrated Christmas Eve by ourselves. This year it was Mr A who cooked us a delicious dinner. On Christmas Day we picked up Mr A’s Grandmother and took her to my parents’ place where we all celebrated together – including my Grandmother, my brother and his fiancée and even my uncle and aunt.

We still haven’t decided on any plans for tomorrow.

If you’re curious about what we’re going to do on New Year’s Eve and how we’re going to start into 2017 follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.

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Aliciouswedding: Our quick yet wonderful “honeydays”

We were fully aware that we would be in serious need of recovery after our wedding. The weeks leading up to this very special event had been strenuous and even the day before it was after 8 pm when I ate for the first time since breakfast – because there simply hadn’t been time for it earlier.

5 days don’t equal a proper honeymoon

As we are not departing on our “real” honeymoon to Australia until August 2017 we still decided we should take a short trip somewhere to enjoy our first days (and nights) as newlyweds together.

It was pretty clear that the region of Salzkammergut would be an obvious choice and after some initial pleading Mr A gave in and booked us a room at Die Wasnerin, a beautiful spa hotel in Bad Aussee I had visited with my Mum before (and loved).

Die Wasnerin is one of those special places where you feel the weight dropping off your shoulders as soon as you enter the reception area. The staff there are particularly friendly and forthcoming without appearing artificial or obtrusive, the sauna area is spotlessly clean and always quiet, even when crowded and the view from the rooftop area is simply stunning.

Incidentally we had the same room I slept in when visiting with Mum – with the perfect view of the Dachstein glacier. What a sight to wake up to.

Mr hadn’t considered himself to be the spa-type so we’d brought our light hiking gear. We even did end up using it (twice) but turns out he does enjoy wearing a bathrobe and launging with a magazine in hand, getting massages and being disconnected from the world (unless he decides to post a photo on Instagram).

I simply love it when my days consist of getting up – having breakfast made for me – changing into my bathrobe – alternating between sauna, reading, sleeping, snacking and spa treatments – changing into clothes – having dinner made for me – sleeping.

Having mentioned food, the chef at Die Wasnerin knows how to vegan. In the morning there is a huge buffet with an amazing choice of breads, dips and spreads, mueslis, fruit, teas (along with cheeses and cold cuts). There were vegetables, freshly squeezed orange juice, a green smoothie, and even vegan cheese!

For dinner there were 4-course-meals with the vegetarian option being vegan and from day two our super-attentive waiter didn’t even ask what we wanted to order, only if we wanted to start right away. The dinners were all well-balanced in taste and looked almost too beautiful to eat.

For the hungry there was also an afternoon snack: a salad bar, a few kinds of muffins or cake, soup and bread rolls. When the soup wasn’t accidentally vegan they would bring me a steaming cup of vegan soup (I assume they have it frozen and heat it up upon request?) and once I even got a piece of vegan chocolate cake that definitely wasn’t on the menu. Like magic!

To make good use of the calories we ingested we donned our hiking boots (I premiered my brand-new vegan Lowa shoes) and set off for Sommersbergsee, a little lake only a short walk from the hotel. We found a little circuit which we completed, then sat on the shore. I had a quick dip but the water was so freezing cold that the encounter stayed rather brief.

On another day, we walked around Altausseer See, something we do pretty much every year at some point. For this walk I brought my wedding dress along and Mr A took a few photos along the lake.

Because we were enjoying our stay so much we jokingly calculated how long we would be able to stay at Die Wasnerin if we both quit our jobs and became full-time bloggers/ photographers. However, that was the end of the joke (not funny because we would be out of money AND jobs too soon) and we simply decided to return in the not-too-far away future.

We booked the PACKAGE plus an extra night which included accommodation with half-board (plus afternoon snack, sans beverages), use of the spa area (saunas, swimming pools, fitness room) and a little “surprise” on the room upon check-in.

Aliciouslyvegan: Our Christmas Eve dinner

With advent being my favourite time of the year (despite all of its glory happening in the cold season – on this hemisphere at least) I always get excited by the prospect of Christmas. In Austria, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on Christmas Eve when the family gathers around a tree before sharing a special meal. Continue reading Aliciouslyvegan: Our Christmas Eve dinner

Aliciouswedding: Aperitiv and bride & groom cocktails (alcohol-free)

The fact that we were going to have a vegan wedding went down well with most of our guests. Most of them had assumed as much.

The fact that we were going to have a vegan, alcohol-free wedding, however, left many a mouths agape in horror. Continue reading Aliciouswedding: Aperitiv and bride & groom cocktails (alcohol-free)

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