Mmmmonday… 5 Minute Chocolate Cake! :)

This recipe is quite well-known but also very delicious. I hope you’ll enjoy this idea, it really does only take 5 minutes in the microwave 🙂
Unless you’re reeeaaally hungry and don’t mind loads of calories then you can eat one yourself, otherwise I would suggest sharing it with someone else!

Recipe!

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

eat!

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not my picture! 🙂 xx

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Book Review: “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green

So I’m going to add my mustard (funny German saying isn’t it? Seinen Senf dazu geben… it just means adding your own opinion when discussing something!) to the humongous pile of reviews for this lovely book.

I do call myself a member of Nerdfighteria so of course I had to pre-order this book as soon as possible. I got it on the day it was released yet, possibly because I live in Germany, most probably because fate decided it doesn’t like me, it wasn’t signed đŸ˜„ never mind though, I bought the book because I really like J.G.’s books and because I wanted to read it, signed or not 🙂
It took me 1 1/2 days to read it but only half a day to completely fall in love with it. So I decided to write a little review for whom it might concern 🙂

The Plot (spoiler free):
16-year-old cancer patient Hazel is regularly forced to visit a support group at her local church by her parents because they fear that she might be depressed. There she meets Augustus Waters who is accompanying his friend Isaac who is suffering from a rare form of eye cancer. He himself conquered bone cancer in his leg and had to have it amputated but he has been “clear” for a year when he meets Hazel. He is very outgoing and he and Hazel Grace, as he likes to call her, soon become best friends after he invites her to watch “V for Vendetta” at his house. In return she tells him about her favorite book “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten, that is like a bible to her.
Throughout the book they get to know each other better and start dating, they go through cancer treatments together and try to find out more about the mysterious Peter Van Houten.

My opinion (SPOILERS!): 
I absolutely love this book. I think it handles the whole Cancer Issue very well, especially the mentality of the main character Hazel. The relationship between Hazel and Gus seems very realistic and John Green managed to both tell the story from a girls point of view as well as writing a very appealing male character extremely well. Amsterdam sounds very lovely the way it is described and it is also very accurate, I’ve been there quite often myself 🙂

There are lots of emotional highs and lows, especially the end was very touching (believe me, I was in school when I read the whole Augustus-cancer bit and his death and for me it was really sad but I couldn’t let it show in the middle of the school so I didn’t say anything but on the inside I was breaking up…).
I don’t usually read quotations at the beginning of books and I didn’t with this one so I went through the whole book thinking “Oh I would love to read “An Imperial Affliction” and then when I finished the book I went back to the start and BAM there it was, A whole quote from AIA 🙂 Loved that little detail!

I find it really difficult to voice anything that I didn’t like about the book… Nope, I really can’t. So now you’re asking yourself: “This girl seems to really like this book and it does seem quite interesting, shall I read it?”
And the answer is YES, you will not regret it one bit!

Trivia: I loved that this book was dedicated to Esther Earl. I hope they have a decent bookshop up in heaven so that she gets the chance to read it. And if you don’t know who Esther is, research her and be amazed at the fantastic person that she was. This Star Won’t Go Out!

DFTBA

xx

By the way, if you want to have a sneak peek into the book, here is the author John Green, reading the first chapter! Enjoy 🙂

Life and my Perception of it all.

So, I’m often asked what I think I will do when I’m out of school and all that and to be totally honest I just don’t know. All my friends have clear plans for their future, they know what they’ll study, which jobs they’ll have, they know how many children they want to have, etc. etc.

The only thing that I’m 100% positive about doing with my life is traveling.

I want to see the world, see other cultures, swim in every ocean, stand on every continent, I want to visit historically important places as well as unknown areas, fight my way through rain forests and eat all kinds of food and sleep under the stars with the milky way shining up ahead.

Now I know this will be really difficult, finding the time and the money to do all this but you know, what I don’t understand is people never ever leaving their home town, not having the desire to see what there is to see.

I mean, what ever all the religions say, what if we only live one? What if this is the only chance you’ll ever get at life? What if, what if…?

I think we have to live our lives to the fullest (I know this sounds stupid but it’s true). Grab every moment that life thrusts at you and value it, it could be your last.  Love your life, love your family, see the beauty all around you and help others that aren’t as fortunate, help make their lives better.

So this is what I will answer if anyone asks me what I want to do with my life:
Live life to the limit, love the beauty of nature and of relationships, help others, travel the world and make it a little better for me and for the people I meet.

I sincerely hope I was able to give you a little insight into my perception of the adventure we’re all living and I wish you all the best.

xx

Vienna in a nutshell.

At the start of last month I went on a short trip Vienna, Austria, for 3 days. From where I live it takes about 4 hours to drive there if the traffic is ok.  Personally I love Vienna, not only for the history but also for the grand architecture of this city.
Where to eat?

  • Augustinerkeller  – traditional Austrian Cuisine, very friendly, good food, brilliant atmosphere
  • CafĂ© Corbaci – situated in Vienna’s “Museumsquartier” it’s a lovely place to stop by for a “Kaisermelange” (Coffee  with cream) after visiting the most famous museums in Vienna. Especially remarkable: The ceiling!
  • Want a real Viennese breakfast? Try the CafĂ© Landmann. It’s right next to the Burgtheater and serves delicious breakfasts. But: it is quite expensive and lots of the customers are quite posh and old and might be a little difficult… You should definetly try their cakes though, SO delicious 🙂

What to visit?

  • Schloss Schönbrunn – the obvious thing to do when in Vienna 🙂 The Palace that was home to the Habsburger Emperors is beautiful and very well looked after. You can get 3 different tour around the place, they’re all good, even with the small tour you get to see the most important sights (like Sisi’s rooms, etc.). You get a free audio guide which is well made and definitely worth recommending. Also: Have a look around the gardens, they are absolutely lovely 🙂
  • The Natural History Museum – First, the building is stunning! It’s a little less impressive than the one in London but it still has fantastic exhibitions 🙂 Really, I would suggest taking a long walk around the city. You will see the most important sites and the city is absolutely beautiful. The funniest thing about Vienna is that you’re walking round a corner in the city and BAM you see a random cathedral or big building. It’s like someone scattered big churches randomly in the city 🙂

Where did I stay?

I stayed at the Downtown Meininger Franz. It’s more of a youth hostel than a hotel but it is very nicely equipped, the beds are comfy, the bathrooms are clean and modern, breakfast was nice (you have to buy it extra though!) and there is a parking garage there as well. It is also quite cheap for a hotel with that location, It takes about 15 minutes on foot to get from the hotel to the town centre.

All in all, Vienna is lovely, the people are very friendly and I would highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area!
xx

P.S. if you haven’t noticed yet I’m a big lover of watching the vlogbrothers on Youtube… so here is Johns Thoughts from Places, Vienna edition 🙂