Toronto vs. Europe

Oh guys,

I love traveling so much. Meeting new people, seeing different ways of living, learning new things and cultures... Just sitting in a coffee shop and enjoying the atmosphere in a new country is something I could literally die for:)
Since I have to study a lot during the whole semester, I decided to travel as much as I can during my breaks. 
Btw, booking a ticket for your vacation is also very motivational when you have your examinations (you know, this feeling that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion).




I decided to go to Canada's largest city, Toronto, this summer. It was the time of my life, I had so much fun there. When I came back home, I was telling my family and friends about my experiences and small differences I noticed and things I was not used to. So why not to share it with you guys?

 I noticed, that:

  • people in Toronto are nicer to you than in Europe. The city is full of friendly people! They just stop to compliment you on anything particular, the sale assistants are smiling all the time. Canadians know how to make any day more positive:)
  • men (or women) try to pick you up. (Yes, it happens here too, but not so frequently hehe). I was asked out literally everywhere and every day, I swear! They just stop you in the shopping mall, in the grocery store, in the underground.. and ask you for a date. So cute!
  • they close the discos early, between 2am- 3am. I don't know what about you, but my friends and I are usually sitting in a bar at first and we wouldn't go dancing before 1am. Different country, different customs.
  • the fruit (namely peaches and nectarines) doesn't taste the same there. It was so flavourless, without any juice.. I couldn't even tell what am I eating with my closed eyes!
  • you can get water for free in restaurants. This is probably something normal for all Canadians or Americans, but it's really not common in Europe. 


  • black squirrels are everywhere. When I saw one for the first time, I took a thousand pictures of it (yes, those city girls...). At that time I didn't know that it isn't anything special to see and you can meet them at every corner. 
  • taxes are never included on the displayed or advertised prices, so you have to have in mind that you need to include them in your price calculation. It sucks if you are not the best at maths (like me:).



Let me know about your vacation experiences, I would like to hear about it:).

Have a great day!

Bea

Choosing hair products

Hi there,

I've got two questions for you. 

1. Are you usually checking a list of ingredients on hair care products to find out whether a product contains an ingredient you wish to avoid? 
2. Do you know what shampoo ingredients you want to avoid?

Since I am a big fan of cosmetics, I had an idea to share with you guys the main criteria for choosing hair products. Ok, I accept that chemicals are a part of our life nowadays and we can't avoid everything. But I think why not to read the fine print on the bottle (some of the ingredients can do more harm than good) and pick out the right shampoo or conditioner?

  • PARABENES 
Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics- they are used to prevent the growth of microorganisms. They've been found in low concentrations in tumours (yes, this sounds terrifying, I know). 
These preservatives can also irritate your skin + they can affect you hormonal balance too. 

Check out: Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben

  • SILICONES
Silicones work by covering your hair with a thin waterproof coating- they lock out humidity and leave your hair feeling smooth. But at the same time, it means that products which contain silicones will prevent other moisturising ingredients from penetrating into your hair (#thismakessense).
They can also lead to hair loss and dry or itchy scalp. 

Check out: Endings: -cone, -thicone, -thiconol, -siloxan, -silane

  • SULFATES 
Sulfates are used as surfactants in shampoos, which means that they should degrade the surface tension for liquids. And yes, this is exactly why you can spread around your shampoo so easily. 
They have a potential to be an irritant and they can also dry your hair out, because they can take essential oils from your hair. 

Check out: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate,  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) (p.s.: you can easily identify them since you'll see ,,sulfate" on the ingredients label:))

Side note, I asked my 10 classmates and only 1 of them is checking the ingredients on the products. 

What about you? And I'm also curious which hair products do you recommend, so please
let me know:)

Have a beautiful day!

Bea

My library essentials

Hi there!

At first I need to admit- the second year of med school is literally crazy. It is supposed to be the worst of the 6 years of medical school here. Studying anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and histology is sometimes killing me. I am just trying to find some strategy (skipping some lectures means some saved time which I can use for studying or sleeping) and to do my best. 
I wanted to write a new blog post for ages, but I didn't have enough time or energy (ok maybe I had, but there are always these days when you are too lazy and don't want to do anything right?:))

And finally I decided to share with you guys a ,,what's in my school bag" article. I would like to show you things I use to carry in my bag when I study in the library, so I hope you'll enjoy it:). 


  • Bag

I don't have one specific bag which I always carry with me into the library - choosing the bag depends on my mood (or my outfit, of course). 

  • Water/ Caffee/ Herbal tea 
One should drink at least 2 litres of liquids per day. I usually drink about 2,5 litres of water (No Coke. No Fanta. Pure water please.) + I need some caffeine while studying too.

  • Phone/ Laptop/ Laptop sleeve/ Chargers 
For electronics, I do have my phone and my laptop with me. I always carry a charger in my bag in case if my battery runs low. 

  • Pencil case /Nail file / Lip balm /Hair ties 
I couldn't study without all my highlighters and color pens, so I use to put it in my beautiful Ted Baker pencil case which I bought this summer in Toronto. I always do have a nail file, a lip balm and some hair ties in it. You know, just in case..



  • Cosmetic bag
My cosmetic bag is from Ted Baker too. I do not take too much stuff with me into the library, but I always use to have my perfume and my lipstick with me.

  • Books/ Notebooks
I'm not the biggest fan of studying anatomy in the library, since I have to carry an enormous amount of heavy books with me. But except my anatomy stuff it is not such a big deal to carry my books around. P.s.: A beautiful notebook is a must. Taking your notes will make much more fun, I promise!:)

  • Sunglasses/ Wallet/ Keys 

I have a pair of sunglasses in a side pocket all the time. I love wearing them all year long!



What about you? What are your library essentials?

Have a great day!

Bea





MY NEW PLANNER

Hi guys,

I'm so excited to show you my new planner! 

I needed a new one in order to keep myself organized when my university starts again. I started to use an agenda about a year ago (if you don't already know how my last planner looks like you can find it in this post) and since then I really like to use it and also decorate it slightly (not a lot, because it seems to be a bit counter-productive for my time management). I use only a few stickers, some washi tape and my color pens. 

I was looking for a new one for a while. I was thinking about getting this one the last year, but since they don't sell it in my country and I didn't want to pay a lot of money for shipping, I finally decided not to buy it. But when I saw it in the Kate Spade store in Canada I knew that this planner must be mine:))



The price of this beauty was about 40 Canadian dollars (about 28 euros). What I personally love so much about this 17-month agenda is the hardbound cover with golden dots and the golden spiral binding. The whole planner looks simple, but still very sophisticated. 

You can also choose between two sizes (I selected the larger size) and more designs- golden dots, black stripes or a fun print. 


This is the first thing you see when you open the planner- this nice light pink pockets on the inside front cover. Great for storing some stickers or business cards right? :)


This is how the yearly view of the years 2017 and 2018 and the holidays overview look like.



What I absolutely love are few to-do things for each month which are so cute! (And I can't wait to cross them out hehe:))


How about you? Do you use a planner? What kind of planner do you have? Let me know:))

Have a great day!

Bea

MY FREE TIME AS A MEDICAL STUDENT

When you tell people ,,I study medicine" what do they think that means? Probably that you spend most of your time with your nose in the books. Oh, that large amount of informations contained in each course... Medicine is tough. Everyone knows it. But is there any chance to have your own personal life? 



1. THE FREE TIME ALWAYS DEPENDS ON PERSON

Priorities. There will always be students, who never stop studying. And also those one, who do not really care about the percentage of their exam score. Having a free time or good results, what is more important? It's up to you what to choose - the only voice that matters is your own:). My advice (and this is also the thing I am trying to do) is just always trying to do your best. Avoid perfectionism. I don't really have to be Mrs. She-always-knows-everything in school, because I am studying for myself and for my future career. 

2. PLANNING

Planning is absolutely essential. You need to have your schedule to know, when is your time to sit down and do your studying or when you can finally reward yourself with some free time. I think that  planning your free time is not so dramatic as it seems to be- it's just much more easier to have a routine and get use to it. 

3. PRIORITIZATION

Ok, let's be realistic- you can never make as much free time as you would love to have in the medical school. But you won't have to give up your hobbies or friends! So what's the key? Prioritization, prioritization, prioritization. 
I could not imagine my week without some physically activity, so that is the number one on my free time to-do list :).



4. LEARN TO SAY ,,NO"

You can not be productive if you take on too many commitments- slow down! You know your priorities and it is impossible to see all of your friends or go to all the parties you are invited to. Close friends always respect your decision and understand, that your school is sometimes overwhelming.

5. WORK HARD, PLAY HARD 

Summer or winter vacation? Reward yourself, it's the right time now! I love traveling, so I went to London and Berlin in my last vacation. It gave me so much energy and motivation to start the next semester with a smile on my face:). 

P.s.: My plan for the next week besides studying is to teach my students German as usual, go to the gym, go out for the dinner with my friends and go for a drink:). Quite a nice upcoming week, isn't it?:)) 


What do you enjoy doing in your free time and how much time do you have each week for doing these things?

Have a great day!

Bea