Sunday, May 3

On the road: Skalica (SVK)

The most random trips can be the best trips and that's one of the reasons why in Janury I simply packed my backpack and went to Slovakia for a day. Skalica is a 15,000 population town in western Slovakia, super close to the Czech border (not more than a 10 minute car ride). 

It´s a funny thing, but at the age of twenty, it was my very first time visiting Slovakia. Czechoslovakia was no longer a thing when I was born and I can't even feel the strong 'brotherhood' Czech people like to talk about. However, I can't ignore how close these countries are. Even the language is so similiar most people in both countries speak (or at least understand) eah other without any issues. 

I thought I could understand Slovak well, but in fact it was more like I'd awkwardly stare at people for a couple of seconds before breaking the silence when my brain clicked and I finally understood what was said. My ego felt really bad about that.

The main purpose of the trip was to see a hockey game, but I made sure to do some sight-seeing as well.  The statue in the photo above shows L'udovít Okánik, politican and priest from the first part of 20th century who is connected with the growth of the city. He was also the major of Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia.
To mention some beautiful architecture, I've picked two churches. The first one is the parish church, the other one the church of trinity. And that's far from all that Skalica has to offer. 

The Parish Church (photo from my instagram)

The Church Of Trinity

After a stop for lunch or snack or whatever you'd call it at 3 pm and some more strolling around the city center, I went to find the hockey rink.

Finding the hockey arena was not difficult, but I was suprised how there were barely any people in front of it when I came, about an hour in advance before the game. Then I saw some people with blankets. Ugh, wait? The only time I took a blanket with me to a game was for an open air game. Yes, it was cold, but I was feeling brave and I was stupid enough to take my coat off... sitting there in a sweater felt good for a while, then I started getting cold. I had to take my coat on for the second period, then I eventually added my gloves and scarf for the third. I got sick and the Skalica's rink sickness (with a couple of breaks for a day or two) didn't leave me for over a month.

Skalica lost the game to Poprad 1-3 and the attendance turned out to be the lowest to that date in the history of the club. Funny, right? I travelled halfway across the republic to be a part of the lowest attendance ever. I enjoyed the game thought.

Friday, May 1

Diary: Sugar coated coconut

With big hopes and dreams I've welcomed May today. I like to think about it as a month of fulfilled dreams, but I'm trying to stay on the ground because not everything always goes the way you wish it'd go. As every month day, I'd like to get my eating habits away from eating crap all the time, but right now I'm addicted to a candy bar that's basically made of nothing but sugar and coconut. And I need to have at least two bars a day. And when I don't get my daily dose, I get super moody. Getting rid of this habit is gonna be fun...

Blog-wise, I'm working on a couple of posts that should be published soon and I'd like to start blogging regularly again, but - it's the end of semester glory full of exams along with the ice-hockey world championship, which means I've got plenty of excuses to use for being a bad blogger. Please bear with me.

May has always been my favourite. It's my birthday month after all.

Tuesday, April 7

Documentary: Of Miracles and Men

Let's face the truth, I quote Herb Brooks and the movie Miracle way too much. However, that (even though it's bit weird) doesn't make me love the good 'ol Soviet hockey any less. Hands down, Tretiak and Myshkin are the best goalie pair of all times and boys like Fetisov or Kharlamov are hockey players who made history and nobody could take it away from them. Ever.

When somebody posted a like to ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary called 'Of Miracles and Men', I didn't hesitate to click the link. And after that, I didn't really care about the world for the next 103 minutes. 

The first part of the documentary shows the (not really all flashy) beginnings of players, along with the story of Anatoli Tarasov, one of the most important Russian coaches during the Soviet area. Then it moves on onto the first Canada-USSR games and - obviously - the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980.

Viasechslav Fetisov (I love how they only call him familiarly 'Slava') is re-visiting the Olympic arena with his daughter and I won't even try to hide that I had shed a tear (or two) during that part.  Then you get an inside look to the USA-USSR game with original commentary and footage.

Last part of the documentary is focused on Fetisov trying to play in the NHL... with all the struggles and obstacles because back in 1980s it was nothing but politics... and (because even sports documentaries need happy endings) it all ends as Slava hoists the Cup on the Red Square.

PS: Is Garry Bettman immortal? I guess so.

My rating: 10/10

Friday, April 3

Diary: I'm back (or maybe not really)

''I live, love, laugh and watch ice-hockey a lot, then eventually blog about it'' used to be my Twitter bio. However, lately I haven't been really living, barely laughing, the hockey season is over for my teams and this blog has been dead for as long as I can remember. And love? Love's always complicated.

Um, where to start? 

I'd really like to be an active blogger again. I miss blogging. I miss the comunity. I miss the moments when I'm trying to edit a photo and my laptop freezes. I miss the commitment. I miss many things about blogging and what goes with it, really.

And that's why I'm here. Back in the hustle. Back here. Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 1

Fitness: January fitness, #30daysofyoga

Yesterday I successfully completed the 30 day yoga ''challenge'' let by lovely (and sometimes a little bit crazy.. in a good way!) Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. I had posted about it before I started, hoping it would help me not give up... and man, the start was tough. During the first two days/videos, I was getting up off the ground to look how far I was in the video literally like every 3 minutes... aka my typical yoga mindset (as I described in the article about me commiting to the challenge) - ''I hope this will be over soon''. 

On day 3, I probably twisted my back too far and my right shoulder blade was pain in the ass (and I'm not even going to censor this, I could barely move my arm)... and suprise suprise, day 4 was named 'Yoga's got your back'... Seriously?! 

However, this was probably the biggest struggle I had following the challenge, besides being discouraged by the lenght some of the videos had.. everything over 30 minutes seemed too long, not the pratice itself, but the feeling before it. Was I going to give up? Hell no. 

I've downloaded a timer app for my phone, so I didn't have to get up to check the video to know how many minutes of practise I had left. And I bought a mat. On day 28 of the challenge, but I still did. And I even woke up early a couple times to get the practise in before leaving on busy days and it felt awesome... doing yoga during sunrise, it doesn't get much better than that.

To be honest, it took me about 20 days to really get into it. After that, I didn't feel grumpy and I was doing the videos because I wanted to, not because I said I would. I was excited to do yoga. Me, the one who never finished a yoga video before without feeling discouraged. And to think that I did all the  30 workouts, circa 677 minutes - more than 11 hours of yoga in January? I'm super proud.

At first, I was not happy about day 30, because it encourages you to do a free-style practise, but it turned out as a lot of fun. As someone who's only following guides maybe I should start putting down my own workouts more often. 

Thank you, Adriene!

The only small little problem in the back of my head is that for most of January, this yoga challenge was the only thing I did workout-wise and I wanted to do much more, but now I've got a whole new month to fill up with workouts. 

Monday, January 26

Beauty: DM box winter 2015

DM box is a 'beauty/lifestyle' box released every four months by DM (Drogerie Markt) - a German drug store brand. No idea about this in other countries, but here in the Czech republic it works this way: you sign up and 2000 lucky winners are picked to get this box for 149 CZK (less than 5,5€). Unlike in beauty subscription boxes, the products in this box are promised to be at least 700 CZK (>25€).

This 'winter 2015' box was third DM box released in the Czech republic and my first DM box ever. Let's have a look inside.

The box included 10 products... wrapped in a nice blue box that I don't even have anymore because my mum wanted it so bad for her office.

1 - L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection concentrated serum for perfect skin
2 - Balea Bodybalsam Protect with Nordic cranberry
3 - Dove Advanced Hair Series volumising shampoo for fine, flat hair
4 - Rimmel Skin Perfection Lasting Finish foundation, shade 100 Ivory
5 - Dermacol Aroma Ritual shower gel with Irish coffee aroma
6 - Alverde Eye catcher - mascara
7 - Maxi Vita food supplement with vitamin C, acerola, rosehip and zinc
8 - Wasa thin crisps with rosemary and sea salt
9 - Chimpanzee quick mix shake with honey, cereals and cococa
10 - Kotex ladies' pads and a Ria slips sample. It's not in the photo, but if you really wanted to see it, have a look here.

To sum up my impressions: 234UZFSDGJWOEFWKRG!
So excited. I'm not sure how good or bad all of the beauty products will work, but the only 1 thing I didn't like when I first opened the box was the shower gel - because I hate the smell of coffee. At second check, the mascara brush looks a bit weird, but maybe it will be ok? Who knows. I can imagine some people won't be this delighted, but I am a really happy girl who got a box full of cool produtcs. And it was a bargain.

Tuesday, January 20

Video: Hockey in Kenya

When I talk to people and we stumble across the stereotypical ''ice-hockey is only played in cold places'' opinion, I usually have to stop and explain how it is. Yes, ice-hockey is also played in countries  like France, Spain, Mexico, India... or Kenya. Need a proof? Watch this:

I love the passion that shines out of the video. You can't fake it. It's not only a hockey thing, but you can clearly say whether a person is passionate or not. These guys have so little and they get so much out of it. It's all about you attitude. Yes, it's an expensive sport, the cost of it is a worldwide problem, but you don't need the best equipment in the universe to play for fun. A pair of skates to lace up, a stick  to grab and a puck to drop. And a heart that beats for the game. Nothing else.

Tuesday, January 6

Movie: Fury (2014)

At the begining of December, my friend and I went to cinema to see Fury. I'm a fan of history and I have seen countless amount of war movies and documentaries and I really wanted to see this film. To be honest, sitting in the cinema seat, after first couple of minutes I quickly turned to ''I'm not sure if I want to see this''... but after I figured out it was war at it's rawest form, my mind switched to ''this is fucking awesome'' (it's my blog I can swear if I want to) and I was enjoying every minute of it.

 ,,I had the best Assistant Driver in the entire Ninth Army in that seat. Now I got you. I promised my crew a long time ago I'd keep them alive. You're getting in the way of that. It ain't like the newsreels up front.'' is one of the first lines in the film. A tank crew gets a new boy and they're going straight to the front. The problem is that the boy is not a fan of the war. However, he learns how things work real quick. 

It's not a movie for everyone, but you're gonna enjoy it if you like: 
x dead people 
x watching people killing other people 
x Star Wars
... because there really isn't much more. Except a love story twist and eventually a happy ending. As I said, it was hard to swallow at first, but I ended up loving it. Wouldn't necessarily want to see it again, but it's a great film. Minus the 'reality' factor missing at some scenes. I read a review of one guy counting down how many shots Brad Pitt actually survived in the movie and couldn't help but laugh.

 ,,Best job I've ever had.'' 

My rating: 9/10