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November Days – Postcard from the Seaside

Last weekend we went with my parents to visit my babcia who lives up in the north part of Poland. It was the perfect opportunity to pay her a visit as it was a long weekend (due to Independence Day on November 11) The weather was rather dreadful on our way and it started pouring soon after our arrival. Quite a classic weather for November. Luckily on Sunday it made a 180° turn and the day greeted us with a crisp but sunny weather. After breakfast we all went to the cemetery to light up a candle for my grandpa (belated one from All Saints’ Day) and then we went to the seaside.

I’m more mountains than a sea person. I don’t hate sea at all but I enjoy it the most off season. Just like that particular November day last week when we went. Wide, sandy beach was almost empty, only a bunch of people were walking along the coast or playing fetch with their dogs. It was cold, gloves and a cap were a must if you didn’t want to run away after 10 minutes. The water was relatively quiet, with some gentle waves hitting the shore in regular intervals. The sea in the Autumn also has a particular sound to it. It’s a bit eerie and a bit comforting, nostalgic. But I like it.


That Sunday the seaside air smelled of salt, iodine, sand dust. Also a bit of pine trees that grow there and of fish and kelp from Baltic Sea. It created an atmosphere that makes you want to slow down your tempo. Local restaurants and cafes were still open so we stepped in for a cup of something hot before going back. I think I’m still in the slow mode. I’m taking it easy with the blog lately but to be honest that’s mostly because I don’t have many fragrances left that I’d want to tell you about. I expected that after not going to Pitti. Most don’t think about you when you’re not there.

I’ve been told by a friend that I’ve been missed in Florence, that people were asking about me. But then again, nobody reached out to me during or after Fragranze that they’d like to share their new work with me. I can’t generalize as there were a few exceptions. I’ll be fine in one way or another as surely there is a solution to this feeling. Sooner than expected we’ll be greating 2020 and everything will begin anew. Just like every year. Maybe it will bring me more luck in terms of finding a new job? Who knows. For now stay warm… and fragrant! I had a craving for marine notes after this trip.

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It’s fantastic! Swaptastic!


I don’t know about you but for me swaps and perfume splits are the best and most efficient (and friendly!) ways to discover new things. As an unexperienced perfumista I usually participated in splits but as I gained some trust in local perfume communities I started offering parts of the scent I wanted to add to my collection. In fact a greater part of my wardrobe consists of partial bottles. Then came the swapping – a funny way of giving away something you probably didn’t love strong enough to keep and receiving in exchange something that the other person didn’t mind parting with. I made some friends that way and even though I don’t do as many splits or swaps than a few years ago but both still bring me a lot of joy and fun when they happen. It’s always an exciting thrill.

I especially love to exchange things with fellow bloggers because not only do we get to try perfume from brands that are hard or even impossible to try where we live but we also exchange opinions and sometimes fall in love with the new findings. But I want to tell you about this particularly lovely story. Just a week before I was departing on my holidays Now Smell This was holding another Splitmeet (15th in their history). I put up a list of fragrances I thought deserve a better home but I wasn’t hoping for much. Most NST readers are from the US and knowing how hard it is to send a perfume across the ocean they just don’t do that. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from someone who offered Memo Winter Palace for one of the fragrances I offered. And not just a large sample (™ – Hajusuuri) or a decant but almost a full bottle. I’ve been thinking about Winter Palace since I reviewed it and this was my chance to invite a dragon to my house. We agreed on the swap. Fast forward a couple of weeks and both sides were happy owners of new perfume we dreamed of having. I appreciate the effort and risk she took to mail it from the US. Thank you once more!

I promise to give a good and loving forever home to your Memo Winter Palace.

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