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Memories are made of Bliss

First working week in 2020 has passed by quite rapidly. It was a bit of a shock to go back to work, especially that I was on holidays from December the 21st until January the 7th. For over two weeks I had a pleasure of sleeping long, relaxing and doing things I like in preparation for the Christmas time. Those passed calmly & with a lot of rain – not a winter wonderland one would hope for this time of the year. There was no snow to be seen and in fact I still haven’t seen any. It’s much more like Autumn right now and temperatures are high like in early Spring. Climate is twisted these days.

For New Year’s Eve we decided to do something different this year. With my parents, my aunt & uncle we rented the appartment for 5 in Ustka, a town by the Baltic Sea. It was a bit like an escape from home to change a scenery for a different one, even if only for 3 days. It was a great idea and I still go back to those first days of 2020 that I spent there. The weather was lovely and the sea was charming. Ustka was beautifully illuminated by a thousands of lights that were sort of making it up for the lack of snow. We enjoyed the salty wind from the sea and the long walks on these lazy days.

Before midnight we went to the promenade where there was a concert under the stars. People were talking, shouting, laughing. Some were even dancing. Champagne corks were popping around the place. We arrived there later than we wanted – the footbridge was closed and we had to walk around half of Ustka to get to the sea but we made it on time and a beautiful show of fireworks that started when the countdown went from 10 to 1 was a truly rewarding one. So we greeted 2020 only few meters away from the sea, looking above our heads at this special sparkly performance.

Since we travelled all this way to the seaside (and it was 5 hours one way) I wouldn’t have been myself if I didn’t take a bunch of perfume bottles with me. Every time we were going out for a walk I would take some flacons with me to take some pictures in this beautiful scenery I don’t have access to on a daily basis. It must’ve looked pretty funny for other people to see a stranger setting up a bottle between the rocks or on top of a piece of driftwood. I even lost a glove at the beach that we managed to find later on. Some really happy memories that started my 2020.

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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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