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14 things moving to London has made me realise...

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1) ...How strange it is that in a city of 10 million people you can feel totally alone. Before London, the biggest place I had lived was where I was born, and Tallinn has only 500k people living there. That is nothing! Later, Altea in Spain was a tiny tiny village with only 20k people. Because they were quite small places I ended up knowing everyone and even when going out alone I was always guaranteed to meet a friend by accident. I never felt lonely because everyone was so friendly and welcoming. That does not happen in London. And it's fine, here you actually have to make an effort to meet...
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Festive Fever: Six Funny Things That Happen When Christmas Arrives

Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh … Christmas has officially arrived! Lights twinkle across town, Xmas trees stand in windows dressed up like the Housewives of New Jersey, all glitter and gold, and Michael Buble can be heard far and wide… Here is a funny post about six things that happen when Christmas arrives… To cheer you up of course! Number 1: Santa’s Little Helpers It always happens. Someone on Facebook, a colleague in your office, and the adverts and music on the radio, somehow start the Christmas excitement as soon as Halloween is over. For me, November is way too...
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The Pura Vida Playlist: Summer Sounds

Our long overdue Pura Vida Playlist is all about the summertime and inspired by some of our favourite ways to spend it: sultry Ibizan nights dancing until dawn; lounging by the pool with a cocktail, what we like to call ‘Villa Vibes’; long evenings spent along the river with friends in London; and of course, festival season… Here are some the hottest new tracks we’ve been listening to so far this summer… Jamie xx ft. Romy - Loud Places This was one of the tracks we played many a time by the pool in Ibiza. Equally suitable don't you think, for watching the sun set along the Thames or feel good...
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The Golden Network

...Introducing our new partner in having the best time around London. The Golden Network is an exclusive networking community designed for the City of London. If you work within the financial or related industries, this community is your new and essential tool for building and developing a solid network. With many sophisticated events, a quality membership scheme, and an efficient online platform, The Golden Network prides itself on meeting the highest standards. Joining this community and taking advantage of all the services offered will facilitate you in connecting with relevant and similar...
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The London Cocktail Club, Oxford Circus

One fine day, a while ago, we went with Luca to meet my Estonian friend Merilin. I decided that we should try something new and a bit different, but still stay in central. When I found this place on Design My Night, I was a bit worried that as it is located in Oxford Circus maybe it will be full of tourists and not so great - but oh was I wrong! [Yes, I am now officially a Londonite, complaining about the tourists ;)] The London Cocktail Club - http://www.londoncocktailclub.co.uk - where gangster's paradise meets cocktail heaven. First I walked past it a couple of times (I didn't do my...
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Pura Vida's Playlist: Our Top Tunes for May

Here's what we've been listening to this month... Mr. Hudson feat. Idris Elba - Step Into the Shadows The most relaxing song you can imagine. Even though it has just been released, we had the privelege of hearing it for the first time back in October when we went to a Mr Hudson gig in Hoxton. 'He is amazing and only keeps on getting better and better' Quote unquote, Maria. Mr Hudson feat. Idris Elba - Step Into The Shadows [LYRICS] Video of Mr Hudson feat. Idris Elba - Step Into The Shadows [LYRICS] The Black Keys - Fever I'm a big fan of these guys (who isn't?!) and their new single is doing...
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Vozars Celia Ilumi - Healthy Food in Brixton Market

One lovely evening we were invited to Vozars Gluten-Free Cafe ( http://vozars.co.uk ), a cute little place nestled in Brixton Market. We were there for a tasting of Ilumi World's new range of meals, as we were both quite curious about gluten-free food. Our only previous exposure being home-made gluten-free bread a friend once brought us - whether it was the gluten-free or her baking skills that were to blame we weren't sure, but after last week we can now say it must have been her baking skills! Ilumi ( http://www.ilumiworld.com ) produce nut, gluten and milk-free, ready-made meals -...
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Pura Vida's Playlist: Our Top Tunes for April

Here's what we've been listening to this month... Awolnation: Burn it Down Now this is not a new one on my playlist, but going through my post about the Amsterdam marathon made me remember what I was listening to at the time. And this song was on repeat that weekend. You might be able to tell I was a little pissed off. The anger helped fuel my run. I still like the song. AWOLNATION - Burn It Down Video of AWOLNATION - Burn It Down Gorgon City, ft. MNEK - Ready for your Love We also had the privelege of seeing MNEK last year alongside Rudimental (the same gig as Ella Eyre!). So we're fans. And...
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Our Sunday Bloody Marys

Drinking is like borrowing happiness from the next day and hangovers are not the most lovely guests to welcome in the morning, but as Dean Martin used to say: "Stay drunk. Guaranteed to be effective in the short run, but not advised." So if you are in the state of headaches and regrets, nothing really tastes better than a couple of Bloody Marys on a Sunday afternoon ;) I take my Bloody Marys very seriously. I would like to think that I take it as seriously as an Italian grandma making a pasta sauce. Everyone should figure out their own recipe for their perfect Bloody Mary, the same as with...
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Welcome to Pura Vida!

Pursuing our Penchants Passionately. Fitness, Cocktails, Food, Music, Fashion, Travel... and much more. A lifestyle blogzine for those seeking the Pura Vida! Maria picture-5-1394378370.jpg Hola, I'm Maria, but most people call me Mammu ;) I am an u napologetic pasta enthusiast, c ertified cocktail specialist , undercover petrolhead and a social media aficionado. I enjoy everything fashion and design related, as you will notice while browsing our little website here. Made in Estonia and after spending couple of years in Spain, finally living in London. Personal twitter: https://twitter.com/...