my 2015

WHOOSH! 2015: blink and you’ll miss it.

I’d resigned from my job at the end of 2014, so from then on till I actually left it was smooth sailing. There was considerably less anguish and misery than the previous year, because the end was in sight. Leaving my job was the big event that defined my 2015. Almost everything else that happened resulted directly or indirectly from that.Read More »

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great expectations

Herbert:

I am very much afraid I must go, Handel, when you most need me.

Handel/Pip:

Herbert, I shall always need you, because I shall always love you; but my need is no greater now than at another time.

<3 Why are we so independent and individualistic nowadays? Whatever happened to sincerely telling a friend you love and need them and that not being weird?

so soll sonntag sein

Traumhafter, herrlicher, idyllischer Sonntag aufm Land: im Garten gechillt, Kuchen gegessen, SPVG Bujendorfs letztes Spiel des Saisons angeschaut, Kubb gespielt, mit einer Dreijährige eine Stunde im Auto gequatscht… Also, unter dem blauen Himmel in guter Gesellschaft zu sein – besser gehts nicht!

the beauty of eating outdoors

Picnics rock!
Picnics rock!

Food tastes better outdoors because we simplify. We take down all the walls that our everyday routines require us to put up, and we enjoy food for food’s sake.

So true. Read the rest of that awesome blog here!

Today I went cycling with a friend in Altes Land. She’s organising a cycletour this summer and wanted to test out all the routes beforehand, and I happily tagged along. It’s the 1st of June and continues to be a very cold spring here in northern Germany. Cycling toward the sea and thus against the wind didn’t help!

It was a really nice 40km ride though. We had a wicked lunch of potatoes, meatballs, beetroot-tomato-rucola-feta salad, cheese sandwiches and strawberries. Yes, it was as delicious and grown-up as it sounds, haha.

potluck and other things

Six friends came over tonight for a potluck dinner. It was a good evening! Now there’s enough Maultaschen, Spätzle, mini pizzas, hummus and white bean dip to last me till the second coming of Christ. And for dessert? Chocolate and raspberry torte. Mmmm. I’d like to do that again, even though I’m not that good at hosting events (too laid back, essentially).

There are a couple of things I’d like to quickly share before bed:

A retired sea captain talks about Kitimat, the BC coastline and the Northern Gateway Pipeline >>

The Beauty of Eating Outdoors >>

We love good coffee and we really like to ride bicycles, so we decided to combine the two >>

Toronto may pursue bid for 2024 Olympic Games >>

it’s my birthday! – updated

It’s not, but it might as well be, because the next two weeks are going to be awwwwwwwwesome! Bear with me while I list the reasons!!!!
12 days later, let’s see how reality matched up to expectations.

  1. First work trip ever! to Bonn! And I only have two real responsibilities: take photos and take care of the Gambian minister of forests and environment during our event.
    That was fun. Learned a lot about events, which will serve me well. That night post-event was crazy: dude from one of our sponsors went to have a drink (read: 4) with me, the other intern and our 69-year-old colleague. In a word, madness. Then the other intern and I wandered Bad Godesberg until the hotel’s breakfast buffet opened = worst idea ever, but somehow so much fun, and I have to laugh every time I think back to it. Had really good convos with him. The 2 hours we had in Bonn proper the next day was loads of fun too.
  2. Going to Amsterdam! Uppsala reunion – 9 of us in total!!! Including some friends I haven’t seen since June ’09!
    No explanation needed beyond the fact that these people are awesome. Lots of food involved. Plus: Speculoos spread (which is actually Belgian, but I can’t get it in Germany) is amazing.
  3. Will be on a train for 8 hours next week. I love trains! I think it’s because I hardly ever take it (buses/planes are cheaper). Picked out my reading material already – can finally start The Brothers Karamazov!
    I LOVE DOSTOEVSKY!
  4. My paper(s) will be done in 24 hours! They’ve been making me miserable for 3 months now!
    Thank god that’s done.
  5. MY INTERNSHIP GOT EXTENDED YO. The new media intern starts next week. My semester starts in two weeks (it’s no coincidence, we planned it this way). From then on I do 1 day/week, mainly translation and proofreading work. With a 250% pay raise. This goes until end of January. Then starting in March my supervisor wants to bring me back for a project/event that culminates in October in India. Also paid. God I love my life right now…
    Sooo… the new intern is really nice and really cool. We had a media dept pow-wow today and it was odd to have to share my responsibilities. Bah, anyway.
  6. New semester starts in two weeks, as I mentioned. Will be good to see my lovely classmates and friends again :)
  7. Looking forward to having more free time to take up a German language course!
    Trying to decide between 4 hours on Wed retaking the course I did last semester, or paying 280 eur for 72 hours over 8 weeks. The attraction of the latter option is that it’s 2.5 hours per session, 3 sessions per week.
  8. FilmFest Hamburg looks great. I’m normally not a big film person but these really look good and I have the time this weekend and also the money (I save so much money when I guilt myself into not socialising because of school work) so I’m def seeing at *least* one.
    Was too lazy to go.
  9. Long weekend! Monday is the 3rd of October – German Reunification Day. Mad baking of cakes!
    No baking. But I did just whip up a pumpkin pie.
  10. The Saturday Adventure is back! (because of #4) I think we’re doing another outdoorsy semi-rural walk.
    Good walk in the woods with two of my fav fellow foreign classmates: Logan and Kate.
  11. The weather has been un-freakin-believably gorgeous the past week. Summer, finally!
    Spent the weekend outdoors. Now the weather is ganz scheiß…

I’m such a lucky person. For the things listed above, but also for being this happy.