Weekend Reads #125

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Well, it seems we only gather here to mark big occasions, such as birthdays and Christmases :) I hope everyone is well—as much as one can be. Stay safe, friends. Drink plenty of fluids, wear masks, wash your hands, find ways to stay connected, but you've done all this, haven't you? Pandemic fatigue is a thing, and I urge you to continue with best practices, and maybe we'll live freely again soon. Call your loved ones if they're away, don't make any drastic New Year's resolutions, or don't make any at all. Read good books and be kind. Here are some internet reads I thought you might enjoy.

Weekend Reads #124

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Oh hi, and a happy birthday to me :) I've loved this date since I was a child and can pretty much say what I did on September 26th for the last 20ish years :) I mean, yeah, it's one step closer to death, but every other day is too, and in the meantime, I get showered with love from great people. What's not to love :) But anyway, you're here for the weekend reads, and here they are. Enjoy!

Weekend Reads #123

Friday, September 18, 2020

Oh, to be publishing something as simple as weekly links and be happy with yourself because of that. I'm again in the midst of a neverending to-do list and I'm well aware it's not even an excuse, rather... I don't know? Call for your compassion and sympathy? Love you all, and have a lovely weekend! 

Weekend Reads #122

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Happy Saturday, y'all! What have you been up to? I'm trying to decide which book to pick up today, as I've had a slight hiatus. Not asking for recommendations this time as I have DOZENS of books, physical and electronic, lying around and waiting for me to get to them. Though, if you feel you HAVE TO recommend something, fire away :) In the meantime, here are some links from around the Web I feel may appeal to you. Enjoy! 

Weekend Reads #121

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Not feeling particularly creative for an even remotely interesting introduction; working at home has taken its toll on me and I might be losing it. No one even talks about "when this is over" anymore. I wish I could be reading more books while days last forever, but I don't feel very capable. Any advice?

In the meantime, here's what you came here for... hope you like this week's links! Do share within your circles if you do!

Weekend Reads #120

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Keeping silent over here again, even though I had felt overwhelmed with all the content I was reading online so ended up unsubscribing from various newsletters. My life lately has been a blur—I can imagine it's similar with everyone, given the situation in the world—sleeping poorly, being available to work at all times, not managing to find the time for the book pile that's growing and growing. But I'll still ask you about book recommendations, as you may know already about my love for every list imaginable. Leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter :)

And as you're probably here for some interesting reads, here they are. 

Weekend Reads #119

Saturday, June 13, 2020

...And now, back to the regular program!

Everything around me does seem regular, apart from a person here and there wearing a mask. So, is this it? Are we back to normal? Entered the new normal? I have no idea. But I do have some cool reads for you, and hope you enjoy the weekend, whatever your plans may be. Have a good one!

Things I Miss About New Zealand

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

When something is part of your everyday life, you almost always take it for granted. It takes much awareness and practice not to. Oh, and especially so if you don’t particularly like your everyday life and are more focused on the future. Or the past! Not that I recommend thinking solely about the future to come, but lingering to the past is a bit problematic, I would say.  

I should know: I spent a year in the country that many feel is the most beautiful in the world, and I was pretty much focused on living elsewhere when the time is up. I missed Europe and couldn’t wait to leave, which I now feel bad about. Back then, I would never have believed it, but there are indeed things I now miss about New Zealand.

Not-So-Quarantine Reads #3

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sooo it seems that the quarantine is over? I don't really know. I'm pretty sure neither do you, wherever you are. Serbia, my country, ended the lockdown a while ago—but I don't know what to think of it. Cafes and restaurants are back. Theaters and cinemas are not. I think they recently passed the bill allowing congregations of up to 1,000 people. A bit too many, perhaps?? At first it felt strange to go for a coffee. Now it doesn't anymore. I went back to my family's place for three weeks, because I'm still working from home. I was surprised to see that, unlike in the capital, NO ONE was wearing masks there. It was as if the coronavirus never existed. Around the same time, people stopped wearing them everywhere. Now a majority of people everywhere just don't wear any protection. What a weird feeling—you know the virus is still circulating in the society, but I feel like life has gone straight back to normal, apart from working at home part. That part, I must admit, I really like :)

So, because I wasn't so diligent with the Quarantine Reads when the quarantine was taking place, I think this is my last one pandemic-related edition. I'll continue with the normal Weekend Reads for a while, but I discovered that I had developed a strange relationship with them as well. I'll write about it at some point. In the meantime, check out my non-reads post that emerged last week if you'd like, and enjoy the reads. And the remaining of the weekend. Though is it really weekend? Who knows. 

How to Go to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

I wrote about my first three months in New Zealand. As you might remember, it wasn’t that fun. The rest of the milestones—six months, nine months, a full year—I didn’t mark, mostly because I was miserable. In fact, I was pretty darn miserable the whole time I was there. I’ve only recently started to process those feelings and unfold them, layer by layer. But! I’m not here to talk about that today. In fact, I wanted to describe the process for anyone who feels like starting a similar adventure on their own.

I went to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa. Simply said, a WH visa enables you to stay in the country for up to a year (or more if you’re from the UK or Canada) and work legally. You don’t have to work, but the rationale is that not many people have the funds to just travel around the country for a year, so here’s a way for you youngsters to meet our beloved Aotearoa and earn some cash while you’re at it.

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