A Thought for the Beginning of the Week

Monday, March 30, 2015

So I stumbled upon this quote some time ago and kept it on a note on my desktop ever since. I've been wanting to share, and is there a better opportunity to do it on a Monday and inject you all (and myself!) with some energy?! Here goes:

Positano, Italy

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just before I had planned the itinerary of my Italian trip last year, I read that Margo from The Overseas Escape had thought Positano was the most beautiful place in Europe. It sure seemed cute, and as I was planning to start in Naples, I thought: why not? Let's check this out! However, I wasn't as bought as she was. The place is indeed colorful and interesting, but there was something about that, I cannot even explain it... nah, we didn't click. I didn't feel the feel, you know? Would I recommend a short getaway to Positano? Yeah, I think so, it's nice to spend an afternoon there, have a stroll, have a dinner (the waiters were just the nicest human beings!) and go back. I would probably never stay there for more days, because it's small and full of tourists, I figure I could get bored easily. But hey, if you're the type of gal (guy?) that doesn't mind small touristy places, go for it! Oh, and also: the bus ride along the Amalfi coast (I got on the bus in Sorrento) is just the best - when going toward Positano from the direction of Sorrento or Naples, make sure to grab a seat on the right side of the bus, because the views are uhhhhh-mazing! Here are some photos for you guys. I just wish I had had better weather, because as you will see, it was quite cloudy. 

Weekend Reads #17

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Today one of my best friends is having a premiere of a play in my hometown theater. Worth mentioning: he’s not from my hometown. We met in high school. He was an amateur actor, I had wanted to become a journalist for years. In the year and a half of high school that we knew each other, we both changed our minds. He entered law school, and I became a student of general linguistics. A year later, though, he quit law school to try his luck in acting – and got accepted to the academy. Fast forward to today – he’s an actor (obviously), and me, well, I’m still in linguistics, but I’ve been toying around with journalism as well. More on that to come – I don’t want to reveal too much, but I’m super excited to be doing something that has at least minimum connection with journalism and writing. Crazy how life turns out sometimes, right?!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I definitely didn't expect to have my Italian travel stories on the blog six months (!) after I left the country, but that's life. Today I'm bringing Pompeii photo diary. If you're anywhere near Naples, you don't want to miss this famous ancient city. Actually, you can even visit from Rome on a daily trip. I would recommend this even if you're not really into ancient history, because it's a really unusual experience to roam the streets of a city that was alive two millennia ago. As you probably know, the city was destroyed in the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius. It was buried in 4 to 6 meters of ash and stayed like that for 15 centuries! Now, I know these facts and I've seen photos of Pompeii in my history textbooks in school, but what I somehow failed to realize was that it was indeed a city. Not just a random excavation site that can be seen in half an hour, but an entire city, with streets, roads and squares, houses, villas, backyards, public baths... I may sound silly, but there you go. :)

What I Wore Today

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gemma Correll and Jillian Evelyn

My friends know that I'm the one in the circle who follows blogs. We even joke about it and I don't mind - as long as I'm free to get in front of my computer and find out what's new in the blogosphere. I don't really think they get what it is about following blogs that I like, and it's okay - I guess you do know since you're here, right?! Anyway, one of the categories I follow is fashion blogs - not my favorite, but there are some I don't miss, it's a mix of a habit and curiosity. Plus, I must admit that ever since I started blogging myself, I've realised how much effort people put in this and that it's not as easy at is seems - take some clothes, strike a pose, upload pictures, done! And if you're looking for inspiration, all you need to type in Google is "what I wore today" - voila, tons of hits! But there is one that is a bit different - it's a blog by the illustrator Gemma Correll, who chose not to take photos of everyday outfits, but to draw them. She created a flickr group where illustrators post their outfits. I'm sharing my favorites with you today!

Nice People

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When you ask a successful blogger, or someone who is well traveled, what the best thing about what they do is, they'll almost always tell you this: people they've met on the way. Well, I'm not a successful blogger, nor someone who is paid to travel (I wish!!), but I am an international student. You'll see the connection in a sec. I have had this wonderful opportunity to live and study in three European countries, to attend lectures by amazing teachers, try different lifestyles and foods (let's not forget foodies, right?). But twenty years along the road, do you think I will remember what subjects I had in school? I don't think so. I will remember, though, people I met and stories they shared about their distant or not so distant homes.

Weekend Reads #16

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hey there! If you live in the Northern hemisphere, were you able to see the solar eclipse earlier today? I was! I actually only saw it projected on a paper/wall, as instructed by my sister, a future astronomer. But at the same time my News feed was flooded with complaints from people still living in Groningen, The Netherlands - apparently it was quite cloudy there. Yeah, it happens if you live in Holland... yay for Germany!

So how was your week and do you have any plans for the weekend? I hope you enjoy it. Here are some links for when you need a break.

Weekend Reads #15

Friday, March 13, 2015

I've been away with the Weekend Reads for quite some time now, and trust me, even though I had pretty good damn excuses every time (think packing everything you own and trying to fit it into a limited number of suitcases and being like HOW DID EVERYTHING FIT LAST TIME?? oh yeah... I kinda bought too many sweaters in the meantime; think traveling, think not having internet connection for a while...) - I would feel bad about that every single Friday. Well, I'm all settled now, and even though I still have to pay a visit to Ikea (I don't have a single pot or a pan!), the life has taken much calmer pace again and I'm ready to work, work, work. And have some fun here and there ;) One thing I learned about myself in the past year is that I'm actually a lover of a routine - I'd never thought so of myself before - so I'm enjoying it fully now.

Here are some reads for your weekend.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

When you change countries and travel and fall in love with places so much and so deeply that you start considering them homes, being "back" does not have a straightforward meaning. So, here's a clarification: I'm back in Berlin!!!

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