a weekend in Italy

a weekend in Italy

Last weekend I went to Italy (Lake Garda, to be more precise) with four friends to spend the weekend together, mostly just chilling and talking and spending time together.

We couldn’t really meet up recently with one abroad for a year and the rest studying (kind of). Also, two years ago we all went to London together and it was amazing and even though this trip was way smaller and shorter, it felt right to do something together again.

I can’t speak for the others, but I certainly had an amazing weekend! From singing German rap and Bastille in the car to taking horrible pictures of each other on a pedalo in the lake it was great and fun and the perfect end to my long break. This week I went back to school and I’m glad I could do this feeling happy, social and satisfied because I’m sure I won’t feel like that too much in school (only time will tell).

We ate loads of pizza and pasta, drank loads of Aperol Spritz and cheap beer (I think I’m liking beer more and more) and probably made our hostel roommates think we’re crazy with our stupid jokes and comments.

I’m getting quite melancholy now so I won’t write as much, this is supposed to be light and happy after all, but I’m just so glad I’m more in contact with these friends and I hope it will continue and we can do more trips or other things together in the future. They sure are great.

If you had a break as well, I hope it was loads of fun, and if you didn’t, I really hope you can rest sometime soon!

See you ❤

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Berlin, still summer

Berlin, still summer

After my week in Warsaw, I went to Berlin to spend some time with my best friend. The weather was good, we had amazing things to watch and Berlin is a beautiful city, so what could go wrong, right?

But seriously, apart from that one incident I had such a great time and I’m now sad because I can’t go on a trip to these two cities again for a while and I’m going to miss my friends so much.

Day 1

  • We went to the Tierpark aka a zoo (not the zoo, there are several in Berlin) and watched the manatees, giraffes and loads of other cute animals
  • We also took loads of adorable pictures of each other, as you do when you finally have nice weather AND lovely backgrounds
  • I then visited the Alte Nationalgalerie (old national gallery) which contains paintings and a few sculptures from the 19th and early 20th century. It’s a beautiful building with so much beautiful art inside and I really enjoyed it!
  • Afterwards, we had sushi. I need to have sushi more often, I really loved it

Day 2

  • We watched a ton of stuff, videos, a musical, and like half a season of a TV show
  • Then we went to IKEA (yes, I already did that just a few days earlier) to have cake and waffles and to dream of our future homes
  • We also went to a cute little book shop called Buchhafen and I could finally enjoy a book shop with mostly English books again. I really miss this at home.

Day 3

  • We watched another musical and then made plans for the rest of the day. Those plans didn’t quite work out as planned… I’m not going into details but let’s just say not every food is still good after two days in the fridge…

Day 4

  • This day was spent recovering from the day before. Mostly by watching Brooklyn Nine Nine.
  • And then we went to Schiller Burger which is always a good thing to do!

Day 5

  • We first spent some time in the sun on the Flugfeld and then had some amazing falafel sandwiches
  • We then visited the Neue Museum (new museum = a really creative title) which has a huge exhibition on all things ancient Egypt and also China, Greece and other places during that time. I found it really interesting and the museum itself also looks quite impressive!
  • After some incredibly tasty (if slightly unhealthy, but who cares) cake in a cute café in a backyard I went to Dussmann too buy even more books that I would then have to somehow fit into my suitcase. I really don’t change or learn, do I?

I’m just at home for two and a half days before I go on a weekend trip to Italy. And right ater that school starts. Wow. I hope you’re also having a great time, whoever and wherever you are!

See you soon ❤

Warsaw, in summer this time

Warsaw, in summer this time

In February I went on a trip to Warsaw and Berlin, to visit some of my best friends. Since then I’ve had plans to see them again before school starts for me in September (so a week from now, help).

I was really excited to see my Polish friend again and I was also excited to be in Warsaw when I don’t have to freeze my toes off because it’s so damn cold. We had loads of fun, I got to see new places and we also just chilled.

My friend also got a kitten a few months ago and she’s the cutest thing in the world. Her name is Mella, she’s five months old (I think) and so tiny.

Day 1

  • We visited the Museum of Ethnology which was quite interesting but also full of weird music
  • The city centre is even more beautiful in summer! And no horrible winds!
  • We went to this small restaurant to have pierogi and chocolate cake and this lunch made me incredibly happy, it was so good

Day 2

  • Warsaw’s university library is more beautiful than any I’ve seen before. It has a beautiful garden in which you can just go in and enjoy the view from the top of the library. That way you can also see into the library which is great because you can’t easily get in as a tourist
  • The Museum of Modern Art was a very interesting one. The exhibition was basically about rave culture and it was weird and fun and loud but it also looked really cool

Day 3

  • We mostly just watched stuff all day, to be honest
  • But later we went to IKEA and I love this shop a lot and I still wish I could just take stuff with me but that doesn’t really work when you’re travelling
  • Then we went into the city centre for the fountain show which is every Friday and Saturday in summer and it was so beautiful! It has music and colours and so much water and you shouldn’t get too close or you’ll get really wet but that’s also just part of the experience

Day 4

  • We went to the zoo! It was full and very hot but we still had a nice time!
  • The rest of the day was spent recovering from that.

Day 5 & 6

  • … were spent watching tons of movies and videos and several editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. I loved it!

See you soon ❤

Cardiff

Cardiff

I really thought I’d post regularly…. haha. Nope. But here I am, one more time, to tell you that I went on another trip! I spent a couple days in Cardiff, Wales, with a good friend of mine!

It was more relaxed than my last few trips and we spent some time watching Doctor Who and Torchwood and noticing where we run around the day before (so many places. SO MANY).

Most of what we did you can see on the photos, I wrote descriptions as always, and I’m not going to write a super long text for each day so feel free to just scroll down. For some reason, I put way more photos into this blog post than I usually do but I can’t find a way to narrow it down. Sorry.

Fun fact: in just a week I will be gone again, this time I’m kind of repeating my Warsaw and Berlin trip from February, just less cold and a bit shorter! I’m really excited to see my good friends again!

Day 1

  • Airline drama because if you fly with FlyBe from Munich there’s no online check in so every single person had to go via check in at the airport and there weren’t enough people and it took fucking forever and I was nervous for like three hours and I hated it.
  • Cardiff Airport is so smoll. Adorable.
  • Sleeperz hotel is amazing, mostly because it’s so close to everything and because we had a kettle and tea and coffee in our room. That’s everything I needed.

Day 2

  • I missed Pret-a-manger so much since November 2015. I was so happy to have breakfast there almost every day. I needed that.
  • The Doctor Who Experience is amazing and I can’t believe it’s going to close so soon! I had a ton of fun and it was really interesting!
  • It’s very easy to accidentally stumble across some places that appeared in various BBC shows!
  • So. Windy.
  • But the bay is very pretty!
  • So. Many. Seagulls.
  • Almost 19 years old and only now I realised that the Millenium Center has both the Welsh AND the English words on its front…

 

Day 3

  • The Castle is pretty and bigger than expected and they also shot about five thousand BBC scenes there….
  • Bute Park was full of people playing Pokemon Go. I was so surprised by this, you barely see anyone still playing it in Germany! And there were so many!
  • I love squirrels.

Day 4

  • For a city of only 360,000 residents, Cardiff has so many shopping centres. I really didn’t expect that! But great for us, we bought very nice things. I basically only bought books and my friend only clothes but whatever.
  • That AquaBus thing is adorable.
  • Watching kids not being good at sailing is very entertaining. So are the dozens of dogs enjoying the bay area!
  • Honestly, the walk around the bay was great, so many nice views!

Day 5

  • I finally got my art in the National Museum!
  • I never knew I wanted to see dinosaur babies so badly. They were adorable (even though long dead – obviously).
  • The whole area around the museum is really fancy with lots of nice buildings!
  • The weather was almost perfect until this day when it finally started to rain loads! I’m so glad it took so long!
  • Flying home was way less stressful and the airport is still super adorable.

 

See you soon ❤

pride / csd munich

pride / csd munich

I know it’s been a while but I wasn’t really too keen on writing in the past few days… or weeks… but pride means a lot to me so I still want to write about this amazing day I had!

On Saturday the 15th, I went to Munich with a bunch of friends for the annual pride parade. We were going to meet up and wait for the parade and (some of us) later join the parade (just like last year) when our friend’s group appears. Some of our group I hadn’t met before but it was really nice to talk to new people and I’d definitely say we had lots of fun!

In both 2015 and 2016, we had over 30 degrees and not a single cloud in the sky on the day of the parade but this year it was finally cooler and that made things a bit easier. But the sun was stronger than I anticipated which means for the third year in a row I got a sunstroke and was basically out of it for the next three days. Perfect. When will I learn?

Pride means a lot to me. This has several reasons:

  • I love to celebrate and I love to celebrate our diversity. I like being happy and proud of myself and of who I am so I like to go to events that strengthen these feelings.
  • I love that so many people are proud and it’s just such a good feeling to see that. It’s awesome to see people having fun and enjoying themselves and showing how much they love their partners and themselves without fearing the consequences. Pride has been a very safe space whenever I was there and I’m so glad it is.
  • I love that there are so many different groups! Every year so far I’ve seen a group for a thing I haven’t heard about (or forgot already) where LGBTQ people grouped together and can be proud. There are organisations for older people, disabled people, dancers, singers, choirs, sports groups, a hiking group and so much more. No matter who you are, there are people you fit in with and you’re not alone. That’s one of the things the parade symbolises for me every year and it makes me so incredibly happy and hopeful.
  • I always notice how much I’d love to get involved more in the community when I go to pride or do something else connected to the LGBTQ community. Right now that’s not so easy because I just can’t afford to go to Munich all the time (why, public transport, why??) but I know that I can do something and that there are so many places I could go to.
    It’s also great to see so many people who don’t just celebrate but who also offer a lot of their time to help others. That restores a tiny bit of my faith in humanity.

A bunch of my pictures from the parade:

I’d also love to write about the following two pictures. They are in a leaflet I got after the parade and I’ve been interested in this topic for a while. Unfortunately, I lost the notes I once wrote about it so I’m not sure if I can still gather what I want to say. But I will see. And generally, I think these two maps are incredibly interesting and also important to think about. Especially when you live in a very privileged country as I do.


Did you go to a pride parade this summer? Or is one still coming up? Talk to me about it!

See you soon ❤

day trip to Munich

day trip to Munich

The day after our trip to Salzburg, my boyfriend and I went to Munich. Munich isn’t far away from where I live but I’m rarely there to actually see parts of it and there are many places I have yet to see!

We went to Schloss Nymphenburg, which is a really pretty palace built before Bavaria became a kingdom. And because the Bavarian lords and ladies went a bit overboard with it, there are a few tiny palaces in a huge park as well. What even. It was quite interesting and certainly very nice to look at.

Afterwards, we went to the city centre, the town hall, the residence and more fancy and old buildings. I can also always recommend the English Garden, but more so if you actually want to sit down and read or nap or something like that (which we didn’t).

The weather was also really perfect so I can’t complain.

Again I realised that I like Munich quite a lot and I do wish I lived a tiny bit closer so that it wouldn’t be such a pain to get there.

 

 

See you soon ❤

day trip to Salzburg

day trip to Salzburg

Last week my boyfriend visited me and I showed him around a bit. We went on a day trip to Salzburg, Austria because it only is 1.5 hours away. (We had train problems so it took us definitely more than 1.5 hours to get there but whatever)

Just like last year, when my best friend visited me, we walked a lot through the city, had coffee and cake in a tiny café and saw all the pretty and cute buildings and streets.

We also went up the hill and saw the castle (or fortress) and it was really interesting and the view was just great! As you can see from the pictures below it started raining at some point and we could actually see the rain “coming for us”.

Salzburg isn’t huge but I still think it’s worth checking out as it’s really pretty and adorable and there are quite a few things to do there!

See you soon ❤