bastille & berlin

bastille & berlin

Another week, another concert! This time by my absolute faves, Bastille, and in one of my absolute fave cities, Berlin.

Bastille announced a concert in Berlin sometime last autumn and it was on my best friend’s birthday so what better way is there to combine two of my favourite things than to go visit them and see the band?? I was really excited for this whole trip even though I was quite anxious about skipping two days of school because there’s honestly so much going on right now (or was, it’s basically all over now).

I was also worried about flying there and my flight being delayed which would cause problems with the concerts but in the end, everything went perfectly and I landed on Thursday at like 5pm, had dinner with my friend and went to the Tempodrom (what a stunning building??) to see Bastille.


Their Reorchestrated tour sounded like a perfect idea from the beginning. I love all of Bastille’s music and I saw a few clips from this gig they did last year which also included strings and singers and all that and that was SO GOOD. And this concert was too. I loved every single of the new versions and especially Fake It, Glory and Two Evils were something special. I love that they played old and new songs and stuff they don’t usually play at concerts, like Get Home or Weight of Living, Pt. 1.

I went there alone (a first for me) and it was actually really fine because I still had a great time and at some point started talking to two women next to me who were really nice! And during Glory we had this fan action that some people on twitter planned and we put up coloured lights (with post its or screens in the appropriate colours) and it worked perfectly, it was so epic. I’m sure it was a lot of work to plan and make sure everyone has the info but it was so worth it. Such a beautiful moment.

I don’t really know what else to say, I loved every single moment of the concert and I’m so, so glad To Kill A King and Charlie Barnes were the pre-acts! They are great and deserve such a huge audience and I’m quite sad I can’t see them live on their tours (it just doesn’t work out) because their music is great.

The version of Choices together might have made me cry. And I’m so glad Ralph and Dan brought Annie Oakley Hanging back, Cut Her Down is a great song and I’m gonna be so mad if we don’t hear anything for the next 5 years.

Also, can I quickly mention the amazing aesthetic of this tour? The tickets, the stage background and all the merch looked so nice, I love it a lot.


About the rest of the trip… Berlin is honestly such a nice city because I can finally do the things I would have to take way longer train journeys for at home.

Me and my friend went to three or four bookstores in one day and they were independent bookstores (maybe not all, I don’t know) and were focused on different topics (one was more about art and music, another one was quite political) and I had a great time checking all the books out but a very hard time choosing what to buy because I had to be mindful of my small suitcase… the struggle is real…

On Saturday, I went to the Berlinische Gallerie which is a modern art museum that depicts art (mostly from artists based in Berlin) of the last 150 years. The core exhibition is basically a journey from 1880 to 1980 and it is quite focused on artists that struggled with the political climate of those times. The smaller changing exhibitions were really interesting too and ranged from sculptures and collages to photography. I really enjoyed this trip!

Unfortunately, this little trip had to end on Sunday (after a long but very fun house party with really cool people) and I went back home. I was quite sad about leaving my friend but I hope I’ll be back soon.

See you soon ❤

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Barcelona

Barcelona

Wow, is this actually a blog post that isn’t about the books I read last month? Incredible. But for once I actually did something cool and have the time to write about it!

So, I went to Barcelona last week, with the same four friends I also travelled to London in 2015 and Italy last September. We saw a lot and I had such a great time, even though it was of course slightly chaotic and not everything went right.

Please scroll down for probably way too many pictures for a single blog post but whatever. I love taking pictures and so do my friends; you don’t want to know how huge my Barcelona folder is…

Tuesday, 27th March

My alarm went off at 4:25am… that was the not so fun part of this holiday, I had to get up incredibly early (twice!) but everything went well with going to the airport and finding each other and flying so yay!

We then somehow found our way to our hostel (Bird House – pretty nice location I’d say) really easily, left our bags, had a fun moment of not agreeing in which direction to go and then walked to the university, past Pl. Catalunya and over La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter. All of those places, especially the larger buildings, were so pretty and huge and wonderfully decorated. The quarter was full of narrow streets and cute buildings and we spent a lot of time in a very artsy souvenir shop.

I also definitely missed seeing palms. The Cathedral was quite impressive but the most important thing about that day was definitely the beach. Generally, everything around Barceloneta is nice to look at but walking up to the beach and spending some hours there was just so nice. The water was relatively cold and the wind was annoying but we had so much sun and such a lovely sandy beach, ugh, I need something like that more often.

Later that day we had a lot of sangria (I’m loving this drink more with every single time I have it??) and great food. Fun fact, I’m pretty sure we started singing the chorus of Vamos a la playa as soon as we arrived and no worries, the song stayed with us until the end. And I now constantly sing it at home too… why???

Wednesday, 28th March

I don’t think I will ever get out of bed/the hostel at the previously intended time when I’m somewhere with friends. It just doesn’t work.

Anyway, after a slow start, we went to see the Arc de Triomf and the surrounding area. A day later this place was ten times as crowded, we were probably quite lucky about that. We then went to this market (kind of like a flea market mixed with random shops? reminded me of Camden but cheaper) under a huge mirrored roof. I don’t remember the name at all but it’s apparently well known.

We then (after a surprisingly amazing stop at Taco Bell) had our time slot at la Sagrada Familia and realised it’s not helpful when four of you are on one side of that huge church and the other one is on the other. But seriously, what a beautiful building. I’m not religious or anything but I like churches because I love beautiful and huge buildings. I just often feel that many churches look exactly the same. Not this one though. From the towers over the impressive door and that roof over the altar or whatever it is to the incredibly stunning glass windows… everything was so pretty and interesting and original. I loved it.

The rest of the day was basically spent on or around the beach. Once with two people actually going for a swim and once with pizza, sunset and sangria (again, I know).

Thursday, 29th March

And again, getting up early wasn’t exactly happening but I felt like we were better than the day before.

The first and also main thing of the day was visiting Park Güell. I had been quite excited for it ever since people told me about it and I saw some pictures of what Gaudi did there (and the view!). Both the architectural and the natural parts were so pretty! I hate walking up hills though. Even when they have escalators for part of the way up (I wonder though, who thought that building a park for the public on a hill you need escalators for is a good idea? I know the answer, but still…).

We walked through both the free and the ticketed part of the park and both were so nice. I definitely have a thing for parks and I feel like we ran through every single corner and took hundreds of pictures of the flowers, trees, paths, buildings, ourselves, each other, etc. It was fun and pretty and we also had perfect weather – the view was so good! Seriously though, I really love Gaudi’s architecture. It’s colourful and extravagant but also simple in parts (look at the candy houses and those white walls with the mosaic) and I find mosaic stuff so pretty and cool. I could look at his stuff all day.

Anyway, after the park, we walked past Casa Battlo and Casa Mila and then went back to the Parc de la Ciutadella which was open this time! And then we searched for the mammoth and had a very fun and very wet half hour in a small boat on the pond.

After a quick stop at Sephora (where half of us greatly enjoyed the slide into the shop – what a brilliant idea) we walked home, made food and got drunk on vodka in our room because we thought it’s useless to go to bed if we have to leave for the airport at 3:30am (what on earth, really).

It was terrible and great and funny and most of us regretted things the next day but everyone made it home somehow and we saw the beautiful sunrise on the plane!


I hope you had a lovely time too and hopefully had/are currently having a nice Easter holiday or something of that sort.

See you soon ❤

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 ❤

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 ❤

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 ❤