Travel Throwback: Berlin

coverWie manche vielleicht schon von meinem Instagram Account wissen, habe ich Weihnachten und Neujahr dieses Jahr in Berlin verbracht. Eigentlich hatte ich nicht mal geplant, so lang vor Ort zu bleiben, aber als ich erfahren habe, dass in Dublin kein Feuerwerk gezündet werden darf, bin ich sofort zur airbnb-Seite gegangen um meinen Aufenthalt zu verlängern. Gebucht habe ich dann ein Apartment nahe der Oberbaumbrücke, von dort aus man das Feuerwerk gut beobachten können sollte.

As some may know from my Instagram, I’ve spent my Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Berlin this year. Originally I hadn’t planned to stay that long, but upon hearing, that there are no fireworks allowed in Dublin I rushed over to airbnb to search for an apartment to extend my stay. I booked one close to Oberbaumbrücke, where a good spot for watching fireworks was supposed to be. 

Einige Tage vor Weihnachten haben sich meine Eltern spontan dazu entschlossen mich auf meinem dreitägigen Abenteuer zu begleiten haha. Nachdem ich von meinen lieben Großeltern nach Strich und Faden verwöhnt und beköstigt worden war, bin ich am 29. Dezember in mein Apartment übergewechselt.

A few days before Christmas, my parents decided to join me on my three day adventure and booked an apartment for themselves as well haha. After being pampered and stuffed to no end by my lovely grandparents I moved into my short term apartment on the 29th of December. 

blog5Das Beste zu erst mal: Weihnachtsmärkte! Ich hatte Glück, denn einige der vielen Weihnachtsmärkte in Berlin blieben noch einige Tage nach dem Fest geöffnet, so dass wir noch durch die volle Pracht von Glitzer und Lichtern schlendern konnten.

First things first: Christmas markets! I was lucky, because some of the many Christmas markets in Berlin stayed open until a few days after the Holy Night, so we could still stroll through the full glory of glitter and lights.

blog6.jpgblog2.jpgblog7.jpgblog15.jpgblog16.jpgNachdem wir uns in einem Kartoffelrestaurant mit passender Dekoration gestärkt hatten, sind wir die Straßen entlang zum wahrscheinlich bekanntesten Shoppingcenter in Berlin gegangen – dem KaDeWe. Eigentlich wollten wir nur durch die (etwas hochpreisigen) Klamotten stöbern, aber wie es nun mal so ist, wenn ich einen Sonnenbrillenstand sehe, dann muss ich da auch Brillen aufsetzen. Und eine der Brillen sah dann überraschenderweise auch noch gut aus. Und zwar so gut, dass ich nach mehrmaligem Hin und Her mich dazu entschieden habe, sie tatsächlich zu kaufen. Jetzt bin ich stolze Besitzerin meiner ersten MiuMiu Brille und habe noch nie so viel Geld für ein Accessoire ausgegeben.

After we strengthened ourselves in a potato themed restaurant with fitting decorations, we walked along the streets to the probably most famous shopping center in Berlin – the KaDeWe. (Please pronounce the vowels longer, like KahDehWeh.) Our plan was to just browse through the (a little bit pricey) clothes, but as it had to be, if I see a display of sunglasses, I have to try glasses on. And then a pair of glasses actually looked good on me. Like, so good, that after a bit of back and forth I decided to buy them. Now I am proud owner of my first pair of MiuMiu sunglasses and I’ve never spent so much money on accessories before in my life.

blog3.jpgDen nächsten Tag haben wir eine Reihe von Sehenswürdigkeiten abgeklappert, inklusive dem tollen Aquarium-Fahrstuhl beim Radisson Blue Hotel. Leider kann man nur damit fahren, wenn man aus dem SeaLife herauskommt, daher blieb es nur beim Fotografieren.

We spent the next day checking out sights, including the amazing aquarium elevator at the Radisson Blue hotel. Unfortunately, you can only have a drive with it if you get out of SeaLife. That’s why I left it with just taking a picture.

Trotz der eisigen Kälte (Modetrend bei allen Berlinern: dicker Schal um Hals und Mund mit Wollmütze) hatten wir eine Menge Glück mit dem Wetter und so blieb es bis zum 31. Januar trocken und sonnig.

Despite the icy cold temperatures (fashion trend of Berlin people: thick scarf around neck and mouth and a woolen hat) we had a lot of luck with the Weather and it stayed sunny until the 31th January. 

blog8.jpgblog9blog11blog14blog12Das Feuerwerk auf der Oberbaumbrücke zu erleben war definitiv ein Abenteuer und großer Spaß. Da es an dem Tag viel geregnet hatte, konnten wir leider nicht so weit sehen, aber die Leute um uns herum haben uns mit ihren eigenen Feuerwerken in Stimmung gebracht, das Jahr mit einem tollen Gefühl zu starten. Seitdem bin ich motiviert 2016 mein bestes Jahr zu machen und meinen Weg mit erhobenem Kopf zu gehen.

Watching fireworks from the Oberbaumbrücke was definitely an adventure and a lot of fun. Since it had rained that day, we couldn’t see that far across the river, but people firing their own fireworks easily got us in the right mood to start the new year with positive feelings and intentions. Since then, I am motivated to make 2016 the best year and go my way with my head held high. 

blog13blog17blog18Wie war das neue Jahr für euch so bis jetzt?

How was your new year so far? 

Wishing you all the best.

So far, see you next time. Bis zum nächsten Mal.

Personal Monday

w3Gedanken/Thoughts:

Es gab zwei Dinge, an die ich mich letzte Woche wieder erinnert habe. Zum einen das, obwohl wir im Grunde dieselben Menschen bleiben, wir uns ständig weiterentwickeln und Teile von uns neu finden oder loslassen. An etwas festzuhalten, nur weil es uns schon eine Weile begleitet hat, bringt uns nicht weiter. Daher ist es gut, ab und an innezuhalten und Platz zu schaffen, sei es in unserem Verhalten, der Wohnung oder zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen.

There were two things I remembered last week. For one, even though we kinda stay the same people, our personality and self always keeps evolving. We either find new traits or let go of old ones. It doesn’t help us to hold onto something only because it was part of us for a while. Therefore I think it’s important to stop from time to time and clear up some space, be it parts of our behavior, our flat or people which surround us.

Zum anderen, das es okay ist, an sich selbst und die eigene Leistung zu glauben. Ich muss zugeben, dass ich mich für ein paar Tage gefragt habe, ob meine Arbeit wirklich von nutzen ist und ob es sich überhaupt lohnt. Während unseres Firmen-Abendessens letzten Freitag allerdings habe ich durch meine Teamleiterin dann erfahren, das wir erstaunliche Fortschritte machen konnten und wir als Team sehr stolz auf uns sein können.

The other thing is, that it is okay to believe in oneself and your own efforts. I have to say, the last days I questioned myself, if what I am doing is any good. During our company dinner last friday my team leader then told us, that we hauled in amazing achievements and that we can be very proud of us as a team.

w1.jpgWeihnachten/Christmas:

Es sind nur noch 5 Wochen bis Weihnachten! Darüber darf ich gar nicht nachdenken, dieses Jahr ging unglaublich schnell vorbei, nicht? Die Lichtinstallationen in Dublin sind mittlerweile alle am funkeln und leuchten, etwas, was ich in München nicht in den Ausmaßen hatte. Schaut es euch irgendwann einmal an, okay?

Only 5 weeks left until christmas! I shouldn’t think about it, this year went by in the blink of an eye, didn’t it? The light installations in Dublin are all sparkling and glittering by now. That’s something I didn’t get to see to this extend in Munich. Be sure to come visit one day, okay?

Musik/Music:

Schon erstaunlich, als ich noch in Deutschland gelebt habe, hat mich deutsche Musik nie interessiert. In letzter Zeit hab ich mir dann doch mal ein Paar Lieder von früher wieder angehört und gemerkt, dass da doch ein paar wirklich intelligente Texte zu finden sind.

Fun thing, while I still lived in Germany, I never really cared about german music. Somehow, these last days I got interested and listened to some songs from back then and noticed, that there are a lot with quite some smart lyrics.

With this, hope to see you next time again!

New: Personal Monday

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Hallo!
Ich weiß, es ist verdammt lange her wo ich das letzte Mal gepostet habe. I am guilty, very guilty! Ab jetzt werde ich versuchen mindestens einmal pro Woche einen neuen Post zu schreiben und hochzuladen. Wünscht mir Glück. (#⌒∇⌒#)ゞ

Heute werde ich meine persönlichen Favoriten und Neuheiten der Woche vorstellen, auch genannt: Personal Monday.

Hello!

I know it’s been ages since I posted the last time. I am guilty, very guilty!
Starting now, I want to try to update this Blog at least once a week. Wish me luck. (
#⌒∇⌒#)

Today I will talk about my personal Favorites and new things from this week, calling it: Personal Monday.

Reisen/Travel:
Eigentlich bin ich ein totaler Sommertyp, ich liebe das warme (heiße) Sonnenlicht, Eis essen und im besten Falle am Meer zu sein. Komischerweise bin ich derzeit aber absolut begeistert von den Skandinavischen Ländern: Finnland, Lappland, Schweden,…

Die Vorstellung von endlosem Schnee, Rentieren und schlichtem Design hat es mir derzeit angetan. Hoffentlich schaffe ich es 2016 in wenigstens eines dieser Länder. o(*>ω<*)o

Normally I am totally the summer type of person, I love the warm (hot) sunlight, eating ice-cream and – if I am lucky –  going to the sea. So strange that I am currently obsessed with the Scandinavic Islands: Finland, Lappland, Sweden,…

Right now, I love the idea of endless snow, reindeers and simple design – amazing!
Hopefully I can travel to at least one of these countries in 2016.  o(*>ω<*)o

Wünsche/Wishes:
Derzeit träume ich immer öfter von meiner eigenen Wohnung, ganz ohne Mitbewohner, die ich komplett so einrichten kann, wie ich es mir vorstelle. Dazu schaue ich regelmäßig auf Pinterest für Inspiration und werde ganz hibbelig. Bunte Stühle mit Fellüberwurf? Riesige Topfpflanzen in Zimmerecken? Große Spiegel? Gold, Rosé und rote Farbtöne? Ja, ja, ja!!
Geht es euch da genauso wie mir? Was sind eure Wunsch-Einrichtungsstile?

These days I more and more dream of living in my own apartment, completely without any roommate, that I can style to my heart’s content. I regularly tune in to Pinterest for inspiration and become really excited. Colorful chairs with (fake) fur throw? Enormous plants in room corners? Gigantic mirrors? Gold, rosé and red colors? Yes, yes, yes!!

Are you feeling the same as me? What are your dream-interieur styles?

Style:
Seit einigen Monaten trage ich meine Haare weiß-pink und obwohl der Look ziemlich niedlich aussieht, bin ich mittlerweile auch ein wenig gelangweilt davon. Richtig gut gefallen mir derzeit blaugrün-farbene Haare. Gold und rot lassen sich super gut damit kombinieren. Pastel Hellblau oder Türkis stehen aber auch oben auf meiner Wunschliste. Mal sehen, was mir mein Friseur so zaubern kann.

For a few months now I dyed my hair white and pink and even though that look is really cute, I’ve gotten a bit tired of it. At the moment I really like teal colored hair. You can easily combine them with gold and red. Pastel light blue or turquoise are also on my wishlist. Let’s see, what wonders my hairdresser will perform.

See you next time!

My Sweet Escape Garden

botanic garden dublinIt is good to get to know the city you are living in. This is something that easily gets forgotten, when we are living our daily lives. We are going to work and once it’s time to go home, we just feel the need to relax in our four walls, especially when the weather is not as nice as we wish it to be.

I am very guilty of this. After spending 3 months in Dublin now, a certain routine has set in and I often find myself staying in front of the computer all night instead of going out.

botanic garden dublinThat’s why, a few weeks ago, when it was warm and sunny, I decided to overcome my laziness and spend my time exploring my new home a bit. Out of all the things to do, I liked the idea of being surrounded by nature the most. But a lot of my favorite points of interest were located too far outside of Dublin city and I didn’t want to go by train all by myself. (I enjoy day-trips the most with friends.)

So, after a bit of research, the best option was to hop onto a bus and drive to the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. From our center it is about an half an hour ride. (I took bus number 83, but number 4 and 9 also get you there. For more information, click here.)

The entry to the Botanic Garden is completely free, except if you wish to attend a guided group tour.

They have several glasshouses with different themes, but the palm house was my favorite. It’s warm and very humid in there, but look at these big purple blossoms hanging from the walls amidst all the big green leafs. ♥

botanic garden dublinbotanic garden dublinbotanic garden dublinbotanic garden dublinNonetheless, the outdoor gardens are also nothing to sneeze at. You can easily get lost following all these little paths, taking you to small birch forests or fields with local flora and fauna.

botanic garden dublinThe only slightly sad thing was, that most roses in the rose garden weren’t fully opened yet, although all other bushes and plants bloomed like crazy. After spending the next 20 minutes following and watching squirrels hopping through daisies and meadow, I reached this beautiful hangout.

botanic garden dublin
I wish, I could have sat there for a longer time, surrounded by pastel purple blossoms, but it was getting colder and more cloudy, so I hurried up to finish my visit before the big rain clouds would come.

I recommend everyone, who is tired from seeing nothing but city buildings or hearing the noise of the streets, to go to the Botanical Gardens. It is a truly inspiring, mood-lifting and refreshing experience. ★

With this, so long and see you next time!

Creative Days

graffiti1Currently I am working for an agency near Munich East. When I am walking there from the station I am surrounded by countless graffities in all variations. The creativity these artists put into their pictures is truly astonishing! So much love to detail and abstractation.
graffiti2graffiti3While I think simply scribbles of names (like on the right side of the picture) are a violation of a building or property, I love looking at graffities where artists put a lot of thought or personal meaning behind it.
delicious waffleWhen I met up with a friend at the Central Station last week, there were no way around the new waffle-to-go shop, that had opened a few months ago! If you’re near there, check it out, it’s sooo delicious. They have a small selection of choices, such as waffles with banana, ice-cream, cream and chocolate topping, strawberries, chopped almonds,…
It’s not even that expensive and when you’ve collected enough stamps after a few visits, you get a waffle for free, yay!
nail designAfter almost 4 weeks I also had to renew my fingernails. This time I chose a full cover in glitterish red, with a gold line and a white flower. I think this design fits my personalty the best out of all the designs I had so far.
I never did a fullcover before, simply because the grow-out is a lot easier to notice. But after collecting way too many shades of nailpolish, I think I have a color that fits this shade really well.
radical self love bibleOkay, and here’s some pictures of my current personal project: My Radical Self Love Bible.
I am following Gala Darling for a little more about a year now and her positivity and sparkling is something which inspires me on a nearly daily base. She adds to the things, that helps me to pull myself together, trying new things and growing as a being.

Nevertheless, I can be quite a cheapskate, so I didn’t bother buying her RSLB School Course until she had a Summer Sale.
Although I am a graphic-designer, I’m not super-crafty with things, well, but since it’s just for myself – no hard feelings! Just doing what feels right.

And it’s soooo much fun! 
At first I had to overcome my inhibition of cutting magazines. Since they had cost me money at some time in my life and I didn’t want to waste the beautiful pictures on the pages for something, that would look stupid in the end, I never did collages or the likes in my life. (Aside from school projects.)
After braving myself enough to do this, I couldn’t stop tearing pages, snipping and glueing them together, haha.

Then, I followed the step by step instructions of what to write about. Soon I even got my own inspiration, what topics I’d like to add, such as the Guilty Pleasure page shown above. (Which is currently my favorite page design-wise.)

Radical Self Love Bible is a long, long, probably neverending process of discovering oneself, so I am looking forward how my pages will evolve and what things I will learn.

Are you crafty?
What kind of things do you create to express yourself?
Please tell me in the comments!

For that, goodbye!
See you next time again!

Days Spent Laughing – Recent Stories

DSC06112After yearning for it for about two weeks, I got swimming again. I like to do that as late as possible for a couple of reasons. First, I can only do that after work and it’s usually dark anyway when I arrive back at home. Second, I save a few Euros when I am using the “night rate” and third… there are less people there. It’s so much more relaxed.
My personal aim is to swim at least for half an hour. After months of not doing anything swimming related, the first five minutes I thought to myself “I can’t do it.”
But once I overcame that point, things went pretty easy.

After the time was up, I went straight to the steam bath, deeply breathing in some fresh citrus scented oils. When sweating in this heat, I imagine my body to leak out all the black toxic stuff inside my body. About 15 minutes later I went out and showered myself with cold water. What a refreshing experience!
(It was also the first time, I didn’t crave for junk food after swimming. Wow!)
Since it was near closing time then, I went back on my way home, but not without stopping when I suddenly saw a cute orange-striped cat.

I let her sniff my hand and once she decided I was a good-willed being, I petted her for a bit.
DSC06128A few days later I met with a friend of mine to eat and chat.
We laughed so much, reving memories of our school life back then and recent travel stories, while drinking alcohol free mixed drinks with limes and mint. I haven’t had laughed so much for ages!
DSC06146DSC06123I also renewed my nail-design to a darker theme. The cross-painting was something I really longed for quite some time, though I think next time I am going to do something more cheerful again.
DSC06152The last thing I did was visiting my uncle for his birthday get-together. I hadn’t seen him since 18 years and also never met the sister of my mother before. They welcomed my parents and me warmly, telling funny stories from their lives and had a reaaally hard time letting us go to sleep despite it’s gotten late.

Those fun days end so fast, you better treasure them while you can, huh?

Well then,
make lots of good new memories!

See you next time again!

Sunny Days in Kirkwall And Amsterdam

030814-13Here comes part two after this post, talking about my adventures on a cruise.

After our three stops in Iceland we arrived in Kirkwall, which is the small but very charming capital of the Orkney Islands, near Scottland. We’ve got some spare time to explore the city before and after a short bus tour. It felt so great to finally do something on our own!
DSC05033We visited the boutiques and shops with expensive, self made gold jewellery, ate the most fantastic ice-cream in the world (Apple Crumble, oh my!) and counselled an old store owner which Whiskey to buy. 030814-11Red telephone booths!
030814-12Our bus brought us to the Standing Stones. Like Stonehenge no-one really knows why and how people many hundres of years ago put up these large, heavy flagstones, aligned in a circle. A tale goes, they were trolls, having a party and dancing so wildly, that they forgot to hide when the morning arrived. The sun came up and turned them into stone.
DSC05152DSC05128My favorite place of all there the cliffs, where we watched the waves break against dark stone, sparkling under the sunlight. I could have stayed there until nightfall.
030814-7Each day on the ship we enjoyed free drinks at the different bars, mine mostly alcohol free.
DSC05577Our last cruise stop was in Amsterdam. Even though I don’t really like the language, I fell in love on first sight. No house is the same, there are just sooo many cyclists and blooming flowers everywhere. DSC05739After the short bus tour and a bit of spare time we made a canal tour and headed back to the cruise ship. Goodbye, Amsterdam, hello again, Germany.
030814-8Constant companion had been my new cat bag, which I bought on ASOS. I could only fit in my camera and my purse, which was perfect for travelling lightly. Otherwise I might have ended up taking too much with me on each trip.
030814-3To cruise in style I also went to a beauty salon beforehand, getting my nails done. Since then I try to go regularly. I don’t have to worry about broken nails or chipped nail polish like that.

All in all, it has been a wonderful trip, full of new, fantastic and inspiring things. I recommend taking a cruise in one point of your life. It’s a nice experience and you get to know many places in a short time. If you like one in particular you can always take a second trip again by yourself.

So long,

I hope you’ve enjoyed my travel report. See you next time!