Choco, choco, choco.

My family is coming back tomorrow, after one month of holidays! I’ve been alone at homefor the past few weeks, and as I still live at home, this was like some kind of survival training and preparation for my move to England in a few weeks… Well, let’s say I survived. Somehow. Magically. Anyway… I thought I make a nice welcome gift for them, so I made chocolate brownies! As it happens, I am rather bad at cooking, but good at baking! I love to bake and decorate cookies and cakes, and I often do this for the birthdays of my family and friends.

Even though my family comes tomorro and not today, I had to have a piece of the brownie… I mean, I had to check if it was good, right? And better double check, so my boyfriend also got a piece. It was cold and rainiy ouside again today, so it was perfect to cuddle up on the sofa with tea, chocolate brownie and Chococat, a cute plushie cat I received from my sister some ears ago for christmas. And no, the tea was not chocolate flavored, in case you wonder!

 

Day 82.

Day 82.

University preparations.

University hasn’t even started, and I already have the feeling that I’m way behind. Is that normal?

I received a reading list for my seminars already a few weeks ago, but as university doesn’t begin until October, I haven’t done any reading yet… But I’m getting a bad consciousness which is becoming stronger every day, so I figured that I should start doing something, in order to start preparing myself for university. One of the books I have to read for my seminar “Literary Masculinity at the fín-de-siecle” is Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I know, this is one of the standard books in English literature, but as I’ve been studying American linguistics and literature, I haven’t read most of the British classics. Well, time to catch up on that!

Day 81.

Day 81.

A flood, afternoon tea, and a ticket to Hogwarts.

Oh. My. God. Today was a total chaos.

Actually, it all started yesterday night. I came back from my trip to Italy, and my boyfriend picked me up at the airport, which made me feel really welcome. But when we got to my place, I realized that I was not able to open the door to my flat! My grandma checked upon it when I was away, and she locked the additional lock we have on our door… But somehow I don’t have the keys for that. So my boyfriend and I had to go all the way to my grandma and back to get the key. It was really late by then, and we were home by 10:30 pm. That’s when I finally could eat something after starving all day at the airport, because even though Lufthansa provided drinks, there was no food, and I’m definitely not willing to pay €6 for a sandwich!

Well, so today we slept in a little and I thought to myself that it’ll be really awesome if I could do the laundry before we have breakfast… so I turned the washing machine on and we went down to eat something. After that my boyfriend went upstair and suddenly called me to come upstairs. “Listen, there’s a puddle here on the floor…” I thought he was kidding, so I told him I was busy now. But when he said that there was SERIOUSLY a puddle on the floor and I’d better come up an check, I suddenly realized that I forgot to put the tube of the washing machine into the toilet, so that the water could flow off… I ran upstairs, and found the whole floor and bathroom flooded, like my boyfriend said.

What to do in case of a catastrophe? Right, run around in circles, screaming. If not for him, I’d have lost my head completely. There was just so much WATER! Where to begin to whipe it? In the end, it took us half an hour, eight towels and some tears of a completely lost me to clean up all the mess. I also had to work that day, so when I arrived at the coffee shop, I had completely forgotten that I just came back from a holiday. Real life can be so harsh sometimes…

Anyway, when I was in Italy, my boyfriend was in London with his family, and he brought me back these totally awesome gifts! So to calm down after work, we brewed ourselves come cups of afternoon tea with milk and honey and I admired my ticket to Hogwarts. From today on, I will carry it around with me! In case another chaotic day like this hits me, I’ll simply jump on this train and be gone, off to practice some vanishing spells for water!

 

Day 80.

Day 80.

Italian holidays.

Here we go again! Today I came back from my short holiday in Italy. I went to the Tuscany, vitising Pisa, Cinque Terre, and some other smaller or bigger cities, and I enjoyed this little escape from everyday life in Hamburg so much! My family has owned a camping since before I was born, so I’ve spent most holidays traveling around one country or another for a few weeks. Having your own little house with you is most convenient, I’m telling you! No matter where you are, you can feel at home. And on the other hand, this way, you have a new adventure beginning right at your doorstep. I haven’t been on holidays with my family for a few years now, though, so it was a lot of fun to live in the camping again for a few days.

I’m going to sum the five days up as best as I can, so that this post doesn’t end up endlessly long!

The day I arrived my family also arrived at the new camping ground, so we set up the camping first, went for some grocery shopping and then went to the beach to have a relaxing evening. That is what I love about flying, you end up in a completely different situation and place than when you left! When I left Hamburg that morning, it was cold and grey, and I finished my day lying at the beach, basking in the sun and swimming in the ocean. A bit surreal, don’t you think? But definitely an improvement, haha!

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Day 74.

On my second day we went to Pisa, of course. It’s a charming little city with a beautiful center and some shopping streets. I was even able to buy a really great swim suit which was on sale! Now I was perfectly equipped for this trip. After walking through the city center we came to the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Wonders, so to say. And it truly looks like a wonder, seeing the leaning tower of Pisa gruped together with the Cathedral and the Pisa Babtistry. We walked into the piazza from around a corner, and suddenly these beautifully aranged buildings, made of white marble stood in front of us, perfetly lined up. Well, except for the tower of course! The leaning tower of Pisa actually is the bell tower of the Cathedral and its architecture is simply stunning. The white marble looks so pretty against the blue sky! But we took the funniest pictures not directly in front of the tower, but in front of the cathedral, where you can see the tower peeking around the cathedral’s corner. It really looks like it would be wanting even more attention than it gets already, shouting hey! I’m over here, look at me!

Day 75.

Day 75.

The next day we decided to spent the morning at the beach. I haven’t really been to the beach for a really long time, so I enjoyed this a lot. My favorite thing to do at the beach is to go swimming first, in order to cool down, and then to lie down on my already hot towel to dry up again. I always build little sand castles in front of my towel or put my ear on the ground and play with the sand next to the towel, because you can actually hear that! Sounds strange, but this reminds me of my childhood and is just so relaxing… In the evening we drove to a city called Livorno, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very beautiful one… Anyway, I managed to take this photo of the small harbor in front of the city’s fort.

Day 76.

Day 76.

On Sunday we got up really early, because we wanted to go on a trip to the famous villages called Cinque Terre. These are five villages, built into the slopes of the mountains, known for their beautiful architecture and colorful houses and squares. All of them are a UNESCO world heritage site and really, really worth a visit. There is a train running between them, which is extremely convenient, as otherwise you would have to walk several hours through the mountains, but the train goes right through them, so it only takes a few minutes between each village. This was my personal highlight of this trip to Italy, the villages were absolutely wonderful. They had beautiful houses and piazzas, little hidden alleys and staircases, gorgeous plants and flowers, and the views of the ocean and the mountains were truly spectacular. We spent the whole day in these villages and we also saw the sundown, which bathed the coast in beautiful light for photographs. On the picture below is the port of Vernazza, which is one of the most photographed places there.

Day 77.

Day 77.

The next day we needed to recover a bit from Sunday’s trip, we walked around the whole day, so we rewarded ourselves with another morning at the beach. Me and my sister found a natural little bay, formed by huge rock next to the shore, where the water was really warm and only waist-high. So we splashed and joked around like little children… but honestly, holidays are for relaxing and enjoying yourself, so why care about the stares of others! This was also my last day in Italy, so in the evening we made one last trip to Arezzo, a city not far from the coast. The city had a wonderful center with preserved and renovated old buildings, in which the shops where located. It was a perfect mix of history and contemporary life. This city even had an intact city wall, which we had to pass in order to enter the city. That was really special! We had delicious pizza and strolled through the streets and alleys, passing churches, cafés and charming squares until it became quite late. We couldn’t stay for a drink unfortunately, because I still had to pack my things, as I was leaving the next morning.

Day 78.

Day 78.

The flight back was pretty long, because the connection wasn’t very good. I had to transfer in Munich, and unfortunately I had to wait for almost five hours for my connecting flight. But as I was flying with Lufthansa, there was such a nice service! I could take as much coffee, tea, and hot chocolate as I wanted, and they also provided a wide range of newspapers… Now that’s a service I enjoyed, as I usually take the cheapest airlines in order to save money, and that usually means that you even have to pay for a damn glass of water… So flying with Lufthansa was a pleasant change!

Day 79.

Day 79.

All in all, I enjoyed my trip a lot and I am really happy that I finally saw the leaning tower of Pisa and Cinque Terre. I’ve been seeing tons of pictures of them on Instagram lately, so I was eager to visit there myself. Also, I enjoyed swimming in the ocean a lot, and even got a bit tanned. I hope this will help me face the cold months, because winter is coming!

Unforseen treats.

Again, I can only say that I simply have the best grandma in the world. I came home today after work and shopping, and opened my fridge to discover a big plate full of salad, ham, stuffed eggs and avocado!! Because I’m leaving for a holiday trip tomorrow, I had a lot of things to take care of today and was really busy until now, so my grandma popped in and prepared this absolutely lovely plate for me!! Diving right into it now, this will be even tastier than it actually is, because it was unexpected. And after that, packing for Pisa, Italy!! As I’ll be staying with my parents on a campground, I’ll probably won’t have WiFi, so I decided to take a break from posting and doing a recap after I come back. See you all in 5 days!

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Day 73.

To longboard, or not to longboard.

Actually, I planned on meeting up with a friend of mine who stayed at her parents house today. As her house is not far from mine, we agreed that I could come on my longboard, so that she could try it out, too. Well, so I set out this morning to drive to her, but already as I left my place the sky didn’t look very merciful on my plans. A few drops started to fall after a few minutes, and after 10 more minutes, with me only about half the way, the drops turned into what could be regarded as a spontaneous waterfall from heaven… I only had shorts, a t-shirt and a hoodie with me, so I was entirely soggy after a few meters. I found some shelter under a tree, but as the rain turned heavier and heavier, even that didn’t help a lot. Also, I think that it’s not very postive for the board to get wet, so I tried to shelter it as good as possible, ending up all covered in the mud that already stuck on it… In the end, I had to call my friend to pick me up with her car.

But luckily, I tried again in the evening, and was rewarded with a beautiful sunset and dry roads! And even though I only went on a short round, my mood immediately brightened when I got on my board. There’s just nothing as great as smoothly riding your longboard and feeling like surfing on the streets!

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Day 72.

Mastered the needle.

I did it!! I really managed to finish my embroidery picture! It took me so long to actually finish it, but today I decided that it had to be done. Finishing it involved some complications like several knots, wrong stitches, the loss of my black thread and having to buy a new one, only to finish the whiskers of the bunny and other things, but lets focus on the important thing here: I truly was able to do it! I’m so bad at needlework that this can be regarded as a miracle, but I really enjoyed it and I’m already thinking of new motives to do. Anyway, as I resolved to finish it today, it turned out to be 2 am of tomorrow actually… But it’s not tomorrow until you sleep and wake up again, right? Nevertheless, as I had to work until 10pm today and now worked so long on this, I’m really tired and will conclude this post with today’s picture. Have a good night everyone!

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Day 70.