I’m so glad we went for a week rather than a day and a half or even our original 3 day trip. There is so much to see on the island it was great. We would go to beaches 2 times a day and in between for lunch have tapas. I tried Squid for the first time along with other fishy things. At first they freaked me out cause the way some people prepared them they were literally just a squid maybe cooked on the pan. So you would see the legs and eyes and …eek. However they really grew on me. Whenever someone was getting hungry we just yell TAPAAAS! and everyone would rejoice echoing TAPAAAAS back.
Traveling in groups can tend to be stressful and especially for a week you’d think we’d all want to kill each other by the end of it. However for us being a group of 12 I think we are like the best people to have traveled with. We were all nothing but giggles on the trip the whole time. However as long as we were outside I dont think anyone cared what we did. Trips like these make me no how much more i’m gonna miss everyone.
Well it was a great adventure that will never be forgotten. Sunshine, Sand and Clear water is my new therapy for getting all my worries.
For anyone who gets all hot and bothered by Justin Bieber come to Germany. Because apparently German scientist have gotten a hold of his DNA and cloned German boys into his look alike.
The other day Sandra, Tiffany and I were at the bus stop just right out of the trainstation minding our business trying to catch a bus. When the bus area was filled with kids. Apparently school lets out at noon here in Germany, I mean what the heck is that all about. Anyways after we got over the ginormous crowd of kids we couldnt help but notice the following. They all fucking (excuse my french) looked like Justin Bieber. One kid even was wearing a Justin Bieber purple hoodie and that had me dieing. One point there was a group of boys maybe about 6 of them talking and I say to Tiffany “Hey check out the Justin Bieber look alike.” to which she says “Ha. Which one?” and I said “EXACTLY!”. Then I look to my right as a bus door opens and they hop out one by one with their hair swooshing just like Bieber does his little hair flip. Some reason this seemed like it happened in slow motion.
Tiffany has decided to make it a personal project now to go back there with a camera to video tape it. As she put it “IT NEEDS TO BE KNOWN! THE WORLD MUST SEE THIS!” and she will play justin bieber music in the background of the video. I thought we should also experiment by bringing a bomb box and just start playing bieber songs and seeing if they all do a flashmob. (For those who dont know what a flash mob is shame on you and watch this video)
Just had my first class and for once I can say this is going to be alot of work. Not to say the other classes werent work but this will be more on a regular basis. However I’m happy to be taking it I feel like I might feel like Im being a creative person again. We have to upload a sketch everyday from a new source we have chosen. Then we pick 4, one from every month, and make them into big posters. Each week we talk about the work we did in front of the class. Yippie once a week mini German presentations.
Our teacher is from Italy too and has a fun personality. He is also a bit easier I think to understand then the other teachers just cause he is an Auslander. So no big crazy words he speaks more simple and slower cause he kind of has to think too as he talks.
So Eero just informed me that Lada his friend since…ever is the Barista Finnish Champion. He will be going to Bogota to compete for world champion. Can I just say last time I was in Finland not even yet 2 years ago Lada was just starting to go to cooking school. So this just shows you how talented and smart this guy is. Honestly he is one of the nicest guys I know and could probably do whatever he wanted to. He is just that loyal and smart that part of me isnt even shock he won. However that doesn’t make me any less proud. I guess now he has been in magazines and all these interviews. Here is a link I saw Santtu post and its all in finnish but never the less its so cool!
So my old german roommate had introduced me to this blog on tumblr called surviving Germany. Which is absolutely fantastic with its amount of truth and silliness. Well Natascha has done it again she has found me another blog to laugh along with.
Here is my favorite part from the text "Also, Germans just don’t seem to understand that America is responsible for everything good in the world. Maybe they are just jealous that we invented freedom, democracy, fireworks, satellites, and the automobile."
Here is the whole text! Enjoy its basically 100% true if you ask me. Shameful yet amusing in its own way.
When you move to Germany, you will have to defend yourself against people wondering why Americans seem to think Germany doesn’t have electricity or color television. So be prepared to explain to them exactly why we know nothing about their country.
In Germany, everyone is an expert on world affairs, because their local news is so boring. They can talk about everything in the world in the 15 minute Tagesschau, whereas we need a 30 minute daily show just to cover sports. It only takes a few minutes to say that Bayern Munich is champion again, but we’ve got college basketball, pro basketball, college football, pro football, hockey, golf, tennis, baseball, Nascar, Indy, just to get started….
Plus in Germany, the worst that can happen is some high winds or some flooding. In America we have hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, mudslides, blizzards, earthquakes, and bears. In the local news in Germany, the top story would be someone’s bike getting stolen, whereas we have murder, mugging, armed-robbery, and high speed police chases in every big city every single day. We have action news in America. German news just isn’t that exciting, so Germans have to find out about what’s going on elsewhere outside their borders.
Also, Germans just don’t seem to understand that America is responsible for everything good in the world. Maybe they are just jealous that we invented freedom, democracy, fireworks, satellites, and the automobile.
Once you are back to the US from Germany, people will politely ask you about Germany, even though they aren’t really interested. Be prepared to answer questions like, “Is Germany near Europe?”, without laughing out loud and embarrassing someone who is just trying to be nice to you.
Also, 97% of the time when you mention that you have lived in Germany, someone will say, “Oh, my best-friend’s sister’s aunt is 1/4 German!” Try to come up with a good response to this in advance. We haven’t come up with one yet.
“Don’t you think I was made for you? I feel like you had me ordered—and I was delivered to you—to be worn. I want you to wear me, like a watch-charm or a buttonhole bouquet.”—Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald (via fuckyeahfitzgerald)
So I’m going over my verb sheet I got on Thursday from my teacher. I’m learning words I dont even think I remember in spanish. I can slowly see my spanish being pushed to the back burner and German taking the front.
QUE TRISTE! (thats sad)
I hope my brain can remember both equally…*crosses fingers*
This is going to be one of those blogs with no real purpose. Just an overall what’s going on in Charlinda’s life entry.
I have started my Advance level of German class, yes Advance level. Lord help me. I actually think it will be ok and I like the teacher. Its just intimidating when you are the only student who has just been studying German for 8 months and the rest have been for 3 years.
Classes start in a week and basically I’m taking Illustrative Graphic, Screenprinting Artist Book, Art Metals Jewelry making, German Class, and Advertising Design. However I may want to try and add another class or replace one I dont know.
In other exciting news yet annoying. Ryanair is this really cheap airline that has screwed us over just a bit. My friends and I were planing on a 3 day trip to this Island of the main land of Spain called Ibiza. However Ryanair changed it so we would only have a day and a half. So we had the option of either going for a week or a day and a half. So I talked it over with my German teacher and she gave me the ok. So I decided to go for a week with everyone else. It just sucks because I know not everyone is able to go for the week. Cristina and Pedro found a really good deal where flight, car, and hostel (with a kitchen so we can buy groceries so its cheaper) is like 125,80 euros. Which honestly when you think about it that’s a pretty damn good deal (pardon my language). So looks like I’ll be doing the week rather than a day and a half. It will be cool going to a Spanish speaking country I think. Its nice when you go to places where even if its not your native language but you are capable of getting your way around.
Still haven’t seen much of my roommates but I think the Niklaus is back. I went to my old place last night cause Frieda had made some dinner for friends. Crazy delicious as always too so I miss being around that. Its just a different environment right now at this new place but I think when everyone is officially around it will get better. I mean I love my room and the apartment but its a bit lonely. I can’t really talk to most of them besides small talk in German.
Also at the end of April is my weekend trip to Finland. I’m a bit anxious and nervous about it. I keep having various dreams about it. No matter how good or bad what happens in the dream when I wake up I feel like I had a bit of a nightmare. I just had this dream literally a few hours ago that I was seeing everyone. However some people kind of didn’t act all that interested I was there. So it made me sad like what if some people are cold to me but I like to think that really won’t happen. Its been 2 years since Ive seen everyone so Im glad I get to see them again.
Venice Masquerade Carnival…well there is nothing quiet like it honestly. Its probably Lady Gaga’s dream world with all these extravagant out of this world outfits. The outfits we saw while there…holy cow. I’m still in a bit of a shock and pissed my camera hadn’t fully charged. However everyone got some really good photos that I will steal and upload on here later. However thanks to the world wide web I have added a nice little sneak peak picture for you.
Venice was the last place we really went to go visit. I loved it! It was such a nice sunny day out so perfect and Venice is definitely one of those enchanting places that seem unreal. Italy is such a romantic place its almost heartbreaking to be there as a single person. However at the same time you get distracted by the beauty and tasty gelato you don’t have much time to notice that. Although this is my 2nd time to Italy in the past two months I really want to go back there again when there isn’t the festival. I mean the place isn’t that big so imagine a massive crowd constantly which ever direction you turn. Plus as you will soon see from photos half the time it was peoples costumes taking up the space as well.
Venice you have worked your Italian magic on me and I surrender to your bewitching beauty.
I’ve decided mission scaredy cat is over…for now. I made it to the shower and out the door without being caught. Its when I came back from my errands grocery shopping I let my scaredy cat guard down.
I thought the coast was clear besides this Per guy that I couldn’t quiet tell was even still here or not. Lisa had left some baked goods (SCORE) and a note saying she had left for home and won’t be back till next week Thursday. Which I remember her saying so I was like SCORE. This way I could get used to this place on my own. Then as I’m putting things away and chopping up veggies in the process for my stir fry. To my great horror I hear the sound of women heals.
CUE SCAREDY CAT ACTION which I was actually in the process of putting things away in the side mini room where all shelf food would go. Cause the steps were getting louder and heading my way. I kind of peaked my head out first and there she was kind of peaking her head at me Hallo! My cover had been blown. However as usual the whole thing was very painless. Much to my excitement afterward I pretty much understood everything she said and even attempted a simple question. In fact the convo went something like this however remember all in German:
Hey so I’m about to go home well as I have wrote here and please help yourself. A friend and I made them and we had extra oh and do you want this zucchini I have in the fridge? (me:ya ok) ok great! Well I will be gone till next week so if you dont eat it too its ok but you can have it. (me:thanks, um so the new roommate comes this sunday?) Yeah he does so I dont know if you will meet him but if you do maybe it will be really quickly since you leave for italy. (haha yeah ok) Ok so see you till you return from Italy then. (yep bye have fun!) thanks.
So now that my second encounter was perfectly fine and bearable. Ive decided I am no longer really that scared of her. Now we await for the new guy…that I’m sure I’ll be scared all over again.
So the other day I met my one and only other girl roommate. Her name is Lisa and she seems very nice, and we had a decent conversation in German together. After the small chit chat for a minute I began to say in German. Sorry my German isn’t that good and she responded with oh well I think your German is better than my English kind of things. That’s when I realized I’m really going to be learning German this semester. I have another roommate like that Daniel. However now I know why Lisa didn’t really talk to me when I met her at their WG party. She probably heard me mainly speaking English and was afraid to speak with me kind of like Daniel. So I’ve officially spent one night here and I’m such a coward. I know Lisa is here in fact I can hear her on the phone in the hall way. However I’m sneaking around listening for bedroom doors to shut so I know I can run out to the kitchen or the bathroom. I don’t know why I’m really doing this but lets just say that timid girl inside of me is awake.
Not gonna lie right now I’m thinking man I wish she would get out the kitchen. So I can go run take a shower and run my errands haha. On the outside I’m 24 but on the inside I’m 10 again.
Well not quiet yet but I’m loading up the last suitcase to face a soon dreaded departure. Today Natascha knocked on my door and said she was going to make apple pancakes and if I would like some. This is the love and nurturing I get here…why on earth would I ever want to leave. Not to say these new roommates won’t be, but they are mainly guys and I don’t see them popping their heads into my room and telling me they are going to make baked goods and if I want some any time soon.
I finally came to the conclusion my ideal situation is when I move to bring Frieda and Natascha with me. Its a total me trying to eat my cake and have it to, so I know it can’t be done. Man this is heartbreaking. I really feel like a little duckling leaving her nest away from her Mama duck. It something that has to be done and cant be stopped.