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Life Snippets of 2019: What Remained

I've been writing and rewriting this blog post for exactly two years now. No matter how often I tried to find the right words, I just couldn't. Sometimes I would try to appear strong and make sarcastic jokes -- sometimes I sounded too whiney (especially in comparison with the global sh!tshow that the last two years have been with so many people going through so much tough stuff). But my emotions were (and still are) all over the place. Oscillating in-between sarcasm, self-pitying, and recounting traumatizing experiences with a hard-nosed neutrality is probably the most authentic I can be. So, [...]

By |2021-12-22T19:22:43+01:002021/12/22|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , |0 Comments

September in Germany via Instagram

Of course, I want to travel. A lot. But I want to travel a whole lot more than I actually can: I like my job as a medievalist, but honestly, it's quite time-consuming and it's definitely not a job that is making me rich. Thus, I'm constantly torn between feeling guilty for not reading and researching enough  -- and the desire to run off to a foreign country every other second. This September, for the first time as a 'real' employed grown-up, I made use of my vacation days. I know many people would be jealous of my 28 paid vacation days [...]

By |2014-10-21T21:57:57+02:002014/10/21|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

My July via Instagram

Ever since I started working as a medievalist last fall, I've been struggling with finding balance in between being the busy art historian and the blogging part-time traveler. I admire bloggers who manage to be successful in their day-jobs and still stick to a regular writing schedule. But the thing is, my job is a job that is never really done -- I could always read more, study more, think more, question more. And in the past weeks I learned that if things get tough at work, I can't just hop around the internets, edit photos and write. However, besides [...]

By |2014-08-14T11:00:01+02:002014/08/05|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Market Days in Germany

In my mind, I'm always traveling: I have photos from Paris and Croatian beaches on the walls of my room, and a picture of the Irish coast as my desktop background at work. My mind is always racing, looking for new places to dream of, planning trips I might take someday. It's not that I'm not happy with my everyday life, but I still like to dream myself away every day... For the first time in a long time though, I feel intellectually challenged with what I spend my days with: I get to read and study all day long, [...]

By |2014-05-27T23:08:22+02:002014/05/27|Categories: Destinations, Germany|Tags: , , |20 Comments

Photo Essay: Pretty Frozen Germany

It's of kind strange that I write so many posts based on weather, but somehow, weather is a big mood catalyzer for me: Spring provides me with so much new energy, summer is just my favorite season of the year, fall makes me nostalgic but also appreciative of the beauty of changes, and winter -- well, winter is always tough. Of course, I find winter beautiful from time to time. At least on those rare days with white powdery snow and blue skies. But most of the time, winter in Central Europe is just gray in gray with more gray. [...]

By |2014-02-02T15:13:08+01:002014/02/02|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , |22 Comments

January Sunshine in Göttingen

I've only really lived in Göttingen for about five weeks now. I'm still discovering something new every day. I still search for coffee shops and restaurants on yelp and try to find my new favorite. I'm still getting used to the speaking melody of the people living here and I still have to learn all the insider shortcuts. But I’m also slowly starting to feel at home. Last year I realized (once more) that starting over somewhere new is never easy, but that it is worth all the struggles if you don't give up. I'm a stronger and more confident [...]

By |2014-03-09T23:49:02+01:002014/01/12|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , |24 Comments

All You Need to Know about German Christmas Markets

I won't lie, winter in Central Europe is not fun. It's dark, it's cold, it's depressing. The sun sets in the afternoon and most daytime is spent inside with the lights on. It usually only starts snowing when Christmas is over and when everybody is ready for spring. (The heaviest snow storms I experienced actually happened in April!) And no, it's not romantic and cozy to freeze in the dark. The longer winter lasts, the crankier people around you become in Central Europe. However, there is one tiny exception to all the Central Europe wintertime depression: Those four weeks before [...]

By |2014-11-29T22:16:32+01:002013/12/20|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , |24 Comments

A New Beginning

A while ago, I read an article on some kind of semi-dubious internet site introducing a study on the latest posts of all WordPress blogs out there (at least, that's what I remember the article being about). Interestingly enough, two thirds of all the blogs out there had their latest post starting with "Sorry I haven't posted in a while". I immediately swore to myself that I would never start I post like that. If only to not appear in this kind of statistics. But well, sometimes, life simply gets in the way of writing and creativity -- and I [...]

By |2014-05-28T09:45:09+02:002013/11/24|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , |43 Comments
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