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Friday, March 27, 2015

Exploring the Tropics in Germany | A Photo Diary

It is that weird time of the year right now when spring occasionally swings by for a day or two only to decide that he is not quite ready for commitment yet and disappears again. I don’t really mind the colder times of the year, but eventually there just comes the point when seeing  nature in bloom becomes necessary again and when the German weather did not seem to cooperate with that desire, we took matters into our own hands and visited the Palmengarten - a local botanical garden - a few weekends ago.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Favorite Hike in Bergen, Norway : The Lyderhorn

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The first time I went hiking on the Lyderhorn was during fall of my first semester studying abroad. After weeks of rain and grey skies - Bergen is one of the rainiest places in Europe! - the weather had finally brightened up again and so some friends and me decided to go out to explore the nature. Because perfectly sunny days are a bit of a rarity in Bergen, people always take advantage of great weather conditions and head outdoors once the sun makes an appearance and on this particular day half of the population of Bergen seemed to be out and about in the same place as us.

There were families with small children and even smaller dogs that braved climbing up the steep rocks at the summit and runners that were so sure-footed and fast that my own (non-existent) stamina wanted to die of shame, but the view over the sea and the islands off the coast was incredibly beautiful and the Lyderhorn immediately became one of my favorite viewpoints in Bergen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Blogger Stroll Through East Paris

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Margo and Jordan had been speaking about going on a little blogger getaway to Paris for many months already and when conflicting schedules made it seem like I would not be able to join them and Alex and Jen in the city of lights I was nearly heart-broken. How on earth could I miss out on what would surely become an epic girls' trip? But in the end, I figured I would be able to squeeze in one small weekend after all, booked my train tickets on a whim and thought YOLO! And it definitely was the best decision: There was lots of laughter, lots of talking and lots of food and I loved hanging out a bit more with Margo and Jordan and getting to know Alex and Jen, who had both come over from the UK, for the first time.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Romantic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen, Norway

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Every time I have a look at pictures of Norway, I have to pinch myself to believe just how magnificent and awe-inspiring the landscape of this country really is. Even though I have seen all these places with my very own eyes, I still sometimes find it hard to understand that a country this striking actually exists in real life and not just on the big screen at the movies and I feel all the more blessed to have been able to go study abroad in Norway. But as time goes by, the memories that used to be so vivid in my mind start to feel more and more like they are the memories of another person.

If I close my eyes, I still remember the cold wind on my face, still hear the sound of Edvard Grieg's Morning Mood playing with steep mountains in the background, still see the images of the rugged Norwegian landscape pass me by - but the girl going through all these experiences does not seem like me anymore. I suppose this is only natural - life always goes on and as we move from one place in our lives to another, things that used to be so clear start to fade into the distance. And I guess that is one reason why I love writing and photography: It lets me capture the feeling of the moment, so that I may go back later and remember just how I used to see things.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Weekend Scenes from Wiesbaden, Germany

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I don’t usually have weekends in the traditional sense. When you constantly have exams to study for and papers to write that you can never ever work enough on, you kind of just don’t leave the library on Friday evening and go into relaxation mode for two days, but come back the next morning to get just a little bit more of work done. I obviously do take days off, but it usually happens unplanned when I’m just too exhausted to be bothered, but it usually leaves me with a feeling quite guilty.

So if I have gathered anything from my extremely limited office work experience, it is that it is actually quite lovely to be able to leave work on your office desk and to take a proper break over the weekend. Granted, I’m not sure if this is actually really a thing - can anyone really ever leave behind their work? - but I definitely like the idea of being able to do whatever I want without encountering the dreaded guilty conscience that tells me to go work some more.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Epic Views at Gullfjellet, Norway

One of the facets of my personality that doesn't get nearly enough recognition on my blog is my love for all things epic. I was always the kind of girl that preferred movies with grandiose landscapes and large battles, the kid that spent more time reading Enid Blyton's Famous Five books multiple times than playing outside and the teenager that developed a huge love for Middle Earth instead of going to house parties. 

It is no surprise for me, therefore, that places like Scotland, Cornwall and Norway have touched me in ways that I struggle to find the right words for. The rugged wilderness and the magical landscapes of all these places took me away from our world and captured my spirit and fantasy in ways that other places couldn't and for lack of a better description my soul felt welcomed back home.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Goals For March

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I know it's a terribly cliché thing to say, but how can it already be March? It feels like 2015 only started yesterday! February was a good, but uneventful month and so I don't really have any exciting stories to tell, but I believe that we all occasionally need times in our lives that allow us to just be.

March is setting out to be a quiet month as well: I'm spending the month living at my parents' place in Frankfurt while I'm interning at a law firm, but I do have a sneaky little weekend trip to Paris with some blogging friends coming up and until then I'm savoring not having to go grocery shopping myself. Stepping away from my regular student life and getting a glimpse of what it may actually mean to be a working professional is an eye-opening experience to say the least and I have a whole new respect for people who manage to have jobs, take care of their homes and families all while maintaining a fulfilling social life.
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