Category Archives: Freak outs

Midterm Misery

Want to know the secret to making a theatre major feel really, really dumb?

MAKE HER TAKE A POLITICAL SCIENCE EXAM.

Yup, it’s midterms in Berlin…already!!  It’s crazy to think that my time here is almost half way over…AND when I think about that, it just makes me not want to study when I know my time in Berlin is becoming more and more limited.

A night out to Berghain, an early morning yoga class followed by a walk in Charlottenburg, and hunkering down in my two favorite eateries, Goodies and Schwarzes Cafe, have all helped the mass of information go down easier 🙂

Vegan chocolate zucchini breadBrunch and books at Schwarzes Cafe

Brunch and books at Schwarzes Cafe

Midterms suck...but I'm still the luckiest girl in the world 🙂

Lunch at KaDeWe

This, my friends, is the most expensive lunch I have ever bought.  I cringe when I think of the exact number, but let’s just say that my lunch from the Mensa, or student cafeteria, cost about %15 of what this meal was.

Tired of eating Mensa (cafeteria) food and the baked potatoes I live off of at the apartment, my friend and I ventured to Charlottenburg to go to the KaDeWe, Berlin’s (if not Europe’s) fanciest department store for a pinkies-out, swanky lunch.

For the record, this lunch was fresh kiwi, parsley, honey, and orange juice, salad with microgreens, a cabbage slaw with kumquats and fennel, cabbage, melon, tomatoes with mozzarella, olives, peppers, and a veggie croquette that I topped with balsamic vinegar and walnut oil.  The soup was an “exotiches Fisches suppe”.

We enjoyed our lunch with views that looked out over the whole city

You could spend an entire day shopping in this expensive megalith, but we decided to poke around the food section.  I’m about to hit you with some serious food porn, but the pictures really don’t do it justice.

Just a small section of the American section of the food department. Maple syrup, El Paso taco kits, Crisco, Betty Crocker, Snapple, Reese's, and much more covered the walls. I'm just happy to know I have somewhere to get my Pop Tart fix 😉

My last day in London…

…was spent sorting through everything I packed seeing if there was any way I could travel more lightly.  After parting with my hairdryer, 3 pairs of shoes, 10 books, and my stash of warm weather clothes my suitcase closes quite nicely.

It was actually SUNNY in London today, so my mom and I spent the afternoon enjoying the weather with a long walk through the giant Regent’s Park

We both wanted to go to Harrod’s one last time for tea and to scope out the sales.  Well, the crowds were overwhelming and the tea was too expensive so we decided against that, but as we were making our way towards the exit I spotted that there was a LADUREE in Harrod’s!

Ladurée famously sells one of my favorite confections in the world–macarons, which are two rounds of an almond meal based meringue glued together by an intensely flavored filling.  My mom loves them to, so we picked up a small box!

Seriously, they are the most delicious things in the world.

Unfortunately, I could not say the same for my dinner.  I’ve been craving pub food the whole time I’ve been in London, so we decided to go out to a pub for my last night.  I was thrilled to see Ox Cheek and Red Wine Pie with Kale Colcannon on the menu, so that was what I ordered.  Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations

First, I don’t see any kale in this colcannon.  Second, even though the pie looks MASSIVE, it turned out to be quite empty.  I scavenged roughly five pieces of meat and five mushrooms from a lake of over-salted gravy.  Oh well.  You can’t win them all.  Luckily there were some more macarons at the flat when we returned.

 

Also I’M FREAKING GOING TO BERLIN TOMORROW SO AT THE END OF THE DAY IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT I HAD CRAPPY PIE FOR DINNER!!  Berfreakinglin.  I’ve waited my whole life to study in Germany and since I visited Berlin a year ago I’ve been itching to return.  And now I get to live there STARTING TOMORROW!!!

I love you London, thanks for providing me for such a wonderful and fun vacation, but now it’s time for the next adventure.

What I’ve Been Up To

Alright, enough of the French posts.  It’s time to show you what I’ve been doing since I’ve come back!

1. I visited Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral

2. I turned into a cratchety old witch 21

3. My family and I celebrated Christmas, complete with an olive tree pretending to be a Christmas tree, crackers, crowns, turkey, and plum pudding!

6. My dad turned 55

He’s becoming a bit senile…he thinks he’s turning into a pigeon

4. My mom, dad, and I explored the charming Chelsea neighborhood.

5. The whole family visited the Tower of London and got to experience 900 years of British history in one place!  Woohoo!

And on another note…I start classes in Berlin in a week!  Crazy!

First day in London!

I made it to London!  And I survived!

After what seems like the world’s shortest flight (fuh reals, I slept the whole time—I didn’t even make it through Bridesmaids), I met my Dad when I exited the Terminal.

While he was keeping an eye out for my Mom and sister, I chugged a cappuccino:

Festive as shit

We soon met my Mom and Mary and got on the Tube, which took us to the flat after about an hour

I’m seriously pumped to be spending the next to weeks here 😀

My Mom took me around on a walk for about an hour once we were all settled. The flat is centrally located, so we’re close to a lot of great sites, including St. Paul’s

Smithfield Market

St. Bartholomew's Church

St. Paul's Cathedral

Alright, I’m pooped.  A nap is in order.  STAT.

Airport Bloggin

HI.

This is me.  Bored and drankin a Chocolate Smoothie from Starbucks.

Guess what?  MY FLIGHT LEAVES IN AN HOUR AND A HALF.

Oddly enough, I am finally excited for my trip.  I had remarked to a friend earlier today that I’ve been bitching about it more than I’ve been talking about how excited I am, but now that all my bags are packed and I’ve moved out of my apartment, I feel much better.  I’ve also spent the rest of this week saying goodbye to as many people as possible.  It was a crazy hectic week trying to see so many people on top of getting packed, but I’m so happy I saw as many people as I did.  It’s almost like I wanted to get my friends’ blessing or permission to go, and despite some hard goodbyes (MISS YOU ALREADY MESS HALL) it’s nice to know all my friends are so excited for me.  And seeing as I’m gonna be in Europe in 10 hours I’m pretty pumped too 😉