I could write a freaking novel about how epic my spring break Provence, Florence, and Rome was. The sights, sounds, and tastes totally enthralled my senses. The company provided me with some amazing memories, and the times of solitude were great as well. Nothing like some quiet introspection while you’re sipping an espresso by the Pantheon. At 6:30 am. Needless to say, this trip will always hold a very special place in my heart.
There really are too many stories still reeling in my mind to even start writing a recap, so instead, let me share some of my favorite pictures
Les Calanques, outside of Marseille
My friend Marnie and I A square, Aix-en-Provence
Marnie in Aix
Piazza San Spirito, Florence
Florence Duomo, dusk
Tripe sandwiches, Florence
Piazza Navona at dawn, Rome
Pantheon at dawn, Rome
Trevi Fountain at dawn, Rome
Campo di Fiori, Rome
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 🙂
I have a first world problem.
Germany is too damn affordable.
As someone who’s travelled to Europe pretty extensively, especially in recent memory, I am far too used to walking around Europe looking for a cafe to park my derriere for a pick-me-up only to be faced with menus advertising 4 euro (or quid) lattes. In fact, in Paris, I remember seeing Ventis in Starbucks going for as much as 5.60.
So it’s easy to imagine that I’ve been losing my marbles here over the cappuccinos that typically go for a measly 2 euro. I have especially been looking forward to these treats on school days when I am too rushed to make myself coffee or need something to warm me up before the 15 minute walk to school.
However, now that I’ve been here for almost a month I realized that my daily caffeine-happy habit has racked up to quite the pretty penny: 10-15 euros per week. If this habit continues for the next three months, Imma be broke faster than you can say Vergangenheitsbewälstigung.
Therefore, I am checking myself before wrecking myself imposing this public self-intervention. For the rest of the trip, I will not buy cappuccinos/fancy coffee drinks during the school week. The 60 cent coffee I get from the Mensa to beat the 2:30 slump is the exception to this rule. Seeing as the weather right now averages out around 10 degrees Fahrenheit these days, it’s gonna be a challenge not to stop for something warm on the way to school. Nevertheless, I hate feeling like I am blowing through cash like it’s going out of style. Every week I plan on checking in to hold myself accountable, and I’ll post how much money I’ve saved each week. Hopefully, the accumulating amount will motivate me to commit.
So, here goes. COFFEE BE DAMNED.
Went to the Berlin Unhinged Festival, a free event in Kreuzberg celebrating visual, musical, and performance art
Took a tour of the Foreign Ministry and snapped these photos right outside the building
…additionally toured of the Chancellor’s Office and saw ANGELA MERKEL. But I didn’t snap a pic because I ran into her while I was leaving the bathroom so I was
totally kind of caught off guard and completely slackjawed and starstruck.
…learned how to Salsa from a man who came to Berlin by way of the Seychelles, Greece, and England
…got my hurz cut by a sassy Parisian who let’s his two chihuahuas wander the studio, has his staff make you free lattees, and who dances to Michael Jackson while having his way with your mane. #best.salon.ever.
I'm at school right now--OMG SECRET SELFIE YOU GUYZ
…walked around Kreuzberg and Potsdamer Platz just as it was beginning to snow
…saw La Traviata at the Deutsche Oper on Sunday evening AND got home with enough time to do some homework.
And now speaking of homework, I got two essays to write. Peace and love ❤
1. You can’t stop saying “genau”
2. You stop yelling “FUCK YOU IT’S SQUAREPANTS” at the TV whenever Spongebob Schwammkopf (SquareHEAD) comes on.
3. The girl at the Mensa asks you if the soup you’re pouring into the bowl is split pea soup, you say “Ja, das ist Erbsensuppe” like it’s no big dealBECAUSEREALLYGUYZITSNOBIGDEAL.
4. The cashier at Aldi no longer dreads your appearance because you can give correct change now.
5. You can actually order in restaurants.
6. You can go to the theatre and sit through a play for three hours without wanting to kill yourself.
7. French, your preferred drunk language, is littered with German words/sentence structure, rendering you incoherent to everyone. But it’s ok though because you tell yourself you sound more international/exotic/fancy that way.
So…my first post about Germany is actually about Dresden!! The past three weeks have just been a whirl, and I’m still reeling from the adjustment to life in Berlin. However, this past weekend I made a trip to Dresden to get out of the city to experience a city that was a little more…typisch Deutsch ;). However, Dresden has a fascinating history. The town, which is adorned with Baroque and German Rococo architecture was obliterated in the war. The historical area, or the Alt Stadt, was restored, but because Dresden belonged to the USSR, Soviet architecture also covers the city, especially in the Neu Stadt. The Neu Stadt is also home to Dresden’s alternative scene, which features “Ostalgisch” (Nostalgia for the GDR or Soviet Germany) restaurants and bars (my favorite was a restaurant called Planwirtschaft, which means Planned Economy) as well as super chill basement party style clubs. We also stumbled across a Cuban-German brunch buffet on Sunday morning. A definite highlight, although I was puzzled for quite some time about why there was a Cuban cafe in Germany until I remembered the whole Communism thing…anyway, here are my favorite pics from the weekend!
Glockenspiels. Gotta love it.
One week from now I’ll be on a plane to London to spend Christmas with my parents…and then on Jan 3 I’m for my semester to Berlin!
Did I mention I’m NOT ready?
It’s a little overwhelming how much stuff I still need to get done before this trip happens. Thankfully I’m done with most of my final presentations, scenes, projects, but I still have a few more school related things to take care of, and I am also still in the process of getting my apartment subletted and making sure the house in DC is in shape to be left alone for the next five months. Needless to say a lot of packing, unpacking, cleaning, and freaking out will ensue in the next few days.
I just started packing tonight…and it quickly devolved from a curious prodding of what I should and should not take to me pacing my room like a hot mess astonished at all the shit I have. WHY CAN’T I TAKE IT ALLL?????