Tuesday, July 27, 2010


my vacation is coming to an end, Sunday night I booked the flight back to my town. This time I am flying because it is faster (oh really??) and even cheaper than going by train.
My Mom will come down the weekend after to bring all the stuff I bought while being here.
Actually she wanted to drive me home this weekend but she couldn't find a dog sitter.
Staying an other week is no option for me for several reasons, so we do it this way.
We kept it pretty low the past week due to the fact that I was sunburned and had flu like symptoms.
We did, however go to the movies.
Since my Mom doesn't care for vampires we did not see Eclipse, but we watched Marmaduke.
That's a funny movie, lovely made.
But we felt a bit weird because we didn't have a child to bring with us. :D
Well. on Sunday we went to a house and garden fair.
Beautiful thinks, I tell ya, but way out of my price range. And my Mom refused to pay 200 bucks for the quilt I fell in love with.

Well I guess I have to start sewing and try to make my very own quilt, because the ones they have at IKEA, where we went yesterday, are a tad too big for my small bed.
We ended up buying some fudge which is delicious but waaaay to sweet to eat more than one piece at a time.
But all in all this was a nice fair.
They had a garden swing, made completely from wood which looked awesome but it was not allowed to take a  picture.
I would have loved to share that with you.
Originally we had planned another boat cruise for yesterday but we got stuck in traffic and missed the departure.
We wanted to go to a little island, do some sightseeing there and come back with the last boat.
But since we missed the first one we would have had to wait 2 hours for the next one and then would have had 30 minutes to explore the island before the last boat leaves for the shore again.
So we decided to go to the island by car.
Actually it is considered a real island even though there is a dam with a street on it leading to the island.
So we drove there, looked around, enjoyed beautiful sights and had a delicious lunch before we decided to go to IKEA which was planned anyways for later this week.
We had a really good time there, as usual and I got some stuff I really needed (as usual ;) )and then we had coffee and cake in the restaurant after we put all the stuff in the car.
On my way home I realized that I forgot something I really needed, but we have to go back anyways because we had my brothers car yesterday and the bookshelf I picked would not fit in that car so we have to go get it with my Moms car.
Today ( 8 am) I was woken by someone doing yard work with a really noisy electrical tool. Now he is done and I am wide awake. Annoying.

Hope everybody has a great day!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

sick again

yes, that's right, I am sick again.
I don't know how many posts I started like this already, but it is annoying!!
Especially because I am on vacation and we have so many plans and not so much time left.
I caught a cold again and I had a little fever the other day. Oh and I am sunburned but that is getting better.
Well, I went to Berlin yesterday anyways to meet a friend which I met first in 2006 when we were both AuPairs in New York.
We had a great time there and without her it wouldn't have been the same.
She went back home in 2007 and I moved to California in 2007 but we stayed in contact all the time.
I came back to Germany in 2008 but we didn't meet again until the summer of 2009. (you can read about that here )
So on Monday we met again, at the same mall :) And we did some serious shopping again( she more than I). And we went to Starbucks of course!
Almost like back in the day in New York. :)
And again it was like we said goodbye just the day before and not a year ago.
Only downside was that the Deutsche Bahn not offers this special ticket anymore, which made the trip slightly more expensive than last time.
Oh and I felt more and more crappy.
When I was back on the train I felt like the flu got me, pain in the joints and all...
Yesterday my Mom got me some flu stuff from the pharmacy and it seems to help.
We kept it low for the rest of the day. Went for ice cream, did some gardening and stuff.

Now my Mom is out to get some more gardening supplies and lunch.
We will decided what else we will do today, when she returns.

Happy Wednesday everybody!!
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

just enjoying myself

Since I arrived here I am just enjoying myself.
I sleep a lot (actually I am really tired all the time and I think this is because I can completely relax here) and enjoy spending time with my Mom and her dog.
On Friday we had a little barbecue. It was SO delicious and I was craving barbecue since I forgot when.
Today we made a trip to the sea, did a boat cruise through the harbor and later went to a bridge where we fed old bread to the seagulls.

We also had some delicious tea in a cute little cafe which used to be a pharmacy back in the day.
We've been there several times and certainly will come back.
The tea is as good as their hot chocolate and their baked goods. Awesome!

I also started The Shred again.
The first two days were horrible but today it went better.

Tomorrow I will meet a friend which I haven't seen for a while (like a year) and I am really looking forward to that.
Hope everybody has a great week!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

I made it!!

Everything went smooth, AC worked. There were just some annoying people on the train...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

and it paid off

Today I went to school to check on my mark in analytic chemistry and it really DID pay off!
I passed the exam and got a mark with which I am really happy!
To celebrate this I went to Starbucks for a cookie and a Java Chip Frappuchino.
Originally I planned to go shopping/spend the day in town with a friend today but she had to cancel because we both didn't think about her other commitment on Wednesdays when we planned to do something on the 14th.
Well I shopped a little bit by myself after I came back from school and before I went to Starbucks but not much.
It was just too hot.
Afterward I went to Starbucks as I said and there I sat outside for a while, sipping my drink and reading a book.
Good times.
Last time I did this was like 3 years ago I think.
Two minutes after I walked into my apartment a storm came up, thunder and lightning.
Perfect timing.
Unfortunately it didn't last long but it was nice anyways.
I spent the time of the storm getting my suitcase ready.
I used it last when I moved here but I just stuffed it then and left all the little things in there which were still in there from my trip home from the US.
So now I took them all out (mostly souvenirs, little magnets and stuff) and traveled down memory lane a bit.
I think I will spend the rest of the day relaxing, eating (need to finish all my fruits before I leave tomorrow) and packing, because I am going home tomorrow.
Might be interesting with this crazy/hot weather and traveling with Deutsche Bahn and their unreliable ACs. They frequently have to stop trains to revive passengers that have passed out due to temperatures of around 120 F on the trains when the AC stops working.

Stay tuned for a post about my train ride tomorrow night...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

summer break

yes, that's right.
Yesterday I had the last exam before the break. Now 8 weeks of sweet nothing (well and some more studying) and then there are 3 more exams before the new semester starts.
Yesterday I went to the library to get me some books which are no textbooks and I realized that the last not school related book I read I finished in early May.
Wow. About time to read more I think.
Hmm, I had so much in mind to write about but now it is gone.
Wow, maybe it will come back later.
Now I will go and change the design of this blog,
This is something I wanted to do for quite a while but didn't allow myself to do before the exams were over.
Another thing I will do today is cleaning my whole place.
Also something I wanted to do for a while but once I get started I will not stop til it is done and I didn't want to "waste" some hours which I better should have put in studying.
And I think there will be more posts again, now that I have time. :)

I hope everybody has a great week.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

it's me again

yeah, unbelievable, I know.
I've been pretty busy with school these past weeks, same old, same old.
But I think it paid off.
Last week was an exam (statistics) which went ok I think and I held my final presentation in English and got a pretty good mark for the whole module.
Then today we had the exam in analytic chemistry and I feel pretty confident about that one. I have passed for sure and I think I might even get a good mark.
Now it is "just" one more exam next week and then I am off for like 8 weeks before there are 3 more exams in September.

Oh and then there is the Soccer World Championship in South Africa.
I did watch the German games (and some others as well) and I am really happy with our guys.
I went and saw the game against England in a pub with a friend (who actually rooted for England.)
The game against Argentina I saw at home because I studied the rest of the day.
Can't wait for the game tomorrow!

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