Monthly Recap: April 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017


I have been thinking about posting monthly recaps for a while now and since this month was quite packed with interesting stuff, it was the perfect opportunity to sum it up. Let's start!


Listened to:

Recently I am totally addicted to audio books. I remember how my Mom listened to Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix during my childhood in order to learn German. Well since I have to spend much time on public transportation I am either reading or listening to audio books instead of listening to music. I finished three of them:


  • Paula Hawkins - Girl On The Train
    • I enjoyed it but it wasn't my favorite. Gillian Flynn's thriller Gone Girl (which I read about one or two years ago) is often compared to Girl On The Train and I honestly liked Flynn's better. But now I am excited to watch the movie; I love, love, love Emily Blunt!
  • Jung Yun - Shelter
    • Jenn Im from Clothes Encounters recommended Shelter in her February Favorites and I enjoyed it so much! Wow, the story line really blew my mind away, quite in a horrific and sad way. Totally recommending, especially, if you have knowledge about Korean traditions and family livelihoods. 
  • Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea
    • A classic which everyone should have read or (in my case) listened to.
I've also started to listen to Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 (quite confusing but fascinating) and John Green's Buscando a Alaska (Looking for Alaska). I am trying to improve my Spanish listening skills so I bought the audio book in the Spanish version and let's say I'm having a hard time to understand, haha.



Musicwise I listened a lot to DVSN (discovered through Claire Marshall), Majid JordanBroods (which I discovered at the Tove Lo concert last month) and of course Tove Lo. That woman simply speaks from my heart. Can relate so much!


Read:



  • Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
    • Whoah. I finished it in two days during the Easter holidays and I still have goose bumps.


I also have begun to read David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (love, love, love the writing style!) and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner (so far I think A Thousand Splendid Suns was a lot more emotional to me). And well I still have to finish Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow and Dale Carnegie's The Quick & Easy Way to Effective Speaking but lately I am more into fiction again.


Watched:


A bunch of movies since I had some free time during and after Easter. Here's a list of movies and series I remember watching:



  • Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
    • Loved it! Excited for more!
  • Doctor Strange
    • Quite liked it, hadn't been life-changing, but was fun.
  • Star Trek Beyond
    • Disappointed, I expected much more after the phenomenal sequel Into Darkness. The story wasn't innovative, everything had already been screened in variations. A very weak follow up.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
    • Didn't know what to expect but was impressed very positively. I liked the concept and style, even though I was confused about the beginning.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
    • A classic. I needed something to calm my heart.
  • Pets
    • Boring, I didn't even finish it. I was very disappointed.
  • Girlboss
    • I finished all thirteen episodes in one session and I didn't like the series. Was way too presumptuous. I am not saying that it isn't impressive how Sophia Amoruso transformed her dream into a million-dollar-worthy-company, not arguing about that. But not everything about that company is so cool, just to keep in mind. At least Johnny Simmons was a cutie which made me grin all the time like a teenager.
  • Batman v Superman
    • Yeah, was good. Storyline was predictable and the trailer had already spoiled most of it but well, I was entertained.
  • 50 Shades Darker
    • I was bored and had a few glasses of wine, okay?! All in all: Quite boring.


What I ate:





  • Fish in a bun (Fischbrötchen) & fish'n'chips
    • Funny/not-so-funny story: If you're visiting the beach or a coast near town as I did during Easter (read all about my travel destination below) then make sure to cover your food. Sea gulls are seriously assholes which will steal your food no matter what. After I literally got attacked by one my fish in a bun fell to the ground and in the next second three creepers snapped it away immediately. I was so in shock and couldn't believe what happened but already minutes after that incident I was able to laugh at it. 


Travelled to:




  • Rostock & Warnemünde
    • I really needed to clear my head and my soul craved for the sea. So I booked some tickets and an accommodation, packed my stuff and went to Rostock and Warnemünde in order to escape my daily grind. And what can I say, it worked. I smelled the salt, had sand under my feet and even got a tan (yeah, not what I had intended ...).


Feelings & Thoughts:



This month was pretty intense. I finally finished my bachelor's final project and handed in our project book. Six months of work packed into 140 pages. Still cannot believe I almost finished my Bachelor's (well my thesis is still waiting for me..).


My mind have wandered around quite a bit. Honestly speaking I am in a quite unstable mood due to various factors. I really have to pull myself together and make a decision. You know, nobody can make you happy. Nobody but yourself. I know that's such a lame phrase to say but lately I haven't been aware of it. I suppressed quite a bunch of things and feelings I've gone through and now it's taking revenge on me. It would be a lie if I said I'm okay. But I am finally dealing with it. And that's at least a start, right? Sometimes you just need time on your own and have to let go of things and persons even though you don't want to. Don't want to at all.

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