Monthly Recap: September 2017

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

 

Listened to:




Pretty much the same as the former months. But I have listened to and enjoyed Lorde a lot. She is even coming to Barcelona to give a concert next Monday, but I think nearly 40€ is too much for a ticket ...

Read:


Unfortunatel I finished nothing, but I am reading/listening to so many books parallely: Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow (yes, still and again), Langenscheidt's Spanisch hören und erleben audio book, Paulo Coelho's Veronika decides morir (yes in Español), Chris Baréz-Brown's Shine – How To Survive and Thrive at Work, ...

Watched:


  • Chloe
    • Interesting movie! A bit confusing but foreseeabe, but I enjoyed it.
  • Super 8
    • I am not too sure if I watched it last month, but well yeah, a typical Spielberg, I would say.
  • Catch Me If You Can 
    • I enjoyed it sooo much! I love Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio as actors so it was always fun to watch.
  • The Hateful Eight
    • A typical Tarantino I would say! :D
  • Dukirch 
    • I was very excited
  • Modern Family
    • A few months ago (2?) I started to watch Modern Family (thanks Lily!) and now I am at season 5. So hilarious!
  • Be Somebody 
    • Just needed something light, so this stereotypical teenage romance was perfect.
  • Suits Season 6.2 
    • I finally had time to enjoy the second half of the sixth season. But actually I think it was the worst all of seasons, didn't enjoy it too much.
  • The Good Place Season 2
    • Uhhh, finally having something to watch every week! As you might know I love Kristen Bell and in this role she is also funny, witty and just perfect!
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
    • Honestly speaking I haven't had seen this movie until now. Even though it was very foreseeable (I would ahve liked the original ending of the book better) and I cannot agree with Holly's attitude toward's life (I mean, it was a whole different century with different circumstances, ethics, morals ...) I really enjoyed it. Audrey Hepburn was just delightful and fitted well into her role.

What I ate:

 


Paella, jamon, chorizo, selfmade home food (djoenjang-jjigae, bokkum-bab, diverse salads and pastas, chili con carne), tapas, fresh orange juice, cafe con leche, ...

Travelled to:


It was a very busy month for travelling. My sister came to visit me in the beginning of the month and we took two days to go to Vàlencia. Honestly speaking it wasn't my favourite. Sure it was pretty, but already after a day we were so bored. The Ciudad de las Ciencies y de las Artes was impressing but beside that I don't think the city has too much to offer.


On the Monday of La Mercè (a regional holiday in Barcelona/Catalonia) Paulina and I wen to Girona. A very charming town only one hour away from Barcelona. Even though it was so tiny, I really liked the slow and historic vibe of the city. You just really could feel and sense the Romanic influence and it felt like travelling back in time. Really recommend it!


Last Sunday I suggested a trip to Tarragona to my friends. Tarragona is a bit larger than Girona and has (seemingly) more to offer. Well, we got on the train (which only took us about an hour) and when we got off we were surprised by the beautiful balcony at the coast. That was really my highlight. Afterwards the trip was only ... exhausting. True, it was historical and you could see the Roman influence even more, but I found it kind of ... boring and stressful. The infrstructure of the city was confusing, it took us so long to move from A to B. And then it started to rain and we had over an hour to kill for our train back. No, didn't enjoy it.


In Barcelona I checked out so many museums and monuments, too (and again). MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya), Pavelló alemany by Mies van der Rohe, the mirador at CCCB, Mercat Boqueria of course, Park Güell, Museo Picasso, Arc de Triomf, Tibidabo and Sagrat Cor, Parc de Ciutadella, Playa de Barceloneta and Castelldefels, holiday La Mercè at Playa de Bogatell, MACBA (Museu d'art Contemporani de Barcelona), Montjuïc, ...

Feelings & Thoughts:



Oh god, so much happened. So much good and bad.

The university here is pure chaos. Organisation? Nada. Course choices? Hahaha. Help from anyone? Nope. It took weeks to settle my study plan and it was very nerve-wrecking. But finally everything is set, I got my preferred classes and was able to register for a Spanish class.

Living by my own is as I expected. Cooking, cleaning, washing laundry is fine, I already did that back home. Doing grocery shopping is kind of harder. Since I moved here I realise that I am spending so much money on food. Actually beside the rent I spend all my money on food. And it is heavy to carry all the bags are water home.

Life in Barcelona is as I expected: Laid back, much sunshine and warm weather, good food and wine and coffee, happy people. But there are also so many things I haven't had realised before my trip: So many (almost too many) tourists, rising prices everywhere, siesta at crazy times (seriously come on, from 1PM until 7PM?!), quite bad clubs (I heard it before my trip but experienced it by myself for the first time here), low lecture standards ... I guess everything has a good and a bad side.
Maybe the most important thing of all: I have never felt this good for months. I truly can say that. Not sure if it is caused by the sun, warm weather, the fact that I am living in a different country with all new impressions etc., all the travelling, the vibe of the city or maybe even the distance to Berlin. Maybe it's all of that together. Of course I still have mood swings (especially during my PMS) but they are not as bad as they used to be. My mind is at ease, I am not overthinking things too much, going out a lot, meeting new people, improving my Español, just having a good time. It's almost like there's no space for anxieties or bad feelings. So far, this semester abroad has been one of my best choices in my life. It really is. Sometimes you really need drastic changes when you don't feel good, stepping out of you comfort zone, leaving behind everything. I guess I really needed that.

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