Week 8 and 9, 2019!

Finishing February with a bang! Well, the weather in Dresden continues to be up and down. I wake up some days feeling like I've travelled to the mediterranrean, other times, it's as grey as my changing hair colour. My dad and step-mum visited towards the end of February and we had a wonderful time visiting the botanical gardens, Leipzig and the eating raclette about a dozen times. You can never have too much grilled cheese, meat and vegetables! Leipzig is a truly beautiful city and we loved the architecture. If you go, check out the Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal auf Deutsch) - or basically where Napoleon got served for trying to take over Europe.…

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Weekly Update

Week 8 Update; freelancing problems, 52 books in a year challenge, spring is coming! 52 Books Challenge:The start of another week is here (I count the start as a Monday, you Sunday weirdos).I hit a snag in my 52 Book Challenge. In the time I finished the Orphan Master's Son, I re-read Catcher in the Rye - which is absolutely hilarious for those who haven't read it - and I read The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemmingway, which was boring AF. I really don't get these "classics" sometimes. It's like you have to study English Lit. for five years and attend several courses to fully UNDERSTAND what is happening or written. By the end of…

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52 Book Challenge Update and Karl May Museum!

Another week, another book... kind of, and a trip to the museum of a local hero               Week three saw me hit a bit of a snag with my 52 books in a year challenge. The Orphan Master’s Son was both hard to read and looooong. 584 pages to be exact, or that’s how I remember it and, in North Korea, anyone can change their reality it seems. Whilst there were parts of this book I really enjoyed (Jun Do in Japan, in the US, in prison), there were also large sections where my imagination wandered no matter how eloquent and poignant the scenes I was reading. An epic that could have been shortened by about 200 pages.…

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Six Things to Look Forward to in 2019

                                                Six Reasons Why I’m Feeling Positive This Year! So much has happened recently that I’ve hardly noticed that I’ve already been married 6 months. It’s been a rollercoaster. Here are six things I’m looking forward to for the year ahead: The New Flat Is Frickin’ Amazing. That’s right. We moved way back in October and we fell in love with it immediately but right now, I have to say, it’s the best flat I’ve ever lived in. There’s so much light filtering in through our triple-glazed windows keeping us warm we still haven’t turned the heating on and I’m most days in my shorts and a t-shirt, even when it’s just a few degrees outside. Compare this…

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52 Books in a Year Challenge!

Hello, hello, happy readers. As you may know it’s January and a lot of people have set themselves (sometimes ridiculous) challenges for the year ahead. And I’m no different! I keep being asked by friends and family if I have any plans for 2019 and apart from the usual – slim down, drink less alcohol, smoke less, eat less meat – I feel like this challenge could be a real winner! A little background about myself. I’m not actually much of an avid reader. The last year or two I’ve been so swept up in politics, writing my own novel and trying to nail a regular salary, I’ve not given myself a lot of time to enjoy reading.…

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6 Films for 2019

6 Films that I am personally looking forward to in 2019!             As a lover of cinema I regularly check the 'what's coming out soon' section at my local Rundkino (Round Cinema, but actually Cineplex https://www.cineplex.de/dresden/) here in Dresden. Trouble is they mostly don't show films in English, this being in Germany and all. Therefore it's hard to stay up-to-date with the world of cinema, so I got in the habit of regularly checking at the start of the year the WHOLE schedule of planned films coming out for the year. That way, in the event of a surprise showing in one of the city's more 'trendy' cinemas, such as the KIF (https://www.kif-dresden.de/) - which means 'Cinema in…

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