We are “Weltmeister”!

I just want to celebrate with all of you: We finally made it and won the World Cup Finale!

 

A always believed in this incredible team of amazing players. Still can’t quite comprehend what happened! The German team is just full of talent: Neuer, Hummels, Müller, Lahm, Schweinsteiger… And of course also Mario Götze, who shot the decisive goal!

Great game and a lot of respect to Argentina for being the best opponent we could have faced!

Thanks to everybody who supported the German Team and let’s continue to play soccer with passion and fairness. :)

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30 days later…

I apologize for the lame title but I couldn’t come up with anything more catchy.

So, it’s been roughly 30 days since my last post and it’s time to let you know about our experiment.

I am somewhat sad to report that we didn’t persevere.

We actually just lasted about a week before we caved in and decided to actually eat ‘happy’ and be productive in our last days of university instead of worrying about food each day because we have no idea how to combine all those things we bought.

So yes, we ate potatoes. And yes, I had cheese and my friend had meat.  

However, I managed to have a healthy breakfast each day and I eat a lot of fruit compared to before. Instead of the ‘nutella toast’ I had before, I now eat wholegrain cornflakes with a banana and (soy) milk. In addition I have a kiwi and two peaches. Quite good, eh?

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I also don’t eat after 7pm (unless I’m eating out, then I try to finish before 8pm.), and I do some stretching (almost) every morning. I feel better, though I guess in terms of weight nothing really changed.

Maybe I will try that whole thing again in August, when I have free-time and no worries about my bachelor thesis not being finished on time. :D Because until the end of the month, I’ll be writing my heart out to finish that blasted thing as early as possible. And as always, I’ll motivate myself with all things Disney. 

THE classic motivational song: Go the distance from Hercules.

 

On a side note:

Good luck to the National German Soccer Team in the world cup game against France tonight! 

Also, Happy 4th of July to my friends in the US!

 

 

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Preparation Day 1

Preparation Day 1

So here’s what I got from the grocery store. Mainly soy products, whole grain pasta, tofu, vegetables and fruit.
I spend around 35€ for this, so I hope it will last a while!

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The 30 days Challenge

Hello everyone,

Guess what! Today I am starting a whole new exciting challenge: I will be eating vegan food for 30 days!

You probably wonder why the hell I would do that. Well, I tried to change my eating habits a couple of times, but it was always the lazy way of “Ok, so today I’ll buy some vegetables…”. Needless to say, I never stuck with any of the changes.

So now my friend and I decided to radically change, but only for 30 days. The goal is to persevere and not give up until the end. Until now, our daily food consisted of dairy products, meat, and a lot of wheat products (such as pasta, pasta, pasta and oh, pasta! Also, white bread). From today on, those are completely banned.

We will instead use soy milk, tofu and whole grain pasta. We will eat more veggies and more fruit. And drink tons and tons of green tea, for it helps to stifle hunger and gives some energy. Industrial sugar and any other chemical stuff is also banned. No coke, no chocolate. What’s hardest for me though is: NO CHEESE! I have no idea yet how to survive that.

 

On Saturday, we sinned one last time: Breakfast with scrambled eggs, toast, marmalade, cheese, ham and orange juice. In the evening we had Italian dinner: pizza with cheese, macaroni with tuna and cheese and coke. Nomnomnom. It felt like the last supper.

Since neither of us knows anything about vegan food, we used the book “Vegan for fit” as inspiration and created our own recipies from there. The book is not strictly vegan, it is rather a low-carb diet with vegan food. We are not going to be vegan in the sense of not buying any animal products at all, we just want to eat differently.

So I’ll infrequently post how things are going, if we still manage of if we have died of hunger (or broken into a supermarket to raid the fridge).

And after 30 days we will be like this: 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post! Cheers! 

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Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier – A Review

Hello, hello! I know, I haven’t been very active lately, but now I’m back with a brand new movie review on Marvel’s latest hero story! I’ll try very hard not to spoiler anything. But please read with caution!

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Marvel is pretty good when it comes to marketing. Want to know why? Well. They do so much more than just releasing a movie every few months – they are creating a universe where everything is affected by another. So each movie is part of a bigger picture.

Last fall, they started a whole series around agent Coulson and a team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents. (No superheroes there, just incredibly talented and clever humans). This show has connected both the Thor 2 movie and now the Winter Soldier. So basically, when a new movie comes out, the series stops for a few weeks and then incorporates  the events of the movies into the next episodes. How grand is that? It’s perfect marketing.

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Of course you can still watch the series without knowing what happens in the movies or rather you can decide to get the spoilers in the series. But really. Who wants that? I certainly don’t, so basically that’s why I ended up going to the cinema yesterday. Because I am completely hooked and want to know everything that happens in Marvel’s universe. And I hate spoilers.

Let see then, what I thought of Winter Soldier.

I watched the 3D Version – and it was bombastic. I loved the visual effects, not only during the explosions and action scenes, but also the general depth added by 3D. I can’t really remember the last movie I saw with 3D technology, but I think Winter Soldier so far was the best experience I ever had with 3D. It felt just real, not too overwhelming, not too forced. Thumbs up for that!

 

The cast was mostly known, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Cobie Smulders starred in previous productions such as The Avengers. But there were some fresh faces as well, such as Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. In my opinion, the cast was good, not great. They act well together, but I was missing a certain brilliance, some sort of deeper connection that makes me forget the names of the actor and completely believe in the characters. If I had to pick one, I’d say Scarlett Johansson had the best performance. I love the character Black Widow and she got the whole package: action scenes, a lot of funny remarks and some thoughtful inside moments. I still have no clue who she really is or what happened to her, but I felt that her character was portrayed very nicely and believable. I also liked the bantering between her and Steve Rogers. (Apologies to all Cap fans out there, I never really liked that character. It’s not Chris Evans fault. Or maybe it is.)

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What I like about the Marvel movies is that in the end, there is always some sort of positive resolution, but the development to that moment is the most important part. The plot was interesting, not too complex but also not too shallow. There were some nice twists in there, I had a couple of “No that did NOT just happen!” moments – then again, some major surprises weren’t too surprising for me because of what happens in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D series. There were tons of references to previous movies, especially the previous Captain America movie. But for those who are not familiar with Steve Roger’s story, Marvel found a nice way of explaining the most important things: there are a few flashbacks and they also have a Captain America museum which plays a minor role.

The fighting sequences are breathtaking, there are some major badass moves (I love the  Black Widow’s fighting style and Steve’s round shield!). I was not the only person in the cinema who was stunned and thought “Wooooow what was that just know”. There were a few scenes – let’s call them “touching” – which were, to me at least, disappointing. For example the after-showdown scene between Cap and Bucky. Or what happens to Nick Fury. But that is just a personal feeling. I didn’t cry. I usually cry at those moments.

Let’s wrap it up: I liked the movie. It was good entertainment, fantastic visuals and a solid performance by a mostly known cast. The storyline was ok, some surprises but mostly building up to a reasonably good ending. There were moments where I was literally sitting in my seat rubbing my hands in excitement because I knew what was about to happen. Loved that. It feels so much better if you know more about the whole universe; I think I got a lot more references than the people next to me (who didn’t know much about the whole Marvel thing).

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If you liked the previous Marvel productions, go and see this one. It’s really worth it. Maybe not the best movie of the year, but definitely a good one. They left me and all the others with a huge cliff hanger, foreshadowing exciting events for the future, both the series and other movies. (I get the feeling Loki will be part of that future, yup, yup. But that’s just me.) You have to stay until the end though, to see it!

Also, if you haven’t already done that, go and watch the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It helps to understand. And it’s fun to watch!(And if you haven’t seen any of the Marvel movies – start with Iron Man and then go up chronologically. It makes more sense that way ;) )

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So 2014 already started, happy belated New Year!

… and happy first anniversary to this blog! Can you believe it’s been a whole year since I started writing about my experience? Time has moved so fast. The past year has been full of amazing new people and new places. I learned so much, both academically and about myself. I will use all this knowledge in the future to be a better person (or just to have a better life, selfish as I am…)

So to all of my readers, thank you for journeying with me, no matter how brief your walk with me and my blog was. I appreciate every view and every comment. :)

As a small treat, here’s the link to my newest music video! (It opens in a new window, so go ahead and click…) We recorded this song over Christmas.

This week, I also started my internship in an internationally renowned Consulting Company here in Germany. Not as a consultant though, but as part of the Recruiting team. It’s so much fun! It also takes up almost all of my time, so I won’t be writing much for the next two months.

Keep smiling and enjoy your life. Until the next post!

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It’s Christmas time!

Good evening everybody, I hope you had a wonderful advent so far! I just wanted to stop by and wish all of you a happy, merry Christmas. Enjoy your time with your family and friends, or just have a relaxing evening without any fuss.

There won’t be any snow where I live, but maybe some of you will be lucky enough to get a white Christmas. (If you don’t like snow, just pack it up and send it to me!)

Celebrate with your family, unwrap gifts, have a huge Christmas dinner – and always remember, it’s not about what you get, it’s what you can give and the time you spend together that is the most precious thing.

So, let me say it again: MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug – A Review

This review might contain spoilers. If you have not seen this movie, the previous one or read the book, do so first ;)

Yesterday was the day. I finally got to see the second part of the Hobbit, which I had been waiting for forever (a year, but that is so long!). I was so excited; I literally was jumping in my seat when it started and silently clapping my hands. However, I left the cinema slightly less ecstatic than last time. The movie was great, amazing pictures and all, but they changed the story a bit too much for my liking. I read the book after the first part last year and was amazed at how close they stayed to the story, but this time there was so much more action than in the original book. They also changed the scene with Beorn, the scenes in the forest, the scenes in the mountain, what happens in Dale… I like that they added Legolas, but the female elf and the blooming love triangle just seems forced. It’s not flowing, not natural. Too bad. (They also added about 1000 orcs. And they are all so handsome!)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo is downright hilarious. There are a lot more funny moments, and they are most of the time nonverbal. The way Bilbo moves, looks, shrugs, whatever. I couldn’t help but burst out laughing – as did the whole cinema. Amazing, amazing, amazing actor.

What I also thought amazing was Smaug. I regret that I couldn’t watch the movie in English because I really want to hear Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice, but the German part wasn’t bad at all. Nice dialogue, fantastic animation. I actually like Smaug! Spoiler alert: He gets massive screen time. Deservedly so.

In total, I really liked the movie. I laughed, I was excited and I feared for our heroes. Although there were many changes to the story, it still makes sense in a way. As usual, Peter Jackson did an excellent job at capturing the scenes with so many details (look out for the very first scene in the movie, guess who’s walking past?) . I was not as flashed as last time, but then it is always hard for a sequel to live up to the previous one.

I will definitely watch the Hobbit again in English as soon as I possibly can (when’s the DVD release??). And then start waiting another year to get to see the finale. Oh Peter Jackson, what are you doing to me? :D thcc_bilbo_01

 

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Happy First Advent!

It has begun, the last 24 days until Christmas and today is not only the 1st of December, but also the First Advent.

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For those of you who are lucky enough to have a chocolate calendar or anything like that: Enjoy it and spread the love! Don’t underestimate the power of getting a treat or even better, something your family/friend/partner made for you especially. It’s not just chocolate – it is edible love. :)

For those of you who don’t have one – don’t be too sad! I give you a virtual hug and wish you a happy Christmas time nonetheless. You should also check the calendars that some people came up with. For example, you can get some kind of free software from CHIP. There are special offers from Weltbild and if you participate in the daily quizzes at the Sueddeutsche, you can win stuff (Those are mainly in German). The online calendar from the Liverpool Museums shows you different photographs and art. And here you can play a cute little game each day.

I hope you enjoy the coming days and have enough spare time to relax and recharge your energy. Me, I’m writing a few exams and other fun stuff like that, so you gonna have to do the relaxing for me.

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire – A Review

I went to the cinema last week to finally see Catching Fire. I had been anticipating this movie since the first part came out, so I am glad the wait is over. It was rather spontaneous, I found the special one-time screening in English only about two days earlier (and there was no way I would endure the torture of watching this movie in German.)

The movie was just as fascinating as the first part. As a huge fan of the book series, I was both excited and afraid to see all these characters and settings on screen, but they did a good job and I really loved it. The costumes are downright amazing, I want some of the dresses RIGHT NOW! Effie’s look is hilarious as usual and Katniss has some awesome dresses as well.

The relationships between all the characters are portrayed lovely. The old ones as well as the new ones. For example Finnick and Johanna are some of my favourites and in my opinion, Prim has developed much since the last movie. You can tell she grew up and understands her responsibilities. Also, you just gotta love Haymitch!

I can’t say much about the surprising twists and stuff like that, since I know that story almost by heart and I knew what was coming. Still, I was curious and excited about HOW they would represent certain events. Although I imagined the arena differently, I still liked it.

The soundtrack is also lovely, I believe music is a vital part of the success of a movie. In Catching Fire, the music, settings/landscapes, characters and costumes are very well done, you can tell how much detail they put into every scene. I will now wait patiently until the DVD comes out and then until the third part will hit the theatres. Geez. Will be another years or so, right?

Well, go and see Catching Fire now and experience for yourself the weird, twisted and hopeful story of Katniss and Panem. And may the odds be EVER in your favour.

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