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Help! I’m a part-time zombie!

Just a quick update today, I’m a super busy person currently. 😀

About two weeks ago, I had a interview for a part-time job at The London Bridge Experience and guess what – I got the job! So now I am part of the promotion team at TLBE and get to dress up as a zombie for work.Zombie Maid by x-a-eOriginal

Pretty cool, huh? But I have to say that the job is pretty tough, too. Especially next week, since that is Halloween and naturally, a very scary attraction in the heart of London will be busy.

That’s the most exciting news, I guess. Other than that, I’ve been trying to keep up with the massive reading for uni, had a few workshops and went shopping yesterday. I also went to the cinema, but that is for another post, as I will write a review of the movie.

So keep your eyes open for the upcoming posts (and the occasional zombie looking for brain food.)

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La salida

Por fin, el último día de mi estancia está mañana. Mi maleta no tiene más espacio pero hay algunas cosas que tengo que llevar. Díos! No me gusta dejar cosas preciosas aquí, pero creo que no hay otra solución… Pues, vamos a ver si todo va bien en el aeropuerto.

I am so happy that this day has finally come. It is time to say goodbye and go home for good. This stay surely was an experience, but I am glad to leave and not very heartbroken. I will miss my colleagues, I guess and maybe even the room – I have built a strange relationship with it. I hate the smallness of it, but it is somehow cosy and I’ve grown accustomed to it. I will not be sorry to leave the flat, I am looking forward to warm showers, clean floors and my own fridge. Add airy and big rooms, a proper bed, a door that closes without locking it and a blow dryer and I’m a happy person. There’s no sadness to the thought of leaving the noisy neighbours and my sometimes also noisy landlady, but I will miss the sun and especially the palm trees. they symbolize Spain for me and I instantly felt better when seeing one.

My baggage is once again overflowing, and I already threw out some stuff. However, I am very reluctant to part with my old Converse sneakers. I love them still, though they are rather battered. I feel bad abandoning them in a place I didn’t feel at home at all times. It just seems wrong. I don’t know if I can figure a way out to bring them back with me, we’ll see. (I know my parents will freak out about this, when they read it… :D)

At work, there isn’t much to do and I leave about half an hour early everyday. It’s summer break and my last week anyway. I have some cake for tomorrow and a cute little parting presentation, I’m sure they’ll like it. Though I’ll miss them, I’ll surely NOT miss my computer. The mouse has taken to not functioning half of the time and it annoys me like hell. Well, it is only one more day.

University stuff has crept back into my daily routine. I am studying for an exam coming up in September and I got my schedule today. I know some of the professors and am not overly thrilled to have them, others are new and I hope they will be friendly and competent. The subject sure seem interesting, there’s a lot of HR stuff since that’s what I specialize in from now on. I also signed up for the buddy programmes, for International Students and for first semesters. I’ll be a busy bee!

Last weekend, I went to the shopping center, just to look around, not to actually buy much (I already knew I had no room in the suitcase). It is a new shopping center, called the Forum and I like it. It reminded me a bit of Fairview, the shopping center in Montreal I went to all the time. I had a Subway sandwich for lunch and it was good to eat something different from noodles. I have tried to have a bit of variation in my food, last week I had rice with eggs and french fries at some days. Changing my diet to lactose-free milk and not eating white bread and the fake-cheese has improved my feeling immensely. I actually feel good most of the time and not inflated. Hopefully, I will be able to keep this up and even improve my diet further.

Just in case you’re wondering, I will keep this blog and post about interesting things every once in a while. I’ll probably switch to German though, or write posts bilingual, depending on the topic. There will be some events happening the coming semester to write about, or I’ll just randomly throw my thoughts at you. Be prepared!

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Las semanas pasadas

Hola a todos! Perdona que no he escrito mucho las semanas pasadas, pero no pasaba mucho aquí. Pues, ahora voy a escribir.

Dear readers, I’m sorry for not writing much the past weeks, but there hasn’t been that much going on. The internship is still interesting as always and I have been assigned the stand-in for one colleague for the duration of her vacation. Yay, responsibility! It actually is a lot of fun. I spent many hours with PowerPoint the last two weeks, putting together a rather important presentation about our new business plan. I discovered many things about PP, especially what you can do with PP2003. I would consider myself an expert by now.

Apart from that, I have spent my evenings at home, reading or listening to childhood stories: I rediscovered the Famous Five audio books and now listen to one story every evening before falling asleep. I loved them as a child and it is amazing how some little memories that have been blurring together finally grow to complete stories again.

Hm. I went shopping last weekend, I mean real shopping, not the flea market. I got some nice shirts at Stradivarius for less than 5€. Amazing! It is, however sad to see that so many clothes are now made of plastic. In Bershka for example, I won’t find anything because everything just feels wrong to the touch. There’s no way I’m putting that plastic on!

I also took the camera out for a walk and made some pretty pictures, if you’re lucky I’ll upload a few of them. It’s nothing fancy, just a stroll around Plaza Catalunya.

Geez, writing this I notice again how confused I get with the keys. In Spanish keyboard, the z and the y are swapped. So everytime I try to write something at work, I have to get used to it again – and vice versa back home. It is kind of annoying, so I’ll be glad when I get back home where it all is the same. Where my poor brain doesn’t have to work as much… Just kidding

There are only two weeks left. I cannot believe it! For some reason, the last month passed rather quickly. I will be sad to leave work, but I’ll be glad to go home and leave the flat. My back is hurting all the time now and despite my efforts to do stretching everyday and try to sit differently on my bed, it still is stiff as a plank of wood. I sincerely hope that I can get rid of that once I’m back and starting my dancing lessons again. Apart from that, the plug with the switch broke down so I had to buy a new one and had to live without a nightdesk lamp for a few days.

I survived two mosquito bites, one of which grew to be 10cm wide and hurting like hell, but I managed somehow. My landlady wouldn’t believe me, claiming that she never had mosquitos in her flat ever. Ok. I’m sure the buzzing and flying and biting black little thing wasn’t a mosquito, it was just playing dress-up. Her solution was to cleanse my bed with vinegar to get rid of lice or whatever she thought it was. Eugh. Thanks. For her, vinegar is the solution for everything. Everyfew weeks she runs the washing machine with vinegar instead of wahsing powder. I’m np expert, so maybe that actually is a good thing, but I really don’t like all my things to smell like it.

I also have a new room mate, a girl from Mexico. She seems nice and friendly – she studies Marketing, but works here in some other field (I forgot…) we don’t see each other often, but we get along. Oh yeah,  and I changed some of my eating habits and now only use lactose-free milk and eat only whole-grain toast. I feel like this is improving my overall energy level and feeling. We’ll se how things continue to be.

 

I think this is pretty much the summary of my past few weeks, if anything spectacular happens (which I doubt), I’ll let you know! Enjoy the rest of the day – today is a public holiday here, so I didn’t have to go to work. Yay!

 

 

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Verano en Barcelona

Hola. Phew, el calor esta demasiado para mi. Ahora hace más de 30°C fuera y en mi habitación hace 28°. Solamente hay una solución: apagar la luz y el ordenador y leer un libro en my ebookreader – esto no causa más calor. Por fin, el verano ha empezado.

Seriously, it is too hot. I tried to go out on the balcony a bit earlier but after 10 minutes I gave up an fled back into my room, which was considerably cooler at 28°C. So after posting this, I will shut down the laptop and everything else, grab a book and open a window, so that maybe I can sleep in here tonight. It was a good thing I was shopping this morning, when it wasn’t THAT hot. It was my first shopping tour since arriving and I mainly looked around to see what they got. the sales have begun and are in stage 1, which means some stuff is cheap but other still isn’t. I didn’t buy anything but I sure went into every shop along the way: Zara, H&M, C&A, Pimkie, Bershka, Stradivarius, El Corte Inglés… They have a lot there. Stradivarius is one of my favourites, they have great clothes for low prices – and we don’t have it on Germany as far as I know, which makes it special as well.

Apart from running in and out of shops and constantly shifting from being too cold to being too hot (yay, air conditioning!), I also had my first helado in Barcelona. It was a bit expensive, but I just had to get it. I have three favourite ice cream flavours: amarena, which is with cherries; stracciatella, which is which chocolate chips; and the blue one, which is called differently everywhere I go. Blue heaven, Schlumpf, which is pitufo in Spanish, Blue angel – whichever it is, I love it. And this is what I had here. Oh, it was so good! Perfect in this weather.

I went back home before the great heat set in and watched Iron Man 2. Go super heroes! I think I’m almost through with all Marvel hero movies. It is really nice to watch them while sewing. As a few of you know, I’m working on some decoration and costume for this summer and it is great fun! I just finished sewing a banner with a lot of little blue flags. They are not very elegant but considering the circumstances – no sewing machine, only the bed for a working space and no helping hand – I think I did well. I would show you, but there’s no way I can hang it up in my room to take pictures. Anyways, those little projects have kept me busy for a time.

The past week – no, weeks, I haven’t written for a while! – have been quiet. I had some interesting new tasks in my internship and the people there appreciate my help very much. Even small tasks like preparing the mail and bringing it to the post help them a lot, because then they can focus on more important things. And I don’t mind preparing the mailings because then I have a break from staring at numbers and figures on my screen trying to get them into nice graphs using Office 2003. We’ll see how things develop but so far I’m happy with what I do.

Last weekend I’m pretty sure I didn’t do anything interesting apart from sewing and chilling. My roommate had another friend over and they were out most of the time, so it was quiet around the flat – my landlady wasn’t there either. By the way, did I ever mention that I now shower with cold water? Not because it is actually better in this kind of weather but because for some godforsaken reason I can’t get the hot water to work. I know how to turn on the boiler, and it works for washing the dishes, but every time I shower the water just stays cold. Even after 10-15 minutes – still cold. So now I’ve given up and have resigned to showering with cold water. It’s just not very nice when washing my hair. My poor brain almost freezes. Those are the little joys of daily life here.  

Yesterday I went out for dinner with my roommate; we found a cosy little Italian restaurant not far from here – great pizza and good prices, too. We enjoyed the food very much and afterwards rolled around the streets a bit. Sagrada Familia looks interesting at night, a lot more mysterious and you can actually see the coloured windows. I would say it feels more like a church at that time, not like a huge construction site for tourists to look at. There was just this one bad thing happening yesterday – I found out that mosquitos get up to the fifth floor. I have no clue how it happened, I never saw or heard the beast before or after, but it bit me on the arm. I scratched once before realizing that this was not the average itching and the emergency instinct kicked in – I took my globuli and smeared Fenistil on the bite immediately, sprayed around with Autan and put the anti-mosquito smelling device into the power outlet. And guess what, I got lucky. Within one hour, I watched the bite grow wider to the size of almost two centimetres, but it stopped at that and started receding. It doesn’t itch and I don’t really notice it much. It still looks worse than your average bite, I guess but for MY average bites, this is nothing. Phew! It’s just that now I’m paranoid and keep my eyes open for those little beasts and I can’t keep the window open the whole day as I used to – that’s why it is getting warmer in my room as well. We shall see how the situation develops. I hope there won’t be many mosquitos and that this was the only incident.

 

Oh yeah, one last thing. I stumbled across this shop today and thought: “Yeah right, try to get some London style. You’ll never get it. And the station is called CAMDEN TOWN, idiots!”Bild

I did feel a bit homesick for good old London again. Well, this is it for now. Please check out the weekly vocabulary, I uploaded more than usual because I forgot to do it last week. Cheers!

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La llegada

Hola amigos y amigas!

Pues, es el tiempo para una nueva entrada. Me parece un poco extraño escribir en inglés porque ahora vivo en España, no? Tengo que practicar mi español más. Yo sé que casi nadie de vosotros habla español, por eso voy a escribir en inglés sin embargo.

There you go, people. Who understood that? It truly feels strange to write English while being here in Spain. Therefore, I will keep writing in English most of the time, but there will be Spanish parts as well. Who knows, you guys might learn Spanish alongside me this way.

I arrived safe and sound two days ago in the evening. The flight was actually too early and we had to circle above the sea for a quarter hour before we could land. The airport in Barcelona is big and I had to walk quite a while to get to the baggage belts. But I didn’t have to wait long for my huge suitcase to arrive. I am still surprised at how smooth everything went. I asked for directions to the bus at the information – in Spanish of course – and found the bus easily. I had to change to the metro at some point, which was a bit complicated with all my stuff, but I managed.  I had tried to message my German flat mate, but I wasn’t sure if it got through. When I arrived at my metro stop, I called her and she came to collect me. How nice!

The flat is comfortable enough, the living room is bright and we have a balcony, but it is rather loud because it looks out to the street. My room is next to the hall, so I hear quite a lot of what is going on at the staircase. The room is small but cosy, I have just enough space for all my stuff. Luckily for me, I’m small – otherwise, the bed would be too short.  So far, I like it here. I have my own space in the fridge and a small cupboard for pasta, cornflakes and the sort.

The day I arrived I didn’t do anything but unpacked and fell into bed. It was late enough. The next morning I first went to do some shopping, getting all the necessities such was bread, milk, cheese and so on. There are several supermarkets just down the street, so it’s not too bad to go shopping. And compared to London, it is quite cheap, too! In the afternoon, I went to find an office to get my student travel card. You can buy it at the ticket machine but they require an ID with only numbers and since the German ID has letters as well as numbers I didn’t quite know what to put in. I researched the office on the internet and took the metro to get there. They then told me there was a number on my ID that I could use, the one printed in the middle of the front – I have always wondered what that is for, so know I know! It’s for Barcelona Transport! (Just kidding) I managed to get the student travel card with that information and know I can get around for 90 days without worrying about travel expenses.

I had the big camera with me as well and I took some first pictures of my street and the surroundings. I still have to get used to that thing, but I’m sure I’ll manage soon enough. The weather is pretty nice by the way, it’s sunny but not too hot, I’d say around 20 degrees. It is supposed to be raining soon, but we’ll see how the weather develops around here. I watched a few episodes of Downton Abbey yesterday and just tried to get used to the flat. I had pasta with tomato sauce for dinner, a pretty safe meal to cook on an unfamiliar hearth.

Since my landlady wasn’t there the evening I arrived, I met her for the first time yesterday. She is lovely, she speaks slowly for our sake and if she talks about numbers, she writes them on the wall so we understand exactly what she says. I think that is very nice of her. I understand her very well in any case; I just have to get into answering with more than Muy bien or something equally intelligent. She invited me to a concert this evening, but I’m not sure yet if we’re going or not, she hasn’t told me about the details yet. I hope we go, though.

Today I tried to get my NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros), but it is so much harder than I thought. Spanish officials don’t seem to tend to their websites much, so the information on there is mostly outdated and contradicting. I managed to find an address and went there this morning, but the officer outside told me that I have to go to the main office or something and call them beforehand. I really don’t get all that bureaucracy. I might try that main office thing tomorrow, if I feel like it. Otherwise I’ll have to ask at my workplace if they know how it works – it was their idea that I get that wretched NIE in the first place (Yes I know I need it and it’s not their fault, but it is still annoying).

I encountered a few small shops on the way though, so that’s not too bad. There are so many shoe shops, little markets with fruit and vegetables and clothing shops around here, it’s quite nice. There are even draperies, which is great should I decide I want to sew something. I bought some cherries because, to quote my English landlady, I have to eat more fruit! So once I got back home, I sat on the balcony, had some cherries and read a book. I started a Spanish one – there are some on my ebook reader that had come with its purchase. I don’t understand much, but I get the general idea of it and I’m sure it will get better over time. I try to listen to Spanish songs and maybe I’ll even find a nice series to watch and to practice.

Ok, I think this is it so far. We’ll see what else I’ll be doing the next days before work starts. I am happy everything has worked out so smoothly and I will have a great time here. ¡Hasta luego!

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The Inbetween

Hello dear readers, I am almost off to Barcelona.

I spent a lovely week at home in Germany, meeting old friends, spending time with my family. I went with Kiki to a television show recording in Cologne, I spontaneously went to the birthday party of a friend from school that I hadn’t seen in months and I had all my favourite meals before going off again (Spargel, Salat Capricciosa and Gyros überacken!)

On Sunday, there was a dancing event at the Düsseldorf Airport and Kiki and I had a great time learning a few steps and meeting the semi-famous dancer from Let’s dance, a German television show. It was so exciting!

Of course, I also did some shopping with my mum and now I have way too many things that I want to take with me. However, the suitcase is weighing exactly as much as allowed. Go me! I think I am well prepared. I have a hat, sun protection, tons of shirts, flip-flops and a pink bikini – so I can relax on the beach when I’m not working. My mind still cannot understand that it will be warm – if not extremely hot – where I’m going, so I still fear that I don’t have enough warm clothes. I hope that I’ll be cured from that thinking very soon.

One evening my parents and I stumbled upon an episode of Downton Abbey in German tele, and while the synchronisation was hideous, I was somehow interested in the show and started watching it in english. It’s quite a lovely series, partly surprising, partly predictable. I guess I’ll keep watching.

Well, I just wanted to give a short report on what I was doing, now I have about an hour left before we’ll leave for the airport. See you in Spain!

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