On Friday the 13th our german integration course came to an end, after attending class every day for seven months, I can say that my german improved a lot. When we were deciding to come to Germany, we thought about learning a little bit of the language in Brazil, but it was too expensive at the time, so we decided to come with all of our hope and courage. It was so funny at the beginning, we didn’t understand a single word….thank god for google translator and maps! hahaha We arrived in the end of January, and started our class in the beginning of March, after we did all of our language student visa process. We decided to attend Volkshochschule because it was the cheapest and closest one to our home, and started at the very beginning, A1.1 and worked all the way up to B1.2, always with the same teachers, we had three at the time, but the last two months were only two. For me, it was not easy learning another language as an adult, I thought it would be way much easier….but I was wrong. I always had difficulties with grammar and because of that it was a bit harder now, when I say a german frase, I always have to stop and think… where should I put the verb? Is it a Hauptsatz or Nebensatz? I have not mastered that yet, but maybe one day I will! hahaha
This week was a tough one, PMS really got me….again 😦 Since I stopped taking birth control pills earlier this year, my hormones are acting CRAZY! I stopped taking it because after almost ten years non stop, I thought it was time to break away, and also the price of my pill here in Berlin is way more expensive than in São Paulo, and that only encouraged my thoughts. Since then, I have experienced an acne breakout with little zits and some painful cystic ones (these are the worst) and even fever during the period. I feel like the PMS symptoms are worst, I get irritated much more easier (just a simple word or a look at me, makes me wanna punch someone…of course that I don’t), and some days I wake up and don’t feel like doing anything at all, because I feel so tired….super odd because there is no reason for that. I know that not all women suffer from strong PMS, and maybe this is just my body adjusting from all those extra hormones taken during years, but in the end I’m happy with my decision, if I feel this way now, what would have happen if I stopped after 15 years? Sorry for my outburst, I feel kind of silly and guilty talking about this while there are bigger problems going on in the world, but writing about it helps me a little 😉
Anyway, here are my 5 favourite things that cheered me up a little bit this week:
1- A new trailer of Scorsese and Jagger’s tv show Vinyl was released this week, can’t wait for it;
2- 24 Incredible color photos of ethnic exotic from around the world in the early 20th century;
3- This cute little kitchen is a part of Woody, a trailer home built by Brian and Joni Buzarde, wish I had one too 🙂
4- I’m a huge sucker for movie posters and I loved this One Point Perspective Collection made by Van Orton Design, the bright colours are awesome!
5- 10 Excellent pieces of advice that every artist should remember, I don’t think that only artists should live by that, Picasso’s quote should be my daily mantra!
Hope you have a blessed and beautiful weekend 😉
Rainy days here in Berlin, but yesterday that did not stop us from waking up early to go have brunch at the Breakfast Market. We discovered this event a few months ago, it happens every third Sunday of each month at the Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg. But yesterday was our first time there, we always forgot the right date, once we went there and found out it was closed…. sadly, we returned with our bellies empty…to our luck, the opposite happened yesterday! 😀
I was totally lost during this week, I thought Tuesday was Monday and Wednesday was Thursday…haha Also, today was the last day of our german integration course, after 7 months I can say that I improved a lot! I’ll write more about that next week 😉
Here are my 5 favourite things of this week:
1- Sea World announced this week that they will end the orca shows in San Diego, for me as a biologist and as a person who cares about animal welfare this was a win, I hope that they will also stop it in the other parks as well;
2- I admit that I’m a Friends addict, don’t know exactly how many times I’ve watched the show, for me it will never get old, I’ll laugh over the same jokes for ever! Although my favourite character is Joey, Ross sometimes makes me laugh hard. “The one with Ross’s tan” is one of my top ten favs! You can see here 31 Friends jokes that never get old;
3- The Barbie evolution across 56 years, 1971 was my favourite! But during my childhood my Barbie’s style were the 1994 and 95;
4- This amazing audio of Freddie Mercury & David Bowie singing Under Pressure A capella gave me goosebumps!
5- How would you behave if your 18 year old self interviewed your future self? Peter Emshwiller had that idea when we was a teen, and after 38 years he wants to finish that project. Here is a video sample of “Later that same life“….curious and funny!
Hope you have an amazing weekend!
Last week I posted the part I of our visit to Sanssouci Palace and Park located in the charming city of Potsdam. Here is another batch of beautiful pictures of this gorgeous place, hope you enjoy!
This week was a slow one, Fall break ended last Friday, so that means we had German course this week. We attended class in the mornings (german language seems to be getting harder…and harder 😦 ), and spent the afternoons at home…same old, same old. But it’s good to have a calm week sometimes 😉
Here are my 5 weekly favourites:
1- Rafael and I went to the movies to watch Alice in Wonderland on our first date night, back in 2010 😮 This week was released a new trailer of Alice in Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass, can’t wait to see it! Who doesn’t like Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, am I right?! hahaha;
2- Honest “Monopoly”cards that are almost too relatable;
3- I’ve always wanted to travel to Barcelona and see Gaudí’s work, now, after 133 years later, the Sagrada Família has entered its final stage of construction;
4- After reading Anthony Bourdain’s 6 punishable-by-death sushi don’ts, I’d be dead right now! haha;
5- I know that Halloween already came and went, but sorry for being obsessed with my awesome Mexican sugar skull!
Have a lovely and blessed weekend!
Be Happy 😀
We visited the parks and palaces of Sanssouci in August when Rafael’s friend from Brazil, Lucas, was here. Sanssouci is located in the charming city of Potsdam, today it’s the capital city of the German Federal state of Brandenburg, but until 1918 it was the residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser. Before Sanssouci was built, the royal family’s residence was situtated in Berlin, at the Charllotenburg Palace. King Frederick, the Great, ordered the construction in Potsdam because he wanted a residence where he could live sans souci (French for “without worries”). Could I please live a life with no worries just like that?! hahaha
Sansoucci is also the largest world heritage site in Germany, it’s divided in several buildings, one more gorgeous than the other. That why I had to divide this post, there are so many beautiful pictures, I just need to share them all…hahaha. It’s really easy to go to Potsdam from Berlin, we took the S7 train and we arrived at the Postdam main train station around 40 minutes later. From there we took a city bus towards Sanssouci, but you can also rent a bike if you please. We didn’t get to see the city itself, because we spent the whole day visiting the complex, but I think it’s a very good idea to spend a weekend there.
Sanssouci is probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited, it’s amazing how they used to build great palaces back then, the architecture is really beautiful!
We discovered that Halloween is becoming a new tradition here in Berlin, there aren’t decorations on the houses or streets, but the young people and kids are enjoying the idea of getting dressed upped and going to parties. We got invited to a party at our landlord’s house, Sebastian, in Kreuzberg. Costumes were mandatory, and we were more than pleased to oblige! I love Halloween, that may sound a bit strange coming from a Brazilian, specially because in Brazil it’s also becoming a new tradition. When I was a child, I spent 5 years living in the USA, and I’d always trick or treated…I have a lot of fun memories about that time! All that excitement reminisced these past few days and I actually got anxious to go to the party…hahaha
Wow, this week for me practically flew by, I started a new embroidery project that I will share when its done 😉
Here are my 5 weekly favourites:
1- This 3 minute video about the evolution of Wedding Gowns, the 70’s dress is my favourite ❤
2- This week David Bowie confirmed a new album,”Blackstar”, that will arrive on his 69th birthday on the 8th of January. Can’t wait!
3- Berlin is so beautiful in the Fall, I took that picture last weekend during a little stroll around our neighbourhood Neukölln…I feel so blessed 🙂
4- Timelessly stylish rock icons to inspire your Halloween costume. To be honest I would wear that easily on my day-to-day life!
5- Sneak peak on Rafael’s mask for Halloween, I just finished plaster casting his face. It was so fun doing that, I will post the final result next week 😉
Have a wonderful weekend and a scary Halloween! Mua ha ha!
I have a lot of random photos of Berlin that we snap here and there whenever we take a stroll around the city. There isn’t a story behind each picture, that’s why I didn’t write a specific post. But I love sharing our view from this amazing city, hope you enjoy 😀