Thursday, 25 February 2016

Tea at 'Le Comptoir Senlisien'

Hello et Salut :)

I am sure that I will (at some point....) blog in French:D But for now, English is just fine <3
Even though I just posted yesterday, I thought: why not make another post and talk about my experience at the Salon de thé 'Le Comptoir Senlisien'

Going to coffee or tea places is something I try to do whenever I travel. My favorite is (so far) Ladurée (Covent Garden, London) which might seem cliché but I totally love it. I went there with my friend Sue and we shared an amazing afternoon tea :)
I used to have a favorite blogger (Suki-Pooki) who blogged about her coffee/tea experiences in different countries. Unfortunately, her blog doesn't exist anymore. :(

The Comptoir Senlisien is not that big and the light was quite dim, which created a nice and cosy atmosphere. I had the thé de la lune (moon tea) and a piece of rose cake. Both were soo tasty :))
They also gave me a tiny rose-shaped piece of meringue!
This place is located in the city centre and it's just super lovely. I went there after school and...I went there completely by myself! In fact, it was a really weird experience to go to a café/tea place without a friend :D And to just sit there and, well, not talk to anyone.



Instead, I read a book – or more likely, I tried to read it. It's a theatre play called Le Cid and as I am also visiting French classes (in this case a 4ième and they are currently talking about it in class) here in France, the teacher suggested I might as well read it. It's really hard for me to understand though :D She, however, is such a brilliant teacher. When I visited her class last Tuesday, I felt as if I was a student again, but in a good way! I really learned a lot about this play and I will continue visiting her 4ième :)

Do you read French classics? If so, are there any you would recommend? 
I worked on Gaston Leroux' Le Fantôme de l'Opéra for my undergraduate dissertation at university back in Germany (yes, the novel, not the musical). I don't think it counts as a classic (or maybe it does? I don't know) but I liked it a lot. The poetry of Baudelaire also fascinates me. Again, super difficult to understand and to make sense of for a non-native speaker (if you can make sense of it at all!)...

Bisous!
Kerstin

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Bonjour France

Hey everyone, it's about time to finally update this blog, especially since I have exciting news: I will be staying in France until mid June :)

This is a dream-come-true and I want to share my impressions on this blog and keep it as a diary <3

How & why: I am doing an internship as a language assistant for German and English at a local school and I live in a (really lovely) host family. Before leaving Germany, I had handed in my dissertation and I had finished all my Bachelor's courses at university. In Germany,  if you want to become a teacher for German and English, you usually have to do a 3-year undergraduate degree, but I kind of pushed myself to do it in 2,5 in order to be able to go to France. In October, I will be doing my Master's degree, just like any other student in my year, which is then to be followed by specific training for teachers. Yay. Long way to go!

As going to France is obviously not obligatory when you study English and German, everyone at university was actually kinda like: 'wtf, like, why are you going to France?' :D – You can't even study French in my home town.
Two years before, one of my friends (hi Stefania <3) went to Italy for half a year. She also did her undergraduate degree in 2,5 years. I felt inspired (haha) and I always wanted to improve my French :)) Plus what's better than living in a host family and getting insights into French culture that you wouldn't get as a tourist? Bonus points for my town's proximity to Paris and the fact that I can improve my teaching skills au collège hehe. The mean reason, however, is that I just looooove the language itself <3

Enough blabla, here are my first impressions <3

My town is called Senlis and it's very small compared to Hanover. In fact, this really collides with my shopping obsession, but Paris is not far away.
So far, I spent a nice weekend with my host family and we went to church on Sunday. On Monday, I went to school and the teachers and my tutor decided that I am basically following about 4-5 teachers around. I won't only see German and English classes but also French and History. Every Thursday, starting next week, I will have my own classes (and also on other days, but that's not decided yet).

lovely weather <3
we are tasty and omg check out those big macarons in the top right corner

the room is actually so pretty <3 the house is from 1900 :)

I am looking forward to spending some amazing months in France <3
P.S.: This little baby here is called 'Canelé', according to wikipedia a pastry, originally from Bordeaux, with "a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust." It is flavoured with rum and vanilla :)

mhh I am so yummy the picture doesn't do me justice



Sunday, 20 September 2015

Der Rucksack des Flirtens

Hallo meine Lieben, ich habe mir vor ein paar Wochen nach viel Hin und Her einen Rucksack gekauft und wollte mal meine Erfahrungen mit euch teilen.

Dieser Post ist eher nur als Witz gedacht, aber irgendwie möchte ich einfach dauerhaft den Spaß am Bloggen zurückfinden. Da eine Freundin und ich heute in der Stadt sehr, sehr platt angemacht worden (zwei Typen boten uns Teigtaschen, die sie auf einem Plastikteller mit Alufolie servierten an!) kam mir der Gedanke, über meinen Wunder-Rucksack zu sprechen.


Zu den harten Fakten:


Modell: Das müsste der Herschel Classic Little America sein. Meine Farbgebung ist nur irgendwie special.
Warum? Uni. Bücher. Schwer, schleppen, aua! Und weil ich dachte, es könnte ganz süß aussehen...

...Sieht es aber meistens leider nicht. Meistens sehe ich damit semi-nerdig aus, je nach Schuhen (Nikes gehen gar nicht!) und Jacke (eigentlich geht nur eine Collegejacke). Trotzdem hat der Rucksack irgendwie was; nicht zuletzt wegen des fantastischen Tragegefühls.


Er ist ein Wunder-Rucksack, weil ich damit ständig angesprochen, angeflirtet und angemacht werde. Da ich vergeben bin (und sonst eigentlich auch...) nervt das natürlich. Manchmal ist es nur ein Nach-dem-Weg-Fragen, manchmal nur eine Uhrzeit (is klar, mit Handy in der Hand) und in Härtefällen direkt die Handynummer. Von "du siehst sympathisch aus" über "geiler Arsch" war eigentlich schon alles dabei. Ja, aber liegt es denn nun am Rucksack? Wie kann das sein? Meine Theorie ist, dass man mit Rucksack noch mehr wie ein Schüler/Student aussieht. Das heisst, man kommt eventuell naiver rüber. Ich glaube nämlich nicht, dass ich damit schöner aussehe. Es ist trotzdem ein Phänomen - ohne Rucksack werde ich nicht halb so oft angesprochen. Na ja. Dass einen Highheels eventuell eleganter aussehen lassen oder dass ein enges schwarzes Kleid eine gewisse Wirkung hat, das mag ja sein. Aber ein Rucksack?

Ich bin auch jemand, dem in einer Anmach-Situation nie schlagfertige Sprüche einfallen. Heute in der Stadt standen meine Freundin und ich auch ziemlich irritiert da, wobei sie sich schnell gefangen hat ;) ♥ Und bald kam dann schon Freundin Nummer 3, sodass wir uns verdrücken konnten.

Passiert euch so etwas auch häufiger? Auch bei bestimmten Kleidungsstücken? Habt ihr gute 'Abwehr-Tipps'? 

Einen schönen Sonntag noch ♥
~ Ke

Monday, 20 July 2015

Japan Liebe

Hallo ihr Lieben, schon wieder ist so viel Zeit vergangen seit dem letzten Post. Und jetzt bin ich auch noch so egoistisch und schreibe auf deutsch und hauptsächlich um mir selbst ein bisschen gute Laune zu verschaffen. Zurzeit bin ich nämlich ein bisschen genervt... von der Uni, von mir, von dem komischen Halb-Sommer-Wetter.

Ein Beweis-Foto dafür, dass es mir gut geht ;)



Morgen habe ich eine Japanisch-Prüfung. Nein, ich studiere nicht Japanisch, sondern belege das nur freiwillig. Und warum? Daran versuche ich mich gerade selbst zu erinnern und mich dadurch ein bisschen zu motivieren. Das ist der Anlass für diesen Post ♥ 3 gute Gründe gibt es schonmal.









1. Ich interessiere mich schon wirklich lange für Japan, obwohl ich noch nie da gewesen bin.

Das ging in der Grundschule los; und zwar mit Dragonball (ich war total hart drauf und habe gleich mit Z angefangen). Hinzu kamen aber auch Ranma 1/2, Jeanne, Detektiv Conan... Typische Serien für meine Generation denke ich. Zumindest wenn man Rtl 2 schauen durfte. Ich bin dann aber auch immer schon mit meinen Eltern aufs Kirschblütenfest meiner Stadt gegangen und habe um den Besuch in Sushirestaurants gekämpft und mich mit Stäbchen abgemüht. Merchandise wie Pokémonspiele/-karten - oh Gott Pokémon!!- blieb dann nicht aus.
Ich hatte auch eine verhältnismäßig kurze Phase der Begeisterung an japanischer Mode. Allem voran der Gyaru Stil, den man z.B. in der Zeitschrift Popteen findet. Cosplay hat mich dagegen nie gereizt, ich finde aber die Projekte von anderen immer sehr cool.













2. Manga-Zeichnen war ist ja mal das Allertollste.

Tatsächlich konnte ich früher stundenlang Manga zeichnen und habe mir auch eigene Geschichten ausgedacht. In der Oberstufe ebbte das leider ab; aber die Facharbeit habe ich dann trotzdem noch zu dem Thema geschrieben. Damals geschah dann auch die Fukushima-Katastrophe, die mich irgendwie mitgenommen hat. Zurzeit zeichne ich leider gar nicht mehr. Ab und zu habe ich einen 'Flash', sodass plötzlich ein Bild entsteht, aber das kommt immer seltener vor. Auch Mangas kaufe ich nicht mehr, weil ich irgendwie zu geizig (?) geworden bin und sich die Prioritäten verschoben haben. Was mir aber auf jeden Fall geblieben ist, ist die Fähigkeit, einen super Strich mit dem Eyeliner zu ziehen. Das kommt vom ganzen Zeichenfeder-Arbeiten.
















3. Die Sprache ist wirklich mal was Anderes.

Chinesisch ist nicht Japanisch (auch Chinesisch ist aber toll), das wissen viele nicht. Damit will ich sagen: Für jemanden mit einem schlechten Gedächtnis ist diese Sprache nicht so fatal wie Chinesisch.
Japanisch basiert weitestgehend auf Silbensystemen (Hiragana und Katakana), die mit Kanji (Schriftzeichen mit eigener Bedeutung) kombiniert werden. In unserem Kurs arbeiten wir nur mit Hiragana, aber der Ehrgeiz ist da, zumindest noch Katakana zu lernen. Durch die Silben hat man relativ schnell das Erfolgserlebnis, wirklich lesen zu können, obwohl das Vokabel-Lernen nicht ausbleibt.


Abschließend ein kleiner Japan bzw. Manga-Check, zu dem ich hiermit auch Tina (Blog ♥) und Jenny (Blog♥) aufrufe.




Lieblingsmanga: Jeanne die Kamikaze Diebin
Lieblingsanime: Death Note (verschiedener geht's nicht xD)
Lieblingsessen JPN: Inari *-* & Gyoza
Lieblingscharakter: Son-Goku (Dragonball)
Lieblingszitat (aus einem Manga/Anime): "Braucht man denn dafür einen Grund?" (Shinichi aus Detektiv Conan, als er gefragt wird, wieso er einem Serienmörder das Leben gerettet hat.)
Traurigster Moment: Der Tod von Kikyo (Inu Yasha) und der von Zen (Jeanne)--> "Du warst mein Wind" oh Gott ich könnte schon wieder heulen T.T
Lustigster Moment: Zahlreiche Szenen aus Ranma 1/2, der Manga ist einfach so witzig.

Ich hoffe, euch war der Post jetzt nicht zu nerdig und ihr drückt mir die Daumen für morgen ♥

~ Kerstin

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Long Distance ....Friendship ♥

Hey everybody, it's been a while, hasn't it? I am quite busy these days but then again aren't we all? A very good friend of mine recently came back from the U.S. where she spent 3 months and as you know I visited my friends in Scotland around Easter. These are just two examples of friendships that 'survived' time and space :)
You might also have that one friend that is currently abroad or it's you who is spending some time in a foreign country just know - maybe as an au-pair or as part of an internship.

Everyone keeps talking about relationships and then refers to lovers. There's a million of google hits when you type in 'tips for long-distance relationship'. The funny thing is: Friendships are relationships too.
From my experience I know that it is much harder to remain close to your friends when you or they live eleswhere, but we need to take care of friendships, too. This is why I have compiled a little list with some things you can try when some friends of yours are truly important to you and can't see them weekly anymore. ♥
Enjoy ♥



  1. Create memories. Now, that goes for every friendship but it's particularly important when you cannot meet up often. You can plan a trip to a town both of you haven't been to yet, make a movie together...whatever comes to your mind as long as it is unique.
  2. Talk. That's a tricky one because especially when abroad we are always super busy. However, that one voice message on whatsapp you leave for your friend after having breakfast in the morning might make them really happy. Small text messages, just some 'hey, what's up?' also do take little time. Just keep in mind that you won't text every single second of your day like you may have in school. It's okay to not hear from each other for a while! 
  3. Take photos and hang them in your room or put them in your calendar :) This is a personal reminder because I always take lots of  photos and then forget to print them out.
  4. Be a good listener. Whether it's you or your friend that lives in a foreign country. Sometimes you cannot talk face-to-face but still you notice that your friend's messages do not sound too happy. Instead of the casual 'hey, how's it going?' ask meaningful questions like 'how do you feel at your new place? How are your colleagues like?' Don't be too direct though.
  5. It's the small things that count. Be it a Christmas Card or some sweets as a reminder of home (and vice-versa! When you are, say in England, send your friends some sweets! They'll love them!)... don't go crazy with long telephone calls, endless text messages or super expensive gifts. 
From my experience I can tell that I always notice who my real friends are when we all of a sudden cannot talk daily anymore. However, when we meet again, I get that cheesy 'feels like yesterday'-feeling. Do you know what I mean? This is why I think that friendship is not based on quantity but quality. Time and space do not matter ♪♥

Love, Kerstin



Monday, 13 April 2015

4 Things that are NOT FUN to buy

Hi everyone, last year around this time I was super motivated to start the new semester at uni. This time though...^^" I could easily do with another week of holidays. However, I still enjoyed Easter. I was in Scotland-> visiting friends back from university there. I also went to Braunschweig and spent some days with Mira as you know (click). Then I visited Julia in Bremen -> And we talked about something quite funny!
I bet everyone can come up with one or two things that they hate buying when it comes to clothes (I mean, I am not even going to mention buying toilet paper and other random stuff ;D Just clothes).

Here's my TOP 4 List of Things that are NOT FUN to buy. 

4. Socks. I personally find it rather annoying to buy socks because most of my black and white socks just magically disappear. (And no, they are not in the washing machine ;D) Still, when shopping for cute socks,

it's kind of okay.

3. Bikinis. Uuuugh. Need I say more?

2. Trousers, particularly jeans. I am lucky to have found a label I can trust when it comes to Jeans... (Scandinavian CUBUS. Click. The Jeans are reasonably priced but they get quite lose after a year or so) But usually trying on Jeans instanstly makes me want to go on a diet.

1. Belts. Or 'a belt' as in my case. I'm 21 now and so far I've owned one single belt which my boyfriend got me as a birthday gift. This one is lovely but as it is white and gold, I figured I needed another more 'daily' one. To me, nothing screams BORING more than belts.

The funny thing is, after I had told Julia that I needed another belt but that I did not want to buy one because it's not fun, I went to Liebeskind right the day after :D I got myself this one for 19,95€.



It's quite nice, don't you think? However, I had to really force myself and go there :D
It's this one in case you are interested in purchasing it. (click).

What's your top 4 (or 3 or....) of things you do not consider 'fun' to buy? Do you also want to go on a diet after trying on the 30th pair of unflattering jeans?

Let me know ♥

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Shopping with Mira//Outfits ♥

Hi guys, I hope you are all fine and looking forward to Easter (and sweets...lots of sweets ♥). I spent the last three days with my friend Mira from university. Each semester, we get a free ticket which we can use to travel around in the North of Germany. The other day, we both realised that we have not taken advantage of this yet so we decided to take a trip to Braunschweig on Tuesday. We spent the other days chatting, eating sweets and being girls ;) We were also thinking of going to Oldenburg or Hamburg but at the end we were quite happy that we chose Braunschweig because many trains got cancelled because of bad weather conditions. (Luckily, we managed to catch one after waiting for an hour or so ~).

Originally, we had planned to do much more shopping (with spring & all around the corner) but we were reeeally considerate most of the time (:DD Mira if you are reading this, I will never go try on trousers with you again!) but we bought a few nice pieces.

So here are my gets, already combined with Outfits ♥ (the stuff that is printed in bold letters)

Shirt Ann Christin 6,95€//Skirt Tally Weijl 7€//Tights Primark //Overkneesocks Calzedonia 9,95€//Boots Vagabond//Bag Louis Vuitton//Bracelets New Look&a gift

And without Overknee Socks as I am not really sure whether I would dare wearing them to uni.(Most people think they are too sexy or whatever) 



Ponytail-Love ♥

Shirt Mango//Skirt s.a./Tights Calzedonia 9,95€//Necklace Rossmann//Earrings bought in Sri Lanka//Boots s.a.



This pair of map-patterned (?) tights and the black overknees which I got both at Calzedonia made me happy the most. Especially since I had a really hard time finding black Overknees long enough for my height. (I'm 1,75m)



I really missed going shopping with a friend and we had so much fun ♥ Also, I am happy that Mira shares my passion for sweets ;D ♥ We have quite a lot in common actually. Mira, if you are reading this: So looking forward to next Semester because of you :)

So, what about you guys? Are overknee socks your thing? Or do you think they are a bit over the top? Also, where do you buy socks/tights and so on? ♥



 
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