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14 September 2016

6 Goals for my Final Year at University

I am officially back in Bristol town!
I flew here on Sunday afternoon and it's been hectic since day 1. This is both because I'm working during Welcome Week 2016 at the International Office and because I feel like I need to get ahead of time with the upcoming year. Not many students have arrived in Bristol yet and I feel like this is giving me the chance to settle back in more easily. I would also like to use this time to get determined for the year ahead and try to make it my best one at university. So far it's been pretty good - I just found out I was nominated for a year abroad essay prize which made me so happy! I'm still waiting for my third year assignments results, which hopefully will be good. One of my targets this year would be to graduate with a first class degree, although that wouldn't reflect my entire university experience since it wasn't (luckily) all spent on books or in the library, but more mixing up academics to social activities and getting useful life experience - which, in my opinion, is a lot more relevant than merely studying. In this post, I have brainstormed some ideas and wrote down a list of my goals for this final university year... let's see what happens!

8 September 2016

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - Book Review

Big Magic is a book about creativity and how to embrace your creative call in life without getting stuck in fear or complex life situations. Through her ironical and very witty style, Gilbert focuses on the problems that arise from the condition of aspiring artist in a very realistic way that, however, doesn't forget the sparkle of an artistic life choice.

6 September 2016

Monthly Favourites: August 2016

August was a month of extensive travel. I hadn't seen so many new places since my Erasmus trip to the North of Spain where I discovered infinite exciting aspects of Spanish culture. This time, I travelled to Northern Europe (how come it's always about the northern regions?) and saw many German and Dutch locations, which I really liked and made me consider moving abroad again in a far future. Who knows what life holds for me!

1 September 2016

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins - Book Review

The Girl on the Train is the bestseller in all bookshops today - I'm sure you've noticed it yourself. It's the black bulky book standing next to number 1 on the 'most-red' shelf. Crime fiction is definitely not my genre but I had to make an exception for this book and give it a try. It didn't disappoint me.

28 August 2016

German Beaches: Scharbeutz, Vollerwiek and St Peter-Ording


One thing I absolutely loved about Germany was the sea. I'm a sea lover and wherever I am in the world I always appreciate sitting or walking along the beach, whether it's hot, cold, with clear or darker water. This is because I find it the highest, most beautiful thing of nature - it's so calming, healing and wise in its own way. In Germany, I saw three types of seaside towns: two more 'social' ones (but different) and a more isolated one: Scharbeutz, St Peter-Ording and Vollerwiek.

24 August 2016

Discovering Berlin in One Single Day!

After getting deep in my post on legacy in Berlin, I decided to write a lighter travel post with pictures I took around the city during the day I was there. I'm sure that Berlin has so much more to offer than what I saw, but I guess you can only take in so much in a day.

23 August 2016

The Berlin Wall, the Importance of Legacy and Hopes for the Future

It's only when I started going to university that I was taught the importance of legacy and keeping historical memory alive. Or at least, I was taught at school, but it was only later that it really hit me. While I had no clue on why my class had to listen to a boring explanation of First World War trenches in Trieste under a boiling sun and a getaway daydreaming of 14 year-olds, at 21, in Berlin and still under the boiling sun, I was much more struck by the U.S. checkpoint and a massive signal indicating the watershed between the two cities in one.