gothikmaus: (Berlin)
I haven't posted anything about my holidays yet. Shame on me.

Holiday report - With pictures! )
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
Seen "Star Trek Beyond". My friend and I were squeeing for most of the film.

In a week I'll be in Vienna. And in 2 weeks I'll be in Berlin. It feels... surreal. I don't know what to expect. A lot of tears, probably.

I realised I haven't written anything in ages. I have a couple of abandoned WIPs, I could try to write something down during my holidays, I always seem to get inspired while I'm travelling. Who knows.
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
[livejournal.com profile] urania_chan, you may find this interesting. :)

die ärzte: live sogar noch besser als wie auf Platte!

29.06.2013 (A) Wien - Krieau
Gäste: NOFX, Donots
15.06.2013 Köln - RheinEnergieStadion
21.06.2013 Gräfenhainichen - Ferropolis
12.07.2013 Bocholt - Stadion Am Hünting
14.07.2013 Bietigheim-Bissingen - Festplatz am Viadukt
10.08.2013 Berlin - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof
11.08.2013 Berlin - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof

17.08.2013 Uelzen - Almased Arena
22.08.2013 Coburg - Schlossplatz Coburg
24.08.2013 Bremen - Bürgerweide
31.08.2013 Losheim - Strandbad Open Air

Flughafen Tempelhof! That's literally 5 minutes away from where I used to live! And it's in August, which means I'll be on holiday. And I haven't visited Berlin in a long, long time. But, damn, I can't plan so far ahead. And I'm sure the tickets will sell out in no time, so I'll have to make up my mind pretty soon if I want to go. Decisions, decisions...
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
I've just read an article about Berlin and now I'm all nostalgic. And watching this video didn't help either:



Now I just want to go to the Maybachufer market, grab a Gözleme and wander around with my camera. Too bad I'm 1000 Km away. Sigh.

Whatevs

Jul. 2nd, 2010 07:13 pm
gothikmaus: (Na gut)
I had another useless job interview this morning. I already knew it would be useless, but I went anyway: it was a "group interview" with 5 other candidates for an internship in an event agency in Milan (the one that organises the Milan Film Festival in September). I say it was useless because they had already said the internship would be totally unpaid and, even if I'm sure it will be very interesting, I don't want to work for free any more. Actually, I would have to pay to work, because I'd either have to buy an underground pass (about 60€ a month from where I live) or spend much more for petrol. They even said "You'll learn a lot here, you'll have a lot to do. We'll squeeze you dry." The "lucky one" would have to start as soon as possible, preferibly next Tuesday, and work at the organisation of the Film Festival for the next 3 months, often more than the official 8 hours, sometimes on weekends too and with no holidays. Er. No, thanks.

I talked a bit with the other people before the interview and I think only one would accept, because she's just out of university and needs experience, the others were looking for a paying job like me. I mean, you need someone just for 3-4 months to help out with the festival? OK, you can offer an internship, but pay a small reimbursement at least! This is worse than slavery, people had to feed their slaves and give them a place to stay, while now you're simply asked to work for free and be happy about it, because it will look good on your CV. Well, I already have stuff that looks good on my CV, thank you very much. I hope they won't find anyone, but they'll probably find someone just out of university who doesn't really need money and will be happy to be exploited.

Like I said, I already knew it was unpaid, but I went anyway, just to see what they had to say. I applied for a couple of offers when I came back and found one that isn't really what I'm looking for, but could be very interesting. It's for next year, though, so I'll wait a bit before I apply, just in case anything else comes up; the selections only start in October anyway.

Also, driving around in Milan drives me crazy. I hate Italian drivers, especially when they park right in the middle of the street. And the city is getting uglier and uglier, I hadn't seen so much squalor in a long time. And since I lived in Neukölln for 8 months, that's saying something. Actually, Neukölln is much nicer than some parts of Milan that are supposed to be good neighbourhood. I had days in Berlin when I just had to go out to feel happy. Completely, utterly happy. I don't know why, maybe I was simply biased because I love the city so much. Needless to say, I haven't felt that emotion once since I came back. When I told the other candidates I had just come back from Berlin they all asked me "Why did you come back?!" And I have to say, I've asked myself the same question every day for the past month.

Anyway, good news of the day: I stopped at Lidl on my way home and found Milchbrötchen! Yes! We tried some made by a very famous and expensive Italian brand and they were awful, these were only a little more expensive than the ones I used to buy in Berlin and taste great.

Moral of the story: Berlin > Milan.
gothikmaus: (Luca e Paolo)
I finally have some time to post a short recap of my last 5 days in Berlin. I did a lot of sightseeing with my parents, who had never been there. They loved the city, my dad kept saying "It's so green! And public transport is amazing!" My mum's highlight was the zoo: I didn't want to go at first, because I find zoos very sad, but it was a nice day in the end and I took a lot of photos. The animals weren't locked in small cages and they had a decent amount of open air space, but I still think they looked bored and sad, especially the felines and monkeys.

My dad's highlight was the Champions League final Inter vs Bayern München, which we won 2-0. As I didn't have a TV at home (oh God, it's so weird using the past tense when I talk about my flat in Berlin ._.) we watched it in a pub. Thank God I had booked a table, the place was packed. And we were the only Italians and Inter supporters: you could see my black and blue shirt at once among all those red jerseys. Funny facts of the night:

- whenever one of our players fell down, a guy sitting at the table next to ours shouted "Mailänder Scala!" I wanted to point out that La Scala is an Opera theatre, so people don't really act there, they sing, but that might have been a bit too subtle for a football-obsessed brain to comprehend. :P

- both goals were scored just after I'd ordered something to drink for my dad. His comment: "They're lucky I don't drink as much as I used to when I was younger, if I did, we would've scored at least 5 more goals!"

- after the first goal, the above mentioned guy told the waiter "The people at that table said they want to pay and go away". I heard him and replied "No, we don't wanna go anywhere." Haha, he wasn't expecting that. Just because I speak Italian with my parents doesn't mean I can't speak German.

Other than that, I didn't have much time, but I was able to meet Nicole twice and say goodbye to Eline too. I've already written about the last 2 days, luckily everything turned out well.

I still can't believe I'm back. It feels like yesterday when I went to Berlin to look for a flat in August, but it's been 9 months. Let's see what happens next.

I'm terribly behind with the 30 days music meme, I could as well post all the remaining songs at once. But I won't.

30 days music meme and wallpaper meme )
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
My parents arrived, they're in the living room playing cards. We went for a walk in the afternoon and my mum's already dead tired.

I saw 3 chimney sweeps on the roof this morning, that must mean I'm super lucky.

I'm slowly starting to realise I'm going to leave in just a few days. I don't know how to feel about that. I mean, I'm happy about seeing my friends again and I guess everything will be all right if I find a decent job, but... For the moment I just want to enjoy as much of Berlin as I still can.

Oh, and meeting Nicole and Chris after more than 3 years was great. Hopefully we'll be able to meet again before they leave on the 24th.


30 days music meme

Day 17: A song that you hear often on the radio
"Horchata", Vampire weekend



I don't listen to radio much, but there's a radio show I listened to every day when I was in Italy between January and February and they played this song every single day. Quite annoying, really.


Day 18: A song that you wish you heard on the radio
"Ziggy Stardust", David Bowie



I heard this song one morning as I was driving to work and it was a great way to start the day. Too bad the radio station had to close down because of financial problems a couple of months later. Of course only a small, indie radio station would play such a song in the morning.

Day 19: A song from your favorite album
"Pictures of you", The Cure



"Disintegration" is still my favourite album and this song brings back a lot of happy memories.

Past days and the rest )
gothikmaus: (Tee-hee)
Damn, I didn't post the meme yesterday. I was out all afternoon and part of the evening, and when I got home I was too tired. But I'm very satisfied with the things I bought (not for me), so it was worth it. I also saw the fireworks for the opening of the Volkspark Tempelhof as well as some people demonstrating against it, they were running along our street after the opening ceremony was over and the park was closed (it's going to be closed at night).

Anyway, ready for the crack?

30 days music meme

Day 01. Your favourite song
"Heroes", David Bowie

Day 02. Your least favourite song
"Ad ogni costo", Vasco Rossi.

Day 03: A song that makes you happy
"Friday I'm in love", The Cure.

Day 04: A song that makes you sad
"Beautiful", Christina Aguilera.

Day 05: A song that reminds you of someone
"We're in this together", Nine Inch Nails

Day 06: A song that reminds you of somewhere
"Free", Ultra Nate

Day 07: A song that reminds you of a certain event
"Traumfrau", Bela B

Day 08: A song that you know all the words to
"Alla fiera dell'est", Angelo Branduardi

Day 09: A song that you can dance to
"Saturday night", Whigfield



Fuck yeah, those were the '90s! Who can still remember the little dance routine? Well, I do! Now that I think about it, this song also reminds me of V's 15th birthday. My God, I've known some of my best friends for more than half of my life! :O

Anyway, here's the dance routine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbpZAqAucp8

And guess who else can dance to this song. Hint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8RSo2JhBxo around 1:00. The first time I saw that I thought "They aren't... that can't be... OMGWTF It is!" XD

While I was looking for the video on YouTube I had a look at the "related" videos too and noticed I still know most of the dance hits from the mid '90s. It's... scary.


Day 10: A song that makes you fall asleep
"Lullaby", The Cure



Well, the song doesn't really make me fall asleep, but I love it and, hey, it's called "Lullaby"! :P I also had a dream featuring this song once: I had the CD in my old stereo and wanted to use it instead of the normal alarm, but when this song started, instead of waking up, I just went on sleeping and had a dream that was sort of an alternative version of the video, with vampires and other stuff I can't remember. So, yeah, it doesn't make me fall asleep, but it makes me dream.

The other days )
gothikmaus: (D'oh!)
Months ago I started a picture meme, where people would ask me to take photos of something and I would have to post the pics in my LJ. Well, I never got to post the pictures [livejournal.com profile] schwimmerin requested! She wanted to see what my favourite U-Bahn station was and I couldn't quite think of what that could be, but while I was going to Spandau last Sunday I finally found it!

Ladies and, uhm, are there any gentlemen here? Egal, here's Paulsternstrasse's U-Bahn station!



More pics behind the cut )

I also liked Rathaus Spandau:

And not just because of Bela :P )

So, sorry for taking forever. And now, on with the 30 days music meme.

30 days music meme

Day 01. Your favourite song
"Heroes", David Bowie

Day 02. Your least favourite song
"Ad ogni costo", Vasco Rossi.

Day 03: A song that makes you happy
"Friday I'm in love", The Cure.

Day 04: A song that makes you sad
"Beautiful", Christina Aguilera.

Day 05: A song that reminds you of someone
"We're in this together", Nine Inch Nails

Day 06: A song that reminds you of somewhere
"Free", Ultra Nate

This song reminds me of my first holiday in Chester, because they played it pretty much every night at the club where we used to go. It was a great holiday, my first time in England and it helped me become more confident with actually speaking English. Even my teacher noticed the difference when I got back to school: I already had good marks, but never took part in conversations and then in my fourth year I was suddenly talking and answering questions quite fluently and even asking questions. My teacher was like "WHAT HAPPENED?" XD



The other days )
gothikmaus: (Guh)
Richy Guitar night was great. I hadn't watched the film in a while and had forgotten a few details, like when Igor and Hans are at the party on the lake and Richy, who's standing on the other side of the lake, starts playing the guitar and interrupts the belly-dancing show, Igor starts drumming along. I don't know, I found that very sweet. And I always laugh when I see Bela/Igor dressed as hamburger-man. Coincidentally, I had had hamburger for dinner, so it was even more fitting. There are a couple more films I'd like to watch (it's a series about German music films from the '80s), I'm probably going there again on Sunday.

Also, after the film I walked in front of the Marienkirche and all the trees there were full of crows; at one point they all took off and flew down the street and then up again, it was beautiful.

Man, I'm exhausted, I'll just go to bed.

Zurück

Feb. 12th, 2010 08:32 pm
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
Back in Berlin. I haven't felt like writing lately, mostly because I had nothing special to write about. But my friends won a music contest and the prize was a video shooting! I'm curious to see what they'll come up with.

Also, I started reading Asimov's Foundation Series. Why didn't I read it earlier? It's AMAZING! :O

Picspam!

Jan. 18th, 2010 06:25 pm
gothikmaus: (Luca e Paolo)
First of all: Look at these AMAZING cakes! :O

http://www.furniturestoreblog.com/2010/01/13/25_amazing_cake_images_by_zhanna.html

Then: Luca e Paolo (see icon), my two favourite Italian comic actors, are beginning their theater tour this week from Milan. And they're staying in Milan until the end of the month! I don't care if none of my friends want to go with me, I'm going to see them. I mean, it's fate they're playing in Milan just when I'm back, I can't miss them.

And, last but not least, part 2 of the picture meme: [livejournal.com profile] flaschengeist wanted to see my Kiez. There isn't much to see actually, so I just took pictures of the places I see most of the time, that is, the street where I live, the way to the U-Bahn station, the way to the supermarket and the park.

This way, please )

Back

Jan. 4th, 2010 08:16 pm
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
Back in Berlin. My flight had a 1 1/2 hours delay, I arrived home a little before midnight. The city is full of snow and I've heard it's going to snow again this week.

I got into the umpteenth argument with my mother on Saturday, which pretty much ruined my last two days at home. We sort of made up at the airport, but it's probably a good thing we're not going to see each other for the next three weeks. Let's see what happens when I go back for two weeks at the end of the month.

I put on almost 2 Kg in less than 2 weeks, but I was expecting that, I ate pretty much twice as much as I usually do in Berlin - skipping dinner is not an option with my mum around.

This will be the first time I'm working on the 6th of January (that's a holiday in Italy, we also have a nice dialect phrase for that, I'll have to make another dialect post about it), so, since my holidays are officially over, I took down the Christmas header picture and uploaded a new one. Courtesy of the DÄOF Adventskalender.

Btw, could anyone send me the last part of the Abwärts Adventskalender? Pretty please?
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
It was sunny and warm today, so I decided to go back to the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark to have a proper look. It reminded me of two similar markets in Milan, sadly they've changed over the last few years (I remember going to the one along the Martesana channel to look at the pretty goths years ago).

Anyway, I bought myself a present:



I was very undecided between "Im Schatten der Ärzte" and "Debil", but this one was 2 euros cheaper. :P
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
Dominoaktion in Berlin:

http://tv.repubblica.it/mondo/berlino-giu-il-domino/38873?video

I was on the Sprea bank behind the Reichstag and had a pretty clear view of the end of the domino. I've had "Wind of change" stuck in my head since last night, which is NOT funny, let me tell you. But they played "Heroes" as well, and that really did it for me. That song always makes me shiver...
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
I'm still alive. Sort of. Friday night I flew back to Milan for a quick visit, I landed around 11 PM. On Saturday I got my anti-flu vaccination, ate a huge steak ('cos my mother said "I'm sure you're not eating enough meat!") and my favourite apple pie, helped my mother making lasagne and went out to dinner with my friends. On Sunday I woke up with a fever, which is quite normal after a flu jab, and felt pretty crappy (I'd also got my period the day before, oh, joy) and had to actually force myself to eat my mum's delicious lasagne. You can imagine just how worried she was. I had my return flight at 7:30 PM and at 10 PM I was safely "at home". Then on Monday I started my Praktikum and yesterday I was sent to a conference to see how things work, the new trainee and I had to be at the hotel where the conference took place at 8 AM! D: When I got home last night I was so tired I just had some rice soup and went to bed at 9 PM. But today I'm feeling much better. And it SNOWED this morning! WTF it's just November! :O
gothikmaus: (OMGWTF!)
- 5 tomatoes
- 5 bananas
- 3 nectarines
- multicereal sliced bread
- 1 Laugenbrötchen

Total: 4,93€.

I love Berlin.

(And no, I wasn't in Aldi, just the supermarket around the corner.)
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
I wanted to write a nice long entry about what's going on, but I spent the last two hours listening to a webradio program hosted by a friend (theme of the night: post-punk and new wave) and chatting with E. who's currently in China (it's almost dawn over there, she was awake because she wanted to listen to the same radio-program. We were both mentioned by our friend, haha.)

Anyway, my German course is going well, one of the teachers I have in the morning actually told me to move on to the next level, so I'll be in the C2 class tomorrow! I'm a bit nervous, I'm not completely sure I can do it. Plus, my two teachers are really nice and so are my classmates, I'm sorry I have to leave them (Not to mention I was developing a sorta but not quite tiny little crush on someone in my class.) ANYWAY. I can go back if I think the new level is too difficult, I guess I'll just give it a try.

Yesterday morning I went to a demonstration in front of the Italian embassy, but there weren't so many people, maybe a hundred or so. I also saw part of "Die Riesen kommen", first near Potsdamer Platz, then on Unter den Linden, but it was so full of people, it was insane. Then I met [livejournal.com profile] urania_chan and found out she lives just around the corner! As usual, I wasn't very talkative, but I spoke German all the time, I'm quite proud of myself. We also went to the MTV concert just behind the Brandenburger Tor (the same location where the giant marionettes met, you can imagine what a big, crowded mess that was), but we went away after an hour or so, it was just too crowded.

What else? My school takes part in this "Dominoaktion" for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, you can see what we did in my travelblog: http://ausberlin.wordpress.com/2009/10/04/1989-2009/ The entry is in Italian, but there are some pics of what we painted.

And of course on Friday I bought "Code B"! Unlike "Bingo", which I could really appreciate only after the concerts, I liked most of the songs on "Code B" at once.

I'm probably forgetting something, but I'm quite tired now, I'll just go to sleep. Goodnight!

Uhm...

Sep. 28th, 2009 10:48 pm
gothikmaus: (Tee-hee)
Just read on Bela's Twitter:

Gesuch: Schwarzer Pudel für Fotoshooting im Raum Hamburg gesucht! Antwort bitte an: fanpost@bela-b.de.

Kitsch-O-Meter level: About to explode. XD

My first day at the language school was all right, I'm in a class with 9 other people in the morning: 2 from French-speaking Switzerland, 1 French, 3 Americans (the 2 guys from Oregon have such a strong accent, I can barely understand what they say), a guy from Spain, 1 from England and 1 from New Zeland; while in the afternoon it's just me, the guy from France and a guy from Japan - who also has such a thick accent.

Then I went to my friends to pick up my coat and combat boots and stayed for dinner: I ate Sauereier and survived. XD We also watched a part of "Zeitgeist" (you can find teh English version with Italian subtitles here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=74FB6812A07FFF81&search_query=zeitgeist) and I'm definitely going to see the rest as soon as I have a bit of time. I am DISGUSTED with our society.

Talking about being disgusted with our society, Saturday I'm probably going to take part in a demonstration in front of the Italian embassy in Berlin to protest against Berlusconi's power over the Italian media and will try to take pictures.

And now... sleep.

WHAT

Sep. 25th, 2009 10:13 am
gothikmaus: (OMGWTF!)
Video interview with Bela:

http://starchat.at/interview/bela-b/33

What does he say around 02:30? He did a "Deutschland-Italien Lesereise"? I understood wrong, didn't I? DIDN'T I?! o__O

All right, now I'm off to the Turkish market along the Maybachufer. Bis später!

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