Wrting a Bachelor Thesis – HELP!

The time has finally come. I am in my final semester (in fact, I am already 1 semester too late). Now I have to think about a Bachelor Thesis to write about. My prof told me that I should know my topic until January. I definitely want to write about modern fantasy novels. At the beginning, I thought to compare Philip Pullman’s His Dark Marterials to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, but since I am not quite well versed in the theological topics, neither my prof, I tried to think about something else. Then my prof also gave me some advice maybe to compare His Dark Marterials with the 2 extra prequel books to the ‘His Dark Marterials’ series, ‘Lyra’s Oxford’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in the North’. However, after researching a bit, I found out that there is in general a lot about christianity and atheism involved in the whole series. So I wouldn’t know how to compare them. If I would be knowledgeable in the religious topics, I could easily compare ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ to the ‘His Dark Marterials’ series.

Well, now I have probably found the most perfect topic. I somehow want to involve English Folgklore and Mythology and compare that to the Harry Potter series, since it is obviously full of it. I though about analyzing the meaning of that use in fantasy books, and perhaps even include the extra fictional dictionary “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them” *o*

I am not quite sure yet if that is really a good idea writing your thesis about your most favorite series of all times. I had already considered writing about Harry Potter, but then I decided against it, because I thought it would destroy my love for the series, but I think nothing could ever do it. I rather think that I could learn new things about it by informing myself about English folklore and mythology. I will have to research it. If my thesis can really be about Harry Potter, then, who knows, I can maybe work somewhere that is involved with Harry Potter *o* That would be a dream!

What do you guys think about that? Is that a good idea, or do you think I should write about something different? What other topic can I write about?

Thanks for reading?

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Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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Original Title: A Game of Thrones

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire

Author: George R. R. Martin

Published: March 4th, 2011. Bantam. (First published January 1st, 1996)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Page Count: 835 pages. Paperback.

Finally! The review for this wonderful book. I finished this book one week ago I think. and I fell in love sooo much with this! I just can’t understand how some people rate this book with only 1 star on goodreads. I just can’t imagine that it is possible, because this book holds so many features and genres that I am sure every literature fan who reads this has to like it. I am not saying this without a reason. Before I bought and read this book, I also was sceptical. Because I didn’t enjoy the Lord of the Rings books years ago, I thought that I wouldn’t like GoT either. But it just turned out to be different. Of course, I can imagine that there are many people who would be afraid to touch this book, because of its thickness. And the fact that many people have prejudices against fantasy novels being complicated and hard to read. But that is not the case with this. I want to praise this book as one of the best novels I have ever read.

One of the best things I liked about this book was that the chapters were divided according to the different characters, so the book is always told from the point of view of different characters. By this, the realms of the world reach to all different point of views. It is not only the world of one character, but the world of all the characters in the story. The novel is written in third-person naration. And since I love books with many different characters, this is just accurately for my taste.
My favorite characters are Jon, Arya and Tyrion. But I also liked Daenerys and Tyrion’s father Tywin. Especially Tyrion is a character, that is very similar to me somehow. I had also done some quizzes and tests on the internet, and I got the result of being similar to Tyrion :D I am not an Imp, but I am quite small :’D And the way he behaves is similar to me. He is being mocked often because of the way he is, but he never takes it seriously and is able to laugh about himself. I am also like that. I often laugh about my flaws. And I think many people should be like him. Then we would have more happy people :) However, he was probably the only Lannister I liked.
I despised almost every Lannister, especially Joffrey and Cersei. And I also hated Catelyn. I think I hate her more than the Lannisters even o.O Her decision are always sooo bad and always lead to chaos or a showdown. And her stupid childhood friend Littlefinger is so annoying. Both of them are guilty in the death of one of the most important characters… I just won’t spoiler anything. 


I am so excited for the second part, since the first part ended so… so mindblowingly! What the heck was that?!
Well, I have to say, that it already belongs to my all-time favorite fantasy books. Many people will judge me for that now, but I liked that book better than the two Lord of the Rings books I read. Those were just so boring -.- I think it has to do with the writing style. I just couldn’t get along with that. Here, in the Game of Thrones, the writing style couldn’t be more perfect! It is easy to read, yet doesn’t lack any details or embelishments, also the way of speaking of the characters fits to that time and world. So good! You just have to read it for yourself.
Oh and I LOVE the direwolves!
And the Stark’s motto couldn’t fit better now. The time I began reading this book couldn’t be more fitting: End of summer, soon we have winter. While reading this book, I always kept repeating to myself:
Winter is coming

Final rating – 5/5: I have nothing to complain about this. JUST READ IT!

Buchrezension: Arkadien erwacht (Kai Meyer)

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Quelle: Carlsen.de

Autor: Kai Meyer

Veröffentlicht in: 2009, Carlsen Verlag

Seiten: 415

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Letzte Woche habe ich diesen Roman fertig gelesen und fand ihn toll. Das ist das erste Buch, das ich von Kai Meyer lese und es hat schon mal einen guten Eindruck gemacht.

Eine Mafia Geschichte im Fantasystil und mittendrin zwei verliebte Teenager. Rosa und Alessandro. Beide gehören zu jeweils verschiedenen Mafia-Familien Siziliens, die zudem auch noch miteinander verfeindet sind. Eine verbotene Liebe also. Darüber gibts natürlich genügend Geschichten. Diese jedoch verzaubert auf ihre eigene Art und Weise. Es ist nämlich keine normale Mafia-Liebesgeschichte. Es geht um Arkadier: Menschen die sich in Tiere verwandeln können. Das klingt jetzt vielleicht ein wenig wie Harry Potter oder Twilight, aber auch hier gibt es einige Unterschiede. Mehr verrate ich dazu jedoch mal nichts.

Ein besonderes Merkmal an Meyers Schreibstil, das mir sehr gefallen hat war die Beschreibung der Figuren. Als Rosa beschrieben wurde hatte ich sofort ein Bild von ihr in meinem Kopf. Ich stelle mir diverse blonde Jungschauspielerinnen vor wie Dakota Fanning oder Evana Lynch:

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Ich mochte sie als Hauptfigur sehr, weil sie eine sehr taffe Figur mit einer düsteren Vergangenheit ist. Manchmal fand ich ihre Handlungen zwar etwas unüberlegt, aber ansonsten wäre die Story natürlich nicht so spannend gewesen. Und dadurch dass Meyer sie immer schwarz tragen ließ konnte man sich ihr Aussehen und ihren Stil perfekt vorstellen und für eine eventuelle Verfilmung sehr gut umsetzen. Wer mir auch sehr gut gefallen hatte als Figur waren Zoe und die Tante Florinda. Bei Zoe hatte ich ebenfalls sofort eine Schauspielerin im Kopf. Ich würde sofort eine wie Blake Lively nennen, jedoch finde ich sie als Schauspielerin nicht so kompetent. Dagegen fände ich Amber Heard besser.

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Eine Sportlichkeit verbunden mit Eleganz. Zoe gehörte definitiv zu meinen Lieblingsfiguren, deswegen fand ich es am Ende etwas schockierend. Ich hätte nicht gedacht dass Kai Meyer zu den “Killer”-Autoren gehört :D Die Alacantaras fand ich sehr interessant mir vorzustellen, was bei den Carnevares zwar auch gut geklappt hat, jedoch hatte ich für sie keine bestimmten Personen im Kopf.

Ich würde diese Trilogie wirklich gerne als Verfilmung sehen. Ich denke sie würde sich ziemlich gut als Film machen. Außerdem gab es so eine Mischung aus Mafia und Fantasy bisher noch nie. Und genau diese Mischung hat mich so in den Bann dieser Geschichte gezogen. Zwei komplett gegensätzliche Genres miteinander vermischt. So etwas kann nicht jeder geschickt kombinieren. Kai Meyer gelingt mit dieser Trilogie und somit mit dem ersten Buch davon eine spannende Geschichte mit interessanten Charaktern und tollen Kullissen. Ich kann es kaum abwarten  mehr davon zu lesen.

Bewertung – 5/5 Sternen: Eine Mafiageschichte vermischt mit Fantasyelementen, noch dazu interessante Charaktere und ein außergewöhnlicher Schreibstil. Fans der beiden Genres sollten auf jeden Fall mal ein Auge – oder zwei- darauf werfen.

Upcoming Movies 2014 – Part 1

I felt like doing this, because I am so curious to see the trailers of some movies which will air this year. I will post the ones which I would really like to see in 2014. Here we go.

February: 

– 7th: The Lego Movie

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Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Cast: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks

Genre: Animation

OMG! I totally have to watch this! I loved Lego as a kid, and I still think it is a great toy. There is even  Legoland here in Germany which is utterly amazing. This movie is maybe rather for kids, but I love those. And I really like about it, that it mocks our world because we buy expensive coffee from Starbucks, and think it’s cool, or the fact that the most Über-superhero Batman is being mocked :’D I want to watch this movie. Definitely!

– 7th: Monuments Men

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Director: George Clooney

Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray

Genre: Action, Biography

This movie sounds interesting, since it is another kind of war movie. They want to save important monuments from the explosives of the nazis. Sounds amusing and very clever to me :) Double plus: Actors like George Clooney, Matt Damon, or Cate Blanchett.

– 14th: Vampire Academy

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Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry

Genre: Fantasy

I am not quite sure what to think of this movie. On the one hand I think:”Oh no, not another vampire novel adaption again”, but on the other hand this one seems a bit different from the whole vampire franchise like twilight or vampire diaries. It seems cheeky, and self-ironic. AND it is from the makers of Mean Girls which really is a clever teenie movie :’D maybe I will watch this. I’ll see.

March:

– 7th The Grand Budapest Hotel:

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Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton,…

Genre: Comedy

I am overwhelmed right now by the great selection of superb actors for this movie! I haven’t quite figured out what this is about, but it definitely looks so interesting, and I think it has a great humour. No doubt with first class actors like Bill Murray or Harvey Keitel :)

– 14th: Need for Speed

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Director: Scott Waugh

Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper

Genre: Action

Hmm, probably I will watch this movie some time, when I feel like watching an action movie with a lot of explosions and stuff like that. And I think it’s quite interesting seeing the Breaking Bad Co-star Aaron Paul in a Fast and the Furious rip-off.

– 28th: Noah

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Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson

Genre: Drama

Well, it’s an Arronofsky Movie, starring Emma Watson. Of course I am going to watch it, even if the topic of the movie doesn’t appeal to me that much.

April

– 4th: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Cast: Chris Evans, Frank Grillo

Genre: Action, Science-Fiction, Adventure

Yes, I know, I also have a little bit enough of all that Superhero movies, but you just can’t resist them, especially when you have such great actors, like Scarlett Johansson, or Samuel L. Jackson (Chris Evans is rather unimportant). Fact is, I still have to watch the first Captain America :)

– 11th: Rio2

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Director: Carlos Saldanha

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg

Genre: Animation

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I also have to admit that I didn’t watch the first movie, yet, but the last part of the trailer convinced me: I have to watch them both :’D it looks so cute and funny! I just literally had to laugh out loud :’D

– 18th: Transcendence

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Director: Wally Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman

Genre: Action, Science-Fictiom

Well, I am not quite sure what to think of this film, but I will definitely watch it because of my favorite actor Johnny Depp, and Morgan Freeman. And, Christopher Nolan produced it. I am not quite sure what this movie is about, but the past seconds of the trailer hugely remind me of The Matrix. I am also not quite sure what to expect from Johnny Depp in a typical Hollywood Science-Fiction Movie, since this is not typically his genre. I think I wouldn’t urgently want to watch this movie, if it wasn’t for Johnny, and I dont think that this will be my favorite movie of him. But still, wondering about this movie.

May:

– 2nd: The Amazing Spiderman 2

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Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx

Genre: Action, Adventure

Obviously, Andrew Garfield is the more handsome Spiderman. And Emma Stone the more attractive girlfriend. But I will still fancy the Spiderman movies with Tobey Maguire, because they were so beautiful, and dreamful. I loved them. After watching them, I never liked any superhero better than Spiderman, not even Christpher Nolan’s Batmans which are overrated anyway, because the older movies are onehundredandthousand times better. But back to the topic, I still want to watch this movie, because of the 2 cuties, and because it is closer to the comics, at least that’s what I’ve heard…

– 9th: Neighbors

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Director: Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron

Genre: Comedy

For the first time ever, Zac Efron really fits into his role, namely that of a douchebag :’D but nevertheless, I still want to watch this movie, because of Seth Rogen. And it actually seems to be a very funny one

– 16th: Godzilla

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Director: Gareth Edwards

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

The last Godzilla movie I watched, it was the newest one, was horribly boring. It once came on TV and I watched it with my father, but almost slept in which is very unfortunate, because the movie, as I remember it from my childhood was not bad at all, although the technology of today is way better. But I have to say that this trailer looks very good. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who looks like the handsome version of Daniel Radcliffe, I hope it will be a treat for the eyes.

– 23rd: X-Men – Days of Future Past

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Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence

Genre: Action, Fantasy

The cast speaks volumes: Next to the old hands like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry or Ian McKellen, we’ll see many new stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender. Definitely worth a watch, and probably one of the more interesting Marvel movies this year. But once again, I have to admit that I haven’t watched any X-Men movie, except for the first Wolverine. I definitely have to make good for that.

– 30th: Maleficient

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Director: Robert Stromberg

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

Genre: Fantasy

This. Movie. This will definitely be a movie to watch at the cinema. The cast is wonderful, the soundtrack is magical (Lana Del Rey!!!), and the story is one of the best fairytales. I can’t wait for this movie!

– 30th: Million Ways to die in the West

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Director: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris,…

Genre: Comedy

The only reason I would watch this movie is because of the cast, mainly because of Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson. I also like it that it is a comedy western, but I didn’t laugh once during this trailer. I am not sure if something is wrong with me, but I couldn’t chum up with Ted neither. I think I can only understand MacFarlane’s humour if it is in a cartoon :’D

June:

– 6th: The Fault in Our Stars

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Director: Josh Boone

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort

Genre: Drama

To be honest, I am not a fan of love movies, at least not the typical ones. But this trailer just made my eyes wet. But before watching this film, I will have to read the book by John Green. I wanted to read it since weeks now, because it was being recommended in so many blogs and forums. And after watching this trailer, I think that it deserves all that hype. It might seem to have a usual topic, but it is set in a problematic background. It is simple, yet touching, at least that’s what I guess. And I am looking forward for it.

– 13th: 22 Jump Street

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Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Genre: Comedy, Action

Now, THIS is what I call a funny comedy movie :’D alright, it seems like another movie about american college partys, but I love Jonah Hill’s movies, because they automatically are funny :’D he doesn’t even have to say something xD and Channing Tatum is like the whole opposite of him, but he still looks so funny in this movie. I think it’s Hill’s humoristic charisma: anyone close to him will get automatically funny as well :’D Well, the first movie was already funny. And another commitment: I haven’t watched the original 21 Jump Street starring Johnny Depp. Well  alright, it was a series, a TV series I think, but still a vacancy in my brain. It seems like this postnis full of commitments :’D

Movie I will definitely NOT watch:

– 27th: Transformers – Age of Extinction

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Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

The last two Transformers were really shitty. And after watching this trailer I am sure it won’t get any better. Did Michael Bay really think his movie would get any better when exchanging Shia with Mark Wahlberg? I dislike Wahlberg and his movies, and that’s another reason why I won’t watch this movie. Oh, and did I say that I’ve got enough of movies which deal with a higher power, probably alien which tries to destroy the world, and build in as many destruction scenes as possible. They are yo boring. I already had enough in Man of Steel. Hollywood, you have to come up with something different, really!

So, that was the first part of the view on the up opcoming movies in 2014. To be continued…

Albus Dumbledore Quotes

Every Harry Potter Fan by now knows that the most philosophical quotes in the book come from the oldest and wisest character, Albus Dumbledore. His quotes are so beautiful at times, that it gives me hope for life, and moves me to tears. I think one day, I want to get a Dumbledore tattoo :’D that would be pretty awesome I guess. I mean why not? Since people tattoo some random words in chinese, or philosophical sentences in arabic. One could say that 1000 years from now, J.K. Rowling’s could be the new Sokrates :D so, why not a Dumbledore Tattoo? Of course, you would have to chose the right one. Here are my most favorite quotes from him (her?)

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”

“Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.”

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love.”

“To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic far beyond all we do here!”

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

“It is important to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated”

“There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.”

“Ah, Harry, how often this happens, even between the best of friends! Each of us believes that what he has to say is much more important than anything the other might have to contribute!”

“Voldemort himself created his own worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress?”

“There is nothing to be feared from a body, Harry, any more than there is anything to be feared from the darkness.”

““Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

“Tell me one last thing,”” said Harry. “”Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?””
– ““Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” ”

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.”

“Perhaps those who are best suited for power are those who have never sought it.”

“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”

30.11.2013: Short trip to Basel, Switzerland

Since I have registered myself as a mentor for an Erasmus or exchange student at the beginning of the semester, I met Merve from Istanbul. This is organized every year/semester by the international department of my university. They also organize trips or events like a swabian dinner. Last time we registered for a trip to Heidelberg, but didn’t get in. This time, we managed to participate to the trip to Basel. I was so much looking forward for it, since it was a city and a country I have never been to.

On Saturday morning I had to take an early train to Tübingen. It was 6 am, and there were many sleepy, young people returning home from partying.

I arrived at the train station in Tübingen at about 6.42. Merve wasn’t on the bus yet, so I waited a while there and read something. There were many different people there. Young people, arriving from a party, old beggars, travellers, even a group of children who were probably returning from camping. The bakery was already open and the queue was getting longer and longer. Merve arrived at about 7.05 am and got herself something to eat and a coffee. We slowly walked to the bus station to waitfor the bus. Therewere already many Erasmus students waiting, chatting around. The girl who was part of the organization team was also already there. The bus howeve was 10 minutes late. When it finally arrived we were quite happy to be able to get a seat in the warmth. In the back of the bus, we had a seat and chatted a while until we waited for the bus to leave. At about 8 am it finally moved. Many people were already sleeping again. I somehow wasn’t tired yet, so I drank my cold coffee and ate my sandwich, as well as Merve, while we were  chatting. After an hour, we noticed that we were crossing a high landscape with lots of trees that was full of white, untouched snow. We later found out that it was the Schwarwald (Black Forest). I have already been on a car trip to Turkey and Milan, but it was always in summer/spring, so the Black Forest always looked normal. But this time it was in winter, and the first time I have seen it snowy. I actually don’t like snowy landscapes, but the Black Forest looked incredibly beautiful, somehow peaceful, only a few birds hopping across the grounds and flying above the trees.

We tried to sleep then while the bus was riding through the Black Forest. It sometimes was a bit hard since the sun shone upon the white snow which reflected the light into my face and I got blended several times.

When I finally was fast asleep, the organizer girl came and woke us all up :’D she wanted us to check off our names on the list. The people behind us took a long time until they have finally finished. We found our names in less than 3  minutes and she was happy that we were so fast. She told us that we were driving through Freiburg now and that we would arrive in Basel soon. It really was closer than I thought. After everyone was finished checking off their name on the list, she made an announcement that we would take a short break before entering Switzerland, so that we could buy something to eat since they have another currency in Switzerland and give Swiss Franc as change back when we pay with Euros. I have almost forgot that they had a different currency there, so got worried a bit. But I got myself a fish sandwich from ‘Nordsee’. After leaving the toilette, Merve bought something to eat for herself as well. When the bus set off, we only drove for about half an hour until we arrived in Basel, the bus stopped in front of the art museum, and we had to wait for our tour guides to arrive. There was one tour offered in german, and one in english. We took the english one since Merve can’t speak german as well. But I think even I would have had difficulties understanding swiss german.

Our guide was a small, thin woman with short hair and a sympathetic face. Her english was great. She had a clear pronounciation and spoke a bit in a british accent.

The tour should take about 2 hours. We started at the art museum. It was a bit smaller but looked nice. We found out that Basel was famous for its many different art museums. A rich woman, a pharmacist,  has donated money for a second building of that art museum. It was now in progress.

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The entrance of the art museum

After that we crossed the road and stood at the beginning of the ‘Freie Straße’, the shopping street in Basel. We could already see the roofs of the city hall from there. That would be our final stop where the tour would end. We continued to the theatre and the fountain in front of that which looked beautiful.

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All of those fountains moved and made rumbling sounds while throwing water. It looked like in a magical world, the kinds of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

We continued then through the Christmas market to the Barfüßenplatz (bare foot square).

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Me and Merve in front of the beautifully decorated christmas trees

Here, we shortly entered the historical museum.

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We didn’t stay too long inside, but the guide informed us about a tour inside of the museum called ‘Real Knights, fake Fortresses’.

Back outside again, there was a nice little fountain at the Barfüßenplatz which had dragon shaped sculptures throwing water. The guide explained then the city symbol to us. And this is when it got interesting now. She told us about the love for fairytale and magical creatures that the citizens of Basel have had for many many years. That’s also why the city emblem of Basel is a magical ceature that also appears in many stories like ‘Harry Potter’. A bishop (I think it was a bishop she mentioned), once saw this creature. But since its breeding is very hard and seldom takes place not everyone could see it. It is a saurian kind of creature, with yellow, deathly eyes, turning everyone whoo look in those eyes into stone. As she asked us to guess what kind of creature it was I was quick to say: “A Basilisk!” Of course it was right and I was so proud of myself :D This is also how the city got its name: Basilisk –> Basel. I was so amazed by this story. I have never been to a city which had such an interesting symbol story. It is probably the most magical city I have been to. So, I have already began to develop a certain interest for Basel.

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The fountain with the Basilisks. This somehow reminds me of the sinks in the girl’s bathroom in ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ which is the entrance to the chamber. And one of the taps also has a Basilisk engraved on it.

Now we headed to the cathedral that came after the Barfüßenplatz.

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This cathedral was on top of a hill where the rich people used to live earlier. It is made of red sand stone, that’s why it has this red color. There are sculptures on top of the cathedral, one from St. Martin.

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We also entered the cathedral. It is also special because the grave of Erasmus von Rotterdam lies there.

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There was even a Basilisk on the ground of the Cathedral. Probably it was seen here by the bishop? I am not sure. I wished I had asked the guide, but I just noticed the question right now.
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This is the grave of Erasmus von Rotterdam. Unfortunately, the picture is a bit cooked and I didn’t get the top part on the picture, because a guy stood in front of that and wanted to have lots of pictures in front of that -.-

We didn’t stay all too long in the church. We then went to the backside of the cathedral from where we could have a good look over Basel.

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This is the north side of Basel where Germany (on the right) and France (on the left) meet. That’s why the border of Basel is so important since it lies on a point that connects three countries: Germany, France, and Switzerland.

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I was too scared to sit on the border so I took photos of Merve.

We continued our tour and walked through tiny alley back on Freie Straße again. On the was there, we took some photos of the decorations.

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Another huge mansion

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We were now in the middle of Freie Straße,  in front of a bar called Fumare, Non Fumare. The guide told us that it was possible to just sit in there without buying something to drink. That was something very peculiar for me since I am always asked by waiters if I have any wishes still. I haven’t known any bar like this before.

We then stood at the beginning of a wider alley, consistingnof cute little shops like a tea shop, florist, chocolatier, and cheese shop.

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There is even something like a little Walk of Fame in this little alley, from swiss prominents. I didn’t know any of them.
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I loved this little graphic on one of the buildings.

Now the final part of the tour has begun. We headed to the City hall building and I was utterly amazed by this wonderful building!

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Definitely my favorite building in Basel.

Now that the tour has ended, the guide gave us all a map of Basel, thanked us, and said goodbye. She recommended us some shops to buy chocolate for example, and a few museums. On the market place there, we tried a piece of cheese. It had quite a strong taste. Then we decided to look for some chocolate as a souvenir. We were shocked as we saw the prices. Small Praline boxes beginning with 11 CHF and reaching until 20 CHF!!! I thought I was going crazy. The praline bar looked gorgeous, and the Santa Clause Sculptures! In that moment, I wished I was rich and lived in Switzerland.

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Then I decided to buy a pack of different parts of chocolate bars for 11.40 CHF. I had to pay about 9.60€. I didn’t understand this, since I thought Euro was a bit more than Swiss Francs. But the woman calculated it on the cash box. So I guess it had to be right.

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Doesn’t it look delicious? It also was, indeed. Tasted so much different than all those brand chocolate we buy, like Milka. The taste was more natural and less sugary. I loved it!

Now we walked around the streets and headed towards the Christmas market to look through the stands quietly. Image

Back at the Christmas market, we saw the cutest stands. I personally liked them better than those in Germany. It also didn’t smell like sour crout, but rather like Raclette. I liked that smell.

We saw a big tent which was cull of hats (Chapeaux). Since Merve and me are both cap wearers, we wanted to have a look inside.

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Of course, the prices were too damn high, so we didn’t buy anything. But the hats were beauticul.

As we left the tent, we saw a hot chocolate stand. We also wanted to drink some hot chocolate, but the vendor wanted 11€ for that. So we left.

Now we headed to the city again to look inside some shops and compare the prices. In C&A the prices were almost the same as here in Germany. After trying on some hats and caps here, too, we went outside to search for some postcards. We went to the direction of the city hall and looked inside oc the city hall. There was a woman singing in a beautiful voice. It sounded like in a musical.

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Inside, the city hall looked as beautiful as from the outside.

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Now we went to some back streets and alleys to look for postcards. I saw a beautiful building with lights hanging down from it.

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After strolling through the alleys we found ourselves in front of the university.

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We found our way back to the city again, and searched for place to go to the toilet. We thought about the cafe the guide mentioned. After leaving the toilets, we thought we could also sit down and warm ourselves a bit. Merve also decided to get herself a hot chocolate. It is a bar in which you have to get your own drinks, the same as at Starbucks. They also had free wi-fi so we couldn’t wait to write back our friends.

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The hot chocolate cost 5.60 CHF and the girl said it would cost about 10€. I was surprised, because Merve told me hers cost about 5€ but I am not sure if she mixes it up with the francs. However, I like their money. It looks so artistic, and colorful. Probably the most beautiful currency I have seen until now (I have seen DM, Euro, Pounds, and Turkish Lira)

Now, after owning some francs, we thought about eating Raclettes at the Christmas market. It cost about 8.50 CHF. We havent eaten it earlier, beause we had Euros and it sounded more expensive to our ears. We also weren’t hungry yet. But now, we were slowly getting hungry, so we allowed ourselves to try something new.

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I have never tried Raclette since they don’t sell it at german Christmas markets, but I really liked it although it was small and expensive. On new years eve, the germans tend to do Raclette, also called Cheese Fondue.

As we finished eating, it was already dawning. We took some photos of the beautiful decorations, and then slowly walked in the direction of the art museum where our bus would wait.

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On our way there, we noticed that the streets were closed, because of the city marathon taking place that day. Then, all of a sudden, we saw hundreds of children running.

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We thought we would be the first ones to arrive there,but many spanish erasmus students were already there, waiting.

This time our bus didn’t take too long and we happily entered the warmth at 5.30 pm. Merve and me were quite relieved to sit down and to be soon out of Switzerland so that we could have internet on our phones again :’D we are such addicts! Of course we were also sad to leave Basel, but we have already seen everything important, and we definitely wouldn’t miss the expensive prices there.

We arrived at Tübingen at about 8.45pm. My train would arrive at 9.23pm and leave at 9.37pm. I arrived at 10.10pm and my father picked me up. They were at our uncle’s, because my aunt was celebrating her birthday. I ate some salad and samosa, and then we got cake, Tiramisu.

It was a great, interesting, magical day with a nice ending. I hope to see more cities as magical as Basel soon.

Thanks for reading this too long post.

 

 

Book/Movie Review: “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Collins

ImageI have finally finished the book a few days ago, and also watched the movie yesterday, and I am positively surprised – by both.

ATTENTION: SPOILER!

At first, I would like to describe my expressions about the book. I was already waiting since weeks to finally start this series. I was reading “The map of the Sky” about a month ago, and in the first place, I was hurrying up to finish it, only to be able to finally start reading “The Hunger Games”.

Of course, “The Hunger Games” books are hyped series, just like the “Harry Potter”- or the “Game of Thrones” series. So it was just the perfect book for me to begin reading and also become a huge fan of it. Which I already have become.

As I have started reading it, I have already liked it, and thought that it was something quite different than the other famous series. It wasn’t really fantasy, like “Harry Potter” or “Lord of the Rings”, but it was also about young people, action, and justice. I was quite impressed by the ethical subject of this fighting to death between the poorer people of the Districts. It wasn’t only about poverty and wealth, but it still had this ethical controversy.

I really liked the main character Katniss Everdeen. I pitied her because of her dead father and depressive mother. Gale was rather described reluctant in the first book, but the fact that Liam Hemsworth plays his role, makes him more interesting ;D but later to that. Furthermore, I loved the character of Madge. I imagine her as a calm and kind person. I don’t know if I have a favorite person, but I liked Peeta Malark very much. I kind of pity him because he is so in love with Katniss. Although Gale is described as more handsome, I would want Katniss to be together with Peeta. Furthermore, I loved Rue and Thresh as characters. Rue was just so cute, and cuter in the movie. And Thresh had a fair-minded character. I really liked him.

There was one scene which disturbed quite, I mean dispite of this whole story which is disturbing enough. But the end scene in the Arena, in which Cato is bitten into pieces, his skin is cut off by the wolf-mutants, and his screams last for hours, disturbed me quite much. I really felt like I was in Katniss’ place and experienced everything with her. I had to think about this scene all the time, it was written in such a realistic way, and sounded so horrible to me. And I think that this makes a good writer: To be able to bring a scene so close to the reader, that he/she thinks to be in the story himself/herself.

Final rating –10/10: Nothing more expected than this by a world famous bestseller-series.

ImageNow, to the movie (ATTENTION – SPOILER!): I finally managed to watch it after one year it was pusblished. The first time, it came out, Jennifer Lawrence was not so known in Hollywood yet. Who would have guessed, that she would even win an Oscar. Of course she has been extremely hyped by the media. I don’t know if I should like it or not, but I love her as actress. I wouldn’t consider her as my favorite actors yet, but she is a very good actress. Maybe, she doesn’t have a perfectly beautiful face. But her appearance is special. She doesn’t look like everyone else. That’s also why I think that she is the perfect Katniss. She also doesn’t bother making funny grimaces during the movie when she cried for example. I loved that about her. But the same goes for Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Malark. I knew him from “Zathura” and “Bridge to Terabithia”. He always had the role of the mean little boy, but I liked his acting. And in “Hunger Games” he was amazing! Pitiful from beginning to end, and cute when it came to confessing his love. I think they couldn’t have chosen a better one.

About Gale, I don’t have to say anything more I think. When it comes to Prim, I didn’t like her somehow. I found her annoying, but it didn’t bother me.

I was a bit disappointed, that they didn’t show Madge, since I think that she will have greater roles in the next two books (well, at least, I hope she will). Although she also had a big role in the first book, namely the one of giving the brooch to Katniss which turned out to be the Logo of the first book and movie.

ImageNow to another Hottie besides Liam Hemsworth, there was the actor of Cato, Alexander Ludwig. He played his role perfectly. And I really like this poster.

Then, there were Rue and Thresh. Although they didn’t mention Thresh’s name in the movie, his scenes were shown. Rue was so cute. When she was killed, I had to hold back my tears :'(

The Highlight character for me was Woody Harrelson who played Haymitch. Haymitch was always a little bit older, fatter, and drunkener in my fantasy. But I completely loved him as Haymitch. He always has these kinds of roles, that’s why he fits perfectly into Haymitch’s.

Another funny thing I just realised after looking through the actors list on imdb.com was when I found out that Lenny Kravits has the role of Cinna!!!! I didn’t recognize him in the movie, although I had the feeling that I knew him from somewhere :’D I also didn’t know that Cinna was dark-skinned. I imagined him as a pale, dark-haired man, maybe Asian, just like Alexander Wang ;D But I liked Lenny Kravitz as Cinna as well.

Another aspect of the movie that I liked was the fact that we could see the hunger games as a TV-series. The hosts analyzed everything which where only described as Katniss’ thoughts or specualtions in the book, like in the scene with the Wasps. I also liked about the movie, that they showed the situation of the playmaker Seneca Crane and the doubts of the president Snow against Katniss. I think it was important to describe it in detail in the movies, because it will be important at the end of the book.

Final rating – 8/10: A very good adaption, except of some little things.