The Caribbean of Europe!

Just because my Cappadocia videos are over now, doesn’t mean that it was the last series about Turkey.

Next, you can look forward for videos full of beaches, ocean, and colourful sunsets.

First part is right here!

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Top 5 Things to do in Cesme, Turkey

1. Visit Ilica Beach:

At least that’s the beach we went to. It is a public beach famous for its turquoise to light-blue water and a long beach you can take a long walk at. The Sheraton Hotel is located on that beach as well. Convince yourselves:

2. Stroll through the soap-smelling streets of Alacati:

The streets of Alacati are famous throughout Turkey. It is considered as a little version of Mykonos. It is guaranteed that you will fall in love with that place. Every corner offers a perfect photographic background. The cobble-stone streets mix perfectly together with the aegean beach flair. After a long stroll and some photo-sessions, the best way to relax is to sip some coffee at a corner cafe, feast on some turkish sweets or some western cupcakes. Be warned though, the prices are a bit higher than at usual restaurants in Turkey. But totally worth it. Also, don’t forget to visit the windmills.

 

3. Visit the Marina at the City Centre of Cesme: 

Here, you can find all the touristy shops ligned after each other when walking down to the Marina and the Yacht Club. I bough a beautiful white-purple shell and some ice cream on the way to the Marina. When you arrive there, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of the yachts parked there. You can sit in a cafe or a restaurant with a view to the sea, or you can hike up the Cesme Castle and get a great view over the bay.

4. Have a turkish breakfast with organic foods:

The hotel we stayed at offered a organic breakfast every morning which was so yummy, I am dreaming about it now. They had different kinds of bread to offer, hard boiled egg, tea, different kinds of cheese, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, cream, honey, olives and different kinds of jam which were so delicious and exciting to taste. The most delicious jam I had was lemon jam, something I had never eaten before. I am generally more the nutella kind of person, but this lemon jam would definitely make it on my breakfast table. They also had rose jam that I enjoyed a lot.

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5. Relax at the Ayayorgi Beach: 

This is actually not a public beach, so you have to pay for it, but it was out of season, so we had free entry, but still we had to eat or drink something in return. The prices were quite high of course, but we enjoyed the day and the beach was as calm as a lake.

 

I hope I could give you a little insight into life at Cesme. It still has many other things to offer that I didn’t have time for like the Boylik Beach, Altinkum Beach, the Surfer’s Bay (since it is considered as Turkey’s Surfer’s Paradise due to its winds), and the possibility to hop on a ship towards the greek island of Chios.

Final rating:

Sightseeing: 1/5

Food: 4/5
Shopping: 3/5
Nightlife: 4/5
Transportation: 3/5

Travel Blog Posts Plans

So, I am finally back from vacation (since the beginning of this month actually, but I had some things to do), and I have a lot of posts planned already. Can’t wait to write about everything I did and saw. If you were following my instagram, you have already seen a lot of the pictures. But I promise proper posts with information :)

So here are my blog plans for the following days and weeks:

  1. My Cappadocia Trip in 3 Parts
  2. My short vacation on the beach in Cesme
  3. My trip to Ephesus
  4. Top Things to do in Izmir

I am especially looking forward for number 1 since it has easily become one of the most beautiful and magical places I have ever been to.

I’ll keep you updated!

Thanks for reading!

Summer Vacation Turkey 2014 – Wrap Up Part 4

Thursday, 21st of August. Izmir/Marmaris:

When we had visited our family friend two weeks ago, we had asked him to organize a hotel for us. He gets the rooms for cheaper, since he knows the owner of that. So that week on Thursday the 21st of August, we woke up early in the morning and went to the bus station.

We had a 4-hour-ride, but it went fast enough. We got a lot of free stuff served in the bus, like free ice cream, free snacks and free drinks like water, juices and coffee. The service is great! We also had a monitor with movies attached in front of everyone. But I already had my book to read, so I did that a little bit, before getting sleepy and falling asleep.

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The free ice cream
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We passed a lot of different landscapes

When we arrived, our family friend picked us up, because he himself also was at that hotel with his wife and little daughter. But it when we arrived, they only had 1 or 2 days left at the hotel.

We checked in at about 2.30 pm. We went to our room to unpack our stuff.

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I love that free hotel stuff
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We had a glass elevator *o* Like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :’D

Then we dressed and went down for the beach. It was beautiful. Right in front of the hotel. Without any walking distance. There also was a pier, but when we arrived at that hour, it was already quite full there, so we sat down on the sunbeds. We also swam in the sea the first day, and got ourselves a cocktail, but I soon went back to the room to take a shower. My sister and my mum came later. By this, we were quite on time for dinner. Well, okay, we were a bit late actually, I don’t quite know why. But we still got something to eat. Oh, and how much we ate…

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I overdid it a little bit… ehehehe. The plate couldn’t be big enough :’D
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Errr desert! :D

In the evening, there was a Mongolian circus show at the poolside. It was unbelievable what they did!

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Friday, 22nd of August. Marmaris:

We started this day, of course with a breakfast. I overdid it again… This time with the chocolate sauce…

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I had a sugar shock after that I think :’D

After breakfast we went to the pier right away. Our mother has reserved us some places on the cushions. It was so comfortable there, and the sea right in front, under, and around you.

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A panoramic shot

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Our hotel. Elegance Hotel.
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A great shot from my sister

During the day, I did almost everything. Read a little bit in my book, also a little bit in my sister’s magazine. After lunch, I granted myself a cocktail. Or two. Or three. If I had known there was pool aerobic, I wouldn’t have drunk so much Vodka-Cherry :’D But still, I did it, drunk as I was :’D It was fun, but the pool was just too hot!

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Later, I met some guys with whom I talked a bit. One of them kept bringing me drinks which made me feel dizzier and dizzier :’D When we later jumped into the cool water of the sea, I had quite a shock :’D

Later during dinner, I realized just how much I have drunk and my appetite was gone. I felt kind of sick and couldn’t think about eating anything, not even salad. After the animation show I went to my room, and slept right away. After our first whole day, I realized that I overdid everything a little bit with the food and the drinking and so on :’D

Saturday, 23rd of August. Marmaris:

Our second day at the beach/pier. Basically almost the same. This time I drank less, and no Vodka. I think the Vodka was a cheap one, and the heat also contributed to my feeling sick, because usually, I drink more than 4 Vodka-Drinks.

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Yepp that’s me in the sea :’D

Dinner was quite epic that night. There was this…

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After dinner, the nephew of the relative who organized that hotel for us took us to show us the city a little bit.

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Fish eating the crusts on your feet. I wish I had the money to do that too. I bet it is funny :’D

We arrived at the hotel at about 11 pm. That night, we wanted to go clubbing. The animation team organized a bus every night at 11.45 pm to the famous bars&clubs street in Marmaris which also picked everyone up at 3 am from the club we originally went to. Every day, they go to a different club. But we can also leave that club and go into other clubs. And if we want to return to the hotel at 3 am we are supposed to be at the first club. The busride there and back costed 20 Lira, including a free drink of choice at the club. So at 11:45 pm we met at the Lobby and later entered the bus. It was already almost filled. There was only one seat in the back. There were already 3 guys from England sitting there. They were quite funny, and I talked to them on the busride. I was lucky that the animateur was drunk and forgot to take money from me in the bus, because I sat with the english guys and they have already paid, so he automatically left me out as well :’D Later in the club we all danced together. And we all got a free shot and a free drink. I got sex on the beach, although I heard that the free drink voucher only included Longdrinks :’D Lucky me! Very soon, the others left the first club, and me and my sister also left after we finished our drinks. We asked the doorman if we could come to the club again later. We didn’t know that every club had a free entry. The owner of the club told us that he would give us a free drink if we came again :’D

So we strolled through the filled street, music pumping from left and right. We went into almost every club just to see and went out again. At the biggest club there we met the English guys again. They were dancing on the bar :’D So we joined them.

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That club is called Joy, and it is probably the most popular there

Funny thing: In turkey, they play electronic music almost in every club. There was only one Hip Hop club which was a small open-air club. And there was another open-air club which looked like a garden where they played mixed Turkish pop songs.

At about 2 am we went back to the first club again. And as promised, the owner gave us free Vodka Bull :’D I got drunk without paying for anything :’D Later, the barkeeper even gave us free shots. I don’t have a clue why he did that :’D

It was a fun night, but unfortunately, my sister got a bit tired towards the end, so I had to dance alone, and let strangers take selfies with me :’D

Sunday, 24th of August. Marmaris:

That day, I mostly relaxed and watched the watersports guys :’D In the evening, there was a python show, and at the end of the show, we were allowed to touch it and have a picture taken together with the python. And yes, I did it of course. I touched a python! *o*

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I am the girl in the middle obviously :’D

Monday, 25th of August. Marmaris:

That day was quite funny. I met a turkish girl and her friend, both coming from Australia. At first, I didn’t know that she was turkish. After I jumped into the water, I felt something at my feet while I was still underwater, and when I came out again, I saw that a girl jumped right behind me and I was afraid that I accidently hit her, so I asked her if she was okay in english. She also answered in english, and then we kept on talking. Apparently, she was drunk, because she smelled of beer and she talked quite loudly :’D Then after we introduced each other, we found out that we both were turkish. Then we talked in the sea about Australia, Germany and Turkey. And what we were doing in normal life and in Turkey for vacation. Her name was Esma and her friend’s name was Songül. Esma’s guy cousins were also there with them, that’s why she drank so much she told me, because they stressed her out quite a lot :/ We told them to join us to go to the bar streets with us again, and they also wanted to, because it was their last day at the hotel. The next day, they would leave.

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A few hours before that, I went with our relative’s nephew to another watersports stand because he knew them and we could do anything for free. We decided to do the great mable, the sofa thing.

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On the way back to the hotel, I admired the environment

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In the evening, we unfortunately couldn’t find Esma and her friend. We nevertheless went to the club street. Funny thing: That night, my sister and me were the only girls in the bus.This time, we went to a beach club, and this time, I paid :’D It was quite good that night again. My sister danced more, because we went to the hip hop club afterwards. Two guys from the hotels came with us as well.

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Tuesday, 26th of August. Marmaris:

That day was quite relaxing. I talked a lot to the female animateur who always did the Water Aerobics. I also talked with the DJ a lot. He was still so young, only 19 years old. They were all so nice and talkative. In the late afternoon, I drank some beer with my mum and we took some selfies together :’D

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In the evening, there was a strange animation show, but they introduced their new club dance :’D It had to do something with Tequila

Wednesday, 27th of August. Marmaris:

Our last full day at the hotel. I spent the days reading and talking with the guys we met at the club on Monday night. They were quite funny. Especially one of them, who seemed quite silent, suddenly became so hyper talkative in the evening after he drank too much :’D Even my mum laughed. Late in the night, we went to our room and fell asleep. Ocean air really tires out extremely.

Thursday, 28th of August, Marmaris:

That day, we packed our luggage and had to leave the room at 12. We wanted to leave at 1 pm to catch our bus back to Izmir which was at 2 pm. So we still had time to eat lunch at 12.

In the bus, I watched “The Words”, which was a hauntingly beautiful movie. A dedication to literature. So beautiful and sad. I will write a review about that soon :) We arrived at about 6 pm in Izmir. We were quite tired, and I didn’t feel like doing anything when we arrived home. I was already so used to doing nothing in that one week, that it felt strange coming home and having to cook for yourself suddenly :’D

Going to an all-inclusive hotel really did us good. It is neccessary to do this often enough in order to relax and get rid of the stress. And trust me, every penny is worth paying.

A few things I regret not having done are:

– I wanted to go Parasailing, but it was quite expensive, so we haven’t done that.

– Visiting Turtle Beach, where you can observe turtles and have a mud bath

– Going to the Swimming with Dolphins. But that was quite expensive as well.

Next time I will have to bring more money with me. Why does everything have to be so expensive?

What about you guys? Do you like all-inclusive hotels? Or do you dislike being bound to a hotel?

Summer Vacation Turkey 2014 – Wrap Up Part 3

Wednesday, 13th of August Izmir:

That day, we went to the bazaar and I bought some cute jewellery for me and my friends. The Deathly Hallows bracelet you see there was purchased that day, and I am so happy <3

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Thursday, 14th of August. Izmir:

That day, we went to the newly opened shopping mall, Optimum. I haven’t been there yet, and I only heard positive things about it. My aunt also joined us. When arrived I looked inside an outlet tent from a shoes brand called Bambi. It is a famous brand there, and they really have beautiful shoes. I actually found some sandals for 40 TL there. They are quite pretty :)

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This is how the mall looks from the inside.
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There is even an ice rink there o.O in the middle of 40° summer :D

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We looked around the shops a little bit. Then, my cousin from Germany called. She was also in Turkey, even close to the mall, so we said she can come see us there if she wants. She came with her husband while we were upstairs eating. It was funny seeing her of all places in Turkey :D

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Kumpir. Turkish term for baked potato. So yumm!

After eating, we continued to go into some more shops. I fell in love with a shop called OXXO. There, I found a leopard kimono. Yeah, I know, I am a leopard freak :D

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Towards the late afternoon, we got tired and called it a day. To rest a little bit, we went to the cafe Özsüt. I just drank a coffee drink.

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In the evening, the Hunger Games was coming on TV so we watched it. My aunt was amazed by the story, but my mum didn’t like it and stopped watching -.- I am definitely not a little bit like my mum :’D

Friday, 15th of August. Izmir:

That day we went to the coiffeur. I wanted to have my legs waxed. I only paid 10TL for both legs. Thats about 4€… for that price you can’t even get your eyebrows plucked here in Germany… It is so expensive ><

After that, we strolled through the shops and then went to eat something.

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This is the biggest Lahmacun I have ever eaten o.O

Monday, 18th of August. Izmir:

That day, I met my cousin Irem again. She was a bit stressed out and tired, but we went to the cinema to watch Lucy (later about that movie in a separate post), and later to a restaurant to eat something.

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Before eating something, we met two friends of my cousin at a bar and drank something.

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Early in the evening, we parted. My cousin was just too tired to walk around any longer.

Tuesday, 19th of August. Izmir:

That day, my sister should arrive during the night. I spent the whole day reading together with my aunt.

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Dinner!
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My plate :)

Wednesday, 20th of August. Izmir:

We spent that day at Karsiyaka with my sister. My aunt also came with us. After that, we went to Optimum again so that my sister could also see it.

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I saw this bag the week before, but didn’t buy it back then. I regretted it of course, and looked for it every time after that. Then I finally found it at Karsiyaka and bought it immediately :) Isn’t it cute? It is made of velvet <3
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This was our lunch. Tantuni
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i fell in love with these dresses from a shop called Forever New. *o* So beautiful clothes, but quite expensive.
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At the end, we went to Özsüt again. This time, I ate a blueberry cake

When arriving home, we prepared our suitcase. The next day we would head to Marmaris for a 5-star hotel. More about it in the next post. Unfortunately, I am too tired for today, so I am going to sleep now.

Thanks for reading :)

Summer Vacation 2014 in Turkey – Wrap Up Part 1

Hello dear readers, I am back!! To be exact, I already returned last week on Tuesday, but I was so busy that whole week that I couldn’t post anything yet :/ I will also report about my post vacation time here, of course, but before it all gets confused, I wanted to share with you my holidays.

Friday, 25th of July. Stuttgart/Izmir:

I had my flight to Turkey. I had to take my laptop with me as well, because I had to write an essay until the 11th of August, so I had to do that in Turkey. I also had lots of books with me, and tried to read “Divergent” at the airport while waiting for my plane. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out as I had imagined. While I was waiting, there were 3 or 4 women who kept on talking to me all the time, so I couldn’t concentrate on my book properly :/

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But fortunately, I could read on the plane for fully 3 hours. The woman seated next to me noticed already that I like reading :D She was funny. Before the plane took off, she swallowed some pills, I think in order to calm down. Then, during the whole flight, she was asleep, and her husband had to nudge her all the time, because her head kept falling on my side all the time :’D It didn’t disturb me, though. It was quite entertaining somehow.

When I arrived in Turkey in the late afternoon, my mum picked me up at the airport, and we drove home by train. We both were super hungry, especially me, because I only had a breakfast early in the morning, and since food on the plane is not included in the ticket price, I refused to buy an overexpensive sandwich, and waited until we landed. A good idea, as it turned out, because when we brought the luggage into the house, we went outside for dinner at once.

We went to the famous shopping and food street in Izmir, called Karsiyaka. It is very popular among the people living there, and also among other turkish people. It is told that the girls there are very pretty. In general, there is a saying that the most beautiful girls in Turkey come from Izmir :)

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This is what I ate at a barbecue restaurant. These are Köfte (Meatballs) scolloped with cheese on a bed of bread <3 It was so yummy, and very filling.

After eating, we strolled through shops and went to exchange some money. I even found some new clothes.

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Then we walked to the harbor to sit by the sea.

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At the weekend, I didn’t do a lot, except relaxing and reading.

Saturday, 26th of July. Izmir:

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Turkish breakfast
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Review about “Divergent” is coming soon :)
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Dinner. Beans, Rice and Salad.
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The view of our balcony by night

Sunday, 27th of July. Izmir:

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Breakfast with Omellet and Simit (turkish pastry with sesame. Has the shape of a ring)
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I have read all day on the balcony that day, until I god a sunburn on my back :’D I also finished Divergent that day and made the Faction Quiz. My results were Amity and Dauntless :’D Funny, right? The two opposites.

Monday, 28th of July. Izmir:

That day, bayram (religious holiday after Ramaddan) began, and my aunt and uncle came together with my older cousin for dinner.

Tuesday, 29th of July, Izmir:

The second day of bayram. We visited my step grandma. It was a hot day, but it was a nice, familiar feeling to sit at the huge balcony on one of the divans right inbetween the flowers and the bunch of grapes.

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The grapes always remind me of my grandpa. He is dead since 2007. The balcony will soon be gone as well. New buildings are planned for that area.

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After staying at my step grandma for a few hours, we went to the aunts of my father. They also had a lot of visitors, also a few girls my age. In the evening, they invited us to go picknicking by the sea. Yeah, I know, but it is normal in Turkey to go picknicking in the evening, since it is too hot during the day :’D

Wednesday, 30th of July. Izmir:

That day, we went to a little town by the beach. We had already spent our summer in 2011 there, so we knew the place. It was the last day of bayram, so the beach was as filled as I have never seen it before.

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In the evening, we returned and arrived at 11 pm at home.

Thursday, 31th of July. Izmir:

That day I finally met up with my stepcousin Irem. At first I went shopping with my mum in the afternoon. Then, towards the evening, I met Irem at the train station and we went to drink and eat some things in Alsancak. Alsancak is a town in Izmir which is famous for its nightlife.

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This bar was quite funny. They had food and a lot of tasty drinks. We have only drunk something here.
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This was my dinner. They made some really yummy food at this restaurant called Bisquitte. The drinks were also great!
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This lemonade tasted so good :) Not sure if you can see it on my face ;D

After dinner, we got some Heineken from the supermarket and sat down on the lawn in front of the sea. In the evening, there are a lot of young people sitting outside on the lawn, drinking, talking, playing the guitar,…

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I arrived home at about 11 pm.

This was one week of vacation. In Part 2 there is another few days spent at the beach, a lot of animals, and poolside relaxing.

Last Day of Christmas Break

Today is the last day of the two and a half weeks of Christmas vacation. I wanted to do some stuff for university in these about 20 days. I have finished or at least began some of them more or less, but I still have to do a lot of things :/ 

  • Read “Lolita”
  • Write an essay about “Pride and Prejudice”
  • Read “I have blinded myself writing this”…
  • … and write a response to it
  • Write at least two more writing tasks for my Written Communication Class
  • Write a response about my own workshop
  • Write a response to my Oral Comm 2 speech
  • Buy and Read “More information than you require”…
  • … and prepare the presentation about it.
  • Prepare the paperwork for my Erasmus year in England

We had guests last weekend just before New Year’s Eve, sonI couldn’t do anything those 2 days. And on the day of NYE we had to prepare a lot, as well as the day after.

I have also looked for some jobs in the meantime just yesterday, but have to apply still. The problem is with the paper stuff like my grades from my A’levels. I somehow can’t upload them with my tablet… really strange. I will have to try with my sister’s laptop later. And I definitely have to buy a new laptop soon. Only with this tablet, it is a pain in the ass :/ 

So much to do, so less time… Now, I will start with the two stories I have to give in for my written communication course.