By the end of June...

on May 28, 2010

... I will be homeless and unemployed. But don't worry, it won't be for long. July 12 I'll be on my way to the beautiful country of New Zealand where I will hopefully spend at least one wonderful year of my life. Those of you who know me I don't have to explain much of the reasons. To everyone else let's just say there are two hearts beating in my chest and the one that seems to belong to a gypsy has become stronger and stronger recently until I could no longer bear it and had to make a decision.

So today I told my boss that I was leaving. My appt currently looks like a bomb has been dropped because there are boxes everywhere and furniture to be taken apart and sold. If anyone living in Leipzig is still looking for a couch or some furniture or whatever please check out this website.

I'll end today's post with one of my favorite quotes:

Every dreamer knows 
it is entirely possible
to be homesick for a place 
you've never been to. 
Perhaps even more homesick 
than for familiar ground.

No comment...

I'm not necessarily the cleanest person in the world. I love a little bit of chaos and when I come home I want to know that I'm home and not in a hotel or wherever. But there are certain things I just can't toleratore over and over again. Like when I come home after a long day of work and I find that the fridge was left open AGAIN, the toilet seat is open AGAIN - AND the toilet hasn't been flushed AGAIN. THAT IS DISGUSTING!!! If all New Zealanders are like that I'm not going to like the country very much... I really do hope the specimen I took in is just a very - I'm sorry I have to say this - uncaring and somewhat unhygenic person.

The wall is down?

on May 24, 2010

I don't think so. At least not when it comes to really important things - like music ;-) While pretty much everybody in East Germany knew about the Beatles and lots of people I'm sure had heard of Marius-Müller Westerhagen and of course Nena and Udo Lindenberg most of the bands that were popular in the GDR are still not known in most parts of the West. Karat, die Puhdys, Karussell, City - just to name some of the most important ones - are still well-known even in my generation. And I thought that at least their most popular songs would now be known allover Germany. Because here they still are played at parties and people sing along to the tunes.

When I went to a friend's wedding in Northrine-Westfalia (NRW) this weekend however I had to learn that musicwise there is still a huge gap between East and West. One of the best love songs that East German musicians ever wrote is Jugendliebe by Ute Freudenberg. So when at the wedding they started playing all kinds of wedding songs I asked the people at my table ( all in their early to late 20s) whether they thought that song might be played as well or not. You should have seen the faces I got from each one of them. They really hadn't heard of it! Nor of the singer!

Disbelieving I went around to ask more people - and every single time I got that blank and questioning look on their faces. Who? Even the DJ - HE DIDN'T KNOW IT!!! How could that be? The only song of East German rock bands he had was Alt wie ein Baum by the Puhdys. So I had him play that - and only two other people joined me on the dancefloor. At least someone in the crowd knew the song but most people didn't. I was really disappointed. How can such great music not be known?

So here it is, just for my friends: Ute Freudenberg and JUGENDLIEBE =D

Too bad ;-(

on May 16, 2010

Had a great day today full of soccer! Been watching first the women's finale (DFB-Pokal) then the men's. Too bad Bayern beat Bremen but I have to admit they were the better team. Still it was fun watching due to my really great company. Watching soccer with a New Zealander, a Columbian, two Cameroons and another German was very interesting! Might have met the future head coach for Cameroon's women's soccer team... Just why do you always meet the most interesting people when you're about to go away?


on May 14, 2010

Found this video on this morning. Really liked the song so I'm going to share it with you...

Never heard of the band PIL (Public Image Ltd.) before so I googled them and here is what Wikipedia says about them:

Public Image Ltd. (PIL) is an English musical group formed by vocalist John Lydon, guitarist Keith Levene and bassist Jah Wobble, with frequent subsequent personnel changes. Lydon is the sole constant member of the band. Rising from the ashes of the pivotal punk rock group the Sex Pistols with First Issue (1978), PIL branched out to a more experimental sound, an idiosyncratic "droning, slow-tempo, bass-heavy noise rock, overlaid by Lydon's distinctive, vituperative rant." Their early work is often regarded as some of the most challenging and innovative music of the post-punk era. Their 1979 album Metal Box was ranked number 469 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The NME described PIL as "arguably the first post-rock group".

Bon appetit!

on May 13, 2010

The last few weeks it's become a little quiet around here. It's not that I didn't have time or didn't have anything to say - just the lack of motivation I guess...

Today I'm going to tell you about another I am currently participating in. This time it's about some breakfast flakes - by Nestlé - that I am trying. They are made of wholemeal grain and come in four different flavors: Fitness (plain), Chocolat, Fruits and Joghurt.

I got one normal-sized pack of each flavor for myself to try and tons of small portions in Chocolat and Fitness to hand out to friends, collegues and whoever.

I've already tried the Chocolate ones and the plain ones - and was positively surprised. I do like cereals - but normally I go for the really sweet ones. Anything with wholemeal is usually not my type. Too dry, no real taste. So of course I opened the chocolate ones first - and loved them. They are really crunchy and since there isn't chocolate everywhere the level of sweetness is just right. Same goes for the plain ones. Still haven't figured out why.

For me the flakes are a good way to start the day. I tried them with milk and sometimes with fruits also. Like them either way.

As for the price - I'm afraid 2,99 Euros for 375 gramms (350 gramms for Joghurt) is a little too expensive compared to others. I might buy it once the project is over but I'm not sure yet.

If you too like cereals I'd like you to fill out the questionnaire below - just send me your answers via comment or mail. Or if you have already tried Nestlé Fitness flakes - let me know how you like them...