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November 5th, 2008 08:31 am - Dear Americans,
June 29th, 2008 03:16 pm - Euro 2008
waiting wishing
I'm so excited!

6 more hours to the final.

Spain is favourite, but in this tournament, that never meant anything. Ask the Dutch. Or the Czech. Or Portugal, France, Italy.

So, I have hope.

Go, Germany!

*bites nails*
*is optimistic*
*is pessimistic*
*is optimistic again*
*bites some more nails*

Is it 8:45 pm yet??

ETA: *sighs*
WEll, Spain was the better team, so I guess congratulations are in order. ¡Felicidades, España!

See you in South Africa 2010! And hey, we were 3rd in 2006, 2nd in 2008 - gives me hope for 2010!

Still, I'm sad. *sniffs*
June 10th, 2008 09:11 pm - Back from travelling!
Cape Town? Is beyond awesome.

Definitely one of the most amazing cities I have ever been to. And not only the city itself, but the whole region. Breathtaking scenery. I had a great trip and was quite sad I had to leave. I definitely do understand now why there are so many expatriates living there. It simply has everything and more.

If I weren't so exhausted from the trip (11 hours in a plane,8 hours in a train, plus several hours of waiting), I'd try to post some pics. Maybe tomorrow, if anyone's interested.

By the way and completely off topic, is anybody of the flist following the Euro 2008? I'm so looking forward to see some games in public!
April 8th, 2008 02:22 pm - Travelling
I'm going to South Africa! I just got the booking confirmation.

Yay, yay, yay!

Cape Town, I'm coming!

We'll climb the table mountain and drink great wine and go whale watching and will hike through the georgeous wilderness there.


I've never ever been to Africa before, so I'm really excited already now, even if the flight goes first in the end of May.
March 4th, 2008 05:20 pm(no subject)
I'm back from the annual company party, which was in Antalya this year.
How I liked it? Well, this was the view from my hotel room's balcony. I guess that says it all:
February 25th, 2008 08:21 pm - passports
I really don't like the new rules for passports, those biometric ones. First you have to take a picture of you that looks scarily like one of these "Wanted - dead or alive" pictures from Western movie.

The photo cabin voice told me repeatedly "Do not smile. Do not open your mouth. Do not smile. Keep your face straight. Do not smile." Which of course I thought was so ridiculous that I started laughing every time. Hey, he didn't say I weren't allowed to laugh!

And then they take your fingerprints. It feels humiliating. Sure, it's all electronic with a fancy little apparatus that beeps and blinks, not with black ink like in the movies. Still, humiliating. Big brother is watching me worldwide now.

I'm almost sure they won't let me cross any border with that passport. I look like I want to kill and eat their children. Or at least plan a decent coup. World domination to follow...

At least I've got both my passport and my identity card renewed for 10 years now. Still, I'm grumpy. My personal space is violated.
February 5th, 2008 10:27 pm - Once
I've just come home from the movies and the film was just so wonderful that I thought I should let you guys know. It was an Irish movie called "Once".

It's from 2006 so I guess it's old news to the US and UK (it won at sundance last year) but it has just aired here. It's beautiful, sweet, surprising, touching, filled with really good music and talented actors. The music has actually been written and performed by the actors and the whole movie is not quite but almost a true story.

Did I say it was beautiful yet?

Seriously, go and watch "Once" if you haven't seen it yet.

It's been a while since I enjoyed a film so much...

ETA: Here's a little review of the film: Link
January 28th, 2008 08:42 pm - Laugh of the day
Oh my God, my Danish colleagues e-mailed this link today and seriously, we were sitting in our office almost wetting ourselves. Some of you probably know this one already, but I simply couldn't resist posting this.

I just really hope this girl can sing (apparently she is/was on American Idol) - she'll certainly not have a career in anything related to geography...

No offense, I know you can't expect the whole world to know European capitals - and especially not wannabe pop idols - but this? Is so funny that it's almost sad...
January 26th, 2008 03:27 am - Damnit!
Damnit, damnit, damnit!

I'm just back from a party (which basically sucked) and found out that The Eels are giving a concert at that place in February.

I lvoe the Eeels, but obviously not enough to know they'll be playing in my city. Now I was all excited about the concert only to find out - that it's sold out. Like, completely. Ebay has some ticket, but the prices are crazy.

Damnit!!! It's like 1,5 minutes from my home, I can almost hear the music from my bedroom. But no, I was too stoooopid to realize they're in town and now it's too late. Unfair!
January 3rd, 2008 08:30 am(no subject)
Jumping on the bandwaggon, cause it looks like fun:

Childhood Privilege Meme

BOLD is true for me

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home - yep, most of them mine.
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs (costs after scholarships) - not really common in Germany, since there's no real tradition of going to private college
Went to a private high school - I'm from the countryside, where the only school available was a catholic private one. Without any fees though.
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child
You and your family lived in a single-family house - as I said, I'm from the countryside. Nothing but single-family houses around
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.
You had your own room as a child
You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course - not common in Germany
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College - I don't even know what that is.
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
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