photo wc2_zpse06e6de6.jpg
 photo wc3_zpsa2f2eb45.jpg
 photo wc4_zps5fa1e9f5.jpg
 photo wc5_zps2b46a0d5.jpg

If you haven't already heard, Germany has tonight won the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Germans everywhere are losing their shit (which explains my blurry photos. Germans get really jumpy when they're happy). Despite the rain, everyone over here is celebrating. Many people are probably gonna be getting laid tonight. Hell, I might even get laid tonight. It's a win-win situation. Unless Argentina was your team, in which case TOOOOOOO BAD YOU LOST (that was in poor taste, wasn't it?).

Congratulations, Germany (and for that matter, well done Argentina too). Germany played well and finally made Joachim Löw smile, which I imagine isn't the easiest thing to do. WORLD CHAAAAMPIIIIIIONS.

Also, I hope Schweinsteiger's face gets better. He almost looks like someone who could play rugby now, almost.



 photo bb1_zps9bbb9629.jpg
 photo bb5_zps6847b93e.jpg
 photo bb12_zpsc773e9e5.jpg
 photo bb2_zpscb09cd40.jpg
 photo bb3_zpsa6a733b0.jpg
 photo bb4_zps9cf74d51.jpg
 photo bb7_zpsa58bc78a.jpg
 photo bb8_zpsc4c20b8e.jpg
 photo bb11_zpsefbbb6e4.jpg
 photo bb6_zpsd0ac5d21.jpg
 photo bb9_zps9bc9d8d5.jpg
 photo bb13_zps1e999539.jpg

Sooooooo it's been a while, hasn't it? In between trying to figure out how to be a semi-flourishing and functioning immigrant and sleeping, I totally neglected my little space on the internet. Unless, of course, you've taken the time to stalk me on twitter and/or instagram, where I am still fully alive and endlessly annoying.

Updates? Well, one of my closest friends from all the way in New Zealand has come to visit me here in Germany, which is delightful, magical, entertaining, etc, etc. We decided to meet up in Berlin and stay there for a few days before heading back to the city that I currently lurk. It was our first time ever being in Berlin, and there were far too many things to try and fit into such a short amount of time. All the Germans who told me you could do Berlin in 2 days are filthy liars and they should be 100% ashamed of themselves.

While I'm not adverse to exploring, eating and taking obnoxious tourist photos, after Berlin I'm very sure of the fact that I very much dislike being a hardcore tourist. My feet! My poor, poor feet! The walking alone was enough to make me want to cry and when you're tired, the normally beautiful sights tend to look less and less appealing. That being said, Berlin was fun. I probably would have enjoyed having a more chilled out time there with my touristy-to-do-list spread out across several days, but complaining is unattractive (and I'm very good at it), so let's just say that Berlin was bigger than I expected, more surprising than I thought and as promising as I had wanted it to be.

For those of you who haven't yet seen it, I vlogged the whole thing:



 photo ss3_zps4e23eabc.jpg
 photo ss5_zps02a9377b.jpg
 photo ss4_zpse29d8de4.jpg
 photo ss1_zps982edbbd.jpg
 photo ss2_zps5cb1b9be.jpg
 photo ss6_zps1b83ea5e.jpg

You know, I still can't really believe that I'm here (in Germany), even though I've been here for about 2 months now. I keep expecting the novelty of being in Europe to wear off (I mean, it's supposed to wear off eventually, right?), but I keep catching myself looking out the window or staring at people in the tram and I suddenly realize that, woah, I'm definitely not in New Zealand anymore. Sometimes I feel sad, because I think about home and how I might never really return there ever again. That sadness never lasts long though.

1. Officially moved into my first ever German flat. Cool, cool, cool.
2. I had Knoppers for the first time and it blew my little mind.
3. Found the perfect rug on the side of the road and it has now made itself at home in our home and how wonderful is that.
4. Work has blown up in my face. *note: this also counts as a low, I guess
5. The friends I've made here make me miss home a little bit less each day.
6. All my readers who have sent me lovely/supportive emails over the past couple of weeks.
7. Goodnight messages from mah lover. (Am I allowed to be giddy about that stuff or does that make me seem weak? Like, someone tell me how to deal with everything and anything please okay thanks)
9. I guess I should just say that food here in general is pretty kickass, yeah?
10. I bought a poncho out of boredom, but it has turned out to be a magical poncho full of unicorn properties.
11. I'm in Germany, bitch.

1. Stupid people on the internet being stupid people on the internet.
2. I don't actually have any of my own furniture at the moment.
3. My crohn's is being a total bitch right now.
4. As much as I love the food here, I could really murder a chocolate explosion donut from Captain Ben's right about now. OMG THE CRAVINGS ARE SO BAD RIGHT NOW.



 photo Photoon26-03-14at1121PM3_zps1088b77b.jpg

Let me start this blog post by apologizing for my absence and also stating that I AM SO FUCKING TIRED. Life is being so exhausting right now (though not necessarily in a bad way).

1. My soon-to-be flatmates and I found a really nice flat after some months of searching. We signed the contract last Sunday and will be moving in at the beginning of next month. I am now very pleased that I only have a suitcase full of things, because it will make the moving process a million times easier than it would have been otherwise. That being said, I will probably need to buy furniture some time soon..

2. Scored a job at the university in the city I will soon live in. Teaching 30 hours a week and spending all of my break-time napping in the teacher's lounge. My first week isn't even over yet and I'm already ready to curl up into a ball and sleep for 100 years.

3. Being a teacher is weird, mostly because I feel adult behavior is expected of me and I really, really don't know what that even means. Like, does this mean I have to be interested in politics now? All my work colleagues are women in their mid-forties who have years of experience and exactly 0% understanding of New Zealand humour.

4. I've got a weird/fancy electronic key that opens all the special doors in the university and an office with my name on it. These must be signs of maturity or something (right?!).

5. A student accidentally called me "Frau Domingo" this afternoon and it was the weirdest thing. I don't think I'll ever get used to it.

6. When the sun comes out over here, it gives me the happiest, warmest, most fuzzy feelings. Goodbye, Winter!

7. Pasta is so easy and cheap to make, but so bad for me and this is a terrible combination.

8. I really need to stop speaking English to all my friends over here, because it really defeats the purpose of living in a foreign country whose native language is not English. However, after teaching English all day and having a brain that is too exhausted to even remember its own name, speaking German is the last thing I want to be doing...

9. I'm clearly missing something over here, because German washing machines don't mix well with me. Do you know how many shirts I've ruined since arriving here? 4 (I have 7). Do you know how many dresses I've ruined? 2 (I have 4). Do you know how many skirts I've shrunk? 2 (I have 3). DO YOU KNOW HOW FRUSTRATING THIS IS?! Like, there are so many fucking settings and I don't understand the symbols are the German words and, seriously, all I want is to have some clean underwear or whatever, but I don't want to risk losing more clothes to the evil sorcery that is the German Washing Machine.

10. On that note.. I'm also terrible at opening doors here. They have different door handles and locks turn different ways and I can never push them hard enough and OMG WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT.

11. They have so many different types of bins for different types of shit and, like, I know it's good for the environment but I just want to throw all my shit in one place and not give a fuck ever about anything ever (this makes me a horrible human being).

12. There is such a thing as Steak Night on Fridays and, honestly, I've had the best luck when it comes to meeting people over here. Friends with (food) benefits are basically unicorns and we must cherish them and let them know how much we care because one day they might be gone and you'll never experience such culinary joy again.

13. German Man doesn't like cheese or avocados and this is some form of blasphemy, is it not? Why did I not know of this sooner and does this mean I have to look forward to a life without avocados (because that is definitely not happening).

14. I'm so fucking exhausted right now that I'm going to end this list, because I can barely keep my eyes open and wow bed looks so amazing right now I think I'm just gonna go okay thanks bye.



 photo haterlove_zpsa46197eb.jpg

Here's something you might not know about me - I get a lot of hate mail. I mean, like, it's become a hobby of mine to actually sort through my hate mail and I get all sorts of insults thrown my way via the internet on a daily basis. Since writing for Thought Catalog (check it out, coolio site!), I've now been exposed to even more haters, which means I now have something to read while I eat my breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Upon opening my inbox this morning and checking my Thought Catalog profile, I decided to pick out my top Hater Comments for the day to give you guys a taste of the hater life.

All this (and more!) can be seen here ---> CLICK

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at82652PM_zpsd700fcbc.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at82823PM_zpsb6e81edb.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at84201PM_zpsf9f0e839.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at83554PM_zps4e761c31.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at83310PM_zps50013194.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at83538PM_zpsa34a6d48.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at90329PM_zps51153f53.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at82905PM_zps6f0814d0.png

 photo ScreenShot2014-03-06at83103PM_zpsbb5fb73c.png