Monday, June 6, 2011

Viktoriapark, Berlin

Yesterday, I decided to go for a walk and ended up in another jewel of Berlin. It's amazing all those hidden pieces of nature you can find all over the city.
I went to Viktoriapark, in Kreuzberg, where flows a waterfall (artificial, but still).
It dates back from the end of 19th century and is on the highest hill of Berlin. On the slopes even grow some vineyard which are still used to make wine.
On top of it, you got a pretty nice view all around and also a monument dedicated to the freedom after wars against Napoleon, on top of the monument is the cross that actually gave the name to the district. Kreuz = Cross Berg = Hill, Kreuzberg = Hill of the Cross.
6 months I've been working in Kreuzberg and was looking for this damn hill, I found it!

It's very nice, seating under the shadow of the tree and bathing your feet in the waterfall is so delightful with the heat right now. Plus the whole place is very pretty.


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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Blind Booking

Today, I discovered the Blind Booking by Germanwings. For around 60€, you can get a "surprise flight". You choose a departure airport (Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart, Hannover or Berlin) and a theme (party, shopping, culture, nature, East, West), there's a list of destinations, you can delete those you don't want to go, and you know your final destination once the booking's done. Isn't it amazing?! I just love the idea! I always have trouble in choosing where to go, that's perfect for me!
Unfortunately, I can't afford it now, but well, when it gets better for me and if I'm not too far from one of the departure airports, I might give it a try!

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Getting dangerously close

Due to a lack of job offers in Berlin, I expand my research area.
On Sunday, I applied for a job in Luxembourg, not in video games, though. But in the offer they said, outside of media, you should be interesting in other stuffs, like shoes for example. Well, that's it! :D

The good thing is I could live with my parents in France (close to the border) while looking for a flat either in France or Luxembourg. France would be cheaper but further, Luxembourg more expensive but closer, but well, 1st, let's see if they'll contact me.

Monday, May 2, 2011

When I think about it....

... I had a couple of cool jobs so far.
I started working when I was going to university, I 1st was cleaning woman, hated it since I hate cleaning, but well. I also gave some private lessons of English and Spanish, even if I hate teaching and don't really like kids, but it was for teenagers, just one at a time, it was ok, didn't enjoy it but better related with my studies.

Some other cool jobs I had:

- Cabin Hostess: Working on a cruise on the river Rhône (south of France), full of German retired (they give good tips), was very hard for me, physically, working 12h/day, cleaning the cabins, washing the dishes, helping for the plate dressing,... But the atmosphere was very nice, and I got to see some nice places.

- Hostess/Guard in a museum aquarium: Was cool, walking around all day long, chatting with colleagues, "running" after the children "don't shout" "don't run" "don't knock on the glass" "watch our your kids they're gonna hurt themselves". The boss was funny, I remember once he got down the stairs wearing a monkey head and screaming...

- Receptionist in a youth hostel: That was so cool. I remember a Czech family offering me some cakes as they were so delighted to speak Czech, some guys coming almost naked (just in towel) to the reception as they had forgotten their key in the room before going to the shower, that teenager who came from an island south of Africa, studying in France and had to stay at our hostel every week end, seeing him looking with awe at the snow falling down (1st time he saw it) or asking to help for his homeworks or gently trying to hit on me...
I really liked that position , except the shitty working time. 7:00 AM- 10:00 AM & 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM every week ends.

- Translator-writer for a blog about celebrities' gossip, I hate that kind of bullshit, but well that was fun.

- Localization tester of video games in Ireland, being paid to play video games is a dream for some people.

- And now video games translator: always the same reaction when I say what I do "oh that's so cool!" The atmosphere is great, the job interesting and challenging.

But now I know I wanna go on with video games translation , I really love my job, I do hope the next one will be as good!

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Well done, doc!

Sometime ago, I discovered this track, I really like it and watch it quite often on youtube, while waiting to buy it.

And after sometime I realized, Nena, I know that name, isn't she the Nena of the Luftballons?!

Yes, the Luftballons song, maybe you know it:

Hard to think 27 years have gone between the 2 videos, she even looks younger in 2011 than in 1984!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Let's give it a try!

Some days ago, I was on Facebook and my eyes were caught by an add. An add for a website: Meet at the airport.
It's a website to connect people traveling from/to the same airport, on the same day, at about the same time. It's kinda dating oriented but I wanna give it a try. Can be nice to meet some people while waiting for my flight. I'm too shy to start and talk to someone just like this, but I'm always open for chatting if someone comes to me.

Well, I don't think I'll meet my Charming Prince, but well, let's see...

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Always nice to hear

My contract is soon coming to an end, I am starting the last month in my company. So the other day I asked my chief if I could ever leave the office for a few hours and work later in the evening if I ever had job interviews.
He told me that was ok and added that he wanted to keep me since I am reliable and a hard worker, but he has to motivate the decision and unfortunately there's no project coming up for French.

That's something quite nice to read, that means that if they don't keep it's not because I'm bad but because there's no job for me. I have to admit it lightened up my day... I knew it, I'm the best! ;)

== Greetings from Berlin ==