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 ==

Friday, April 29, 2011

Berlin walls n°2

Remember my 1st post on Berlin walls?

Well, last week while walking around I found 2 other interesting graffitis:

This one can be found on several houses in Prenzlauerberg district:


There seems to be a strange phenomenom happening when a friend of mine comes to visit me in a new place, she's the 1st and we go to CouchSurfing meeting, it always end up with strip-teases.

Maybe a kind of unconscious ritual...

Case n°1: A. comes to Brno in 2009, she's the 1st to come and see my Czech life. On the day of her arrival, a friend of mine tells us, through CS, that he's giving a gig in a pool bar. Ok, let's go then! When we entered the "pool bar", we thought we were wrong (other friends met there had the same feeling) as there were hostesses with tiny red dresses, the deco was kinda sexual and there were strip-teases poles in every corner.
Well, he did his gig, and then came the (female) strippers.

Case n°2: J. came to Berlin last week, she's the 1st to visit me here. We go to a CouchSurfing meeting, in a bar, so normal stuff. Well, there was also a female stripper and a bellydancer! There was supposed to be a male stripper coming, but his car broke down! :S

So, well just making the connection between 2 events made me smile. Well, but guys don't rush over to Berlin, as it's only with the 1st visitor, you'll have to wait for my next destination! :D Or maybe if the 1st visitor is a guy, maybe we'll have a male stripper! Yummi! ;D

== Greetings from sunny Berlin ==

Germans date subtly...

That's what explains this song. It's about a French girl who's sad not to have found a boyfriend, surprised not to be flirted on as much as in France.
So the singers explain that here, in Germany, it's way different, that guys do look at her but she doesn't notice since they don't whistle at her.

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My fave German singer

I really like German modern music, all kind of them, I think that German language can also give some beautiful and great songs.

As I was living in France very close to the German border, I could get easily German TV and radio, and there's one artist I have always liked: Xavier Naidoo.

I don't understand everything, but his songs are very nice, and can be quite emotional. He's really great, see, or better hear:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Heading to Lorraine

My contract comes to an end on May 22nd, as it's on a Sunday, my actual last day of work will be on the 20th.
And from the 21st to the 30th, I'll be in Lorraine. Mainly in Metz, by my parents, but also in Nancy, where I have some friends.
I hesitated before booking the flight, since I still hope they would renew my contract. But I got a few days off still available, and maybe I could also see if it's possible to start the new contract on June 1st...

I found cheap flight from Berlin to Saarbrücken, so I decided not to wait too long before it gets more expensive and full.

I'm really looking forward to it, that's the 1st time I stay that long abroad without coming back for a visit (will be 5 months), and I really miss my family and friends.
And also a good way to drop a 1st suitcase if I ever go back "definetely" in June.

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

When looking at me working...

... my collegues must be really laughing.
I'm kinda expresive with my body, some remote Italian roots maybe. ^^ When I speak, I gesture a lot.

When I'm working as well, making funny faces, like imitating fish, putting my head in my hands, "throwing" my arm forward, putting my finger on my lips,...

But now, I have to proofread a translation from someone else, this someone can't possibly be a professional translator, hard to think he/she's native Frenchspeaker as well. It's really horrible, so horrible that sometimes makes me wanna cry, so my gestures are even funnier. Can you picture Homer Simpson's Doh with hand slapping forehead? Well, I do it. I also have horrified looks, I burry my face in my hands, put my two hands arounf my nose and mouth and close my eyes, looks of despair,I sigh a lot, angry sighs,...

That must be really funny to watch I guess! :D

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Once again...

So as I might end up jobless by the end of May, I'll have the joy to start with the jobhunting process again...
That's something I really wasn't missing.
I just finished updating my CVs in French, English and German, just those in Spanish left. I think a good thing to write CV for another country, when you don't really know the rules is to use Europass, European tool to write CV, I find it really convenient.

At first, I'll look for a job in Berlin, I'd like to stay in the video games industry, I know there's lot of gaming companies out there, then I'll extend to the rest of Germany and Europe, why not out of Europe also?
I'll also soon register for competitive examination to work in French ambassies, I failed last year, but I'll try again. So far nothing at UN or EU, but I keep an eye on it.

And if I really can't find a job, I still have the option of going free-lance earlier than expected, in France will be better since there I'm pretty sure to get social aids to get me started, as I have no savings.
I'd really like to stay here, I'm getting tired to move 2/3 times a years, I'd  really like to settle somewhere for some time before hitting the road again.

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Monday, April 18, 2011


If I don't stay in Berlin, I'm wondering where I'll end up next.
After Dublin, I came to Berlin, which rhymes.
So, I'm trying to think what next "rhyming" destination could be mine and I thought about the following:

- Medellin, Colombia
- Szczecin, Poland
- Tallin, Estonia,
- Santorin, Greece
-Darwin, Australia
- Aberdeen, Scotland,
- Austin, Texas
- Moline, Illinois,
- Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Any other ideas? :D

== Greetings from Berlin ==


Some time ago, I told you I was looking for body jewels. I couldn't find any in shops in Berlin, nor on German websites, so I found a very nice on-line French store. Avec passion, for those who can read French.

So last week, I decided to order two body jewels and a pair of earrings. They are re-usable, you can also order some special glue, which I'll order next time. I ordered on a Friday, late afternoon, and by the following Friday morning, I got them. So quite quick. On the invoice, was manually written "Wishing you a nice day" in both French & German, I found this very nice.
So on Saturday, I tried the Snakes on (both earrings and bodyjewel), it does stick hard, with my 2 left hands I kinda struggled, but I'm very happy about my purchase. :D

== Greetings from Berlin ==

They gotta keep me!

My contract is soon coming to an end. One month or so left. I would really like to stay there, and they gotta keep me!
Because I'm the best! ^^

No, really, first I'm working fast (and good), almost everytime I finished a translation, my boss was like: "wow? already? good job!"

Then, out of the so far 5 months now, I've never been sicked. I need to be really sick (like have to stay in bed with high fever) not to come.

And well, I'm just the best, as simply as that! :D

But well, it seems there's no project coming up in French, so not sure about it at all...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The only series that can make me cry...

I'm not really the kind to cry for a book, a film, a series,... I can be captivated, really into it, my heart can beat faster while waiting to know what'll happen next, but crying, not likely,...

I'm more the kind to laugh when in Titanic a man jump out of the boat and bounce on the propeller. Or to laugh out loud when in Moulin Rouge the girl is caughing to death,...

When I was a teenager, I loved Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and out of the 8 seasons, only 2 episodes brought one or two tears to my eyes.

And a few years ago, while I was studying & living in France (it seems so far away now), I discovered Grey's Anatomy! And every season, several episodes can make me cry! Really! It's always so intense, the creator of this series is a genius! How many times did I go to sleep so late because of this? I'm like, ok, this is the last one, and at the end, there's something big happening and I just need to watch the next one! Even if most of the events are so unrealistic and too much, it's made in a way that made me quickly addict.

Do you have any series/book/film bringing a river of tears to your eyes?

== Greetings from Berlin ==


Travelling is like a drug for me, and I kinda gotta go to rehab! ^^
Well, I have to slow down with travels, I decided to travel less and save more money. My trip to Sardinia was one of my last trips for 2011, in May I'm going for a visit to Fance, in my family, and end of Summer/early Automn I'd like to visit my friends in Czech Republic.

I really have to save money (money I lately spent in heavy travelling) to achieve a few projects: this trip to Greece with a friends we've been talking about for 4 years now (quite big budget according to our plans), this trip to Peru I've been dreaming about for years, I'd like to see Machu Pichu before I turn 30, so I got 2 years left. And I'd also like to save money for my free-lance project. I'd like to work at the same place during 2/3 years before going free-lance, as a translator I can work from anywhere as long as I got my laptop and an internet connection. I can pretty picture me being 1 month away, 3 months at home, 1 month away, and so on,...

Plus, I find travelling alone less enjoyable, so maybe after quite a long break, I'll know how to appreciate it again... Well, I'll try to stick to it if the travel bug isn't stronger than me! :D

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cagliari, Sardinia

Bastione San Remy
After Villasimius, I spent 3 and a half days in Cagliari, which is indeed a very nice city. I was staying at Hostel Marina, in a dorm for 6. The room was very big, with a mezzanine, where I settled right away, and the 2 first nights I was alone! ^^
On the 1st day, I went walking around in the morning, I started with the Bastione San Remy, you can not walk up the stairs, but there's an elevator to go on top of it, and the view on the city and the sea is just breathtaking! Even early in the morning, it was warm and got hotter and hotter during the day. Then I just walked among the tiny streets and discovered some very nice places. the old town is built up hill, very charming.
Spiaggia Poetto
In the afternoon, I took a bus to go to the beach, Spaggia Poetto, Poet's Beach, and there I heard 2 girls and 1 guy talking in German and the man mentioned CouchSurfing, I don't like to interrupt people when they're talking so I was waiting for the right moment. We got off at the same station, and an old lady who thought I was with him told to the both of us (in German) "The beach is over there, look", so I took this opportunity to start talking with this guy, Ravi, an Indian, we spent the afternoon together, it was really nice. And the beach is so wonderful, blue water, hills, blue sky,... A dream! The sun was there, it was so nice !

On the second day, in the morning I decided to go to see the Roman Amphitheater, it was closed for visits but you can see much of it from outside, it's now a mix of ancient stones and modern steel with plastic chairs since it's used for shows in summer time. Then I followed the signs to some Botanical Gardens and was quite disappointed, it was 3€ to get in but it was nothing special
Roman Amphitheater
 In the afternoon, I went back to the beach, and you got those guys selling junks. One came to talk to me and was like "oh why are you alone? You're so beautiful" and so on, so I decided to have fun and started lying about me, I was suddenly Isabelle, broken heart, living in Prague, just broke up with her boyfriend who cheated on her and not trusting guys anymore, that was kinda funny... When I came back from the beach, I went to grab some ice cream and then a guy stopped me and asked me for something, after I told him I don't speak Italian, he switched to English, he was asking for the time, and then to walk with me. We sat on a bench and started to talk, but well, he asked if I was single, I again lied, because I know from experience that's the best way to get rid of such guys, otherwise they insist and insist... So I walked away and a few meters further he joined me again, asked to take a picture of the two of us, and while putting his arm around my shoulder, he tried to touch my butt! Well, no! Put your hand up, take you pic and ciao!
In the evening, I met for a drink with a guy from CouchSurfing, nice but nothing exciting.

cosmopolitan + book + sun = :D
So after came Saturday, the last day. In the morning, I walked around again in the city and in the afternoon I went back to the beach. It was almost 30°C, the sun was high and bright, the sea was deep blue, just like the sky and I was covered with solar cream. I got to find a beach chair in one of the beach bars, and laid there with my book. I then walked along the beach and by the marina, sat again on the beach, it was hard to leave, this place is so wonderful. While I was on the bus, I got a SMS from a Couchsurfer who invited me for a dinner with other people. But I couldn't send any SMS (I thought I had not enough credit but actually I had), so I managed to find a phone and as I had some time I went to do something that came up to my mind while I was leaving the beach and I kinda enjoy to do when I am alone: go to a bar, outside, with a cocktail and a book, the sun was still there, that was really nice. Later, I join Marco, I thought we would go to some restaurant but actually it was someone's place and I was feeling quite bad to arrive empty-handed. But it was fun night. And on sunday early morning I took a flight back to Berlin. Game Over.

This trip was really enjoyable. Sardinia is so wonderful!

Sardinia from the sky

Friday, April 8, 2011

Delicacies from Sardinia

During this week in Sardinia, I tried a few specialties, Italy is so good concerning food, outside of the classical Italian pizza, mozzarella, limoncello, I also tried some typical sardinian products:

Pecorino : it's a very good and tasty hard cheese, from ewe's milk. 

Salsiccia sarda: some sausage, I've tried it only on "Pizza Sarda" along with pecorino

Prosciutto di Sardegna: ham

Torrone: a kind of nougat with mandle, not too sweet and not too hard, perfect

Curlugiones di patate: ravioli pasta filled with potatoe and mint, they serve it with some cut sausage and tomato sauce, some parmiggiano on it and it's perfect!

Sabadas: pastry, dough filled with pecorino, baked and then covered with honey, served hot, that's quite good.

Mirto: blueberry liquor, to be served icecold

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Villasimius, Sardegna

Spiaggia Simius
So last week, I went for holidays to South Sardinia. First step was 3 and a half days in Villasimius, 50 km away from Cagliari, on the Capo Carbornara which is a protected maritime area.
At this time of the year it's very quiet, but in June/July/August, it's full of tourists with a population multiplied by 10. As I have no driving license and thus couldn't rent a car, I could see all I wanted to, but it was delightful.
On the 1st day, after settling at the hotel, I went to the closest beach, the Spiaggia Simius, like 1 or 2 km walk, a long beach, grey sand, beautiful sea with shades of blue I had never seen before. And empty and clean. Plus the sun was shining, and that was so good to think that some hours ago I was freezing while waiting for a bus to the airport in Berlin, and now I was on this beautiful beach, under a bright sun and something like 25°C. I walked along the beach and sat down for some time before getting back to the hotel.
I was staying in Aquarius hotel, in the centre of the town, I had a big room with double bed, fridge, TV, balcony, big bathroom... And it was cheap, I paid 40€/night with breakfast included, but in the hot season it's much more expensive.
At night I just stayed in my room and read a book, that was quite clever to take with me a books of over 1000 pages, in one week I read almost 800.

Porto Turistico
On the morning of the second day, I went to Porto Turistico, the touristic harbor, the marina. The walk to there is like 4 km, there was not that much happening but the surroundings were so gorgeous, with a wonderful small beach just nearby, but I didn't find the way to get there.
In the afternoon, I wanted to go back to Spiaggia Simius to lay on the beach and read, but while I was on my way, it started "raining", it was very little rain but quite windy, not the best for a reading session on the beach, so I went back to my hotel waiting for the sun to come out. And it did come out. While I was sitting and reading on the beach, some man came to talk to me, he was speaking Italian quite slowly and I was speaking what I call itañol, a mix of Spanish (which I speak fluently) and Italian. He was quite nice, he told me he could drive me to some places I wanted to visit but couldn't go to and gave me his phone number. I hesitated a lot, but then I thought that if he wanted to harm me he could have done it on the desert beach, so I texted him but never got any answer.

On day 3, I took again the direction of the marina having seen some signs for beaches and ended up at Spiaggia Notari, a long beach set between Mediterranean See and a lagoon, it was very windy and sunny, so beautiful, the colors in the water were amazing, and again very clean and empty.  I walked a bit in the ice cold sea, sat down to admire the view and enjoy the sun and then went back to town.
Spiggia Notari - lagoon side
In the afternoon, I first went for an ice cream in the gelateria (ice cream shop) opposite the hotel, on Sunday I had tried Ferrero Rocher and that day Nutella, both were delicious, then I wanted to go to Punta Molinari but there was no space next to the road for pedestrian, so I just went back to Spiaggia Simius, that's amazing how I can stay doing nothing when there's such a beautiful landscape, just walking along the beach and sitting down and enjoy... And on my way back I realized I had turn completely red, with some clouds and wind I didn't beware of the sun, so I had to stop at the pharmacy where they had only expensive solar creams and after sun creams, but well better than getting a skin cancer.

On day 4, I got first lazy in the morning and stayed in bed, watching TV, then reading, then I made some sandwiches and went back to Spiaggia Notari for a pick-nick. After that I went back to finish packing and took a bus to Cagliari.
Those days there were very nice, rest, quietness, beautiful nature, sun,... All I needed. I think april/may are the best time of the year to go, it's already warm and sunny, when I was there too cold to bath but I think in a couple of weeks it should be no problem. After May it starts to get crowded and too hot, they told me it can go up to 40/45°C... insane for me! But I'd advise you to rent a car and explore the surroundings as well.

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Company's party

Yesterday we had a company party. We knew only 15min before leaving when we would be going since it was a surprise. We went to Isa Mitz Café in Görlitzer Park.
It was a nice place, there was a big buffet, I could chat with some colleagues, all was in a good atmosphere. And well, someone told me we were supposed to play mini golf... Hum, well so I didn't choose the right outfit this morning: skirt & high heels. Plus we were wondering where, since we didn't see a mini golf in the park and plus, it was getting dark, so for joking I told him it was maybe underground.

And later in the evening, some colleagues asked me if I wanted to play mini golf with them. So it was indeed underground. I had not played mini golf for like 10 years, and it was the first time I played indoor mini golf, with neon light and phosphorescent tracks, in skirt and high heels. But it was fun, one track was an ascending slope with a reversed horseshoe in the middle of the slope, where you had to put the ball... and I did it in one shot! I was quite impressed, amazed and proud. But i lost on the whole game...

It's the 2nd company party since I've been here, it's always fun, the atmosphere in the company is so cool and relax, it's really nice to work there, I do hope they will renew my contact.

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My first Easyjet flight

I usually mainly fly with Ryanair, which is quite unbeatable on the prices. But to go to Cagliari, I took Easyjet for the first time, plus there aren't lots of Ryanair flights to/from Berlin. I've heard so many times how better is Easyjet compared to Ryanair...
Well, that's basically same service, same comfort, so to say 0. But Easyjet is more expensive. But good things are no weight limit for cabin luggage (but they're strict on size), no obligation to check in on-line (quite convenient if you happen to have troubles finding a printer), and it also seems they go to airports closer to the main cities, which is way convenient, time & money saver.

But well, if I got choice I'd better choose Ryanair as for such bad service and comfort I'd rather pay less. A "middle cost" company I like is Air Berlin, I flew with them when I went to France for Christmas and they offer better comfort & service, and quite reactive & efficient in case of a problem (we had to land on another airport, and the buses left 1h after landing).

== Greetings from Berlin ==

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wonderful Sardinia

I still haven't found time to write proper posts about my wonderful week in Sardinia, so while waiting for more, here are already the pictures:

Villasimius & Cagliari

Cagliari & Flight back