Love Letter to Berlin

When I first arrived in Berlin, I experienced no immediate outburst of love like London or Boston evoked. The streets were unfriendly, the skies grey and I found myself wandering hours at a time. Excitement still lingered, how could it not? I was starting a new university, living with a German host family and representing…

Brunch and Book Club

Questing for fluffy challah, and soaking it in eggy mixture to be fried on the stove brings warm nostalgia to my heart. I can’t say whether it’s the challah, french toast aspect or simply cooking for other people that I love the most – but it’s absolutely my favourite way to start the day. In…

Appreciating the Little Things

I’ve been having trouble writing recently. Actually, I’ve been having trouble getting my thoughts into any kind of sensible order. I’m at once so incredibly excited to move and start work, and that’s made me realise just how much I appreciate the little things here. Instead of looking ahead, trying to think about finishing school,…

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

Even though some parts of life feel utterly normal, like writing final papers and presentations – other parts couldn’t feel more different. Somehow it’s already May the ninth. In other words, I have maybe two and a half weeks before I relocate to the Netherlands and I feel a little off my game. Berlin is…

May Day Celebrations!

Last weekend, Berlin celebrated May Day by protesting as per tradition. While it’s not citywide, protests are pretty common throughout Kreuzberg and across Europe. Granted, there wasn’t any bombs thrown (thankfully). But to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t focused on avoiding protests or angry Germans. My friend Shruti was visiting for the weekend, and I…

What Happens When You Take a Blogging Break

Every time I take a minute break from blogging: it seems like my life explodes into a thousand different colours and future opportunities. Surely it has been longer than one week since I last blogged. And yet… here we are and I can hardly believe it myself. I have accepted an offer to intern at…

Hibernation Sensation

Although I have been making a conscious effort to not complain about my busy schedule, I’m going to have to make an exception in this post. This week (as I’m sure you gathered by the ominous silence on Sunday and Tuesday) I’m taking a little hiatus. Instead of writing book posts and recipe reviews, I’m…

Someone Remind Me to Focus

Someone ought to remind me to focus on schoolwork, but if I’m being perfectly honest – I feel like I’ve caught some of kind distraction bug. Granted, school has been somewhat busy. Let’s not forget: I’ve been sick. Excuses abound to no end. But it feels nice to take somewhat of a break. I start…

Mid-Semester Sunshine

Believe it or not, it’s finally hit the 50s in Berlin – and I could not be happier (granted this has little to do with the weather and more to do with finally getting over my week of sickness *cough* I mean rest). There’s no other way to put it – last week was rough….

Realigning to Positivity

I was reading a blog post the other day about how you serve no one when you focus on the negativity in life (even if your version of negativity is just talking about how busy you are). It sort of got me to pause. Much as I hate to admit it, I do that all…

Add just a little sunshine

Magically whip up some blue sky, add in deviously sunny afternoons and you’ve got yourself Berlin in March. It’s not exactly what could be described as springtime, but as long as you wear something mildly warm: it suffices. The bits of sunshine make graduate school and nonstop life just a teensy bit better. Even now,…

Made glorious spring by this sun of schooling

For at least one Berliner, spring has officially arrived. It isn’t March 21st, but who’s arguing about semantics when it’s finally warm enough to ditch the winter jacket and move to my lighter (and much less bulky jacket). Apparently school has also decided that it’s late spring, because I already have a midterm this Wednesday,…