den Haag, the Hague or ‘s-Gravenhage?

Three days have passed since I moved myself 700 km from Berlin to the Hague and I’m still not sure which name is exactly correct. Work doesn’t begin until next week, so these past couple days have felt more like vacation than anything. I’m glad to be validated in knowing I made the right choice…

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…

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…

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,…

Hard Work Actually Pays Off?

Surprising as it is, all of the hard work I’ve been putting in has finally paid off. For months, I told myself that it would be that way; that working hard and spending hours upon hours in pursuit of one goal was worth it. And… and despite months of relative failure, I finally have some…

Back to Berlin

Back in Berlin among the Kebab shops and bone-biting cold wind, I cant help the smile that crosses my face. I’m home again. The last couple weeks of the holidays were spent in Capetown and Durban, two cities as far away from Berlin that I could imagine (13,000 km to be exact). Exploring new exciting…

Christmas Travels and New Beginnings

Now that I’m reading the title of this post again, it’s looking a bit more cliche than I would like. I realise that I haven’t written a “personal” post in quite some time. Excuses, while I do have them, aren’t exactly the way I want to start out: so let me give you some background…