BRA-BLEMS: When our daily companion turns out to be our worst enemy

Against the opinion of lots of men, it is good to be a woman. Especially since women finally dare to stand up for themselves in order to be in control of their own destiny. Women nowadays prove what they are capable of, ruling the world is only one thing on that list. At least, we are smart enough to do that as good as men do. But to take up these daily life challenges, a woman needs to feel comfortable and self-confident. This goes along with good and comfortable clothing, what brings us to a major struggle that only exists in the life of every women.

It consists of three letters and I am pretty sure that everyone of us at some point already declared war on that little companion: I’m talking about the bra. With 13 years nearly every girl can’t wait to wear her first one. Mine was really pretty, with a Snoopy on it, wonderful, right? Anyway, the bra is considered one of the symbols of finally being a woman, even though now I know that I was far away from that at this time. After a little while, this first bra-love has turned into a really big “bra-blem” that I would rather not have in my life. But as I don’t feel comfortable giving them their “freedom” when I’m in public, I need to deal with this struggle.

The mayor problem with a bra: It just doesn’t fit, no matter how expensive it was. I can spend hours and hours running from one shop to another, but in the end I just end up trying on 100 bras, at least it always feels that way. If it’s a lucky day, I come home with one of them. At this point, I need to say something: Dear men, as you see, buying a bra is not a stroll in the park. Please don’t tell us all the time that we should wear something new for you. We know that our super-comfy favourite bra gets boring after a while but we are working on that and you’re ripping it off anyways as fast as you can.

To come back to the topic: If I finally bought a bra, chances are really high that I’m suddenly not that sure anymore if it was the right choice. Why? Do you know the urge to rip off your bra the moment you walk in the door at the end of a long day? Exactly, and that’s my problem. Wearing an uncomfortable bra is not only irritating but also frustrating and unhealthy. I’ve spent so many hours on trying them on, but in the end I’m still not happy and I think a lot of women can relate to that. Main reason for all the “bra-blems” is that women belong to several shape-types and that our breast sizes aren’t just standard. ThirdLove has set itself the task to face exactly these problems. They use a patented technology in order to let you find your perfect size at home and what is even better: They have a 100% Fit Guarantee. Together with them, I’ll share with you this guide, which should help you to avoid “bra-blems” in the future for a happy coexistence between you and your bra. And if you want to try out their bras, just enter the code “BRABLEMS” while ordering and you’ll get a 15% off. “Bra-blem” solved ;)

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[TRAVEL DIARIES]: ANDALUCÍA

[TRAVEL DIARIES]: ANDALUCÍA

I have to apologize: First of all, I am really bad at updating my website regularly. I am so busy with getting my life together that I am not even able to keep up with my series. This is going to be a really long post and I am already really sorry about that. But the post is definitely worth reading it, if you’re interested in knowing a little bit more about Andalucía. And if you’re tired of reading, at least take a look at the photos, they will definitely let you dream of holidays… and now, let’s getting started:

CÓRDOBA

Since we all had 2 weeks off because of the famous Semana Santa and Easter, we decided to  escape the rainy days in Salamanca and headed off towards the south: Andalucía. With a rented Seat Altea we drove 5h until we arrived at our first stop, Córdoba. The journey wasn’t that bad, we had good music and what is even more important, we had the luck to stop at a German supermarket where they sold Frankfurter sausages, our trip could not have started any better for me. As we spent only one night in Córdoba, we decided to just visit the most important sights like the Mezquita de Córdoba, famous for its arcaded hall with 856 columns, and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos with its ridiculously beautiful garden and hundreds of orange trees. Seriously, I don’t know if it’s only me, but I couldn’t believe that a Moorish palace can look that amazing. I was so happy that I had to grin like a Cheshire cat all the time. In general, Córdoba is a gorgeous city with lots of restaurants, bars (also at the riverside with an amazing view over the Roman bridge) and narrow streets  with tiny local shops. Because of all this we had a really good time while strolling through these little streets. My highlight there was definitely this local candy shop where they sell the traditional turrón, a confection, normally made of sweet honey, sugar and egg white with delicious toasted almonds. Apparently food makes me really happy, I am not sure if that is a good thing or not, considering the upcoming summer, but who cares. ;)

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MÁLAGA

After that we headed off to our next stop, Málaga, where we stayed for three nights. At first, Málaga did not blow my socks off. We had a beautiful modern apartment at the center but after our walk to the grocery shop, I had the impression that the city seemed a bit run-down. Anyway, the highlight that evening wasn’t the city itself, but the dinner I cooked for my friends, that’s to say one German girl, two Norwegians and one Australian boy who had birthday that day (if you’re reading this: I know you all helped me out, thanks for that!). Guess what we had for dinner? The most typical Austrian dish ever: Schnitzel. And I overly exaggerated when I bought 16 pieces of meat . Every Austrian, no, everyone knows that a normal person does not simply eat three Schnitzel with Risotto and salad… and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert. After the first shock when we saw the huge load of meat, we were actually really happy that there was something left for a midnight snack after going out. Well, it was already morning but we don’t have to be too strict about that right now.
Another highlight was one of the rooftop bars we went to. At first, it was under discussion whether we should go there or not. We were all tired because of the last party-night and lying on the beach in the blazing sun all day didn’t help at all. But after seeing the amazing sunset we were really glad that our friend was so keen on going up there. It was funny though, because nearly everyone was dressed kind of elegant except us. We stood there looking at the horizon, holding a Sangría with the one hand, holding a towel with the other. We must have looked like the strangest tourist group ever, but I was really happy that we didn’t miss that. Especially after I got out of the shower later, at about 10pm, and all the others were fallen asleep on the couch, herded together like animals.
Earlier that day we decided to have a look at the city itself and it made me change my mind. The city has a lot of beautiful spots and sightseeing stuff like the Teatro Romano or the Alcazaba de Málaga. If you’re a student you should definitely go up there for 60 cents and enjoy the view over the sea and the port of Málaga. The Muelle Uno is a restaurant and shopping area at the port which is a beautiful place to have a meal or just to hang out. From there you’ll have a great city view. At the beach there are also some restaurants but there you have to pay a little bit more.

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 RONDA

We spent one day in the little city Ronda that is about 100 kilometers away from Málaga. Ronda is famous for its bridge Puente Nuevo from where you have an incredible view over the idyllic landscape. While I was standing there, the feeling of being home again overcame me. This has several reasons: 1. the sun was shining but I should have worn more clothes; 2. I could see fields and mountains everywhere, even though they were not that high; 3. the restaurants weren’t that cheap anymore, 24€ for a lunch-menu, reminds me of home. In fact, the city was really beautiful and it is definitely worth seeing it, but there are a lot of tourists and you notice that, especially when everyone you see speaks German, which is actually reason number 4 why I felt like being home.

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MARBELLA

Our penultimate stop was Marbella, or as we like to call it, the city of playboys and rich bit***. And we weren’t even that wrong with that assumption.  I’ve never seen that many yachts (with flatscreen and pool of course), ridiculously expensive cars and women with short dresses that are definitely too tight to be worn outside. Marbella is the place to be when you don’t know what to do with your money. Let’s think about that: Do you have that kind of problem as a student? Nope, I don’t think so. Especially not, if you’re that kind of student who decides to live on noodles the whole week because other food would probably be too expensive for you. So Marbella was definitely not the place to be for us, but we decided that we wanted to see it anyways. And we were pretty excited about that, we had a huge apartment with our own pool and a nice garden and we enjoyed that a lot, at least until we had to pay 12€ for two shots which is, compared to the 2€ that you have to pay (sometimes) in Salamanca, way too much. But at least this kind of experience motivated me again for university, because I realized that I need a really good job someday. Still, one can dream, you’ll never know. ;)

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GIBRALTAR

On our way to our last stop, we crossed the borders and finished up in the middle of British territory, suddenly everyone spoke English and the currency was pounds. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory where you have the possibility to go up to the so-called Upper Rock. With its 426m it provides an incredible view over the sea, you’re even able to see Africa from up there. It is pretty expensive though, especially if you want to visit all the other tourist attractions there like the caves Cueva de San Miguel or the National Park. We decided to just buy the ticket to go up there, we enjoyed the view and saw the famous semi-wild barbary macaques who live there. A really bad decision however, was to go down using the stairs. Don’t do that. It was so exhausting that our legs haven’t stopped hurting for one week.

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CÁDIZ

Last, but not least: Cádiz. It is a pity that we only had one night left in Cádiz. We just had a glimpse at the city before we had to head back to Salamanca. This is why it is difficult for me to say something in particular, but what I saw was a really beautiful city with lots of hidden corners and narrow lanes that invite to stroll along. There you can find typical Spanish restaurants and tapa-bars. We had the luck of sitting in a typical bar while the football game Real Madrid vs. Barcelona was on. Everyone was cheering and shouting like crazy in there. That was definitely a highlight for me. What you shouldn’t miss, is the beautiful cathedral, la Catedral de la Santa Cruz, which is located in the city centre. The city is surrounded by coast, you definitely won’t have any problems to find a beautiful beach there.

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That’s it. Actually, I would be really surprised if anyone of you guys out there read the whole post, if so: I really appreciate that, cheers to you! ;)

 

[5 things] I learned after my first month as an exchange student

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Number 1: Stop planning. Your Erasmus experience is definitely not going to be as you have imagined it back home. Don’t worry, that’s quite a good thing though. Stop thinking about it and enjoy the things that happen in your life.

Number 2: Stop comparing. Ok, so there is no place that sells that delicious sour cream dip from back home. And the supermarket at the corner doesn’t sell the latest Cosmopolitan. No reason to panic. You have to accept that you’re in another country where many things might be handled differently to what you’re used to. Start thinking of it as a possibility to discover even better things and enjoy the diversity. That’s how I found a even better sour cream dip – Jackpot!

Number 3: The first days will be difficult. What I learned in university several weeks ago has now become the truth. There are 5 steps of the famous cultural shock: honeymoon stage, misunderstanding, crisis, recovery and adjustment. In other words, you’re definitely going to think that your Erasmus semester will be the best experience of your life (by the way, it is), but after arriving you’re going to realize that there are a lot of things that you didn’t expect. You expected sun, but actually it’s raining. You expected to find a whisk in your kitchen, wrong. You thought that there are enough plugs in your room, also wrong. After your exhausting journey, those little things and the fact that you’re completely alone without your family and friends in a foreign country will depress you… a lot. Everyday you’ll find other little inconveniences that will freak you out. But you will recover from that really quick, so don’t hang your head! There’s a new family awaiting you!

Number 4: You think you know yourself? Meep. Apart from the fact that you’re going to discover the culture of your host country, at first you’re definitely going to get to know yourself. As an exchange student you have to face a lot of unexpected things and decisions. You’ll say the sentence “I’ve never done that before in my entire life.” more often than you want to. For example, I never thought that I would be able to go out every single day, to get up for university every morning and actually like that kind of lifestyle. Something’s running completely wrong here.

And this leads us to number 5: You’re going to party a lot, whether you like it or not. After my first week in Spain with a maximum of only 2 hours of sleep a day I thought that this will never happen again. Never. I thought it’s just the first week with all the welcome parties and I didn’t want to miss one because I was still trying to find new friends. But now, after a month, I realized that partying is being considered as an exchange student’s responsibility and you can’t avoid it, even if you want to. There are no excuses, it doesn’t matter if you have to write an essay or if you’re ill or if you just want to peacefully watch a movie. The only response you’ll get is: Get out of bed, we’re leaving in 10 minutes. The good thing is: Your body gets used to it, you’ll be less tired and what is more, you’ll really experience some unexpected amazing nights. You can sleep back home, sleep’s overrated anyway.

 

 

[TRAVEL DIARIES] SEVILLA

[TRAVEL DIARIES] SEVILLA

DE: Huhu, ich bin gerade von unserer Reise nach Sevilla zurückgekommen, wie ihr euch wahrscheinlich schon denken könnt eine wunderschöne Stadt. Zum ersten Mal in meinem Leben konnte ich andalusische Luft schnuppern und ich hab mich gleich verliebt. Sonnenschein, überall Palmen, und da dieses Wochenende dort das Evento Nacional de Erasmus stattfand, waren auch noch knapp 2.000 Erasmus Studenten aus aller Welt mit von der Partie. Klingt ziemlich aufregend und das war es auch. Was ich an diesem Wochenende gelernt habe? Dass richtig gute Musik aus Skandinavien kommt. Dass Dachterrassen einfach toll sind. Dass man sich ein winziges Badezimmer auch mit 10 anderen Leuten teilen kann. Dass eine Polaroid-Kamera zu besitzen bei so einem Event ziemlich gut ankommt. Dass Clubs nicht immer nur einen Floor haben. Und dass die Spanier einfach verrückt sind, wenn sie nach einem Wochenende durchzechter Nächte am Sonntagnachmittag bei Paella und spanischem Reggeaton einfach weiterfeiern.
Was die Stadt selber betrifft, gab es einige Highlights. Eines davon war für mich besonders der Real Alcázar de Sevilla mit seinen wunderschönen und vor allem riesigen Gärten wo auch Teile von Game of Thrones gedreht wurden. Wenn man für die Dämmerung nichts geplant hat, sollte man unbedingt auf den Metropol Parasol, auch Setas de Sevilla genannt, rauf, um dort die Aussicht zu genießen. Außerdem habe ich beim Schlendern durch die Gassen von Sevilla einige einladende Läden und Restaurants entdeckt, die ich aufgrund Zeitmangel leider noch nicht erkunden konnte. Habe ich mir natürlich alles gleich aufgeschrieben: Sevilla, ich komme sicherlich wieder!

EN: Just got back from our journey to the beautiful city Seville. The first time of my life I had the opportunity to take a breath of andalusian air and I fell in love, immediately. Sunshine, palm trees everywhere and experiencing the Nacional Erasmus Event in Seville. About 2000 students from all over the world were in on it. That sounds pretty amazing, actually it was. What I have learned? Really good music comes from Scandinavia. Rooftop parties are amazing. It is actually possible to share a tiny bathroom with a bunch of other people. You’re pretty cool if you own a polaroid-cam. Clubs normally have more than one floor. Spanish people are really crazy: sunday afternoon – after two nights of partying – they just need paella and reggeaton music to continue the fiesta.
As far as the city itself is concerned, I loved the Alcázar of Seville with its precious and endless gardens where they shot some parts of Game of Thrones! The so-called Setas de Sevilla offer you an incredible view over Seville, especially at night. They are absolutely worth a visit! Due to lack of time, I did not have the chance to go to all the beautiful shops and restaurants that I’ve discovered during our guided walk through the city, so Seville be prepared, I’m definitely returning some day!

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