Ein erstes Hallo aus Ribeirão Preto

 

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Hallo Ihr Lieben,

ich bin gut in Ribeirão Preto angekommen, das Wetter (28 Grad) gefällt mir auch hervorragend. :-)

Die Reise

Düsseldorf – Paris – Brasilìa – Ribeirão Preto
Es war ziemlich anstrengend, insgesamt war ich 24h unterwegs und habe auch nicht viel schlafen können. Meine Eltern haben mich beide zum Flughafen gebracht und nach einem letzten tödlich teuerem Starbucks Kaffee in der kürzesten Schlange zur Sicherheits-Kontrolle verabschiedet (Nie wieder fliege ich in der Schulferienzeit). Christopher, den Mann meiner Cousine habe ich dann nach der Kontrolle noch getroffen, zum Glück war sein Taschenmesser kurz genug, dass er kein Pläuschen mit der Polizei halten musste so wie der Vater von 3 Kleinkindern in der Schlange vor mir, welcher ne Patrone dabei hatte.

Nach einer kurzen Unterhaltung mit Christopher ging es dann für jeden von uns jeweiligen Boarding weiter, wobei ich noch ein wenig warten musste und die Zeit für die letzten Nachrichten genutzt habe und ein paar Abschiedsworte.

Düsseldorf – Paris – Brasilìa – Ribeirão Preto
Der Flug war okay, Air France Stewardessen haben sehr schöne Uniformen :-) und der schwarze Tee war echt lecker. Konnte meinen Gang Platz aufgrund der leeren Reihe gegen den Fensterplatz tauschen, aber es war zu wolkig um irgendetwas zu sehen.

Angekommen am Charles de Gaulles, wurde meine anfängliche Zuversicht ob des schnellen Umstieg zwischen Terminal 2G und 2F schnell zunichte gemacht, ein kurzer Scan der Bordkarte ergab 60min geschätzter Transitzeit zwischen den Terminals. Ich und 60min zu Fuß laufen mit einem doch nicht so leichtem Rucksack aufm Rücken…

Ging dann trotz Busshuttle trotzdem alles schnell und das Gate, was entgegen der Angaben in 2E und nicht 2F lag ward auch fix gefunden. Zwischendrin noch den französischen Grenzpolizisten mit meinem einzigen Satz auf französisch beeindruckt (Je ne parle pas francais)

Als sich dann die ersten Leute aufgemacht haben in die Boarding Schlange wurde mir ja doch ein wenig mulmig, dass der Start recht ruckelig war hat dann auch nicht viel geholfen. Der Champagner, den es selbst in der Holzklasse von Air France gab half dagegen sehr :-P

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Geschlafen habe ich leider nur sehr wenig, sodass ich nach 11h Flug sehr gerädert in Brasilien gelandet bin.

Düsseldorf – Paris – Brasilìa – Ribeirão Preto
Als erstes ist mir beim Aussteigen natürlich die warme Luft aufgefallen, gelandet ist der Flieger am alten, von Oscar Niemeyer entworfenem, Terminal. Die Grenzkontrolle war kein Problem und in der Zollschlange habe ich mich dann noch mit 2 deutschen Mädels unterhalten, die ihre brasilianische Austauschschülerin besucht haben.

Beeindruckend fand ich dann die Bundespolizistin beim Zoll, die aussah wie eine Mischung aus Rosa Diaz (Detective Charakter aus der Serie Brooklyn Nine-Nine) und der Schauspielerin Margaret Cho, sie sah in der Tat sowas von Badass aus, dass ich mich nicht getraut habe ein Foto zu schießen.

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Einchecken für den Inlandsflug nach Ribeirão Preto war dann das erste Abenteuer, da der Mensch am Schalter kein Wort Englisch konnte und ich auch noch unbedingt eine Kontaktperson angeben sollte. Nachdem das erledigt war, bekam ich nur den Schnipsel für das Gepäck und keine Bordkarte ausgehändigt gemeinsam mit einem Schwall Portugiesisch. Dies hab ich so interpretiert, dass ich nur mit dem Schnipsel zum Gate gehen kann. Dass er eigentlich meinte, dass ich noch auf meine Bordkarte warten soll und dann zum Gate gehen kann, hab ich dann auch verstanden, nachdem er mir hinterher gelaufen ist und wir noch jemanden gesucht haben, der Englisch spricht. Dann habe ich mich im Sitzbereich vorm Gate nur noch darauf konzentriert nicht einzuschlafen. Mit einem kleinen Cityjet ging es dann auf zur letzten Etappe.

Düsseldorf – Paris – Brasilìa – Ribeirão Preto
In Ribeirão Preto angekommen, dann die nächste Überraschung, wir wurden zu Fuß am Rand des Rollfeldes entlang zum Gepäckband geleitet, es gab auch nur ein einziges Gepäckband. Dann habe ich noch ein wenig auf meine Buddy warten müssen und sie hat mich dann in mein neues Zuhause gebracht. Dort bin ich noch ganz herzlich von den Mädels begrüßt worden nur um dann auch direkt wie ein Stein ins Bett zu fallen.

Die letzten 2 Tage habe ich dann damit verbracht Kissen, Handtücher und Bettzeug einzukaufen, sowie eine SIM Karte, die ich leider immer noch nicht ans laufen gebracht habe. Oh und am Pool eines anderen Austauschstudenten lag ich natürlich auch schon.
Morgen ist dann die erste Einführungsveranstaltung an der Uni und für Freitag und Samstag stehen schon die ersten Parties an :-)

moi pink

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Short programming note -> switching to German

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Hey my occasional reader and visitor from the english speaking blogosphere.

I will be switching to german pretty soon, as I decided to use this platform to share my experiences in Brazil with my friends and family and I am way to lazy to make another blog :-)

I will continue to post in the Wednesday Workday Wardrobe series, because I am actually pretty excited to go back to working in an office next year.

You of course are still welcome to pop over here to look at hopefully marvelous pictures from my adventures in Brazil . And make sure to share the most hilarious Google Translator results if you decide to decipher my german postings.

moi pink

picture courtesy of emmafazende

Work Wardrobe Wednesday

PPP Restyle Your Closet Office Shorts Example

It is finally really hot here. I am loving the temperatures above 30 degrees. My fellow Germans not so much. I was actually searching for office-approriate outfits incorporating shorts when I found an article in the German ELLE about Bermuda Shorts and thought I would share it with you. Then I googled a little bit about copyrights and sharing a whole article is definitely not good. Instead I give you a picture with a shorter shorts look. Which I personally would not be comfortable with in the office, but switch out the shorts worn for Bermuda shorts and I would definitely go for it.

Bermuda Shorts in beige combined with a button down shirt were actually a staple summer look for me. And as soon as I was out of sight from the office I untucked the button down and knotted it in front of my navel, to give the outfit a slightly edgier look on the walk home.

Check out the whole post from Pish Posh Perfect in the link below as she samples some more looks and it even features a look from the lovely Anh from 9to5chic who is my absolute office wear superhero.

Picture courtesy of Pish Posh Perfect

Work Wardrobe Wednesday

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Yeah, we finally have nice temperatures here in Northern Germany, so I thought I show you  some nice and yet professional outfit which can be worn during the warmer months, but still keeps you from freezing on your morning commute.

And whenever the AC is blasting and it gets freeing in the office you still have your blazer to keep you warm. Although ACs and the idiotic freeze resistant colleagues commandeering them are one of the main reasons I incorporate a Pashmina in most of my outfits.

Picture courtesy of LoopLooks

Work Wardrobe Wednesday

Fierce Ruffles

It’s still not very hot here, but people freak out as soon as the temperature hits 20+ degree Celsius. The start fanning themselves with everything they can get their hands on and complain about the heat. 

But let me introduce the new blogger I found for  this weeks’ WWW:

Her name is Rena, she is German and a bit older than your average style blogger, but the best thing about her blog are her texts. I read through a whole lot of them and I find them oddly fascinating, maybe because her language feels a bit different, more grown up, a tad bit formal. But also because most of the times the outfit photos merely serve as a nice add-on to her post. It is the words that are the main player in her blog.

Which frankly is something I haven’t yet seen in a personal style blog.
She is hosting a giveaway, open until June 30th, and it is open for international readers as well. Hop over here

Check her out and let me know if you like her posts and if her language seems more engaging in english, because frankly I only read the german version.

Picture courtesy of Dressed with soul

Feeling like a grown-up, Alcohol Edition

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I have a drinking problem

That feels weird writing and even weirder seeing it written down. Why is it so hard to write about addictions and alcohol? Why is there such a taboo about this topic?

Oh well maybe because it forces you to deal with my innermost insecurities and fears to get to the bottom of the problem.

But let’s start at the beginning.

I have a drinking problem, in so far as that I get a deadly hangover the day after, vomiting violently about every 30mins for up to 12 hours. I can’t keep any food or liquids inside. Believe me I tried, more than a teaspoon of water is already too much. When it’s really bad I am still exhausted the day after the hangover. Turns out that not being able to eat and being dehydrated for an entire day ist pretty strenuous.

The weird part is that sometimes I can drink like a lumberjack and not have any problems at all and one time I was knocked out for one and a half days from one beer.

My mother always urged me to stop drinking altogether, but that was hard. Giving up drinking with my friends and strangers would have meant to becoming even weirder and not feel part of the group. Not to mention the justification. Everyone would congratulate you if you’d stopped smoking, but if you stopped drinking for your health’s sake, people will look at you funny and you need to explain yourself a lot. And still not get any recognition or understanding. It’s so fucked up.

Over the time I noticed some patterns emerging, it got better once I moved out of my hometown, the frustration of living in a small town where everyone except my closest friends knew me as the daughter of or later still the sister from … was annoying as hell. I would still have some bad hangovers after I moved out, but they seemed less frequent. But whenever I came back to participate in some of the village festivities like Schützenfest, I mostly got those hangovers. This is hard to explain in english, I linked to the wikipedia article above, but let’s just say there were a bunch of people around I superficially know, only meet when they are drunk and just don’t enjoy the company of. Like the rural version of Here from Alessia Cara (love the song, btw)

I had to learn the very hard way to detach myself from these situations and just not go the event xyz just because people were expecting it of me. And I am still not sure if it was expected of me or if I just thought it was expected of me. But there were different situations as well without any perceived pressure from my family but only internal pressure to perform and look happy when all I wanted was to stay in and read a book or sleep.

Some lessons I took away from 10 years of violent hangovers:

  • You have to listen to yourself closely, if you are somewhere you don’t want to be, don’t drown that feeling in alcohol but instead leave earlier or not go at all
  • It is okay if you can not and will not drink as much as the boys
  • Don’t just eat a frigging salad, but a plate of pasta before you go out
  • Stick to one type of liquor, I swear by WodkaSoda
  • Beer before liquor, never been sicker ; liquor before beer all in the clear
  • Be kind to yourself if you relapse
  • But analyse what the circumstances where so you can avoid them in the future

 

Cheers to knowing yourself and to self-care

moi pink

picture courtesy of tumblr

Work Wardrobe Wednesday

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I found another new blogger for this week, she is from Miami which is rather fitting as it finally starts to get hot consistently here.

She blogs about all kind of stuff, but in between are gorgeous office outfits, like the one above, Check out her full post linked below in the credits, because the details on this blouse are amazing.

I love the sailor-y vibe of the combination on top. A navy boat blazer with big gold buttons is still very high on my want list of investment pieces.

Let me know what you think of the details of the blouse.

Picture courtesy of The fashionable esquire

Work Wardrobe Wednesday

Borrowed from the boys

Now, as it is beginning of June, I regret having moved to the North of Germany the most.
It is still incredibly cold for what should be summer over here and back home, only 300km to the south my family is frolicking in the sun and enjoying temperatures of the 20+ variety.

This outfit would be a good match for the current temperatures and I love the oversized white blouse or is it already a tunic? Tried to buy a similar style at Thomas Pink, but alas due to the hazards of online shopping the thing I got in the mail was more of a strange sack than the cool oversized shirt I imagined and saw on the skinny, skyscrapery model.

How to you feel about the classic white button down?

Picture courtesy of 9to5Chic

Work Wardrobe Wednesday

breezy Summer/Autumn Style for the office

Hey you gals, so I believe you are all aware of the craze about this art director settling on a uniform for her job, simply consisting of a white blouse, black slacks and one whimsical accessorie a sort of tie, which reminds me of a bolo tie :-P 

I tried this route some years ago, but it would soon get too boring for me, probably because I would not get invitations to fancy schmancy art events and be able to bling it up in the evenings.

Anyways on to the picture above.
I like the simplicity of the look and am going through a serious sweater and blouse combination phase right now. It also looks like it could be layered over a simple dress as or a skirt. My only problem with the combination, apart from the backpack, is that I tend to be colder when wearing naked legs. Therefore I would need the whole combination in reverse, does that make sense ?

What do you say? Would you wear this to the office or is it too simple in your opinion?
And what about the backpack, when did that comeback happen? I vowed to never wear a backpack again once I started to wear bags to school.

Picture courtesy of Vanessa Jackman 

Procrastinating away

It's just a bad day not a bad life

I scheduled a MasterThesis Bootcamp for the long weekend and, as you can see from the title of the post, ended up doing maybe one hour of reading for the thesis. Which was not the goal. The goal was to cram in at least 20hrs of reading, prepare the research plan to give to my thesis advisor, start with the writing of some theoretical definitions and draft an outline.

The first thing that threw me off my plan was that I got a crazy bad migraine attack on Saturday, leaving me laying in bed the whole day and the next thing was my general problem with my work attitude at home, which is mostly non-existant. It is Monday evening as I am writing this, so I can assure that I have not found a solution at least for this weekend.

But I will just start fresh tomorrow and make the best of the rest of the time I have left to work on the thesis.

moi pink

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