TOP 3 – HBO TV SHOWS written by Miriam

HBO has given us amazing entertainment, groundbreaking, shocking, hilarious entertainment. However, this is only a Top 3 list, so I do not have a lot of space to spare, and also I am not basing this list on the number of viewers or prizes (if I did, The Wire wouldn’t even be on this list). I am solely basing this ranking off my personal taste. So I do apologize to those who are missing Game of Thrones, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, or True Detective on this list, because I can only speak for myself and what I have seen. And the three shows I am about to introduce to you are three of the best TV drama series you will ever have the joy of watching.

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3. Boardwalk Empire

The Volstead Act, which introduced the Prohibition era to the United States that lasted from 1920 to 1933, was a bad idea, because it did not work the way it had been planned. Boardwalk Empire shows how a group of gangsters became millionaires by smuggling alcohol into the US every which way, killing whoever stood in-between them and the alcohol they wanted to illegally import into the US. The series centers around Nucky Thompson, played by always awesome Steve Buscemi and based on a real-life person. Nucky is the treasurer of Atlantic City, but basically controls the entire city, and when the Volstead Act is officialized, he and a group of politicians and gangsters decide to cash in. The first 3 seasons of this historic TV show are epic and thrilling, with an amazing ensemble cast, including not only good old Steve, but also Michael K. Williams, Michael Shannon, and Daredevil Charlie Cox. The scale of this superbly written drama really reaches epic proportions, considering the producers were unable to shoot scenes on the actual boardwalk in AC, so they built a new one in another city, furnishing it with amazing details from original 1920’s postcards and photos. The wardrobe and cars used in the show are so true to the prohibition era the production costs must have been astronomically high, and it pays off: anyone watching will definitely feel like they were transported right into the year 1920. Add to that the amazing variety of characters and gripping dialogue (as usual for HBO), this show is just fun to watch. It can be quite gory at times, though (there is a scene in season 2 where someone is literally scalped), so it might not be suitable for people with weak stomachs, but that just proves how amazing the special effects make-up is, as well. Characters you hate will die, and characters you love will die, and you just have to know how the story continues. There are several characters involved in the plot who existed in real life, such as Charlie Luciano, Bugsy Segel, and Al Capone (portrayed perfectly by Stephen Graham), which again proves the attention to detail applied to the writing. Season 4 loses some of the show’s excitement and speed, and season 5 seems like a tired, idea-lacking wrap-up that had me quite disappointed, but the first 3 seasons are just plain brilliant TV drama.

“We been on the road for eighteen hours. I need a bath, some chow, and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies, eh?”

“F***in’ tough guy, you gonna shoot me for mouthin’ off?” – I wasn’t going to, but you kinda talked me into it.”

“Untie him. Oh, but before you do, put a bullet in his f***ing head.”

2. The Sopranos

This is a TV drama that basically paved the way for all other TV dramas that followed. There would be no Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Dexter, without Tony Soprano and his family of thugs. For those of you who have actually never seen it, it is a show about Tony Soprano, New Jersey mobster and capo and later on the boss of the Soprano clan. Officially employed in waste management, he and his underlings are stone-cold killers who make their living with drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, and collecting debts. At the same time, however, Tony is a loving father of two children and an unfaithful husband. The show explores themes of faith, family, loyalty, friendship, Italian-American intercultural conflicts, and lays down ground rules for storytelling and dialogue that were revolutionary at the time. Also, you will see some of the finest acting ever broadcast, on the small or big screen. Michael Imperioli especially, portraying Christopher Moltisanti, will tear your heart out with his all-in performance, and was awarded with the Emmy for his efforts. Moreover, I believe it was the first TV show to begin the tradition that was later copied by Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead of killing off characters unexpectedly that you were sure would stay until the very end. Some of the deaths you will see coming, some will hit you completely unprepared and make you weep with either glee or (more often) grief. The show stays brilliant throughout its six seasons, but the finale is, well, debatable. Nonetheless, if you love TV dramas, and you liked Goodfellas, Casino, and of course The Godfather, you need to see this. Even Martin Scorsese himself did not want to miss out on the fun and has a very brief cameo in the first season.

“Who do you think you are?” – “I’m the person who says how things go, that’s who I think I am.”

“You don’t think that human beings possess free will?” – “How come I’m not making f***ing pots in Peru? You’re born to this sh*t. You are what you are.”

“You’re being set up! He’s lying to you, whoever he is!” – “Wouldn’t make any difference.” – “What do you mean, it wouldn’t make any difference?!” – “He wants you dead.”

1. The Wire

Once denoted the “best show that nobody watches,” The Wire is possibly the best TV drama ever created, and still, if you research how many awards the show has received, you will be appalled, and rightly so. Even though it was supposedly suffering from continuously low ratings, luckily the creators managed to produce five whole seasons, and they are a gift to anyone who loves watching high-quality TV drama. At first glance, it seems to be a cop show, but it cannot be compared to Law and Order and the likes thanks to HBO’s liberty to give it a gritty sort of realism, which is what the show is praised for and owes largely to its creators, who are an ex-cop and a journalist, respectively, and know how the real world of crime and punishment works in Baltimore, Maryland. Using their background to thoroughly investigate and tell the story of life in Baltimore from as many angles as possible, the show aims to portray a new point of view in every season. While the first season begins with introducing the police in Baltimore and kicks off the amazing plot by starting the investigation of the Barksdale clan, a drug-dealing organization operating on the streets, the second season introduces the struggles of the dockworkers on the Port of Baltimore. The third season focuses more heavily on Baltimore’s politicians, showing a white councilman’s attempt to become mayor in a predominantly black city. In the fourth season, we enter the school system of Baltimore, while the fifth season places us in the newsroom of a big Baltimore newspaper. The fascinating thing about this multi-faceted way of portraying Baltimore is that we not only learn more and more about the city and how its institutions have an effect on the individual, but that the plot manages to outline not only the stark differences, but also the striking parallels between all these milieus. Giving every character, from the lowest street thug to the richest politician, their moment to shine, we see how every system is built on greed and deception to achieve its goals of surviving and persevering. The Wire is also the only TV drama I can think of that stays equally strong and brilliant in its casting, acting, and storytelling from the first episode to the very last one. If anything, the series finale is the best episode of them all, because it manages to wrap up the story of the entire show by demonstrating how everything always changes and yet stays the same. There is a reason why it has been termed a literary show. It is beautiful, skillfully crafted, and yet still entertaining enough for people who prefer less demanding entertainment, through awesome and funny characters such as Omar, the gay gunman who robs drug dealers for a living. The Wire is my favorite TV show of all time and will always be an example of how to do it right.

“You come at the king, you best not miss.”

“Does this sh*t look like money, motherf***er? Money be green!”

“You heroic mother***ers. Fighting the war on drugs, one brutality case at a time.” – “Girl, you can’t even call this sh*t a war.” – “Why not?” – “Wars end.”

 

Exploring the City // Die Stadt erkunden

Hey my loves,

Hallo meine Lieben, 

a couple of days ago I showed my cousin around one of my favorite cities in Germany – Düsseldorf. I thought I share a couple of the photos I and my cousin took.

vor ein paar Tage habe ich meiner Cousine meine Lieblingsstadt in Deutschland gezeigt – Düsseldorf. Ich dachte, dass ich ein paar der Bilder mit euch teile, die ich gemacht habe und die, die meine Cousine von mir geschossen hat. 

We first went to my Uni, then to the older part of the city and the “Rheinuferpromenade” which is pretty much a walk along the Rhine and then we went to the media haven. We had such a blast and even though it was quite windy and not so warm, it was still super fun. So here are the pics:

Als erstes sind wir zu meiner Uni gegangen, dann in die Altstadt und zur Rheinuferpromenade und zuletzt waren wir im Medienhafen. Wir hatten soviel Spaß und obwohl es sehr windig und kühl war, war es trotzdem echt spaßig. Hier sind die Bilder:

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I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up.

Ich hoffe, dass euch der Eintrag gefallen hat und wenn es der Fall ist, gebt ihm einen großen Daumen nach oben.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Two Spring & Summer Salads // Zwei Salate für Frühling & Sommer

Hey my loves,

Hallo meine Lieben, 

in today’s entry I’m showing you two of my favorite salads for spring and summer time. I love both of them so much and they are also great to make in a big bulk for a party or for yourself.

im heutigen Beitrag zeige ich euch zwei meiner Lieblingssalate für die Frühlings- und Sommerzeit. Ich liebe beide Salate super gern und sie sind echt lecker, vor allem um sie in großen Mengen vorzubereiten für eine Party oder für euch selbst.

Chicken Strawberry Salad with Quesadilla

Hühnchen Erdbeeren Salat mit Käse-Tortillas

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I don’t have the exact measurements, because I feel like with salads you can pretty much go all out, but here is everything you will need:

Ich habe keine genauen Angaben, weil ich finde, dass man bei Salaten immer so viel nehmen kann, wie man möchte, aber hier ist alles was ihr braucht:

Lettuce // Kopfsalat

Shredded Carrots // Möhren

Red Bell Pepper // Rote Paprika

Cherry Tomatoes // Cocktailtomaten

Strawberries // Erdbeeren

Yoghurt Sauce // Joghurtsoße

Corn Tortillas // Mais-Tortilla

Shredded Cheese // geriebener Käse

Chicken Breast // Hühnchenbrustfilet

Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper // Salz, Pfeffer, Cayenne Pfeffer

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Chicken Quinoa Salad with Mozzarella & Eggs

Hühnchen-Quinoa-Salat mit Mozzarella & Ei

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Ingredients // Zutaten:

Lettuce // Eisbergsalat

Quinoa

Cherry Tomatoes // Cocktailtomaten

Cucumber // Gurke

Red Bell Pepper // Rote Paprika

Corn // Mais

Chicken Filet // Hühnchenbrustfilet

Yoghurt Sauce // Joghurtsoße

Eggs // Eier

Onion // Zwiebel

Salt, Pepper, Other Spices // Salz, Pfeffer, Beliebige Gewürze

Mozzarella

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All I can say that both of these salads are super filling and I love to eat them, especially when it’s really hot. And if you prepare everything a day ahead (just skip the salad sauce), you can easily assemble everything the next day, it literally takes no time.

Ich kann nur sagen, dass die Salate vernünftig satt machen und ich sie absolut liebe zu essen, vor allem wenn es draußen sehr warm ist. Und wenn ihr die Salatzutaten einen Tag vorher schneidet und zubereitet, könnt ihr es am nächsten Tag schnell zusammenstellen und genießen.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. Hit the like and share button and leave a comment telling me what your favorite spring salad is!

Ich hoffe, dass euch der Beitrag gefallen hat und wenn, dann zeigt mir das doch. Klickt auf den Like und Teilen Button und lasst ein Kommentar da, indem ihr mir erzählt, was euer Lieblingssalat für den Frühling und Sommer ist.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

Ich wünsche euch allen einen wunderschönen Tag!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Midnight Ramblings // Mitternachtsgedanken

Hey my loves,

Hallo meine Lieben, 

you know at times like these – it’s currently 11:43 pm as I’m writing this – I always get lost in my thoughts. I’m a night owl, so I tend to stay up later than others, but as for the last three months I’ve been going to bed quite early – well, for me at least.

zu Uhrzeiten wie diesen, es ist gerade viertel vor 12 abends, verliere ich mich immer wieder in meinen Gedanken. Ich bin eine Nachteule, was meistens bedeutet, dass ich viel länger auf bin als die meisten, aber für die letzten drei Monate muss ich sagen, dass ich für meine Verhältnisse früh ins Bett gegangen bin.

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I’ve been so busy and on my feet constantly that I didn’t have time for thinking for a while now, but I guess that’s good for me. Because I tend to overthink things a lot. Are you like that? Overthinking used to be such a huge problem for me, not that I had to overthink anything for that matter, because to be honest, my gut feeling always turned out to be right and thinking of all the other possible outcomes or whatever usually just gave me a major headache than anything else. But you know how it is…

Ich war so beschäftigt und ständig am tun, dass ich überhaupt keine Zeit hatte zu denken, aber auf eine gewisse Weise war das sogar gut für mich. Ich tendiere dazu alles zu überdenken, sehr stark zu überdenken sogar. Seid ihr auch so? Dieses ganze Überdenken war ein so großes Problem für mich, nicht das ich zwingend alles überdenken musste, weil um ganz ehrlich zu sein, war mein Gefühl meistens richtig und das Überdenken über die ganzen Möglichkeiten oder was auch immer, hat mir meistens nicht mehr gebracht als Kopfschmerzen. Aber ihr wisst ja wie das ist…

But tonight is a night where I kinda got some time to myself. And I have to admit I quite enjoyed it. The next, um let me think, 5 or 6 months are going to be tough. I’m in my second year of Uni (well, actually more, but if you want me to get into that, let me know) and since I kinda slacked the first year a bit,  because of moving out and other timing issues, I now have to write six papers. Which, let’s face it, is an awful lot to handle.

Aber heute war endlich mal wieder ein Abend, den ich nur für mich hatte. Und ich muss gestehen, ich habe es richtig genossen. Die nächsten 5 bis 6 Monate werden so anstrengend. Ich bin in meinem 2ten Studienjahr (eigentlich viel weiter, aber das ist eine lange Geschichte, aber wenn ihr wollt, dass ich euch darüber berichte, sagt Bescheid). Da ich leider ein bisschen zurück bin, weil ich im ersten Jahr durch meinen Umzug und andere Dinge einfach nicht dazu gekommen bin, muss ich sechs Hausarbeiten schreiben. Was so krass viel ist.

But I can’t change the fact, because I want to stay inside the three years and for that I have to do it. And usually if I set myself to something, I do it. Most of the time. But we’ll see. Next week Uni starts and it will all begin, but I’m excited to get back at it. I like being busy with school and I always feel like my summer term is so much nicer and easier to handle. Must be the sun, don’t you think?

Aber das kann ich jetzt nicht ändern, vor allem wenn ich in den drei Jahren Regelstudienzeit bleiben will, muss ich es tun. Und normalerweise schaffe ich alles, was ich mir als Ziel setze. Naja, fast alles. Aber wir werden ja sehen. Nächste Woche geht die Vorlesungszeit wieder los und ich muss sagen, ich freue mich richtig wieder zurück zu gehen. Ich habe richtig Spaß an den Unisachen zu arbeiten und ich finde auch, dass das Sommersemester irgendwie einfacher zu handhaben ist. Muss wohl die Sonne sein, meint ihr nicht auch?

Would you like me to talk about my Uni experience or which degree I’m aspiring to get? Because I could easily write a couple of entries for you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and ask them.

Wäret ihr interessiert daran, dass ich euch über meine Uni Zeit berichte und welchen Abschluss ich mache etc.? Weil ich könnte ohne weiteres ein paar Einträge dazu verfassen. Wenn ihr irgendwelche Fragen habt, stellt sie mir gerne in den Kommentaren.

Now enough of my midnight ramblings… I wish you all a good night!

Jetzt aber mal genug von meinen Mitternachtsgedanken… Ich wünsche euch eine gute Nacht!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Overthinking

The art of creating problems that weren’t even there.

 

Enjoying The Beautiful Weather // Frühlingssonne

Hey my loves,

Hallo meine Lieben, 

I’m sort of back to blogging now. I’ve been and still am super busy, but here and there are always a couple of days where I may find the time to write for you guys. There won’t be an upload plan like I used to have since I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself. Other than that just one thing will change, and that is that I now will post bilingual.

Ich bin sozusagen zurück beim bloggen. Ich war und bin leider immer noch sehr beschäftigt, aber hier und da werde Ich die Zeit finden, um für euch zu schreiben! Es wird nicht wie sonst einen genauen Terminplan geben, wann ich poste. Ich möchte mich einfach nicht so unter Druck setzen. Des Weiteren wird sich nur noch eine kleine Sache ändern: Ich schreibe ab sofort in Deutsch und Englisch.

For those who don’t know me, I’m Jasmin and I am a student from Germany. So my native language is German, not English.  I hope you guys are cool with this! I would love to know where you guys are from – tell me in the comments.

Für die, die mich nicht kennen: Mein Name ist Jasmin und ich bin Studentin in Deutschland. Meine Muttersprache ist also Deutsch und nicht Englisch. Ich hoffe ihr seit damit einverstanden, dass ich jetzt bilingual schreibe. Mich würde es auch mal interessieren, woher ihr alle kommt – erzählt es mir doch in den Kommentaren.

Now this Friday I went out to my friends city, which is about one and a half hours away from my hometown, to spent the day and night. It was such a beautiful day that we decided to go for a walk alongside the river. We ate ice cream and then walked back to her home.

Vergangenen Freitag besuchte ich eine meiner Freundinnen in ihrer Heimatstadt, um einen Tag und eine Nacht dort zu verbringen, unsere Heimaten liegen etwas mehr als anderthalb Stunden auseinander. Es war so ein toller, warmer Tag, dass wir uns dazu entschieden haben einen Spaziergang am Ruhrufer zu machen. Wir haben Eis gegessen und sind dann zurück zu ihr gelaufen.

Later that day we ate some Spaghetti and watch a movie. We watched “Logan”, which btw. was so good! I can really recommend it! I had such a lovely time that I wanted to share some of the photos with you and also talk to you about my day! What do you do on a lovely spring day?

Als wir wieder zu Hause waren, haben wir Spaghetti gekocht und sind dann ins Kino gegangen. Wir haben uns “Logan” angesehen, der übrigens echt mega war. Ihr solltet euch den unbedingt anschauen! Ich hatte eine so schöne Zeit, dass Ich sie mit euch teilen wollte. Was macht ihr denn so an schönen Frühlingstagen?

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My reading material for the journey is a book I have to read for Uni. Has anyone read it? I kinda don’t know what to think about it. But I haven’t gotten very far with reading. So who knows, maybe I end up loving it.

Das Buch was ich zum lesen mit hatte, ist eins was ich für die Uni lesen muss. Hat es vielleicht schon jemand von euch gelesen? Ich weiß nicht so wirklich, was ich darüber denken soll, aber ich bin auch noch nicht sehr weit gekommen. Wer weiß, vielleicht bin ich am Ende doch überzeugt.

I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up and tell me in the comments what you’re plans for this Spring are. I would love to know!

Ich hoffe euch hat dieser Blogeintrag gefallen, ich würde mich sehr über ein Daumen nach oben freuen! Und erzählt mir in den Kommentaren, was eure Pläne für diesen Frühling sind.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

Ich hoffe ihr habt alle einen wunderschönen Tag!

XoXo, Jasmin.

January 2017 Favorites

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I am showing you my January favorites of 2017. I can’t believe that the first month of this year is already over. How crazy is that?

But anyhow, here are my favorites:

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And here are the ‘Puke Takes’ I mention:

I hope you enjoyed today’s video and if you did make sure to show it some love! I’m so close to 200 Subscribers, it would mean a lot to me if you could become part of my little family!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.