Spring Break – Travel Diary – Bavaria – 2016

Hey my loves,

as you might know last week I went on holiday to South Germany to visit my family. I had such an amazing time and got to spend some quality time. But we also did some fun and interesting sightseeing and of course we had to go shopping. Today I’m going to share pictures of the places we went to:

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I travelled to Bavaria on Sunday 20th and on that day we didn’t do anything, except to go on a walk in the beautiful town they are living in (you can see a pic above).

On Monday 21st we then travelled to Landshut and visited the ‘Trausnitz Castle” and did a little bit of shopping in the city.

On Tuesday 22nd we drove to Munich, which was about a 35 minutes drive from where we were. We visited ‘Nymphenburg Palace’ and the ‘Chinese Tower’ and also went a little bit shopping in Downtown Munich. I finally bought myself the ‘MAC – Pro Longwear Concealer’.

Wednesday 23rd was probably one of my favorite days, because we got to see so much and also because we went on a little road trip. And I LOVE road trips. We drove to ‘Linderhof Palace’ and had a little tour of it, sadly we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the palace, but it was stunning. After the palace we drove through ‘Garmisch-Partenkirchen’ to a little town called ‘Mittenwald’ which literally looked like Santa Town. We ate some delicious pizza and took a stroll through the small town. After that we drove back and made a stop in ‘Murnau’ at a beautiful lake, where I quickly jumped out of the car and took some pictures.

My last full day was Thursday 24th and on that day we drove to the historic city of ‘Regensburg’ and went shopping. Sadly I left on Friday 25th afternoon, but I had the best holiday I could wish for. The weather was pretty good except the day I was leaving and I had so much fun. But enough rambling, here are some of the photos I took:

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Trausnitz Castle
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Trausnitz Castle – Inner Courtyard
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Trausnitz Castle – View
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Nymphenburg Palace
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Nymphenburg Castle – Windows
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Nymphenburg Castle – Parc
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Nymphenburg Castle – Parc
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Chinese Tower
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Linderhof Castle
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Linderhof Castle – Balcony
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Linderhof Castle – View of the Garden in the front of the Casle
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Road Trip pic of the mountains
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Mittenwald
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Mittenwald – Church
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Mittenwald – Store (handmade)
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Murnau – Sea view
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Murnau – Sea view
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Regensburg – Historic city
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Regensburger – Cathedral

Where did you go for your spring break? Tell me in the comments. Also, if you liked this entry make sure to give it a thumbs up and follow me on Instagram for more pictures.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

2 Year Blog Anniversary – 2016

Hey my loves,

on the 16th of March I celebrated my two year anniversary here on WordPress as a Blogger. I still can’t believe that after two years of hard work and lots of fun I’m still following my passion and express my interest on here. This page is my little baby and I like to think I’ve grown a lot since the beginning of blogging on here. I love my content and the little improvements I’m making here and there and I have great plans for the future for this blog, but for now I’m just enjoying and celebrating my two year anniversary.

And what better way to do that than to have a fun photo shoot, right? So if you follow me on Twitter you would know that a couple of days ago I went on a secret mission with a friend and here is what we came up with:

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And a special thanks to Marlene for being the photographer and making this day very special and fun. She’s on Instagram, follow her if you want: @merliii1994

I hope you are as excited as I am for what’s to come and stay by my side for the next years. I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Three

Americans and…

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Now here’s what I don’t understand. Why d you have traffic lights for pedestrians and cars when nobody pays attention to them? Okay, I am exaggerating, but not by much. Occasionally, drivers will see a red light and think, oh, well, I’d better stop before I hit someone. But I have seen drivers ruthlessly ignore red lights and ignoring not only the green light for pedestrians, but also the green light for cars crossing their way. Basically they are committing jaydriving, if that is even a thing. Which brings me to one of the biggest culture shock moments of my life. Apparently, Americans could not care less about a red light for pedestrians. They sometimes don’t even look before crossing the street, and they do it while pushing a stroller with a baby in it. This just blows my mind. See, in Germany, when you walk on a red light and you get caught by a policeman doing it, you pay a fee, and a substantial one. Also, it is common knowledge that traffic lights are for your safety and if the light is red, it might be a good idea to wait for it to switch colors. Now, here in the US, jaywalking cannot be illegal, or more people would at least stop to think about it. They do not, however. Americans seem to see a traffic light and not see a flashing warning sign saying, hold on, you might die if you cross the street now, they just see either a) a friendly suggestion, or b) an annoying hindrance trying to spoil their day.

… buses

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My biggest source of frustration in the first few weeks, before I did what I did with the German trains, and just resigned myself to it. Do American busses have a schedule? And if they do, do the bus drivers know? Why do the bus stops themselves not display any information on anything other than, hey, I’m a bus stop? The whole thing remains mysterious. It seems more like a matter of luck than anything else to catch a bus around here. You can wait for 30 minutes and not have one single bus coming that goes in your direction. When should the next bus be arriving? Oh, who knows! Who cares! At least we are alive and well. And isn’t that all that counts?

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A very big change for me, as a quite formal European, was how outgoing and informal Americans are. Best example: I was walking around the Boston Common at nighttime, just enjoying the beauty of it, as I was witness to the following exchange by two total strangers (to me and to each other), one of whom was walking a beautiful husky on a leash:

Stranger A: “Nice dog!”

Stranger B: “Thanks.”

Stranger A: “You’re welcome.”

Now, an American might not see anything special about that kind of thing, but for me that was rather mind-blowing. I would not have witnessed that kind of friendliness in Germany, simply because we are so much more formal. I think that has a lot to do with the language—in German we have a formal and an informal personal pronoun for the second person, and everyone who is considered a stranger is usually initially addressed with the formal variant. English is missing that additional step of getting to know someone by at some point offering them informality, and I guess that takes away a lot of social inhibitions. I find it extremely liberating.

Also, Americans are very, very friendly. There was one particular instance where I experienced that friendliness. On one of the shittier days I have experienced here so far, I started my Monday morning by getting off the bus not like a normal person who just walks, but by falling. I literally fell off the bus, and I hurt my knee really bad (there are photos of my bruises, but I guess you do not really need to see them), and I could not help myself, I had to shout out a loud OW! when I hit the asphalt. Luckily my knee was the only thing damaged, apart from maybe my pride. But what I had not expected was that just a second after I had fallen there were immediately 4 people surrounding me, helping me to my feet asking if I was okay. That was so nice and helpful of them. I immediately assured them that I was okay, but I think I was so angry and embarrassed that I forgot to say thank you as I rushed away to catch the train. I am sorry about that, so in the unlikely case that the people who helped me that day are reading this: the impolite, clumsy German girl that fell off the bus at Malden Center says thank you!

Now I am not saying that Germans would not help you at all, but I think they would have been a bit more hesitant, and I have seen several instances where help would have been needed and people just walked past. That is depressing, and I am glad to see that people here in the US seem to take being helpful seriously.

BOSTON

Boston, MA, is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. I cannot say it is the most beautiful city in the world, because I have not seen all the cities in the world. But from what I know, Boston is the most beautiful city ever. It is a fascinating mixture of extremely old brick houses and high glass-and-steel sky scrapers, and I love it. The places I have already seen have taken my breath away. Here are some of my impressions.

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The Public Library

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Faneuil Hall

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Boston Common and Public Garden

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Harbor at Faneuil Hall

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MIT

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Loews Theatre

You can find Miri here:

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Part 1 of her story: Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part One

Part 2 of her story: Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Three

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part Two

Homesickness and how to deal with it

That is a central issue when you leave home, even if it is temporary. I am dealing with a bout of homesickness right at this moment as I am writing these words, and I can tell you it’s not easy, especially considering that I have never been away from my parents for this long. And I love my family, dear Lord, I cannot put into words how much I do. Also I miss my friends, so much it quite surprises me I have yet to experience a complete mental break-down because of it.

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With the technology nowadays, of course there are numerous possibilities to stay in contact, as you can have phone conversations, chats and video chats over the internet without paying a cent. Long gone are the days when a minute phoning another continent cost you 10 bucks and left you feeling hollow and poor. And it certainly helps a lot to be able to have a phone conversation with my mom every morning (or, for her, noon). Yeah, I know. I’m one of those people who actually has to call her mom every day. I am not ashamed. I miss her so much, and her reassurance and support are what made me being here possible in the first place.

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But occasionally, when you’re already feeling miserable about being away, a conversation with friends and/or family can make it worse. Of course it does. You keep being reminded of the exact thing that makes you feel miserable: missing home. In those situations, the only thing that I have found to be of help is distraction. That is the key word: distraction, distraction, distraction. When you stay abroad to study, or to work, or to do an internship (like I am), it is inevitable that you meet new people, and that you have a lot of new places to see and experiences to make and work to do, and those things are golden because they provide you with the most important homesickness remedy, distraction. I think the only reason I did not have a complete meltdown in the first week of my stay here is that I started my internship right away. I literally arrived on Monday night and started working on Wednesday morning. Some might say that was too short notice, but I think it was key in me being okay with the sudden change, because the impressions kept rushing onto me so quickly I barely had the time to process it all, and in the haste and stress I completely forgot that I was supposed to miss home.

Now, with about half my time here up, I miss home a lot more, strangely enough. However, I have also found people I like, even care about, and spending time with them is a wonderful, distracting thing.

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Also, I have had to reconsider the image I had of myself. I have to admit, I only applied for that internship position because I was convinced, CONVINCED, I was not going to make it. I did not expect the acceptance email until it came, and even then it took me about a day to figure out that, yes, this is real, and yeah, I think I might consider actually doing it. And then there was the whole visa process, and I remember throughout it thinking, oh, I will never get that visa, so no worries. And then I DID get that visa, and I found a place to stay, and I got a scholarship to pay for at least part of it, and STILL I was not convinced this was actually happening until I was saying good-bye to my parents and two of my closest friends at the air port.

 

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So, what happened? Why the hell did I not think me applying for an internship abroad might have actual consequences? And why was I so convinced I was never going to be accepted? Was it because I never thought I would be capable of doing this? Most likely, that’s what it was. I had never thought I would be able to face a challenge like this. And when I did do it, I expected myself to be way more of a wuss about it, when the truth is I have been doing rather well. So what does it all mean? Did I grow up somewhere in the last 3 years without me noticing it? Maybe so. Who knows.

Stay tuned for Part 3 on Friday…

Read Part One here: Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part One

You can find Miri here:

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Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part One

More than a year ago, in late 2014, I decided that it might be a good idea to go spend some time in another country. As a German majoring in English, I have, even before making that decision, consciously tried to focus my studies on American literature and language only, because the US have always appealed to me more than any other country in the world, be it because I prefer the varieties of American accents over the other varieties of English that there are (linguistics is my second subject), or because I am a movie maniac and the USA have undoubtedly given us some of the best movies and TV shows in the history of the medium of television.

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Anyways, whatever the reason, I wanted to go to the US, and I wanted to stay for longer than a week, and somehow I got myself accepted for an internship AND a scholarship, and after asserting that I am neither a terrorist nor an ill-willed person trying to overstay their welcome, the American consulate granted me an exchange visitor visa for three months in Massachusetts.

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I moved in with a family in Malden, which is a little far off, but it was super cheap, and as a poor student, that was the most important factor for me. The second most important factor was, however, to not live alone. This is really important for anyone considering a stay abroad. The prospect of living in a foreign country without any familiar people around you is daunting enough. So try imagining living without literally anyone, familiar or not. The people I moved in with were strangers I only knew via the internet, but I shared my living space with them and could turn to them with any and all questions I had, which is incredibly central when you’re in a country you have never been in. Now, of course the US and Germany aren’t that far apart culturally, but you don’t know the differences truly until you leave them. And for having support through my first couple days, I am extremely grateful, since I have been told that the first few days are supposedly the worst. If that is true, I have had a seriously good stay so far.

Eating in the USA

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What’s there to say about the food? Burgers are awesome. Yeah, big deal, like we did not know that already. The coffee, surprisingly, is really weak. Not bad, but weak. I thought it was just me, but I have talked to other Germans living in the US and even a Brazilian guy I met at Faneuil Hall, and they all say the same thing: American coffee is weak. Not bad-tasting, but a lot thinner than what I am used to. How can New York be the City That Never Sleeps when their coffee is such a thin brew? Or maybe it’s just Massachusetts?!

The other thing that Europeans are surprised by is the portion size in the US. You know, I was extremely confused about why their pizzas were so expensive when I wanted to get dinner at Regina’s Pizza, so I bought two slices, and, yeah, uhm. I understood then. One slice of pizza in America is about the size of one small pizza in Germany. Considering that, their pizzas are cheap. I still ate both slices, though, because I was hungry and I paid for them.

The first thing I learned to love about the US was a thing we do have in Germany, as well, but which I had never taken notice of before, and that is bagels. Heavens, how could I live all my life without bagels up to this point? Bagels are the best thing that has happened to me on my stay so far. If there is a heaven, its streets must be paved with bagels.

Lastly, it’s no secret that there is a large Italian community in the US, and that Italian food is probably the best food on earth. Boston’s North End has a street that is not actually called “Little Italy”, but it might as well be, because the houses looked like a scene straight out of “The Godfather”, and one Italian restaurant sat right next to the other. All of them not fancy, but small, cozy places, packed to the brim with people. And the food I had there was wonderful, authentic Italian food in wonderfully European portions, and after that I learned about the existence of cannoli and that when you are a guy and a competitive athlete training every day, you might be able to eat three cannoli at once, but for a lazy girl like me, one of these things was like a second dinner. However, they are extremely unhealthy, and therefore of course extremely delicious.

Stay tuned for Part 2 on Wednesday…

You can find Miriam here:

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Twitter: OriginalSGreenD

Christmas Market & Ferris Wheel – 2015

Hey my loves,

last week I went to a Christmas Market with two of my best friends and I had such a lovely time and took a lot of photos. So I today I want to share with you some of them! We went on a lovely Ferris wheel ride at sunset, had a little walk through all the little shops, ate at one of my favorite places dinner and then when home. I had so much fun and I’m definitely now feeling festive for this year’s Christmas! Here are the photos:

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The scarf I’m wearing is from ASOS, you can get it here: ASOS Woven Long Scarf in Check and I created a playlist over at soundcloud, check it out:

Btw loves, I changed my Instagram handle to @thedawnofinspiration so come over and say hi! I would really appreciate it!

Give this entry a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and feel free to leave me a comment!

Have you seen this??:

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part One

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part Two

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part Three

Holiday Gift Guide for Her – Part Four

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Birthday Party – 2015

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you my Birthday Party Pictures with the Props I handcrafted some time ago. I had so much fun during the photo shoot and the rest of the evening! My friends and I always know how to have the most fun! Shout-out to them for making me feel very special and loved that day! I love you guys!

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the photo booth shoots

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I can just recommend to you to do such a shoot, we had so much fun!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Because of you I  laugh a little harder, cry a little less and smile a lot more.

 

 

 

Halloween Movie Night

It’s Halloween in a few days, and most people like to celebrate this day in some way or other. There’s of course a variety of things to do, but mainly you have two options: you can do a party, or you can watch movies. And just in case you decide on the latter, here’s a list of suggestions for you.

Classics

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

An absolute all-time classic, not just for horror fans. Sure, nowadays it does not hold the same shock value it had fifty years ago, but this movie is still great. Suspenseful, dark, creepy, superbly acted, and the score alone is haunting enough, even without the bizarre dream sequence in which Rosemary conceives her hellish offspring.

The Exorcist (1973)

Once considered the most scary movie ever, horror fans will not be shocked as much now, but this movie is undeniably a true piece of horror that made a lasting impression on all occult horror flicks that came later. I still cannot watch it at night, or alone.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

It is not the first zombie movie ever (that credit goes to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 1920), but it is considered the one that laid down the ground rules for all zombie flicks to boot, and it led to the five subsequent movies George Romero made, which were remade and inspired more than one generation. It is not really scary, but then, most zombie films are not, and if you are a genre lover, you have to see it. Also, as far as I know, it was the first movie ever to cast a white woman and a black man as the two lead actors.

The Shining (1980)

One of my all-time favorites. Even watching it for the 20th time, you can still get a kick out of Jack Nicholson’s acting. From the haunting score, to the kid actor that is ridiculously good for a 7-year-old, to the rotting corpse in the bath tub, to the chase through the icy labyrinth, everything about this Stephen King adaption is perfect. One of the best scenes in movie history is the scene in the bathroom where Delbert Grady cleans Jack Torrance’s jacket. Oh, and the bloody elevators. And the twins in the hallway. The horror that Kubrick managed to create with such limited means is still awe-inducing.

Slashers

Halloween (1978)

Could have been placed in the Classics section, since it is the mother of all slashers, laying down ground rules like the final girl and the masked killer. I guess I was too old (21) when I finally saw it, because it did not make much of an impression on me. But I will not deny that it is a good movie, and perfect for a Halloween movie night.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Tried to hop on the train that “Halloween” (1978) started. I have to admit that I have not seen it, but Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide gave it only 1 ½ stars out of four, calling it a cardboard thriller. However, it has developed into a cult classic, and it has brought to the genre the idea of a secluded camp area that has been copied a million times.

Scream (1996)

This one could have also been placed in the Classics section, since it revived the genre and defined its tropes, as well. Never say you’ll be right back! Not scary after watching it 20 times, but that is the one downside to slashers—they usually only work once. However, this first installment in a (too prolonged) series is at times exciting, sexy, hilarious, and just enjoyable.

You’re Next (2011)

A fairly new movie that is surprisingly fantastic. It is an independent project with no known names, but I was completely thrown by how good it is. The action starts suddenly, and brutally, and when the suspense starts picking up, your heart rate will definitely rise. Its solution is not really a surprise, but that hardly matters, nor do any potential plot holes, because the movie artfully plays with the genre tropes, spinning and twisting them without ever breaking any rules, turning the slashers into the slashed.

Zombies

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Another one for the Classics. Not actually a spoof of “Dawn of the Dead”, a misconception that must stem from the title. This brilliantly intelligent British production is a zombie film that just happens to also be extremely funny. Dozens of shout-outs at classics of the genre and other pop culture phenomena, as well as dialogues sprinkled with hints at the entire plot that you only catch if you pay really close attention, make this a pure pleasure to watch. Look out for Michael Smiley’s two-second-cameo as a zombie.

Zombieland (2009)

Wonderful comedy with big names like Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone that gives us a quite realistic view of what the life post-zombie apocalypse might look like. Like, for instance, the fat ones die first because they cannot run that fast. The characters are relatable, and also this movie has one of the best cameos ever. Of course, most people are already spoiled, but I will not mention it.

Wyrmwood (2014)

This Australian production might just be the best zombie film I have ever seen. Gory, yes, of course, but also very funny, and sad, and shocking, and with so many new ideas to the genre it makes your head spin. I saw it at the Fantasy Filmfest without having seen any trailers or reviews, which is a true blessing because you will not get the full experience if you do not watch it completely ignorantly. No, seriously, do not watch the trailer. It tells you everything.

Deathgasm (2015)

Outrageous production from New Zealand about a teenaged boy who founds a band with his pals and then they inadvertently play a song that brings hell to earth. While the idea is not new, the variety of weapons the survivors choose to employ to fight off the zombies surely has not been seen like this before. And the humor is so rudely, incorrectly, gut-wrenchingly funny that you just have to fall in love with it. Also probably the most gory flick I have ever seen. An absolute must for genre fans.

Creature horror

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Very funny, but also really creepy movie with Oscar-winning make-up effects that were unbelievable back then and still are today. I watched it when I was way too young and was absolutely terrified. I am certain it would not have as much of an effect on me now, but it is perfect for a nice scary movie night.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Exciting, slightly scary movie about two sisters, one of which gets bitten by a wolf. The movie is not surprising, but well acted, and the characters are relatable. There is a significant amount of tension created as we watch Ginger slowly change, starting with her personality and the fact that she suddenly has very hairy legs.

Cursed (2005)

Also a werewolf flick, with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg as siblings that both get bitten and go through some interesting changes as a consequence. Funny, fairly suspenseful and with a nice twist in the end.

Black Sheep (2006)

Completely absurd and extremely hilarious creature horror from New Zealand in which crazy scientists try crossing human DNA with sheep DNA and inadvertently create genetically modified sheep that crave for human flesh and bite people who then slowly turn into sheep themselves. And the hero, of course, has an extreme sheep phobia. Very gory and brutal, but the effects are handmade, which makes the whole thing very likeable and just plain awesome.

Haunted House

Poltergeist (1982)

Another one for the Classics, and, to my knowledge, one of the first movies ever to display such a clear example of the Haunted House motif. I admit I have not seen it. I am not made for this genre because of my vivid imagination. However, there is nothing but praise to be found for this horror flick that was cowritten and coproduced by Steven Spielberg (!). If you are a fan of the genre, I guess you need to see it.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

There is a long history of movies centering around the same story that I was not aware of. This installment is the only one I have seen and that is enough for me. Again, classic Haunted House, but with a striking resemblance to “The Shining” (1980) at times, just with a slightly different ending.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

I have not seen this one either. All I know is I watched a few snippets of it and then had to sleep with the lights on that night. This film (that is also a classic example of the found-footage-genre) represents the epitome of why the Haunted House motive is so scary—because it is an invasion by an offender you cannot fight against, in an environment where you are supposed to be safe. If you can watch that kind of thing, this is your movie.

Insidious (2011)

There are those who found it boring, and then there are those who were a complete mess after watching. I have to admit I belong to the latter group. Starts out as classic Haunted House, until it turns out it is not the house that is being haunted. A mean ending, and well-acted with a lot of jump scares and a very sinister atmosphere.

Miri – @OriginalSGreenD

Tell us in the comments what you’re favorite movie is to watch for Halloween!

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – Book of the Month – June

Hey my loves,

“To Everyone else in this carriage I must look normal, I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, making appointments, ticking things off lost. Just goes to show.”

Might spoil a little, but I tried my best to do not so. Please bare with me.

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So I just finished up reading “The Girl on the train” and I have to say what a gripping reading. I absolutely loved the psychological thriller parts. I was so clueless about the actual murder up until one big revelation between Scott and Rachel. So exciting, let me tell you. I would recommend reading this book not only because it is gripping but also because it gives a view in the life of a lost soul. At first I had trouble understanding what was going on in Rachel’s life but the more I got to know about her the more I was involved in her thoughts and her actions and the more I felt empowered for her to find the actual truth and maybe even a little peace for herself. Though I have to admit that at times when she was questioning herself about the events I thought maybe she’s the killer.

I absolutely loved the authenticity of the book. Infidelity, abuse, alcoholism, future fear.. All “real life” problems centered around “real life” people but with a psychological twist. It can truly change the way you look at other people and maybe even lets you think twice about telling someone off on the streets when they accidentally run into you. Maybe they’re just having a bad day. You never know what is going on in a strangers life. Nevertheless in the life of the people you care about and love.

Normally I am not a huge fan of switching  up the narrator to another person but in this case it helped a lot with understanding why things went the way they did and why the people were so “damaged”.

So if you haven’t already read the book you certainly need to. Here are links for you where you can buy it:

http://fave.co/1HeaQuJ (Amazon USA)

http://fave.co/1HeaV1y (Amazon UK)

http://fave.co/1Heb0SV (Amazon DE)

Tell me in the comments what you thought of the story and who you thought the killer was in the beginning. Also give this entry a thumbs up if you want me to give you guys a quick review about the books I read.

I wish you all a wonderful start in the weekend.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Amsterdam – The Food, The Sights, The Feeling

Hey my loves,

as you might or might not know I went to Amsterdam for my birthday! We were staying at the Amstel Botel and I had such a lovely time! I really want to go back and have a little more time, because the city is so beautiful and inspiring.

On the evening of November 7th we arrived pretty late, I believe it was around 10:30 pm, so we just went straight in our rooms to get some sleep. Which was to say pretty short due to some loud noises from the boat or the heating, but the view of the beautiful sunrise in the morning made it all go away. On Saturday we spent our time shopping, because what else do you do if you just have basically one day. In the evening we went to a near by Restaurant called IJ Kantine, which first of all had this amazing window with all the bottles of alcohol and secondly one foodgasm after another. It was so delicious and amazing. On Sunday instead of driving straight home we made a detour to Rotterdam, because a friend of ours is living there. And I had the best rooibus tea ever!

Over all, this weekend trip was so much fun and it was so nice just to see something else. Amsterdam is a very beautiful city and I would love to go back some day!

So enough of me babbling. Here are some pictures:

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Xoxo, Jasmin.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius