Recently I re-read the whole Harry Potter series, in an attempt to keep my inner child alive, but I might have accidentally woken up my inner literary critic, as well. However, I’d like to share my favorite Harry Potter quotes with you.
Mostly from Dumbledore because obviously.
|If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen this photo.
If thinking up excuses for not going to the gym was an Olympic sport, I would be a gold Olympic medalist.
Seriously, I can get really creative.
What should one do when in Paris?
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: Every time I mention this book I can not help but notice a little ironic smile appearing on my friends’ faces: What kind of book title is that? Trust me, it’s only a small indication of Jonasson’s fierce writing and imaginative storytelling – the plot twist will leave you thinking “how the hell did he come up with this?” I read his other book, The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden, first and got hooked on his incomparable ability to mock his own characters. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but it’s a must!
The Life List: A light, enjoyable read that will remind to you live life to its fullest. It’s a total page-turner and made the hours I spend on the plane travelling from Athens to Germany fly!
The Dud Avocado: To be perfectly honest, it was like reading Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises all over again, but this time the story was told from a feminine point of view, which is something quite rare. This book is a great example of how difficult figuring out how being an adult and putting your newfound “freedom” in good use can be. I’ll have to stop reading books about Paris, though, since I’ve romanticized this city to the point of no return and it would be difficult for reality to keep up with my expectations – I feel a little like Gil in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris!
The Vacationers: I read this book while resting my feet on the radiator and sipping hot tea, so reading about sunbathing in Mallorca and enjoying delicious Spanish food made me a little jealous.It is a deftly observed story with an easy to follow plot, which makes it a perfect vacation read. The reader follows an American family, the Posts, to Mallorca, where he/she find out that there is no break from family and personal drama. Even though Emma Straub’s characters are greatly flowed, every page emanates her love for them.
Booking a flight so as to arrive on time for the freshmen welcome party two months before the actual party requires some serious planning skills (CV material) and reveals an unquenchable thirst for partying. Living in such a small city, where most of the important university events take place on campus, has taught me that no chance to celebrate shall be wasted. That’s why I made sure I was not going to miss this year’s freshmen welcome party. After all, it is the last one I am going to attend and … who is going to welcome these freshmen, if not us?
As a result, I decided to compile a list of tips that will help you navigate the party in case you are an oldie, but goodie, like me:
1. Arrive late. By your second or third semester you would have probably figured out the time parties kick in, when the dj is playing the catchiest mainstream hits or some all-time classic everybody hates that they know by heart (aka. secretly love), most people have plucked up the courage to hit the dance floor, and the girls’ lipsticks are only slightly smudged, leaving colorful evidence of alcohol consumption on plastic cup rims. Arriving at a party at the actual starting time may feel a little awkward, since no one but the organizers/bartenders/dj/wardrobe people are there, the music can be a little un-dance-able, and everybody is toosober, scanning everyone who arrives from head to toe. Spare yourself the awkwardness and take a little extra time to get ready!
2. Look relieved when you see a familiar face in the crowd. Freshmen welcome parties can be so confusing; all these new people! Where did my friends and acquaintances go?
3. They are either doing an Erasmus semester abroad or have graduated or they think they can afford to miss the party. So go on – dance like nobody’s watching! Okay, this is pretty much my #1 rule for all parties, but I am the girl who thinks she can bust out moves like this AND this and get away with it.
4. If it is a thematic party, look the part. If you had said to my freshman self that she has to meet new people following this year’s dress code – bad taste – she would have openly rejected the idea. Honey, just a hint from your 21-year-old self: No matter how hard you try, German students always do it better when it comes to bad taste outfits. They just are more creative. But this year there were no impressions to be made; it was all about dressing up just for fun! Picture all the boring parties you will have to attend later as a properly dressed adult, stoically waiting for Halloween to dust of your costume-y outfits!
5. Do a little people-watching. Just to make sure that your class actually consisted of the best freshmen this university has ever seen!