Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Brown eyed girl
My four days in Berlin went back pretty quickly. I'm sad to be back at work, but it was very tiring. Four days of walking, visiting, drinking etc really takes its toll. Also the cold! I visited certain places for the second or third time but didn't mind of course, including Tacheles, the artists' squat threatened with demolition, the East Side Gallery and the area of old warehouses now given over to bars, clubs and also amazing street art. We did manage to go to the Jewish Museum, which was huge and very interesting, and of course moving. There were all sorts of personal objects and letters from the Holocaust that had been donated or gifted to the museum and it always makes me feel a little strange- you see a violin and can imagine someone hurriedly leaving it with a neighbour to keep until after the war.. photos of a happy smiling child who didn't live past his tenth birthday (I can still picture his face) and the letters. So many letters, ending with "I'm going away now", or "Hopefully we'll be reunited soon", some tear-spattered, some horribly crossed out by the censors. I still can't comprehend sometimes that such things were permitted to happen. I wouldn't be here today if my grandparents hadn't left Austria in 1939.
Anyway. We also visited a couple of flea markets. I was slightly disappointed at first as there were some nice vintage items that were still relatively expensive, until we chanced upon a stall selling coats for €5 and other items for €1 each. Sadly due to us only having hand luggage I couldn't buy as much as I wanted (sad times). Still this beauty is from there (which I thought looked a teensy bit like the £95 Topshop boyfriend coat..), and I also bought a red sweater for D and a waistcoat which I shall try to style. I was naughty and went to H n M and bought a couple of items too. Suffice to say, I cannot purchase anything apart from food and travel for the foreseeable future.
And I realise the outfit is very, very brown. The dress is from Primark, the shoes vintage from Etsy, the rings Topshop or Miss Selfridge.
I was tagged by the very stylish Gawgus Things with the Versatile Blogger award (several days ago now) which was very nice of her indeed.
I'm supposed to say seven things about myself. I can never think of anything interesting when I'm put on the spot. I'm sure I'll think of something better afterwards..
1. I broke my leg really badly almost 6 years ago (I'm thinking of it now as the "anniversary" is approaching). Having weird scars and skin grafts isn't fun so I'm still cautious about getting my legs out in Summer, even if it's really hot. I hate when people stare and look away. I know it's only normal but I'd rather people ask than hear people say I have a freakish leg (overheard in uni one day).
2. I despise coriander, parsley and celery. I've tried but I can't (especially celery).
3. I've only started wearing heals/wedges recently. Before it was ballet pumps, lace up brogues etc. I feel like I'm playing catch up and want to buy loads now!
4. I really love my cat. And cute dogs I see in the street. My friend said to me the other day "wow, you really love animals don't you, more than people". Which may be true, but I'm ok with that. :p
5. My absolute favourite dish used to be roast chicken with rice and peas, as cooked by my grandmother. It's never been quite the same since she passed away in terms of the familiar smells. Still love it though.
6. I keep meaning to be more creative with my time when I'm not working. But somehow evenings and weekends always turn into the same combination of playing around on the laptop, watching terrible tv, shopping, cleaning etc. I need to get out of my lazy habits!
7. I'm a big impulse buyer. I buy, try at home then return the item. Also I often go around with the price tags still attached as though I were going to take something back, even though I've decided to wear it. I really don't know why I do this.
Hmm, rather random things there and not very enlightening.
I'm passing this on to some lovely people with splendid blogs :)
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