alexdegenhardt: (Hey there PD)
Wow, it's been a while since I last posted anything on here.

Life has been going on as usual. I was in Morocco on vacation. Morocco is a beautiful country. The group I traveled with was good as well. No oblivious jackasses like my trip to Greece this year. I took over 400 pictures. I've weeded it down to 318 and uploaded the best ones online. I might do a photo post later. We started in Casablanca, than Fes, than went to the desert, Marrakech, spent 2 nights in Essouira and then back to Casablanca. There is a serious downside to being a tourist in Morocco and that is there are always people trying to sell you something. It's seriously annoying. Also as a woman, you feel really vulnerable. Once I went to the ATM around the corner from our hotel by myself and was immediately followed by a guy on a scooter, hitting on me and trying to find out what language I was speaking. Thankfully, when I ignored him, he went away, but it's just not pleasant, you know.
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I chose Morocco. It's still a long time away I feel. I'm just so tired at work. It's not that it's not doable, it's just that I'm sick and tired of having to do everything by myself. I'm thinking of taking a week off before my vacation. I only have to survive the next week, then my coworker will be back. Maybe a week where it's not raining cats and dogs.

Which brings me to the weather. My god, July was wet. Thankfully, it was also sunny and warm from time to time, but the amount of rain we had is staggering. And it was weird, sometimes it was raining like crazy in the morning, but by 5 or 6 o'clock it was 30 degrees Celsius. Well, I guess it's better than rain and cold.
alexdegenhardt: (Golden Gate Bridge Fog)
I'm planning my next vacation. So it's either Morocco, Egypt or Thailand. Morocco would require me to take 8 days off work, Egypt 10 and Thailand 13. Egypt and Morocco would both take place middle of September, and Thailand middle of October. I really just need a vacation asap. Always these damn decisions.

Jetlagged

Jun. 6th, 2008 11:47 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Dreamed House Clean AT)
I had a nice time in San Diego. We shopped and shopped and then shopped some more. I bought: 2 Handbags, 3 pair of pants, about 8 T-Shirts, 2 Tank Tops, 5 Bras, 7 pairs of underwear, and lots of stuff from Sephora and Bath and Bodyworks. But we mostly shopped because the weather our first week was colder than normal. Just our luck, eh?

The second week the weather returned to more normal temperatures. But because we had postphoned most of our sightseeing, we didn't really have time to hit the beach. We spent a day at our hotel pool instead. But we took a City Tour, visited the Zoo and Seaworld, and even went down to Tijuana for an afternoon.

Our hotel turned out to be the right choice. It was very close to a hospital, but the sirens didn't bother us at all. Plus because of our lengthy stay, we got not just a bedroom, but more of a suite. We had a bedroom, living room and a kitchen and two tvs. We made use of the kitchen a couple of times, when we were too tired to go out and eat in a restaurant or that time it rained for the whole day. Once we made a pizza in the oven and the smoke alarm went off, when we took it out. Thankfully it stopped, when we opened the sliding door to our balcony.

The return trip was hellish and I don't think I will ever travel with American Airlines again. But I'm glad to be home and able to sleep in my own bed again.

Good things

Apr. 3rd, 2008 09:48 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Gossip Girls GG)
Good things that happened over the past couple of days:

- I booked my ticket to San Diego in May. Yay! I'm so lucking forward to that. We still have to finalize the hotel reservation, but I'm so happy that we're going.

- I've spent yesterday evening hanging out with two of my friends and it was a lot of fun. I came home shortly before midnight and was dead tired today.

- We had team lunch today and I sat right next to my crush. Now if I could only behave like a normal person when I see him. We talked, of course, and I feel like we're very slowly getting to know each other. I have a feeling that I talked a bit much about myself and kinda forgot to ask him questions in return, because I was nervous. Maybe I'm completely delusional, but there might be a hint of interest on his side as well. During the weekly team meeting, he was adorable as usual. Totally not taking credit for winning a case and insisting that the case was strong.

Tomorrow I have my end of probation period talk with my boss. I'm pretty sure that it will be positive, but I'm still gonna feel relieved when it's over. And in the evening I'm having dinner with some other friends.

In a rut

Feb. 29th, 2008 09:36 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Lilo Bored Now)
God, I feel like my life is totally boring. And it's not that I mind, 'cause I do stuff that I like, like reading, going to the movies and I actually have more of a social life than I usually do, and yet I still feel like there's something missing. I'm just in a rut and while that's comfortable, it's making me think every now and then: "Is that it? Is that all?" Does this qualify as an early midlife crisis oder a late quarter life crisis?

Shirley and I might go on vacation together. We're thinking about going to San Diego for two weeks. But there's about a million things we have to organize first. But it would be really cool, if it works out.
alexdegenhardt: (Lilo Afraid)
I'm almost done, thankfully. I do hope I can cram the rest in tomorrow (today) morning. I'm tired as hell, yet still anxious. It's the same thing practically every time I travel. I'll travel to Avignon by train. With parts of the journey by TGV, it will only take 6 hours from Zurich to Avignon.

My brother has returned home from Australia. I went to the airport on my lunchbreak to be part of the welcoming committee. The plane landed on time, but because the airline lost one of his bags, we had to wait half an hour for him to finally come out. He was quite touched to have such a big welcoming committee, I think. My mother, sister, 5 of his friends and me were all waiting for him.

And now I'm off to a week in France at my Aunt's hotel. I hope the weather is better there than it is here, it was ghastly the past couple of days. Rainy, cold and grey, brrrr.
alexdegenhardt: (Golden Gate Bridge Red)
My trip to Berlin was awesome. I have heard so many good things about Berlin, I figured there was just no way the city could live up to its hype. But I really, really liked Berlin. For a city of this size, it's very relaxed and not at all hectic. The well functioning public transport system, a lot of history and beautiful architecture did the rest, so that Berlin is now firmly on my favorite cities list. I took a lot of pictures that I'm gonna upload sometime in the near future.
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I visited my parents yesterday and got invited by them for dinner. Dinner was lovely, my stomach behaved admirably and I got to spend some time with my sister. My genius sister, I should say, considering that she got an A on her thesis and her final exam. She's still not any better at accepting compliments. I just don't get it, she's supersmart and is a great cook, baker etc. and yet she can't even jokingly accept a compliment.

My parents showed us their pictures from their trip to Kenya. They saw elephants, giraffes, leopards and lots of apes on their safari. Seeing those pictures really makes me want to travel again. My next trip is in May to Berlin for a long weekend, but one day I'll go to Africa and see all these animals in the wild.
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I came back on Thursday evening, but my sleeping cycles are still totally screwed up. I slept all weekend from about 5 am to about 5 pm. I fell asleep at 2.30 am this morning, so I'm running on 4 1/2 hours of sleep today. My body is totally out of whack. I got all whoozy today around two o'clock. Also my body doesn't get hungry. I feel very strange.

My trip to San Francisco on the other hand was fun. We shopped til we dropped, that's for sure. The total of my credit card bill next month might knock me flat on my ass with surprise. Let's see, what did I buy: a red handbag, 3 necklaces, a jewelry box, 3 cds, the second season of Veronica Mars (totally awesome!!), a pair of jeans, 2 T-Shirts, 2 tops, 2 sweaters, 1 fleece jacket, a pair of dress shoes and a pair of sneakers, a bunch of stuff from Bath & Bodyworks and a couple of presents for my siblings. More on my trip and some pictures at a later date.
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I'm done packing, already checked in for tomorrow and now I should slowly simmer down, so I can catch a couple of hours of sleep. I have to get up at 5:45 tomorrow, so I can leave by 6:15 so I'll be at the airport at 6:45.

Yesterday, I had my parents over for dinner. I cooked them potato gratin and Fleischkäse. The whole thing is very simple, yet very tasty, with the bonus of an easy to clean pan. My dear dad hung up all my pictures. Now my apartment looks and feels a lot more homely. And my mom couldn't repress all of her urges to clean. It's so strange, I'd have never thought she'd be the type to come to visit one of her children's apartments and clean. Of course, we had a really nice time hanging out and talking. I'm gonna miss them, 'cause I'm not gonna be seing them for 3 weeks (my vacation and their vacation).
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The Internet is awesome. I just watched the season premiere of Veronica Mars on YouTube, as well as the newest episode of Prison Break. The possibilities are endless. You can download Songs of iTunes from your favorite artists, watch the newest trailers, keep in touch with your friends via E-Mail, exchange opinions on messageboards and you can get a whole lot of information. Of course, there are downsides, too. The dark side of the Internet is obviously the fact that the new technology also makes it easier for predators to meet and lure their prey, like paedophiles and it's easier to distribute child pornography. The Internet created a whole new kind of criminal activity.

I'm getting more and more anxious. Soon I'll be on the plane to San Francisco. I'm really scared of not getting through immigration without problems. Not that I have an rational reason not to, but fear and worry is never rational. The US isn't exactly welcoming people with open arms these days, which is of course, understandable, but on the other hand makes people really reluctant to visit.
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Our trip to San Francisco is not yet planned. Today Martina sent me some suggestions for hotels. We might actually cancel our already booked flights and book cheaper ones with another airline. It all depends on wheter there are still flights available with the cheaper airline and how much it will cost to cancel our already paid and booked flights. The problem is that while I could easily book my flight over the BA.com website, finding out how much it would cost to cancel is seemingly impossible. We'll see. Checking out where the different hotels lie in San Francisco made me realise that in a couple of weeks (October), we'll actually fly to SF. It also makes me a bit nostalgic. It's been 4 years since I was in San Francisco and I'm looking forward to visiting it again.

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