Don’t go on Erasmus… It will change your life!

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Going on Erasmus and living abroad has always been a great dream of mine, and now that I am back in my hometown, I can tell you it exceeded all my expectations, and honestly changed me for the best. I have spent all my life hearing people ask me what I wanted to do with my life without really knowing what to say, but now I can finally say I have found my answer to this question: I am completing my degree (hopefully I will get it in June) and trying out some part-time jobs to save as much money as I can, and I am moving back to Berlin with two amazing girls I met there. And there, I will find a job in a bookstore or a café or something similar. And even if it will obviously not going to be easy – what is, really? – I can finally say that I have a plan.

I found a place where I belong.

Living abroad for a year has changed me in so many ways, and yes it sucks to be back in France, but I wouldn’t change any thing that happened this past year, because it has made me who I am now. I learnt how to care less. I learnt how to keep the people who matter in my life, and just forget about those who don’t. I learnt how to live in a foreign country. I definitely got better at administrative stuff. I realised that I didn’t miss France one bit. I came back at the end of July and have already been back in Berlin once. I grew addicted to coffein and I don’t regret it one bit. I became a vegetarian in the most vegan-friendly place I know. I met the best people in the world, and I can’t wait to see them again. I got a tattoo. But more importantly, I got so many amazing memories to cherish. And that’s forever.

I found a place where I belong, in the last possible place I expected to belong, to be honest. And I can’t wait to be back there. In this place that feels like home.

I used to hear people say that going on Erasmus was an amazing experience and everything, and I would gently chuckle, thinking they were exaggerating. Well let me tell you. They were right. Sometimes, I even think that I have become an adult.  It’s a study in people, in places, and in life in general. It is the best experience you could possibly dream of. At least it was for me.

And I can only recommend and encourage you to do the same. It’s an opportunity you might only get once in a  life time but I promise, if you catch it, you won’t regret it. And it will help you and change you in every possible way.

Warning: don’t go on Erasmus if you don’t want your life to change, because I can guarantee you it will! 😉

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Feel free to share some Erasmus or abroad experiences in the comments!

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2 Years Blogging Anniversary!

For some reason, I always think I started my blog on the 11th of August, but as it turns out, it was actually on the 9th so this post is actually one days late, but at this point it doesn’t really matter. Anyway, I have come a long way in this two years. I have written more than 400 blog posts and have reached more than 400 followers which is something I never expected, and I am eternally grateful to you guys for being there.

At the moment I have to complete my Master’s thesis which keeps me busy, and I don’t have any coffein to keep going to be honest. I have also become addicted to the game Love Nikki Dress Up Queen on my phone which keeps me busy the rest of the time. I guess I’m in a bit of a reading slump. And I’m also on holildays. I guess that just as usual, my reading journey has its ups and downs,

I just wanted to write a quick post to say hello, I’m still here, even after two years, and thank you so much for being there.

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I have changed a lot in those two years, I built project after project, I probably lost hope thaousands of times, but hey, I’m still here, stronger than ever, and little by little, I’m starting to understand myself more and more. Thank you for being there on this journey.

Here’s to the next years of blogging!

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A Little Life Update

I’m writing this article as an explanation on why I’m so inactive this month, and why there is so little bookish content on my blog recently (although my last article is a book review). The main reason is, I’ve been super busy, obviously. And since I haven’t done a proper life update post in a while, I decided I might as well do one now, since lots of things have been happening!

As some of you may know, I have been living in Berlin since the end of September. Moving here was a crazy adventure, I had to move dorms in the middle of the year, I had to struggle with German, I met so many amazing people, I got to travel… But more importantly, and something I absolutely did not expect, I found a place where I belong. Sadly, this amazing year is coming to an end, and I am going back to France of Tuesday. I still cannot believe it.

I have been super busy since the beginning of July, because first, two of my friends visited me, and it was amazing.

Then, I had to move out of my dorm in the middle of exams. I am now staying in a friend’s room in my previous dorm, because my contract ended one week before the end of the exams. I am not going to discuss this matter further, but if you want to read my live-tweet of this adventure (yes I do that) you can read it here. I can’t believe it’s been a week already. On top of that, I had exams, so not much time to read or blog.

Another reason why there is less bookish content on here sometimes is that I want to speak up more about things that matter to me, like feminism and mental illness, and this is something that is reflecting on my blog as well as my twitter account (which was always a mess of things anyway). I am also trying to inform myself as much as I can on all sorts of issues, both on the internet and by reading diverse reads. (And I’m loving it.)

I have also been struggling a lot with mental illness recently. There are ups and downs, obviously. But I have been feeling better this past few weeks. I have met some amazing people throughout this year. I am finally making projects for the future, and by that I mean projects that are getting me super excited, projects where I can actually see myself. Things are starting to make sense. And it’s getting me super excited. Of course, there are still tons of things unanswered. But I have things to look forward too.

And after wondering about it forever, I decided to get a tattoo, which is also something that I am super excited about. I’ve had it for about a month now, but I don’t think I have mentioned it here, so here we go!

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And one more thing I wanted to mention because it also got me really excited. On Saturday I attended Christopher Street Day, also known as the Berlin Pride Parade. It was my first time attending Pride, and it was an amazing experience. Unfortunately we got caught in a massive storm – I honestly have never been so soaked in my entire life – but it didn’t matter. It was so heartwarming. A beautiful, amazing experience.

Bonus: my friend nudging me and telling me “that’s your people!!” when a group of people walked by with a bisexual pride flag. And I have to admit, it was so comforting and beautiful and welcoming. Hard to describe. But it felt good and I’m so glad I went. It didn’t even matter that there was a huge crowd, and I will definitely do it again.

I guess that’s it for today. Bits and pieces of what has been up with me recently. I hope you are all having a fantastic day. And thank you so much for still being there! I recently reached 400 followers, and it is so unbelievable! Stay awesome!

Life Update: Why I Haven’t Been So Active

First of all, what even happened to WordPress? I barely recognize the site… How do I edit my articles now? I’m confused!!

I know I haven’t been really active lately, and I wanted to apologize. I was very busy, and I decided that blogging should remain a leisure, something I enjoy, and something that does not stress me out. One of the reasons for my inactivity was the fact that I didn’t have wifi for a while, which made it harder to blog.

The other reason is, and I don’t know if I have already mentioned it on here or not, that I had to move dorms at the beginning of March (I know, that was almost two weeks ago, times flies). So first, I was busy with packing, and saying goodbye to my friends. Then, I had one of the most stressful days of my life, driving back and forth from one dorm to another with two of my friends, to move all of our – numerous – possessions. And then, of course, I had to settle in here, in my new dorm, with my new flatmates (who seem very nice, but also loud and not so clean… But we will see how this new living arrangement turns out in the end).

Once I was finally settled, I had to say goodbye to more people.

Fastforward last Sunday, when one of my friends arrived from Paris to visit me. So again, I was too busy to spend time on my blog. I still managed to read, and post one more book review (check out my previous post if you are curious). We did a lot of sightseeing together, as well as a lot of tea drinking, and a lot of shopping. I have bought way too many books again, and will film and post a new book haul very soon!

I also received some good news in the meantime: I finally got my Erasmus money! Which means, goodbye stress. Well, the stress related to this at least. I will never stop stressing out about every single thing that happens to me.

Anyway. The reason why I am not so active is not over. Me and my friend were supposed to fly back together together on Friday, but on Thursday, we received a notification that our flight was cancelled, because of an airport strike (since when do German people go on strikes?? I thought it was a French thing, duh). My friend managed to get a ticket for Sunday afternoon (today). I did not. I did, however, get a plane ticket for Monday night (tomorrow).

All was well until this morning, when I woke up to a panicked message from another one of my friends, telling me the airport was striking again on Monday. Just my luck. We went to the airport together, and the company I was flying with finally announced that my flight was cancelled, and suggested I take another flight on Thursday. Needless to say I was furious, so I waited (angrily) in line to talk with a fight attendant, and she managed to get me a seat on a flight Tuesday evening. After letting me know that if I had my luggage with me, I could have gone home today. Thank you very much lady, but how was I supposed to know that?

Anyway. I’ve been busy. And I’m flying back to Paris on Tuesday for a few weeks. I still have a lot of studying to do, and some of my Erasmus friends are going to visit, which I am very excited about. In the meantime I will still be busy, but I wanted to keep you updated on my incredible life. And of course, I will try to write and post some book reviews.

My friend and I attempted to make a Berlin vlog which you can watch if you want:

Life Update: I’m on semester break!

Hi readers, I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

I’m really sorry I haven’t been that active recently, both here and on my YouTube channel. It was the last week of the semester, and I had a lot to do for university. At the same time, as an Erasmus student, I see all of my friends leaving one after another, and I am trying to spend a lot of time together with those who are still here!

As for myself, I am transferring dorms at the end of the month, and I will then go home for a month, before coming back to Berlin for the summer semester. I am both worried and excited. It will also be weird to spend so much time with my family…

I still manage to read a lot these days, and I’m trying to write as much reviews as I can, and maybe try new things for my blog.

Last but not least, I have a request: I was looking at some LGBT+ books I had read to see which ones I liked most, and I realised that first, I haven’t read that much of them, but also that they are almost all M/M relationships. So please could you recommend me some more LGBT+ and F/F books in the comments? I would really appreciate!

Life & Reading Update!

Hi guys! First of all, I wanted to share my latest booktube video, where I talk about 20 great things that happened to me in 2016. I really enjoyed filming it, and reminding myself of all those positive things that happened to me!

And I also wanted to say a few words about my Goodreads challenge for this year. I have set the challenge to 52 books because I find that it’s a number that makes sense, as there are 52 weeks in a year. I have been reading a lot since the beginning of January, but I don’t know how long it will last, so it’s also a “safety choice” of a sort.

In facts, I have been reading some short stories, textbooks and YA novels, which amounts to a total of 11 titles, and that’s totally insane. I just wanted to share it because I can barely believe it, and I’m really proud of myself. Because at the same time, I have also been studying a lot, which is the reason why I am not as active here as I used to be, both posting, reading and commenting on other blog posts. But I will probably have more time to do that during my semester break… In March!

I also wanted to mention something else that makes me really happy: I finally heard from my tutor, and she gave me a rather positive feedback on my Master Thesis – at least what I have done so far. So it makes me happy, and I just want to scream everywhere… I’m not gonna fail this semester! (At least I have the best chances not to…)

Anyway, that was just a quick post for today. I hope you’re all having a wonderful time!

Life update: Happy new year!

Hi readers, and first of all, thank you for being there, you don’t know how much this means to me… *gets really emotional* But really, thank you.

Then, second important announcement: happy new year! I wish you all the best for 2017, and I hope your year will be full of happiness and books.

I am sorry I haven’t been this active lately. I was first busy with homework, then busy with family for Christmas and friends for New Year. And now I am flying back to Berlin, and will be busy with work again. The next 7 weeks (until the end of my Winter Semester) are going to be hectic with what of oral presentations and exams and my thesis and so on. I will try my best to be active on the blog, on booktube and on instagram because it means a lot to me, and it is something that makes me feel good. But I probably won’t be able to be as active as I wish I could be.

In the meantime, here is one of my lateste videos:

I hope you all have a great day!