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Friday letters and links

Can you believe it’s Friday again? It seems like only yesterday that I was writing my last Friday letters post. I’m very pleased it’s the weekend though. This week has consisted of a tonne of train delays and more work than I would have ever expected to be able to handle. It was actually a struggle not to groan out loud every time I saw something new in my tray! Only two more weeks to go though, then I’m on HOLIDAY for a week!

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Dear work. Please stop with the craziness. I need to breathe occasionally!

Dear birthday. You’ve crept up on my this year so I’ve planned absolutely nothing for you. Also, I’m working. never mind… I’m probably a little old to be making a big deal out of my birthday anyway.

Dear sleep. Sorry I’ve been neglecting you lately. Let’s catch up soon!

Dear weather. I’m invited to a graden party tomorrow, so please stop your nonsense and settle on one thing for a change (preferably sun).

Dear weekend. Please don’t go too fast. I really need a break!

Okay, a bit pathetic on the letters front this week. I can’t think of anything! Never mind, here are some links:

 


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The loveliness of Mainz

Mainz

Mainz Marktplatz

On Friday, I had to go to Mainz for a two-day seminar on the world of banks. I was worried that it would be boring, but the presenter did an excellent job of explaining things in an interesting and understandable manner. Always a bonus!

So, it turns out Google Map directions are crap! I took the train to Mainz Römisches Theater, which the seminar holder had said was the nearest train station, and followed a mixture of instructions from Google Maps and the website of the place to get into town. It was all fine to start with, but then Google Maps tried to make me go in a massive circle around the building to approach it from the other side while the website instructions simply said “walk straight down the street until you see the destination on the other side”. Needless to state, I went straight ahead. Silly Google…

After the first day’s seminar, I hung around for a bit with the others who were staying in Mainz and didn’t have plans so that we could arrange to meet up for dinner, then I headed off to find my hotel. The Google maps directions were fine up to a point, then they suddenly stopped making sense. I then bumped into another girl from the seminar who it turned out was looking for the same hotel. We compared maps and found that Google wanted both of us to “take the steps”… except there were no steps on that street! We eventually asked somebody, who said he’d never heard of that hotel or the street it was on, but the streets surrounding it were definitely on the other side of the train tracks. We were standing next to a bridge at the time, so we went under that then started comparing our maps to the street names again. At that point, a woman came up and asked whether we needed any help. She did know the hotel and was able to give us directions (basically follow this hill allll the way round until you get to a REWE. The hotel is next door). Lovely Mainz person number one :-)

We’d taken so long to get to the hotel that I only had time to quickly wash my face and renew my deodorant before heading back out. Part way down the hill I actually spotted some steps. As I was hesitating at the top wondering whether that was what Google had meant, a voice behind me asked whether I needed any help. I said I was just trying to get back to the cathedral area and was wondering whether these steps led anywhere useful. The guy replied that this was the shortcut and that he could tell me where to go. We then went down the stairs and I found myself ona platform at the Römisches Theater train station! So if those were indeed the stairs Google meant, it would probably have helped to be told to go through the station! Helpful Mainz guy then pointed out the ruins of the actual Römisches Theater (Roman Theatre) beside us… I had been wondering! I knew where I was now, so my “saviour” and I parted at the front of the station and I headed off on my way. Thanks to the shortcut, I ended up being early to meet the others and had some time to take photos of the old town. It was a gorgeous day, and the blue skies made the pretty buildings look even better!

I recognised these buildings from when I was in Mainz for the Christmas market If you look closely at the top right-hand corner, you can just about spot where the weird concrete/glass shopping area starts. Soooo not in keeping with its gorgeous old town surroundings!

Mainz

This is where we had the seminar. It’s a weird place, with many twists and turns. We had to go through the cafeteria to get to our seminar room, and finding the toilets was an adventure in itself!

Mainz

After we’d eaten, I headed back to my hotel. It was easy to find now I knew the way! I took the shortcut through the station again, and since it was still light I grabbed a few snaps of the old theatre. The next day, with some time to spare before my train left, I climbed the stairs again and took some photos from above. This is a combination of the photos from both days:

Back at the hotel, my first act was to fling open the window. Outside, things had actually cooled down for the first time in days (actually, as far as I know Mainz had been cooler in the evening all along…) but inside the room it was still hot. I lay on the bed savouring the breeze and following the BBC live stream of the Netherlands match (my TV appeared to be broken). Mainz is on the flight path for Frankfurt Airport so I also got to see some planes coming in.

Can you see it?

Can you see it?

After breakfast the next morning I checked out and headed off for day two of the seminar. We started earlier on Saturday, but were also finished earlier than planned, meaning I was able to get a train home at  5 p.m. instead of the 6:15 that I had originally planned! The seminar was interesting and this time Mainz had showed me its lovely side (the old town, of course, but especially the people – who I would literally have been lost without!).


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A day in my life: Monday, 26 May 2014

This is a post for the May 2014 Day in the Life linkup with Manda from Break the Sky. I meant to do it for Friday, but I completely forgot to record my day so you’re getting a Monday in my life instead. Also,  I’m not including many photos this time because there’s only so many times I can show you my shower ;-) (Plus, I am running out of photo space on the blog and I’m still undecided about paying actual money for the upgrade…)

6 a.m. The alarm goes off. As usual, I hit snooze a couple of times, finally dragging myself out of bed and towards the shower at 10 past.

7:20 a.m. I’m showered, dressed and my work bag is packed… time to go! On the way past the zoo, I look out for the red pandas and spy one of them (there are two, but it’s rare to actually see both of them at the same time). YAY… that’s my morning made :-)
The panda was curled up in the tree when I first went past, but as I was walking away I turned back and saw him (I’ve decided it’s a he) climbing around in the tree, so I grabbed another photo. If you click on the pictures, you might just be able to spot him (I hope).

8 a.m. I get off the train and head outside for the tram to work. Once I’ve arrived in the office, I eat my breakfast (a yoghurt) while waiting for the computer to start up, then it’s work time. I’ve received lots of jobs back from proofreaders, so my morning consists mainly of entering corrections for my translations.

12:00 Lunch time! I have a microwave meal (oh the shame! I promise I don’t always eat instant crap for lunch…). On the way to the kitchen, I notice that my colleague who was on holiday in Ireland brought back Chocolate Digestives for everyone and I can’t resist taking one for dessert.

12:30 p.m. Lunch over, back to work. Now I actually have some new texts to translating. Doing those and finding proofreaders for them takes up the entire afternoon and the time goes fairly quickly.

5:10 p.m. Home time! After a bried conversation with a colleage about Bookcrossing (she’s just joined), I head off back to the train station.

6:30 p.m. My normal train was massively delayed and I had to take a regional, but now I’m finally home… half an hour later than usual! I’m so tired that I could quite happily go straight to be, but instead I force myself to do some situps and crunches – I recently discovered that a favourite skirt has become way too tight since last summer, which has given me the last bit of motivation I need to lose the final 2 kilograms I was aiming for (but apparantly not the willpower to resist chocolate Digestives…)

7:10 p.m. A text from Jan saying he’ll be working late and not to bother cooking for him. I decide that this is the perfect excuse not to eat at all and instead use some of the bread I bought on Saturday. It’s ciabatta with walnuts and it’s YUM! I have it with some cheese.

I decide to follow my bread and cheese with a Rose Lassi I have in the fridge. I don’t know why, but I love the taste of roses!

8:30 p.m. I decide to treat myself to an early night and head off to bed with a cup of fruity tea and a book. I’m currently reading book 3 in the His Dark Materials series (among other things!). After about an hour, I put the book down, have a quick nose on Facebook then decide to listen to an episode of Welcome to Night Vale before going to sleep.

10 p.m. Time to switch off the light, ready for another 6 a.m. start in the morning…

The May 2014 Day in the Life linkup is still open if anyone else would like to join :-)

A Day in the Life: A Linkup by Break the Sky

 


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Friday Letters & Daily Diaries: 28 April – 1 May 2014

Yesterday was a bank holiday here in Germany thanks to May Day, but today I’m back at work… unlike my boyfriend, whose work is closed on most bridge days without them even having to take holiday! (It’s the same with Christmas… he gets the time off for free, while my work is actually closed but I have to hand in a holiday form anyway… in theory we both get 30 days holiday a year, but in reality he gets about 7 extra that that he just can’t chose the days for). But at least I’m only back in the office for one day, then it’s the weekend again… And now, Friday letters.

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Dear weather. Please could you pick a season and stick to it? I’m sick of all this hot/cold, sunny/rainy, I have no idea what I want stuff!

Dear next week. How on Earth am I going to cope with working a whole 5 days? Between Easter and yesterday’s May Day holiday, I’ve forgotten what a full working week feels like ;-)

Dear skirt I love. If Jan can’t fix your zip, I will be extremely unimpressed!

Dear Welcome to Night Vale. I can’t believe it took me this long to actually get round to listening to you! I’ve really been missing out! (And thanks K for the introduction… I might never have actually got around to it otherwise).

Dear boyfriend. Thank you for taking the time to go out for the day with me yesterday even though you probably should have been working on your dissertation.

And now I’m sure you’re all dying to read about what I got up to last week ;-)

Daily Diaries

Saturday/Sunday. Lumping the weekend all in together here because there’s not much to say. On Saturday morning, I got up bright and early to bake biscuits before heading out to Heidelberg. I actually ended up making Jan put the last 2 batches in the oven because I had to dash off for my train. The afternoon was spent having a wonderful time with some fellow expats, before I headed home only to almost immediately leave the flat again for a friend’s birthday party… which explains why I was making biscuits at 8:30 a.m.! It was a pizza party, which is always fun. After getting in pretty late, I had a bit of a lie in on Sunday then spent the rest of the day doing not much. I did manage to put on a load of washing though.

Monday. An ex-colleague who recently left came by to pick up some documents and brought apple crumble with her. There was also walnut icecream… on the day that I had vowed I was going to go back to healthy eating after my weekend of birthday parties (plus a leaving party with cake and wine on Friday night). Alas, it was not to be. But apple crumble contains fruit, so it’s practically healthy… right? We watched the Newcastle match in the evening, but I wish we hadn’t bothered! I expected Arsenal to beat us, but my team could at least have bothered to show up! The only person worthy of being called a footballer is Tim Krul! (And possibly Tiote… he did manage to get a nice shot off).

Tuesday. I ended up staying at work for an extra hour because a customer insisted he absolutely must have a translation back that day and not the following morning, as had originally been arranged. I then finally went home to find that Jan had actually arrived before me, meaning I could start cooking earlier than usual… once I had washed all the dishes from the night before. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a disaster with the tinned tomatoes, so I had to cook tea a second time. So much for for the early night I had wanted!

Wednesday. Work was pretty much as usual, then I came home to find my dad had added me on Facebook… causing me to choke on my cuppa! I never thought I would live to see the day my dad joined the dreaded FB! (And neither did anybody else judging by all the comments on his wall). For tea, we had tinned soup (which I gave a good sniffing before pouring it into the pan!) and cheese sandwiches. Afterwards, we read to each other from Terry Pratchett’s Snuff. Nearly finished now!

Thursday. As I said above, 1st May is a holiday here in Germany (unlike the UK where the bank holiday is on the following Monday). Jan had asked me the evening before whether I would like to go anywhere, and because the weather forecast was looking pretty grim, I chose a museum in Speyer where there was an exhibition that I’d wanted to see for ages (more on that in a separate post). We arrived home at 6 p.m. and I quickly made some food and we watched an episode of Fawlty Towers before Jan had to dash out again for choir practice. I spent the evening sorting out photos and looking for books to for the missing categories in the Summer 2014 Reading Challenge.

As for today, I’m at work (or will be soon, anyway… this post is scheduled to appear while I’m still on the train ;-)) and so far don’t have any plans for this evening. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens…

(The button doesn’t seem to be working, but you can join in with the Daily Diaries linkup on Kate’s blog)


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Friday Letters and Daily Diaries

Ugh… it has been another long and exceedingly crazy week where work is concerned. In fact, even crazier than last week if that’s possible. On Wednesday, I worked over 9 hours. Ok, that’s only an hour and a bit of overtime, which to some of you probably doesn’t sound like much (my boyfriend regularly works for more than 10 hours a day), but for me it’s exhausting! And next week my plan is looking just as full.
Anyway, here are some Friday letters for you, and I’m also linking up with Kate at Diaries of an Essex Girl for Daily Diaries again,  so after the letters there’ll be a bit more about what I’ve been up to.

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Dear work. Apparantly you’re not understanding the whole “less crazy” thing. It means I would prefer not to do any more overtime, okay?

Dear weekend. You have no idea how glad I am to see you! Let’s just hang out and have a nice, relaxing time, okay?

Dear stomach. Please stop randomly aching. It is annoying!

Dear shower/oven. Sorry, but you’re not getting cleaned this weekend. It’s been a long week and I need to relax! Soon though, I promise.

Dear Easter weekend. Please hurry up! I need a break from all this craziness.

And now a recap of my week from Saturday 29 March – Friday, 4 April

Saturday – I already told you about my trip to the market on Gottesauer Platz. And that’s basically all I did on Saturday. I was sick in the morning for reasons unknown (not much fun when you haven’t eaten anything… I basically threw up a cup of tea and a load of bile. Sorry, TMI ;-)), so I ended up spending the day on the couch with the TV on and a blanket. I felt better towards the afternoon/evening and decided to risk anything, but cancelled the friend’s birthday party I was supposed to attend in the evening. Jan arrived back from Turkey late on Friday night to find me already in bed!

Sunday – Before Jan went away, he had offered to get a car so we could go somewhere on this day. It was meant to be for Take 12 Trips, but even though I said I’d done something for it, he decided to still get a car. We went to Colmar… but I won’t tell you any more about it now because it will be getting its own post (the one I’ve been wanting to write all week!)

Monday – The only interesting thing about Monday was that my colleague came in to work to show off  her 8 week old baby. Other than that, I worked. Then I came home and worked some more to make up for having an extra long break while my colleague was there.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday – More work. I left early on Tuesday to go by the doctors and pick up a pill prescription/make an appointment for my next smear test before doing work from home again. I was in bed by 9:30 so I could get an early start the next day. On Wednesday, I was up at 5:30 a.m. My stomach randomly started aching after lunch – not badly enough for me to go home, but enough to be annoying. For once, I did not work in the evening, having already put in over 9 hours thanks to going in early and barely having a lunch break. On Thursday, my stomach hurt for most of the morning but was fine again by lunch time. I went in to work early again (another 5 a.m. wakeup call!), but then left at 3 for an appointment at the bank (finance check… I have to go back in May to talk about insurance. Ugh… grown up stuff!!). I then went home and ate dinner in front of the computer while doing yet more work. Too many deadlines! Once I’d shut the computer down, my stomach started annoying me again, so I went to bed. Jan was at choir practice – not at our place for a change – and when he came home, I woke up and noticed I had a horrible salty taste in my mouth. Weird!

Friday – That would be today. I woke up without a stomach ache (yay!), but still with the weird taste in my mouth… and it didn’t go away after brushing my teeth. Grrr! By the time I got to work, my stomach felt weird again (not sore, just weird) so I didn’t eat my yoghurt. An hour later, we all had a cup of tea and after drinking it I felt really hungry, so I ate my yoghurt. And worked… a lot. Which brings us to now. I’m currently on my lunch break, eating rice crackers  (I have a chickpea curry thing with me, but I don’t want to eat it in case my stomach rebels again). Soon, I’ll be getting back to work for the rest of the afternoon. Then I shall go home (hopefully on time), switch on the TV and proceed to do absolutely nothing until it’s time to make some food.

Phew… that was a lot of writing for a week where I essentially did nothing!  If you would also like to share what you’ve been doing all week, come and join the linkup and Kate’s blog. And no excuses about your week being too uninteresting – I mean,  just look at what I wrote about…
Daily Diaries with Diaries of an Essex Girl


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Friday Letters

It’s Friday again… finally! Despite my day off on Wednesday this week has been ridiculously long and busy! Hence why I’ve been sort of absent in the blogging world. Again! Never mind, here are some Friday letters for you.

Letters

Dear weather. I can’t believe you’re turning bad just in time for the weekend again. It’s like you’re doing it on purpose…

Dear work. Apparantly you weren’t listening when I asked if you could maybe get a little less crazy. Four-day working weeks should not be this exhausting!

Dear red pandas. Seeing you on my way to the train station in the morning always makes me smile. ♥

Dear boyfriend. Tomorrow will be our last day together for a week. Please don’t go leaving any bits of you in Turkey this time ;-)

Dear everything peanut. I plan to take advantage of my boyfriend’s absence next week and eat you in abundance. You have been warned!

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend.


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Reinstating Friday letters

I haven’t done this in a while for various reasons – spontaneous trip to England, nothing to say, being too busy to post… but now I think it’s time to reinstate Friday letters!

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Dear Deutsche Bahn. I really don’t appreciate you suddenly reversing the order of my train after I’ve been taking it for nearly 5 years! Now, instead of going straight into  carriage and taking a seat, I have to walk through half the train to find one that’s free. And when I arrive at my destination, I’m so far down the train that I have to walk half the length of the platform to reach the stairs – previously, the door I got out of was right next to them so I could go straight down and out of the train station. It may seem trivial to you, but it’s greatly annoying to me. Not cool, DB, not cool.

Dear weather. So, you’ve been beautiful all week while I was working, and now the forecast for tomorrow is cloudy with a chance of rain. I was planning on taking my March trip for the 12 trips challenge, but I’m not sure I’ll bother now. Thanks so much, weather gods!

Dear Sunday morning. I’m very much looking forward to you. Full Irish breakfast at the pub? Yes please!

Dear work. I would much rather be busy than have nothing to do, but I would appreciate it if next week could be just a little less full! The last few days have been crazy.

Dear tea. Once again, you have been my saviour this week. I ♥ tea!

Dear readers. Have a fabulous weekend… and I hope the weather where you are is better than ours is forecast to be!

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