17 Memories // April 2017

Hello world,

Time flies, especially now that uni has started again. I can hardly find time to catch a break between all the fascinating but demanding courses I am taking. But it feels so good to be productive again. Everyday I am learning new things, which I hope to keep doing for a lot longer time.

April, however, is over, and I am here today to reflect on this last month.

Here are 17 memories I made in April 2017:

1. I cleaned a closet that had not been cleaned in twelve years.

2. Upon moving back to Heidelberg, all male members of my family embarrassed me in front of my dorm mates.

3. I had a visitor from Duluth, where I spent my exchange year during the coldest winter in 130 years. We hadn’t seen each other for three years, but it clicked again instantly.

4. We visited Frankfurt. It was actually quite pretty.

5. On Good Friday, I went running at 6am with 300 m of elevation. So proud.

6. Speaking of running, I ran a lot this month. 92 km to be exact.

7. I spent Easter with my family and the Easter bunny above the treetops. On Easter Sunday I was mistaken for being fifteen years old. What a sad day.

8. Summer semester started. I took far too many courses I am all too passionate about.

9. I visited Sophia in Hamburg and fell in love with the city while running around the Alster. I will live there one day. I know I will.

10. We stayed out till 5 o’clock. Summer fling don’t mean a thing but oh oh the summer nights.

11. Oma, Opa, and I had lunch and lots of laughs.

12. I started learning Swedish. Hej, jag heter Layla och kommer fron schweiz. Talar tyska, engelska, italienska, franska och pittolite svenska.

13. More adult things this month: I am now insured and saving up for retirement. #pensionof2064

14. I organized the semester opening activity for my dorm. ’twas fun.

15. Laura, Chiara, Julia, and I baked a cheese cake, respectively I prided myself on being the chef because of my last name and made them bake a cheese cake for their boss, aka me.

16. I danced into the month of May as is the custom. I will never ever again get the smoke stench created by 10,000 fires out of my jacket.

17. After a busy but adventurous month, I am ready for warmer weather and more activities with my friends.

Have a great May!


52 Snaps // Week 15

Topic: Family

This goof was my dream come true when I was nine, has been the main source of fun and action for our family for the past ten years, and he is snoring next to me this very second.

17 Memories // March 2017

Hello world,

March has flown by, because I did sooo many things this month. I traveled, reconnected to my inner Swiss alter ego, and made all of my friends jealous by not being busy with uni / being busy with voyages.

It’s time to look back on a really good month. 

Here are 17 memories I made in March 2017: 

1.  I traveled as a Swiss tourist for the first time. After being mistaken for being an American, it feels great to say, ‘Oh no, I am Swiss.‘ (Especially in this day and age.)

2. I also traveled all by myself for the first time.

3. I had haggis. It wasn’t that bad, however, it was my only portion of meat this month and quite possibly my last in a long time.

4. On the Isle of Skye, I had an American encounter.

5. I pulled an all-nighter at the Edinburgh airport. That wasn’t as glamorous as I had expected it to be.

6. Surprisingly, I started liking coffee after years of complaining about not liking it. I may have made a mistake, though.

7. I am officially no longer a citizen of Bern, but will be a Swiss citizen forever.

8. I bought a bike. It’s green and fabulous.

9. I met up with so many friends. It felt like I had never left.

10. I visited continent #4: Asia. Didn’t feel very Asian.

11. I rode a camel.

12. In the Dead Sea, I realized painfully I shouldn’t have shaved my legs.

13. In Jerusalem, I experienced what impact religion has.

14. I bought a sign that says ‘Shalom y’all.’ No shame.

15. I legendarily pranked my best friend at Tel Aviv airport by making him believe I was denied leave of Israel.

16. In Bern, I watched the sun set over my favorite city surrounded by blossoming cherry trees and knew I will always come back to this place.

I love Bern with all of my heart: It is my home with my friends and family here, the most beautiful river, my beloved and incomprehensible third language, and sunsets as the one I witnessed this weekend.

17. After a travel intensive month, I am more than ready for my tiny dorm room, my America-obsessed squad, and a new semester doing what I love.

Have a great April!