Back from the Bonn voyage

June 28th, 2011

I know, I know. I’m too lazy to update nowadays. Was traveling in Europe for a little over a week, and I got carried away with preparations and the actual trip. Since my last update, I’ve said goodbye to Metro for good, attended the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, and went tripping around Amsterdam for a few days. Life is pretty good at the moment, and I’m enjoying the calm before the grad school storm. So since I got back two days ago, I’ve been doing nothing but reading Harry Potter, sleeping, baking cookies, eating, and playing with the dog. It feels awesome.

However, I believe that this period of blissful nothingness makes for great recovery from last week’s exhilarating but definitely exhausting trip. Every time I go to Europe (five times now, wheee!), I manage to literally wear my shoes thin. Here’s a couple of snapshots from the conference and the Bonn trip (Cologne and Amsterdam later on).

With Dumitru our layout artist and Carmen, the editor-in-chief. We worked on Orange, a magazine helmed by the European Youth Press for events such as the media forum.

With our mostly female team: me, Christina from Germany, Carmen from Belgium/Romania, Luczia from Switzerland (she grew up in the Alps!), and Katherine from Canada

At the cruise down the Rhine sponsored by DHL. Free-flowing beer and food! Talked to Mr. Eggert, whom I met in 2007 during my first-ever visit to Germany.

Relaxing with a glass of chilled Kölsch beer. They serve Kölsch in small 200-ml glasses, not those huge steins that tourists often associate with Germany.



Survival of the fittest

June 16th, 2011

Sometimes, it’s a dino-eat-dog world.



Transition

June 14th, 2011



Surfin’ safari

June 8th, 2011

I’m about to enter one of the biggest contradictions of my life: the penny-pinching but money-bleeding phase. I’ll be living a much simpler lifestyle in New York than I currently have in Manila, but I’ll be spending about 10 times more than I usually spend once I start paying rent, etc. It’s a little dampening, but I’m hoping the gamble will be worth it.

In any case, I’m still headed to Germany in a week or two for a conference, and I’m planning to head to Amsterdam for a couple of days because opportunities to go to Europe are rare and I’d love to see the city again. When I visited in 2007, I stayed only for a day, so I wasn’t able to fully appreciate it. This should be a good time to go—a last hurrah before I leave for NYC.

But like I said, I’m on a budget. So I’ve been looking for a cheap hostel, and if not that, a willing host on CouchSurfing.org. So far, I’d been out of luck, but I’m hoping that something will turn up soon. If not… well, I’ll be saying hello to airport sleeping once more. Not fun, but I’m not afraid to do that, although I feel I’m getting a little old to be sleeping on airport benches with nothing but a bag as a pillow (I now have one of those neck pillows, which are actually very useful).

I like the idea of CouchSurfing. Nowadays, when it’s so hard to trust strangers, it’s nice to come across something that tries to get people to connect and restore their faith in others. I’ll wait for replies; even if I don’t get an offer to crash on the couch, I’m sure it’ll come in handy someday.

Wait, that's a different kind of couch-surfing