one girl, one city

one girl and her stories away from home

der Raum (The Room)

First day of school was a lot of blinking and blank stares as German prose went through one ear and out the other. The first week of school was a lot of nodding and head bobbing from being jet lagged. Luckily, Easter weekend happened to be a great transition for me to experience school and to become familiar with the city.

University of Arts in Berlin has a unique curriculum compared to my home school. Based on your major, you take a class that is your primary class that you receive the majority of your credits. Along with this class you take up to four different seminar classes, which are related to your primary class. So, throughout the semester, you are always focusing on this one project in different kinds of ways.

In this post, the top picture is the cafeteria and some experimental typographic posters that hang from the ceiling. And from what I’ve been told, the cafeteria has a never changing menu of different kinds of pastas. Yea, just pasta.

Hackescher Markt

Hackescher Markt 1
10178 Berlin
Germany

Being a city girl, it’s comforting that a shopping centre is only a few stops away from my place. Like really comforting. I came here during the weekdays to run some errands, but it’s a whole different experience on the weekends. It’s more lively and Farmer’s Markets take up the streets with people hovering over vibrant fruits and vegetables. Even though you can never count on Berlin’s obnoxious weather, this past weekend was clear skies and perfect for walking around the city.

I realised that Berlin is a city with small treasures and if you seek there’s no doubt you’ll be surprised. However, its the effort you make to go and explore. Living in Berlin, I find that the people are really what make this the city so different from the rest of Germany. Berliners are probably the most chillest people I’ve met, maybe they’re like the Californians of Europe. That’s something I’m definitely going to try to figure out.

Photo Diary: London Part 1

A weekend spent in the heart of London with my amazing friend, Ian, who happened to be on scheduled on a business trip just when it was time for me to depart to Berlin. And because we can, we made the most out of a spontaneous weekend with happy stomaches, sore feet from walking through never ending streets, and an unforgettable nightlife spent together amongst Londoners.

Baltimore, Maryland

Sometimes you need to live on the edge of things and take a risk. On the edge of the harbor in Baltimore, taken by my friend Jess, (whom I practically kidnapped or) who agreed to join me on this adventure without knowing if the odds were in her favor. Not to mention that Jess and I were on the verge of being completely broke half way into our trip, but at least we have memories of eating fresh peanut butter sandwiches for three days in a row.

// Photos: Jessica Muljadi