Books

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson: After ‘Life after Life‘ another great book from Kate Atkinson. The author calls it a companion book to ”Life after Life’, I also read somewhere that it is a sequel. I find it could be a stand-alone, only for the ending to understand you might need the knowledge from the first book. Anyway, I loved it. Very interesting to read Ted’s story and his life as a bomber pilot in WWII. I was always fascinated by this subject, ever since I read a Reader’s Digest novel in boarding school called ‘Last days of summer’ or something similar (I can’t really remember the title and I never found it online although I did extensive research).

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff: There was a lot more to Cleopatra than her being the mistress of the two greatest men of her time. An astute leader of her people for 22 years she had few peers in her time. To reduce her to a beauty and a seductress wouldn’t do her justice at all as I learned in the book. She bested the men and managed her country with her intelligence but to acknowledge that wouldn’t look good for Octavian. So much easier to blame it on her beguiling abilities.

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan: Once you betray a friendship all hell can break loose even if it is in a very quiet way. The two friends Vernon and Clive united in their hatred of the husband of their former lover Molly make a pact that has eventually unforeseen consequences. Great read with interesting characters and food for thoughts.

Ach, wär ich nur zu Hause geblieben by Kerstin Gier: Short stories about traveling that were mediocre. Good to read on short metro rides but not enough to keep your mind occupied.

On the way to Rio

My friend Sylvia came with the cab at 5:10 to pick me up. Had a really short night cause was at a birthday party and still had some packing to do when I came home. Was also quite a while on the phone with a new guy. Let’s call him A. Quite nice and entertaining on the phone.

Have also a confession to make. While waiting for the plane in Vienna to take off, I sent an email to Mr. X that I was missing him. I don’t know what kind of reaction I want or even if any…but I still think about him. So there you have it.

In the meantime we arrived in Amsterdam and are sitting in our plane. We had the chance to change seats, were first seated 20 rows apart, but now share a row with an empty seat in the middle. And our plane is called Iguazu Falls. So we are ready to go.

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We finally arrived in Rio and my friend Rod was there waiting for us. He and his gf Avany brought us to the hostel which will be our home for the next couple of days. And I already know it will be my last stay in a hostel for sure! The room is small, two bunk beds in it. We share it with two strangers.
And this is the view from our window.

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Also made quite a spectacle out of myself by changing on my upper bunk bed and wondered what the additional yelling and screaming was all about. Until I noticed that I was in full view of the crowd below and already made some fans.
We are going out to party now otherwise cannot make it through the night. Yours, Pollybert

PS: Back from a walk on the beach. We are definitely right in the middle of everything. Am super tired after the trip, still…the party is on. View from bed at 0:30

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On the way to Rio

My friend Sylvia came with the cab at 5:10 to pick me up. Had a really short night cause was at a birthday party and still had some packing to do when I came home. Was also quite a while on the phone with a new guy. Let’s call him A. Quite nice and entertaining on the phone.

Have also a confession to make. While waiting for the plane in Vienna to take off, I sent an email to Mr. X that I was missing him. I don’t know what kind of reaction I want or even if any…but I still think about him. So there you have it.

In the meantime we arrived in Amsterdam and are sitting in our plane. We had the chance to change seats, were first seated 20 rows apart, but now share a row with an empty seat in the middle. And our plane is called Iguazu Falls. So we are ready to go.

20130209-225512.jpg

20130209-225544.jpg

We finally arrived in Rio and my friend Rod was there waiting for us. He and his gf Avany brought us to the hostel which will be our home for the next couple of days. And I already know it will be my last stay in a hostel for sure! The room is small, two bunk beds in it. We share it with two strangers.
And this is the view from our window.

20130209-230035.jpg

20130209-230046.jpg

20130209-230056.jpg
Also made quite a spectacle out of myself by changing on my upper bunk bed and wondered what the additional yelling and screaming was all about. Until I noticed that I was in full view of the crowd below and already made some fans.
We are going out to party now otherwise cannot make it through the night. Yours, Pollybert

PS: Back from a walk on the beach. We are definitely right in the middle of everything. Am super tired after the trip, still…the party is on. View from bed at 0:30

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