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Happy International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I thought I’d do a round-up of some interesting things in the world of feminism I’ve come across recently (some more bookish than others).

Image Source: lulastic.co.uk

Currently reading: 

Gioconda Belli’s El país de las mujeres (A Women’s Country). It’s set in a Central American country where a feminist party takes power and starts exercising it, much to the dismay of some men. Gioconda Belli is a Nicaraguan poet and fiction writer and an awesome feminist. I’ve previously read and enjoyed another of her novels, La Mujer Habitada (The Inhabited Woman). Check her out!

Looking forward to: 

Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. I know I’m REALLY late to the party on that one, everyone and their sister have already read it except me. Since everyone is also raving about it, my excitement just keeps growing!

This excellent quote sets some things straight and is available as a print from this great Etsy shop.

Watching: 

I’ve already ranted at length about the This Girl Can campaign and why I think it’s awesome. For International Women’s Day, the ladies at the BBC have gone and shot their own video of being awesome while female and sweaty.

Loving:

  • The idea of making International Women’s Day your #feministdayoff (Link in German) – enjoy Sunday while feministing to your heart’s content: watching films, reading, posting a blog entry… the possibilities are endless!
  • This article in the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section addresses an important career dilemma for women: how to manage employees who are older than themselves? (Unfortunately the article’s advice wasn’t that great, I thought, but at least they identified an important topic)
  • One of my male friends who asked his female friends on Facebook what advice he should give to a younger woman in his department. If only more men asked these questions!
  • This post on Bookriot.com on feminist books for kids and teenagers. Yeah for getting them started early!

Have a great day 🙂

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Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more…

In a much anticipated yet surprising turn of events, I have the Internet back! It was supposed to come back yesterday but seemingly it didn’t get the memo and therefore turned up a day late. But up it did turn, so there’s happiness all around and I can share some of my moving pursuits. After a busy few days, I now get to enjoy some days of “staycation” at my new place before I start my new job on Monday. I’ve been furniture shopping and building (pro tip learned from painful experience: never go to a certain Swedish furniture shop on the first day of holidays, it is horror), putting up pictures, re-shelving books… it was fun. Here are some of the results.

New living room, aka reading nook. Where I am currently sitting sipping thick hot chocolate.

I’ve also found my favourite shop in Tübingen, Cosita Bonita, a gem of a Mexican shop selling food, clothes, decorations, and even furniture! If you read German, you can read more about them here, and they also have an on-line shop.

They have the prettiest bags.

I’m eyeing one of their chairs to complete my living room, but it’s kind of expensive and so some humming and hawing will have to be done before I maybe take the plunge. This is what I got in the meantime.

A gorgeous black ceramic vase from Oaxaca and paper flowers

The best fridge magnets in the history of fridge magnets

I also went on a small book haul in anticipation of German Literature Month, but I’m saving that for another post.


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It is possible that I may be back…

Marco? Marco? Marco? Just in case there is anyone still out there to shout “Polo” back – I may take up posting again. This blogging hiatus was quite unintentional to be honest. It was just that work got even more insanely busy than it had previously been, my social life in Hamburg finally became a bit more intense, and then I started job hunting… and as you’ve probably experienced first hand, that can turn into a second full-time job of its own. I was still booking, biking, and fooding, but I just didn’t have the energy to write about it on top of everything else. Throughout this post are some pictures of a few things I did get up to when I wasn’t working or job hunting.

I went bicycle spotting in the Basque Country.

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