Berliners for five days and spring welcoming

Hello everyone! Maria G talking. It’s been long since I last posted, so here I am. First things first, Maria, Marta and I travelled to Berlin not long ago and it was amazing.

For 28 years the city was divided in two parts due to the famous wall, so at that time there were two cities coexisting. You can feel the history of this place in every step you take. It surprised me that in some neighbourhoods all the clocks seem to have stopped in the sixties, the vintage aesthetics are undeniable. Alexander Platz, the Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten Park, the East side Gallery, Postdamer Platz, the Sony Centre and the Berliner Philharmonie nearby… All these places are worth a visit, and the list could go on and on. We went to see the most beautiful woman in the world, as some have described her, Nefertiti, in the Neues Museum. In the Alte Nationalgalerie I had the chance to admire works from Cézanne, Caspar David Friedrich, Manet, Auguste Rodin or Adolph Menzel. It was emotive and definitely inspiring.

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This lego giant giraffe was incredible.

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This is Marta joining the asymmetry of this painting.

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The amazing Sony Centre’s ceiling.

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Our last sunset of the trip.

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The museums were already a piece of art themselves, their architecture it’s stunning.

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The Royal Couple Nefertiti and Akhenaten, in the Neues Museum.

Back in Letterkenny, the spring shows up some sunny days. One of this fortunate days I took the camera and went for a walk, these are some of the results:

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Regarding my workload, right now I just finished a first version of last year’s DYS Annual Report (gathering content and designing the layout). I am also working on ECHO right now and our EVS final project. We’re leaving in less than two months so we have to start completing our Youthpass Certificate. A week ago the Celebration event happened and Marta, Maria and I designed some nice masks for the staff members. The evening was good craic!

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Cheers,

Maria G

 

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Trip to London

Making the most of my volunteering experience, last weekend I went to London to meet one of my best friends, Flavia. We’ve known each other for 23 years, it’s crazy how time flies!

We’ve enjoyed the bloomed camellias and magnolias from Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park and a stroll around a very busy central London (Paul’s walk, Tower Bridge, London Tower, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, M&M’s World, China Town). The time we spent together was short, but I’d say we made the most of it!

A few photos from the wee trip, below ❤

Love,

Maria C.

Trip to Limerick

With less than 3 months left of our ESC volunteering experience, we are having quite a busy time. Although it seems things are beginning to precipitate, we are enjoying every activity to the fullest.

End of February brought an exciting time! I got the chance to spend a few days in Limerick. The commute was long enough, but the city was lovely – so it was definitively worth the trip!

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Love,

Maria C.

Snow, nice food and new friends

Hi, everyone! How are things? Here it’s a bit cold, but the winter has been mild so far. It only snowed once! I had never walked through snowed streets so it was a new experience for me. We even lit a fire not long ago (I love watching a fireplace). After Christmas, Marta and I brought some food from Spain and we cooked a Spanish omelette for Maria C, it was sooo tasty (the picture below talks for itself). Later on, instead of a siesta we played Irish Monopoly, it was a fun Sunday afternoon.

Maria C and I also tried some thai food here in Letterkenny, it was a bit too spicy for me but not at all for Maria, she really enjoys spicy food. It was delicious though!

This past weekend we went to Dublin for our mid-term training. We met other European Solidarity Corps volunteers (we’re not called EVS anymore) that are living in different places in Ireland. This time we were 19 volunteers, so it was a big crowd. All of us got along really well! Moreover, the activities that took place during the training were related with introspection and our future plans. It was helpful because our stay in Ireland is finishing shortly, we have approximately three months ahead of us.

That was all! I want to add some pics of what I’ve just shared with you.

 

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PS: Marta captured this lovely moment between Maria C and me, she likes to call us double trouble.

Happy New 2019!

Happy New Year 2019!

The three of us went home for Christmas and the end of the year. In my case back to Barcelona. It was the first trip home since I arrived to Ireland. So after a day travelling I was thrilled to meet my family at the airport’s arrivals (My personal Love actually moment).

Time with friends and family was all we could ask for and easy enough to get with all the Christmas celebrations ahead. Also daytrips, walks, cinema… Actually I’m going to tell you a wee bit about the traditions for this time of the year. For instance, on the 26th I usually meet with family and we eat something called “canalons”, which are rolls of pasta with the meat remaining from the broth for Christmas day. You can find them also in the restaurants or at your granny’s. Yummy! Of course there’s the Christmas carols singing, and exchange of presents. It is very popular that the 3 Kings bring you presents (may be instead of Santa) at your house, the night of the 5th of January. To sum up it was a lovely time.

Cheers,

Marta

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Home for Christmas & New Year’s Eve

Time flies. Winter is here already and the holidays passed merrily. It felt cosy to be home for a few weeks. Christmas time has always been family time and for New Year’s Eve I had a blast at the seaside. I want to share some pics with you all.

Hope 2019 will be a fairly-tale year for you & you will enjoy it to the fullest! I am back in Letterkenny already, excited for the last months of my EVS experience ♥

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Love,

Maria C.

Almost Christmas

Hello everyone, it’s Maria G talking. It’s been a while since the last blog post. We’ve been a bit busy! In October my mum came visit and we were in Galway, I missed her and we had a great time together. I really liked Galway, and also The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. We spent a few days in Dublin too. By now I think I’m much familiarized with the capital, as I’ve been a couple of times there already. In November I had another visit from a friend and we travelled to Belfast through Derry. We were amazed by the urban art there, and we took long walks and ate tasty food.

The days are getting shorter now, we miss daylight, but the three of us are going home for christmas so we’ll get some sunlight there. I have been working hard on my master’s degree lately, as it is online I can combine it with my work time in YIC. I am working on ECHO right now, YIC’s newsletter, and we also have had some events going on like a study visit from Czech Republic. It’s cold outside but the weather is not that bad (yet). We’re getting ready for Irish winter! Christmas lights are all over the town and I’m getting excited because I really like this time of the year. Marta and I watched Love actually two days ago, just the perfect warming up.

Here are some pictures I want to share with you:)

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