Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest

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Yesterday, it was that time of year again: The Eurovision Song Contest finale happened and brought to the stage Europe’s cheesiest acts. Music has always been super important to me and even though I end up rolling my eyes pretty much all the time, I just have to watch it, take notes and give out points. I must say that this year was a total snoozefest. Nothing really blew my mind and I was definitely missing the often mentioned diversity. However, I didn’t know any of the songs beforehand so I wasn’t biased at all. I’m also not one of these people who just support their own country because honestly, if it’s not good, it’s not good, and I’m all about the music.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t think there was much good on this year’s stage. I didn’t give 12 points to anyone on my spreadsheet but for once, my favorite act did win. I know that a lot of people were disappointed that Portugal won because it wasn’t a typical ESC performance. For me the music matters much more than a show and I think it was well deserved. I also loved Australia and the Netherlands because those three acts were the only ones that gave me goosebumps and were all talent and less show. But everyone has a different taste in music and it shouldn’t be anything to fight over.

So here is my opinion on each contestant. I love music and I’m always super critical so don’t hate me if I didn’t like your favorite. We just all listen to different music and I’d love to know who was your favorite.

01. Israel: Imri Ziv – I Feel Alive
He looked like a typical guy you run into at he gym – another reason not to go. Since I was a huge fan of Israel last year, I could only end up being disappointed. He managed to hit the high notes pretty well but I just felt absolutely nothing. And his pants looked weird.

02. Poland: Kasia Moś – Flashlight
I will never be a fan of these dresses that make your boobs scream for help cause they’re suffocating. The song wasn’t really good, all she did was press out the notes and she didn’t really show feelings or emotions.

03. Belarus: Naviband – Story Of My Life
I thought they looked really amazing in their folk outfits and the female singer was so incredibly beautiful. It definitely wasn’t my kind of music but I liked that they sang in their own language. I wasn’t feeling that smooch at the end of the song though.

04. Austria: Nathan Trent – Running On Air
I’m usually a fan of the quieter acts but the show was so incredibly cheesy. I wasn’t feeling  the guy at all but the song was kinda cute. From his performance, I guess he watched too much of the Dreamworks opening credits.

05. Armenia: Artsvik – Fly With Me
I really liked the oriental parts of the song but I really didn’t feel any emotions and her voice just wasn’t my thing. Also, the outfits were completely underwhelming and they really should’ve put together a better dance performance, as well.

06. Netherlands: O’G3NE – Lights And Shadows
Finally an act that gave me goosebumps. Beautiful women with amazing voices sang great harmonies. There were real feelings and emotions on that stage and the fact that they ended the show with tears in their eyes show that it came from deed inside.

07. Moldowa: SunStroke Project – Hey Mamma!
Yeah, it was kinda cool and somehow reminded me of Men In Black. It was fun, had a good beat, the running man is always a good idea but I wasn’t really convinced that they actually played the saxophone and violin. And halfway through the song, I was a bit over the whole “Hey Mamma ” part.

08. Hungary: Joci Pápai – Origo
It was definitely a more unique performance than most others and even though I couldn’t understand a word, I actually felt it. I thought it was a really good mix of everything: good female dancer, great outfits, cool rap, and he definitely knew how to convey emotions.

09. Italy: Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma
I can’t believe that he’s actually super popular and lots of people loved him. I didn’t like his voice at all and his performance looked like a school show in 4th grade. Was that supposed to be dancing? And don’t even get me started on the gorilla.

10. Denmark: Anja Nissen  – Where I Am
A beautiful woman with a great voice and a good song but nothing that made me freak out. I really didn’t think it was special enough and just some typical ESC-pop.

11. Portugal: Salvador Sobral – Amor Pelos Dois
When the song started, I thought it was a song from a Disney movie and it gave me goosebumps cause it was so beautiful. A good voice, a unique way of singing and it went so good with the piano and violin. There were so many emotions on that stage. It was pure, intimate, quiet and so nontypical for ESC – probably why I liked it the most. It sounded like a beautiful lullaby and I didn’t have to understand a word to feel them.

12. Azerbaijan: Dihaj – Skeletons
I loved the song title but the song not so much. The performance was great – very unique and artsy but all the drama was just so much more than the song itself.

13. Croatia: Jacques Houdek – My Friend
He was pretty much singing a duet with himself but I only liked his opera voice, the other one not so much. The song had some great instrumental parts but the rest wasn’t much for me. The stage looked like the Wizard of Oz went all ESC – sooo cheesy.

14. Australia: Isaiah – Don’t Come Easy
I still can’t believe that Australia is a part of this. It takes me 24 hours to get there – so not Europe! But anyway, they had a really great act and it was one of my favorites. Even though he’s only 17, he has a voice that sounds like he has a story to tell. Such pure talent! It was real and didn’t need an over the top show.

15. Greece: Demy – This is Love
Same old, same old. Beautiful woman, upbeat song, good voice but nothing special or touching. At least there were some half-naked dancers.

16. Spain: Manel Navarro – Do It For Your Lover
I liked the parts where he sang in Spanish but the English chorus was just the worst. I wasn’t feeling surfer vibe at all and the whole thing was more like an average school band at prom.

17. Norway: Jowst – Grab The Moment
Well, it wasn’t terrible. The visuals were cool but the outfits irritated me a bit cause it didn’t really match with everything. I think in general, I just didn’t find it all to be very harmonic. Hard to describe – kinda good but also kinda not feeling it.

18. Great Britain: Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You
I really liked the whole golden vibe and she really has a great voice, sang very clear notes and it’s a good song. But that’s the only word I can think of – good. Not more or less. It was a good standard ESC performance.

19. Cyprus: Hovig Demirjian – Gravity
Well, I guess someone was trying to be Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. There was nothing special about it and I did not feel entertained cause he was definitely trying too hard. And men in ankle-showing pants are just a no for me.

20. Romania: Ilinca feat. Alex Florea – Yodel It!
He was ok but her yodeling was just super annoying, so was her voice. Sure, at least it was unique but it really just gave me a headache.

21. Germany: Levina – Perfect Life
David Guetta called, he wants his song back. This was for my country but oh boy, what a mess. I just think she wasn’t talented enough to have such a weak stage performance. I don’t know how she sang the song before the grand finale but she sounded like she had a cold and lost her voice a bit. And with only a total of 6 points, I guess I’m not the only one who didn’t feel it.

22. Ukraine: O. Torvald – Time
Honestly, I didn’t really pay much attention cause I was busy doing something else. That’s how good it was. I mean, they were definitely not bad if you’re into hard rock and it was kinda cool but far from being my favorite. I was not a fan of his voice. But one rock act has to be in the mix every year.

23. Belgium: Blanche – City Lights
Honestly, she has such a cool voice but it was totally wasted on this electropop song. And it was the most boring performance ever.

24. Sweden: Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
He totally thought he’s the bomb working that treadmill. His voice is so average. Sure, his face wasn’t bad but that’s about it. I was so not impressed.

25. Bulgaria: Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess
His high notes were tough but I liked the feeling he put into the song. His lower notes were really good and he had a cool performance. I always like it when contestants do something different from the usual ESC stuff.

26. France: Alma – Requiem
And of course the show ended with a beautiful woman with a nice voice and all, but overall pretty boring. I wish more contestants would actually be brave. The visuals were cool though. However, I wasn’t really a fan of the voice or the song.

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Goodbye April 2017

Goodbye April,

and hello beautiful month of May. Although it’s currently raining outside, I have high hopes for the future weather situation and I just think it’s a great month. I’m definitely looking forward to officially becoming a maid of an honor at one of my besties wedding and I’m also throwing her a bachelorette party, which hopefully will be a ton of fun. Aside from that, I don’t think I have any major plans yet, so I’ll just see what’s coming up or just chill as much as I can.

April was a super busy but also a super fun month. I got out of the house a lot and just enjoyed spending time with lovely people. I went to Denmark for a little vacation and I had a blast exploring Copehagen. I have a good friend living there and it was so fun seeing her again. The city is beautiful, I truly enjoyed my stay and I can’t wait to share more of my trip. My camera sure klicked a lot. I ate a lot of yummy food, went nuts at the Disney Store and just enjoyed life. Now, I caught the travel bug again and I would love to be in new places, all the time. Unfortunately, I need to buy a new car this year, which absolutely sucks, but we’ll see. Maybe I can manage to squeeze in a small trip to Amsterdam or something like that.

There was Easter and I had a good time with my family, ate a lot of food and still have chocolate to keep me covered for weeks. The nice thing about holiday’s is that usually everyone comes back home, so it’s always nice to get the whole clique together and spend some quality time with each other. Those times make me miss school days, even more. It’s so hard nowadays to get everyone together because we’re all busy with our lives and aside from me, everyone is in a relationship, has or is about to have a child, is building houses and all that other grown-up stuff, so it’s even harder for them to make time. Therefore, I cherish all our little get-togethers even more.

Another highlight in April was watching Disney’s Tarzan musical, because it was really great. Sure, not as great as The Lion King, because I doubt there will ever be a better one, but I enjoyed it a lot. It’s so cool how they managed to have everyone swing across the room, the music amazing and I can only recommend it. Another fun adventure was a trip to the amusement park and honestly, every single time I ask myself why the hell I’m doing that to me cause I’m totally getting too old for it. But hey, we’re going again this year and I can get on rides again that screw up my back and make me feel super scared. I’m crazy like that.

So those were the highlights of my month and I hope the year continues to be fun. I do also need some relax time though because I’m super stressed and tired all the time, and I feel like all I do is work, eat and sleep. I mean, I couldn’t survive without catching up on all of my beloved TV-shows. But in general, having plans is good for me cause it keeps me from falling into misery, which occasionally still happens, but I’m doing well and I hope it will continue.

Tons of love,
Hailey 

Beautiful sky

Lovely life
travelling  spending time with the girls  Copenhagen  sightseeing  churros  vacation  13 Reasons Why  sticking up for things that are important to you  cherry blossoms  Riverdale  my planning skills  hot dogs  amusement parks  shopping at the Disney Store  airports  good Thai food  my favorite drink at Starbucks  cotton candy  massage chairs  productive days  dates with my friends  easter chocolate  receiving a “thank you” now and then  interns who do good work  Chinese food  peace and quiet  the Tarzan musical  donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts  long weekends  amusement parks  making an effort  sunshine  binge-watching  giving good presents  awesome Pokémon Go progress  catching up with people 

Songs I love
♪  Lord Horon – The Night We Met
Zac Brown Band – All The Best
♪  Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me

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Things To Do In Copenhagen

Copenhagen

This month, I went on a trip to Copenhagen and had a fabulous time. I’ve been wanting to go for a long time because I have a friend living there and I’m glad that I finally made it. I think the city is beautiful with a lot of fun things to do. It’s not too big so you can do most things by foot but still big enough to make me realize how badly I need to move to a city. The country side just isn’t for me. I also love how everyone speaks perfect English and even most menus are translated. I have to say though that I actually understood more Danish than expected. I’m such a genius.

I’m definitely glad that I bought myself a new camera before I went because I managed to take some beautiful photos, which of course, I will share with you on my blog. But first, I will tell you what I’ve been up to and what I consider worth doing in Copenhagen and a photography post will follow, as well. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask me or if you’ve experienced something lovely in this city, leave me a comment and I will add it to my list for next time.

Nyhavn
I’m pretty sure that a picture of the Nyhavn area is on the front of every travel guide about Copenhagen because it’s simply gorgeous. When the sun is out, you can just sit by the canal, have something to eat or a drink, listen to musicians playing all kinds of music and simply just enjoy life. All those colorful houses are so beautiful and definitely Instagram-worthy. I recommend to go on one of the boat cruises offered because you really see a lot in an hour. It takes you in different directions and through different parts of the city. You pass the futuristic opera house, the cute little mermaid statue, it takes you through the Freetown Christiania with its beautiful gold and black church top and more. It’s a pretty inexpensive way to do some exploring, especially if you’re only on a rather short visit. And in case you need to use the bathroom, the public restroom  by the canal is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.

Nyhavn Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid
I admit that there are definitely more interesting things to see in Copenhagen, bust I would say it’s just a must. She’s a true icon, based on the fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. So, even though we saw the statue during our boat cruise, I insisted on walking there as well to see her up close. She’s truly not big but so adorable and very popular. She may be a little hard to find at first, but just follow the crowds and eventually you’ll find her. On your way there, depending on where you decide to walk, you pass a lovely fountain, walk through a little park where everything is beautifully in bloom in April (probably also other months), or you can just walk by the water and take in the ocean breeze.

The Little Mermaid Copenhagen

Tivoli
An amusement park in the middle of the city sounds fun, right? It definitely is and always beautifully decorated according to the season. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit expensive because you pay an entrance fee and for each ride. Sure, you can buy an all-in-one ticket but unless you want to spend many hours there, it’s not really worth it. I wanted to see it anyway and at least we rode the roller-coaster, which was short but fun. Just stroll around, watch the ducks, eat lots of junk food and simply enjoy. When you had enough, go and watch a movie in the theatre nearby. It’s very colorful and you definitely can’t miss it. I went and watched The Beauty and the Beast again because unlike Germany,  Denmark they don’t translate every single movie and I really wanted to watch it again in English.

Tivoli Copenhagen

Eat
Honestly, it’s something you should always do, no matter what city you visit. It doesn’t have to be expensive but just eat whatever catches your eye. In Copenhagen, I loved the hot dog carts everywhere cause I’m cheap like that and I can never say no to a good hotdog. If you’re looking for something sweet, make sure to stop by at Rajissimo. We went to the one located in Nyhavn and I had some incredibly delicious churros with chocolate. They also serve ice cream and waffles, and trust me, the place was packed for a reason. I also loved all the food options at Tivoli and decided to have a bagel. I know, it sounds super boring but it isn’t. You were able to just choose what goes between halves like you do at Subway. Cream cheese, pasta chicken salad, feta and more good stuff were sooo good. And don’t forget to get some cotton candy afterward. You’re never too old for it. If you’re looking for a good burger to eat, stop by at Cocks & Cows. My friend works there and I had a delicious dinner. They were awarded best burger in town for the past four years so it’s definitely worth a try. My absolute favorite was some good Pad Thai from WooWok. Where I live, I can’t get it anywhere close, but whenever I’m in a bigger city, I try to find some good Thai food. This was super yum and the people working there were incredibly nice. Just indulge and forget about weight or anything. You’re on vacation so please eat as much as you can.

food copenhagen

Shopping
When I’m on vacation nowadays, my main focus is definitely not on shopping but I do hop into stores that I don’t have in my own country. Copenhagen has a big shopping mile with lots and lots of different stores, places to eat and there is just a lot going on. Of course I had my eyes on the Disney Store because I’m obsessed and it’s been too long since I was able to step into one. I sure went a little nuts in there. There is also a small Victoria’s Secret, a Lego Store, many clothing stores, places to buy cute souvenirs and more. I definitely managed to spend a lot of money in like an hour or two. And when you’re done with all the shopping, grab a drink at Starbucks or have a burger at the Hard Rock Cafe and definitely check out the place around city hall and take some pictures. It’s at the end or beginning, depending from which direction you’re coming from, of the main shopping street.

shopping copenhagen

Rosenborg
This beautiful castle comes with a pretty garden and a lovely park. You can actually tour the inside but we did not feel like getting in line for tickets but I’m putting it on my list for next time. This is also the place where the guards start their daily march to Amalienborg, which I also didn’t see. Man, my planning was definitely terrible for this trip but I still saw some pretty places. I’m sure the garden is gorgeous, once everything is in bloom, especially the roses, and I loved the stroll through the park. There is a huge statue of Hans Christian Andersen and beautiful cherry blossom trees in the spring. And make sure to have a close look at the trees lining the walkway. They’re all the same and I think it’s insane cause they’re really high and I bet it’s interesting to see them get cut.

Rosenborg Copenhagen

Amalienborg
This place is where the Danish royals live when they’re in town. You can tell by the royal flag on the roof if they’re home or not. It consists of four buildings which are exactly the same, placed kinda in a circle. There are guards watching the doors and trust me, don’t get to close or lean against the building walls because damn, I heard them shouting at tourists and they’re not messing around. When you stand in the middle of the courtyard, you can see the Marble Church to the one side and the opera to the other and the alignment of axis is also called the axis of power by some people. The architecture is really beautiful and next time, I really want to witness the change of guards here.

Amalienborg

Churches
Even though I’m not very religious I just love churches. They’re so beautiful and I can never resist to take a pretty picture. The Marble Church is just so incredibly beautiful and I wish, I could’ve seen it from the inside. Unfortunately it was closed due to a concert. We passed Our Saviors Church in Christianshavn by boat and the top is just incredible. The black and gold spiral staircase has 400 steps and no, we didn’t do it. I’m sure reaching the top would provide you with a great view though. I don’t even know all the names of churches I saw everywhere in Copenhagen but I felt like there were a lot so pay attention if you like churches like me.

church copenhagen

Just explore the city
Honestly, just walk around when you’re exploring a new place. I love to see buildings and parks and just new surroundings of any kind. I didn’t make it to any museums but I would totally love to visit the aquarium or planetarium next time. I visited the botanical garden which was nice but I guess it’s better when more plants are in bloom. My friend took me to the Bispebjerg Cemetary which is full of cherry blossom trees, which you should definitely check out when you’re visiting in spring. Just chill near the canals with a drink and food or you can even get into floating hot tubs if you’re into that. There are statues everywhere, interesting buildings and much more, so just grab your camera and explore.

copenhagen

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13 Reasons Why You Should Watch “13 Reasons Why”

As many of you have probably done as well, I’ve already binge-watched “13 Reasons Why” and I was absolutely hooked, from the very first second. If you haven’t watched it yet, I must ask you what the hell you’ve been doing that was more important? Just kidding, sometimes there is just no time but I highly recommend that you start immediately and I will give you 13 reasons why you should, without spoiling anything major.

13 Reasons Why

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1. If you’re interested in things that actually matter, this show is for you. There is no sugar-coating of anything cruel happening in the life of people that often we don’t even know about. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture to make people wish they could live the life they see on screen. It’s the exact opposite. It’s relatable cause it’s real.

2. It shows what an impact being rude to others, talking behind their backs, gossiping etc. can have on a person. Bullying is such a major part in our society and the problem is that often, nobody helps until something really bad happens. There is no going back from doing the wrong thing and once you’ve hurt someone, it cannot be undone. I know very well how hurtful it is to be bullied for no apparent reason and it can lead you to very dark places. I feel so sorry for kids today because with all the social media options, it has to be so much worse than when I was a teenager. When I hear stories of young people who end their lives because they feel lonely and misunderstood, it breaks my heart because I know how they feel. Personally, I just decided that all these awful people were not worth destroying my life over, but it was never easy and it never will be. Eye-openers like this show need to be taken seriously because it happens all around.

3. The show clearly demonstrates what privilege can do to people. I’m not saying that all rich people are dicks, but let’s be honest, most of them live their life thinking they’re the greatest people on earth and that it gives them the right to treat others like dirt. It is not ok to walk over people because of money or skin color, sexual orientation or anything else. The problem is that our society seems to work just like that though and it can’t be shown enogh what this kind of behavior does to people. If you’re privileged, good for you, but instead of being a shitty person, how about doing something good with it.

4. High School is a mad house for pretty much every person on this planet. I always like watching shows with this kind of setting because that time of life is just so hard for most people and definitely not all sunshine and happiness. High school is rough. You have to deal with so many things at once and it can be very hard. I honestly don’t think it’s a fully healthy environment and it’s important for people to realize what kids have to go through. Growing up, dealing with school work and personal problems, figuring out your future, and everything else you go through in high school shapes your personality and it can develop into something positive of not. If you’ve always been the king or queen of high school, you may expect this to continue throughout your whole life but reality can often be a real bitch and completely destroy you. If you’ve always been bullied, you may have issues that will stick with you for the rest of your life. The person you are in school and how other treat you has a major influence on what kind of person you will be as an adult. Portraying real-life school happenings is important because I don’t think that parents or even teachers always fully grasp what goes on at a place, where basically kids are supposed to get their education, find some friends and hopefully have some fun. It’s just not that simple.

5. It is an eye-opener to rape culture – something that is often denied but is realer than ever. We’ve read about so many cases, over and over again, where it just breaks your heart how people who’ve been brutally mistreated are dealt with. It’s no surprise that victims, regardless if male or female, don’t come forward after being raped because our society still makes them feel like it’s their own fault. Don’t wear a skirt, don’t flirt, don’t do this or that. All these rules that are supposed to keep you from being attacked but were are the rules that tell people that it’s not ok to rape someone?! I don’t want to get into detail more because I’ve written posts on this before and I’m also pretty sure that most of my readers know what I’m talking about. It is important, even if it’s hard to watch, to portray these happenings as real as possible and in all kinds of different situations. Eyes have to be opened and crimes should not be swept under the table like nothing really happened.

6. The way the show is made is incredibly addictive. You just always want to know what will happen next and the whole concept is incredibly real and touching. I thought it had a Gone Girl kind of vibe and I don’t often watch psycho dramas or similar things cause I’ll end up having trouble sleeping. I even get a little scared when I watch too much Pretty Little Liars late at night but “13 Reasons Why” is just so much more real than a bunch of girls being haunted by A. It did scare me sometimes, but maybe it did because it just felt so real, like something that could happen where I live or at my old school. I couldn’t stop watching because I wanted to continue feeling what the characters feel, I wanted answers and I wanted to see justice.

7. The music was so great. It’s something I always pay attention to because especially shows often have the most incredible soundtracks. The music is beautifully melancholic and fits the story extremely well. In one of the key scenes, there is a song played called “The Night We Met” and it’s by Lord Horon. Do me a favor and just go and listen to this one song and I’m sure you will want to watch the show just because of it.

8. Diversity was a very strong factor for this show. The mostly young people were all of different ethnicity, had completely different family backgrounds, straight, gay, rich, poor, white, black, asian and I think that’s exactly how it should be. Look around and you will see so many different people and I think it should be like this on screen too. Diversity is something I support with all my heart and to see this diverse cast made me happy. We need more of this.

9. It’s highly emotional and I truly felt everything from happiness to crying my heart out and this roller coaster ride is exactly what makes a show great. I don’t want to feel the same thing, every time I watch an episode and I also want to be deeply touched. Usually this happens to me when a movie, show, song or book is actually about something real and important, as is “13 Reasons Why.”

10. It’s very graphic and I think it’s a good thing. I’m sure that lots of people understandably could have problems watching because there are lots of triggers throughout the show, so I do want you to be aware of that before you watch it. But I really think that it’s important to show things like they are. Violence, rape, alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide and more are all heart-breaking things and definitely hard to watch, but looking the other way is exactly what is wrong with this society and therefore, I applaude the writers, producers and everyone else who made decisions that they tried to portray everything as real as possible. None of this is nice to look at but to make it all seem less horrible than it actually is, is exactly the wrong way to go about the seriousness of these topics.

11. New actors are always interesting to watch. I often get so bore of seeing the same faces everywhere and some fresh talent is always a good idea. I thought the cast was put together very well and their acting was truly remarkable. A lot of the scenes were so intense that I can only imagine how hard it was to play them. Every single one of the actors made me believe everything they portrayed on screen and I just really liked the cast.

12. The combination of oldschool and modern was something I enjoyed very much because it reminds me of what I like. I thought it’s very unique that Hannah used actual tapes instead of some modern recording technique because in a way, it shows that these problems are timeless. It also underlines the seriousness of it all because using oldschool equipment shows much more work and effort. On the other hand, the show clearly shows what kind of power mobile phones, social media, apps etc. have today. One text can ruin a persons life but so can a hand-written list or a photograph, no matter it was taken with a phone or an actual camera. We should be aware that hurting other people is timeless.

13. Well, I can also just give you the quick basic reasons and I really hope you’ll give it a shot. It’s on Netflix, so super easy (please have Netflix!), it’s not too short and not too long, so a weekend will fully be enough time, it has good music, great actors and if you really love it, there is a book you can read ( why haven’t I read it yet?!) and it will just make you feel everything because it’s real.

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Photography: Atlanta

It’s been a while since I went on a great travel month back in 2015 and one of the stops on my list was Atlanta. I have to admit that I didn’t see too much of the city because my friend and I were really busy doing as much of the touristy stuff as possible, since the city really offers a lot of it, and we stayed a little outside of the city. However, we definitely had lots of fun with all the activities that are offered. Here are some pictures I took from places like the Fernbank Museum of National History, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters, Centennial Olympic Park, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and a lot of sights connected to the great Martin Luther King Jr. which were the reason why I wanted to visit Atlanta in the first place. It was amazing to see his childhood home, to visit his grave, to see so many places connected to him and just to honor his legacy. If you ever get the chance, please go and visit. For now, I hope you enjoy my pictures.

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Goodbye March 2017

Goodbye March,

and welcome April. I thought about starting with a stupid April Fool’s joke, but I’m not a real fan and I mean let’s be honest. Who the hell would believe me if I said that I met the love of my life?! Nobody! :D I hope that none of you got majorly pranked because some things are just not as funny as people think they are.

At this point, I always share how my month went but honestly, I don’t really have much to say. I work, eat, sleep and that’s about it. I didn’t go out much and most weekends were just super boring. At least, that gave me some chill-time, which is always good. I also have a cold for like the third time this year and I’m just so sick of it. I mean, how crap can my immune system be?! But before I get all negative, I’ll tell you that one of my greatest friends in the world asked me to be her maid of honor and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It truly means the world when people actually love and trust you that much.

I’m definitely looking forward to April  because I’ve got some fun things planned. In a week from now, I’m actually flying to Copenhagen and I can’t even tell you how excited I am. A great friend of mine is living there and I’m sure we’ll have a blast. I just need to get out of here and have fun because it’s sooo overdue and I also need new pictures for my Instagram feed. I didn’t buy a brand new camera for nothing.

It’s also gonna be Easter and I hope I get to see my friends and I’ll definitely see my family. Holiday’s are pretty stressful but in the end, I would miss them if I didn’t spend it with my loved ones. I hope the weather will be as nice as it currently is. Way to go March-weather! And not to forget all the food that is served on special days and little presents and hopefully fun.

Man, I’m trying really hard to come up with things to share with you. Ummm, did everyone watch the new Beauty and the Beast movie? I sure did and thought it was sooo beautiful. The visuals were incredible and I’ve always been a fan of Emma Watson. Unfortunately, I had to watch it in German and the whole synchronization is just terrible. The songs weren’t even close to matching the mouth but I’m sure I’ll love the movie even more, once I watch it in English. I also watched lots of TV shows so I’m honestly caught up on all of them. I mean, The Kardashians and The Originals are back on air so YAY! And in case you’ve been living behind a rock, this month Pretty Little Liars will be back so double-YAY! Yes, I sound like a sad and lonely person but TV shows just give me life. I’m obsessed like that and I also live the most boring life ever.

Anyway, every new month brings new chances and new memories and I hope April will bring great ones. At least I’ve got plans, so that’s a good start and a little break from work will probably be quite nice, as well. So everyone, enjoy spring and easter and just life in general.

Tons of love,
Hailey 

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Lovely life
listening to 90s music all day, everyday free tickets that excitement after booking a trip being able to afford things again  my new camera lazy days International Women’s Day having super nice co-workers that funny BBC interview  breakfast in bed  KUWTK is back  gorgeous weather  Liv and Maddie  The Beauty and the Beast   ice cream  travel plans  sunshine making progress on Instagram  chill-night with friends  Chinese food  when your phone plan covers all of Europe  when you get asked to be a maid of honor beautiful skies cherry blossom trees  spring  fun at work  tea  driving when the weather is good  freshly dyed hair 

Songs I love
♪  Paula Abdul – Rush Rush
MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This
♪  Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
(Yes, this month, I pretty much only listened to 90s music, everyday.)

Interesting articles and videos
365 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself This Year // Adorable 5-Year-Old Gets Haircut Like His Best Friend to “Confuse” His Teacher // 10 “Daria” quotes that are just as applicable to us now as they were when we were ’90s teens // Here Are All Your Favorite Disney Princesses, Ranked From Least To Most Feminist // Every Book on Emma Watson’s Reading List // 41 Secrets That You’ll NEVER EVER Solve If You Are Not From Germany // The 19 ~Realest~ Tweets About the Trump Family Meeting Germany Chancellor, Angela Merkel // 10+ Hilarious Posts About Tinder // Here’s The Best Bakery In Every State, According To Yelp // 45 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas // 17 Things in “Friends” That Aren’t Even a Thing Anymore

My March posts 
Goodbye February // The 90s Tag // If I Was Your Girlfriend… // Great Quotes By Great Women // Mixtape #19 – 90s Hip-Hop & R ‘n’ B // Personality Test – You Are An Inventor

My March Instagrams
Instagram Pictures March

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Personality Test – You Are An Inventor

A few weeks ago, one of my co-workers discovered a really simple personality test online and made everyone do it. To be honest, it looked pretty much like a website that gives your computer a virus or something and it was so simple and unprofessional that never in a million years I would have thought that the result would be so incredibly accurate.

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I was classified as an INVENTOR.

acts extroverted, thinks theoretical, interacts hard, lives spontaneously, emotionally resistant

Characteristics: adventurous, chaotic, direct, dominant, hardheaded, open for experiments, social, imaginative, outgoing, creative, critical, laid-back, confident, independent, unconstrained, unconventional, playful, bold

Inventors direct their energy outwards, toward other people and activities. You are open for new things and mental activities, you firmly  represent your interests in front of others, get distracted easily and are emotionally balanced.

Inventors are full of ideas, thoughts and plans, and they don’t hesitate to voice them or give them a try. Your curiosity is extremely strong. You can hardly resist possible rewards or interesting activities and you also let the daily temptations of life easily attract you. You constantly strive for action, excitement and that certain kick, you look for sociability and contact with other people, because those moments make you extremely happy. Also, you openly show your thoughts and feelings to others.

Your hobbies and interests are very versatile. While always being curious for new or extraordinary ideas and opinions, you like to give creative things a try, engage in intellectual games and philosophical thoughts, and you have a lively and rich imagination. You’re not afraid of complex or unconventional theories and things, instead, you are highly interested in the fantastic and unusual. Swimming against the current brings you joy and you don’t mind being a bit offensive.

When dealing with other people you are at ease, without inhibition, open and outgoing. You are able to vigorously represent and enforce your ideas and you don’t let the disapproval of others irritate you. Often, a result that you’re satisfied with, is more important to you than having good relationships with everyone. You’re good at dealing with stress and you hardly let negative emotions get to you. However, if it does happen, you recover quickly. In general, you are confident, relaxed and optimistic, most of the time.

At work, you’re not always completely precise and always like to do a thousand things, at once. In general, you need a lot of variety, you often jump from one thing to another and it’s difficult for you to completely focus on long-term goals because you constantly discover something new or adventurous. Therefore, it never gets boring with you and you’re great at spontaneously solving problems. Sometimes you rush into something head over heals, without giving it a lot of thought and are a bit insensitive toward your surrounding.

You are very willing to take high risks. Possible problems or dangers don’t really bother you. You don’t always act reasonable, instead you act according to what momentarily tickles your fancies and sounds promising. That’s why you engage in vague, bold and adventurous things, try lots of new things and you don’t always care what others think about it. One could call you a “visionary” because you have so many creative and innovative ideas and you’re not afraid to try them, even if you don’t always bring your plans to an end. There is hardly anything you’re not interested in and that you wouldn’t like to try. You’re clearly the prototype of inventors, explorers and adventurers.

Fictional characters: Jack Sparrow, Bugs Bunny, Don Quixote, Krusty the Clown, Dr. House

Famous people: Thomas Edison (inventor), Madonna (popstar), Alice Schwarzer (feminist), Oliver Pocher (entertainer), Sacha Baron Cohen (comedian), Bill Clinton (former US President), Robert Downey Jr. (actor), Joko Winterscheidt (host), Uri Geller (magician), Brad Pitt (actor), John Malkovich (actor), Jamie Lee Curtis (actress), Walt Disney (Disney-founder), Falco (popstar), John F. Kennedy (former US President), Benjamin Franklin (historic person), Leonardo da Vinci (artist)

So yeah, I can definitely see myself as this person. I’m always restless and have a million ideas in my head. I never saw myself doing the same thing every single day of my life and I get bored really easily. It can be annoying sometimes but in general, I think being interested in and open for a lot of different things is a good quality to have. I love adventures but even though I may not always show it, it’s not like I don’t get nervous or scared. I just try to push my fears aside and just do it. But you know what I was happy about most? Seeing Walt Disney on the list of famous people that go with all these characteristics. I mean, he’s one of my heroes for creating something so wonderful, that so many generations feel magical and perfectly entertained. I doubt that I can create something as fantastic as the world of Disney, but creativity is definitely inside of me and I try to always make the best of it.

I would say that I’m not always as optimistic as this test thought I was because I like to be on the realistic side of things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t dream. However, if it got one thing right: I really don’t give a damn about what other people think and I definitely come off as really strong, a lot. Just for the record, I am also very emotional, sensitive and I have a very big heart. I just don’t take shit from anyone. Oh, and I definitely wish I was a little more spontaneous and I do overthink a lot.

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