Saturday, 31 March 2012

The gift of life




In the light of my grandfather's passing on the 14th of March I've been thinking a lot about everything that has been happening and my own life choices.  My grandfather never thought about dying, in a way I think he didn't think that it was actually going to happen.  As strange as it sounds.  He hadn't prepared much in the way of what he wanted to happen after his passing, all he did say was that he wanted to be cremated.  We buried his urn in the family grave last Wednesday and seeing his little urn that contained his ashes and the ashes of the coffin he was cremated in, had a profound effect on me.  It left me feeling that here must be more to life than being placed in a grave and that being the end of that.

So in the wake of his passing I've decided to join the NHS organ donation register.

• 90% of the British population is supportive of organ donation, yet only 29% of the population has signed up to the Organ Donor Register.
• More than 7,500 people are waiting for an organ to save their lives, and three people die every day while they wait.  
• Every year 1,000 people die while waiting for an organ transplant and many others die before they even get on to the transplant waiting list.
• The generosity of donors and their families enables over 3,000 people in the UK every year to take on a new lease of life.
• Any person of any age, race or gender can donate an organ. Having a medical condition does not necessarily prevent a person from becoming an organ or tissue donor.
• The most common organ donated by a living person is a kidney, as a healthy person can lead a completely normal life with only one functioning kidney
• You can specifically state which organ(s) you would like to donate

By signing up to the Organ Donation Register you give someone the chance to have a new lease of life.  Registering can easily be done online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk


N.B: This is not me telling you that you have to register for organ donation, I can understand that some people are uncomfortable with organ donation and that is perfectly understandable.  There are always other ways to help, for example donating blood.  96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else.  If you are relatively healthy, aged 17 and over it is very easy and safe to donate blood.  Go to www.blood.co.uk for more information.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Deutschland


Also, heute zum ersten mal auf meinem Blog schreibe ich etwas auf Deutsch.  Ich lesen kaum Bücher auf Deutsch und schreibe auch wenig Deutsch also dauert es alles viele länger Sachen auf Deutsch zu machen als auf English und ich mache dauernd die dümmsten Fehler.  Also ich entschuldige mich schon mal im voraus falls ich was falsch schreibe.  


Meine ganze Familie kommt aus Unterfranken, oder besser gesagt die meisten von uns kommen aus Würzburg.  Würzburg ist ziemlich groß aber dann auch wieder nicht zu groß, es gibt immer etwas zu tun.  Teile der Stadt sind wunderschön aber leider wurde Würzburg zu 89% zerstört kurz vor dem Ende des Zweitem Weltkrieg.  Am 16. März 1945 fielen ungefähr 1,127 Tonnen Bomben auf die Stadt in weniger als 17 Minuten.  5,000 Leute starben und die Barocke Altstadt wurde fast Komplet zerstört und viele Feuer brachen aus.  Würzburg war früher eine wunderschöne mittelalterliche Stadt aber durch den schweren Bombenangriff wurden viele historische Monumente wie der Dom, die Residenz und die Festung schwer beschädigt.  Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg gab es kaum Geld um die Altstadt wieder aufzubauen also haben wir jetzt in Würzburg sehr viele Nachkriegs-Gebäuden, die eine ständige Erinnerung an die Vergangenheit sind.  


Der Zweite Weltkrieg war so schlimm, so ziele Leute haben gelitten und starben umsonst und mann hat sich die Kultur gegenseitig kaputt gemacht.  Es ist natürlich nicht immer leicht Deutsch(e) zu sein, wir haben ein grausames historisches Vermächtnis und ich persönliche schäme mich sehr über alles was damals im unserem Land passiert ist und es tut mir immer so furchtbar leid.  Aber mann lernt durch die Gescheite, mann lernet Toleranz und Respekt für andere Kulturen und Sitten.  Wir müssen das lernen damit es nie wieder so eine Zerstörung gibt wie damals. Ich bin stolz auf das Deutschland das wir heute sind und des es so ein starkes multikulturelles Land ist.  Deutschland liegt mir schon sehr am Herzen.




Translation:


So today for the first time ever on my blog I'm writing something in German.  I barely read any books in German and the same goes for writing, so it takes a lot longer to write something in German than it would in English and I always make stupid mistakes.  So I'm apologising in advance in case I do make mistakes.


My family originates from Lower Franconia, or at least most of us come from Würzburg.  Würzburg is a pretty big town, but not too big, there's always something going in.  Parts of the town are very beautiful but sadly 89% of Würzburg was destroyed close to the end of the Second World War.  On the 16th of March 1945 roughly 1,127 tonnes of bombs were dropped onto the town in less than 17 minutes.  5,000 people died and the baroque town centre was almost completely destroyed and lots of fires broke out.  Würzburg used to have a beautiful medieval town centre but because of the allied bomb attack many historical monuments were badly damaged such as the Dom Church, the Residence and the big fortress on the hill.  After the Second World War there was barely any money to pay for the restoration of the old town so sadly there are lots of post war buildings in Würzburg, it is a constant reminder of the past.  


The Second World War was so devastating, so many people suffered and died for nothing and so many ways of life and culture were destroyed.  It's obviously not always easy being German, we have a terrible historical legacy and I personally am very ashamed and constantly sorry for what happened in Germany.  But we learn through history, we learn to become tolerant and have respect for other people's cultures and ways of life.  We have to learn these things so that the devastating things from the past never happen again.  Today I'm proud of the Germany that we now are, and for being a strong multicultural country.  Germany does hold a very special place in my heart.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Moonstone Child


When my mother turned 18 she wanted nothing more than a silver moonstone necklace that she had seen in one of her favorite shops in town.  My grandma had promised to get it for her but gran worked in a jewelry shop at the time.  So when she saw the necklace my mum wanted my gran didn't like it at all, they got into an argument about it, she thought it was trash and that it wasn't good quality.  But after lots of pleading my grandmother caved in and my mum got the necklace that she wanted so badly for her birthday.  Over time mum saved up her own money and eventually began adding more to the set, buying a ring, a brooch and the earrings to match.

Mum gave this set to me for my 21st birthday yesterday.  It feels like a very special gift, especially because of the story behind it.  My mum and grandmother have always had a tense relationship (and probably nothing is going to change about that); which is exactly the opposite of my mum and me (even if we have our arguments).  This is probably one of my most favorite and special gifts that I've ever been given, if I have a daughter then I will pass this set on to her as well.




Thank you all very much for your lovely birthday wishes, they're much appreciated and I had a wonderful day.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

21 and Invincible


Today is my 21st birthday, it's nice to be celebrating with my family.  Mum's baked my favorite kind of cake: strawberry and there's going to be lots of tea.  Just a low key 21st, I'm not really so much into big parties with lots of drinking any more so I'm glad it's different this year.

My mum gave me a really lovely gift, the earrings are part of it.  I'll show you them better in another post.

Happy Sunday

x
Nina


Friday, 23 March 2012

Baby Blue

Jacket: Promode. Striped top: flea market. Shorts: H&M. Tights: Falke. Bag: faux Louis Vuitton.  Lipstick: TopShop Brighton Rock.

This is what I wore when I took my younger brother to the cinema today to see The Hunger Games.  We tried to find a cinema in our town that shows it in English but we were unsuccessful so we settled for the dubbed German version.  I'd heard about the books before and knew the films were coming out, but it was my younger brother that finally got me round to reading the books and I steamed through the trilogy in about 4 days before going to see the film and quite enjoyed them.  The film was really good, I absolutely love Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson is just so cute I want to put him in my pocket.  In Germany it's a 12+ so my brother just cut the age limit and the film was far less gorier than the books which is always better from my point of view.

I realise this outfit is almost identical to the outfit I posted before this, but when I packed my mini suitcase to come to Germany I had limited space for clothes so I tried to grab pieces that I can mix and match the best.  I bought this top for just €1 at the Montpellier flea market and can't get enough of it.  I have a breton strip obsession.  Also alas, my bag is not a real Louis Vuitton, it's a Christmas present from my parents from years ago.  In Oman there are loads of 'copy copy' shops where you can get designer 'inspired' bags and purses.  I bought a LV purse for my friend as a gift and it came wrapped in LV printed paper and even a card saying it was made in Paris.  Convincing enough.

Hope you all have a great start into the weekend
x
Nina

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Food of France


I have been wanting to do a post like this for quite a while now.  It does have to be said if there's one thing the French do very well it's food.  There's so much here that I enjoy eating and it's easy to get access to great food.  Whilst not always cheap the food is usually always of a great quality.  Eating out in restaurants is also nearly always a fantastic experience because there is always a good 'forumle' which is a set menu that usually clocks in for around €15-25 depending on where you eat, and you get three choices for your starter, main and dessert.  

My favorite place in Montpellier to eat is at Entrecôte which only serves entrecôte steak.  Entrecôte in French is a word that denotes a premium cut of beef used for steaks.  You choose how you want your steak cooked and it gets served with the most amazing steak chips, plus you get a salad as a starter.  I always have my steak à point (medium rare) and it is always cooked to perfection.  The other ways you can have your steak cooked are: bleu (extra rare), saignant (rare), demi-anglais (medium) and bien cuit (well done).  The meat comes in a 'secret sauce' the restaurants keeps the ingredient list to itself.  For me it tastes like garlic heaven.  There are Entrecôte restaurants in Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes and Toulouse, but I'm sure you can get entrecôte style dishes in any good French restaurants, I really recommend it (obviously not if you're a vegetarian).


There is always a huge hype around French food and in a way it is true, a lot of effort goes into food here and a lot of emphasis is put on good and fresh produce which is the basis of all this lovely food that I have been eating here.  It's a miracle that I haven't gained a tonne since I came in September.


x
Nina

Monday, 19 March 2012

Primadonna Girl

Jacket: Promode. T-shirt, shorts and faux fur: H&M.  Tights: Zara.  Bag: flea market.  Shoes: Högl

I'm taking advantage of having my brother around to post some proper photos of outfits.  I unintentionally left the house today in almost full H&M.  I have a huge love affair with that shop but somehow I never seem to find anything in the H&M in Montpellier.  I walked into the one we have in town and in five minutes I already had my arms full of clothes.  Strange.

I've been obsessed with the new Marina & The Diamonds song.  My best friend and I saw her live last November and were both blown away by her.  Marina is a fantastic performer with an amazing voice, she's doing a tour again soon and I'm gutted I can't go.  If any of you guys have the chance go and see her, you won't regret it.

Hope you've all had a good start into the week
x
Nina

Also I just wanted to say thank you very much for all the lovely supportive messages about my Granddad.  It means a lot to me.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Carcassonne - un rêve qui se visite


Carcassonne is a fortified French town in the Aude department, of which it is the prefecture, in the former province of Languedoc.  It's divided into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne and the more expansive lower city, the ville base.  My boyfriend and I want for a visit about a week ago.  We went and walked around the cité which was beyond impressive, it's even on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.  The cité has double ring of ramparts which are 3 kilometers long and 52 towers.  Parts of the 1991 film Robin Hood and The Prince of Thieves was filmed here.  We had a great afternoon just walking around and taking in the beautiful buildings.  I expected the cité to be empty inside but there were loads of little shops and restaurants, every corner you turned there was something to discover.  

Well worth a visit if you're ever in the Languedoc area.

x
Nina
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