I know it's been so long since I've last posted. I've seriously been so busy and frankly I haven't really gotten internet until yesterday. I'm in Europe now and I couldn't be more thrilled! It's rained a lot but overall the culture and city is phenomenal.
I've had an unfortunate amount of work to do but (don't tell anyone) I haven't been doing it. I'm more concerned with getting settled and making my way around the city, exploring, shopping, and eating my way through it. I've eaten quite a few vaffels and kebabs, and I've stashed peanut butter in my room without utensils. So it's safe to assume that I'm straight drinking the peanut butter.
Public transportation is super easy to use, and I've actually found that everything is very walkable (even though at times it seems like sooooo much walking). The culture is very laid-back, and it's so easy to find something to do... whether that be going on a hike, visiting the lakes nearby, visiting the free museums and art galleries, finding a cute cafe, going to the markets in the suburbs, going to the movies...etc. The nightlife is a bit off, but I think we're managing :) I actually (side bar) just got back from watching the Germany v. Italy soccer game at a public viewing in a park downtown. Unfortunately it was so rainy and cold that I headed back. But fun, nevertheless!
That wasn't important. What is important is the fashion. The fashion here is incredible non-chalant and practically minimalist. Every article of clothing is a neutral or a pastel shade so that they all match or create a complimentary color palette, so everyone is fashionable and put-together no matter what they throw on. I realized upon coming here that I brought all the wrong stuff and nothing is trendy and it bothers me. Unfortunately I've spent a hefty sum at the local stores...
I got the long coat for roughly 30 American dollars a few days ago and literally have not taken it off since. It pulls every outfit together, matches everything and is perfect for this slightly chilly weather. I am trying to buy things that I think I'll need, and therefore this was purchased because my only other coat options were a quilted J.Crew jacket, denim jacket or a puffer jacket. None of those quite fit the bill. So, alas, more excuses to go shopping.
Even though I've been inundated with work and drama (lol), last night I had a ball. The program had a huge party and seriously I haven't had so much fun in a while. So much dancing with cool people, and then we had to walk back in the cold since the metro had stopped but it was fine because I was in good company. Plus, we got to roam the beautiful city in the moonlight. We had to ask the locals for directions. That was one of those rare times when I really felt like, "this is living". I know that sounds cheesy but those moments are so hard to come by nowadays. I mean, where everything seems so perfect and fun and there isn't a huge weight on your shoulders. When these are the moments you dream about even if they've never happened yet.
Anyway, enough blabber. I'm loving the European life and here's my attempt at an adaptation of their style mixed with mine combined with the fact that I have severely limited resources (thank you, 50 pound weight limit on my suitcase...).
Coat: Moda Only
Sweater: Banana Republic
Sunnies: Mr. Boho