blue in Berlin

SKINNY JEANS Uniqlo Ultra-Stretch in Black) | SWEATER Aritzia |
STOLE Muji Large Wool Cape Stole in Navy Blue) |
BOOTIES Paul Green (similar here)


These photos were taken on Monday, in the few hours of relief following my Statistics exam, on one of the only days in weeks that we've seen sun here in Berlin. Even so, I had to turn up the brightness of these photos by 60% just to make it look like I took them outside. The utter lack of Vitamin D has gotten me down somewhat, and the fact that it's already dark as I write this mid-afternoon.

Consequently, as anyone under these conditions would, I feel the constant need to swaddle myself and snuggle in anything oversized and cosy I can, which is perhaps why I so intently hunted down a scarf large enough to act not only as a stylish scarf, but as a blanket, a superhero cape, and also probably a makeshift tent if I throw it over a low-hanging tree-branch. Also it is cosy as hell (seriously, sometimes it makes my neck sweat even when it's 1 degree outside. But it's only going to get worse from here - on Monday I fly back to NYC, where the winter temperatures are sometimes so sub-zero that zero has floated off and gotten lost in outer space somewhere.


photo credit: Freddy Rodriguez
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good morning berlin

And don't you think it would be nice if you could give us sun every day? It's officially cold here in Berlin now, and just as the cherry on the cake I guess the day only lasts from 7:30 to 4. Which is useful at 4:30 when you start to panic that you have so much left to do before bedtime and realize you still have a good 7 hours, but terribly not useful when you sleep 10 hours and still wake up feeling groggy and confused as to where the day is, or when you get to uni and by the time you leave class it's pitch black. Not to mention that it messes with your instagram feed terribly.

I apologize for the sub-par photography, but allow me to (as I generally seem to be doing) make excuses: FINALS. I've not been blogging because I've been too busy adding words like "multicollinearity" and "heteroscedasticity" to my vocabulary, which make me sound smarter than I promise I feel trying to wrap my head around such concepts. Speaking of which my two-year blog-iversary passed me by a month ago and silly me! I forgot to notice. I'm blaming it on the whirlwind of projects and papers because while I can't focus on fewer than 6 things at a time, apparently I can't get more than one at a time done. So this is probably sayonara until I wake up in New York in a week, where the air is icier but the sun does not go quite so heavily into hibernation at least.

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amsterdam

Last month I took an overnight bus to Amsterdam to spend a weekend with the boy, who was using all his vacation time to lounge around his old Erasmus haunts. For me this meant meeting a bunch of his Turkish Dutch doctor friends, who shared their Dutch gardens with us alongside gözleme and coal-brewed Turkish coffee. Lucky for us, the weather was perfect for walking around and eating Belgian waffle after stroopwaffel after Belgian waffle, and then perfect as well for collapsing indoors for a post-sugar high nap. In Berlin, fall has finally hit hard, or at least all the falling leaves seem to smack me in the face every time I get on my bike and the sun has suddenly decided on a new early bedtime. Meanwhile my brain is reeling with public management terms (someone please remind me what libertarian paternalism is again and is there a pill I can take that will help me remember responsive regulation) and sunny days in Amsterdam seem eons away.

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all study & no play makes for a gloomy tuesday

AHH MIDTERMS goes this week's catchphrase, and yes I should be taking a better look at the social costs of monopoly power instead of writing this blog post but any excuse for a study break is welcome. Next up on the agenda: treating myself to some chocolate & moral hazard, which is not nearly as interesting as it sounds but guess what? I can totally understand at least 20% more WSJ articles now. Useful skills you pick up in grad school, I guess. The real issue at hand, though, is whether I can write essays on any of this crap by 10 am tomorrow, and then clearing the brain of economics to make room for Public Management which, coincidentally, aided in my understanding of a NYT article last week.

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istanbul

Since I fell in love with a Turkish boy shortly after I fell in love with Turkey, Istanbul has become my second home. Since spring I've found myself flying there every few weeks for Turkish ice cream, coffee-ground fortunes, and of course quality time with the boo.

Said boo works, though, so I often find myself wandering the city on my own. With the tourist traps all out of the way, I've made it my mission to discover the city's cafes one cappuccino and çay and a time. So hello Brew Coffee Works, home to this lovely latte art lunch and the distinctly adorable interior featured in the second-to-last photo. It's a beautiful escape full of old-timey French music and light and right in the center, too. A perhaps slightly mediocre 3.5/5 for cappuccino deliciousness but the ambience more than makes up for it.

My previous trip to the city of terrifying taxi rides was golden for weather, so we spent lots of time on the Bosphorus drinking rosé and eating fancy food. Every now and then I think it's healthy to take a vacation that allows you to pretend you are a princess, or at least that's what I tell myself each time the check comes.

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