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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museum highlight: hamburger kunsthalle

By now I'm sure everyone knows I've got a soft spot for modern art museums (so many open spaces! so many clean lines!) so check out these photos of Hamburg's Kunsthalle. Unfortunately the museum is undergoing renovations so I was only able to visit the "white cube" portion of the building but... who am I kidding, that's what I was there for anyways.

But wait! There are cool things going on behind the scenes too!: I have officially booked myself a backpacking trip to South America for the full month of January! Working on finalizing the itinerary but be jealous. Be very jealous.

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hamburg

Ahhh well here I was meaning to post on Monday and somehow it's Friday already. I don't know whether to sigh in relief or panic that it's almost Monday again - I feel perpetually behind on school and four weeks in I already don't want to know whatever else there is to know about Public Management. I'm already wasting time feeling jealous of the generation that will just be able to upload all this knowledge off a chip into their brain.

Luckily Berlin's skies are still acting like summer, by which I mean there is sun and I don't need gloves yet, which is pretty darn good for October I'd say. I've got to get all the rest of my summer photos up before the matching weather is too far gone to have been plausibly in the same year, so bear with me while I try to juggle a schedule that does just not have enough naptime in it.

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