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Life lately and my new plans (and some Monday links)

Hi everyone,
it’s been awfully quiet around here in the last couple of months. The reason? Life! The life of a PhD student to be more precise. And relationships, and family, and now vacation. I almost completed my first year as a PhD student. The work load will probably continue to get heavier. However, I feel inspired to write again and I hope I can pick up the pieces of this blog again.
However, things around here will change: I have been doing a lot of research on environmental issues and zero waste lifestyle over the past few months and I am hoping to write about that here. Learning and practicing scientific methods every day, I’d like to use that experience to help people who don’t work in science understand environmental and medical publications. Maybe I’ll open a little science category… I am also not traveling as much as I used to but it is still my favorite thing to write about, so I will try to keep it up. I still have so many photos and past trips to talk about.
Let’s hope the motivation and inspiration lasts!!

If you’re curious what I have been up to lately, check out the links below 😃

  • Despite everything going on, I managed to get addicted to the show Girlboss on Netflix and it took me a good 5 episodes to recognize why I recognized the name „nasty gal
  • For some reason, in stressful times, I feel the need to shop. This month I satisfied my shopping craving at thredup.com and online thrift shop. I am actively trying to buy less new clothes to reduce my environmental impact and I wanted a new dress for the Mister’s younger brother’s graduation.
  • This list would be incomplete without a link to my favorite blog Hither&Thither. I stumbled upon a post, where Ashley, the blogger, was writing about the HBO series Girls. Having very mixed feelings about the show, I really enjoyed the discussion with her readers.
  • I was looking into a lot of zero/ minimal waste alternatives this month and I did make a couple of changes (will report back soon). However, the DIY natural deodorant bar didn’t make the list yet this month. I will keep this recipe for future reference though. For now, I got a packaging free deodorant bar from lush.
  • I stumbled upon this article “8 reasons why traveling is good for your health” and I thought it would be really interesting to look into scientific publications related to travel and health. As I said, I’d like to make scientific publications about interesting topics more accessible to my readers.
  • Also, check out my post about conscious clothing to get an idea of what I am planning in the future 🙂
Yours,
Juliet
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Review: My year in travel 2016

Hey everyone,
I am finally back to writing after a few stressful months of getting settled into a new city and a new grad school. Like last year, I’d like to revisit my travels and the memories I have collected during the year of 2016.

New Years in Portugal

In short, we went to a small town close to Porto to visit some old friends for New Years and of course we all explored Porto together.  I really fell in love with this city and could totally imagine living and studying there. I kind of wish I had found out about Porto before my undergrad was over so I could have considered a study abroad period in Portugal. After a few days in the northern region of Portugal, plenty of delicious homecooked food, and some port wine tastings, my travel buddy and I took the train down South to Lisbon to explore the capital for a few days. Lisbon reminded me of San Francisco in so many ways and even though the weather in January was rather mediocre I had a great time and many adventures in this city.
Porto
Porto
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Expat Life: I am moving to the US in five days

Hi everyone,
today I have something slightly different for you. I usually don’t post a lot about my private life (other than my travels). However, since I am slowly but surely transitioning into an expat life for graduate school, I decided I would give personal blogging a try. In case, you have missed the update, I am moving to the US! I wanted to share with you guys, what is happening in my life in rather short simple posts. So I guess this is the start of a new series and a new category on this blog.

As the title already revealed, I have only five days left until I am hopping on a plane and moving to the San Francisco Bay Area for four + years.

What is already organized:

– I have canceled my apartment and found a new tenant.
– I have found and rented a room in Santa Cruz.
– I arranged all the flights and the transportation to and from the airports.
– I have already said goodbye to my family about a week ago when I had to go back to Berlin.
– The majority of things for school are organized as well.

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One big update

Hi everyone,

it’s been forever that I published something here. This is mostly due to plenty of things happening out there in the world and me struggling to keep up. However, now I am taking a little break from all of this so I finally have time to fill you in on all the big news.

First of all, the very obvious change: I switched to a self-hosted blog with a new design. So from now on the URL is even easier to remember. It’s just yoursjuliet.com. Now, there are still some minor design flaws roaming this site but so many people advised me to make the switch rather sooner than later. So apologies if something is not working correctly just yet. Let me know about it and I will try to fix it asap.

Second, I basically finished up my Master’s program. I recently handed in my thesis and now I am just waiting for the defense to be over (which won’t be until mid-September). This means my days are not filled with scientific writing and graph making any more and can now be filled (at least partly) with blog post writing and photo editing.

And last but certainly not least, I AM MOVING TO CALIFORNIA! I am still having trouble believing it since everything happened so fast. I got into grad school in Santa Cruz ,where I will be starting mid-September already. So there are some stressful but also very exciting times ahead of me. I’m excited to go back to all the places I loved so much, discover new ones, and blog about it all.

Also, I will try to use my time off to catch up with blog posts that I meant to write ages ago. So as you’re reading this, I might be working on my Bay Area bucket list or the next posts about Prague, Lisbon, and Porto.

Hope you like the new design!

Yours,
Juliet

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How studying abroad changed me

Adapted from original: “Reading” byMoyan Bren, used under CC BY
Adapted from original: “Reading” by Moyan Bren, used under CC BY

First of all, the obvious things: My appearance changed. I lost weight, my hair is lighter and longer and I looked more tanned in the end. The latter vanished pretty quickly and, unfortunately, it seems like the weight thing is changing back, too. So I guess, changes in appearance don’t count 😀

What does count though, is the change in my attitude, the way I perceive myself, and the way others perceive me.

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