Photo Friday: Getting you festival excited.

Festival season is coming closer and I couldn’t be more excited for it. Drinking beer out of cans, no matter what time it is, playing Flunky Ball all day, listening to live music while lying in the grass, enjoying the sun (hopefully) and spending three days away from reality with friends and good energies – it’s the dream!
This is why I decided to get you festival excited with a new Photo Friday. Enjoy and happy weekend! x

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Dockville Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Rock en Seine

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Southside Festival

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Southside Festival

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Southside Festival

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Southside Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Spektrum Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Dockville Festival

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Southside Festival

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Longitude Festival

The ultimate packing list: Festival edition

I’ve been to quite a few festivals now (this year is my 8th time at Southside Festival in Germany) and I’ve learned a lot about packing the right things and not too much for it. That’s why I thought I’d share my tips with you.

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Dawn of the dead on the last day of the festival


Food

Clearly, eating is very important, especially when you drink a lot like you usually do at a festival. That’s why planning this part is vital. But what do you really need?
At my first festival we bought a lot of food containers like Ravioli, Chili con Carne and other unnecessary stuff. Throughout the years, we realised that you don’t really need to bring much. So here’s what I always buy: Bread, cream cheese, fruits&vegetables (apples, carrots, …) and a few nuts. Usually you spend most of your day at the festival ground and walking back just to cook and eat your container ravioli is a waste of time for me. Sure, it’s a question of money as well, but I think hearing all the live music is worth it.


Clothes

Especially when going to festivals in Germany you can never know what to expect with the weather? Will it be crazy rain and cold? Or will it be the sunniest weekend yet? And even if the weather forecast predicts sun all weekend, it can still get cold at night and muddy around the festival ground. That’s why my luggage always contains the following:
Gumboots
Overknee socks 
(They are perfect to put on with your shorts when it gets cold at night)
A rain jacket or wind breaker
Shorts
T-Shirts
A warm jumper and sweatpants (for the evenings and sleeping)


Toiletries

Clearly another given. But what do you really need? I always bring facial wipes (I know that they are not very good for the environment but they are just so practical), mascara if I feel like I really need it, shower gel and shampoo and hand sanatizer (!!!). Other than that you don’t really need much else (except if you have contact lenses like I do). But if the weather is good, don’t forget to pack sun screen as well, a painful sunburn is the last thing you need at a festival!
And don’t forget toilet paper. It’s not only good when using one of the portable toilets another time than early on the first day but it also serves your Karma points well. Ever stood in front of a toilet, handing out toilet paper? People will love you.

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Me and a portable toilet on a Sunday. Wonderful.

Camping Gear/Practical things

Well, a tent and a sleeping bag are obvious but what else do you need? Definitely bring some camping chairs, because if it rains just a little bit, you don’t really want to sit on the floor anymore. And another thing important, to either be a shelter from rain but also from sun: a pavilion. You can get them at any construction market and they are cheap enough (if you are a bigger group) to just leave it there in the end. Make sure to fix it with lots of tape (the strong silver one to be exact), so it won’t break with people tripping over it or the wind trying to blow it up.
As a bag, try to bring a fanny pack, since that way you have your hands free to party like a rockstar and it’s not as easy to get robbed or anything.
You never know who you are going to camp next to and how there endurance looks like, so if you want to get a little bit of sleep at night, don’t forget earplugs.


Fun things

Because I always lose things, I decided to not bring anything too valuable to a festival anymore (except for my phone because let’s face it, you’d literally be lost at a festival without one), so I started buying disposable cameras to bring. They are usually around €10 and take up to 30 photos so perfect for a festival day.
We also always (try to) bring a ball to play Flunkyball, a drinking game that’s apparently not known in many other countries, and if you want to listen to music before the actual festival acts start, bring some speakers with you. If your festival actually offers a festival radio (Southside does, for example) you can also bring a radio to be up to date on any changes and listen to all the great bands you are going to see or have seen live that weekend.
Also, a water gun always brings lots of fun and definitely refreshment if the weather’s too hot to handle!

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Flunky Ball

I hope this helps you to have the best festival weekend ever!

If you want to read more about my festival experiences so far, click here and here and look out for some upcoming posts.

2016 you’ve been wonderful: A review

Okay, my headline just talks about my life. Not about everything that’s going on in the world. Because if I was talking about that, wonderful wouldn’t exactly be the word that came to my mind first. But let’s not think about it for now.  This time of the year is about being grateful and happy and peaceful anyways.

Here are my highlights of 2016.

A rainy wintertrip to London and Edinburgh

In January, before the madness of my second semester started, I visited friends in both London and Edinburgh and had a blast!
Read about my Edinburgh tips here.

My first St Patricks Day in Dublin!

Ever since I found out about St Patricks Day I wanted to spend it in Ireland. Little did I know back then, that one day I’d live there and actually had the opportunity to do so!
I went and watched the parade (which is worth it if you go for a visit but be prepared to wait around for a very long time in order to see something) and then I went to a “The Corrs”- Sing-along and sang along with songs I didn’t even know were Irish!

A real New Orleans Wedding

When my mum was 17 her parents let an American guy, aged 19, “couchsurf” at their house. Ever since, they stayed in touch and our family now has a great friendship with this family over in Texas. One of the kids, she’s 25, just got married in May, and what’s a better excuse to visit friends you haven’t seen in a while than a wedding?

I wedding was absolutely beautiful and I totally fell in love with New Orleans.
Read about my New Orleans tips here.

I became an aunt and a surviver of Southside 2016 🙂

…and both events happened on the same weekend! On June 24th I drank on my newborn nephew, Lukas, on the hottest Southside Day I’ve experienced since I started going in 2010. But this heat also lead to the shortest Southside ever. Read about the whole story in my blogpost here.

I finally went back to OZ!

When I first went to Australia in 2010, I fell in love and knew I had to go back to this beautiful country every once in a while. So far, i was very successful in going back every three years – 2013 and now, in 2016.
I visited a friend, who lives in Bondi and felt like I just lived the typical Bondi life. Walks on the beach in the morning, yoga, BBQs and best of all: no stress at all.

Ticked something off the bucket list: Vietnam

On my around the world trip I didn’t find time to go to Vietnam, especially because I didn’t want to rush through it. Ever since, the country has been on top of my to-see list and I decided to stop and explore there on my way home from Australia. And it didn’t disappoint me!
Read about what I did over there here and here, get some tips here and see all the beautiful faces I met there (and in the rest of Asia) here.

I finally graduated as an MA in Journalism and Public Relations!

Yesss I did it! After a year of studying, a few breakdowns and a lot of fun, I graduated from Griffith College in Dublin! And I got to wear one of those hats. Let’s not talk about their meaning of a capped education for women, though. Let’s just enjoy that I got to wear (and throw) a hat 😀

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A girls trip to Chile!

And finally one of my highlights of 2016 just ended a few days ago: Chile with a group of friends.
A friend of ours from Hamburg fell in love with a guy from Chile 3 years ago and on December 17th, they got married in the little town Olmué, between Vina del Mar and Santiago. And because Chile is too far away to just go for a weekend, me and 4 friends decided to make a trip out of it, rented a car and drove around this breathtaking country. A blogpost about it will come up soon and you can find a video of the trip here.
But now, a few highlight photos you can also find on my Instagram.

And 2017? 

I don’t really know. I am currently looking for a job, so that’s my main focus. Depending on where I’ll end up, I will obviously still try to travel as much as possible. Since my flight anxiety got worse in 2016, I promised myself not to take too many flights in 2017. We’ll see how that’ll work out.

Things in 2017 I’m looking forward to already:

February 5th: Bon Iver Concert, Hamburg
February 8th: The XX Concert, Stockholm
April 1st: Tory Lanez Concert, Dublin
June 24th: Southside Festival 2017

Enjoy the final days of 2016 and have a wonderful start into 2017!

Travelers’ Tales: Southside Festival Warriors

For seven years now, I am visiting the Southside Festival close to the German Lake Constance. And every year there were some extremes weather-wise – really hot, really rainy, really windy. But this year just beat everything.

The first day, Thursday, we arrived around 3pm and the entrance area was packed – with the temperature being as high as around 30 degrees. We started standing in line but somehow, after the long way from the parking spot with a huge backpack and standing there for a bit, I realised that I’m close to fainting and I just barely made it to the side of the area to sit down. Finally, around 7 pm, we made it inside with everything set up and ready to go.

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