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I have one (1) issue with Loki

I have been liking the Loki series, but there is one thing that keeps me from fully enjoying it, and I need to talk about it.

Michelle Obama’s «Becoming» and The Big Question

Michelle Obama has lived a very interesting life. This book is a glimpse into her life and her mind, and I was surprised to find myself in those pages, asking myself the same big question that has always haunted her: Am I good enough?

Of Mount Fuji, the Bamboo Princess, and the time I didn’t train to climb a mountain

There’s a Japanese saying that goes like this: “A wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once. Only a fool climbs it twice.” There’s a reason people say that and I got to find out why. I did not really believe René and Vassili the first time they told me we were going to climb Mount Fuji.Sigue leyendo «Of Mount Fuji, the Bamboo Princess, and the time I didn’t train to climb a mountain»

Review: Miss Burma

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t both intrigued and frightened by the myth of my mother and her native country, by their secrets and contradictions.” Charmaine Craig Miss Burma is a novel written by American author Charmaine Craig. It is a fictionalized version of her own family story, following the lives of herSigue leyendo «Review: Miss Burma»

2019: A Balanced Year

Every year I like to look for a quote to write in my notebook. I usually stick to the same three, the first by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the second by T.S. Eliot, and the third, my favorite one, by Ray Bradbury: “Next year’s going to be even bigger, days will be brighter, nights longer andSigue leyendo «2019: A Balanced Year»

Review: To The Lighthouse

“It was love, she thought, love that never clutch its object; but, like the love which mathematicians bear their symbols, or poets their phrases, was meant to be spread over the world and become part of human gain.” To the Lighthouse is a 1927 book written by modernist author, Virginia Woolf. Even though it isSigue leyendo «Review: To The Lighthouse»

St. Petersburg: Museum City

Город Музей Город Музей, or «gorod muzei» for those who, like me, do not read Russian, museum city, is how some people refer to the city of St. Petersburg. With over 100 museums, one ought to stay there for at least a few months to see every one of them. With only one week and manySigue leyendo «St. Petersburg: Museum City»

Saint Petersburg in January

«You’re going to Russia in January? Why? It’s so cold!» Those were usually the first words that my friends and family when I told them the news. In July 2017, after coming from work one day, I received a call from my good friend Miriam. She had had a rather frustrating day and in herSigue leyendo «Saint Petersburg in January»

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Imagined Communities

Back at the beginning of January, I told you about a book I recently read called Imagined Communities, written by British-American political scientist Benedict Anderson. It is a thorough study of nationalism and its origins that includes religion, languages, history and cultures from all around the world, and it is definitely one of the best booksSigue leyendo «5 Reasons Why You Should Read Imagined Communities»

Christmas Markets: Köln

Merry Christmas, my dearest readers! I am writing to you from the living room of one of my best friends, having had dinner and having enjoyed the holiday season. For those of you who, like me, didn’t know this, Germans celebrate Christmas Eve and two days of Christmas, which is awesome for lovers of ChristmasSigue leyendo «Christmas Markets: Köln»

Christmas Markets: Bonn

December’s here! And with it, comes the most wonderful time of the year! Those of you who’ve followed the blog for a little longer, know that every year I like to visit the Christmas Markets from the region. This year I moved to a different state, which means there are plenty of new Markets toSigue leyendo «Christmas Markets: Bonn»

What? You’re only Mexican?

«Where are you from?» This is usually the first question I’m asked when I’m introduced to someone. Not because people see me and instantly know I’m not German, but because Germany is full of people from everywhere. Particularly in German universities, not everybody is from the city where they study. «Mexico,» I always answer. FromSigue leyendo «What? You’re only Mexican?»

Review: Wishful Drinking

Most of us know who Carrie Fisher is. We probably met her the same way: when she appeared before a small droid and spoke the famous words: Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.

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