7/30/2016

Zero waste kit

Hello, everyone!
As I noticed in my 2 recent vacation trips, where I tried to live with little waste, LINK something, I really need is a zero waste kit. Previously, my zero waste "kit" only included 2 plastic lunch boxes. They did, indeed avoid some waste, but were definitely not enough. So, I am now expanding this to a real zero waste kit to take with me everywhere to be prepared for any occasion:

7/29/2016

summer vacation- healthy eating & the waste after it

Hello, everyone!
While on summer vacation with my friends, I wrote down all the money, I spend for anything. Not only did I do this to be able to get control about my money in general, but also was I interested in seeing, how expensive it is to eat on vacation- vegan. As this was the first vacation, I really paid for my own food completely for a longer time, the result kind of surprised me.

7/28/2016

Summer vacation- packing minimalist

Hello, everyone!
The reason, why I have not blogged since a while is, that I was on vacation with 2 of my friends. We spend  2 days in berlin in a youth hostel and then camped at a place at the East sea for 3 days. Before sharing my experiences and photos with you, I want to introduce you to my backpack and everything, I took there. Since last time, when I traveled (Rock am Ring 2016), I downsized the amount of stuff, I was taking with me.

7/20/2016

websites & apps I use to study & organize myself

Hello everyone!
I am using a lot of different apps and websites to study for my own, for school or my time management. Today, I want to introduce them to you. (this list will definitely increase and change over the time)

7/19/2016

I counted my belongings

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Hello, everyone!
Stereotypical minimalists are often thought to have less then 333 items or 100 items or any other specific number of items, that they keep, often according to a kind of challenge. Founder of this idea was David Bruno and his 100- things- challenge, where he lived for one year with only 100 personal items. This may be considered the start of modern minimalism. I never planned to do a kind of challenge like that, mostly, because I though, that I could not own 100 or less personal belongings. I could cut down my belongings, I could reduce them, well, but 100 things seemed just not enough considering all the things, I want to create and collect.

7/18/2016

travel2japan: letter I wrote to myself after half of the time

Hello, everyone!
After the letter I wrote to myself at the evening, before I was going off to Japan , I also wrote another letter after half of the time there:

7/17/2016

travel2japan #83 friends & foes

Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #83 friends & foes
Real date: June, 1st, Monday

Well, June has begun. Today morning, I got up at 6 o'clock. After breakfast, Wakari san drove Kouta san to the station and me to school. She said something about us going to the hospital today. I asked: 'Just to check?' and she suddenly got really angry and said: 'If you are ill, you have to go to the hospital'. Except for the word 'hospital'. she said it all in English. I replied 'I understood', but she was even angrier accusing me to alway say 'I understood', even if I did not. I said: 'Yes'.  She seemed really angry. Sadly, I went to school. I had to cry a little.

7/16/2016

travel2japan #82 police & cleaning day

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Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #82 police & cleaning day
Real date: May, 31th, Sunday

I started writing in a new color (of my 4 color pen). Up from today, I have 2 month left in Japan. How does that make me feel?
Today is cleaning day in this town from 9 o'clock to 1 o'clock, all people go out on the street and clean, Breakfast was tasty, but I just talked a little with my host family. Because Kouta san has fear of heights, I will go to Tokyo sky tree alone. I read in the magazine about it and felt like I needed some help, but nobody helped me. I read a book. Everyone was outside. It is hot in here. My counselor wrote me that she will spent the next week in America. I replied. I want to be outside with all the people as well.

7/15/2016

travel2japan #81 Chiba


Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #81 Chiba
Real date: May 30th, Saturday

I woke up late today, but nobody was already in the kitchen. After I went to the bathroom, I saw that only Kouta sans breakfast was prepared, because he will go somewhere today. Wakari san was there. Suddenly, I got a really heavy sneezing attack and quickly went to the bathroom. I heard Wakari san saying something like: 'You flu is not okay' I think, she was a little angry. When I came back, she prepared breakfast and told me that Kouta san was at a meeting today. We ate breakfast and watched TV. For some reason, the TV flickered a little and then went off. Wakari san told me that it was because some kind of B- card. She left and I cleaned the house a little. I emptied the garbage bins, as she had told me. Then, I left. This was a quick morning.

7/13/2016

lessons learned from 'Life of Galileo'

Hello, everyone!
'Life of Galileo' LINk by Berthold Brecht was by far the most interesting books, I ever read in school. Not only is it written by the interesting communist Berthold Brecht, but it deals with an issue, I see to be still very topical. Galileo, the main character of the play, tries to prove that the earth turnes around the sun and not the other way around but has do deal with disbelief and violence from anti- progressive people, who are not willing to believe him.

7/12/2016

lessons learned from 'The Top Five Regrets of the Dying'

Hello, everyone!
Yesterday, I finished reading the book 'The Top five Regrets of the Dying' by Bronnie Ware. It was a very open, honest and mind- opening book, that I enjoyed reading a lot. Although the book is not entirely dedicated to this very five regrets (how could you fill 400 pages otherwise) it talked about a lot of important and true realizations and truth.

7/10/2016

travel2japan #80 good

Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #80 good
Real date: May 29th, Friday

Today, I finally go up at 5 o'clock. I changed clothes, went to the bathroom and then did some Kanji practice and wrote messages. When Wakari san came downstairs at 7:15, she told me that we should buy medication today and that she will be in Ginza today only around noon, so she we be here in the evening. She seems very worried about my flu.
Then, we had tasty breakfast and I went to school. I took a umbrella, because it rained a bit. I am not homesick and school is fine. I am happy.

7/09/2016

this school year


Hello, everyone reading this!
Yesterday was the last day of this school year, my 11th and almost last year at school. I want to take this as an occasion to review this school year. A review on my "year after Japan" will come very soon as well, now, however, I will focus my review on school and the time I spend there. But before, I will do a little rewind:

7/08/2016

travel2japan #79 tea ceremony club

Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #79 tea ceremony club
Real date: May 28th, Thursday


Tonight, I somehow dreamed that I wrote messages with my smartphone with Kyoka. When I wake up (in the night) I, of course, had not touched my phone. This was weird.
My flu is still there. I am sometimes sneezing and blowing my nose. I got up at 6 o'clock as I overheard my 5 o'clock alarm as always. Wakari san was up at 7 o'clock and we talked just a little.
Breakfast was tasty, but it was too much and I am feeling full now. I read. Wakari san had prepared my obento (lunch box) already yesterday. I think, she is in a hurry.

7/03/2016

jeans jacket #2 sleeves, collar and seams


Hello, everyone,
here comes the second and almost last part of my jeans jacket tutorial . Today, I will explain, how I made the sleeves, the collar and finished the jacket by working on the seams.
The fabric needed this time is lightened up:



#2 sleeves, collar and seams

jeans jacket #2 sleeves, collar and seams


Hello, everyone,
here comes the second and almost last part of my jeans jacket tutorial . Today, I will explain, how I made the sleeves, the collar and finished the jacket by working on the seams.
The fabric needed this time is lightened up:



#2 sleeves, collar and seams

1.the sleeves

For making the sleeves, I sewed together the sleeves part (I) right side on right side) It is important to sew narrower at the 'hand side' (right side on the picture. Then, I hemed the hand side seam by folding it twice and sewing along the inner and outer border. Also, I put a lap (F) between the fabric before sewing it, so the lap was fixed as well. 


When sewing on the sleeves. I turned them and the vest part around. I took the (last) lap (D) and used pins to fix it to the inner side of the sleeve(I) on the opposite side of where the sleeve seam is. It is important that a little of the fabric is protruding. So, now, when sewing along the edge of the seam, the lap is sewed on as well.

2. the collar

As for the collar part of the jacket, I first sewed around the top seam of the front parts (B). Then, I fixed the collar (A) to the back and front parts (B & C) right side on right side and sewed along the edge. So, now I had an a little wird looking collar.
3. seams
The only thing not fixed yet was the bottom line of the jacket what was not only not on the same length but also still fringy. So. I first cut all pieces to the same length (the length of C) and then sewed along the bottom edge. Now, the nice seam was finished

So, apart from the buttons, I still have to apply to the jacket, it is finished and looks like this:

Next time, I will go on adding the buttons and finishing the jacket.
I hope, you enjoyed this tutorial, see you soon,

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7/01/2016

jeans jacket #1 backside, front side with pockets

Hello, everyone!
Here comes the first part of a tutorial for sewing a jeans jacket (at least, how I sewed a jeans jacket). The first part will cover the backside design, the front sides (left and right) with  3 pockets each and sewing this 2 parts together.