September Playlist

After a hot, fantastic and adventurous summer it’s suddenly fall. Which means putting on warmer clothes and probably also changing up your playlist a bit.

Here the songs I’ve been listening to this September:

FOOLS – Troye Sivan (he released a fantastic new EP – totally in love with it but FOOLS is my favorite)

WILD – Troye Sivan

Gold Mine Gutted – Bright Eyes

Papercut ft. Troye Sivan – Zedd

Avalanche – Bring me the Horizon

Happy Song – Bring me the Horizon

True Friends – Bring me the Horizon

What do you mean? – Justin Bieber (props to that one, Justin)

Hurts Like Hell – Fleurie

Money – 5 Seconds of Summer

Vacation – Simple plan

City of Angels – 30 Seconds to Mars

Astronaut – Simple Plan

Run – Awolnation

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

Young God – Halsey

I pray for you – Jaron

The Rest of Us – Simple Plan

Color – Halsey

When the River Runs Deep – Iron Maiden

Single for the summer – Sam Hunt

Wanted – Hunter Hayes (beautiful song, saw him live in Florida – one talented young man he is)

Jet Black Heart – 5 Seconds of Summer (definitely my airplane song)

I hate everything about you – Three Days Grace

Somewhere in Brooklyn – Bruno Mars

Can’t take my eyes off you – Lady Antebellum (wonderful concert!)

Bartender – Lady Antebellum

The Great Unkown – Iron Maiden

The Great Escape – Boys Like Girls

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay

The Great Escape – We Are Scientists

Backseat Serenade – All Time Low

Have a nice fall, drink lots of pumpkin spice lattes (or pumpkin soup, or eat pumpkin pie) , wear cosy sweaters and enjoy the last few sunny days outside.

Love, Virginia

Women of the week

After several weeks of listening to my professor fangirl over “Ferdinand de Saussure and his amazing work”, quoting several passages of his books, essays, texts and maybe even diary excerpts (by heart of course), excitedly telling us how greatly he influenced linguistics and happily blushing every time a student answered a question correctly, (with a Saussure reference duh) i decided it might be better to use his lecture time to blog.

This week I really felt like writing about something relevant to current situations in the world, hence, I decided to make a list about women who I consider “My women of the week”.

Firstly, Arin Mirkan, a kurdish fighter who killed at least 27 ISIS members by a suicide bombing near Kobané. Arin was trying to defend the town against a group of Islamic State fighters in Syria. Knowing that many ISIS fighters rape, force-marry and kill women (and children) that are captured by them, she detonated a bomb and ran towards a group of ISIS fighters. She is being celebrated by many Kurds and also non-Kurds all around the world.
The mother of two children is hailed a heroine for her strong will, determination and her sacrifice. I cannot believe what choice this woman had to make; deciding in a matter of minutes, seconds even, to take your own life because life in ISIS capture would inevitably be worse, shows great emotional strength and also desperation that I wish no one had to feel and go through. I celebrate you, Arin. Thank you for your service, may you rest in peace and not be forgotten.

Secondly, Laci Green, for speaking up against sexual abuse and sexual harassment. After a video of sexual harassment in public was uploaded by the famous youtuber Sam Pepper, she was one of the first ones to speak up on twitter and addressed him in an open letter, which many youtubers signed. After a huge backlash Sam uploaded another video, this time sexually harassing men and then a third video, where he explained that it was all a social experiment. I call bullshit and so did many others. The topic of sexual abuse in the youtube community resurfaced again with bigger force this time and several women spoke up against Sam Pepper who repeatedly sexually harassed women and there’s even a report on rape. Laci was one of the leading figures in the whole discussion, she openly spoke about sexual abuse/harassment on Channel 4 and she constantly tweeted and made aware of the problem(s). Thank you Laci Green. I applaud you for not just standing up for yourself but also for every other woman in this world.

I’m disgusted by the fact that Sam Pepper is still allowed on Youtube and Twitter. I admit I once was a fan of him, I liked some of his videos, I met him last April and thought he was really nice, but looks like I was very wrong.
You will probably never read this, Sam, but if you do: here’s a message from a disappointed EX-fan: Go fuck yourself, asshole!

Last but not least on my “Women of the week” list: my lovely girls from University and my non-Uni friends that spend their evenings talking to me and making me laugh. Y’all don’t know how beautiful and amazing you are. Each and every one of you is special in your own ways and I might not be too good with feelings and words but I appreciate our talks and adventures a lot. Also, in my opinion you deserve the world. Seriously!
Thank you so much for everything, ladies! I love you lots. xx

A woman’s journey of a thousand miles…

A woman’s journey of a thousand miles…

That’s it. I did it. I officially applied for the most amazing student job ever: a round-the-world trip.

I’d get the chance to travel the world for 4 weeks this summer and blog/vlog about my adventures.

First I had to put together a plan of my whole trip.I decided that if i get the opportunity I’d first visit Israel. I’d fly into Tel-Aviv and of course travel to Jerusalem to see the historic parts of the city. The next destination would be Madagaskar. It’s not a country a lot of people visit but I heard and read a few very interesting things about that island in the Indian Ocean and I believe it’s worth a visit. My next stop would be Singapore. I’ve been there once for 2 days when I was 4 years old. Of course I don’t remember but my parents still mention it sometimes and I believe I’d really like it because the culture is very different from the western culture I live in.
Since I’m a surfer my next stop would be Honolulu, Hawaii. I heard a lot of amazing things about Hawaii and friends who I used to surf with always recommended it. My next destination would be Guatemala. I decided to visit Guatemala because I wanted to have one location on my trip where I can use my Spanish and I’d definitely like to visit the Tikal National Park.
After Guatemala I’d be heading up north to Washington D.C., capitol of the United States of America. Also I’d like to visit the state Virginia, since I’m named after it. My last stop before heading back to Zurich, Switzerland is Toronto where I want to indulge in the Canadian politeness and probably also visit the Niagara Falls.

Israel – Madagaskar – Singapore – Hawaii – Washington D.C./Virginia – Toronto

It would (literally) mean the world to me if you took the time to vote for me on everyglobe.com. My trip is called “A woman’s journey of a thousand miles…” and it’s very easy to vote for me : just click on the link, then click vote, enter your email address and then you’ll receive a confirmation email from everyglobe which you’ll have to confirm and then the vote counts.

A big thank you to those who help me live my dream

Sleepless night

You’re never going believe what I am doing right now:

It’s 1 am and I’m planning a round-the-world trip. Yes, yes you read correctly & I know I’ll have to get up for University in less than 5 hours, and I also know I have a road trip booked for this summer but I just received an AMAZING job offer from the travelling agency everyglobe.

They are looking for someone who will travel around the world for one month this summer.  With a budget of 15’000 swiss francs I’d have to blog, write und vlog about it everyday (that’s what I already do, right?)

I just brainstormed some ideas for potential destinations and I’m now putting together a trip and applying for that job as soon as possible.

It might be a bit crazy, reckless even, but there’s still a whole wide world out there to be explored and if this is not the best opportunity I will ever get, I really don’t know.

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If any of you know any good apps or programs for trip planning let me know!

Adioooooos and talk to you soon.

“These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you, let’s hear it for NEW YORK!”

I can’t believe that after a whole year of travelling I’m going to be on the road (airplane) again tomorrow.
Yes, my bags are packed, I’m sitting in the Starbucks coffee at the lovely Bellevue in Zürich before doing some last minute shopping for my next adventure which will start tomorrow morning. (Shops open at 9 o’clock, so yeah… Starbucks is a good excuse)

Tomorrow morning my whole family and I are leaving Switzerland to spend Christmas and New Year in the lovely city of New York. Bild

 

I’ve never been to New York before and I am very excited to explore the city and probably also the nightlife scene since I’m turning 21 on Christmas. EXCITING!!! 
Of course I’m also looking forward to doing all the touristy things one can do in New York. I maybe don’t have a boyfriend for a romantic ice skating rink experience at the Rockefeller Center but my sister will do, right? 😉

Just recently I was looking through the pictures of my travels and I realized how much I miss all the people, the cities, the adventures and the excitement. Just a year ago my time in the City of Angels was over and I was in Santiago de Chile, spending Christmas with my chilean family; and that’s an experience I will definitely never forget. Last week is sent them some Christmas presents, which mainly consist of chocolate because what else should I send them from Switzerland?

I’m done with 5 of my 6 final exams, the last one i will have to take in January. Half of them went well and the rest was just like playing poker. Especially my business administration exam was an hours of guessing and calculating how many points I needed to pass the exam (yes, it really was that bad). 

I’m off doing some last minute shopping.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! All the best, stay healthy and happy!

 

Virginia