Dienstag, 14. April 2015

Welcoming Spring!



For me, Spring has come when the Cherryblossoms are in bloom.

And they are NOW!

The sight makes me just so happy! 
Every year I wish to call up all my friends just to make them look at them for hours!
But instead I thought, I share them on my blog.

 

Dienstag, 7. April 2015

Films that made me want to travel

It's no big secret that I'm watching more TV and films than I'm doing anything else, so I thought I share with you some of my favourite movies that inspired me to travel more or further and caused my Fernweh to grow by every minute watching it:



The Bucket List (2007)


Do you really have to ask why I picked The Bucket List? Go watch it, write your own bucket list and try to fulfill as much as you can before you kick the bucket!


The Physician (2013) 

The Physician is a movie adaptation from the novel by the same name written by Noah Gordon. I read the book first and I loved it! (I can only recommend everyone to read it!) So I had to see the movie! I wasn't so surprised that the movie took a slightly different turn from the book, but I enjoyed the movie as well, so that it made it into my travel movie list.
It is about the life of a Christian English boy in the 11th century who journeys across Europe in order to study medicine among the Persians. First of, the main character is amazingly hot, which makes it  already worth watching, second the movie isn't directly about travelling, but Rob Cole takes a long journey (from England to Persia) encountering all kinds of cultures and learns the best travel lesson of all: There is so much more to learn in this world, go out and seek what you want to know!

 

Blue Lagoon (1980)


I had to pick this movie, simply because it is that one movie where you have that far-away-dream-island with white sand, crystal clear water and all the tropical experiences in one. (+ that steamy love scene of two young teenagers discovering love )

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)


Might be the most obvious one, but it actually had a great impact on me. Discovering the world and doing it all in one round - the typical traveller's dream. I loved the movie, because it showed all the diversity the world had to offer and enough energy to only stop when you reached your goal. The movie also taught me that there will be obstacles on your journey and that travel changes your life forever.


Catch me if you can (2002)


This movie is not particularily about travelling per se, more about escape and airline fraud. But what better escape is there than to travel?


Big Fish (2003)


Big Fish is about going out into the world and seeking your luck. It teaches the valuable lesson that you'll meet all kinds of people and you'll be faced with all kinds of obstacles in life. It's best spiced with a tiny pinch of magic because the stories are told as they are felt. For me this is exactly what travelling is about: making your life extraordinary and having great stories to tell when you're older. Also where else could you meet so many interesting people from all around the world than on your travels?


The Child and the Fox (2007)

A little girl befriends a fox and they take little trips through the woods together. After a while she sees the world through the eyes of a fox. I've watched this movie just recently and it is truly beautiful. I mean this movie is worth watching just for the amazing visuals, but it also triggers my inner desire to explore and discover a hidden paradise that only you know of.


Up (2009)


Okay, this movie is just adorable! This kids movie is a must-watch - even for adults! It has it all, love, friendship, dreams and hopes, tragedy, action, beautiful visuals! Just the first 8 Minutes tell the most beautiful love story there is.


Paris, je t'aime (2006)
and New York, I love you (2008)

These lovely two films are part of a series to highlight the most beautiful cities of the world. They both contain little episodic short films, show each city in all its facetts and are just fun to watch because a lot of famous actors playing in it.








Three more films of the series are soon to be released. They include Rio, Eu Te Amo, Shanghai, 我爱你 and Jerusalem, I Love You. All 3 films will follow the same style as the other two. No matter the country, the respective city stays the main topic of the movies.
In my opinion they should add some cities to the List:
Tokyo, daisuki desu!
London, I love you!
Granada, te quiero!






Some Honourable Mentions:


Life in a Day (2011)

Life in a Day is a Youtube documentary made out of many tiny films about life all around the world in all its facets highlighting cultural differences and the way we still can connect because of our feelings. What people love, fear and hope. And how beautiful life can be. A film simply dedicated to life itself. Availlable for free on Youtube. (Trailer + Full Movie).

FunForLouis 


FunForLouis ist the Youtube channel of Internet celebrity and daily vlogger Louis Cole who puts his travel adventures online for the world to see. "Peace out, enjoy life and live the adventure!" are the words he truly lives by and gives all kinds of travel details, tips and tricks in his vlogs inspiring thereby millions of people from all around the globe.


 JacksGap 


JacksGap is the Youtube channel of the twin brothers Jack and Finn Harries. They made it into my list, because of their video playlist called The Rickshaw Run.They have a lot more travel videos on their channel, but I wanted to hightlight this particular video series, because it does not only show all the beauty India has to offer, but also made me tremble with excitement! I was following the series so eagerly that I was even dreaming about driving a Tuk-tuk myself while waiting for a new video to come out. Furthermore they raised a lot of money for a great cause with their videos. So go over to their channel and give them some love.

 

Earth (2007)

This is a very beautiful documentary about our earth. I saw it a lot of times in school, but I never got tired of it. It's educational and entertaining!



Enjoy your movie night!

Samstag, 4. April 2015

The Primark Hipocrisy

A new Primark store has opened in my hometown. And since then, nothing has been more discussed lately than the clothing store:


There are people loving it and going out buying millions of articles every day. The big brown paper bags dominate the shopping high streets and Youtube is full of "haul videos" where people show off what they bought and at what price. Before, women with little budget could only afford a few items a year, but now with Primark, their dream of a diverse and fully equipped wardrobe has finally become a reality.

On the other side are people complaining about the low quality of clothes and the plastic smell. They hate the fact that little children in China, Bangladesh and/or Africa work in factories to produce all the clothing for a pittance. 

Honestly, there's nothing new about poor people in developing countries getting exploited and working under horrible conditions to make our products in our wealthy countries cheaper. If this has not fazed you up until now, then you shouldn't hate on Primark.

And only because you paid more for a product and bought it at a different store, doesn't make it fair either. Even that 50 Euro shirt you bought from Nike was probably manufactured in Bangladesh by poor little children's hands as well, but the big labels like to charge you more for products of equal value just because their brand name is on it. (And you're even parading  it around as status symbol, just like a free advertisement banner for them.) None of that money, you spend, will ever reach the right places, the poor people you maybe hoped to support. If you think otherwise, you are really naive...

As you can see, Primark is just like any other clothing store you know. Except that it's probably cheaper.

If you'd really want to change the world for the better, you'd always have to buy your clothes in fair trade shops or in second-hand shops. But we both know that the majority of people won't do that.

Nevertheless, I'll share a link for Fair Trade International. I hope you take a look and at least give it a chance. There are so many fair trade articles, not only clothing. Maybe if you don't find clothes-wise what you are looking for, you can still support other projects.

Furthermore and in spite of all its negative points, Primark also brings some advantages: It brings new jobs which is great for the economy. It also has a great and diverse clothing collection. The quality might not be super "high society" but what do you expect when you pay 8 euros for a pair of jeans? But still, Primark has without doubt the best value for money.



But you are right, you can't buy everything at Primark, that's why I made another list for you.
 

Here are the things I can truthfully recommend you to buy at Primark:


Basic stuff: 
You know the type of clothing you only need to complement another piece of clothing? For example that white boring top you just bought so you could wear your cute little rosé coloured blouse with it. All kinds of clothes like these, which are not really seen or are just plain in one colour, you can buy without worries at Primark.

Socks & (Nylon) Tights:
They have really fluffy ones that keep you warm no matter what! The Nylon ones rip anyway really fast, so why pay too much?

Pyjama pants: They have the most comfy and adorably cutest pyjama pants at Primark, go check them out! I fell in love with them and you sleep heavenly in them. Or just chillax on the couch with some pizza...Oh yeah...Pizza...What was I talking about again?

Fan articles:
You know that shirt with that Disney print that normally would cost you a fortune? Go to Primark, it's probably cheaper there. I especially like the Marvel/DC Prints.

Bobby pins:
You'll lose anyway half of them, so buying them at Primark makes sense. As well as for redheads who have a hard time finding the right type of bobby pin to really hide them in their hair: they have bobby pins matching all kinds of hair colours.


Things you always wanted to try, but never dared to:
You wonder if that black and red mini skirt with lepard pattern fits into your wardrobe or if you'll ever be able to rock that very eccentric but amazing looking dress in public? Buy it at Primark. It won't be so sad in case your fashion experiment was a failure, if it didn't cost you the world.



So after reading all of this, it might make you realize that there is not only black or white. And it's up to you to make a change.

Of course, none of these reasons justifies child labour, nor do I want to convince you to shop at Primark. I just wanted to bring my point across.

So now it's up to you to decide: 

 

Do you really want to waste your time hating on Primark
Or 
Do you focus on what's important improving the world (and your wardrobe) ?