Archive for June, 2012

June 30, 2012

365/182

by ada

I used to live in this street for two years, together with my good old buddy, The Rat. He moved in uninvited and stayed without asking me for permission. With the time we got used to each other and learned to accept each others rights. Then I moved out. He still lives there, I guess.

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June 30, 2012

Scheveningen – SprookjesBeelden aan Zee

by ada

SprookjesBeelden aan Zee (fairytale images by the sea) is a free art project of the Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen, created by the American artist Tom Otterness. It contains 23 groups of bronze sculptures of (mainly ill-tempered or heavily troubled) figures, and it is pretty amazing.

June 30, 2012

…sweat, tears – or the sea

by ada

June 30, 2012

the cure for anything is salt water…

by ada

June 29, 2012

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Evening at the beach of Scheveningen.

June 28, 2012

Holland snapshots – part 1

by ada

June 28, 2012

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That’s how Utrecht Main Station greets its passengers.

June 27, 2012

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by ada

Waiting for the night train to Utrecht at München Hauptbahnhof.

June 26, 2012

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by ada

There are renovations going on at my workplace right now. Today they picked up the floor in front of the nurses’ room, so we couldn’t use the door for two hours and had to climb through the balcony up to the roofs to be able to contact the patients. Every day new adventures. Life is generous to me lately.

As a bonus a depression link, because I started taking 5-HTP a week ago and some results, like having fantastic reality dreams every night, are already showing. During my most terrible times I didn’t dream at all. Since I also couldn’t sleep at all for months despite of being totally exhausted, the lack of dreams was only secondary problem, haha.

Adventures in Depression

June 25, 2012

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by ada

First cherries of the season!

June 24, 2012

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by ada

I visited the Salzachsee today and met this swan there. He looks as if he saw something really shocking.

June 23, 2012

365/175+bonus

by ada

There are several ways to make thirteen hours long shifts more bearable. One of them is eating homemade apfelstrudel with heavy cream together with colleagues. Another one is eating heart-shaped chocolate bonbons while checking the drug list.

June 22, 2012

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

That’s the place called Überfuhr, where the river Saalach joins the river Salzach. They create together a natural border. One side of the river belongs to Germany, the other to Austria.

That’s the Austrian side:

And that’s Germany:

And that’s me, breaking deep into German territory:

June 22, 2012

365/174

by ada

I worked only short shift today so in the afternoon I visited the yearly book sale of the city library. That’s what I came home with.

June 22, 2012

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by ada

Movie evening with colleagues. We had a whole hall reserved for us and watched this film, with a small party afterwards, on which occasion I managed to stand right next to the Deputy Mayor of Salzburg. Simply call it the first step of my glorious political career.

June 20, 2012

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by ada

Part of me. Photo courtesy of our nursing student.

June 19, 2012

Salzburg – traces of music

by ada

June 19, 2012

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by ada

Well, the Girl Who Had No Phone period of my life is over, I guess. Me, on duty.

June 18, 2012

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by ada

Meet my new phone. I switched my old one off in October last year, when depression moved in into my life, and lived almost nine months without having one. And it was good. I didn’t miss being connected to the people I was connected to before. I lived outside of time and society. I wasn’t happy, because if you are dealing with clinical depression, you are rarely happy (I’m putting it nicely. Actually, if you are dealing with clinical depression, you feel like a tiny bit of sh*t. Later on you don’t feel anything anymore. It’s even worse). But I learnt a lot through being depressed, even if it isn’t worth it. Feeling bad and watching helplessly as your life is being wrecked, is never worth it. But, well, at least I can proudly call myself The Person Who Lived Without A Phone For Nine Months. I’m quite unique with it, I guess, at least here in Europe. Even my mother has one :o)

I also didn’t open my real life email account since October. I still need some more time to be able to do it and face all the people and problems I left back or the ones that are still to come. Let’s hope next Christmas won’t pass without me reading my mails, haha.

June 17, 2012

Salzburg – the roses of Mirabell

by ada

June 17, 2012

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by ada

I visited the flea market today and bought some nice clothes. I’m definitely not the average woman that gets this glossy shine in her eyes from the mention of bags and shoes and nail polish, but as I’ve mentioned already, I’m severely lacking clothes since I left Holland, and looking weird gets somewhat boring after almost nine months, even for me. And I do love flea markets, anyway.

June 16, 2012

music of the week – Monteverdi: Sì dolce è ‘l tormento

by ada

This song is on the Top Ten Forever-list of mine, and I am able to force it even into my Salzburg Early Music Composers series, despite of the fact that all Monteverdi has to do with Salzburg is that his opera L’Orfeo was performed here several times between 1614 and 1619, thank to Francesco Rasi, a famous tenor singer of the time, who sung its leading role at the first performance in 1607 in Mantua, and who brought the scores with him, when he fled to Salzburg in 1612 (after trying to murder his stepmother, ahem, those were the days, my friend, those were the days).

June 16, 2012

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by ada

A walk in the company of an ice-coffee along the Salzach promenade.

June 15, 2012

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by ada

An emotionally loaded team meeting right after a thirteen-hours long shift totally kills my constructivity and imagination, so all I can offer you today is a lunch break photo.

June 14, 2012

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by ada

A patient of mine told me I’m like a mother*. Well, during the past eight years I earned my living mainly with babysitting toddlers and teaching six-years old children playing Christmas songs on the recorder. It’s quite easy to put on some maternal style if you have years weeks passing by without talking to anybody older than average kindergarten kids, I guess.

* let’s hope she had a decent relationship with her mother and didn’t mean it in the wrong way, haha.

June 13, 2012

Salzburg – the fine details

by ada

June 13, 2012

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by ada

Eating out with colleagues. I have to admit that, after the complete social isolation I spent the last four years in, socializing is somewhat tiring for me. But it was the first time in years that beside some frustration I also enjoyed spending time with others than Móricka and The Cat.

June 12, 2012

365/164

by ada

It’s raining again since days (actually since weeks, with eventual breaks). I spent the last summer in Holland and it was raining all the time. In June I thought, we still have the whole summer ahead of us. In July I got nervous, but thought, we didn’t lose the battle yet, August is the hottest month of summer in Europe, there is still some hope. In August I was furious, in September apathetic and in October I became depressed. And while I clearly cannot blame my clinical depression on the weather, it is a scientific fact that sunshine does count, where mental illness (at least depression) is concerned.

Now I’m in Austria and it rains uninterruptedly. I start to believe that I’m die Frau mit den Regenhänden (the woman with rainy hands). Wherever I go I take my heavy clouds with me.

So for today is a photo of some strawberries and a cup of hot chocolate, made with coconut milk and without sugar (because, despite of the overwhelming amount of photos of tiramisus, chocolates and coffee cups on this blog, I’m still on my gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb antidepressant diet); wich I will drink in bed while reading Perry Mason. My new goal is to get through of all the existing Perry Mason-stories. I became somewhat oversatiated with musicology and health care literature lately.

June 11, 2012

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by ada

I spent the whole day with shopping and getting myself frustrated. I bought things I really needed (or badly wanted, ahem, hello, 99% Lindt chocolate and flowery clothes with lace) but I always get The Guilts if I happen to buy something. It’s the result of spending my childhood and studying time in most poetical and romantic poverty, I guess.

June 10, 2012

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by ada

Well, what could I say for an excuse. I’m spending my free days at my workplace to keep up with the incredible amount of paperwork and computer documentation nurses are required to accomplish in Austria.

This project wouldn’t have come to existence without some homemade tiramisu, created and generously offered by the boyfriend of one of my colleagues.

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