2015 has been an unexpectedly full year for me. Could it be because I turned 30 and I unconsciously wanted to get it all done before I wake up to be, like, 40? I don’t know. But hey, if you happen to be turning 30 anytime soon, don’t worry about it. Take it from an insider: it’s just like turning 13 or 18 or 23. Nothing spectacular happens. You don’t get any secret insights at midnight. You just continue being you and trying to figure things out. I turned 30 halfway through 2015, and a lot of amazing things happened during both halves of the year. Here they come:
1. Japan. I can’t even begin to describe my Japanese experience. Of course, I always wanted to go, but I never thought it would actually happen, not without a huge hole in my finances. And then, at some point in March, we found an amazing deal for plane tickets (forever grateful, AlItalia), got them on the spot, and were set to leave on the last day of April. Everything is SO different there! Tokyo is unbelievable, and nothing you read about it could prepare you for the actual experience. We’ve spent 3 weeks in the city, moving from neighbourhood to neighbourhood (this is a really wonderful hostel if you’re interested), and getting to meet long-time internet pals that I never thought I would. We had fantastic weather. There were fish flags (koinobori) everywhere to celebrate Children’s Day. Wwe had sushi and amazing conbini treats. And we came back with a ton of small souvenirs and butterflies in our stomachs.
Read more posts about Japan here.
2. Driver’s licence. I didn’t grow up having an interest in cars or driving, but it had been on my bucket list for a while. I was pleased to recently find a list of 2015 resolutions that included getting my driver’s licence and to be able to cross it off. And boy, was it a long and difficult journey! I started taking lessons in January and it was super frustrating. I couldn’t even hold the wheel, and an old-fashioned, slightly misogynistic instructor sure didn’t help. I was always pissed and figured it will never happen for me. Then I started to become more confident and I was excited about my first exam. I was less excited about my second exam. By the third time, I was anxious and had dreams only about the likes of parallel parking. Note that this took pretty much the whole year, because you have to wait between trials, and take more lessons, and spend more money, and be chronically frustrated first. Finally, at the end of September, my fourth trial was the last one and I got my licence. DRIVING, MAN! On that very day, we had to pack everything that was left of our apartment and move out.
3. Berlin. Which brings me to the fourth thing on my list, moving to Berlin. This was also something I’ve wanted for a while, and we finally decided to go for it this summer. Our Cluj rent was ending in October, and we found a Berlin apartment in October. We both had fresh driver’s licences and a car to take us places. We were both freelancers, so we could work from virtually anywhere. Everything was coming into place, except for one little thing: the cats. You might remember our black cat Lizzi, and our stray/yard cat Sica. Since our new place has a no-pets policy, we couldn’t bring them to Berlin for the time being. Lizzi is now living with her grandparents (where she’s more than spoiled) while Sica is still guarding his territory back in Cluj. It’s super weird not having a cat around the house, and there’s a shortage of stray cats around here, so one thing on my list for next year is to find a cat cafe. But I digress. Berlin! So much to do, so much to see, so little time!
4. DaWanda. You know how I worked as a freelancer for, like, 5 years? And even before that, I worked from home? Well, at age 30, I got my first office job. It’s just part-time, so I still have time to do my freelance stuff, but it sure has changed by daily schedule. And did I mention it’s at DaWanda, the handmade online marketplace of choice for German designers and crafters? I’m working for their DIY platform, which every once in a while means me spray painting stuff (see above photo + final result here) or sewing or whatever. It’s funny, cause I always thought of DaWanda of a possible place to sell my accessories (back in the day when I still made them) and not an employer. Plus I didn’t imagine I’d find a job two weeks after coming to Berlin! Oh, and the office is a 10-minute bike ride from where I live. I’m sorry.
This was my year! How did yours go? What are you doing tonight? Tell me everything! And happy new year!