dancing_moon: Farin Urlaub is shot by Lara Croft. No, really (Farin U)
And after faaaaar to many years, I am going back to Animagic the (afaik) largest anime con in Germany. It'll be the very last thing I do here, since the con runs 27th-29th of July, and I have to be back at work the first of August. Not too shabby a way to say ~auf wiedersehen, Deutschland ^___^

And I'll be joined by [livejournal.com profile] setsuna_jiba, whoooo \o/
My last Animagic (which was, what, in 2004? They were still in Koblenz at the time) I was mostly alone, since my German friends were working as staffers. Still had a lot of fun with the shows and the cosplay contest etc, but having another crazy fangirl as company is always better. And Set-chan is crazy in the very best way ♥ ♥

We're also planning to cosplay, aw yeah!
    ...soooo does anyone know where you can use a sewing-machine in Berlin? Preferably for little money? Yeah, no, didn't think so.

If anyon else lives in the area and wants to say hi, gimme a shout! We'll probably also have Thursday to look at Bonn, so if you know some nice spots, please rec them. I've got no idea about about... anything, regarding the city, really.
dancing_moon: To Victory! Daleks can win the war (victory!)
So that with the literature day didn't happen, I slept too badly due to ear-ache everytime I turned around on my right side.

But instead, I had the time to buy a ticket for the L'arc~en~Ciel live in Paris next year! April 2012 I and - hopefully - Miko-chan will be back at Le Zénith to see the guys ^_^


Still lookin' mighty stylish~

I've also seen that Kaya and someone called Satsuki are having a European tour together, so I'll try to see them sometime during February or March. Not sure where, though, because they play in Munich, Cologne, Hamburg and Poznan (in Poland) and I'll have to go to the cheapest city. If anyone has tips of how to travel to either location from Berlin, please do let me know =) No tickets released for this tour yet, as far as I can see, so I'll have to keep an eye on the venues and on the tour organizer website until further notice. Still, after not having seen anything even halfway interesting on the Jame website for a month, these were all nice additions to the calender ^^
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Today was so hot!! Feeling like I wanted to escape the heath, yet do something fun the day before school starts I decided to visit the aquarium by Berlin Zoo.

It partly failed, because the aquarium was also very hot and humid, but on the other hand it was very exciting.

Many beautiful tropical fish and some species I haven't seen in aquariums before. I was especially impressed by their selection of amphibians and the insectarium! They had red weaver ants - those critters make one VERY impressive nest - that were not behind glass. I think they were kept in captivity by the pool of water that surrounded them, since it was smoking from (I assume) frozen oxygen = too cold for ants to "swim" over. A few adventurous ants had escaped anyway and were climbing the wall ~to freedom~ or something... Or maybe they were lost?

They also had several salamanders (the Chinese Giant Salamander isn't about to win any beauty contests, is it?) and jelly-fish, which I rarely see in aquariums. Especially liked the little white-and-purple bellshaped jelly fish, they looked like adorable aliens bobbing up and down in the water ^^

I filmed quite a lot, but since the light (and noise, oh children -_-) levels were as they were, I think I'd better cut away some stuff before I youtube it. This little clip of an arapaima, the world's largest sweetwater fish, hailing from the Amazon, was decent enough on its own :)

Click for a very big fish )

I absolutely recommend it to aquarium fans, I spent about four hours there today. Er, but do avoid the uppermost floor if you find bugs unpleasant, there was a bit of a crawling sensation down my back from time to time ^^;
dancing_moon: Farin Urlaub is shot by Lara Croft. No, really (Farin U)
I am a little bit amazed that the Wikipedia entry on the German town Idar-Oberstein does not mention what I find to be the most interesting thing of this little place anywhere. Say, under Entertainment, that would be quite fitting.

Idar-Oberstein, you see, is a town that specializes in gemstones - selling, buying and cutting them. And I for one count walking through an adorable little German town that has semi-precious stones laid down in the pavement on the more scenic routes as pretty big entertainment. I also recall a small plaza, where the vehicle stopping poles that are generally made of decorated iron (if you want to be pictoresque) or concrete (if you want to be cheap but effective) where topped with large chunks of raw agathe, amethyst and similar...

Anyway. If you are the kind of geek who find it interesting to visit an otherwise sleepy village to look at more precious stones than you can shake a stick at; because, yes, they are sold almost everywhere, in both little one-man stores and the diamond traders high-rise building, Idar-Oberstein is absolutely worth a stop.

I have also found something I most definitely intend to read: This 1977 biography of a chemical compound salesmen, with the alluring title "Excuse me sir, would you like to buy a kilo of isopropyl bromide?"
dancing_moon: Mana looks angsty (woes)
So. I have nown flown to Gothenburg, evil planet-murdering self that I am. This...

- Cost less than the train
- Arrived exactly on time, both flights
- Takes about half the time compared to the rapid train
- Served me a free sandwich and a coffee on the way down, and coffee and completely edible muffin on the way up. I am looking at YOU, train cafeteria which usually runs out of (expensive) food a bit after Skövde, and my look is full of disappoint
- Did not require me to have my ID (!) As opposed to bleeding SJ, which now demands that I book with full names and might then demand to check ID. Ok if it's just me, but oh so annoying when I (to take a totally random example) book several tickets months/weeks ahead for karaoke club purposes.

...so, nature. Can I barter 1-2 flights to Gothenburg a year against a lack of car, TV and a new clothing budget of less than 300 SEK a month? Because clearly, our trains need to shape up if they want me to grace them with my presence at any trip that costs more than 95 SEK. Especially now that I've realized how easy it is to get to Bromma airport
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Random Sailor Moon memory inspired by this post

One of my best nerdgasm moments during my trip to Japan was when I (in... 2008? years after my active fandom days) could actually walk through the Azuba Juuban district in Tokyo. We even saw a 10-ban sign on a house! It was a moment of profound pleasure, just because I finally made it to what my inner 14-year old girl insisted was the heart of Tokyo. I didn't even know she would still insist that this was so, quite so loudly but there you have it.

Which doesn't mean that the Juuban area is very exciting in itself - I think weirdest thing was that they sold tequila and French champagne on the street (and deep-fried pasta) due to little holiday.
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I took this from [personal profile] duowolf, because it looked like a fun thing to do.

My very first anime
I'm not 100% sure, but I think I saw Kimagure Orange Road first of all, because I so recognized it when I saw it after I got into anime. We probably rented it or something, my parents rented a lot of children's movies for me. It was released in Sweden under the name Superfamiljen (The Super Family) and had a *cough* not-splendid dub. The main character was for instance renamed Kurre Karlsson...

But my first real anime experience, which was also my first fannish anime, was good old Sailor Moon. They aired it at Swedish television, but with irregular times and it was often replaced by hockey :(



My sister and I watched what we could of Sailor Moon together. I know the first episode I saw of it, too, because it was episode 13, where they killed Jadeite. It almost gave me nightmares and I decided that something where the villains can actually honestly die, feels a whole bit more serious and grown up (so sue me, I was 13-14 somewhere) and I totally needed to watch this. Then I saw a transformation sequence and holy heck, sparklez! I was v. impressed

Sweden didn't get past the first season during that airing - we only ever got so far as season 2, in fact - but when I went on a language trip to Austria, my host mother turned out to be a big Sailor Moon fan. So I got to see the first two seasons there and fall in love with Rubeus German voice *g*

Oh, and I also met dear Miko-chan during that trip... had I not gone to Austria that summer, I most likely would not have been an anime fan; possibly not into fandom at all, though I was already a HUGE sci-fi/fantasy nerd.

Anime Meme here )
dancing_moon: Farin Urlaub is shot by Lara Croft. No, really (Farin U)
We visited Schloss Sanssouci yesterday, walked for hours (literally - we came there at 11.30 and left at 18.20 and spent most of the time inbetween walking) taking in the gorgeous buildings, the large park and all the flowers. Especially the Chinese house impressed me; though it was very, er, goldy it still looked beautiful. Not as overwrought as some of those gilded castles and things end up (but pretty darn wrought, for all that)

There were a lot of different gardens out there, I especially love the smell of different pine trees together. But everything was beautiful and interesting, it's also so cleverly built that you start spotting things from a while away. Oh, what's that there, let's go look! and so on...

We took coffee and cake at the Drachenhaus, a very cute little building which nowadays houses the café. And yes, there are dragons there, cutest little things ever perched on the roof and the inside of the ceiling is painted with stars.

Then we continued to the actual Sanssouci castle, where I bought a souvenir spoon for my grandmother and Virre fell in love with tiny coffee cups with peacock patterns. It was a very nice pattern, mind, and I completely understand he

All in all, a lovely day. And in the afternoon they called my dear Miko-chan with a job offer! This caused some frantic running around Potsdam to find a telephone card, but we managed to find one. And because Germany still has public telephones, she could call back and book an interview for next week ^^ Ganbatte, Miko-chan!

Then we had pizza - I felt I had to try and get into the spirit of thing and ordered a "WM 2010" pizza. Pretty good, lots of veggies and nice chunks of meat.

On that topic, the football fever here is quite insane. Every evening and afternoon, we pass people sitting outside cafés, restaurants, internet cafés etc following the games on TV's and there are many cars and windows decorated for football. I'm almost getting a bit caught up... almost.

The football does however have some really good sides - the karaoke place we went to yesterday offered half price on all rooms during a game ^_^

I was a bit disappointed in the amount of German songs, but I at least got to sing Die Ärzte's Schundersong. Also tried my luck on Nena's 99 Luftballons and Zehn kleine Jägermeister. Fun night and we got burning drinks! Whoo!
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Yesterday, we went to the "Berlin Horror Cabinet" which is situated in an old WWII bunker, by Anhalter Bahnhof. It wasn't that large, but pretty damn scary. The first floor is a exhibition about the history of the bunker, the second part is about scary medical practices and shows some torture weapons and the third floor is the actual haunted house. By that time, you're feeling a bit cold, are nicely uncomfortable from displays of medieval medicine and so when a dark clad person jumps out from a dark curtain.... Well.

My friends, who are more knowledgeable of haunted houses than I am, assured me that this was a good one.

We also hung out with Matt who gave us Swedish cake from IKEA and took us round the Reichstag and so. I took a photo of "the wash machine", that is, the building the chancellor sits in.
dancing_moon: Farin Urlaub is shot by Lara Croft. No, really (Farin U)
So today we bought our tickets for the trains and subways, then walked around town. I bought two pairs of shoes, one for more walking and one pair for party. But they didn't have the awesome hot pair I liked in my size :(

Otherwise, the day was mostly :) except when it was totally =D ! Found a new little guide book (the old one's subway map is no longer valid, alas) and it contained info about a karaoke bar! Hot damn!

The day started with a visit to the "AquaDom Sealife" which is a really cool aquarium. Lots of local fish in nice enviroments, several sea horses (I filmed those) and the world larges free-standing salt water aquarium. It's inside a hotel and there's an elevator right through it! Coolish

We went to Potzdamer to check out what the IMAX cinema had to offer and to just look at the cool buildings; on Sunday we'll see one of the 3d-movies.

Then we went searching for the Grober Unfug comic store and totally failed to find it. Though I noticed that the area around Nollendorfplatz had turned into gay quarters, I can't for the life of me recall if it was like that when I lived in Berlin years ago... Anyway, we walked around, couldn't find it but saw some cool architecture. There's amazing architecture all over this city, one of the things I love about it.

When I got back to the hostel, I quickly realized that the store must have moved, because it's at a completely different subway station now -_- But! They have another store, really close to where we're staying. Durrr....

If you have Facebook, some pics are up in my gallery.
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One week of vacation. No work, no apartment repairs, no j-rock association, noooooothing but two good friends and my favorite city ^_^

I so need this
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Or not actually the commuter train, but the so-called express train to Gothenburg. Ahahaha. Pretty quick, when it actually rolls, yes.

Actually I was watching Sherlock Holmes on the comp, but if I've paid for 30 minutes of internet time I'll damn well use it.

*rolls thumbs* For... something? I've been so out of it online lately that I don't really know what's going on.

Yuletide is up, of course, and never have I been more grateful for living in Sweden than when I realized that they quite killed Archive of our own during the american times - but on, say, day-after-christmas morning when one wakes up in the empty house and can stay in bed and read fantabulous fics for small fandoms? with some christmas porridge and no loading troubles at all? why, thank you, time-zones

I've also read some spiffing books lately - Stein und Flöte was a really interesting experience, beautiful language (I'll offer to read it loud to everyone who says that German always sounds harsh), such an interesting usage of the fantasy, or more correctly fairy-tale tropes and a very beautiful story. I'll have to re-read it in a year or two, to sink into it again.
But first I have to get over my desire to hit the main character over the head for he could be quite thick-headed

Ohh, right, webcomics! I've got like two months to catch up with ^^

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