December 1, 2014

Beerlin

I'm not the biggest beer drinker. I prefer a nice double vodka, white wine, or even cider. But... when in Rome, do as the Romans do. And in Germany, with the Germans, I felt obliged to try the local hops. I'm probably a craft beer connoisseur now. 
Berlin is such a unique city. In recent years it's been taking over with new (somewhat unwelcome) infrastructures and businesses with modern architecture and office blocks framing its skyline. But a city with such an incredible past remains full to brim with history and it's hard to miss the hundreds of war memorials, plaques and, obviously,  the wall that once divided it in two. As well as this cool mix of the old and the new, Berlin is covered in art. Literally. It's streets are as brightly coloured and beautifully decorated as the world's most renowned galleries. It's impossible to ignore the alternative side of the capital with Punk commune's in abandoned buildings, entire areas dedicated to Graffiti and huge rave and clubbing cultures. 
I was in Berlin for only five days, and it wasn't enough (especially accounting for hangover recovery time). We stayed in a hostel in the centre of the city right beside Alexander Platz - about a two minute walk from the TV Tower. The public tram and train system there is incredible and we made great use of it exploring the different areas. If you're going to Berlin soon you need to eat CurryWurst, do the Alternative Walking Tour, buy lots of vintage and go raving. If you're going for a longer time period check out the abandoned Theme park at Planterwald, the Reichstag goverment buildings' view of the whole city and the incredibly moving Jewish Holocaust memorial. 

We were there just at the right time to browse the Christmas markets and enjoy the sunny, crisp winter weather. I want to go back again now and experience it in the Summer. It's just one of those places where you could never get bored. 
I'll leave you now with a few more photos, instead of this rambling gush. Seriously great times were had and the post-holiday blues have well and truly set in. 
I've been away from blogging for so long now it feels weird writing on here. I really need to work on figuring out my posts well in advance and being professional-level organised. If I'm taking this seriously, I should be taking this seriously, but I guess I'm just here to have a good time. Hope you're all enjoying yourselves. Do you.


P.S Does anyone know how to get Jessie's Girl out of your head? It's been stuck in mine for WEEKS.

November 14, 2014

Time has stopped


I was up at 5am the other day to go to a sober morning rave. It was a good way to wake up - dancing as the sun rises is always fun, but I have been tired ever since. I think I have rave jetlag. 
It's been exactly one month since my last post and I don't know why I've gradually lost interest in blogging but I'm somewhat uninspired to write on here. Work is taking over my life and what little time I have left is spent catching up with friends, doing errands and scrolling Twitter and Instagram in bed. 
It's safe to say I'm pretty bored, working way more than I'd like while also pushing myself to be social so I don't become a hermit who only speaks to people about thread counts and towels. (I sell linens in a department store, I'm not just a weird bedding fan.)
After that dance party ended at 10am I took a little solo trip to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It was the first time I've had hours to myself in weeks and it was glorious. Sitting outside nursing a coffee and enjoying Taylor Swift's new album has been the happiest I've felt in months. 
I wandered through their current Primal Architecture exhibition and saw some bits of their regular collection display. I loved seeing Linder Sterling's collages - her aesthetic is such an inspiration to me. I need to get back to doing my own stuff again, I'm out of practice!
It's important to get out there and do things you enjoy - with or without someone else's company. I needed a couple of hours to recuperate and get thinking some thoughts that I had pushed aside. I bought a new notebook/diary/journal (whichever sounds the least lame...) and I have plans to write and sketch and try to become better... both creatively and mentally. I have time off from work next week and I'm going to Berlin with some of the most wonderful freaks I know, so here's hoping I come back rejuvenated and excited about life again. If adulthood is all about being stuck in ruts I want out. 
The stickiest ruts seem to be those of the newly graduated, a group in which I can now count myself included. Graduating felt surreal and bureaucratic and not really enough closure for four of the best and worst years of my life. I might write a post on it soon... it was an odd day and felt a bit like Christmas; very ceremonious, I ate way too much, and in all honesty it was pretty boring. 

Go get yourselves to an art gallery, listen to 1989 and drink Mochas. Regular coffee's don't have enough chocolate. 


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October 14, 2014

Music for your Mood

You know that feeling when you step out of your house, put your earphones in, and remember you've just updated your phone with new music? Yes? No? Well, I do. And I will put my 'Recently Added' playlist on repeat. For weeks. I currently have two things playing in my head OVER and OVER and OVER. One is George Ezra's entire album, and the second is Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'. I don't think it's a coincidence that I've just seen them both live. 

Ezra's album is his first, of many, hopefully. The soul in his deep voice is just fantastic and the mix of upbeat and slow jams is perfect for any occassion. I love 'Blame It On Me', 'Breakaway' and 'Blind Man in Amsterdam'. I saw him in the Academy last night and he was even better live. He even played his cover of 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'! At only 21 years old he is bound to go even further! If you get a chance to see him now, I would! His tour at the moment involves the kind of small, intimiate gigs that are ideal for a young singer-songwriter. His talent shines through. And, I'm not going to lie, I definitely fancy the pants off him. THAT VOICE.

Speaking of fancying men for their voices, let's talk about Ed Sheeran. He's massive all over the world now, but still sticks to his roots and played four nights in Dublin's biggest arena with just himself, a guitar and loop pedal. If you haven't seen the video for his newest single, you need to have a look - it's very strictly come dancing, and very cute. 


I guess I'm tad obsessed with young English musicians. (I won't talk about One Direction in this post, OK.) But these two men are brilliant writers with such soulful voices, great for when you're in a melancholic state, as I so often have been lately. Close your eyes, lie back, and enjoy!
And if you like these guys check out the Irish (yay) Hozier too - he recently sold out his tour in a couple of seconds and I didn't manage to get tickets so if you happen to have a spare, throw it this way please and thank you!

On a bit of a different note, I have been writing a couple of articles for Intrigue.ie so if you're bored click here and have a read! I'd love feedback too - let me know what you think!

Tell me what songs you're loving at the moment? Any concerts coming up you're excited for? I'm suffering from bad post-gig depression. AWFUL stuff.

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September 26, 2014

Hummus and Pitta

I've become a little obsessed with pitta bread and hummus. I really must stop eating so much of it. Some days I wake up and tell myself I'm going to eat less food, and better. Quality over quantity, right? But then I reach for Doritos and dip, or scoff a weeks worth of toast in one afternoon. I'd probably be skinny if food wasn't so damn delicious. I'm nibbling a Marks and Spencer cookie as I type this. The diet starts on Monday. (Hopefully.)

Life has been pretty strange lately so I thought I'd fill y'all in on some things. 
I'm still working full time in a job that I don't hate, but one that inspires apathy. My indifference to my employment changes from day to day, but I have to remind myself of the money. And then I cry because it just doesn't seem like enough. Things could possibly be a little better if I was good at saving. 
I'm sure a lot of you are working or have worked in retail. You will know my struggles, and my pain, and my concern for the general population. It seems that customers don't know A LOT of things they should. Mainly how to listen to the word no. Adults act like children when they aren't getting what they want. And, I'M SORRY, but I DON'T OWN THIS SHOP. I DO NOT KNOW WHY THE PRICE IS SO HIGH/WHY THE BATHROOM IS ON THE TOP FLOOR/WHY WE CLOSE AT 8PM ON FRIDAYS. Actually, shout out to anyone in the service industry, because PEOPLE SUCK. 
I went camping last weekend for the first time in so long. I forgot how much I loved it, especially with good friends. I need to camp more. And hike more. If it didn't rain so much in Ireland I think I'd enjoy being outside. The lack of WiFi up mountains doesn't help things. But I suppose I need a break from the internet sometimes.

Speaking of the internet and stuff... (great segue here) I want to say a massive thank you to you all, and everyone at the Irish Blog Awards. I didn't make the final cut of either of the categories I was in, but getting nominated and then shortlisted for an award is just incredible. I can't believe that even happened. Laughable I was considered. But, I'm honoured and a little proud. Yay.

I'm still addicted to Instagram. As I mentioned in my last post on London, VSCOcam has been my favourite app for a while now. I edit my photos on there before I post them on my Insta account. There are several people on there that I check up on daily, and I plan to do a post on some of them soon, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, you can follow me, if you want to; I basically post daily on either my personal account @eleanorcos or my other account @thedoorsofdublin.
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The Doors of Dublin is something, again, I plan to focus a whole blog post on, but for now I'll just say that it's a small side project, run by myself, posting photos of doors from around Dublin. It was featured on a Buzzfeed article recently and has gained so many followers! It wasn't something I expected to take off like that, so I don't really know what to do with it now. Apart from post pictures of doors. So, I'm doing that. Have a look and let me know if there's anything I can do to improve... I'd love feedback! 

As for blogging, it seems everyone I know has started. Sometimes I get the urge to start afresh and delete all past posts, but I know I'll regret it. It's nice to look back and remind myself of how I was feeling at a certain time. This blog is two years old now! AH. I wish I had my old one from 2010. I know I need to improve my posts, maybe be more professional and pick a cohesive theme, or even just post more often (SORRY). I'm excited to see how my friend's and family's blogs turn out though. I wonder if they'll keep it up.

I know this post wasn't really about ANYTHING, so I hope it was kind of entertaining. Maybe you're reading it super bored and hungover, or under the desk at school, or on your phone on the toilet. I hope your day is going well and everyone you love is healthy and happy. That's all for now, I guess.
Talk soon(ish).