In June, after I finished my first set of finals, I went to Berlin to see Tegan and Sara, who played in the Astra Kulturhaus one night.
Berlin was my summer love-affair. It was only a two-day roundtrip (it takes eight hours to get there by train), but I got a feeling in Berlin that this is my home, and it hasn't left me. I want to learn German and live there someday for some time.
Seeing Tegan and Sara, who are very high on my list of personal heroes, was incredible. The place had a great atmosphere and the turnout wasn't so big, but given how tiny I am, I did spend the concert trying to see anything. I didn't expect to take any good photos there and I didn't, but I tried, because of course I did.
After Berlin I finished off my diploma thesis on Milan Kundera's Ignorance, had it printed and bound and all that jazz (very expensive jazz). At the beginning of July I went to France to participate in an international Concordia workcamp and it was probably the best summer experience of my life.
The camp took place in Brittany, in a little town called Carentoir, and the work was set to rebuild an ancient laundry on the river. Brittany is said to contain Merlin's grave in one of the old forests, and being there I remembered the fondness for druid stories I had as a teenager. The setting along with the amazing group of people, participants and locals, made the two weeks I spent there a time of very frequent intense happiness. I would recommend a workcamp to anyone, provided you are very flexible and ready to try new things.
I've stayed home since my return, to study for the finals to my second subject. I spent a week with two friends at a "study retreat" which was awesome, because I tend to go a bit bonkers when I study alone. Also, being in a place where I don't have my various stashes of all kinds of craft material did a lot for my focus.
I have always wanted a charm bracelet, but it took me literally years to figure out how to make one that doesn't clink and drive me crazy. One night I looked it up on Instagram and came up with this. It took forever anyway. The core is two circles of memory wire, as the bracelet is very heavy and I was afraid that the clasps would come off and the things would scatter.
My neighbours found a kitten yesterday, so of course I took it in. I don't know how that happens that when you get a cat, you're suddenly a friend of all cats. Even my mom, who rightly has reservations against cats (because Loki is evil) got immediately in touch with various cat lovers after I got Loki. The kitten is going to a shelter, though, because I can't possibly afford two cats and nobody else here can, either. It's a great shelter so I hope they'll find it a good family.
Loki was so miffed over the kitten that she peed all over my clothes. She seems to be very proud of herself now.