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book of the week: dina’s book

book of the week: dina’s book

In today’s post I’ll show you another inspiring novel from Scandinavia: Dina’s Book by the best-selling Norwegian author Herbjørg Wassmo. When I was reading it, I just couldn’t put it down and was forced to go to work like a zombie afterwards. It made a […]

allergy-friendliness in Austria

allergy-friendliness in Austria

One of my favorite places on Earth is the area where Austria meets Germany: Salzburg, Bavaria, Tyrol – I love them all. Just can’t get enough of those magnificent mountains, peaceful forests and friendly people. Many say that Germans are cold, but every time I […]

how to survive a bad haircut

how to survive a bad haircut

Last week I made a terrible mistake and trusted the randomly picked stylist and thought it was okay to accept her “revolutionary idea”. She told me she would make my hair look thicker. Well, it’s thick as hell now and too short to be true. After crying my eyes out I decided gathering survival tips was a better step to make than quitting my job to be able to hide in my bedroom all day until my hair grew back. Now I’m gonna share the most useful tips with you on how to survive a bad haircut which really worked for me while recovering from the shock of loss.

Embrace the facts

If it’s still not so short, you can try to experiment with a new stylist, maybe he or she can correct the worst part of it. But eventually you’ll get to the point where you have to face it: it’s done. And here are the facts:

How long will it take to grow back? Our hair grows quite fast, about 1 cm every month. Which means 0.3-0.5 mm each day, which is surprisingly good I think 😉

Can I make it grow faster? Yes: a scalp massage can do wonders. It improves blood circulation to hair follicles and helps remove dead skin cells too. Do it 1-2 times a week.

What about vitamins? They help to prevent hair loss, but won’t affect the speed of growth. So if you take them, you’ll have more hair, because they won’t fall out as fast as they usually do, but for this result you’ll have to wait 6-12 weeks.

Hair masks, lotions, serums, shampoos – do they aid in hair growth? Nope. Sorry.

Get to know the new you

Go and stand in front of the mirror. Observe the details and the whole impression of your new look and do this until you get familiar with it. This way you won’t get shocked every time you spot your reflection in a window or while brushing your teeth. It can totally turn your mood upside down if you are not prepared to see what you’ll see.

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Style it up

You left already your comfort zone, so it’s time to enjoy it! Experiment with new looks, textures, colors and accessories. See it as an adventure or an absolute legitimate reason to get to buy new earrings and styling products. For example I’ve never tried sea salt sprays before, but they turned out to be a hit for me: my bad haircut evolved to a sexy and wild new style for a couple of days. And I’m looking forward to further experimentation. 🙂

Your Royal Awesomeness

It’ll be a very long series of bad hair days if you won’t accept the fact your bad haircut is now a part of you. Both Gerda and Peter said it’s time to realize it’s not the looks that really matter, it’s our personality, our self-confidence and happiness which we’ll be noticed by everyone who looks at us. It’s a cliche which everyone knows, but only a few live by. But you are perfect. It’s a fact. And it’s time to you to accept is as well. I’m on my way to do that – it’s difficult, but worth it. I keep on reminding myself on this every day and every day it gets easier.

Say goodbye to your previous style and celebrate this new phase in your life. Because you’re awesome anyway.

book of the week: the half brother

book of the week: the half brother

The first thing you’ll notice about this Norwegian novel called The Half Brother is its thickness. It’s huge. Despite of the fact that I’m deeply in love with reading, I get scared from really thick books sometimes. To start reading something which has more than […]

my cosmetician’s 8 tips for a beautiful skin

my cosmetician’s 8 tips for a beautiful skin

Spring is here, and this time of the year I always feel the urge to improve myself in different ways. In this post I’ll tell you about my plans regarding skin cleansing. As I already told you in a previous article, I have – unfortunately […]

book of the week: the land of green plums

book of the week: the land of green plums

Before we take this astonishing novel called The Land of Green Plums, I have to admit something first. When I started this blog, all I wanted to write about was food and books and maybe the lessons I learned in the past. But now more than 3 months have passed and I’ve never written a single line about books. The truth is, I’m afraid. I’ve always been in love with reading, it has been a mad, beautiful and unconditional love which has only evolved through the years. Every book was a journey, a whole new world. But when I wanted to describe this journey to anyone, I was short of words. No matter how hard I tried to express my feelings or experiences, it felt incomplete. It felt like a failure, even after several literature and writing classes at the university.

So now it’s time for me to face my demons and do a casual, no-fuss review about The Land of Green Plums, written by the Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller. And my plan is to publish a series of casual, no-fuss book reviews, taking one novel every week. Because it’s okay to be imperfect – on every level – and I have to work on accepting this fact.

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the original cover

The Plot

Set in the darkest days of the post-World War II Romania, The Land of Green Plums shows its readers how it’s like to live in a hardcore communist dictatorship. Where no one trusted anyone, because one of two Romanians spied on their neighbors and friends, leaving the country was almost impossible and for those who didn’t lay low, Securitate, the secret police of Romania made their lives a hell.

In the story we can follow the life of four university students who start to come together to talk about a girl who committed suicide in their dormitory. These discussions are interpreted by the Securitate as a threat to the regime and the game begins where they cannot win. They are interrogated, followed and threatened by the police. Years go by, no heroic gestures are left over and slowly everyone betrays themselves – and each other as well. It’s clear that in this world the winner is who can either bend to the oppressors with an open heart or give it all up and die. The narrator manages to escape from the country, but she has to pay the price for it.

The Land of Green Plums and Incredible Language

However the story is gripping and exciting itself, it was the beautiful language which I fell for in the first place. Almost every sentence is like a poem dressed with riddles, the reader has to stop every once in a while just to be able to understand the meaning of every layer a paragraph can offer. While the words play a music on their own.

I’ve never experienced something like this before. Reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov gave me a similar feeling at first, but there the language was “simply” mesmerizing and seducing. In The Land of Green Plums it’s much more than that, in this novel the sentences are like paths to hidden worlds and we have to find out every time where they can lead us.

Let me show you some of my favorites:

When we don’t speak, said Edgar, we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves.”

“We laughed a lot, to hide it from each other. But fear always finds an out. If you control your face, it slips into your voice. If you manage to keep a grip on your face and your voice, as if they were dead wood, it will slip out through your fingers. It will pass through your skin and lie there. You can see it lying around on objects close by.”

“Lola writes in her notebook: Leaf-fleas are even worse. Someone said, They don’t bite people, because people don’t have leaves. Lola writes, When the sun is beating down, they bite everything, even the wind. And we all have leaves. Leaves fall off when you stop growing, because childhood is all gone. And they grow back when you shrivel up, because love is all gone. Leaves spring up at will, writes Lola, just like tall grass. Two or three children in the village don’t have any leaves, and those have a big childhood. A child like that is an only child, because it has a father and a mother who have been to school. The leaf-fleas turn older children into younger ones – a four-year-old into a three-year-old, a three-year-old into a one-year-old. Even a six-months-old, writes Lola, and even a newborn. And the more little brothers and sisters the leaf-fleas make, the smaller the childhood becomes.”

“Today the grass listens when I speak of love. It seems to me that this word isn’t honest even with itself.”