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My time in Los Angeles & San Francisco

Lately I haven’t really found the time and energy to sit down and write anything, but I really felt like I couldn’t let this one go. It was my first time in the west-coast of America after all. Something way different from my visits in Texas and New York, but honestly a real pleasure to visit and see the things you see in movies in real life.

First major stop for me was the Santa Monica Pier. A pier that has a lot of memories as I spend countless of hours on it in games such as Grand Theft Auto. We visited in the night, which gave the pier a beautiful and mysterious look and while the theme park was sadly closed the amount of entertainers and little shops made up for it. The whole vibe on the pier was amazing and I definitely recommend it as a to-go spot. Another great thing about the pier is the amount of Pokemon that show up in Pokemon GO. As an avid player it was absolutely insane that I could literally sit down and spin & catch Pokemon non-stop, which is rare thing for Europeans.My second time off was a day in San Francisco. A place that you couldn’t really explore fully in one day, but somehow we made it work. We traveled to the city by Uber and by luck our driver was an amazing guy, who explained us all the in and outs of were to eat and go. He even offered us to drive down Lombard street, which in our minds was a great experience on its own. He dropped us of at Fisherman’s Warf and suggested we should go to Boudin’s Bakery for some authentic clam chowder. When arriving inside of the bakery we were greeted by this amazing smell of freshly baked bread and oh my we were in for a treat. I have heard about it being good, but it was absolutely amazing. The bread was super fresh and the clam chowder was so good and much that I felt super bad when I wasn’t able to finish it.
Our second stop was the golden gate bridge.  This 1600 meter long bridge has been on my list for pretty much my entire life and I was surprised how big it was in real life. Of course I made the biggest rookie mistake ever and decided it would be a cool idea to walk over it to the other side for a better viewing angle, but even though it was a bit of a stretch it was worth it to see how the bridge is constructed from up close.  However if you are thinking about going over it. You can rent a bike for cheap.

After that we had a few more things on our list. Firstly we went to Pier 39 to watch the sea lions. I expected to  see a few of them, but we were greeted by around 30-50 of them laying around sunbathing. Cool thing about these sea lions is that they are wild and are able to live really close to civilization without being bothered at all.  We walked around a little bit more and after that went to the Twin Peaks. Our friendly Uber driver suggested to make this stop even though it would take some time, but the view was amazing and I wouldn’t have want to miss this for a million.

After all of that we decided to go to the city center for dinner and some shopping.  We decided to go to the Westfield mall, which is a really nice and huge mall. We even found out that they had a Razer store in the mall, were we decided to hang out for a bit playing video games with the locals till it was time to go home.

All in all I had a great experience and I would love to go back one day, as I still have a lot of places on my list I wish to visit. The people were all extremely friendly and the whole atmosphere made this one of my favorite yet.

Review: Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch

When they first announced the new Mario game I made a really loud squeal as a girl that just got asked by her crush to marry him. Mario is not just a game for me. It is something I grew up with and enjoyed for countless of hours with my dad and friends. The trailers got me even more excited and the whole thing screamed Mario64 to me. This game was one of my favorites and go-to games out of my youth and made me go into a blind preorder, before any reviews came out.

Sadly even though I preordered it. I was forced to wait with playing the game till I was back from my event in Hamburg. Something that was extremely hard as all my friends were freaking out over it on social media, but holy moly the wait worth it. From the moment I clicked on start game. I got sucked into a world were I played the game with a huge smile on my face. The game feels and plays just as how I remembered it in my youth and the beautiful graphics and different worlds make me want to continue playing it even far after I told myself to go to bed. The worlds feel alive and make you want to explore every single centimeter of it to find hidden secrets. The gameplay itself is even better. I am not sure what it is, but the controls feel extremely smooth and responsive and the huge amount of different combinations and moves make you constantly learn and find new ways to get to places you couldn’t go before. That combined with the uniqueness of every world and boss keeps making you run into new problems and puzzles for you to solve.

I got a decent amount of hours in to the game and I am not even half way trough it. I keep on finding new things to do that distract me from finishing the world and every little part of it feels rewarding. Overall this game is amazing and I can only rate it a 9+ for it. I honestly hope Nintendo will keep this quality of games up in the future.

 

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
― Bob Marley

New York 2017

What a week and what a city. I don’t know what it is with America, but every time I am there I get so hyped up and excited. I really wish I took some more days off, but that one day off was already a bliss.

The event itself was pretty though. Brooklyn got hit with a huge internet outage and so we made some really long days as IT. The rest of the event went flawless and I have to give some really big credits to my colleagues for that as well. The stage itself looked beautiful and the crowd really made it one of those events I will never forget and hopefully I can come back there next year.

For the day off we decided to visit a few places. First of all we all wanted to go to the Nintendo store, which while visiting really felt like I was back in a childhood dream. The store was amazing and I honestly spent a lot of my money on buying stuff, but for me it was totally worth it. Next up we went to Rockefeller center and the Lego store, which was cool and all, but not comparable to the central park we visited next. Central park is such a strange place to visit after a week of hearing the constant noise you have in New York.  It is just silence with beautiful nature, animals and people taking a breather out of their daily routine. Honestly one of the best places to visit while you are there. Lastly we went to Time Square. We went by during the day, but decided to come back in the evening when the lights are far more impressive and damn what were we right. Honestly a really weird experience and while being there you just have to take 10 minutes and look around you. It might be a commercial overkill, but all the lights make it worth it and a good way to end the day.

On the last day before going back me and my colleagues decided to go for Ramen. We went for this really authentic little place and holy moly. I wish I knew this place on the first day. The food was amazing and we chowed down on it till the last bite. Just looking back at the picture, I really have to go back and eat there again, but it made for a really amazing meal before stepping into the plane and flying back to Europe 🙂

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
― Albert Einstein