The best connections are the ones you don’t have to worry about what you say to them or how you act around them. They are real partners in crime who grant you freedom. Time spent with them feels natural. It’s easy.

That’s what I treasure the most. To see each other with our ups and downs, good and bad, striving and struggling.

I am fortunate, for I have several of these special bonds in my life. I am super grateful for my friends.

Babe Rainbow – Many Moons of Love

That’s not my name

Today is my name day. It’s not a thing in Germany. It wasn’t a big thing in Hungary in my family either. But there’s a funny story behind how I became Katalin from Kati after I moved to Berlin.

As it turns out, Hungarian language has a very open “a”. It seems noone can really pronounce it here. So after everyone tried their best with my nickname, Kati: trying Käti, Káti, Katie, and after the big relevation – ah, it’s like Kottbusser Tor, Koti!… I gave up.

Noone can really pronounce Katalin either. But Kátálin is not as bad as Koti 🙂

Every time I visit home, it takes a while to get back to being called Kati.

It’s funny, how we relate to how words sound.

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name

Memory lane

I decided to declutter and re-organize today. I am listening to a mixtape I wrote in the summer of 2010. With masterpieces like Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot, Do You Wanna F*ck by Byz, some of my Hungarian favourites – Nils, Puzzle -, and further gems, such as this one.

I love to dig in my old music collections! 🙂

Usher ft Lil John, Ludacris – Yeah

Long weeks

I’m usually exhausted by Friday. By the evening, I run low on energy.

However, I found a way to boost my morning: I decided not to switch with the BVG, but to walk to the office from Hauptbahnhof. It was a nice 30 minutes walk, that felt like a city tour. Reichstag, Tiergarten, statues of beloved componists, the million colours of the leaves. I got so much energy I even forgot to drink my second coffee.

I will definitely do this more. Nature has all the power we need to recharge.

Greta Svabo Bech ft. Ludovico Einaudi – Circles