This has been t h e perfect weekend. Despite the biting cold. Seriously, it was this great feeling of getting everything about right. It started on Friday when Youtube suggested to me that one Turkish series which I had wanted to watch for five years. For some reason I had tried to find the series “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (“The Magnificent Century”) on DVD every now and then, but my search was never successful. How should I have known that all of the 139 episodes are officially on Youtube. So I started watching the series on Friday evening. Each episode is actually as long as an average movie, about one and a half hours long. They are about Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent and his favorite wife, set in the 16th century. I am positively surprised how much Turkish I understand, and since I love history, the Turks, and Istanbul, this series is just perfect for me.
The rest of the weekend was just as great. I spent much time with my friends; I paid a visit to an estate agent and found out that I might actually be able to soon live in a nice apartment on my own; and I spontaneously booked a flight to Atlanta for the last weekend of March where I am going to visit a friend’s brother; etc. It is just like there is so much positive energy around me at the moment that I can only hope that it’ll stay for as long as possible.
|Watched| GNTM, Muhteşem Yüzyıl
|Read| Invincible Summer, The Other Einstein, New York Times
|Listened to| playlists with a lot of relaxing pop music
|Done| worked, had friends over for Pancake Tuesday, went to a friend’s birthday party
|Eaten| pancakes, fries, nachos, American breakfast
|Drunk| water, coffee, tea, beer
|Thought| It would be so amazing to live alone again.
|Been happy| absolutely, like when I got the news that we had moved up on the waiting list for this conference with my students
|Laughed| very much
|Desired| a nice and affordable one bedroom apartment in Cambridge or Boston
|Bought| a flight ticket to Atlanta
|Clicked| this amazing illustration “On Living Alone”; this great German article “Über Mut, Trennungen & Neuanfänge”