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Lang ist's her...
in letzter Zeit setze ich mich immer wieder an diesen Blog und versuche, etwas zu schreiben. Dann breche ich den Post wieder ab und weiß nicht weiter. Vielleicht hilft es, über meinen Blog nachzudenken.

Dieser Blog begann 2009 als reiner Teenie-Foto-Blog und dann nutzte ich ihn als Tagebuch während meines Auslandssemesters in Japan.

Dann veränderten sich meine Interessen und auch meine Einstellung zum Internet. Ich veröffentlichte weniger und dieser Blog schlief regelrecht ein.
Trotzdem liebe ich sweetmilkcoffee und möchte den Blog weiterführen. Ich liebe das Schreiben und in letzter Zeit kam mir immer öfter die Idee, diesen Blog literarisch zu nutzen.
Ich weiß noch nicht genau, in welche Richtung es gehen wird, alles ist offen :)
Bücher, Texte, Gedichte, Gedanken, sicherlich hier und da auch Fotos - mal sehen.

Es ist auch möglich, dass dieser Blog erneut einschlafen wird. Denn das Scheitern gehört zu unserem Leben wie das Atmen und - ganz unphiolosophisch - oft fehlt einem auch einfach die Zeit :D

Huuuuh..dieser Post ist jetzt aber irgendwie düster geworden..mal sehen, was aus diesem Blog in Zukunft wird :D

It's been a while..
lately I was thinking a lot about this blog and its future and I tried to start writing posts more than once. But then I could not continue writign and the blog fell asleep again. Maybe it helps to think about his blog.

I started this blog in 2009 and it was some kind of girly-immature-photo blog and diary and afterwards it became my diary during my study in Japan.
But then my interests changed and so did my approach towards the internet. I published less content and my blog kind of dozed off.
However I love sweetmilkcoffee and I really want to continue this blog.
As I love writing and so I thought about making this blog more literary. I still don't know which kind of style it's going to be but I'm curious about everything :)
Books, texts, poems, thoughts, and surely some photos too - let's see.

It may also be possible that this blog sleeps off again. Because failure is part of our life like breathing and - true word - we don't have the time to write and create everyday.

Hhuuuh..somehow this post became quite gloomy...let's see what this blog will become from now on.

If you have ideas, what you want to read about in my blog, let me know :)
Falls jemand Ideen und Anregungen hat, freue ich mich über Feedback :)



I'm late but I wanted to refresh my blog again and now I finnaly have a reason again to write.
Well, I'm back in Japan again - again it's Nagoya and again it's the Nanzan University.

How did it all happen?

It kind of happened all of a sudden to be honest.
Around July I talked to some co-students at university and I learned about a 3 months programme of the German institute of the Nanzan university. The great fact is, the Nanzan university pays the flight of the guest students - the only reason why I considered doing this programme.

So I'm back at Nanzan from September until December. I am currently going to university most days of the week and assist the teachers during their German lanuage lessons and help the japanese students.
Besides I'm again working on another reasearch for my master's thesis.

Back at Nanzan

I'm so happy to be back at Nanzan 'cause I really love this university, their International students' programme, the location and Nagoya in general :D
Nanzan University emblem

The new tea house of the university

and a cute lizard :D

Nanzan campus

The green area of the campus

Green area

So how is it to be back again in a city and a country you have already lived in for almost one year?
To be honest it's kind of strange. On the one hand nothing feels new and on the other hand I know notice many new things which confuse me.
One thing I noticed was that Konbini stores (convenience stores) became less and were replaced by drugstores - isn't that strange, considering that Japan is the land of convenience stores :D

Nanzan university didn't change much, it only got a few new buildings but most has stayed the same.

Some places in Nagoya have changed - before all our beloved Taiyaki shop near the university has closed and the AEON mall near my former dormitory has been renovated and contains a UNIQLO now! :D

But there are also difficulties this time

I did not receive the scholarship I've applied for and that was said to be "super-easy to get, everybody got it by now" and so - though it's stupid, I kind of expected to get it before coming. Of course I also worked full-time to get money to pay my host family but now, as ai didn't get the scholarship it's really hard.
Also my host family lives quite far away from the university so I have to go by bus everyday, which means I got monthly driving costs of at least 8000Yen, only considering the bus route to the university.
When I asked the scholarhship office of my home university if they would know any other scholarhsips, they only said "No and of course we assume that students have enough money if they go abroad" Well....of course...and that's why there are scholarships, right? Because people have enough bugs anyway, right?! (-.-) That much for equality of opportunity...(-_-;)

There are other things that aren't so well and don't make me feel so happy at the moment but I decied not to write about it here as it would be unfair against the persons who are related to it to write about it online.

I don't want to sound ungrateful - I am very aware of the luck I have to be here again and of course there are so many bigger problems, but I think everybody can imagine that it's just annoying if you've been looking forward to a great time and that so many unlucky things happen so you can't really enjoy the time.
It may be super capitalistic way of thinking but be sure - Living in Japan without money really isn't fun. I'll write about it next time.

I hope I'll be able to write here more often from now on and even if I don't take so many photos this time I'll try to post some anyway!

I also wanna try to write in German AND English..we'll see if I'll make it :D

Until then!

- Thess