Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Bye Germany!



As I'll be leaving my second home country next week I decided to write a few sentences on that :-) Especially as I loved being again in Germany and loved meeting new people both from IBM and from outside. So what I will miss most:
  • the location of my lovely house in Hanover, in the old city (= Altstadt, music everywhere, old buildings, tourists, restaurants...gorgeous)
  • the house itself with the British fridge (especially as I never had such a big house before and probably won't have one in the next 10 years)
  • speaking and hearing German (maybe that's the most painful of all as I really love this language :-(....well)
  • the fruits...some of them are more expensive at home and some not available at all (eg litchi, sharons, etc)
  • the spelt (=Dinkel) cookies and cakes (as I don't eat normal flour). But now I've been practicing and will be able to bake them at home ;-)
  • the Asian shops and all the ingredients which are so easy to find here
  • great Sushi
  • the great IT fair> CeBIT
  • cheap clothes (however not the shoes, they are cheaper in RO)
  • the great infrastructure both for subway and train
  • Hanover as a the greenest city in Germany with lots of parks and a great forest. Also the museums, bars and all the cultural activities
  • the geographical closeness to other nice cities and being able to be somewhere else over weekend
  • some friends I made here, people I got to know at the Romanian church here
  • the food at the IBM cafeteria (no cafeteria in Romania :( so will start bringing in my lunch again)
  • the sport facilities: affordable swimming pools everywhere and so on
  • Glühwein, German Christmas Market
  • Irish pub (I know it's not German but still great and located 50m away from my house)
  • the Salsa evenings especially last year
  • the North Sea, sea lions and white dunes
  • the zoo, one of the most beautiful in Germany
  • the BlueIQ team meeting in Berlin, by far the coolest IBM event while in Germany :-)
  • Eierspältze ...some gnocchi made with eggs and flour:-) and drinking Apfelschörle
  • buying books...they are very affordable here :-)
  • the open air events, music, carnivals and fireworks...great organization and lovely ideas...hope to see that in the next 10 years in Romania
  • the customer service...way better than in Romania
  • and last but not least people minding their own business. you see that less from where I come from but well...there are other things to love about my country :-)
I am sure I forgot many things. Will try remembering them and do them once more before I leave although the time is starting to fly by faster and faster.

Anyway not getting melancholic now, great things and family waiting for me at home :-) Will start with a nice birthday weekend, followed by a relaxing vacation in the country side, helping grandma out with her garden and hiking through my childhood's woods, attending a wedding, visiting my dear mountains and checking in for my new and exciting job...loaded with full #happymaking ammo :-)

So Happy Bye Germany! Schön hier zu sein!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Fairies

Last night I was at a lovely carnival called "Kleines Fest im grossen Garten" (translation-small party in big garden). Although I don't usually write about events I am participating at here, this one was an incredible happymaking time. Imagine fairies running around, giants smiling at you, elephants driving around and talking, acrobats,jugglers, dancers, music, exotic food in Arabian tents, mimes, comedy, flying angels and of course lovely fireworks accompanied by a divine music. Definitely a night to remember in Hannover's loveliest location: the Herrenhauser Gardens.

So in case you are from Hannover (Germany) don't hesitate to go this week or the next one. Perfect happymaking provided by 110 artists from 17 countries. Just to give you a clue here are some photos ;-)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

And the Happiest Nation in the world is...

COSTA RICA :-) - via CNN
According to an independent research group in Britain which ranks nations using the "Happy Planet Index," Costa Rica has the most happy people. In addition to happiness, the index by the New Economics Foundation considers the ecological footprint and life expectancy of countries.

"Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and have the second-highest average life expectancy of the new world (second to Canada)," the organization said in a statement. They "also have an ecological footprint that means that the country only narrowly fails to achieve the goal of ... consuming its fair share of the Earth's natural resources."

This year's survey, which looked at 143 countries, featured Latin American nations in nine of the Top 10 spots.The runner-up was the Dominican Republic, followed by Jamaica, Guatemala and Vietnam.

Most developed nations lagged in the study.While Britain ranked 74th, the United States snagged the 114th spot, because of its hefty consumption and massive ecological footprint.

The United States was greener and happier 20 years ago than it is today, the report said.Other populous nations, such as China and India, had a lower index brought on by their vigorous pursuit of growth-based models, the survey suggested.

"As the world faces the triple crunch of deep financial crisis, accelerating climate change and the looming peak in oil production, we desperately need a new compass to guide us," said Nic Marks, founder of the foundation's center for well-being. Marks urged nations to make a collective global change before "our high-consuming lifestyles plunge us into the chaos of irreversible climate change."

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Blogger

What does a Happy Blogger need? Of course to be happy and second a happy blog template :-) Assuming you all are happy we can proceed to the second part and talk about the happiest blog templates you can get.

First let me share 2 links (via my friend Marius Grunca- @marius101) with some nice templates containing the MANDATORY SMILEY :) :

Then you would need to use some user-friendly colors, fonts and stick to not too long posts to make your blog look pretty. Add your favorite links and some pics and ready.

Please don't forget to turn off any audio files you posted there: I close any page that starts to sing or yell before it loads completely, and we wouldn't want people to leave the happy blog before checking it out :-)

Have a nice weekend ;-) #happymaking
@silviaemilia