November 2018 Wrap-Up

Can you believe it? I actually read something last month. It doesn’t really warrant a full round-up of books, as it was one singular novel, but I am still glad that books haven’t left my life entirely. I read Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (click on the title to get to my review) but I also got halfway through A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I am enjoying it a lot so far, but I was just super busy and didn’t get around to finishing it before the end of the month.

So, what else has been happening in November? It was a time of doing nothing and way too much at the same time. I still haven’t managed to make any friends outside of work. That fact leads to me really looking forward to the weekend and having a little bit of a break, while also dreading it endlessly because I will be all by myself. However, no one can tell me that I haven’t made an effort!

During the past month, I went to a number of events – some related to work, others completely on my own volition! I got to go to the opening of a new cinema, where they showed an exclusive advance screening of Fantastic Beasts 2. Also, the opening screening (with one of our films) of the French Film Week in Berlin, and two concerts. I was especially excited about the Hozier concert, because I’ve seen him live before and it was the best.

The concert turned out to be even better than I expected. I was seated (this was a surprise as the event wasn’t supposed to be seated) right behind the opening act (Saint Sister) and Andrew basically sang while looking our way the entire time. In a way, it felt a little like he was singing it all to me and I still felt free enough to sing my heart out in return.

And then, this week, Saint Sister was back in Berlin playing their own gig and I went to that concert too. Again, I was kind of on my own on this one, but Saint Sister (just like Hozier) and their opening act, Ciaran Lavery, are all from Ireland and there were a lot of Irish people around, I sort of felt at home. I honestly don’t really know what happened, but I was in this crowd of strangers and they were playing beautiful music and … I just started crying and didn’t even care? Afterwards, I had a really nice chat with Ciaran and I wasn’t even the one who approached him. He started talking to me and what has my life become?

I want to do more of those things. Maybe find more Irish acts who perform in Berlin? Because I have a feeling that the same people tend to visit those gigs and maybe that will mean I’ll finally find some likeminded folks and hopefully also friends here? Anyway, it was all a lot of fun and really exciting but at the same time massively exhausting. I am still surprised I didn’t get sick like 80% of my co-workers did.


It simply has to be the fact that I actually got to meet Andrew (Hozier) after the concert. He is the kindest, tallest bean out there and he even signed my ticket. What a lovely bloke!


Again, I was terribly bad at keeping up with your posts, unless you tagged me in them. However, a couple of you took part in NaNoWriMo and I just want to say I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! No matter if you wrote 1 or 50,000+ words, you attempted something brave and deserve recognition for it. So, if you have a round-up on your NaNo experience or any other kind of post you’d like to share with me, don’t hesitate to leave a link in my comments!





This was my month! How was yours? Do you have any kind of favourite type of event where you like to meet new people? Let’s chat!

18 thoughts on “November 2018 Wrap-Up

  1. You got through more books than me this month Kat. I think I only read one so you’ve got half a book on me in November! πŸ˜€ I have Tahereh Mafi’s new release on my TBR list because I’ve really enjoyed all her other books, hopefully you’ll continue enjoying A Very Large Expanse of Sea too. Overall November was a nothing month for me too (but again you’re one up on me by having way too much at the same time). That Hozier concert sounds incredible, and it’s great you got to meet him too.
    Great recap, and I hope you have a great December as well. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. You had such a busy month filled with events, Kat, that’s amazing! Seeing you going to all the the concerts reminds me that I haven’t been to one in…. years and years, wow hahaha. I’m so happy you got to meet Andrew and Ciaran, even if I already told you so, it’s SO VERY COOL. ❀
    I hope that December will treat you well with amazing events and friendly encounters, too ❀ ❀

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  3. It looks like you went to so many amazing events this November 😍 I’m glad that you had a lot of fun and got to meet Hozier, how amazing is that?? πŸ’• I’m also wishing you all the best luck in general, I hope that you’ll find a few friends outside of work and don’t feel lonely during the weekend πŸ’—

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  4. Wahey- glad your reading has picked up! That’s so cool that you went to so many events- especially the advance screening of fantastic beasts and the hozier concert πŸ˜€ I’ve heard the music scene in Berlin is awesome as well, so lots of opportunity πŸ˜‰ And that’s so so cool you actually met Hozier!! Awesome wrap up!

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    • I don’t even know? In that regard I just seem to be one of the luckiest people on the planet apparently haha it mostly just involves a lot of standing around haha
      December is moving fast! We have our company’s Christmas party, which should be interesting. Other than that, I am looking forward to visiting Vienna over the Christmas holidays ❀ hope you have a great month yourself!!

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