Category Archives: Looking into my Future

The Paradox of Facing Abundant Choice

Today I watched yet another great video by Jason Silva as part of his really inspiring and thought-provoking video series “Shots of Awe”, which he publishes regularly on Facebook!

His message resonates well with my current experience of facing yet another cross-road in my young life:

… being exposed to a wonderful world of abundant possibilities

… overwhelmed by the idea of making a simple choice

… anxious about possibly missing out on experiencing life to its full potential

But at the same time feeling inspired, hopeful and driven to create the life that I desire and so much more!

Enjoy the video below:

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A happy New Year 2012 from London Town!

I would like to wish you a happy and wonderful start into the new year 2012!

A click on the picture below leads you to my blog post from last year, which interestingly enough is still very relevant today!

Ladies & gentleman – I introduce to you, the year 2011! A happy New Year! Read more here…

Seeking new inspiration – California Summer 2011 – BUNAC, J1 Visa and USA Internship

Todays written words will be predominantly random thoughts related to my current state of mind here in London, where we are slowly moving out of European winter into Spring (thank god!). As happens to most of us, I got caught up again (shame on me…) with the obstacles of my daily life. Blame it on the deadlines and required mental focus on my studies. In the end high academic performance is nevertheless important to me, and I have set my studies as my priority throughout my time in London. Continue reading to find out about my plans to spend summer in beautiful California…

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Ladies & gentleman – I introduce to you, the year 2011! A happy New Year!

The time has come again to send out my wishes and greetings for a new and wonderful start into the year 2011 all around the world!

Happy New Year 2011 wishes you Marian!

Thank you to everyone who has already send me beautiful messages 🙂 Read more.

Visiting Germany over Christmas and New Years!

Hi friends!

Just a quick update from cold and snowy London Town. Read more…

Did I miss hearing the door bell? – Winter is at the door step! Again?!

As the cold winter months in Europe arrive, one is forced to start searching for the long forgotten big coats, gloves, scarves, ear warmers and most importantly the long johns – without these essential tools one wont make it very long up here, in these parts of the world where people on a consistent basis have to adapt to new seasons (and I am talking proper seasons) winter & summer. Read more…

Update – Moving back to London after 7 months away

Hi my dear friends & family,

It is time for another quick update, just to let you know about my whereabouts and plans for the coming year.

The time of the year has come to say good bye to South Africa again. Leaving this beautiful spot, all my friends and loved ones is always an emotional challenge for me. But knowing in my heart that I will be back sooner rather then later, makes it a bit easier, because it is just a temporary good bye, as I will be back.

Today on Wednesday, 1st September I will be moving back to London, England to resume my degree studies at London Metropolitan University (http://www.londonmet.ac.uk). I still have three semesters to go until I qualify for my Bachelor degree.

For the first days or weeks, I will be living with my Portuguese friend Ivan in North London, who kindly offered me to stay with him until I have found a new flat for myself. As I might have a little issue with my old UK number, you can also use hi number to get a hold of me if necessary for now. (Ivan – 00447545633139). I will soon also have access to fast & reliable Internet again, so please feel free to contact me via email, Facebook or Skype anytime.

I will send you my new address and number, as I always do, once I have arrived and settled in!

I am hoping to find some time now to write about my experiences in South Africa from June until September. It has been an amazing experience again living and working at the Southern tip of Africa, the beautiful city of Cape Town!

I hope you are doing well, please drop me a line to tell me how you are and what you have been up to, and I will send reply personally to you :-).

Sending you my love.

Visiting Joburg!

Hello my dear friends,

I just want to give you a heads-up…I am coming to Joburg!

At the end of my time in South Africa for this year, I am taking the opportunity to fly up from Cape Town to visit my old home Johannesburg.

I will be arriving on Saturday, 21. August and stay until the 30. August, before I return to Cape Town to pack my bags and fly back to London.

During my time in Joburg, I will be staying in Westdene.

My SA number is 0763724264.

This is a once in a year opportunity to catch up. Would love to see you for a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, sun-downers or night out if you can. 🙂

Cant wait to see you again!

Moving to Cape Town for the summer!

Hi everyone,

just a quick update. My time in Cyprus has come to an end…on Tuesday, 1st June I started my journey from Larnaca via London and Joburg to the most beautiful city of Cape Town in South Africa.

I am staying in a guest house in Green Point, and I managed to organize an internship at a multimedia marketing production company called Coza Productions (http://www.cozaproductions.co.za/).

I will be staying in Cape Town until September when I will then return again to London, UK.

I hope you are doing well and I wish you wonderful summer months wherever you are (or a not so cold winter in Southern Africa :-).

Sending you my love!

Life Sign from Cyprus – ERASMUS Semester at University of Nicosia

Dear family and friends,

I hope you are doing well. I am herewith sending you my warmest greetings.

It has been a couple of months since I last wrote to you, and now that I am slowly approaching the end of my time in Cyprus my thoughts are with you.

I believe this is the right time to send you a little update and reminder as I am sure some of you are wondering where I am and what I am doing these days.

For those of you who don’t know yet or whose memory has let them down – I have been living in Nicosia on the island of Cyprus since February studying for one semester at the University of Nicosia.

The last month on this beautiful island is starting for me as I am heading towards my final projects and examinations. I am slowly getting ready for my time in South Africa.

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Just to let you know what has been happening:

It has been three months now since I first arrived on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus (in case you wonder where it is located – South of Turkey, North of Egypt, East of Greece and West of Syria and Lebanon – I hope this helps!)

Cyprus is an independent Republic, but the island is split into two parts since the Turkish invasion in 1974. The Southern part of the island (Republic of Cyprus) is controlled by the Greek Cypriots and is an official member of the European Union. The Northern part of the country is occupied by Turkish troops and is unofficially called the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey. The South and North are separated by the “Green Line”, a UN protected border that runs through the country.

I live and study in the capital Nicosia, which is a city that is split into two parts with the “Green line” running right through it – similar to Berlin during the time Germany was split into East and West.

The official languages in Cyprus are Greek and Turkish, but as Cyprus used to be a British colony, everyone also speaks or at least understands English.
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I am studying at the University of Nicosia (http://www.unic.ac.cy), the largest private university in Cyprus, with campuses in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca. I am taking part in the European ERASMUS programme (http://www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.htm), which enables higher education students in 31 European countries to study for part of their degree in another country.

So far it has been an amazing experience to live and study in yet another country. Even though it is at times very demanding to continuously change ones place of living, having to readjust to new surroundings and establish new social friendships over and over again, it is an incredible learning experience.

Cyprus is such a beautiful spot, I can only recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to live here for a while or visit the island for a holiday, you should definitely go for it. You will find the most beautiful beaches, beautiful people from all over the world, perfect weather conditions and a great clubbing culture.

For me it has been a welcomed change to the fast-paced life in London. Life in Cyprus is much slower, calm and very quiet. Waking up to sun and blue skies every day, also again proved to have a very positive affect. Three months in Cyprus feel like as if I have been here for a very very long time. I wish the weather would be more like this in London (…that’s never going to happen!)

Even though university life is quite demanding here, with three times more assessments compared to my university in London, I have been able to settle in well. I live in one of the universities student halls, sharing a room with another student from my university in London. Even though it was quite a challenge to begin with, living with students from various countries and cultural backgrounds (incl. Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Spain, India, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, etc) was yet again a very stimulating and inspiring experience.

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Looking ahead:

The coming month of May, I will be busy with my final projects and examinations for the academic semester. Once I am finished, I will then pack up my things and prepare for my three months stay in South Africa.

I have been longing to return to Mzansi since I had to leave again back to London last September. South Africa has become my home, and I have been missing it every day since I returned to Europe in December 2008.

I have been planning and saving up for this moment, and on the 1st of June the time has come for me to return once again to spend three months in the most beautiful city of Cape Town at the most Southern tip of Africa.

I will be doing another internship. I am currently in the process of applying to companies – with my first choice being COZA PRODUCTIONS (www.cozaproductions.co.za).

In September, I will then travel back to London to continue my degree studies at the London Metropolitan University. I might fit in a short visit to Germany in September, but I cannot promise anything at this point in time.

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Please feel free to contact me at any time. I would love to hear from you again.

If you would like to you can follow me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/agladiac) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/marianzinn).

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Remember, irrespective of where we are right now, at one point in our lives, our paths have crossed, and I believe the day will come when they will lead us together again. It is up to us to maintain the relationships that are important to us in our lives. I am just trying to do my little bit by trying to keep in touch.

Today’s technology provides us with the amazing ability to foster friendships all around the world, to make the world one place, where people connect and share independent of space, time, borders, nationalities, without limitations.

You are in my thoughts.

I hope to see you again soon.