Mannheim, Nalini Singh & Lara Adrian Signing

Nalini Singh (left), Lara Adrian (right)

I’ve been planning my trip to Mannheim for a few weeks now, ever since I’ve heard that the amazing Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian are coming to Germany! Together, a very good friend of mine and I, woke up early yesterday and drove around 250 km to meet these lovely ladies.

My friend and I, we’re both massive fans, so we were naturally pretty excited to meet them. We arrived in Mannheim around noon and the signing wasn’t until 6 p.m., so what should two girls do when in a new city and with lots of time to spare? Go shopping & exploring, of course!

Mannheim is an impressive city with a surprising amount of shoe stores – yes, we’ve been in every single one we could find 🙂 – and a few designer clothes stores. We walked around till our feet hurt, and I’m still in pain today, then sat down to have some lunch. Spaghetti Carbonara was on the menu for me, and it was delicious. Yeah, yeah, I know, but who cares about fitness when you’re in a new city and you’re exhausted? I don’t!

Anyways, afterwards we went to visit the famous university to scout the place as a possible option for the postgraduate degree. Yep, it sure was something! Have a look below:

Mannheim University

I think the picture says it all, doesn’t it? And that’s not all of it. The university used to be a castle and trust me, you can get lost in that place really easily! That done, we then returned to our exploring for another two hours, then went on to join the queue an hour before the actual signing even started. And we were not the first ones there! The line was so long, I couldn’t even see the end of it, but we were luckily among the first ones to get our books signed.

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Jumping On The “Fifty Shades” Train

I’ve heard so many things about this series, that I just had to grab myself a copy of the first book. I’ve only read the first two chapters till now, but it already has me giggling with every new line. The writing is not as good as I expected it, but it makes up with the story. I have to warn you though, the sexual content is pretty high, so if you’re under 18, keep your hands and eyes away from this.

Well, I’ll keep on reading cause I’m really interested to see how this story develops, but my mum, who’s started reading the series a few days ago, says it’s very entertaining. Hmmm. Anyways here’s the story description:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Sounds yummy, right? Well I’m off to read some more and I’ll update you along the way.

Iulia Lesley xo

My perfect evening…

Hmmm…I don’t know about you, but after a long day at uni or studying, I like to do something every evening to disconnect myself from all the daily stress. It helps me sleep better at night and allows me to take care of myself.

One such typical evening for me always involves some reading. It’s my way to imagine myself in a world far away from mine, where I can leave all my troubles behind. Two hours of that accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate with tiny bits of marshmallows in it is pure heaven!

Haven’t tasted hot chocolate with marshmallows yet? You don’t know what you’re missing. I recently discovered it at a store called Karstadt, here in Germany, where you can buy it for 6 euros. You can also get it on Amazon: Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix, Milk Chocolate with Marshmallows – loooove it!

But that’s not all! While doing all this, I love wearing some really funky PJs. Mine are from Hunkemöller and you can buy them for 20 euros from their website: Hunkemöller PJs – I’m not sure if they deliver outside of Germany, but they’re really cool and pleasant to wear. For international readers, there’s always H&M, which I also love. Here’s a cool PJ for $12.95. I recommend Victoria’s Secret if you’re looking for something a little more sexy: VS Logo Lace Halter Babydoll, which is a bit more expensive at $29.50.

So how do you like to spend your evenings? Any tips?