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Date Joined: August 2, 2010
Last Online: August 3, 2012

Country: Germany

About Me

My name is Ilona and I'm a 27 years old.

I find introductions painful and rarely know how to start writing. But once I get into it, it gets easier and by the time I'm done, I've always written more than I wanted to. I often have trouble keeping myself brief, so forgive me if this gets longer than it should.

Anyways, I live in Rostock, which is in Northern Germany, just next to the sea. I didn't grow up there, but I've always loved the sea and so when it was time to move out, I chose a university close to a huge beach. I love the endlessness of the water and not knowing what awaits behind the horizon. Looking at it inspires me and makes me imagine far-away-countries.

I love reading and writing (as I mentioned above, I can keep writing for hours). I've got lots of short stories saved on my computer and a hundred plots and characters floating around my head.

About two years ago, I fell in love with Kung Fu. I've never been much into sports, but there's nothing better than spending your evening whirling a long stick around. Besides, I now feel much more confident when walking around the dark streets of Rostock in the evening.

I love travelling. After finishing university, I went on a four-month trip around the world and seriously, it was the best experience of my life. I don't think I've ever been that happy. I went to Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand, to the Pacific, North America and Iceland. I saw summer, autumn, spring and winter all in one trip, I went from unbearable hot to freezing cold and I saw so many different cultures, that I'm still amazed. I went surfing with dolphins, walked through ancient temples at night and visited far-away villages where I was the only western person. As you probably noticed, I could go on for hours about my trip. The world is such an amazing place, I'm looking forward to seeing even more of it in the future (and in case anyone is curious, the trip of my dreams, if I ever get enough time off, is going overland from Cairo to Cape Town).

Random facts about me:

  1. Someone once told me to tell him the first word that popped into my head. It was dolphin. Since then, whenever I try to think of something random, I see a dolphin in my mind.

  2. I don't like coffee and only drink it if I'm extremely tired. But I'd rather go through the awful taste than fall asleep in front of a teacher.

  3. I dream a lot at night. Sometimes, I hate waking up because of the stories that I can't finish dreaming. If I wake up in the middle of a dream, I can continue by holding onto it while I fall asleep again.

  4. I've always dreamed of a house next to water (the sea or at least a lake) with a library in it.

  5. Ghost stories can scare me so much I can't sleep for days, but I still love them.

  6. I have trouble keeping myself short. But I think I already mentioned that, didn't I?

Favorite Music

I don't listen to music all that much. In fact, the only times I do is when I try to get into a specific mood for writing (and then I choose one song, listen to it and turn the music off afterwards) or when someone takes me along in their car.

If you talk to me about your favourite music, I'll find it interesting. But you best describe styles instead of artists, especially if they aren't extremely famous, or otherwise I won't be able to follow you.

Favorite Books

Oh my. I could keep going on and on for hours here. Believe me, you don't want to know about all the books I've read (26 so far this year, in case you're wondering).

I like a huge variety of books. Sometimes, I stay in a genre for a while, but I love changes. I've just finished reading two Young Adult novels, one about a backpacker girl in Central America (Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, which was amazing) and one about vampires. Before that, it was a historical fiction set in China in the Middle Ages. Then, there's this chick-lit book that I'm going to read next and the crime mystery that I finished last month.

But that wasn't the question, was it? So what are my favourite books? Well, let me give you a small collection of books that I could re-read over and over again.

First of all, there's Harry Potter, the only series which I actually have re-read. No explanations necessary, I think you all have heard of this one.

I loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. It's a book written from the point of view of a boy who suffers from autism.

Actually, I love books with unusual points of view. The sheep books by Leonie Swann (Three Bags Full) are a good example.

Khaled Hosseini and his two novels, The Kite Runner and A Hundred Splendid Suns are awesome. Does anyone know if he's working on another novel at the moment?

Everything by Robin Hobb is great. She writes character-based fantasy. This means that it's not about a quest and saving the world, like in Lord of the Rings (which gets old very fast), but about characters and how their way of thinking affects the world they're living in.

Favorite Television

I've lived four years without a TV and never missed it. There's so much crap on it, I'm amazed that anybody would want to watch it more often than once or twice a week.

The only series I watch are Vampire Diaries and How I Met Your Mother. I found both of them stupid, but that was until my roommate made me watch them. Now we're hooked on both and for the first time in ages, I'm glad to have a TV so we can have our weekly dose of Vampire Diaries (and hopefully, How I Met Your Mother will get back on soon, too).

Here's another random thing about me: I hate all series related to doctors and hospitals. I keep noticing all the mistakes and it drives me crazy! Not to mention that when I finally have some time off, the last thing I want to see is anything related to my work.

Favorite Movies

It took me a week, but I've come to the conclusion that I do have some favourite movies.

I love Pirates of the Caribbean for the humor in the movies and because, let's face it, ships, the ocean and the horizon are awesome (and I'd do about anything for postcards of that movie). There's Kung Fu in Kung Fu Panda, so it makes my list as well, and I very much enjoyed Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.

What else?

So what else is there to say? I'm torn between the desire to write more and the urge to stop here and not bore you any longer. I think what I've written above should give you some insight in my life. If anything's missing, don't hesitate to ask. Oh, and I've seen that lots of people have list of likes/don't likes on their profiles. You won't find one here because I don't want you to feel forced to send me something very specific. I love surprises and being open to new things. If you like it, chances are that I'll like it as well.


hld001 rated for New Penpal Swap ^_^ on Jul 27, 2012
Comment: Thank you so very much for your lovely letter. I have started my reply :-)
Mamacruz13 rated for Follow me on Pinterest! on Jul 27, 2012
Druidha rated for New Penpal Swap ^_^ on Jul 25, 2012
Comment: I loved your letter. I'll write right back to you.
bananais rated for Follow me on Pinterest! on Jul 17, 2012
DarkSkullMistress42 rated for Blind Postcard Swap 1 on Jul 9, 2012
Comment: I think the Easter card is cute and Yum on the recipe, thank you so much!
Comment: Ilona...thank you SO much for the beautiful, beautiful books. I haven't had a chance to read them yet, but I love the illustrations already and I can tell it took ages to translate them for me. I can't wait to read them, though I think we might save it as a Christmas Day treat! Thank you again, and big big hugs to you. :)
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you like them. Especially the Pettersson & Findus one is very dear to me and I was so excited to share them with you. :) Have a wonderful Christmas!
Tane rated for Places I've Been - Nov2010 on Dec 9, 2010
keribearsmiles rated for True or False? on Dec 7, 2010
Comment: Thanks so much for the PC. Was skydiving fun? (or did I get it wrong lol)
Response: It was amazing! I was more scared than I've ever been in my life, but it was so worth it. :)
inthewild rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 30, 2010
Comment: I simply love your purple rose - thank you very much! Any chance you can give me an instruction to make this please? Hugs, Mandy
penthief rated for Places I've Been - Nov2010 on Nov 28, 2010
Comment: I hope you got to spend your afternoon at the lake! I love being outside too!! Thanks for the card!
redgirl12 rated for Bucket List on Nov 24, 2010
Comment: great bucket list
monteverde1997 rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 23, 2010
Comment: Thanks so much for the origami. I think tulips are beautiful too.
angel1985 rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 23, 2010
Comment: Ohhh I love this rose! How pretty! I wish I could fold things that small but I have clumsy fingers. Thanks a whole lot!
mariee rated for I Collect.... Lighthouse Postcards on Nov 20, 2010
CraftyCat rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 20, 2010
Comment: Lovely 3-D folded tulip! Thank you.
BookSlinger rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 19, 2010
Comment: Thank you. It's lovely.
nobelli rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 19, 2010
atcdesigner rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 18, 2010
Comment: Thank you--quite lovely.
LauraAust rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 16, 2010
Comment: I really like the purple origami cat you made for me - so cute! Thank you!
sblaha rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 16, 2010
Comment: haha yes thank you i am not allergic to this ATC.

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chocolatnoisette on Jul 17, 2012:

Following you on pinterset!! (Laëtitia Taudon)

flowerchild on Jul 16, 2012:

Following you on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing your boards.

thehappyhoneybee on Mar 27, 2011:

Welcome to District 13! Please stop by the forum and introduce yourself + chat when you get the chance.


leilx on Mar 23, 2011:

hi! awhile ago you participated in one or more alphabet recipe postcard swaps. I have been given permission to restart them. I am starting with "I" but I will also run, soon, a few catch-up swaps for missed letters. If you are interested, the swap is here: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/87122. I hope you'll join!

thehappyhoneybee on Nov 30, 2010:

Hi Ilona! I just posted a new Postcard Confessions and it reminded me...did you ever get a separate bonus postcard from me? I sent it to you awhile back as a small thank you for joining all the previous editions of this series! Hope it made it to you.

LindyLuLu on Oct 30, 2010:

Thanks for the VanGogh you sent me for the WTA! I did not even recognize this as his style. I would think the flowers were an easy to find "ready" subject, and they didn't move (like live models.) Thanks, I like it.

Merimax on Oct 20, 2010:

Thank you for the lovely postcard with stones that I tagged you for in the PC Trading Group Tag! Adorable!

Kokopelli on Sep 17, 2010:

Thank you for the duckling pc you sent me. It didn't say if it was for a tag or what so I'm just thanking you here! I really think that little duckling looks so sweet and your story was special. Thanks again!

Jex on Sep 9, 2010:


I´m hosting a swap at the Harry Potter Fans WorldWide Group:I ? Dumbledore!, just click in the image to join us. It will be fun! =)

I ? Dumbledore!

ForbiddenFruits on Aug 14, 2010:

I recieved your I feel like writing about.... Tag today, thanks for the letter. I so want to go on that ghost walk now :-) and i never got bored i enjoyed reading the whole thing. Lola

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