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Why 2019 is the Year of Netflix

I have always been a movie-kind-of-girl, so when this TV SHOWS boom started all around the world, I was a bit sceptical, didn’t quite start immediately catching up with the latest trends. But my interest in TV Series started with the iconic BBC drama Peaky Blinders. Then I developed more faith in TV Series as I continued with The Fall, with the outstanding performance of Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson.

Netflix kicked off its 2019 with the debut of the first season of Sex Education and gave us even more expectations than ever. Sex Education will really leave you with a lot of laughter, sadness and some new dance skills. Doesn’t matter the age or gender, you’ll definitely relate to this show. Unlike the name, Sex Education is not only about sex, but also self-awareness and making the best out of every day.

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Here are some TV SERIES that you should be checking out this year on NETFLIX:

PEAKY BLINDERS (UK)
Peaky Blinders is hands down the best acted and directed TV series of all time. Also, something that I really love about the series (the first season especially) is how remnants of the war really permeate in every character. There is a lot of TV series that explored the WW1 and its aftermath, but Peaky Blinders weaves these themes so uniquely. Then season 3 happened, where I heard my hometown Tbilisi, Georgia more than I expected and my fangirling went on another level.
But of course, after super intense season 4 featuring Adrien Brody, now the whole world is waiting for Thomas Shelby’s debut in the politics.

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Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders, Photographed by Robert Viglasky

BIG LITTLE LIES (USA)
You know sometimes by the end of a really good movie or TV series you wish you could wipe it from your mind just because you to have the pleasure of watching it again for the first time? Big Little Lies is exactly that type of TV show.

I should admit, when I first saw the cast, there were so many extremely famous Hollywood stars, I thought they were trying to “sell” the low-quality show just for the actors, but hands down Big Little Lies was the discovery of the year. As you already know, BLL is based on a book of the same name by Liane Moriarty. Even though she never published a sequel to the book, she wrote a new story that season 2 will be based on.
Also great news: Meryl Streep will appear on series 2 and my all-time favourite Swede Alexander Skarsgård teased that we might also see him back.

AND  who else is super excited just because of the Soundtracks? Yes, my Spotify playlist definitely needs to be updated.

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Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman in BIG LITTLE LIES, cc: IMDB

THE RAIN (DENMARK)
Scandinavians are leading the TV show game with their amazing Crime series, but The Rain is the first Scandinavian project made about the post-apocalyptic world. Featuring some rising stars like Alba August or Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesenand and some well-known ones like Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, The Rain is already on one of the top waiting lists of Netflix. If you enjoy foreign TV shows, want to practice your Danish skills and like to watch a really well-written post-apocalyptic series, you should definitely check out The Rain.

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Alba August and Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen in The Rain, cc: IMDB

DARK (GERMANY)
I started Dark just to practice my German language skills and it ended up to be my favourite TV series. First, when I started watching Dark, I didn’t even expect it to develop the way it did. From the first two episodes, I thought it was some crime/detective, but I ended up in sci-fi, time-travelling series with my favourite rising German actor aka Louis Hofmann.
Leaving us with plenty of questions, the final scene was just mind-blowing and a perfect material for season 2. Also, what I loved about the TV series is that it doesn’t only focus on just one main character, but every character is equally important for the script. As the writer Jantje Friese said, season two won’t just be following older versions of the characters: “We’ve done our thinking, and the second season would put more light on other people in the character structures we haven’t been through that much, while not losing some of the ones that you kind of came close to. But also introducing new ones, while maybe killing some other ones.”

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Louis Hofmann in Dark, cc: IMDB

LA CASA DE PAPEL (SPAIN)
Favourite part of the show? Learning how to swear in Spanish!
La Casa de Papel or Money Heist as they call it in English is the TV series about the biggest heist in history. The storyline, if you ask me, about the heist itself is extremely well-thought and well-written. Also a big compliment to the actors. I know, everyone is a fan of Tokyo, but every character is a perfect match for each role.
And we definitely need to know what the genius mind “el Profesor” is going to do with all of that money he got from the historical heist in the Spanish capital.

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La Casa de Papel, cc: IMDB

THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD (UK)
It’s funny and at the same time an emotional guide through the minds of 2 awkward teenagers with psychological traumas. Step by step, while watching the series, you start to develop a lot of sympathy towards the characters. And also (personal opinion alert) I just love ambiguous endings, when you can decide how it could’ve ended. Even though the series is originally based on a comic book by Charles Forsman, and the comics end where the first season ends, the TEOTFW announced that “they’ll be f***ing back”. No one knows when the season 2 will air, though. But we all expect it to be somewhere in 2019.

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Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther in THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD, cc: IMDB

YOU (USA)
Honestly, after YOU I officially decided to buy books online from now on, for a while I was even terrified to enter a book store. But now seriously, the message about all of the Insta-fame, faking our lives in Social Media and how unsafe all of that can be, got me really scared. It is true that Joe is an actual psychopath, but I just love it how he has the explanation for every cruel and mad thing he does, and how he believes in them. He also is a bit of “genius” because the final episode got me completely shocked. (SPOILER ALERT) Beck’s death was much unexpected but so well-planned from Joe’s side. Also, Candace coming back from “Italy” and the suspicious private detective of Peach might be a really good hope for the season 2.

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Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail in YOU, cc: IMDB

Alongside those 7 TV series, a lot more highly anticipated ones are coming out this year like GAME OF THRONES, STRANGER THINGS, LINE OF DUTY, MINDHUNTER and etc.

Also, Netflix is focusing on creating more foreign language series. The first ever Norwegian Netflix series Ragnarok will be shot in Norway and Denmark during 2019. Scandinavian fans already have high expectations, because the creator of Borgen, one of the best Danish TV series of all time, will be working on Ragnarok.

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Arctic Monkeys, brazil, Denmark, lisbon, Norway, Oslo, portugal, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Sweden, travel, Trips & Other Stories

Going Places: My 2018

Do you also get asked by the end of each year questions like “So, how would you sum up your year? Did you get what you wanted?” I decided to recall the highlights of my amazing 2018 chronologically and share them with all of you.

January 2018: LISB-ON
First time when I visited the Portuguese capital to do my summer language course was in 2016, and that’s when I fell in love with the Portuguese language, culture and the city itself. Then I had a bit of longer reunion with Lisbon in 2017, but it seemed like spending 2-3 months there were never enough. I  wanted to have the experience of living in Lisbon for a longer period and also I wanted to become fluent in Portuguese. This goal of mine was finally achieved when I got the Scholarship to do the part of my Masters at FLUL.
Going back to the city where you made a lot of new friends and unforgettable memories are always one of the best things that can happen to you. Being in Portugal for the third time, it really felt like home. Arriving at Terminal 1 at the Lisbon Airport, I had a feeling that after one year of “being somewhere else” I finally found my way back home. We all have different stories in absolutely every city we’ve ever been to. That’s why we like some cities more than others. With every new visit, you realize that something has changed, that there’s something you did not notice before and always something new waiting for you. Sometimes you miss those cities like you miss a person, and you can’t wait to see them again.

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Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal

March 2018: Rio de Janeiro
While walking around LX FACTORY in Lisbon and doing some Vintage shopping I saw a quote on the wall of one shop there saying “Do you remember your dreams?” and I thought of one of the biggest dreams of mine: BRAZIL!
Since I was way closer to Brazil from Portugal than I’ve ever been from Georgia, I decided not to postpone achieving my goals for more and I booked my trip to Rio de Janeiro. It was totally worth it. Everything happened so fast and unplanned, sometimes I still question the reality of my Brazilian trip, but you can see Rio from my perspective on my first edition of the series Let’s Go Somewhere

June 2018:
OSLO
Coming back from Brazil, I immediately booked my trip to Scandinavia, because I decided that 2018 was about to be “The year of my goals”. Even though Norway is way more popular with its wild nature and mountains, I decided to visit the capitals of 3 of the Scandinavian countries: Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
with a lot of handsome people, fancy coffee shops and beautiful parks, I had a total privilege of seeing the iconic “SCREAM” live and witness the cold, rainy Norwegian summer, but it was so worth it.

STOCKHOLM
From my previous blog post, you can have a sneak peek of why I loved Stockholm so much. When I took a super long ride with a train from Oslo to Stockholm, the weather was finally nice and summerish. I got to know some of the most fun Swedes while walking around the city or chilling near the riverside. One of the main things I have realized was that Swedes are not as socially awkward as some people say they are. I have heard sentences like: “a Swede will never talk to you unless you make the first move, after that they are friendly, helpful and nice.” Well, I suppose each one of us has a completely different experience in every country. So from my experience Swedes are pretty outgoing, helpful, funny and friendly. Thanks to them I discovered some places in Stockholm where only locals hang out and I was also lucky enough to celebrate “Midsummer” with my newly-made Swedish friends.

COPENHAGEN
After visiting Copenhagen I finally got it why Danes are considered as the “happiest nation” in the world.  I can’t really say that my experience in Denmark was completely different than the other Scandinavian cities, but there was something magical about the Danish capital that made me want to re-visit the city all over again. Copenhagen has this mystic vibe of attracting everyone and making it super hard for each one of us to leave.

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Nyhavn, Copenhagen

So far Copenhagen proudly has the 1st place of my all-time favourite cities. And the Tivoli Gardens deserve a completely separate post dedication because this place is really as magical as in the movies.

July 2018: LAGOS
Re-visiting the places where I have been to in Portugal was one of the best decisions ever. I visited Lagos in 2016 and after 2 years I have realized how much it has changed in a way that there were a lot more tourists and new pubs opened/owned by Brits.
The weird thing about tourism in Portugal is transportation. Even though Lagos and Algarve coast, in general, is the most touristic destination of all, they still don’t have a lot of transport options from Lisbon to there. For example, you can’t find a train going to Lagos, so if you don’t rent a car, the only option for you left is a bus, which is actually comfortable but a bit too tiring. image4
July 2018: NOS ALIVE & ARCTIC MONKEYS

Since 2007, when the FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE was out, Arctic Monkeys keep being my favourite band. As music is one of the most touching pieces of art form that can influence your life, the quote of my beloved Alex Turner explains it all why I fell in love with the Monkeys: “There’s always that one band that comes along when you are 14 or 15 years old that manages to hit you in just the right way and changes your whole perception of things.”
Exactly on my flight day to Lisbon back in January, Nos Alive (The annual festival that takes place near Lisbon every July) announced that they were hosting THE ARCTIC MONKEYS. So the first thing I did after my 5 hours flight to Lisbon and being all jet-lagged, was getting the Nos Alive ticket. Hands down it was one of the most memorable shows I have ever been to.

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Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, Nos Alive 2018, Portugal

August 2018: LISB-OFF
So let me get a little emotional here. As my Exchange Program was full of adventures, dreams and new experience, as they say, everything has to come to an end. So by the end of August, I left Lisbon full of new experience (academic and life experience as well) hopes and new dreams. Can I just mention how important it is for any student to make an exchange program at least once in their lives? Because it is so mind-opening and helps you grow culturally on a level that nothing else will ever help. Being on an unfamiliar ground makes you more familiar about your true self. Suddenly you learn how to communicate with people from different cultures, you learn that there might be someone on the other side of the world who will become your best friend. It outdoes absolutely any kind of “office job” experience that you can get by doing the same job for years and years. So please do yourself a favour and promise me to pack & discover the world right now.

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Miradouro da Santa Luzia, Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon will keep being my home doesn’t matter where I am/will be based. This city gave me so much love, friendship, experience and opportunities that it’s impossible for me to talk about Portugal without being too emotional. How can I not adore Portugal when this country received me with the warmest welcome for the third time in a row!

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Lisbon, Portugal

The hardest thing in 2018 was saying goodbye to Lisbon, realizing that this specific chapter has been closed for now.

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@thefedorahat girl in Lisbon

While writing this blog post I have realized how many things can happen in just one year and how we should always take risks and follow our paths.
Share your 2018’s adventures with me on Instagram and let’s have a fresh start of 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

With love,
Ani
@TheFedoraHat

 

 

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