About Marina Prohaska

MA Media student, BA Japanese Studies and MA Japanese Philosophy, part-time journalist/producer, short stories writer.

Culture Shock: London to China

look right, shawnasetoThe moment you start thinking: “Well, this would never happen in my country”, you are experiencing some sort of culture shock. You probably won’t know it’s happening. You may not feel disoriented or start panicking, but it is there every time you travel to a foreign country  (not to mention other continent). Continue reading

10 Things I Love About Dublin

half_penny_bridge_dublin1. Dublin is not as big as you might think. Everything is within a walking distance. It is also quite easy to run into someone you know – even if you are new in town.

2. Bicycles…bicycles everywhere. Thanks to the government’s cycle-scheme, cycling became one of the most popular sports in Ireland in the last decade. Dubliners cycle to work every day or get together on the weekends and go to the nearby Howth and enjoy the view over the Dublin Bay. Continue reading

Christmas Spirit

IMG_9334There is one song that will mark my winter in London. I hear it everywhere I go. And, no, it is not Gangnam Style. It’s Mariah Carrey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.

The absolute Christmas frenzy has started in the UK. The Brits have been talking about it for two months now! In the early October was the first time I saw “Christmas lunch special” in a pub close to the Hyde Park. Continue reading

Denali: Into the Wild

Denali, Mount McKinleyMount McKinley/Denali

The moment I decided I was going to live in Alaska, I knew I will finally get the chance to visit Denali National Park and cross one more thing from my bucket list. I couldn’t wait to experience it’s diverse wildlife and to see the highest mountain of North America.

Some of you might know this area by the name of Mount McKinley National Park. The name was the subject to local criticism for decades. The word Denali means the high one in the native Athabaskan language and refers to the mountain itself (6,194 m). Continue reading

Music Addict

FreeDigitalPhotos.netNo matter what I do, I always listen to music – at least in the background. Since I move around a lot, I tend to carry all my music with me wherever I go.

Before I moved to London, I got a new external hard drive and put all 100+GB of my carefully collected music on it. I even categorised it in genres and subgenres. So, when the IT guy told me my new hard disk died of the unknown reason, I was heartbroken. Continue reading

Serbia ≠ Novak Djokovic

Tennis In Serbia, I am being bombed with Djokovic related news when I turn on TV or open newspapers. At first, I didn’t mind. I grew up being forced to watch tennis.

My older sister is a tennis fan and I remember waiting for Pete Sampras or Andre Agassi to finish their matches, so that I could play The Little Mermaid  video cassette for the millionth time.

During the years, I even start liking this sport. Usually I was flipping through a book or magazine and watch the matches with my sister. Continue reading

Rain Room

After more than two months in London I got used to the rain. I accepted it as a part of everyday life. Yet, the Brits talk about it like it is something so rare and unusual. They are obsessed with the rain.

“What’s the weather like outside? Oh, it’s raining?! Oh, my… They said it is going to rain tomorrow as well!” You don’t say?! Continue reading

Harry Potter Studios vs. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

As a massive Potterhead (yes, I said it) I can’t explain how happy I was to visit both Harry Potter themed attractions that exist.

I started reading about Harry’s world when I was 11. I grew up with him. To actually see all the things I read about and to try the things he and his friends ate and drank – was an overwhelming experience for me. Continue reading

Doppler: A new life in the woods

Doppler by Erlend Loe is a book I always go back to. Whenever I am stressed out, sad, happy or just in a wandering mood – I open up a random page and start reading.

On the surface, Doppler is a heartwarming story about a man and his moose written in a simple and naive language.

On the other hand, it is a satirical criticism of a modern society and contemporary capitalism. It is the story of a misanthropic man in a midlife crisis who has turned his back on society. Continue reading

Top 5 rides from hell

Thanks to the fact that I can’t sleep in the public transport, I experienced a lot of weird things while on the road.

The bus driver stopping the bus to fist fight with the passenger, a girl that suddenly went blind, a lot of different animals riding the bus (from chickens to a goat) and my personal favorite: a man who was smiling while looking at his briefcase filled with knives of all sizes and a Bible on the top. None of these rides made my ultimate top 5 horror list. Continue reading