Goodness me, we already passed half of 2023 🤯 I'm still enjoying myself at Ghost as Infra Engineer, next month I'll mark my first year with the company. We are in full preparations mode for holidays that are going to be our biggest ones in a long, long time. First, we are headed towards ☀️ 🇬🇷 for 10 days, then we are heading back to Berlin for a few days and then we go for one more week to 🇵🇱, our home town Wrocław. These will mark our first proper holidays after V was born three years ago (pandemic, you know). After that, my older kiddo 👧🏼 will start second grade, and my youngster 👦🏼 goes back to Kita — I'm back to ordinary working for a week, and then the week after I'm flying to 🇬🇧 to finally meet the team I'm working with in person! 🙌🏻
I finally got back to reading manga, mainly thanks to the awesome Panels app on my iPad Mini. I went through the amazing "Silent Voice" like nobody's business and I loved it even more than the anime (I was sure it's impossible yet here we are). Next in line was "20th Century Boys", a manga I had on my list for what feels like ages. I'm halfway through and it has to be one of the best things I ever read in my life. The story is great, the characters are awesome, and the drawings are so stylish and well done... Top-notch manga, can't recommend it enough!
I finally gave in and bought myself a Nintendo Switch. As was exactly the case back when I grabbed New Nintendo 3DS back in 2016, I'm very, very late to the party. Which is good — the library of games for Switch is insane! Exclusives alone would be enough to get me hooked for years to come (nope, I'm not exaggerating), but that's not all — Switch also has great support for some indie games! I already played Ori and the Blind Forest (the first time on this platform, the second time I played through it — love this game!) and Mario Odyssey (probably the best 3D platformer I ever played). I've been jumping between a few titles for some time, mainly Hades (somehow I'm still not frustrated with all the dying), Ori and the Will of the Wisps (as fantastic so far as the original one), and Fire Emblem: Three Houses... The last one took some time for me to adjust to it, but now I believe this is the best title of the series since Fire Emblem: Awakening, if not better. I'm no longer jumping between different titles, Fire Emblem took over my gaming life... I clocked in almost 30h by now and I don't think I'm even in the middle of it, it's simply insane!
I'm on hiatus from watching series and instead I went with the movies. One or two evenings I needed "comfort movies" and Extraction and Extraction II with Chris Hemsworth didn't fail to deliver. Now on my ever-growing watchlist, I see titles like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and John Wick: Chapter 4. From anime, I need to catch up and watch Suzume — I did enjoy Your Name immensely, and Weathering with You wasn't bad either so I do wonder how it all connects here (if at all).
As mentioned above, one of the best games I've been trying out on the Switch is Hades, and boy, does it have absolutely stunning soundtrack! It reminds me in many ways of my most beloved one — Prince of Persia: Warrior Within I'm sure I mentioned in this blog thousand times, but with its own character and twist. Been running on repeat the past few weeks and I couldn't be happier! More…