The Problems Of Other Couples!

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Sometimes I sit in a coffee shop and observe other people, imagining their lifes. Are they happy, are they sad, what makes them lucky, what problems do they have? This is fun … and also gives you a new perspective on your own life: It’s not ALWAYS happy-go-lucky (but quite often :)). The School of Life made a video, interviewing couples about their problems … it’s like a glimpse into otherwise locked relationship-worlds. Interesting, crazy, inspiring and though-provoking (e. g. “Wow, even the happiest looking couples do have their troubles.”).

I wish you a wonderful weekend (without any problems)!

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Week II of Eating Raw: A Peanut Butter-Banana Dip!

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I know, I know … I already hear you saying that vegetable sticks and a dip is not a REAL meal. But I don’t care. We are in week two of my monthly challenge of eating raw. This was my dinner yesterday. Some days simply require fast acting …and this (raw) dip is prepared very fast :).

Recipe:

Ingredients: App. 4 TblSps peanut butter, 2 TbSp crème fraîche, 1 ripe banana, a dash of honey.

Preparation: Squeeze the banana with a fork, then mix with the other ingredients until a smooth texture is reached. Season with honey. Serve with vegetable sticks (carrots, cucumber …or crisps ;)),

Enjoy!

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A New Trend? Tucked-in Hair!

Recently tucked-in hair seems to be all around the fashion world. I already have spotted some women on the streets sporting this “out-of-bed” look.

What do you think, is this look really wearable?

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A Power Song: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Currently, my days are quite stressful. No time for writing long blog posts. But at least I give you this one – a song that really gives me power in early mornings: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk :).

Have fun while listening!

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Dating in Times of Digital Devices: One Week with … LOVOO!

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Last week I started to test dating apps. The first seven days I tried out Tinder … which was superficial but simple and – I have to admit this one – fun (“wipe left, left, left, left … mmh, maybe right, left, left” – I am clearly to picky :D). First I thought, that one week dating with the help of digital devices was more than enough. Then I got a lot of feedback from you asking me to test more dating apps. The one that came up the most was clearly LOVOO. So one night I finally installed it on my mobile and the adventure began…

Installation: … the installation was not a problem at all. Since I registered through my Facebook account in Tinder, I guessed that Mark Zuckerberg knows everything about my love life anyway, and did it again. There is also the possibility to fill out a registration form to log-in without using Facebook – a clear advantage in comparison to Tinder.

First Look: Since I registered through Facebook, LOVOO used my Facebook profile photo again. Simple. The very first thing I realised was that this app was beeping ALL THE TIME (->NIGHT). After checking it the next morning it said “100 guys think you’re pretty”, “5 guys sent you a kiss” (WHAT?!), “3 guys sent you a friend request” (Why – I don’t know them yet?!) and “3 guys became your fans” (Sorry, WHAT??!!). Those guys were all either 18 years old or 50. They were not pretty, at least their selfies were not good enough to show this (lots of half-naked selfies … a clear disadvantage of not using the Facebook photo). And there’s this live radar thing that tracks available guys near you. Tinder also did this (and it freaked me out) but this radar even shows you who is sitting right beside you. Which may be good if you’re lonely and he is cute, but not so good if you’re sitting at your desk checking out the radar thing for simple curiosity and see that your 50+ caretaker with the nickname “Hotter than ever” is available in the next 100 m! So be careful in what you’re doing!

Handling: Extremely complicated. I didn’t get it until the end. It took me three attempts to switch off the alarm function (The alarm came every time when someone looked at my profile, thought I was cute, kissed me (!), wanted to be friends with me, became a new fan of mine (!!) or sent me a message. The latter I would have understood, but really: My mobile was running amok.) In the end I switched everything off. Afterwards, LOVOO only sent me the message “You seem to be extremely famous today.” I even asked a friend of mine – who found her significant other through LOVOO 6 months ago – to explain the handling of the app to me. She couldn’t, Obviously it was much simpler in the past. After a long search I found the “wipe” function… at least I could wipe some of the uglier/younger/very old guys away now …. oh no, they could still get into contact with me?! Then why should I wipe at all?

Communication: You can chat with everyone you like to. No matter whether you have a match or not. Since I was constantly informed about the guys who liked me – I picked out some of them looking worth writing a bit more. Like in all dating apps, the chat function works in LOVOO, but it’s still better to change after a short while to other chat devices like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. My communications never lasted very long in LOVOO. I don’t know if it was me and my choosy behaviour or the guys who were unable to cope with all the girls who (in LOVOO language) “found them pretty”.

Flirt-Factor: Zero. For me at least. I first tried out the app for three days in Osnabrück and then changed to Hamburg. There, the guys were cuter, but in Hamburg there were also a lot more men using the app than in Osnabrück. Nevertheless, a real communication was never built up. Can someone explain me this kissing thing? How should I have answered? With another kiss?

Real-Life Test: Sorry, there was none. I really tried it, but somehow it didn’t work out in those seven days.

Conclusion: LOVOO may be a nice dating app … but not for me. It’s too complicated in the handling, it’s too mainstream for my taste in men and this kissing/fan thing freaked me out. Oh, and the live radar may be a good idea in general but it is also somehow creepy. So, in summary I would state that LOVOO is just not my cup of tea.

Next week I will share with you my experiences with the third (& last) dating app: OKcupid!

I wish you a wonderful start into the new week: Full of happy/lovely hours :)!

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We Are All Alike: Hans Eijkelboom’s “People of the Twenty-First Century”!

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For his Photo Notes project Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom travelled through the world for 20 years, photographing people on the streets. Thereby he created a fascinating collection of pics documenting the fashion trends over time. Seeing his collection of photos in his book People of the Twenty-First Century one suddenly realizes that the concept of individuality through fashion is a joke. We are all alike, dressing like twins :D.

I wish you a wonderful weekend: Be yourself and create your own perfect time!

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Eating Raw – Week 1: A Salmon Wrap!

Salmon WrapPic by Franzi.

My first week of eating raw!! Is smoked salmon raw?! I decided it is. …And realized a big advantage of this certain diet: The preparation takes only a few minutes! Yeah, so let’s start into the second week.

Recipe: Serves 1-2.

Ingredients: 3 big salad leaves (washed and dried), 200 g sour cream, 2 TSps horseradish, 3 TSps seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, whatever you like – I used a mix), 1/2 TSp salt, pepper, 125 g smoked salmon, 1/2 cucumber (peeled and cut into sticks), 1/2 avocado (cut into sticks).

Preparation: Mix the sour cream with the horseradish. Season with salt and pepper. Spread cream onto one salad leaf, top with salmon, one cucumber and one avocado stick. Add an additional bit of cream and top with seeds. Fold into a wrap and…

Enjoy!

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Yoga! Yoga! Yoga!

Sorry, but I’m in the dating app universe… In between I do some yoga to calm my nerves (I currently test two apps simultaneously). Oh, and by the way: I need some new yoga clothes. In my class I’m the only black spot in a sea of white. Now I have to stop meditating about my yoga look and go straight back to this CRAZY digital dating world.

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A New Album by Belle & Sebastian!

Yeah! News from Belle & Sebastian: Their fresh album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is out now! Oh, it was time… and now I will dance to the typical Belle & Sebastian tunes :).

Have fun while listening!

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Dating in Times of Digital Devices: One Week with …. Tinder!

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Yes, I admit it. I didn’t install the often-spoke-about dating app because I planned to write about my experiences here on this blog. I simply did it because I finally couldn’t stand my own curiosity and had to see it with my own eyes: Tinder … the dating-app that counts as one of the most superficial dating devices out there in the big digital dating space. So, I tried it: I grabbed my mobile, installed the app and voilá one week of “tindering” started…

Installation: Simple, easy, go… But also slightly freaky: One has to log-in via a Facebook account (No Facebook? No Tinder!). At least Facebook didn’t post my single-status on my time-line. But now Mr Zuckerberg also knows discrete bits about my love-live… On the other side, one doesn’t need to register anywhere else to start tindering. Even your (Facebook) photo appears automatically after logging-in. Like I said … freaky.

First Look: I’m a big fan of clear design. Tinder is BEAUTIFUL … and really, really superficial. All you can see are pics of pretty people, not much writing – only their age, maybe one statement and how far away they are from your location (Freaky!!! The nearest person Tinder ever showed me was one kilometer away. That may not be too near, but still: Now I am very careful with my mobile since it knows every move of me.).

Handling: Easy-peasy and superficial: Open the app and Tinder will check out cute guys (or girls) for you in a radius you choose (I used 80 km). Now pics of available people in your radius are appearing: Wipe left and dismiss the guy (girl), wipe right if you like what you see (e.g. the pic). Then hope for the best: You can only get into contact if the other person also wiped your pic to the right side. Then you have a match!!! … And the game begins…

Communication: After having a match with someone, one is allowed to chat with each other. But how to start a communication? I simply took the easy route and waited for the guys to make the first step. Only in one case (he really looked too good to be true), I started the chat and wrote the incredible profound sentence: “Hi :)” …it worked, he answered immediately and I met him two days later (and realized that profound wasn’t his thing anyway – but he really looked cute). On the other side, the men weren’t a lot more creative than me. I guess the most-often used sentence was: “Hi, how are you?”

Flirt-Factor: One sees a lot of pretty/cute/hot men (girls) and also a lot that aren’t. With my 80 km radius it took me 3 days to wipe all single men in Hamburg away. I know that I am picky. This was the proof of it. But I also had a lot of matches. One guy really made me laugh out loud in the mid of the night with his poetic writings about “the harbour at night under the full moon”. But clearly, a lot of those good-looking guys weren’t on Tinder to find their one big love. One advice: Tinder is not the perfect chat device, better change to WhatsApp or Facebook as soon as possible (where you also can see some more real-life pics of your chat-partner ;)).

Real-Life Test: I finally met two of my matches. Both were looking like what I expected from their Tinder pics. One was a bit shorter than announced (I actually checked my own height afterwards), one hobbled a bit (which I only realised after 20 minutes running in front of him in a museum). The latter was really fun, but simply not my type. The first was nice as hell (and cute… and 2 cm smaller than me!), but couldn’t follow my line of thinking. I had two nice dates. But didn’t find my big love ;).

Conclusion: Tinder is fun, it’s pretty, it’s addictive (“Oh, I will only wipe 10 more guys, then I will start with my work again.”) … and superficial. Which isn’t a bad thing after all – it makes everything very easy: You just have to decide whether you like a pic or not. The real deal starts afterwards – but then you know at least, that the other side likes your look. Again, it’s superficial. But hey, it’s online dating – for me, that means picking people from a digital catalogue and checking them out in the real world later. I guess, I prefer dating offline more, but one week Tinder was at least a big adventure!

Next week I will share with you my experiences with the other big dating app: LOVOO!

I wish you a wonderful start into the new week – may love be everywhere around you :)!

Ohhh, and the X-Mas goat goes to … Frank! Congrats :)!

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