The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert!

Gilbert Audible screenshot. Made by Franzi.

The Signature of All Things is a book I wanted to read for quite some time. First, because it is written by the wonderful Elizabeth Gilbert, whose name is reoccurring regularly on this blog (read my reviews about her book Eat, Pray, Love or about her podcast Magic Lessons, if you like). Then – as a Biologist myself – I was intrigued by the novel’s story:

The life of Alma Whittaker, the daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer, who studies the world of plants and science in the 19th century.

Finally, the novel was the last book I bought for my Grandma before she passed away. She loved reading and I thought she would like the plot of a woman’s life more than a century ago. I don’t know if she ever had the time to read it – but I hope she did because it’s a wonderful book that gives insights into the history of science, the U.S., Europe, the Tropics and a lot more.

I actually listened to the audio book version in German – read by one of my favorite actors, Suzanne von Borsody, who made a great job! Conclusion: A must-read (or -listen to)!

I wish you a wonderful late-summer weekend! Have a remarkable time :)!

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A New (Delicious) Food Trend: Buddha Bowls!

Bowl1Pics by Franzi.

Did you hear about the latest big food trend, Buddha Bowls? The name comes from Buddhas ‘big belly’. It’s one bowl filled with healthy ingredients from every food group: Carbohydrates, proteins, and yes, a bit fat. I am already addicted!

How to create a Buddha Bowl (as an example):

Choose vegetables you like – bell peppers, zucchini, squash, fennel or onions. Possible are also kale or some kind of salad. Decide whether you would like to eat the vegetables raw or warm (I like my vegetables oven-roasted sprinkled with olive oil and salt).

Next, add some proteins: Beans or chick peas, for example. I like my beans a little bit heated in a pot.

You also need carbohydrates – like rice or potatoes.

Finally a sauce – I prefer it made with yoghurt (either yoghurt mixed with a dash of lime and an avocado or mixed with a big tomato).

Enjoy!

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Inventory: Cardigans!

Cardigans1My collection of cardigans. Pics by Franzi.

Cardigans or thick wool jackets combined with a dress or skirt are something like my signature style. Thus, I wasn’t too surprised to count the enormous amount of 21 cardigans and one cardigan-like blazer in my wardrobe! That makes exactly as many cardigans as the number of skirts I own! Wow, that makes a lot of possible combinations…

Have a beautiful day!

Cardigans31,2,3…21 (plus one blazer)!

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A Song For Tuesday: Wristband by Paul Simon!

If I like one special thing in songs, than it is definitely a line and rhythm that stays in the mind long after the actual song is over. That’s the case with Paul Simon’s (yes, the one from Simon & Garfunkel) song Wristband from his recent album Stranger to Stranger. Moreover, the text is funny – and tells the truth. And now all together:

“Wristband, my man, you’ve got to have a wristband
If you don’t have a wristband,  you don’t get through the door
Wristband, my man, you’ve got to have a wristband
And if you don’t have a wristband, you don’t get through the door

Have fun listening!

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Summer Vacations 2016: Wrap-Up!

9The harbour in Barth. All pics by Franzi.

Now they are over… our summer vacations 2016. Those were two wonderful weeks at the Baltic Sea and I have to admit that I am a bit sad that they are already gone. Nevertheless, they were full of wonderful experiences: Our little house in Barth and the harbour were the central spot of our stay. From there, we visted Zingst, Rügen, Hiddensee, Stralsund, Prerow and the northern beach ‘Darßer Ort‘. Then there was also the fantastic concert by my clarinet hero Giora Feidman (who actually welcomed every guest at the door personally – I was gobsmacked) and a (rainy) play at the open air theater in Barth. Now, I start refreshed and motivated into work (and dream about those wonderful past days now and then to refill my batteries ;).

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a powerful one!

11Our beautiful street in Barth.

7The harbour at night No. I.

2The harbour at night No. II.

3The ‘Bodden‘ (the bay of Barth) – on the way between Barth and Zingst.

12The beach at Zingst.

10A cliff in Rügen.

8The gorgeous Giora Feidman after his concert in Barth’s St. Marien church.

6Rain and sun were always present ;).

5A fantastic day and night in Hiddensee!

4Stralsund and the Gorch Fock I.

1Back in Hamburg (Isebekkanal).

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Guest Post: Summer Holidays are Reading Time – Zwei Herren am Strand (Two Gentlemen at the Beach) by Michael Köhlmeier!

BookPic by Franzi.

Hello again, it’s Stephan. After talking about drinking last week, an even more important summer holidays activity for me is… reading! Travelling and holiday afternoons are the perfect reading time for me and I want to present the best of several books I read this summer holidays.

***Zwei Herren am Strand (Two gentlemen at the beach) by Michael Köhlmeier***

Summer books should be easy reading. A lot of people follow this line of reasoning, but I do love the books that are flowing, yet complex. This book does this trick perfectly. The key story is the amazing (fictional) friendship of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin. Both are brought together by a joint enemy, namely depression. They discover their mutual problem while meeting at a beach party. Both feel like strangers and decide to go for a long beach walk (a good link to the summer qualities of this book). The “black dog”, as Churchill refers to it in the book, is fought by the two men, who vow to support the other whenever necessary if he calls for help.

The book is playing with historical facts and fictional stories, keeping the reader guessing what is really true and what is not. The short chapters are a good incentive to read “just one more chapter”, which often turns out to be rather 8 or 10 more…

My verdict: A great book, which makes also for a good summer read!

I wish you an awesome weekend! Have a happy (reading) time :)!

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Panzanella!

PanzanellaPic by Franzi.

Here comes one of the many dishes we prepared during the last two weeks on our summer vacations. This one is an Italian classic: Panzanella! It’s easy to prepare (but needs some time to marinate) and tastes like a day in Tuscany!

Recipe: Serves 4.

Ingredients:

2 loaves of one day old crusty baguette (cubed), 2 garlic cloves (minced), 6 thyme twigs (mince the leaves), 800 g cherry tomatoes (halved), 1 cucumber (peeled, halved and cubed), 2 red onions (cut into rings), 500 g buffalo mozzarella (cubed), 1 bunch of basil (cut the leaves into small pieces), olive oil, aceto balsamico, salt, pepper.

Preparation:

Spread the bread cubes onto a baking tray, sprinkle with app. 2 TblSps olive oil and bake at 200°C for app. 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool.

Mix garlic, app. 6 TblSps aceto balsamico, salt, thyme and pepper. Put tomatoes, cucumber cubes and onions into a big bowl. Mix app. 10 TblSps olive oil with the marinade and add to the vegetables. Store in the fridge for app. 30 minutes. Add 2/3 of the bread cubes and let marinade at least another hour in the fridge. Serve with mozzarella and the remaining bread cubes. Garnish with the basil leaves.

Enjoy!

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Chilling on the Sea!

SeagullA seagull chilling at the beach in Zingst :). Pic by Franzi.

Those are our last few vacation days at the sea. Yesterday, we walked to the lighthouse Darßer Ort – a wonderful wild location. Now we try to chill a bit – like the seagull above, that I saw in Zingst last weekend.

P.S.: More pictures from our adventures you can find (always in black/white) at Instagram @luckmysocalled (or in color at SnapChat @mysocalledluck).

Have a beautiful day!

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A Song for Tuesday: Door by Nice as Fuck!

The song Door by Nice As Fuck (NAF) made it instantly into my ears… and then into my legs, and those started dancing only one second later. This doesn’t happen too often! I guess the band name can be seen as a understement ;).

Have fun listening!

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The Island of my Dreams: Hiddensee!

Hiddensee13My Grandma’s book about Hiddensee from 1952. All pics by Franzi.

We are still at the Baltic sea in our summer vacations. Last Thursday and Friday we were on my beloved island Hiddensee. It was the first time for me that I spent a night on the island and it was wonderful! I love its rough nature, the water all around and the pretty little houses. Here are some photos to give you an impression of this little spot of heaven :)…

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a sunny one!

Hiddensee14The beautiful view over the island.

Hiddensee10The sea & the sky!

Hiddensee9The lighthouse.

Hiddensee8The beach.

Hiddensee6Sunset I.

Hiddensee1Sunset II.

Hiddensee2Sunset IV.

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