Spa Day!

All the stuff I packed for a day in the spa. All pics by Franzi.

This last weekend we celebrated the bachelorette party of my pal Isa in a spa near Berlin. It wasn’t my first time in a spa, but every time I plan such a trip I ask myself what to pack. So, I thought a packing list would be a nice idea … because my next spa visit surely is not too far away :).

What I packed:

  • 1 bathrobe
  • 2 bath towels
  • 1 pair of flip-flops
  • 2 bikinis
  • 1 pair of thick socks
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 waterproof camera
  • 1 sweet treat
  • 1 book
  • Cosmetics: Hairbrush, deodorant, shower gel, body cream, face cream.

Have a beautiful week!

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First Aid Kit – Ruins!

The Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit just released their fourth album Ruins. I already told you (six years ago!) how wonderful I believe the music of the two sisters sounds. These days, I seldom listen to whole albums anymore – I prefer my own playlists with the distinct songs I currently like. Ruins is the big exception – I listen to it from the first song until the last and I like them all. And by the way: The two videos below are also beautiful to watch!

Happy listening (& watching)!

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Those Small Little Moments!

A walk through the snow with friends on top of the Wurmberg, Harz! (Tuesday, January 2).
All pics by Franzi.

The last month was over in a sec. Again, it was stuffed with lots of little pretty moments: The first days in the (sometimes snowy) Harz with my pals, then back in Hamburg with lots of work but also relaxing hours. Three days in big Berlin with some sunshine, my godson and two insightful workshops. Plus friends, coffee and delicious meals. A good start into the year.

I wish you a wonderful new week! Enjoy those small pretty moments :)!

The smell of wood and snow (Tuesday, January 2)

Back in Hamburg, we enjoyed lots of delicious cups of coffee: Those beauties were served to us at Less Political (Sunday, January 7)

Sometimes you don’t get a table where you planned to have dinner … instead you get one in your favorite restaurants nearby – Brachmanns Galeron. A perfect night-out! (Saturday, January 13)

When a long workday is awarded with the perfect view onto the harbor (Thursday, January 18)

A short trip to Berlin – I simply love this colorful, rough, big city when it’s sunny (Wednesday, January 24)

A calm stroll through Hamburg Winterhude (Sunday, January 28)

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Hottentotten Stottertrottel – Wolf Schneider’s Biography!

Pic by Franzi.

Wolf Schneider is the one name that comes into my mind, when I think about excellent journalism and the distinct usage of words and grammar in writing. Schneider worked for such prestigious German journals and newspapers as the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Stern or the Welt. Moreover, he wrote a bunch of books about the German language and taught for many, many years on journalism schools.

Some sentences from his books about good (or more often bad) German style are with me and my writing all the time. The most important one: “Hauptsachen gehören in Hauptsätze!” // “Main things belong into main clauses!” It may sound incredible logic and easy, but so often one gets distracted and ends up with one loooong sentence with three subordinate clauses.

Schneider’s (German) biography Hottentotten Stottertrottel – Mein langes wunderliches Leben has been published in 2015, the year of his 90th birthday. The book is a wild mix of journalistic thriller and a trip back in time. He narrates his rollercoaster journey through the German journalistic world, his meetings not only with famous publishers like Henri Nannen or Axel Springer, but also with presidents, politicians and all kinds of famous or long forgotten big names of the last 60 years.

Since he has written the biography himself, it is once more a wonderful possibility to enjoy his clear writing style.

For me, a must-read for everyone who is interested in biographies, German history and – of course – in journalism.

Have a wonderful and entertaining week :)!

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Preserved Lemons!

All pics by Franzi.

Preserved lemons are said to be absolute flavor bombs! Lately I saw tons of recipes using them – especially in extremely delicious sounding stews. So I finally decided to give it a try and to preserve some lemons myself :).

Recipe:

Ingredients: Makes two jars á 500 ml.

8-10 unwaxed lemons, 200 g coarse sea salt, 2 fresh bay leaves, 10 black peppercorns, 2  cinnamon sticks, water.

Preparation:

Sterilize your  jars.

Squeeze the juice from 4-5 lemons.

Cut a deep cross into the top of the remaining lemons.

Pack a teaspoon of salt into the cuts of each lemon and put them into the sterilized jars.

Add one cinnamon stick into each glass, as well as one bay leave and five peppercorns. Distribute the lemon juice between both jars and top up with boiling water.

Seal up the jar and leave it for a month in a dark space. Give the jar a gentle shake every couple of days to move the salt around.

After a month the lemons are ready for usage.

Enjoy!

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Plant Love!

A tillandisa in my bathroom window. All pics by Franzi.

I am a huge fan of houseplants – they simply distribute a lively atmosphere in every room. Lately, two new plants moved into my flat: A Tillandsia ioantha (an air plant) and a Pilea peperomioides.

Tillandsia ioantha:

This cute air plant is a new inhabitant in my bathroom. I knotted it on the opening line of my glass block window.

It needs to be sprayed with filtered water every four days. That’s all. Easy to take care of and so beautiful!

Pilea peperomioides:

Pilea plants are a huge houseplant trend right now. I looked out for a baby plant in the flats of my friends (they are easy to propagate) but didn’t found one, so I couldn’t resist and finally bought a small one. Now I will water it once every week and hopefully in some time I will have more Pilea babies (that I will distribute among everyone who also loves this cuties).

Have a beautiful week!

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French Chanson Star Edith Piaf!

Wow, the first week of the year 2018 is already over. We spent the first days of it in the (at least at two days) snowy mountains of the Harz and had a very relaxed start. Now it’s time to work again. But hey, let’s begin the daily routine with some French chanson á la Edith Piaf. …I love the rough big voice of this little lady who clearly is one of my musical heroines.

Happy listening!

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New Year’s Resolutions 2018!

Pic by Franzi.

I just checked my new year’s resolutions for 2017 and I fulfilled one from five resolutions.

I didn’t learn to sew (although Stephan organized a sewing course for me as a birthday present – but than I simply never found the time for it), I didn’t relax more (although I honestly tried), I didn’t listened more to my body (although I made some more doctors appointments than in the years before and regularly do my yoga) and I also didn’t visit more museums (at the moment I only remember one single museum visit the whole year). But -yippee- I cooked more foreign dishes (hello Nordic Cookbook recipes).

I know I can do better. Nevertheless, it’s always great to have a few resolutions in the back of the mind. It’s this constant nudge that you still have to do something.

So, for 2018 I resolve to:

Listen more to my body.

Relax more.

Write more (German fiction stories).

Find a flat with Stephan.

Four resolutions, that’s it – one has to concentrate on the important stuff.

Have a wonderful start into this fresh week and happy new year :)!

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The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake!

Pic by Franzi.

Merry X-Mas everyone :)! Those days are stuffed with visits of family and friends, big and small dinners and a lot of fun. In case you still have some time for a holiday read – here is this year’s favorite of mine: The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake.

A Danish girl, Clara Kristensen, arrives in autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the skies are grey. The last shop on the high street – an adorable little toy shop – is just shutting its doors. Clara rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe, the son of the owner, comes to Yulethorpe. Joe is very busy with his job in London. Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?

This book is not only heartwarming, but also funny and insightful: A little more hygge is welcome everywhere, isn’t it?

Have a wonderful (X-Mas) week!

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Vanilla Liqueur!

Pic by Franzi.

Only one more week until X-Mas :)! Here’s an easy to prepare last-minute gift idea: Delicious vanilla liqueur. Yummy!

Recipe:

Ingredients: Makes app. 600 ml.

200 ml water, 4 vanilla beans, 200 g cane sugar, 1 TblSp honey, 500 ml brandy.

Preparation:

Scrape out two vanilla beans. Cook the vanilla caviar, sugar, honey, water and scraped vanilla beans for 20 minutes. Cool down and add the brandy. Filter through a clean dish towel. Fill liqueur into bottles, add one whole vanilla bean into each bottle.

Can be stored for up to four months.

Enjoy!

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