Essay: Looking at Night into Foreign Windows!

Pics by Franzi.

I love walking, even when it’s dark outside. It frees my mind, I finally end the day with the recommended 10,000 steps and some fresh air, smelling distinctively like the current season – filled with the thick scent of blooms in spring, sunny and dry in summer, humid and spicy on fall nights, clear and icy in the winter.

Strolling through the night

When it’s dark, only a few people are still outside. Everything is a lot quieter than during the day. Fewer passers-by, less chitchat, fewer cars. Life is going on inside the houses, not on the dark sidewalks outside. Strolling through the night is meditative. A good moment to recapitulate the day’s events or simply to let flow the thoughts.

A glimpse of life

Illuminated windows are like doors to other worlds. They show glimpses of the life  inside all those foreign houses: The family at their dinner table, the book shelves stacked with hundreds of thick volumes, the kitchen counter with a basket of fruits, the flicker of a TV. Passing all those light boxes, watching them for maybe two seconds, moving along, it’s easy to invent a very own story  about the just seen scenario: The family on the table maybe just speaks about an adventure the kid experienced the day, the bowl of fruits was maybe shopped on the farmers market this morning, the men in front of the TV is maybe enjoying his leisure time after a hard day at work.

Every window tells another story

I love those little insights into foreign worlds. It gives my own world another perspective. I am here, walking outside, those people are inside, having a great or maybe bad evening together or alone, living their life until tomorrow. Then everyone will leave his or her home again, a new day starts with all those new stories to experience.

As a kid I was living in Berlin, in a block of apartment houses. My bedroom window had a free view onto the 12-floor building opposite. There were around 100 windows. During a sleepless night I would sit on the window-sill and imagine a story for every illuminated window I saw. Those dream journeys into foreign lives made me calm and sleepy, until I was ready to go to bed again.

Today, coming home from those evening walks, I am also a lot more relaxed then when I left only half an hour ago. Here I am, letting the world outside. Closing the curtains. Switching on the light. There are a lot of stories out there. Now it’s time for my very own.

I wish you a wonderful week! Have one full of little stories :)!

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Those Days Between the Years… Quedlinburg/Harz!

A look onto Quedlinburg from the top of the Münzenberg. All pics by Franzi.

Wow, this was my first total blog-free week since five years. I have to admit that I missed it a bit, but then I also finished (two!) books. …Now let’s have a look back to my days between the years 2016 and 2017. Those I celebrated again with a bunch of great people (plus two little guys, who were born in 2016). We rented three apartments in a big, old timber frame building in Quedlinburg/Harz. It was a wonderful time, that was fun and also a bit emotional. A good start into a new year. Here are a few impressions.

P.S. There were three engagements during the last weeks and I am extremely happy about every single one of them: Congrats I & A, C & T and last but not least Little Bro & C!

Have a wonderful start into the fresh week :)! …Have an inspiring one!

Blue sky!

The market square!

I love those old timber frame buildings!

The castle!

Funny street names (Hölle = hell).

Cobblestones everywhere!

We all wrote a wish on a Flying Wish Paper and let it burn (& fly).

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A Fresh Start!

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a good start into 2017. I am still in Quedlinburg and will be back in Hamburg this afternoon.

My so-called Luck exists now for five years. I published one post five days a week since October 2011 (THIS was the first one). Today’s post is number 1,361! Now it’s time for some changes. Don’t worry, I will keep on writing on My so-called Luck. I only need a bit more time for a bunch of other projects that had to wait in the past.

So, I would like to try out another schedule for posting. There won’t be one post from Monday till Friday anymore, but at least one post per week. That’s a promise.

The last five years were fantastic and I am sure that this fresh start for My so-called Luck will also have lots of positive effects for the blog and its content. So, let’s try this experiment!

Looking forward to writing the next post in around seven days.

Have a wonderful start into the fresh week :)! …And again: Happy New Year!

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New Year’s Resolution I: Relax More!

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It’s this week again… X-Mas is (nearly) over, the new year is already knocking on our doors and it’s time for my New Year’s resolutions 2017! Today the first one: Relax more. I know, I know: This one comes every year. And I am really bad in fulfilling it.

A good friend of mine wrote me yesterday that the series “Franzi on tour through Germany” must have more episodes than the famous German soap opera Lindenstraße. Maybe he exaggerated a bit and the reason I am traveling this much is simply because I am still flexible (<- no kids) and most of my closest friends are living elsewhere. So, I promise that I will not stop traveling, but I will give myself more pauses – for my hobbies, yoga and just some me time.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a relaxed one :)!

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The 4th Advent Weekend 2016!

Beautiful Eimsbüttel. All Pics by Franzi.

The fourth Advent weekend in Hamburg! Yes indeed, I spent the last three weekends in this wonderful city. But now it’s time to grab my bags again and to take the next train: First I will be a few days in Berlin, during X-Mas I will be in Hesse and finally I plan to celebrate the new year with friends in Quedlinburg

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a stress-free one :)!

Friday night we made mulled wine with a rum-soaked sugar-loaf lit above it (German: “Feuerzangenbowle“).

Saturday I helped a friend moving!

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The 3rd Advent Weekend 2016!

Look onto Hamburg from the musical area. All Pics by Franzi.

The third Advent weekend in Hamburg! We were in the cinema (Arrival – a really entertaining SF movie!), in a musical (Das Wunder von Bern – go there if you like musicals! It’s awesome!) as well as in the Hamburg Museum. …You see: a weekend in Hamburg is never boring. Here are lots of things to experience, not only during X-Mas time.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a restful one :)!

Friday night: We watched the fantastic (!) SF movie Arrival in the Savoy cinema in St. Georg.

Saturday night: The musical hall, where we watched Das Wunder von Bern.

Sunday we were in the Hamburg Museum. There was a special exhibition about beer (I learned that Hamburg was really famous for its breweries in the past).

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The 2nd Advent Weekend 2016!

The second Advent weekend in Hamburg! Since we had guests, we used the bright blue sky on Saturday to visit the harbor and some X-Mas markets. During sunset we were on a boat tour on the Alster – incredible romantic :). Sunday morning we looked down on Hamburg from its newest highlight – the Elbphilharmonie. A perfect weekend in this wonderful city!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a bright one :)!

we3Sunset over Hamburg. View from the Außenalster. All Pics by Franzi.

we1Saturday: Blue sky and the bright sun at the harbor!

we2Saturday evening: A boat trip on the Alster during sunset!

we4Sunday morning: A look onto the harbor from the Elbphilharmonie.

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The 1st Advent Weekend 2016!

we1A cozy fire-place! All Pics by Franzi.

I am just back from good-old Osnabrück, where I spent the first Advent weekend with friends, a little guy who calls me ‘Bundy’ and a party to celebrate a new installed fire-place. It was a very nice start into the X-Mas season!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a cozy one :)!

we2Play time!

we3We went through some boxes in the cellar and look what we found :)!

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Home Sweet Home!

we2I made some apple jelly! All Pics by Franzi.

I spent the last two days in Hamburg – without any appointments! I lay on the sofa, read books, made some apple jelly, went to a friend’s flat for a ‘mulled wine’ gathering to start into X-Mas time, had a delicious Sunday brunch and relaxed. It was wonderful to have some time for myself and now I start refreshed into another wild week: Hamburg – Berlin – Hamburg – Osnabrück – Hamburg. Those will be my next seven days :).

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a relaxed one :)!

we1On Sunday we had a perfect brunch in the lovely bistro LilliSu.

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Winter Dom Time in Hamburg!

we3The blue Hamburg sky. All Pics by Franzi.

It’s Winter Dom time in Hamburg! During the last weekend, friends from Osnabrück visited me. Together with their little son we went to the Dom – Hamburg’s fair that takes place in spring, summer and winter (Yes indeed, nearly the whole year-long ;)). It’s a wild, colorful, loud, (cold) and fun adventure. Their little one looked thunderstruck from the first second until the last!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a fun one :)!

we1Hamburger Dom I…

we2… and II.

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