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 Song For Tuesday: Inner Cinema by KYTES!

Today’s song Inner Cinema is a German piece by the Munich-based indie-rock band KYTES. Their first album Head and Tales has just been released. I love those rough and young tunes. They just make me wanna jump around and feel like I am in my twenties again ;).

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Constant by Leoniden

Leoniden were the supporting act for Maximo Park’s concert on Saturday. Their performance was powerful (and absolutely crazy). In the end, they had (minimum) one fan more.

Have fun listening!

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Die Ganze Stadt Berlin (Berlin, The Complete City)!

larsson2Blick nach drüben. / Look to the other side. All pictures by Bernard Larsson, from the book Die ganze Stadt Berlin.

“…jene, die nicht hinübergehen können, die sich dieser Grenze am Ende der Straße nähern, Felswand, die plötzlich eines Nachts in ihrer Straße emporgewachsen ist, jene, die seit Jahren ihren Augen nicht trauen, nun langsamer gehen und stehenbleiben;…” // “…those, who can not cross, who approach the border at the end of the street, rock wall, that suddenly appeared one night at the end of their street, who can not believe their eyes for years now, slow down and stop;…” Michel Butor (Die ganze Stadt Berlin, 1964)

Yesterday, Germany celebrated 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall. I am born in eastern Berlin and was 7 years old when my little brother and me were allowed to stay awake longer this November evening 1989. When my father came home from work, my mother greeted him with the words: “The wall has fallen.” He thought that she confused something, didn’t believe her, went to bed and realized the truth only the next morning at the bus station when everyone arround him was talking about it. I was raised in a united Germany with all possibilities to travel, to study and to do the things I like to do. Since I am 19 years old I live in the western part of Germany and can not imagine a life where I wouldn’t be allowed to be here. Hence, I am incredibly grateful to live today, in a time without walls around me.

A few weeks ago, I accidentally found the book Die ganze Stadt Berlin, published in 1964. It is filled with political photos by Bernard Larsson and an introduction by French writer Michel Butor. It shows the situation in a freshly divided Berlin (the wall was closed in 1961) on both sides – east and west. It’s an emotional shock to see this city I know so well with soldiers, a wall and barbwire. But it reminds me also of some of my very first memories – the proud of my father when I became a “Jungpionier“, the smell of the supermarkets (“Konsum“) and the festivities on May 1st. 1964 Berlin looked completely different to nowadays. Because, luckily, today Berlin is a complete city again.

I wish you a wonderful start into a new week without any limits!

larsson7Volkspolizisten, Frühjahr. / Public police, spring.

larsson6Straße des 17. Juni, 10 Uhr. / Celebrations on May, 1 at the Straße des 17. Juni, 10 a.m.

larsson5Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ) / Youth organisation of the GDR.

larsson4Auf dem Dach einer zerstörten Parfümerie: Ein Flüchtling grüßt seine Freunde. Hochstände an der Mauer. Sowjetisches Ehrenmal in West-Berlin; ein englischer Soldat steht Wache. / On the roof of a destroyed perfumery: A refugee greets his friends (top). High seats on the wall (middle). A British soldier watches a Soviet centograph (down).

larsson3Schwedter Straße, dicht an der Mauer, Feiertag. / Schwedter Straße, near the wall, holiday.

larsson110.30 a.m., Platz der Republik, May, 1 1964.

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Those Were My Days … At The Sea!

My time at the sea is already more than one week ago. Oh, I am craving the sound of he sea gulls, the wind at the harbor, the cold of the water and the sallow thorn ice-cream. I miss the solitude, the little house near the tower, the church and its famous pipe organ. Why do vacations always have to end so fast? I am happy to be home again, but the melancholia of these past few weeks is still in my heart.

I wish you a perfect start into a wonderful week, filled with many memorable moments!

BeachThe beach …sometimes wild and dangerous (and cold!), sometimes calm like a lake! All pics by Franzi.

Barth4Barth …the harbor = the place I ate ice-cream ALL THE TIME.

Barth6Barth …on my last day there was a feast at the harbor and I rode with the ferry wheel!

Barth5Barth …one of the prettiest gardens I ever saw!

Barth2Barth …the small white house on the right is where I lived!

Barth1Barth …in this church I listened to two fantastic (!) concerts.

Barth3Barth …I tried to watch the sundown at the harbor every evening (while eating ice-cream).

Hiddensee1Hiddensee …I made a one-day trip there (3 hours on the ferry to the island, 3 hours on the island, 3 hours on the ferry back to Barth – so worth it!).

Hiddensee2Hiddensee …I love the wild feeling of this island!

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Mysteric Traffic Lights by Lucas Zimmermann!

The week was filled with celebrations, recapitulation and new resolutions. Let’s finish it with these pictures by German photographer Lucas Zimmermann. It’s surprising how mystic traffic lights can appear in a foggy night. Like right out of a Hitchcock film. Calm & intense!

I wish you a wonderful & calm first weekend in 2014!

Traffic Light Traffic Light2 Traffic Light3Credits

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Germany: Vote!

VotePic by Franzi. (The yellow color DOESN’T stand for any party!)

Dear German readers. This one is important: Today there are the elections to the Bundestag. Please vote! Thereby democracy has still a meaning. Thereby you are a part of our country, its political decisions and its future.

Again: Go out now – and vote!

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Indie Pop made in Germany: Talking Pets!

It’s snowing here in good old Osnabrück. Again, when will winter be finally over?! Okay, okay – I have to admit that everything looks beautiful right now and observing the birds on their hunt for food on my balcony is also fun (apparently they like the apples from the farmers market as much as I do). But a little mood lifter is still in order to get me over my ‘I-hate-winter’ blues. Luckily, today I discovered Talking Pets – four guys from Munich (Germany) making indie pop music at its best. Their sound is soft and simple and fun – exactly what I needed. I love their song Asteroids, Circles describes just the situation I’m finally over with and Carolina is simple happiness. Thank you guys for rescuing at least one dreadful January day 🙂 !

Asteroids:

Circles:

Carolina:

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Get Well Soon

The server was down yesterday two (!) times… Thus, today only a very short music post. Get Well Soon are responsible for one of my all-time favorites Angry Loud Man. Their new album The Scarlet Beast O’Seven Heads is out since August and good as ever! That’s all for today… have fun listening!


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Friendship Books

My Friendship Book from 1994

Do you still remember Friendship Books from your adolescence? In Germany we called them ‘Freundebuch’ back then and I own at least three from several time periods, where I always filled out the very first sheet of questions by myself. They were often decorated with hundreds of stickers or drawings and the answers still make me laugh out loud every time I open one of them. Some friends inside of them were long forgotten until I rediscovered their entries and some friends count still to my inner circle of best pals. Sometimes I wonder how especially those guys knew already 20 years ago what they want from life and how they already could have had such a good taste in music or literature (…and me not).Today, I would like to present you some of my answers from 1994 in comparison with today. Hilarious, isn’t it?

Do you also had a friendship book? Do you still posses it? Are you having a look inside it from time to time?

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