Those Small Little Moments!

This rainbow in the Alster fountain! (Sunday, November 4). All pics by Franzi.

It’s time for a look back – those last four weeks were full of big and small events. In those tumultuous times, the small moments are those one has to enjoy the most and give back the power to go on.

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

A surprise from Stephan: My very first time INSIDE the Elbphilharmonie – to listen to the singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan (Friday, October 20)

Those fall colors in my courtyard fascinated me (Saturday, October 21)

Hamburg’s television tower and the fairground lightened my way back home from my creative writing course (Monday, October 30)

My ‘little’ brother married (Friday, November 3)

Shiny ‘medals’ for junior scientists at the Nacht des Wissens (Night of the Sciences – Saturday, November 4)

The November light on the Isebekkanal (Saturday, November 11)

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Those Small Pretty Moments!

Sunset on the Alster (Friday, August 4). All pics by Franzi.

The last four weeks felt like a rollercoaster ride. There were extremely emotional moments and I was always on the run. Looking back, I first remember those big events that were incredibly important for me and my pals. But then there were also those pretty little moments: The ones that lasted only some hours or even minutes and came unexpected. Those moments are what makes life worth living and the happy power boosters that always give me fresh energy.

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

Stunning view on the Dove Elbe in Vierlande (Friday, July 21)

A relaxed afternoon in the allotment garden of my pal Annika (Friday, July 21)

A tour through the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine with its impressive library (Thursday, July 27)

A walk from my dad’s house in Chemnitz to the Adelsbergturm – the same walk I did with my grandpa every time when I visited him as a kid (Saturday, July 29)

Home-made meringues and fresh roses from the Isemarkt (Friday, August 4)

On the CSD pre-party at the Jungfernstieg (Friday, August 4)

Sunset in Planten un Blomen (Saturday, August 5)

A relaxed evening on the couch: Just me, Stephan and a bottle of wine. Perfect (Tuesday, August 8)!

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New Hamburg Spots!

Schanzenturm“. Pic by Franzi.

After Hamburg was the G20 spot last week and everyday in the media, it’s time to calm down a bit in the city. Since I realized that many of my old Hamburg recommendations are not existing anymore (I promise to update those posts soon), it’s time to share with you some new favorite Hamburg spots of mine. Here they are…

Restaurants (Book a table in all of these, if you plan to eat there!):

Brüdigams… My all-time favorite in Hamburg! Classic cuisine with a modern twist. Always delicious!

Ti Breizh… Breton! Incredible tasty galettes and crepes!

Zum Spätzle… Cute little space that serves Swabian dishes.

Kleine Brunnenstraße 1… Little restaurant that’s perfect for special occasions (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Birthday dinners,…).

Bars

Vineyard… Perfect for having a glass of wine with good friends on the end of a stressful week.

Le Lion… The most sophisticated bar in Hamburg.

Coffee

Less Political… Located in the Sternschanze, this place is always crowded with young and hip people.

Black Delight… Small place that makes delicious coffee.

Ice-Cream

Luicella’s… An incredible variety of flavors!

Eisliebe… Always a good reason for a bike tour to Ottensen.

Eisprinzessinnen… Again: An incredible variety of flavors!

I wish you a wonderful July week! Enjoy the warm days :)!

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Spotlight on: Musketeer & his new EP Seven Long Years!

Musketeer

In his just released studio EP Seven Long Years Australian singer-songwriter Musketeer (who very recently moved to Hamburg) explores quite a dark time of Australian and European history: It follows the journey of a 19th century British convict sent to the prison camps in Australia. The record combines old sea-tale story telling with a nu-folk musical sentiment. It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, especially if their music, voice and stories sound as authentic as Musketeer’s. Seven Long Years instantly had my attention. Luckily, I had the chance to ask him two questions:

Your EP deals with quite a dark time in the Australian and European history. Why did you decide on this topic?

Musketeer: I wrote this EP at a time when I was living in Australia’s second oldest city, Newcastle. I was considering the history of the place and my own European ancestry. Newcastle was a city built on mining and chain gangs. The British ravaged the landscapes and displaced the existing communities there. You can still see the same mining going on there today and the effect it has on people. I guess I thought that was something worth exploring and so I wrote a song about it, and then another, and it kind of transformed into this dark journey which you can now listen to on the EP.”

You just moved to Hamburg. What makes this city unique for you? Do you already have any favorite places?

Musketeer: “Hamburg is beautiful. I guess what makes Hamburg unique for me is that I am now one step closer to becoming a notorious pirate, plundering the choppy waters of the Elbe. Haha. Not really. But I love the river and there is a seaworthy grunginess to this city that I find very interesting.

There are also a lot of cool bars close to the river that I have slowly being discovering. I haven’t been here long enough to pick and choose the best ones yet, but Weinladen in St Pauli has very tasty wines… I guess I am more of a coffee gent. There is an abundance of delicious places that I like to go to. I would recommend Nord Coast, they roast their own coffee and have excellent waffles. Less Political is also pretty damn great. You can find them in the Schanze. The staff are warm hearted and hilarious and make a fine coffee. Can’t go past that.

Enjoy listening!

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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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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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Those Golden Fall Days!

we1The autumnal campus of the university of Hamburg. All Pics by Franzi.

This was a golden fall weekend here in Hamburg. Okay, there was a lot of rain and icy wind as well but it’s always amazing to see the sun come through the heavy clouds at this time of the year. Nevertheless, I spent quite some time inside: On Friday we were at The Great Gatsby ballet show (which was ok but nothing more). Saturday I was at the Hamburger Gitarrenfestival to hear a friend of mine play on stage and yesterday I was happy to stay at home with my books and watch (like every Sunday) my favorite crime series Tatort :).

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

we2On the way to the ballet The Great Gatsby in the Mehr Theater.

we3The Chilehaus at night!

we4My pal Annika played with her guitar partner Janis at the Hamburger Gitarrenfestival!

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