New name, new address!

26 08 2012

Hello everyone!

My computer has a new hard drive and I am finally ready to share the rest of the wedding photos this upcoming week!

But before I do that, the time has come for a change of address, seeing as I’ve got a new name!

So come follow me on over to the new blog! Make sure you update your links to http://sarahstaebler.wordpress.com!





Unexpected, to say the least

13 04 2012

On Wednesday as I was coming back in to the train station, I saw the craziest thing I’ve ever seen here in Germany.

There was a big fight going on right in the middle of the train station, making it pretty hard to take my normal route from the platform into the station. A big macho guy was up against a punk-rock guy with furry black boots and a bloody nose, so obviously the fight had started before we all got off the train. They were circling, hurling threats at each other. I couldn’t help but watch, and upon further observation I noticed that the punk-rock guy HAD A GUN IN HIS HAND that looked pretty darn real. He was holding it by his side, menacing, perhaps ready to use it just in case. I don’t know what they said to each other, but at some point the fight escalated and they ran toward each other and started beating each other up.

Luckily, a police officer ran in and broke up the fight, grabbing the macho guy by the arms. The punk-rocker dropped the gun, which skidded across the floor, and DISAPPEARED. He was outta there so fast, I have no idea which direction he went. A group of bystanders started explaining to the policeman what they had seen, and one man had put his foot onto the gun so nobody could pick it up.

Civilians just don’t have guns here in Germany, so it was pretty unexpected.

I saw this graffiti recently near our place and thought that it was appropriate for this post. Thank goodness there weren’t any bangs from the real gun I saw!





Coca Cola with Diane

29 03 2012

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my French friend Diane. She’s Ariane’s sister and is staying in Germany for a while to learn German, travel and take a bit of a break before finishing her architecture degree.

On Saturday last week we enjoyed the sunny weather and sat outside at a café and drank some ice-cold cokes. With lemon slices, please!





Dishes from Tante Hannah

28 03 2012

Tobi’s Aunt Hannah is a really cool person. She’s creative, well-traveled, and really a joy to talk to. She’s also pretty much guaranteed to do some sort of game or skit at our wedding, like she did at Tobi’s brother’s wedding two years ago:

Hannah doing the skit (in such a thick Schwäbisch accent that I couldn’t understand it)
as her husband Erwin looks on

She and her husband got married a bit later in life, when they both already had houses in two different towns. So they spent most of their married life going back and forth between their two houses, and “pendeln”, as the Germans call it, was pretty much second nature for them. But now that Erwin’s memory has started to go, and age has started to take its toll, Hannah is packing up her things and moving to Erwin’s house in Nufringen.

And being such a generous person, she has offered us some of her old dishes and household items. It’s quite an honor to have these beautiful things and carry on that part of the family heritage. She gave us a tablecloth that she embroidered herself. And Tobi’s grandparents’ old bread box, and a set of green cups and saucers from Tobi’s great-grandmother from the 1800s. Woah!

A beautiful handmade glass pitcher – which is nice, because we didn’t have one!

She also gave us three gold-rimmed serving plates. So pretty!

Real silverware for special occasions – we love the design of them!

Pretty crystal dessert bowls and a spoon from Israel

And these awesome vintage teacups!

Such beautiful things. Thank you, Tante Hannah!





Finally spring!

26 03 2012

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Hamburg, for such lovely spring weather and sun this past week! I’ve really needed that. And our balcony was looking pretty sad with all its dried up flowers and herbs from the winter…so Tobias and I picked out some flowers together and I planted them last week.

Here are the before / after pics:

Much better with the flowers, isn’t it? In the afternoons, our balcony gets some sun and so I’ve finally been able to sit out there and enjoy it. I even scrubbed off the green scum (algae?) from the edges of the floor and it seems extra fresh.

For comparison, here’s how our balcony looked last year:

I think I like this year’s a bit better! I’m a big fan of pansies (called Stiefmütterchen in German – “little stepmothers”), and I think they pack a little more punch than last year’s more delicate flowers.

Now all we need is to buy our kitchen herbs for the other box planter and we’ll be good to go! We’re thinking rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage like last year, and this year we’re adding mint into the mix. Yum. Nothing like a fresh mint leaf on top of an ice cream sundae…or fresh mint tea…

Welcome, spring! Please take off your shoes, relax and stick around a while!





Kissing snakes

20 03 2012

This morning I was walking around a bit earlier waiting for a shop to open and saw this sidewalk chalk drawing on the path leading up to an apartment building. I followed the arrow and this is what I found:

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(If the video doesn’t show up, click through to the original post to see it!)

Isn’t that just precious? Kids have such a vivid imagination!





A very nice Saturday

29 10 2011

This morning after breakfast, we did a little home decorating.

We finally hung up the remaining two curtains in our bedroom that had been sitting around for probably about two months now.  We moved things around, Tobi stood up on a table in order to reach the top of our tall windows, and we drilled holes in the walls to mount the curtain rods.  Once everything was up, we had to figure out how long to hem them and then actually hem (iron-on hemming tape is great!) and iron three curtains.

Now our bedroom is nice and cozy.  It’s even nicer when the sun is shining through in the morning.

Then we went to the Deichtorhallen to see those exhibitions I talked about before.  I bought the “Kombi” pass for both exhibitions, but after seeing the one, we were pretty museum-ed out!  The Wunder exhibition was phenomenal.  It was all about miracles and magic and the representation of that in many different ways.

It had a really nice mix of video, sculpture, collage, photography, and vintage things (like Goethe’s grandsons’ magic box with magic tricks!). They even had several interactive pieces, such as a booth that switches your face with the person sitting next to you on the computer screen.  And they also had a room with big buttons on the floor that you had to stand on in a certain pattern as shown on the screen, and then when all the buttons were pushed, it took a picture of the group and printed it out.  Now Tobi and I are on a picture hanging in the wall in that exhibition!

The other building at the Deichtorhallen has an exhibition in it with photos from Paris from the 1800s until now.  I want to see that too, and seeing as I still have my pass for it, I’ll have to go to that one another day.  Apparently the ticket NEVER expires, which is not all that common, is it?!  The lady at the museum ticket booth assured me with a laugh that it really was true that it is validforever.   I’m not sure if her laugh was because of how incredulous I must have looked, or because I used the wrong German word.

Then Tobi and I walked down the Mönckebergstraße (which is like the Champs-Élysées of Hamburg) and enjoyed looking in windows and dodging around the slower walkers.  We visited theMUJI shop, which had a few cute things in it.  And then we went back home and went shopping before the grocery stores closed and bought some ingredients for sushi.

Tobias is now hard at work making some beautiful and delicious sushi (I’ve tried a few already) and we’re going to watch Casino Royale, which is playing on TV soon.

It was a wonderful Saturday!  What kinds of things did you do today?

And when was the last time you went to a museum in your own city?








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