Little details

7 03 2012

Gosh, that sunny day we had yesterday was the best. I was automatically in a good mood, even though it was still cold. I find that when it’s sunny out after a longer period of gray days, I am more apt to notice the little details that make life so beautiful. So here is a day in my life in pictures!





Lüneburg

27 09 2011

This Saturday, I went on a little day trip to Lüneburg to visit some friends who live there.  Jessica, who  is a coworker of mine, and her boyfriend Lübbe showed me around the city and gave me some history lessons.  For example, it used to have a big fish market.  And the town’s main source of wealth was salt.

It’s a quaint little town and all the buildings are so old-fashioned, colorful and give the town a much different look than Hamburg.  It has a lot older feel to it because it’s one of the few towns in North Germany that wasn’t destroyed during WWII.

We had a great time!  We hung out by the Stint, which is named after a type of fish and apparently called Smelt in English.  Anyway, the Stint is THE place to be in Lüneburg, with lots of cafés, restaurants and bars there, as well as a river and a very big, old crane.

We saw a big open-air market at the town hall, lots of busy little shops and restaurants, street performers and people sitting outside, enjoying the sunlight and warm temperatures.

We ate burgers & fries at O’Leary’s, a pub/sports bar which Jessica and Lübbe frequent.  Then we walked around the small streets, and I was a tourist and took lots of pictures.  So, here are a few of my favorites!

If you look VERY closely on this one, you can see Lübbe and Jessica’s reflection in the window above the girl in pink in the foreground!  And isn’t it just the CUTEST thing ever that the Ü in Bücher (books) looks like an owl?  THat’s the main reason for taking this picture.

And last but not least, check out this crooked tower of the St. John church!

Next time I visit, I want to visit the Salt Museum and the Michaeliskirche, which is where J.S. Bach was a choirboy during his youth.  And of course drink more beer with Jessica and Lübbe at the Stint!  It was the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday.





Photo booths

17 06 2011

I just love old-fashioned photo booths with the black & white photo strips.  Peter and I did one while he was here.  There’s one right outside of this place called Central Park (a summer lounge park with sand in it) and we got these photos taken!

I’ve done some great photo booth pictures before with Laura and with Tobias, and also way back in the day with my cousin Liz, and even before that, with my Grandma.  I need to find all those again and keep them in the same place!  So fun to look through.

There’s another Fotoautomat here at the flea market at Sternschanze, but there’s usually a big line of hipsters out front waiting for their turn, so I’ve never been willing to wait.  But Peter and I happened upon this other one at Central Park at just the right time!  We were going to make two strips (one for each of us) but then people got in line after us while we were waiting for the photo to print, so we decided just to scan a copy of it.

So fun!  Do you have any fun photo booth pictures of yourself at home?

 





Sicilia

28 05 2011

We’re back from vacation!  Sicily was unfortunately a lot more rainy for us than we had hoped, but that was just all part of the adventure.

Our trip included:

  • tons of pizza, cappuccinos, pasta and gelato
  • driving 1,136.3 km (706 miles)
  • REALLY curvy, windy roads
  • feeling carsick for the majority of the trip (see above)
  • very old buildings
  • turquoise blue crystal clear water
  • swimming in the Mediterranean
  • camping on beaches and in a field
  • lots of cats
  • meeting some Italian people who let us pitch our tent on their terrace and then invited us to dinner
  • being in some random couple’s wedding photos
  • old temple ruins
  • lizards (and one who ate pizza)
  • cacti and succulents and thistles
  • Mt. Etna in the rain and fog (resulting in us not really actually seeing it)
  • lemon trees
  • Italian bars that are also bakeries
These are some of the best memories that come to mind.  And now for a few pictures to give you a taste of what it was like.  (And I uploaded almost 400 pictures to facebook, for those of you who are interested in seeing more!)





Double Rainbow

20 09 2010

A couple of weeks ago, we were sitting down to our hamburger dinner when I happened to look out the window.

“Oh my gosh!!! Tobi, look!!!” I screamed.

I must have startled him, because he was like, “What’s wrong!?”

“Look!  There is a rainbow outside!”

We peered out the window at the rainbow – and it was quite an impressive sight.

The sky was bright orange, and there was a rainbow because it had just stopped raining.  This was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen.  Except maybe for a few sunsets on the beach in South Africa a few years ago, but sunsets on the beach automatically trump any sunsets you see in a city…  But that said, this is hands-down the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in the past year.

Leaving our hamburgers on the table, we grabbed our cameras and ran out into the street to take pictures.  Of course my pictures don’t even capture the whole feeling of how majestic this scene was.  It is hard to see, but if you look closely at the rainbow, there are two of them.  Two full ROY G. BIV spectrums, right next to each other.  It’s very faint, though, and more visible on the right side than the left.  Though I must admit it’s not as intense of a double rainbow as in that video – you all know the one I’m talking about!

Our hamburgers were cold when we went back into the apartment, but that’s okay.  It was SO worth it.  And that’s what microwaves are for, anyway.





Eiffel Tower

23 06 2010

As our last time in Paris together draws to a close, Tobias and I have been trying to do Paris-y things.  I’m sure it won’t be our very last time in Paris, but I’m also not sure when we’ll go back again.

Tobias and I had never gone to the Eiffel Tower together except to see the fireworks on the 14 juillet.  So on Sunday, we took a walk to the most iconic Parisian monument and paid (a discounted fee) to climb the stairs to the second tower.

It was a very cloudy day, which made the city look very dramatic from up above.  We climbed the steps, walked around the tower, and took many pictures.  Tobias treated us to a snack in the café on the 2nd level: waffles and lattes.

We had a really lovely time.  It was so special to go do that together.  More photos below!

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Toiletries & the beginning of summer

24 05 2010

How often is it that you run out of all of your major toiletries at once?  With the exception of toothpaste and shaving cream, I bought everything else I could possibly need.  Well, not really, because let’s face it: I’m a female, and I have countless quantities of lotions, creams, sprays, you name it.  But I did buy toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, face wash, and sunscreen today.

The most exciting (but depressingly expensive) purchase was the sunscreen.  Summer has arrived in Paris this past weekend, and I have spent a significant amount of time outside.  Today it’s a high of 29˚C (that’s in the 80s, for you Fahrenheit people).  Hot stuff.  Well, I do have some sunscreen that was left over in the apartment when I moved in.  But SPF 8 doesn’t work very well for someone with my pale skin tone.  (Unless I apply it every 15 minutes, but who wants to spend their day applying sunscreen?)

Usually I get SPF 50 or above, but I decided to go a few euros cheaper and get SPF 30.  It can’t be that much of a difference, right?

Here comes the sun

“Here comes the sun!”  (My little tribute to the Beatles.)

It feels like summer.  I’m honestly not sure I am ready for the heat of summer.  But anything is better than the bitter cold we experienced this winter!  I just may need to invest in an ice cube tray.

This weekend has been full of sunny adventures.

Friday night: a picnic on the Pont des Arts.

Lots of other people had the same idea we had. The bridge got even more crowded as it got later!

Kate, Libby & Sara on the Pont des Arts

Bread, cheese, tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, paté, dinosaur cookies, and lots of wine!

Saturday: lounging in the Jardin de Luxembourg with Sara, Libby and Hannah, and then a long, sunny walk back home.  I joined them later that evening for ice cream and white wine.

Beautiful roses by the Pereire metro stop.

Lovely! That makes it feel like spring!

White wine. We also had one bottle of rosé.

Sunday: falafel and FroYo in the Marais district.  Mmmm, delicious.

We got it from the famous "L'as du Falafel". It was very tasty!

Hannah & Sara with their FroYo

Paula & I with our FroYo

The purpose of this picture is to make you jealous. Are you salivating yet? (I am!)

Monday: it’s a holiday weekend, so no work today.  Nice, but I’m a little tired of hanging out in the sun.  However, it’s so nice out that I think I might just go sit in the shade somewhere in the little park nearby.  Just wish I had some company!








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