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7 days of blogging

For the past seven days I tried to publish one blog post each day, a project to finally get this blog going properly, to help me focus on something productive and fun after work. At first I thought I would never make it, wouldn’t find the time after sitting in front of a computer in the office all day. Strangely enough all the worries I had prior to this experiment were totally unfounded.

A day at the museum

Another favourite thing of mine: visiting museums. I can spend hours there, looking at the displays, the paintings, exhibits, and reading the info signs. If you care for your sanity: never let me visit a museum with you.

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Advent season

Advent – houses and flats decorated with evergreens, misteltoe, nuts and berries. Christmas ornaments on doors and tables, candles everywhere. It is my favourite time of the year when it comes to decorating my flat.

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Places I’d rather be

In September I took my last holidays for 2016. The four days I had left for the rest of the year I saved for Christmas and New Year, thinking that I could easily go through three months without a day off (except for the weekends and October 3rd). Bad idea. The days get shorter, sunny days become rarer. And going to work day after day becomes more challenging with every day the sun rises later and sets earlier. I feel tired all of the time. The bit of daylight I see is when I leave the house in the morning to go to work, and of course there are windows in our office that let the light in. However, I’m not sitting next to one and I’m not going outside for my break but stay inside since my workplace is in a very rural area of Berlin (nothing to see out there, nowhere to go). And when I leave work it is dark. Which leaves the weekends as the only two days where most of us can soak up a bit of daylight and hopefully sunshine. I truly hate the autumn and winter months for their darkness, rain and wind. Even […]

One week of blogging – The #gobacktoblogging challenge

For a while now I wanted to get back into blogging on a regular basis – just for me, some friends, whoever wanted to read what I’m writing. On tumblr this has worked pretty well (and hasn’t been a challenge at all) for the past 6 years but it is not the same as a „real“ blog that allows people to comment and me to write long (boring) texts. Over on tumblr I mostly reblog things other people have already posted. So I only click one button and that’s it. With a regular blog I have to think about so many things: what will the blog be about when do I find the time to write what do I write do I want to have a certain theme I always return to? So a while ago this new blog was born and since I started it I realized that I seem to have less time than ever to actually sit down and write something. Although I found a nice theme, have plenty of things to say, I am often too knackered after work to sit down and actually create a new post. Over on instagram, ktinka mentioned that she knows […]

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London: A visit to Highgate Cemetery

Old graveyards fascinate me. Especially when they are no longer in use and are hidden in places no one would suspect an old burial ground. Between town houses, in the middle of a public park, next to an ordinary parking lot or you stumble upon them while exploring an old forest. Highgate Cemetery is a bit different. It is not hidden but situated on Highgate Hill (near Hampstead Heath) and in Victorian times, one must’ve had an amazing view across London from there. Opened 1839 it was one of the first cemeteries that was not directly attached to an individual church. Since inner city graveyards could no longer cope with the amount of burials taken place, Londoners had to find alternatives to bury their dead.  So Highgate Cemetery became one of the seven large graveyards outside the City. The location and the view soon became very popular and people did not only come there to pay respect to the deceased but used Highgate as a place for a picnic after a nice Sunday walk in the clean, fresh air. What also makes this cemetery a special place is the way the graves are arranged. On any german „Parkfriedhof“ there would be a very […]

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Looking forward to the first snow

Hamburg already had their little winterwonderland experience this November, even in Hannover they had some snow. Berlin, on the other hand has so far not seen a single snowflake. So I was really happy that one of the films I picked up was one from January 2016 – when I was at my parents to go sledding. We went to one of the neighbouring villages and sled down the hill into the fields. I took these pictures with my old, trustworthy Pentacon Six on Ilford HP5 400 film.

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Autumn in Berlin

I am not an autumn person at all. But sometimes, when the weather is nice and the sun shines through the yellow and orange leaves, then everything about autumn is perfect for a while. Then I suddenly find myself sitting on my bike on my way to the nearest park or forest. Last weekend it was the Rehberge park in the north of Berlin: a sheer endless area full of trees, meadows, cute dogs and people enjoying the rare sunshine before the rainy and dark days return. For some pictures you need to have a closer look at the ground you are standing on. Peel your eyes away from the lovely autumn colours and the blue sky to discover what is hidden underneath and next to your feet. Acorns, little mushrooms, spiders, cobwebs, and fir cones litter the ground. Don’t be afraid to get your trousers all muddy. Ignore the passers-by that stare at you while you are lying flat on the ground to take a picture of some tiny mushrooms hidden underneath a yellow leaf. Sometimes the best pictures happen when you ignore the world around you.  Taking pictures of complete strangers is not something I do every day but […]

I love to be beside the seaside – a visit to Brighton

Brighton – a dream come true. This town had been on my „must visit“ list for a long time. There is simply so much to see! Little shops, cafés, photography shops, the Pier, the seaside, seagulls… And of course: friends! Who were so kind and invited me to stay at their place for a few days. Because I was already in London, I simply took the train from London Victoria to Brighton (BTN). Travel time is about one hour and a return ticket costs around £ 34.50. I arrived in the late afternoon hours so we did not have much time to do a quick walk around the town. Instead, we had delicious bagels at Bagelman first before we headed over to the Duke of York’s picture house to see a National Theatre Live screening of „The Deep Blue Sea“, starring Helen McCrory. In case you’ve never seen one of the NTA’s live screenings: I recommend it to anyone with an interest in theatre but not enough money to travel to London every week to see the productions live on stage. It’s a great experience! But that’s only one reason why I came to Brighton. The next day we explored the […]