Share Your World – 2014 Week 33

After skipping the Share Your World action last week due to laziness, I am now happy about Cee‘s questions for this week! Do you believe in ghosts?  I certainly do not believe in ghosts that fly around and go “Boo!”! I do believe that energy does not disappear, hence I would say I believe in … Continue reading

Perspectives on getting help

I was woken up this morning by bright rays of sunshine flooding my bedroom. I was not awake enough to think yet and felt happy and cosy. I grabbed my phone, like I do every morning. Scanning the news helps me wake up and start the day. And there were the headlines: Robin Williams dead. … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 31

As always, great questions from Cee! If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know) For personal reasons, I would invite my Grandfather. He died long, long before I was born and I would like to meet him. For … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 30

I really enjoyed the questions this week, Cee, especially the one about our favourite photographs! List 2 things you have to be happy about. I am happy about a good bunch of people around me whom I can always count on, amongst them Mr. Betterhalf! I am also happy that I get more and more … Continue reading

The mirrors and the nightingales

In my last post about anxiety I mentioned that I currently have to let go of some people in my life, because they are not good for me. I have thought about it a lot afer that post, and I have come to the conclusion that this statement might have been a tad premature, or … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 29

Thanks for the questions this week, Cee! Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to? No, noooooooooo! That would be an absolute nightmare for me! Very small room, locked, and underwater… Noooooo! 🙂 Are you a listener or talker? I can be both. I admit I do like to … Continue reading

Perspectives on anxiety

Ah, finally a blog post with a sound track! Check out Muse ‘Panic Station‘ while reading this! I decided to dedicate another blog post to an issue that was and is still important for me, after seeing yet another one of those anxiety awareness posts on my Facebook timeline. I look back at a rather … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 28

Thanks for thinking up questions for us every week, Cee! Week 28 already! Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do? No, I have never been in a parade. And the only ones I ever watched were the carnival parades when I was a child. Oh, and the “Love Parade”, … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 27

Since I was busy watching Brazil being slaughtered by our German football team last night, Cee‘s questions had to wait until today! If you were the architect of one existing building, which building would you select? source The Cologne Cathedral, really! It is a fascinating and eternally unfinished building! I love it! What is one … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 26

I agree with you, Cee, it is unbelievable that half of the year is already over! Where did it go? It will be great though to look back at all the “Share your world” posts at the end of the year! Here are this week’s questions: Is your refrigerator, organized or a mess inside? Now that … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 25

I seem to grow a habit of answering Cee‘s questions on Tuesdays! What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal, drawing, cartoon or character in a movie or TV show) My lifetime favourite dog has surely been Timmy, a stuffed animal that I had when I … Continue reading

Laach Lake: Travelling with Mr. Murphy

Last weekend finally saw me cashing in my birthday present from Mr. Betterhalf: a weekend away in the Volcanic Eifel by the Laach Lake. The lake is a volcanic caldera lake and carries quite a few myths with it. Above the lake sits enthroned the beautiful monastery of the Maria Laach Abbey. We had been … Continue reading

Follow your nose

Today’s post is about the scented side of life. I got inspired by two things mainly: on the one hand there is one of my new favourite blogs – Thomas over at The Candy Perfume Boy explores and describes perfumes and scents in a way that actually makes you smell them! Even though I would never … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 24

Very unusual questions this week, Cee! I am glad that your questions have me post at least on blog per week as I am a bit lazy at the moment! What makes you feel the most secure? I really have to think about that one. Hm… I guess I am most secure when I am … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 23

And it’s another week and time for some world sharing!  Here we go! Would your rather be stuck in a small plane with mild turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500? Uh, I do really not like flying very much and turbulences scare me. But being a passenger … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 22

Jeez, Cee‘s writing challenge makes me realise even more how much time flies! It’s already another week, and here are the questions: Regarding animals would you prefer not having them around or having domestics pets, farm animals, or seeing them in nature or the zoo? I never had any pets at home and am therefore … Continue reading

To the bone! Bone marrow donation.

source Why would you read another heart-breaking article about a fatal disease? First of, my post does not intend to be heart-breaking, just a bit emotionally triggered. I just want to give you some insides or food for thought from a concerned person’s point of view. My own brother was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2001 … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 21

Thank you Cee for this challenge – I am only on my second week with you, but it is a motivation to write! Plus, the questions take my head off the shitty day that I have had so far 🙂 If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you … Continue reading

In! Your! Face!

I had two inspiring Facebook encounters today (yes, yes, that happens!) that made me think and also re-think a few matters. The first conversation was with a guy I used to go to school with. We probably have not talked ever since we finished school 18 years ago, but every now and then I take … Continue reading

Share Your World – 2014 Week 20

I have been rather quiet here due to time management issues and some lack of motivation, but I do observe my fellow bloggers on the reader’s list. This is how I noticed a rather nice challenge over at Roadsdiverge: “Share your world” – every week, Cee will post 3 questions. I think it is a … Continue reading

Perspectives on getting old(er)

Source Most of my ideas for blog posts are inspired by conversations I have or by things I observe. This one started to grow after I talked to a friend on the phone yesterday. I met her when I was 24 and now I am…. older! I will be 37 next week and HOW THE … Continue reading

Wonderwoman wonders…

Today I added a lifetime event to my Facebook timeline: I became Wonderwoman. Yes, dear reader, that’s right! I got up today, started spinning around and turned into her! Uh huh! Because I can! Anyways, being a proper Wonderwoman, I should start wondering. Or, maybe it’s exactly the other way around: I come across so … Continue reading


Today’s blog post is dedicated to my friend Ana, for she first introduced me to the German term “Waldeinsamkeit”. This is weird on many levels: First of, I am German and I had never heard the term before. Secondly, Ana is not German and knows the term. Thirdly, the term seems to be internationally known. … Continue reading

In search of the winter

Well, how did that happen? We only celebrated New Year’s recently and now February is almost over. I can only repeat myself: time is a capricious bitch! So Winter is nearly over, except there was no Winter in Germany… at least in my part of Germany. I was hoping for snow at Christmas and when … Continue reading

Time is a capricious bitch!

Today I indulged once again in something that is both one of my best features and my worst habit: pondering. I am feeling somewhat edgy and tried to find out what exactly evokes said feeling. And here it is, the answer, an oh-so-philosophical statement, something we all know but still do not get a grip … Continue reading

POW letters – Boon and bane of words

Today I sat down to transcribe some more of my Grandparents’ POW letters which I got after my Grandmother passed away. Copying them takes quite some time but I found that I want to use them as advice from the past. Usually, my Granddad’s letters are pretty well-structured and very clear. So when I pulled … Continue reading

Liebster Award!

Oh wow! I mean, I would have dressed up a little, had I known I was in for an award! I’ve never been nominated… no wait, that’s not true. When I was about 15 or so, me and my – buckle up! – synchronised swimming team were nominated for “team of the year” in our … Continue reading

Welcome to the German Perspective!

Well, you are here – welcome to “The German Perspective”! Perspective – from Latin perspicere: to see through Life is all about perspective, about the way you look at things. If you look through a camera, you only see a certain angle of the big picture and do not know what is outside. But if … Continue reading

Christmas already?

Well…. how did this happen? If you asked me, dear readience, I would have sworn to you that last Christmas was only a couple of months ago – time flies when you’re having fun as they say… apparently I’ve had a lot of fun! Honestly, how can a year go by this fast? I partly … Continue reading

Budapest: There is a crack in everything…

Those of you who have an … achem… equally brilliant taste in music as I do, will of course have noticed the reference to Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” in the title. So this post on Budapest will be about some cracks but even more about the light that still gets in. If I had to summarise … Continue reading

POW letters – advice from my grandparents

When I was a child, I could not get enough of rooting through my Grandma’s drawers. They were like treasure chests to me! I would try on her pearl necklaces, look at old photographs and touch the soft scarfs and hats. There was one drawer though that contained a lot of letters – letters that … Continue reading

The story of the dragonflies

source In my last post for my brother’s birthday I mentioned that dragonflies are very special to me ever since he is gone. Now the anniversary of his death is approaching – I will not have the time or energy on the very day to publish anything here, so I decided I’ll do it today. … Continue reading

Happy birthday, big little brother!

source Today’s post is a rather personal one. Today is my big little brother’s 33rd birthday. Except he will be 27 forever – he died of leukaemia nearly 6 years ago. And I mean ‘died’; I cannot stand the expression ‘passed away’. It sounds so random… ‘Oops, I just passed away there, sorry for that!’. … Continue reading

Perspectives on Austria: Innsbruck

“I feel the earth move under my feet, I feel the sky tumblin’ down” – remember the song? I now know exactly how it feels when the earth moves under my feet! Join me in my earth-shaking review of my trip to Innsbruck, Austria! Earlier this year, I received the invitation for my dear friend … Continue reading

Travel nerves

    source So you’re a productive member of society. You’ve got a proper, rather unspectacular 9-to-5 job and – at least if you’re German – you are entitled to about 30 days off. Not too bad, if you think about it – 6 weeks off… but still, 48 working weeks. So those holidays are … Continue reading

‘Un poco loco’ or ‘not on!’?

source We all do crazy things at time – because we are in love or because we aren’t; because we are drunk or because we aren’t; because good or bad things happened or because it’s just one of those days. ‘My friends are crazy’ is usually rather a compliment and being a bit crazy surely … Continue reading

A Word A Week Challenge: Angle

This week’s challenge of ‘A Word in Your Ear‘ is all about angles. As stated in my ‘About‘ section, life is all about perspective, about the way you look at things. If you look through a camera, you only see a certain angle of the big picture and you might not understand it as a … Continue reading

A Word A Week Challenge: Orange

I have been following ‘A Word in Your Ear‘ for a while now. The author picks a word from the dictionary every week and the challenge for her and other bloggers is to post pictures or anything else related to that word. So the challenge for this week is ‘Orange‘. Not only is my blog … Continue reading

Resolution: Go with the flow

source ‘I live in the future!’ This is what my friend Tourmama usually says when she discovers new breath-taking features on her very smart phone – we are not the techno kids really, so some things are just amazing – checking into a flight with just your phone and without your boarding pass for example! … Continue reading

Nothing to fear

I painted this picture many years ago. This is how I felt and even though I am not a very talented painter, it was my first attempt to canalise what was going on inside me. I remember my first panic attack very vividly. It was Easter 1997 at my Grandmother’s house. My parents, my brother, … Continue reading

Perspectives on Ireland Part 1

Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir! Today is St. Patrick’s Day and I shall take it as my motivation to show you my perspective on my beloved Ireland! I started to take interest in the country through (how cliché) one of the local Irish pubs here, and later I spent two years travelling back … Continue reading