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The Christmas feeling

It is 12 degrees outside and raining, and it is Christmas Eve tomorrow. I talked to my Dad today and said that I don’t feel christmassy at all. He said that he hadn’t felt the Christmas mood in years, and I could only agree.  I do remember the Christmas feeling as a child though. In … Continue reading

Looking at 2016…

I know that it’s a tad early to write an end-of-the-year post, but I haven’t written in ages, and tonight I feel like it, even though I am super tired. I spent the last two evenings in the company of lovely people, and there is more to come this week. We had good conversations, everybody … Continue reading

I am a Muslim, don’t panic!

Catchy headline, isn’t it? To avoid any confusion, this post is not about Muslims or religion at all. I am still a spiritual Atheist, and it is not about that, either. It is about our perception of the current state of the world. And when I was sitting on my balcony early today, contemplating how … Continue reading

The trashcan man

It is Sunday, a warm and humid day. Mr. Betterhalf and I take a Sunday stroll. We walk through the city and enjoy the relaxed feeling – people are having ice-cream and coffee outside. Some leftover football fans are still celebrating, oblivious to the fact that not only the big final was the day before, … Continue reading

Can social media kill friendships?

It is no secret that you need a good bit of media competence. Before smartphones and social media happened you had to wait until you read the newspaper in the morning to get confronted with the news – who won the soccer, who died, who was born, who ran around naked. Or, you got woken … Continue reading

2015: Gracias a la vida!

Oh, my blog is deserted – I just did not feel it, you see! But I do have a habit of sitting down at the end of another year and look back, see what the challenges and obstacles and good things were. I was thinking about it today while Mr. Betterhalf and I were driving … Continue reading

Your fear scares me!

Your fear scares me!

Germany is going through rough times if you follow the comments on various social media. I feel as if a time machine had sent me right back into the 1990s, when refugee homes were burning, set on fire by neonazis. We are experiencing an increasing entry of refugees right now, because the world is more … Continue reading

Waldeinsamkeit

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

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

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

Perspectives on Hamburg (and Sólstafir)

It’s official: I am truly, madly, deeply in love – with a city and a band! My brand new loves are the city of Hamburg and the Icelandic band Sólstafir. And last weekend I had the chance to have all my loves in one place!!! I have always liked Hamburg. I don’t know what it … Continue reading

Perspectives on directness

I’ve met someone today. In the waiting room of the ENT doctor where I spent an entire two hours waiting since some sort of epidemic seems to have possessed the city. Mine is funny, I can talk but barely swallow or laugh without my throat feeling like being struck by a grater. However, as I … Continue reading