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Smile at life

Smile at life.

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One of my plans for the new year is to clear out my closet and shelves to reduce my belongings to a minimum. Everything that’s neither useful, nor pretty nor necessary has to go.

In a recent clear out mission I came upon a poem that I wrote back in 2010. I didn’t even remember writing it. I decided to keep this one and to share it with you. It’s in Spanish: Read more…

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Happy New Year – The Soundtrack of 2017

Discovering life.

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The year is coming to an end. It’s time to reflect upon the past twelve months and to welcome the new ones. I’ll keep it short this time.

Here’s a compilation of my favourite songs of the year:

  1. By Design (Kid Cudi) – Because it cheered up many lonely winter moments
  2. Quien Manda (Mala Rodriguez) – Because it boosts strength
  3. Tuesday (Burak Yeter) – Because every day of the week is special
  4. Somos Dos (Bomba Estéreo) – Because we’re better together
  5. Partiti adesso (Giusy Ferreri) – Because it reminds me of summer in Italy
  6. Raf (Deeperise feat. Jabbar) – Because it’s soothing
  7. Buscándote (Mike Bahia) – Because you find the most beautiful things when you’re not looking for them
  8. Agüita Bendita (Duina del Mar) – Because it makes me dance
  9. Feels (Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry) – Because it’s about taking risks
  10. Enamorada (Pedrina y Rio) – Because it’s wonderful to be in love
  11. Tutto per una ragione (Benji & Fede feat. Annalisa) – Because everything happens for a reason
  12. Pamplona (Fabri Fibra & Thegiornalisti) – Because both Spain and Italy where important to me this year

 

What’s YOUR playlist of the year? I wish you all a wonderdul 2018 full of health, joy and memorable moments!

10 weird (?) things that make me ME

Motivational tissues.

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Today I went to the supermarket and got my very first cauliflower. It’s literally the first I’ve ever bought. There’s no particular reason I haven’t done it before. Neither is there a particular reason for me buying it today. I just saw it and thought: Why not? Let’s try it. I’m into soups lately. So that may have influenced my decision.

Here’s a list of ten other things that make me ME:

  1. I love exploring supermarkets in foreign countries. They are as interesting to me as museums are to other people.
  2. I often picture myself taking a bite of a stranger’s hot dog while they’re passing by.
  3. I listen to Reggaetón music when I’m in the shower.
  4. When boarding a plane, I gently pat it while entering the door.
  5. I’m a big fan of motivational tissues.
  6. I’m a lipstick addict.
  7. I like setting up missions.
  8. I collect the business cards of the people I work with.
  9. I like to think of my life as a soap opera.
  10. I own a tiger costume.

 

Number 11 would be: I bought a cauliflower for the very first time at age 31.

How about YOU? What makes you YOU?

 

Welcoming summer: Sicily in May

Beach at San Vito Lo Capo, Italy.

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Autumn is settling in. It has been raining for most of the day or at least that’s what I assume because the fog is covering most of the view from my window. I’ve snuggled up in my leisure suit and had a cup of tea accompanied by a decent portion of jam spread on bread – pure comfort food. This seems like the perfect day for writing and commemorating the start of the summer.

It was by the end of May. A few sunrays had already made it to Berlin. Nonetheless, I decided to escape Germany and to spend a week in Italy with my dear friend, simply because Italy is always a good idea. And because May is a great month to get yourself pre-tanned for the summer, don’t you agree?

I flew to the north, near Venice, grabbed my friend and then we headed south to Trapani, in Sicily.

Here you go for some recommendations accompanied by My Mediterranean May Mosaic:   Read more…

5th aNaversary: How my life has changed

Typewriter in London.

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I own three different types of perfume:  The first one is my standard aNa fragrance that I’ve worn since I was seventeen. I’m almost twice as old these days, so that’s been quite a long time. The second one is my weekend smell. I use it from Friday to Sunday. It’s as sweet as the weekend. The third one is a perfume I put on for dates or any other special occasions. It boosts my confidence and makes me feel particularly charming and flirty.

Today I’ve put on the third one. I’ve decided to make this a date with myself. I’ve noticed that taking a day or two to myself is important every once in a while in order to reorganize my inner balance, to focus on my goals in life and to simply concentrate on my wellbeing.

One of the things I enjoy doing during such me time is writing. It helps me to get my thoughts sorted. My fellow bloggers most probably know this feeling.

As I logged into WordPress today, I was reminded of the following anniversary: Read more…

Focus: Just another Berlin night

Out of focus in Berlin.

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Just another Berlin night,

The tv tower shining bright.

A walk through the warm summer breeze,

The smell of flowers makes me sneeze.

I set one foot after the next,

Will write a poem or a text, Read more…

Same old love: Berlin in April

Still chasin' rainbows in Berlin.

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April 30th 2017: I woke up noticing it was the last day of the month. According to the mission I set myself on New Year’s Eve, I would choose to travel somewhere near or far at least once a month. I considered my options for the day: I could still make it over to Poland and spend the day there. Or at least have a coffee right across the border. But I had already arranged to meet a friend for breakfast. So here’s what I did instead:

After enjoying a delicious Turkish breakfast and catching up with my friend who I hadn’t seen in quite a while, I decided to go for a walk in the area of Kreuzberg. I found a tiny flea market near Bergmannstraße and ended up in a conversation with an earring vendor from Turkey. Of course I couldn’t resist purchasing a pair.

 

As I continued walking, I soon found myself in the Volkspark Hasenheide which I had not yet explored in previous years. I took advantage of the fact that it was one of the first warm and sunny days of the year to walk around, people watch and simply set one foot after the other without knowing where the next step would end up taking me. Read more…

Combining work and wanderlust: Kindberg-Aumühl and Graz in March

On my way to Austria,

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By the end of March, it was once more time for me to leave the comfort zone. I travelled down to Austria for a training session with a group of customers from the steel industry. Sounds exciting, right? Not being entirely familiar with the topics I was going to teach them, I felt a little nervous. But I managed to make the best out of it and it actually all turned out to be quite fun.

I found myself on a small propeller plane flying through beautiful sunshine and as we approached the Austrian border, I started spotting mountain after mountain and idyllic valleys in between. The airport in Graz is quite small with not more than ten gates. After landing, I headed to the nearby train station where I waited an hour for the next train to arrive. I had just missed the previous one. So I made myself comfortable on one of the chairs, started chatting away with another person and had a look at the vending machine which sells Kägi, which is actually a Swiss chocolate bar. I remember this caught my attention. Then there was also a gipsy family. The youngest daughter kept smiling at me as she was reaching into her bag of crisps.

I changed trains twice and it took me about two hours to reach Kindberg-Aumühl, my final destination. Read more…

Best pizza across Berlin: A selection

My love for pizza is a known fact. Ever since I can remember, pizza has been one of my favourite foods. When I was little, I was particularly fond of pizza salami. Later, I developed a keen interest in all sorts of other types as well. Last year, I came upon one of the best pizzas I’ve tried so far when in Naples, Italy. But let me tell you that Berlin, a foodie paradise in itself, has quite a few great pizza places to offer as well. Here’s a selection:

1. I Due Forni

Pizza @ I Due Forni.

One of my favourites in town. I lack the words to describe it. Go find out for yourself: Read more…

Surprisingly charming

I recently helped some friends move flats. That’s when we came upon the following notice posted in the entry hall of the new building:

Surprisingly charming.

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I guess there have been some parties recently. Or other sources of noise. Oh well, at least I know my friends’ new neighbour has a good sense of humour.

For other interpretations of Surprise have a look here.