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Woolly hat

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Stepping out

Of the flat

With my dear

Woolly hat

Knit by hand

By my mum

It’s so warm

Woolly hat

Is it funny?

Is it mad?

I don’t care

Woolly hat

Keeps me warm

Has its charm

Orange blue

Wolly hat

Spaghetti alla puttanesca    

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Italian is quite similar to Spanish. So I can understand most of it. When I first heard about a dish called spaghetti alla puttanesca, however, I thought I wasn’t getting it right. Prostitute style spaghetti? This sounds so wrong. But it’s correct.

I was curious about the origin of this Sicilian dish. One of the explanations I found was that apparently prostitutes could have this meal in between clients as it’s quite fast and simple to prepare. Another explanation is that they were only allowed to leave the house once a week and that they would cook this dish consisting of mostly canned ingredients when they were running out of fresh ingredients.

So what do you need to prepare spaghetti alla puttanesca?

  • Throw some garlic and chopped onions into a frying pan.
  • Then add anchovy.
  • Then some tomatos and peperoncini.
  • Let it all cook for a while and season it with pepper and oregano (no salt is needed since the anchovy are salty enough).
  • In the end you add pipless black olives and capers and pour the sauce on top of your spaghetti.
  • Parmesan cheese or Pecorino cheese are optional.

You may also prepare this dish with tuna. In my version that you can see in the picture, I used canned tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatos. I also added some canned corn.

Buon appetito!

The tea trio

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The first three words a Turkish kid learns to utter are anne (mum), baba (dad) and çay (tea).

In Turkey, you’re very unlikely to go one single day without çay. It comes as a package with hospitality and good company. A glass of çay is served in a small tulip-shaped glass that is put on a traditional little plate. The spoon is a third important component to stirr the sugar you might want to add to the beverage.

For other interpretations of Trio have a look here.

Going the extra mile

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The U12 isn’t running through Berlin anymore. This metro line was temporarily (for almost eight months) connecting parts of the U1 and the U2 metro lines due to construction works on the U2. For me the U12 was a blessing though, as it made commuting into work very convenient. It only took me thirty minutes from door to door which was especially practical when running late in the mornings. Now I’ve noticed that changing trains extended my trajectory by fifteen minutes per ride. Considering that I work five days a week, this adds up to a total of 2.5 hours per week that I will be additionally spending on the metro.

So I’ve been brainstorming for ideas on how to use that extra time in the train every day. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Reading a book
  • Reading the news
  • Reading my fellow bloggers’ adventures
  • Commenting on my fellow bloggers’ posts
  • Brainstorming for blogging topics
  • Reflecting on my life
  • Thinking about what to get my family for Christmas
  • Making my grocery list
  • Guessing at what stop the person opposite to me will get off
  • Imagining what the person opposite to me might be thinking
  • Studying some Turkish
  • Texting my friends / family


Do you have any other suggestions? What do YOU spend your time with while commuting to and from work?

Wise words from Lisboa

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This is one of the many graffitis I came across when I visited the Portuguese capital, Lisboa.

The message is quite straight forward, don’t you think so?

Take your time or the devil will interfere

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One of the many things I learnt when living in Turkey was taking my time. In Germany, we are used to things going according to plan. And when they don’t, we freak out. It’s a very performance-based society, I would say. Our lives tend to be packed with appointments, deadlines and commitments. But I guess that’s an issue in most cultures nowadays as with modern technologies the pace of life seems to have increased.

Even though people in Turkey work very hard as well, they go about their daily business differently. There’s always time for coffee, tavla and a chat. That’s one of the many things I loved about my life there. Just sitting and being present in the moment is socially accepted. You don’t always have to actually be DOING something. And things don’t necessarily have to happen fast, either.

I remember returning from the pazar with my flat mate one day after our weekly grocery shopping. Our hands were full of bags and Read more…

Turkish Daylights: Coffee reading

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Coffee is almost as important in the Turkish culture as tea. There even is a saying that states that the memory of a cup of coffee lasts for forty years: Bir kahvenin kırk yıl hatrı vardır.

This means that having coffee with someone will create a bond that will last for a long time. In a nutshell: coffee creates friendships. Every time you have Turkish coffee, it’s like a little ceremony.  I have already explained how to prepare Turkish coffee in a previous post which also mentions its importance in local engagement traditions.

If you’ve ever been to Turkey, you’ve probably noticed that coffee reading is quite popular as well. Strictly speaking, fortunetelling is considered a sin in Islam. Nonetheless, it’s still a part of Turkish everyday life. Many people just do it for fun when having coffee with friends. Others turn to an actual falcı (a fortune teller) and pay money to seek advise.

Coffee reading is like cloud watching. You carefully look at Read more…

Istanbul in flow motion

Just as I was getting a little nostalgic, thinking about leaving my grey November life and returning to Turkey, I found the following video in my inbox. Seems like Turkish Airlines knows about my preferred travel destinations. I don’t remember ever having subscribed to their newsletter but that’s a different story. Have a look at this “flow motion“ video to get a glimpse of the beauty of Istanbul:

Have YOU ever been to Istanbul or anywhere else in Turkey? What did you particularly like?

The Victory Column in Berlin

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On the occasion of this week’s photo challenge, I’m sharing a picture of the Siegessäule in Berlin, the Victory Column.

The Siegessäule was constructed to commemorate Prussia’s victory in the so-called unification wars which include the Danish-Prussian War, the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War, all in the second half of the nineteenth century. The bronze sculpture of Victoria on top is also known as Goldelse (“Golden Lizzy“).

This monument is one of Berlin’s major tourist attractions and you may even go on top and enjoy the view over the city. To me, this column evoques a feeling of home as I see it every day when crossing the street. It nowadays stands on a large intersection on the axis leading from East to West through Alexanderplatz and the Brandenburg Gate towards the Western parts of Berlin.

For other interpretations of Victory have a look here.


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I’ve been craving a poutine lately. This is a Canadian dish, originally from the French speaking province of Quebec. The first time I ever had this meal was back in 2003 when I was living with a host family in Joliette, near Montreal.

“You’ve got to try a poutine, it’s our traditional dish. It consists of French fries topped with curd cheese and gravy sauce.“, I was told. Sounds interesting, I thought. Then I was served this massive brownish pile of food which quite frankly looked disgusting. However, I was hooked after the second bite. With poutines it’s like with cats: Either you love them or you hate them.

The special thing about the cheese is that Read more…


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