Berlin Stories
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Berlin Stories

What a week-end! Sebastian Schipper isn’t wrong in his awarded film Victoria.Berlin nights are a specialty and I bet what happens in Berlin will never occur to you anywhere else!

Berlin Lesen Geschäft Berlin Stories Spatzen aufräumen Berlin StoriesThe Gaslight Anthem concert on Thursday was a blast. It was so good I even forgot to take a picture. That says it all! We spend our Friday with Brunch at “Frau Anna Blume”. A nice Café in Prenzlauer Berg with a variety of breakfast options! Included were our small bird-servants who cleaned our table already while we were still eating. Save your bread anyone!

Berlin StoriesWe spend the day wandering through Prenzlauer Berg until it was time for the Midsommar celebrations to begin.

Berlin Stories Berlin Stories Berlin Stories Berlin StoriesThe “Bikini Berlin” is an innovative shopping mall concept. It’s an amazing building full of small designer stores. And it is just near the Zoo. So there’s a big window where you can watch apes. Or they can watch you. The rooftop reminds me a little of the “High Lane” in New York!

Berlin StoriesAnd there in the Bikini I met my friend Betty who takes care of her sisters clothing store “Sara Lux” right now! I’ll do a little feature about this shop for Lilac&Vermilion!

Berlin Stories Berlin is full of friends. So after 5 years Tobi and I took the same picture in front of the same Graffiti again. It still exists!

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I managed to bind a formidable flower crown. And refused to take it off for the whole night!

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Berlin Stories Berlin StoriesThere was cider, and not-so-typical-but-so-good food, swedish Midsommar games and a perfect final group-picture in the end.

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After the bucket-challenge Tobi and Lucas decided that one swedish quest was enough. So they burned the Gothenburg quiz I wanted to take as well 😦

Berlin StoriesOf course there was dancing around the pole. Thank you Norr Magazin and From Up North! The evening was so much fun!

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Because of the cold we went on to a bar in Kreuzberg. Somehow we managed coming home around 7 in the morning as we tried to help one of Tobi’s friends to find a way back into his apartment, drove around half the town to get his spare key…and drunk some “Pfeffi” (a disgusting mint snaps) from a “Späti” (a supermarket where you can buy stuff 24/7) What a night! What a midsommar party!

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Hej Berlin, Hej Swedish Sommar

Time to pack my bags for Berlin. I’ll be seeing The Gaslight Anthem live, be part of the biggest Midsommar celebration outside of Sweden and will hopefully have a good time at several flea- and food markets.

Midsummer, also known as the Summer Solstice is the longest day and longest night and marks the beginning of summer in Scandinavia.

There are many rituals connected to this day, such as dancing around the maypole, which is covered in flowers, biding crowns of local flowers and feasting and drinking and dancing the whole night. It’s a special day as everyone is happy and just celebrating that the long winter is finally over. If I’d be in Scandinavia right now I’d probably celebrate Midsommar in some Summer Stuga (a small holiday house) with good friends and a big buffet of Swedish food. I’ll be finally in Sweden in August. Until then Germany hast to suffice!

So let’s see what Berlin has to offer!

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I already heard that one can bind their flower crowns right at the festival. So maybe they will tell people there as well this old ritual, that girls pick up seven different kind of flowers and put them under their pillow at night so they will dream of their future love…Midsommar is such a romantic and spiritual day. Let’s see if it is as cheerful in Berlin as it is in Sweden.

midsommar food fish rödlok forellrom recept delicious

Matjessillcheesecake med rödlök, dill och forellrom from recept.se

Midsommar Flowercrown Celebration Sweden

Flower Crown for the Midsommar Evening. Here is a tutorial to a beautiful simple one.

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Sweden is just so beautiful during the summer

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Midsommar is also the celebration of love. Today it’s all about to finally meet your crush and tell them about your feelings. Or just to take someone home with you.

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Lemon Summer Power Drink
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I was scared of pretty Girls and starting Conversations

Have you ever been with your head so much into your work you forgot you had food on the stove? Well that’s just me at the moment. Been there, done that. Just now.

So while waiting for my analog festival pictures to be ready I’ll keep you busy with some other stuff.

Today that will be the best power drink ever. For you to try. So you will be able to handle cooking and working at once 😉

Lemon Summer Power Drink Lemon Summer Power Drink

Oh and yes it is as simple as it looks like:

– One organic lemon

– some home-grown mint

– some fresh, organic ginger

– some nice open can to put everything into (mine is from IKEA)

– tadaa!

Lemons give you a boost of Vitamin C while the Mint is cooling your body temperature. The fresh Ginger on top reduces your craving for something sweet (as it always overcomes me when I’m stressed). And overall a can full of fresh ingredients smelling of lemon suddenly evokes this relaxing summer feeling you just need after a day full of work.

Or after this #GameOfThronesFinal ! That’s something we all need something cooling as well. For all our hopes and dreams melted like..well…Snow.

One more reason to make yourself a Power Drink – whatever helps a series junkie through the ups and downs of his fictional worlds!

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Tell me something I can hold onto forever and never let go. Let go.

Rain calls for Netflix, tea and some sweets? But what if you’ve already seen all available series episodes? And are looking for something new? And fitting for a rainy day? And want to see Blake Lively not only in your next re-run of Gossip Girl?

Then I have a solution. New in the theaters (at least in Germany) is “The Age of Adaline” a moving story about a women who can’t age. But without the annoying vampire-twilight-stuff. What would you do if the world around you changes but you just can’t? What about your loved ones? “It’s not the same when there’s no growing old together. Without that, love is just heartbreak.”, Adaline states. Maybe humanities dream of agelessness has its flaws after all…

Have fun watching! And tell me how you liked it!

My favorite will always be Benjamin Button, when it comes to movies and stories about aging 🙂

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Hell of a dress. That’s the thing about movies with Blake. She obviously has an amazing stylist.

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Still Blake is sitting on some stares. But without the mean gossip-girl schemes this time.

Ellis Jones: So, where are you off to?
Adaline Bowman: Some place with better food, my apartment… Yourself?
Ellis Jones: Back to the party, I just wanted to spend 27 floors with you.

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Italia, Food – a perfect weekend

I was lucky to spend the last weekend at Lago di Garda, in Italy. The weather was perfectly sunny most of the time and I discovered a perfect Sea Food restaurant in the beautiful city of Salo. Since then I’m craving for Sea Food although I’m actually a Vegetarian even mostly vegan. But vacations are for exceptions. I’m already planning in my head to move to Italy, who else is coming with me? Only lying at the beach, visiting beautiful villages and eating every Italian dish that comes around.

Lago di Garda - Gardasee - Salo

Exactly in this moment Netflix does it again. Well, Netflix does it over and over again. Producing high quality series that keep me watching for hours and not having bought a TV for years.

They produced this show called “Chef’s Table” and it’s a symphony of food pictures, Italian landscape and lifestyle and cheese, cheese cheese. It’s an advanced talk about food. As well as on the level of language as on the level of the images:

”In my heart is Balsamico and vinegar and my muscles are made of parmigiano.”

Have a look for yourself:

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The “Sunday-Castle” of this week was the amazing stronghold of Sirmione, Castello Scaligero.

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I think Lazise is the coziest city around the lake! So many childhood memories!

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The Lake Garda is just one of my favorite spots for vacation. Maybe that’s something I have in common with thousands of Germans.

Well, where to next? Any good suggestions? What are your plans? I’m looking for nice places all over Europe for my upcoming trip!