you’re a river and I’m falling water

Maybe your toes are as cold as mine these days. The season of Karneval is over for this year here in Germany and everyone is finally starting with their new years resolutions. Somehow this time of the year is my absolute favorite. Winter is still lingering over the word but fresh cut flowers, melting snow and some glimpse of sunshine are already marking the beginning of spring. “Aschermittwoch”, “Askonsdag” might as well be one of my most loved days of the year because it’s such a quiet day after all the celebrations, the dancing and loud music playing everywhere. People are getting a little more serious again.

Today we’ll be eating some fish and vegetables again – the start into the fasting period before Easter.

I hope some of you could enjoy some free days and the celebrations on the weekend!

Because it’s still so cold outside (at least for southern-Germany) I thought about a trip I took when I was near Washington earlier this year. I went to see the “Potomac-Falls” a beautiful wild running river just so close to the capital. It was freezing and I couldn’t even feel my feet anymore..but the view! Such a beautiful place.

Potomac Falls - North America

The admission to the Falls is free during the winter month and first I thought we would be the only ones visiting the reservoir because of the cold. But actually some people use this place for walking their dog or even for a run.

Potomac Falls - North America

The way to the falls is made of wooden bridges so it’s more of a walk then a hike.

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How many water is flowing through this river in a minute? Being from Europe it was fantastic to see that this river could just go wild and free without being disturbed by any artificial riverbed.

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Ice on the water. I think those lakes must be frozen by now as there are around -24 degrees in this area now.

Potomac Falls - North America - Map

A Weekend in New York

I’ll spend the next days and NYE in New York. Time to get a closer look at the city. I’ve already seen Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty, so we had time to walk around and just to stop wherever we wanted to.

Weekend in New York

The New York discovery-tour started at Bryant Park, where I took this amazing “Kugel-Selfie”in one of the enormous christmas tree balls.
Weekend in New York

The weather was awesome and one wouldn’t think it’s December in New York. No snow, only warm sunshine.

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Of course I needed to see the Central Station and took a Serena-like picture. Of course. 
Weekend in New Yorki always dreamt about seeing the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center. Well this year’s tree might not be a beauty but I was still amazed by all those people admiring the decoration and waiting for a spot on the ice-ring.
Weekend in New York

Sun goes down around 5pm these days and we watched it from New Yorks one and only castle. The “Belvedere”on a hill in the Central Park. We also went to the Strawberry Fields and guessed about the spot where John Lennon was shot.
Weekend in New York

Saturday Night ended with some american foodporn. And it was finally a real Date Night. Without the movie but with dinner and Margaritas.

Weekend in New York

Sunday morning we had italian coffee at Eataly, just across the Flat Iron Building. It’s an amazing food court full of delicious Italian food.
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We made our way through little Italy and China Town. Buying Polaroid films at Urban Outfitters and having lunch at Ramen Takumi, near NYU.

Weekend in New York

Guess how many taxis hooted at me for standing in the center of the street and taking pictures like this one. People definitely honk more in America then in Berlin. Seems to be a proven fact. Weekend in New York

Finally we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and watched the Skyline.

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We ended our tour at the Chelsea Market. They still have their Christmas Decoration on and I couldn”t help myself and spend some time at the Anthropologie store.Weekend in New YorkWeekend in New York

Differences – or how you know you’re from Europe

I’m so European. That’s what strikes me the first time in America. Especially when it comes to plastic bags. Switching off my ecological consciousness for the next three weeks seems like the best thing to do 😀 The cashier at Giants looked like I was retarded when I told her I wouldn’t want any plastic bag. Then she gave me a bundle of at least eleven bags and gave me an accusing glance. Sorry! Next time I’ll let somebody pack my stuff. Promise!

Easton - Giant - plastic bags - waste
My first stop is the small town of Easton at the Dalaware river. One of the oldest in America. Beautifully old (well old for American standards) houses with the characteristically decorated wooden porches. Here you find the first house having electricity. Well that’s something historical.

Also one of the oldest colleges, the LaFayette College, is found in Easton. Now during the winter break it’s quiet around the campus.

Easton - Pennsylvania -Travel

Easton - Pennsylvania -Travel

Easton - Pennsylvania -Travel

Easton - Pennsylvania -Travel

Pragues Highlights

Prague…Oh you lovely city of one of the most discussed and yet most loved authors. Say hello to Mr.Kafka and Prague’s Avant-garde. In case you’re going by car to Prague…stop in Pilsen and eat at the local brewery. The food there is just amazing and surprisingly inexpensive! In Prague it’s hard to miss the must-seen-tourist-spots as you only have to follow the masses of visitors. But there are somethings you might not think of in the first place! Prague Prague Prague In Prague you need to bring your picnic to the water. Just hang and watch all the tourists run by, while eat, getting tanned and listening to someone who brought their guitar. There is always someone who brings their guitar. Prague Rent a boat! There’s nothing more relaxing than paddeling on the Moldau. Prague Pilsens Brewery doesn’t only do good bear, but makes the best “Knödel” as well! Prague Oh hello sun rise! If you have never partied on a boat until the sun reminded you that there is always a next day…Prague is the right place to party on on of the Party Boats until the sun comes up! Prague Prague Hard Rock Cafés really aren’t my kind of places. But the one in Prague has this amazing light-installation in shape of a guitar. Prague Prague The museum for modern art in Prague is one of the best of its kind! The art you’ll find there is far away from the mainstream modern-art. Here you’ll find real avant-garde from young aspiring artists.