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.

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The New York discovery-tour started at Bryant Park, where I took this amazing “Kugel-Selfie”in one of the enormous christmas tree balls.
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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.
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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.
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Saturday Night ended with some american foodporn. And it was finally a real Date Night. Without the movie but with dinner and Margaritas.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Easton - Pennsylvania -Travel

Easton - Pennsylvania -Travel

Easton - Pennsylvania -Travel

Like waiting for Christmas

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So this countdown is my actual advent calendar. Slowly NYC gets near. I ordered insta x films for my Fuji and this perfect moleskine notebook where all the Polaroids and my notes and ideas will find a place 🙂
I’m not even sure if I should take my canon. I’ll probably end up taking all pictures by Polaroid or IPhone anyway…as usual.

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Christmas Cookies

it’s saint nicolaus day, which means that baking some cookies should have already been done. lala. as i hate baking (as much as i love cooking!) and i’m quite picky when it comes to chistmas cookies, i’m only doing one sort of them. it may be annoying for my family to get the same cookies every year, but they are awesome, tasty, healty and soo easy to do 😀

it’s actually an old recipe from a wise lady called hildegard von bingen. she wrote many things about how nutrition can help curing any kind of diseases. my gradma loooves her and this receipt is one of her many many cookie ideas she collected over the years. those cookies -as it says- are supposed to give you back energy. well what else does one need those days when it get’s dark so early. Let’s start baking!

here comes the recipe:

500g splint

250g butter

150g brown sugar

2 eggs

some cinnamon and nutmeg

First you need to grind up the splint.

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of course you can use already grounded flour. but the cookies taste just so much better with freshly splinted grain. not that I haven’t tried baking them with normal flour already, caused by laziness, but this bit of extra work is definitely worth it 🙂

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Put the butter and the brown sugar in.

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followed by the eggs.

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Finally put some cinnamon and nutmeg and -if you like- some cloves (grounded of course) in the dough.

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Then taste it;) I mean that’s the best thing about baking, isn’t it?:))

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Finally you can easily cut out your favourite shapes:) (mine are elks and christmas-cats haha)

Voilà! Have a nice evening and a good week-end.

ah! and here’s the right non-christmas-baking-soundtrack: