ARCHIVES  October 2013

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rubber boots

I wonder who were the committee members of one should not wear rubber boots under any circumstances campaign here in Germany? It’s pouring outside so naturally I decide to wear my rain boots. As I walk proudly through the streets thinking, ‘ah, my feet will be nice and dry’ I notice people looking at my…

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tofino

Aside from surfing, Tofino is a gem for photographers, nature enthusiasts and a vacation spot for many. I have surfed the icy ocean waters of Tofino and can say it was a special treat. What continues to attract me to Tofino is a somber nostalgia for all those things I experience as soon as the…

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the dress

August 2013 – I was in a mad panic to find the perfect dress for a wedding I was attending on Vancouver Island. I resorted to the one store I knew would live up to all expectations. Oliver & Lilly’s, a Vancouver based clothing store – newly located at 1575 West 6th Ave. between Fir…

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there has been an addition to our household

No, not a baby. After pondering and a great deal of searching we found a great low maintenance addition to our house. Moss! There was a lovely local outdoor market last weekend right outside our door step which we were walking through. When we neared the plants section it dawned on me that this would…

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cliché – YES…

Beer beer beer, oh my… So every region in Germany has their own breweries with their own version of what a beer should taste like. Since I live in Köln I am writing about Kölsch, a Kölnian favourite. Description of the beer: mild, crisp and should be served in a test-tube-like glass Price: let’s just…

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Step 21

Fellow expatriate Adam Fletcher wrote a blog-post-turned-book on “How to be German in 50 easy steps”, which inspired this post. Step 21 in Fletcher’s book is entitled “Watch Tatort”. I was eager to see what a religiously watched German detective show airing since the 1970s would be like. So, last Sunday, I watched Tatort. This…

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bunch of happy happy animals right in the city

The idea of wild animals being captured in a zoo is by no means something I encourage or promote. I have seen many zoos in my life and I always leave with a sense of discouragement and feeling sorry for the captive animals. Two weeks ago I visited the zoo right in the city of…

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building/car

I took this photograph because it not only put a smile on my face, it also captivated me and depicted the particular perfection of working in an architecturally significant glass building – creating and keeping true to one’s pride, which in Germany, is one’s car. I will have both please!

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hOrseZ

Riding a horse for me is a personal healing experience. The experience is exhilarating and humbling. To be riding this incredibly tall, lean and fast animal makes me feel like I am on top of the world. The humbleness comes from riding these amazing creatures that have a mind of their own and unimaginable grace…

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wurst anyone?

I believe each country has a staple which they are defined by. Germany has two staples; wurst and beer. On a sunny autumn afternoon I was taking a walk around a neighbourhood in Delbrück. Suddenly looking up I marvel to see a vending machine full of wurst and cured meats. I needed to investigate to…