a la tarte

A woman started making quiches and pies. With that vision she opened a charmingly bohemian café serving just that. For her, this café is a place she has always wanted to run. A la Tarte is more than just a coffee shop, it serves organically made pies, quiches, cakes and cookies made in-house every day…

haida gwaii

-inspirational self journey- is the simplest, truest statement I could come up with to describe my sailing experience in Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlottes) back in 2010. I will do my best to describe a paradise that should be experienced firsthand in order to understand its true beauty. The West Coast has been and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…