All of the lights.

As Hamburg is the second biggest city in Germany, there is almost always something interesting going on. This week, the whole port is illuminated in blue! This is a project taking place yearly, and the whole waterfront is lit up by blue lamps and lights. Even the ships floating on the water participate! So after darkness falls over the city and you stroll along the harbor, everything around you is blue. It looks really beautiful, as not only the shipa and buildings are illuminated, but also all the lights are reflected by the water, which sometimes makes it look like there would be another hidden city underneath the water. And in addition to this, there are also the Hamburg City Cruise days the weekend to come, which means some big cruise liners will visit the port and there will be a parade of ships on the water, accompanied by lovely firework! Unfortunately I was not able to take a good quality picture of the harbor, because my phone camera is not the best when it’s dark outside… but anyway, a photo cannot capture the whole impression of those lights, so I’ll had to use this one!

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Day 65.

Day 65.

The golden key (chain).

I’m one of these persons who tend to put to many key chains on their keys. They are all memories of people or places or just so cute! The problem is that my keys become bigger and bigger, which can turn out a bit complicated when I want to fit then in a small bag or pocket. I used to even have an adorable totoro pouch for my keys where I could hide them in, but it turned out that the keys were too big to fit in the pouch, abd the pouch too big to fit in my bags comfortably… But today I found such a cool new key chain that I just had to buy it. It’s a golden Lego brick! I mean, how class does that look? Right, super-classy! And it’s small, so it doesn’t add so much volume to the key… At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Anyway, I hope that the golden color will last for a long time, so that it’ll make my keys bling ever day!

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Day 64.

Coloring my Sunday.

When we grow up, we usually stop doing things which we did and enjoyed in childhood, a lot, just because it does not seem accurate to do them as a grown up. But actually, we miss these things, because they are simply fun and make our minds take a break. One of these things is coloring! When was the last time you took a coloring book or drawing and colored it? Most probably, that was a very long time ago. The reason why we think that coloring is only for children, is that usually, the coloring books only have motives for little kids. But what about motives for grown ups? Or mandalas? It can be so relaxing to color these, especially with their reoccuring patterns. With using the right color scheme, you can create wonderful images with an even pattern. But not only mandalas are fun to color as an adult, there are also other drawings which are absolutely lovely! In the recent Flow magazine, there is a whole coloring book with beautiful and fun motives to color, from animals, quotes, people, and nature that everyone will find a perfect image. As did I, with this really cute motive of a bialetti coffee maker and some coffee cups. I love how it turned out, and while drawing I listened to an audio book. Listening to audio books or even lectures at university while drawing makes me concentrate even better! So try it out everyone, I bet you’ll enjoy it!

 

Day 63.

Day 63.

 

 

Welcome to the fair.

Living in Hamburg, there is one thing you can be almost always sure about: the big fair in our city is taking place. Called the “Hamburger Dom”, this fair takes place three times a year, in spring, summer, and winter. Every time, it lasts for a whole month. So if you are as skilled in maths as I am, you’ll be thinking now: Well, but that’s 9 months in a year without any fair taking place! This indeed may be right, but nevertheless, it honestly feels like there is “Dom” all the time. Every time it opens it gates for yet another month of loud music, unhealthy food, and expensive rides, you’ll hear people saying: Oh, it’s “Dom” again??Β 

Anyway, I have to say that I am not really fond of fairs of this kind. It’s too loud, people throw their rubbish on the ground, sometimes you meet drunk people, and I don’t have any particular love for riding crazy rollercoasters or winning life-sized plushie tigers or teddy bears to stuff my room with. Yet, there is one thing that I really DO love about this fair. And this is grilled corn. I could stuff my face with grilled corn all day long. I used to not like corn a lot earlier, until some two years ago I happened to meet some friends who were making a barbecue and offered me some corn. Being really hungry, I gave it a try and suddenly, I realized that all those years I missed out on this absolutely delicious yellow vegetable! So since this barbecue, I keep dragging my friends to the Dom every time it takes place, eagerly hunting down the small booths offering my beloved corn.

Thinking about this, I guess I’d make a pretty good raven for the Night’s Watch, but that is definitely another story….

Day 62.

Day 62.

Saving Hyrule, one song at a time.

I already mentioned in some of my earlier posts that I really like gaming, especially on my Nintendo 3DS. It all started when I was 9 years old and my parents bought me a yellow Game Boy color and the Red Edition of Pokemon for my birthday. And somehow I never lost interest in videogames! Still, one series I never really played was Zelda… I remember trying out some of those games at my friends’, and I even finished Link’s Awakening on my mobile, at least. But I always wanted to play Ocarina of Time. I don’t know why I never got this game, I guess I was too young to own a Nintendo 64 when it came out, so somehow I missed out on this game. Until the remake came out two years or so ago! I really wanted to buy it, but at almost 45€ I thought it rather expensive… so I waited until now, until the price dropped to make it somehow affordable! I’ve played it a few hours so far, and even though I have to say that I’m not really skilled at defending myself against enemies, I enjoy this game a lot! Exploring this world is so interesting and fun, it really feels like being part of this adventure. I can’t believe that I missed out on this have-to-play game until now, but I guess better to play it now than never.

I just do hope that I get more coordinated in defeating enemies, maybe I should concentrate on which buttons I actually have to press instead of screaming at the screen everytime something pops up and attacks me and hiding behind my Deku-shield… (I know, pretty girly, please don’t judge me, I’m just easily scared…) Β Anyway, I’m off to save Hyrule, dear readers!

Day 61.

Day 61.

 

 

Smoothies in the morning.

When it comes to preparing food, I’m really lazy. Even though I love to eat, I’m just terrible when it comes to coming up with an idea for a meal. Not that my family is not at home, I face the same dilemma every day: what to eat? This may sound totally ridiculous, but when your cooking knowledge revolves around only, let’s say, four dishes, this is a crucial question I struggle with every day. Even when I go to the shops to buy some groceries, I end up not knowing which things I can combine… Some people just know intuitively what to add to their food, so that it tastes good. Well, I’m not one of them. This morning I ended up with no butter for my breakfast, because I mistook the little package in my fridge for butter, but it turned out to be some lard… Anyway, I was still able to rescue my breakfast with another selfmade smoothie! Great for giving you some energy in the morning, it also felt like a second breakfast after I drank it. I used blueberries and bananas this time. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough blueberries, because I went shopping late and all but one package were sold out… But it still tasted good! Next time I’ll be smarter and go grocery shopping earlier, ha!

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Day 60

A cup of tea is all you need.

After a long day, I love to brew myself a big cup of my favorite green tea from Taiwan. It has a really special aroma, as it is mild and tastes of lychee when it cools down! Really amazing, I immediately loved it when I tried it back in Taiwan. I went with one of the teachers of my school to a local tea shop, one of which the owner was a friend of the teacher. And the tea shop owner was so kind! He showed me several kinds of tea, and poured fresh cups of ever sort for me. All of them were so delicious, but I loved the lychee flavored one the most. And of course this flavor is natural, not artificial! So when I left to fly back home, I made sure I had a sufficient amount of this wonderful tea to keep me happy back in Germany! And now, every time when I drink it, I only have to close my eyes and I’m back in the little tea shop, enjoying a cup of tea and eating candied flowers (yep, that’s a thing!)

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Day 59.