Unforseen treats.

Again, I can only say that I simply have the best grandma in the world. I came home today after work and shopping, and opened my fridge to discover a big plate full of salad, ham, stuffed eggs and avocado!! Because I’m leaving for a holiday trip tomorrow, I had a lot of things to take care of today and was really busy until now, so my grandma popped in and prepared this absolutely lovely plate for me!! Diving right into it now, this will be even tastier than it actually is, because it was unexpected. And after that, packing for Pisa, Italy!! As I’ll be staying with my parents on a campground, I’ll probably won’t have WiFi, so I decided to take a break from posting and doing a recap after I come back. See you all in 5 days!

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Day 73.

To longboard, or not to longboard.

Actually, I planned on meeting up with a friend of mine who stayed at her parents house today. As her house is not far from mine, we agreed that I could come on my longboard, so that she could try it out, too. Well, so I set out this morning to drive to her, but already as I left my place the sky didn’t look very merciful on my plans. A few drops started to fall after a few minutes, and after 10 more minutes, with me only about half the way, the drops turned into what could be regarded as a spontaneous waterfall from heaven… I only had shorts, a t-shirt and a hoodie with me, so I was entirely soggy after a few meters. I found some shelter under a tree, but as the rain turned heavier and heavier, even that didn’t help a lot. Also, I think that it’s not very postive for the board to get wet, so I tried to shelter it as good as possible, ending up all covered in the mud that already stuck on it… In the end, I had to call my friend to pick me up with her car.

But luckily, I tried again in the evening, and was rewarded with a beautiful sunset and dry roads! And even though I only went on a short round, my mood immediately brightened when I got on my board. There’s just nothing as great as smoothly riding your longboard and feeling like surfing on the streets!

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Day 72.

Mastered the needle.

I did it!! I really managed to finish my embroidery picture! It took me so long to actually finish it, but today I decided that it had to be done. Finishing it involved some complications like several knots, wrong stitches, the loss of my black thread and having to buy a new one, only to finish the whiskers of the bunny and other things, but lets focus on the important thing here: I truly was able to do it! I’m so bad at needlework that this can be regarded as a miracle, but I really enjoyed it and I’m already thinking of new motives to do. Anyway, as I resolved to finish it today, it turned out to be 2 am of tomorrow actually… But it’s not tomorrow until you sleep and wake up again, right? Nevertheless, as I had to work until 10pm today and now worked so long on this, I’m really tired and will conclude this post with today’s picture. Have a good night everyone!

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Day 70.

A perfect Sunday.

I had such a great Sunday today, I’ll tell you all about it, so keep on reading! A few days ago I read about a market taking place in Hamburg this Sunday, which was all about delicious, selfmade, and healthy food, music, design, jewelry and other wonderful things like how to brew your own beer at home, or a little stand to buy home made apple juice from a local garden. This market is called “Hallo Frau Nachbar!”, which means “Hello Ms Neighbor!” The name already suggests that this is a very cozy, local, and friendly market where you can perfectly spend all day drinking fresh lemonade, ordering delicious pancakes, or picking different ingredients for your very personal ricemilk ice team to be made!

I went there with some of the girls I work together with at the café, and we had the most relaxed of Sundays. We also bought ourselves beautiful and delicate wishing bracelets. In case you never heard of them, they usually have a very things cord where a tiny charm is knotted in. When you knot it around your wrist, you make a wish, and when after some time the bracelet wears off and you lose it, your wish comes true.

After the market we went for a long stroll through the neighborhood and to a huge park, enjoying the warm sunshine! The market was a lot of fun and had so many interesting, beautiful and amazing things to offer and the walk perfectly rounded it up. There could definitely be more days like this.

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Day 70.

Scrub, scrub, scrub.

Home at last. I just opened my door, flung my shoes aside, let my backpack drop on the floor and dragged myself up into my room to fall onto my bed. I really feel like never moving again. I worked late today, and Saturdays are the busiest days of the week of course. But if you work the late shift, it not only means that you have to deal with a lot more customers than usual, we also serve tables on Saturdays. The thing about this is, that our café is on the first floor, and our tables are downstairs! This means we run up and down to the first floor, packed with ordered drinks and empty dishes. And after this, you have to clean the whole café. After a day like this, you definitely feel every muscle in your body. So all I’m gonna do now is to jump under a good hot shower and to scrub all today’s work away with one of these awesome body scrubs! Probably the mango-one, I just love how soft it feels and the smell of it! Good night everyone!

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Day 69.

Up with your butt!

Today I went climbing with a friend of mine, but not rope climbing as I usually do. Today, we went bouldering. In case you don’t know the difference, in rope climbing you are secured by a rope (totally unexpected, I know) and climb relatively high, usually around 10m to 16m. At least these are the heights in my local climbing hall. But with bouldering, you rather focus on your technique and how you climb up, not caring about heights so much. This means that bouldering is more concerned with practicing your moves and training your muscles. My friend has been bouldering for the past two years I guess, while I do rope climbing for a year now. I only occasionally tired myself at bouldering and as I am a rather “delicate” person, I never had great successes when trying some hard moves requiring a lot of strength.

But some two weeks ago, a new bouldering spot, called flashh, opened up in Hamburg, and there was a lot of advertising about how innovative and big it is! So of course I had to try out. My friend also helped a little in preparing the new spot for the opening, so she already knew how it looked like. And I have to say, I was really impressed by it! It it’s so huge and there is a lot of space between the individual routes, so that you don’t have to worry about bumping into others while climbing. The only problem I had was that some walls in there were pretty high for bouldering walls… I guess around six meters. And there I hung. I’m an used to only worry about climbing up, and not down again, as usually my partner simply lets me down on the rope. But there was no rope here, and some of the routes were just impossible to climb back down! To crown all of this, I already mentioned that I am afraid of heights, if not being able to hold on to something secure… And I’m telling you, some of those tiny, mean holds are NOT made to stand on them for a long time… So my friend had to put a lot of effort into persuading me to slowly crawl back down a little and then jump. As I am writing this you can see that I survived it, but this time, getting down was definitely harder then up sometimes, even though I failed a lot of routes because my lack of strength… Still, this new bouldering spot was really worth a visit and who knows, I might try again!

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Day 69. (Forgot to take R2 with me, so here is a picture of the picture I took...)

Hot days, hot coffee.

Right now we are enjoying some days of really exceptionally hot weather in the city, which is actually rather unusual for Hamburg. But the last days were almost too hot to move outside, which is also the reason for the café I work at to be rather quiet. And this in turn leads to some of us having to start their shift a bit later, as there is just not enough work to do for two or more people. Today is such a day. But luckily, there is one good thing about this, namely that I can quietly enjoy my coffee before my shift starts. And this is a thing that I love to do! It is so much more relaxed to arrive at work a little early, so that you are able to have a small chat with your co-workers or regulars at the café before having to start working. It really makes a difference to arriving just in time and just changing into your work outfit and immediately jumping behind the counter! So I am not going to type on now, but I’ll rather enjoy my delicious cappuccino and have a look at all the people walking up and down on the road, while I can simply enjoy some more laid back time before getting back to serving hot coffee on this hot day.

 

Day 67.

Day 67.