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Looking at my hometown with fresh eyes

It is by far not the first time for me to do a photowalk in downtown Aachen, and this morning I didn’t even change much of my usual paths but yet there were new impressions to be caught with the camera or different angles …

Some looked best in sepia and some in colour. Let me take you on a visual walk through the city which is only a few minutes from two other countries, namely the Netherlands and Belgium.

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

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at the theatre window.

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…on my way to the cathedral and Muensterplatz (~ cathedral square)

 

Looking up does pay off from time to time

Looking up does pay off from time to time

 

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love the colour combination

love the colour combination

 

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there....

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there….

 

 

swirly

swirly

 

a shop selling wool. Yes, it's Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though...

a shop selling wool. Yes, it’s Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though…

 

A violin builder

A violin builder

 

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. :)

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. 🙂

 

 

cathedral...

cathedral…

Magnolia and Saints

Magnolia and Saints

 

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Don't those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures...might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

Don’t those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures…might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

 

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there... and attracted lots of children

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there… and attracted lots of children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tea’s ready!

Before heading for the farmers’ market in a bit, I felt like sharing with you that I now have my favourite tea for the autumn. What? Yes. It’s as simple as that, or maybe not?

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This tea is home-made by a little bio-herbal-pharmacy in my hometown. Every year in autumn they make this herbal tea with natural cinnamon flavour, which has to rest before going on sale. It’s got organic cinnamon oil to rest in (or so I was told, I am not too familiar with the exact making process) and beside herbs it got pieces of apple, orange and lime, cardamom… it’s an oriental note and it makes you dip your nose into the package before brewing it 🙂

As the herbal-pharmacy isn’t exactly around the corner from my place, I phoned them to ask if the particular tea is already on sale. They said no and asked how much I’d like of it once it’s ready. They wouldn’t have started the production of it before early November but getting a phone call about it made them actually get the tea ready (it takes 2 days or so). So a few days later, last Thursday, the pharmacy called to tell me that “my” tea is ready.

Oh happy day, it’s fresh and spicy and warms you from the inside. And it’s like the smell matches the multicoloured leaves outside. I am just being thankful for little shops going the extra mile for customers. And I am more than happy that an older Lady asked me if she could “have a sniff” at the package haha and then bought several of them, too.

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A chilly autumn saturday – warming up with irish music by Damien Rice (love these dramatic tunes)

Hello good morning,

so this Saturday morning is rather crispy cold. The tree in front of the Loggia is getting more red patches (photos to follow) and I can’t seem to stop drinking self made cappucinos 🙂 being an early bird this morning as usual.

Here is some Music which I personally perceive as somewhat autumn-ish. It’s the very Damien Rice. Yessss, he’s dramatic. And yes, he stands for melancholy, but those Songs …those Songs!

Well, congrats, if you survived this without tissue ; ) … I started you off with the most dramatic one …

Here’s the wonderful, 3/4th or 6/8 rhythm “The Animals Were gone” performed at Jools Holland (with Lisa Hannigan I think, having a lot of hair in her face ^^)

And here’s the lucky third one, live from Abbey Road, “Volcano”:

 

 

 

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Those photogenic furry roommates of mine – always ready to put their nose towards the camera

Yes. I am happy to have two very charming senior-rabbits (at least aged 7 or even older, and very much not telling they’re that age at the moment ^^) – who are the most curious creatures I have ever seen. Put a cardboard box on the floor: First thing to do is to go inspect the looks, the taste, the stability and whether or not it’s an appropriate extra home (besides the 4 boxes which have proved to be…something like us humans would call vacation homes ^^)

Same thing happens when they see me approaching with the camera. Most of the time. As you can see yourself:

He heard the sounds of the camera. And he often is to lazy to move both ears. Must be his age ; )

He heard the sounds of the camera. And he often is to lazy to move both ears. Must be his age ; )

Collecting all the hay leaves she threw down. She'd better... because she likes to turn their Little house upside down. "bathroom"-corner included..

Collecting all the hay leaves she threw down. She’d better… because she likes to turn their Little house upside down. “bathroom”-corner included..

Look at these eyelashes.

Look at these eyelashes.

The "where's my Snack- you can't resist my cuteness, can you?"-glance ...

The “where’s my Snack- you can’t resist my cuteness, can you?”-glance …

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Twelve years ago…

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It seems that many people are looking back to the day twelve years ago from today. And I have already heard interesting   thoughts all day today. Like often when a tragedy strikes, people are able to remember where exactly they were when they heard the News.

  So, where was I? Twelve years ago, it was my fifth day of an exchange Seminar between a german centre for political and social  education and a College in Burlington, Vermont. We were welcomed with a friendliness and generorisity I have hardly ever experienced before.

The very moment, when one of our group came running to me, telling me I had to come look at the TV Screen in the B&B breakfast room,  I had just sent off an email to a dear friend, telling her how great it is and how happy I am to be in Vermont. So we ran to the TV and followed the unspeakably horrible News, then ran to the college-hall, where obviously everyone from the Campus was staring at the Screen. Only then I learned how many of the students there had parents who worked in the building.

 

Lake Champlain from the Burlington wharves

Lake Champlain from the Burlington wharves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were teachers and college staff Walking around and checking on students, and in the middle of all this incredible chaos, These News, this fear, they somehow even managed to reserve a phone for us 20 german guests to phone home for a sec to say we are ok  to our families.  But what I remember just as much as these impressions of planes crashing into theTwin Towers and people jumping off it… were the days which followed.

The schedule of our Exchange Seminar had both New York and Washington picked out. For the most obvious reasons we cancelled these plans quite soon …but what then? We were invited to stay at St. Michael’s College, but the B&B was overbooked. Where to put 20 people? Within half a day – or so it seems – one of the Exchange committee managed to come up with 2 students plus several host families for the upcoming Weekend, who invited us to stay over.

Just to stress again the Dimension of it: There was this wonderful familiy, being shaken by the News of their Country being attacked, being completely unaware of what might come like everyone at this time, opening their houses (and hearts!!!!!) to two strangers from Germany.

When our amazing host mum picked us up on the Campus, she said that she feels, now it’s even more important to open your heart and show friendliness towards people so that the good wins.

Not only did she pick us up and take us to the family’s beautiful home on Grand Isle, VT, but the whole Family also made us feel home the very second we arrived. We prepared dinner together, we took a walk, we even met up with another Family, who also hosted one of our group….not to speak of the world-best pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast. On Sunday, the Family treated us to a daytrip around northern Vermont, a mountain hike, a coffee at “Trapps’s” in Stowe…oh, and an absolutely funny summerslide.

I hope that I will have the chance to do a similar thing one day, too.  until then, I am doing my best to remind myself that things like supporting people close to your heart or even not so Close, by friendliness and compassion in everyday life, e.g. letting a hilariously slow vehicle “enter” the Highway ^^ (it does take a Little Patience, I tell ya ^^), helping an old Lady from the neighbourhood find her Shopping bag on the street,  baking a cake for someone who has lots on his or her mind, writing a “thinking of you” postcard, not getting into an argument about a parking spot with an angry stranger…  (add some ideas to the list) just to let “the good win”,to put a smile on somebody else’s face.

 

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“…Small Acts of Kindness Done with great Love Can Change People’s Lives…”

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Please read this wonderful blog post! It’s time spent well and warms your heart!

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The Declaration of You – book, clip, website. Sounds interesting

In this Videoclip above you can see the introduction of something which strikes me as a really cool “creativity-pool”, especially for people who like to get creative about every intentions and sorts. I guess that my new jogging-Training-schedule won’t just be a photocopy but Sharpie-designed on index Cards and decorated with Little “you made it -Stickers” or something .. For everybody who knows Susannah Conway: she’s a contributor ! And I learned about the book in her wonderful blog on

www.susannahconway.com/blog

For more, just go watch the lovely Clip or go to

www.thedeclarationofyou.com 

Enjoy! And have a good start into the new week!

 

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What’s in your bucket?

 

Empty Bucket at Punta Del Este

Empty Bucket at Punta Del Este (Photo credit: longhorndave)

Once (literally: once in about 48 hrs) my wireless Connection is working I feel like sharing this lovely post about the full bucket by Cathy from sunny California.

I just discovered her Website and blog and invite you to do the same, seems worth it big time!

Let’s say, we are talking metaphorical buckets here, those ones you’d carry around aged 2-5, transporting precious things in it and maybe experiencing a lack of space and things falling out because of that. So then you’ll have to handpick what belongs into your bucket and what has to go. This is the idea, let Cathy explain it to you:

 

http://designlifeproject.com/2013/08/16/a-full-bucket/
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The August Break – Day # 12 – “far away”

First of all, dear Co-August-Breakers and all the observers of the Photography Project, I want to ask you :

Is it just me, or are we all getting even more into it, I dare to say even more philosophical, after about one and a half week with Susannah Conway‘s wonderful prompt list?

Look at all the meanings “far away” can have. Far away as a song title, far away in time, … (dear Sherry and Sherry..)

I chose the meaning “far away in kilometres but close to my heart” and by this outstandingly wonderful landscapes and the turquoise-ish water of the Aegaeis around Lesbos, Greece. Two friends and I met in Wuppertal on Saturday, the three of us have been there last year in summer and seriously think  about going back to the very village in the North of the island next year.

On this hike, the Little Island called "Rabbit Island" seemed unknown and far away back at this Point. Now it is a spot close to my heart and in my daydreams.

On this hike, the Little Island called “Rabbit Island” seemed unknown and far away back at this Point. Now it is a spot close to my heart and in my daydreams.

At the horizon you can see Turkey. On another note. This was the view from our dinner table in the wonderful Taverna in Eftalou

At the horizon you can see Turkey. On another note. This was the view from our dinner table in the wonderful Taverna in Eftalou

This wonderful ocean does seem far away for someone whose elment is most definitely water.

This wonderful ocean does seem far away for someone whose favourite element is most definitely water.

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Worth adding layers – finished my first (of probably several) buddha-face-painting

So here’s the Thing. I love to sketch meditating Buddhas. Or Buddha faces… Next step was wanting to paint one for my ‘breathing room’. Well…It took…let’s say…a while. Underneath the visible layer there was  – besides other things – a Lotus flower and I am happy the shape can still be perceived. So happy it turned out to be a painting I actually like 🙂

 

Buddha painting # 1

Buddha painting # 1

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