Entries from 'Heimat'

Plaisir d’Hiver

Before I leave, I wanted to spend some more time in the mountains. In the past few days it snowed a lot in the Alps and today it was sunny, so I went on a day trip with my dad. We drove to Spitzing and hiked up to the Firstalm with our sleighs.There we sat…

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Chiemsee-Bankerl

Greetings from Bavaria! We went on a family day trip to Chiemsee shortly after Christmas and I loved to be near the mountains. During the summer it is also beautiful there, but during the winter months it is more peaceful and quiet, and the views are just as nice.

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Sunset Saturday XXXXIII

A winter sunset near my parents’ house in Bavaria. The sun is gone as early as 4pm at this time of the year, making the days quite short, and it is way too warm for snow at the moment, which makes it even darker during the long nights. At least we got to see some…

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Christmas time

Christmas traditionally is a family holiday, and so we left Gaborone to spend some time with my family in Bavaria, and to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday. It was great to catch up with everyone, who has travelled from various parts of the world to our hometown, and to eat lots of homemade, delicious food…Hope everyone…

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Sunset Saturday XXXIII

Autumn evening sky in my hometown. Because of the clear days, I got to see some really nice sunsets. I was walking home and watched the colors and the sky behind a field against the dark trees. It still takes quite some time for the sun to completely set, but already the days are becoming…

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on identity, home and switching between worlds

During our trip to Italy, I spent some time to think and reflect on Europe, my roots and the big or not so big differences between life here and life in Botswana, and I must say, it felt like a pretty big culture shock to be back in Europe after some time abroad. Tuscany, with…

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bei Kaiserwetter auf der Wiesn

The weather during the Oktoberfest was exceptionally nice and so we enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures. I went there with dear friends from Austria and we walked around the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest is taking place, before we entered one of the beer tents. In the afternoon, we went for a ride on the…

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a whirlwind of weeks

These past weeks in Germany have been great and extremely busy – especially compared to the pace of life back in Gabs – and we were traveling from South to North and back to meet family, friends and colleagues. It was really nice to be back home, but it took a while to get used…

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Sunset Saturday XXXI

Sonnenuntergang an der Hackerbrücke. We were on our way back home from the Oktoberfest and saw the sunset over the train tracks near Munich main station. For the past week, the days were full of glorious sunshine and blue skies, and it was so nice to be around at this time of the year!

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counting down

(picture: Wiesn 2006)This week was the last week before our big holiday and so I was busy finishing stuff for work, and meeting people before we leave for Munich tomorrow. The Oktoberfest is starting tomorrow as well, and since it’s been three years that I’ve last been there, I am kind of excited for this…

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signs of winter

Over the last couple of weeks, winter has arrived over here.The trees are shedding their leaves, the ants have disappeared and my alpaca jumper is my favorite piece to wear right now.It still feels weird to be in the middle of the cold season when in the rest of the world (most notably home in…

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Comfort Food

My mother brought us some “Milchreis” from Germany and with the evenings getting colder and colder over here, it was time for some comfort food. And so we heated up some milk and sugar, added the rice and stirred diligently for about 30 minutes. Served with some fruits and cinnamon it was a delicious dinner!

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a day with flowers, letters & cupcakes

I wanted flowers in the house, so I picked some from the roadside on my way home. The afternoon I spent with the children at Happy Home and they wrote colorful answers to their pen pals. Their letters are really sweet and they even try to teach them some words in Setswana! The day ended…

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happy holidays!

our beloved locally-grown Christmas tree, decorated in beautiful Bavarian colors hope you all have a wonderful time merry X-mas!

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let it snow

it is snowing and snowing and snowing. and it’s cold. like real winter. everything is covered in white and all the trees and shrubs have big snowy caps.when the sun comes out and the snow is sparkling it truly feels like a winterwonderland!looks like we’ll have a white X-mas!

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