Entries from 'spring'

a last hooray

For our “babymoon” we went to London for a few days in late April. It was nice to see our friends and like last year, we managed to visit Kew Gardens. Other than that, we went for looong walks along the canal, enjoyed some really nice Japanese food, and ended up buying a stroller while…

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Austrian delights

After my trip to Beijing, it was finally time for a reunion with Björn and some much-needed holidays. We drove to Austria to celebrate the beautiful wedding of our friends here and stayed for a few more days in the area, exploring old castles and the green hills and wineyards around Gamlitz. It felt like…

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three days in Beijing

Working on China-Africa issues means it was only a matter of time before I got to travel to China :) In May, the time had come, and so I flew to Beijing for a few very intense days of meetings and talks. I was positively surprised by how green the area around where I stayed…

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exploring Frankfurt and some thoughts on life over here

In the past weeks, I’ve been trying to get to know my new city a little bit more and explored the neighbourhood around my place. On the first really nice and sunny day I biked along the Nidda, a small stream coming from the North, until the old airport in Bonames. It was quite crowded…

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flower overload

On Saturday we went to Kew Gardens, the royal botanic gardens. It was freezing cold, but the cherry (and other) blossoms were out and really, really beautiful, as were the many flowers in the impressive greenhouses. We walked around for a few hours and even went up the tree top walk, all in a mix…

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London on the go

I got to attend a conference in London last week and was lucky enough to spend some time over the weekend with good friends. Ever since I lived in the UK, London has been one of my favorite cities and so I was really happy to be back for a few days. Here are a…

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April weekends

When I came back from my final trip to Botswana, I moved into a new flat and spent a lovely weekend with Björn in Frankfurt. We had a relaxing brunch, went to see a flower show and explored the area. The next weekend I joined Björn in Berlin and we enjoyed a few days in…

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and then it was spring

Spring in Bavaria is still one of my favorite times of the year – at least in my head. Today it is very cold and rainy, but last week I got some warm and sunny days. The sunshine, green hills dotted with white and yellow flowers and the famous white & blue Bavarian sky bring…

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a garden party

We had our open air tribute-to-spring movie party yesterday and even watched two films (Ratatouille for the kids, and My Blueberry Nights for the grown-ups)! Everyone was sitting around the garden in the mild spring air and the moon was rising above us. It’s good to know summer will be back soon… Thanks to all…

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Buschbewohner

A few of the animals we saw on yesterday’s game drive in Mokolodi. It is getting hot again and its very dry, so it’s easier to spot the animals in the bush. I’m glad its getting warmer, but a little bit of humidity would also be nice (I can’t believe I’m actually saying this because…

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Underwater Love

Each year the Southern right whales come to Walker Bay to give birth and mate. To celebrate their arrival and the beginning of spring, Hermanus holds an annual Whale Festival in September. Because of the deep waters the whales come very close to the coast and so Hermanus prides itself to be the best land-based…

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In Full Bloom

These days our garden is full of beautiful flowers! Some of them have been planted a while ago, some we put into the pots on the terrace. I love the big red ones and the wonderful rose. But the most spectacular is the blooming wall of our neighbour – the colors are just unbelievable and…

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where the weather is fine

After a week of heavy rain and almost NO sunshine at all, I escaped to London for a couple of days. Surprisingly (and contradictory to all the existing prejudices concerning British weather) it was sunny and kind of warm and it actually felt a lot more like spring than in Bavaria. So we went for…

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The colors of spring

Right now, everything here is light green with yellow and white spots in between. And even though the sky was really grey for a couple of days, the colors tell you that winter is finally over… I just love spring.

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New York – my love!

I was finally back to the “city that never sleeps” and what should I say? There are some days in your life, that take your breath away – and we had almost a whole week of them in this amazing world-capital: a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. It was great seeing Susi finally back after two month of…

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