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Love, Ulm

Love, Ulm

I had the opportunity of visiting my aunt in Ulm and spend a day there. What a beautiful little city! I had no expectation what so ever, and was thrilled to discover this jewel! It has the feel of a German Venice – romantic, picturesque and was already in the mids of spring!



Ulm is a very old city and was first mentioned in manuscripts around 854! I unfortunately did not have enough time to see all it has to offer, but really fell in love with the “Fischer Viertel” (the old fish quarter) I was shown. Make sure to take a walk on the 600 year old city wall, surrounding the old town and offering great views of the river! And if you do visit the fish quarter, make sure to stop by “Zur Forelle” to have a glass of white wine and freshly caught trout.

Zur Forelle

Zur Forelle




Ulm Sonnenuntergang

I had a lovely time in Ulm, and it was such a pleasure seeing my aunt Gloria again after 2 years! Feeling thankful.

Lately it has been hard to find inspiration and I have been feeling disorientated. I guess I am still fighting jet-lag and travel-hangover. What do you do to keep your energy flowing?

Have a great start to your week loved ones!

 And don’t forget, life is a journey!


Vienna Lovestory

A Vienna Lovestory

The past one and a half weeks have gone by in a whirlwind of travel-craze, people-visiting and fun – and blogging time was scarce. So here goes  – catch-up!

After spending a fine week of family bliss in Germany, I headed back to Vienna for some extra friends-time. I Have an absolute love-affair with the city of Vienna! If I would have to choose my number one city to live in, I would choose Vienna for sure! This is the first city I have lived in that made me feel like home, and I associate a lot of fun times and self-development with this city. I though I would share some love-affair impressions, kind of like a photo-lovestory of Vienna!


The old majestic University of Vienna – where I had the pleasure to study.

Vienna's Opera

The Opera – Oh how I love to get cheap standing tickets on the night of the performance and breath in culture!

Stepahns Dome and Haas House

The Stephan’s Cathedral and the super modern Haas Haus are an unlikely match in heaven. I love how the Dome reflects in the monochrome windows of the Haas Haus.

Tabak Trafik Wien

Vienna public transportation is the best! Really!

During my study days, I must have spent days riding the Nr. 5 tram.


Shopping the Mariahilfer Strasse and enjoying Austrian Cuisine! I would always recommend the Steman or 10er Marie for a traditional food fix!

Stadt Park Wien

During my visit in Vienna, I was lucky to witness the budding of spring and enjoyed days warm enough to sit outside in the lawn at the Stadt Park.

Sacher Torte and Melange - the perfect Viennese Duo

Never a visit without Sacher Torte and Melange at my favorite Cafe Restaurant Palmenhaus.

Cafe Restaurant Palmenhaus

Donaukanal Wien

Strolling along the Donaukanal – yeesss, Vienna is the Father of Fun!


Finishing off my days with romantic walks with friends in the Prater was always a good idea. Vienna I have with no doubt a crush on you! Oh how I will miss you!

Have a great week-end loved ones! And don’t forget: Life is a journey!




Munich Impressions


I have a love/hate relationship with my home town Munich. There is no doubt that, with the Alps as a back-drop, beautiful old architecture and surrounding lakes and hills this city is beautiful!  Even the upside-down-trash-can-art (see picture above) are somewhat cool in front of a classic blue Bavarian sky! And yes, it is my home town (next to Detroit), and I have learned to love and laugh here, had educational success stories and found friends for life. But Munich is also marked with sorrow and memories of hard times and loss, and each visit here also means reliving these feelings. It is only when I came to say goodbye last year, before moving to the US, that I made peace with the city and can even enjoy it. This time around I stayed a short week while enjoying the simple pleasures of being back! (more…)

Surprising Grandma – a family visit in Germany


It was my grandmothers birthday – and can you believe it – she turned 89 years old! My grandmother never was your typical granny. Until this day she will be wearing bright colors, African necklaces and never be boring or conservative. She will surprise you with stories of free love in the 50s, wild artist parties in Ghana and never judge you and your life path. Needless to say, I love her! And some might say I inherited her fiery temperament. (more…)


feeling thankful

Time is passing like a dash of light…I can’t even believe it is only two and a half weeks till Christmas! And I can’t believe we are actually in the mids of  winter with real snow!! Looking at my blog you probably think I am kind of stuck in summer – and yes that would be kind of accurate! Since temperatures have been rather mild so far, and it felt more like fall to the Central-European in me, and it was hard for me to get into the Christmas mood! I must say….I was really ready not ready for Thanksgiving – and no I am absolutely NOT ready for Christmas!

Recapitulating my  last two to three weeks makes me feel all fuzzy and warm inside and I feel very thankful for my life right now! Fall has been so gorgeous here, offering an abundance of warm sunny days with possibility to enjoy the wonderful colored trees and bushes! Harvest festivals and markets have gifted us with delicious pumpkin treats and have made the transition from our amazing summer to darker days a joyful one!