Saturday, December 29, 2012

Getting back into the rhythm of things is hard after a week of indulging. I'm pretty sure at one point I smelled like potatoes and gravy, and maybe a bit of Stollen as well. In any case, I'm back in Berlin for now (more like, for the next few hours until going to Poland tonight!) and I need to get back into my groove.

That being said, see this little chap just winking at me?

That there is a  Döner Kebab. He may seem really innocent but underneath all that toasted breadyness is a pile of tempting meat and vegetables. Okay, it doesn't sound that bad, but when it's the only thing available at 3 am, in between parties, it's pretty dangerous. You just want him and he calls to you. He listens to you. He becomes your friend. And then Wabam! He's always there!

. . . .

Well, at least you can count on him, eh?

Der Döner Kebab

Friday, December 21, 2012

Paris in a shot IV

Paris in a Shot III

Paris in a Shot Part II


Paris in a Shot Part I

Friday, December 14, 2012

Paris Paris Paris! This is the chant that runs through my head every morning since I've gotten here, which is a lot healthier than what my subconscious is telling me (last night I had a dream about a crazed lemur, whose brain was swapped with a human lunatic).

I've been couchsurfing these past few days and I love it. I could not recommend it enough for people traveling somewhere new. It's refreshing, and you get to see the world through different eyes. I've also noticed while you're making observations about them, they are making the same of you, and it's interesting to hear what people think of my American heritage.

The above picture is when I decided I was walking for way too many hours without a pit stop, so I ducked into a nearby cafe and got myself a coffee while writing a few thoughts down.

Today I go to the Musee d'Orsay with my friend Viv! I'm excited! Au Revoir!

Cafe and Notes

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hey guys, I'm in Paris right now and it's amazing! The weather is like Spring compared to what I endured in Berlin the weekend before. I guess everything is just perspective isn't it? I've been pretty bad about taking pictures because I'm just kind of enjoying covering as much ground and taking mental images in my head (don't worry, I still took pictures)!

I will update you guys more thoroughly. Right now, I'm in transition because I need to move from one flat to another. Tottles!

Paris: Update

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hey guys, how are you today? I've been doing well (although fighting a tiny little bug in the stomach).

Berlin is just as cold as ever (with temperatures going down a whopping -11 C on Saturday). I would say luckily I was in Dresden, except that it was quite the Winter Wonderland down there as well (my feet felt like frozen icecube trays!) However, I can say lucky me I'm going to Paris, because it's a whole 6 C higher!

I'm doing a bit of packing now (warzone in the room), before I head over to the bus. I'm actually extremely lucky I live right next to the bus that takes me straight to the Tegel Airport.

The above picture is a small pit stop Cristina, Laure, and I made to grab a coffee and warm up in Dresden. I'm always in the mood for sweets. I'll post the rest soon!

Ciao for now (or shall I say Au Revoir?)

Dresden and Paris: Update

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I'm the type of girl who starts prepping for Christmas as early as I can without being thought a weirdo. I'm talking sucking on candy canes, buying loads of wrapping paper and ribbon, and figuring out what homemade tasties to make and give to friends.

I think the whole world is with me on this one. I mean, let's not forget how early the holiday music starts playing at Starbucks (let's just say it's only pleasant to people who don't work there, made clear by a few of my employed friends). So how does Germany celebrate? They set up these cute little house looking stands, sell German fare, set up rides for children, and call it a Christmas Market.

Exhibit A:

Knacker and Kale
Champignons and Krauter Sauce

These were taken at the Kulturbraurei near Eberswalderstr. U-bahn. My first German Christmas market (and definitely not the last!) My only qualm of course is that things are just a tad pricier than I would like them to be (8 euro bowl of sausage and kale!) but I'm paying for the atmosphere and the atmosphere is quite jolly.

I think Ole Saint Nick himself would be pretty proud.

The Christmas Market Part I

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

To Do List:
1. Go to the German Japan Society
2. Workout in 2 parts
3. Turkish Market
4. Dinner with Oliver at this Vietnamese Restaurant

Yum's the Word.

Tottles (toodles) everyone!

Heute (Today)