under water magic

under water magic | jelly fish | momentstolivefor.com

I love jellyfish. What is more magical than jellyfish dancing in the water, so soft and light. But sometimes deadly. One of the most deadliest animals on the planet. I still can’t get my head around this fact, that something that beautiful can do so much damage. Out of the water and on the beach it’s mostly looking just like jelly, no magic, no dancing. But under water jellyfish look like fairies of the sea, with their long tentacles dancing. Or the species without tentacles like light pervaded ghosts. Magic.

The photos were taken at the Ozeaneum and Meeresmuseum in Stralsund and at the Zoo Aquarium in Berlin. I’m so happy, I’ve got these shots. They are so filled with beauty and are definitely not everyday photos. I just had to share them with you.

under water magic | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | jelly fish | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | turtle | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | jelly fish | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | Pajama Cardinalfish | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | lobster | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | shoal | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | two cuddling fishes | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | sturgeon | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | sea water aquarium | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | shark | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | jelly fish | momentstolivefor.com

under water magic | shrimp | momentstolivefor.com

Are you looking for more photography inspiration? Then click here to see my other photo projects and photo walks.

 

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Actually we were looking for a new fleamarket in Berlin, when we stumbled about this place of wonder: the Prinzessinengarten in Kreuzberg. It’s a community garden in the centre of Berlin and its focus is set on organic and alternative gardening methods. They use f.e. old milk packages for growing herbs or water pipes for strawberries. They sell organic food and show off little projects from students of architecture. The garden is a little green oasis and worth a visit. If you want to, you can even join in and do a little bit of gardening twice a week too.

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

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wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

wanderlust: Prinzessinengarten in Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Here you can find more photos from Berlin.

round & round: haven of Rostock

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

Round & round is a little photo project I’m doing once in a while. When I find an interesting place, I choose a fixed point to stand and try to find as many interesting motives around me as possible. The only moves I make are up and down and a turn of 360°. I don’t take one step in any direction. That’s the challenge. But everytime I find little details, that I would have otherwise missed. It pushes me to look closely at all that is around me. It doesn’t take long. Five to ten minutes are enough for this little exercise, but you lern so much. This one here is a round & round shoot I took at the haven of Rostock near to the historic center, where I took the photo walk architecture.

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

7 ways how traveling fuels your soul

7 ways how traveling fuels your soul | momentstolivefor.com

1. Enjoy the view

Think nothing but feel. We think so much in our everyday life. We plan, we work, we think forward and backwards, about the past and the future. Sometimes our brain gets a headache from thinking less on weekends. I get these regularly, when my brain calms down on Sundays. Therefore the best thing I did on this vacation was to sit down on the beach, watch the clouds and sea, feel the wind on my face and the sand beneath my toes and just think… nothing. I did this for hours and it was so freeing. Just being really in the moment with a blank mind.

2. Be amazed

Visit new places and be inspired by architecture and the life around you (nature, people, animals). Every new city I visit is an adventure, an inspiration to me. Architecture amazes me – historical or modern doesn’t matter. I love the old playful, squiggly details on historical buildings as much as the symmetric patterns on glass and metallic buildings from the last 20 years. These capture my eyes everytime and I stand before them in awe and wonder, forgetting everything else in my life and around me. Maybe it’s not architecture for you, but something else that you can forget everything else about, like a beautiful view from a hill or mountain. Be amazed.

3. Allow nature to nuture you

Watch sunrise or sunset and feel this awe-moment in your heart. Don’t forget to get out of the city. The most amazing views and moments await you in nature. It’s so much more alive than a city filled with busy people. The air is cleaner, you can take adventures along unknown routes, hide somewhere in the woods, or put your hot feed into icy cold river water. You will become one with nature again and feel life at its best, with your whole body and mind.

4. Let your mind play

Be creative – without pressure. Just for the sake of creating – not for your blog or anyone else, it’s just for you. Write in your journal – let your thoughts run wild. Sketch the scenery or anything that comes to your mind. Take photos for fun – not for your blog, not for a future photobook. Just for fun. Try new things. Let your creative mind run wild, without pressure of showing your creations to anyone. Just be creative for the sake of creating and let your mind play like a child.

5. Enjoy being

Don’t pay too much on a fancy hotel room. It’s just to keep your things and for sleeping. The main reason you travel is for experiencing new things and landscapes, not another bed. The best moment we had on our vacation, was at sunset at the beach with a cheap bottle of wine and some cheese bites. Nothing more. Just us and nature.

6. Get lost

Don’t follow the usual, known tourist routes. I found the most precious places while getting lost in cities like Athens or Paris. I always wander around in cities without much of a plan. Just to take it all in – the people, the real life and city – and somehow around the next bend something wonderful pops up – like a little church or shop, I would’ve otherwise missed.

7. Take breaks

Yes, sometimes you even need a break from traveling. As much as it is amazing to see so many new things, you definitely need time to process all these new impressions and experiences. Don’t jump from one city or sightseeing spot to the next. Just sit down once in a while, drink a coffee and enjoy the view. Otherwise you will need another vacation after your vacation to process everything and feel maybe even more wrung out than before. Enjoy.

PS: Are you looking for more more travel inspiration? Then read my wanderlust page.

photo walk: architecture

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

We’re back from a beautiful and relaxing vacation at the Baltic Sea. We stayed three days simply at the coast, then two nights in Rostock and four in Stralsund. Two of the most amazing architectural cities, I’ve ever seen. When I walked the streets of Rostock for the first time, I instantly fell in love with the hanseatic architecture. Since the fall of the wall 25 years ago, so much has changed in these cities. A lot of money was paid, so the buildings could be renovated. Almost every house is painted now in bright colors and looks like having build just two years ago, although most of them are over 60 years old. I was especially amazed by the little details and ornaments. Just look at the faces and little flowers or the sun with clouds door handle.

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

Find my other photo walks here. Is there a special theme, you would like me to do? Tell me in the comments.

 

wanderlust: why I love to travel

Wanderlust | momentstolivefor.com

One of my biggest passions is traveling. Since my childhood, when my parents took me on little city trips all around our home town or on vacation to Sweden and Spain. Or later traveling with friends to Denmark and the Netherlands. Or last year our road trip through Munich, Vienna and Prague, only one year after my big bike tour through North-West Germany. I always loved to travel and always will be – to see new places and take it all in. That’s maybe the reason, why I chose to study geography. To be able to do all these amazing field trips to Greece, Maroc and big journeys through Germany.

 


wanderlust Germany by momentstolivefor

wanderlust: Buxtehude
wanderlust: Buxtehude

wanderlust: Erlangen
wanderlust: Erlangen

a melancholic walk in Bremen
a melancholic walk in Bremen

round & round in Munich
round & round in Munich

biketour to Bremerhaven
biketour to Bremerhaven

amazing weekend near Dangast
amazing weekend near Dangast

tour de canoe near Osterholz
tour de canoe near Osterholz

winter walk in Marienrode
winter walk in Marienrode

I’m not someone, who flies far away to sit two weeks at the beach and do nothing but drinking cocktails and reading a book. I’m more an adventurous person, who wants to get to know the country and its people. So I’m always wandering around, roaming the streets or riding my bike through interesting landscapes. I really like to walk through cities, not jumping on the bus to get from one sightseeing point to another, but walking the streets and seeing the real life all around me. Here are some things I try to collect and lern on my journeys:

  • lern about other life styles – why do people things differently than me
  • see amazing architecture from all ages of mankind and cultures
  • be inspired by cultural and historical art
  • capture beautiful landscapes and cities with my camera
  • see something different apart from my daily routines
  • discover new food and drinks
  • lern about people’s way of life and how they got there historically
  • take little adventures while wandering around
  • get to know this world and its people and understand their way of life better

 

No wonder though, that the biggest part of my life list is filled with traveling goals. Therefore I decided to share this passion of mine with you and blog about my travel adventures, past and future ones, regularly and make it a feature. The new ‘wanderlust‘ feature. If you want to see my travel posts, you can now visit my wanderlust page in the header. You will see an interactive map, where everyone of my travel blog posts is marked, so you can look for example for special places, which interest you.

More than that you can find on this page some projects (photo and craft), which are perfect for traveling, like the travel journal to document your journey or a photo project to keep records of the real journey, not only the beautiful moments but the road you took: photo project – 25 km. Additionally I share some of my best travel photos on Instagram @momentstolivefor.

What would you like to know about a place? What interests you the most? Why do you love to travel? Tell me in the comments.

be adventurous & discover the world

 

 

wanderlust: buxtehude

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

This weekend we took a short vacation with some old friends and their kids. We drove four hours straight to get from Berlin to Buxtehude, a little town West of Hamburg. I know many of the northern German cities, but didn’t expected to find such a pearl beneath them. Buxtehude is really a small city with just 40.000 inhabitants, but the inner city is filled with beautiful old or renovated frame houses with the most beautiful patterns between beams. Furthermore it’s known as ‘the Fairytale Capital’ with the tale ‘The Hare and the Hedgehog’ by the Brother Grimm set here. Everywhere you see statues and pictures of rabbits and hedgehogs.

Buxtehude is seated in the ‘Altes Land’ (old land), which is known for fruit agriculture. You can walk endless fields of cherry, pear and apple trees and buy cheap big bags of cherries, just picked from the trees. We ate cherries till our stomach hurt. They were perfekt and oh so sweet.

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

This little duck followed us and got bits of cookies twice from us. And there were even more ducks, just waiting for tourists to feed them something. They even ate straight out of our hands. This was fun, for the children and even for us grown-ups.

find time to travel – it fuels the soul

 

a lot of things (in a museum)

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Such a fun museum – Museum der Dinge (museum of things). Just ordinary, everyday things that everyone used (mostly in the DDR), summarized in little collections, sorted by material, theme or colors. It felt like an expedition through unknown lands, always discovering new unexpected things around the next corner. No more words necessary, just look at these photos.

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com
Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

Museum der Dinge, Berlin-Kreuzberg | momentstolivefor.com

amazing collections, right?

 

a visit in Erlangen

a visit in Erlangen | Altstädter Kirchplatz | momentstolivefor.com

What a lovely city, Erlangen. It’s located in the enjoyable Frankenland, in east Bavaria. The city is stuffed with churches and the food is focused on meat. In every little or bigger village there’s a brewery. And the beers are excellent. Not to forget, the landscape is beautiful and perfect for wandering. It’s definitely one of my favorite vacation spots in Germany.

On Wednesday I woke up way to early in my hotel room. First I played a little while some games on my iPhone, but then I looked out the window and saw what a beautiful day it was. So I got myself dressed and used the time till breakfast to take a little photo walk around Erlangen. It was really cold, but the light was so lovely that I almost forgot about it. In the park I was followed by three doves, picking around me, hoping for some bread crumbs. Every step a little closer. It was so funny to watch.

a visit in Erlangen | a beautiful window | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | university building | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | Altstädter Kirchplatz | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | frosted blossom | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | view from the park | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | Hier wurden 1933 Bücher verbrannt - memory of World War II | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | doves in the park | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | one dove getting closer | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | Botanischer Garten | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | lovely light on the first flowered tree | momentstolivefor.com

Such a lovely city. I definitely want to visit this beauty again someday.

a melancholic walk in Bremen

a melancholic walk in Bremen | Die Schlachte in Bremen | moments to live for

The last weeks in Bremen have begun and a little melancholy is steeling into my mood from time to time. Another era will be ending, when we move to Berlin. I moved a lot in my life. With and without my parents in total already 6 times in my 31 years living on this earth. And 4 times of these in the last 10 years because of my academic studies.

I always had to start fresh and make new friends, because I moved always to a new city, far away from the old one. I think, to move is hard and fun at the same time. Hard because you have to accustom yourself to new routines, new people and look for new shops, and the bureaucracy of changing your adress isn’t that easy and mostly just time consuming.

But the good things of moving to a new city are to find new amazing friends, make a new city your home and find new favorite places. I like, that I know already four cities in detail, because I lived there for at least two years and discovered so many lovely places and faces of these cities. So here are some photos of Bremen, the big city I lived close by for the last four years and that I will say goodbye to in four weeks.

a melancholic walk in Bremen | the emblem of Bremen: the Bremer Stadtmusikanten | moments to live for

a melancholic walk in Bremen | a walk along the Weser | moments to live for

a melancholic walk in Bremen | graffiti in Bremen | moments to live for

a melancholic walk in Bremen | dark clouds above Bremen | moments to live for

a melancholic walk in Bremen | street art in Bremen | moments to live for

a melancholic walk in Bremen | gulls at the Weser | moments to live for

wish you a good start into the new week