So many events, so much happened, so much to remember…
This summer was filled to the brim with dates and meetings and events. From June to the middle of September we hadn’t had one free weekend without a date. Full of life: beautiful, fun and stuffed with excitement. Full of people, places and memories. I want to remember:
one new car
two weeks of vacation: one of them with a couple of friends, one filled with traveling and visiting friends and family
10 cities visited
countless hours in our car on the road
2 birthday parties (one was our own)
our own birthdays, just three days apart
more than 10.000 photos
100 people met, some new, some old
one big health issue
several big events that took our breath away and made us happy
What a summer!
Last Sunday two friends and I visited the Buchstabenmuseum (museum of letters) in Berlin. It’s a small museum near the Alexanderplatz, grounded by the association of letters in 2005. It’s purpose is to save old shop signs all around Germany and beyond. Since I’m a huge fan of typography this museum was on top of my Berlin bucket list. It didn’t disappoint me. The big letters were fascinating, some were even taller than me. And some I would have love to take with me for our home, especially the ones with light. My friend was particular excited, because she remembered seeing some of these signs years ago live, when the shops were still open in Berlin. For her it was a journey back in time.
What a lovely little park in the North of Berlin. We wanted to spend a little time in nature and escape the noisy, stressful city for a while. Since we sold our car a week ago, we had to choose something reachable by bike. The Volkspark Rehberge within Wedding is just six kilometers from our home, so perfect for a little trip.
To take it all in we pushed our bicycles alongside through the park under the warm fall sunlight. The special thing about the Volkspark Rehberge is, that it isn’t really looked after. Main parts of it are wild growing, but that’s exactly the beautiful charm of this park. It’s not like all the other cultivated ones in Berlin. Additionally you can take a boat trip on the Plötzensee or make a picknick on one of the wild growing meadows. But only if you aren’t afraid of spiders. After the fourth crawled upon our blanket, we packed our things and moved on to discover the rest of the park.
Find more photos from Berlin here
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.
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.
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
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.
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