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Montag, 10. Oktober 2016

My Sunday walk

Sunday morning I was surprised by lovely sunshine and decided to go for a walk. The last few days have been cold and miserable so Istrolled around my neighbourhood basking in the sun, discovering hidden gems. 

At the nearby recreation area I discovered a fairly new tree house, built in 2013. The idea and financing came from Munichs twin town Cincinatti and I simply love it! What a special place!

Samstag, 8. Oktober 2016

All work and no play

make Wonky Heidi a very boring Blogger. There's not much happening in my wonky world at the moment.
Here in Munich we enjoyed a wonderful, long Indian summer celebrated with long walks.

But now it's cold and wet which makes me want to hide indoors with gallons of pumpkin soup and netflix.

So there's nothing to report, I'm afraid. Apart from that I finally finished the Great Australian Photo Epos:


As you can see I did some old-school albums and three photo books. Truth is, I hate making photo books. It takes forever, the software is usually a bugger to use and in the end I'm disappointed by the result. So this time I started with three smaller albums in case I get tired and upset during the process. The books didn't come out as stunning as I had hoped so I decided to do the rest the old-fashioned way, printing the pictures and sticking them in albums. I got confused while picking the size so I ended up with 30x20 cm whoppers. But the photos are great and make a great memory.

Montag, 5. September 2016

Summer in the city - Happy wonky Heidi

It's been more than four weeks since I got back from Australia and I'm amazed at how relaxed I still am. Usually the holiday feeling vanishes 2 hours after arriving back at the office.

Granted, it's been very quiet with nearly all my colleagues being away but still, I never had such a long-lasting effect.

I've been enjoying the long summer days in my  hometown Munich. We are having a lovely summer and I have been to the outdoor pool, to the Biergarten and have been sitting in the sun, feeling content and lucky! Lucky for having a good job, a great family and friends and lot's of memories from my amazing OZ adventure.

I haven't felt this at peace for a long time and at first was surprised. It makes me want to bottle this feeling up for when times are rough. For now I'm determined to wallow in this feeling of well-being as long as I can!

Dienstag, 16. August 2016

Wonky Heidi goes east

Earlier this year I had checked out the tour dates of my favourite bands and discovered that Zaz, the french singer, would not come to Munich but to Dresden. Luckily I have a friend who lives nearby, agreed to join me and put me up for the weekend.

I arrived in Dresden totally relaxed and in full holiday mode at 1 pm, ready for a great long weekend.
We took the train into the city and ambled past the Zwinger, the Frauenkirche, along the river Elbe, through parks, had lunch and coffee and arrived at the open air venue "Junge Garde" with plenty of time to spare and found great seats.

I had been worried about the weather but it was a perfect, balmy summer evening and the perfect venue for the perfect gig.

Zaz is amazing and it was soo worth coming all this way. If you don't know her yet, check her out immediately.

After the concert we drove to Bautzen, 50 km east of Dresden, complete with castle, infamous Stasi jail, mustard factory, full of atmosphere and history.

On Sunday after a late breakfast we drove to Weißwasser, stopping en route at Bad Muskau to visit the Fürst-Pückler-Park and castle. 

We had a peek into the potter's workshop, took refreshments underneath the chestnut trees infront of what must have once been the stables and walked to the castle.

We were already running late so we just checked out the beautifully kept grounds. The pictures don't do it justice as it was a bit overcast.

Then we headed on to Weißwasser, home of a prominent ice hockey club and the Kaffeehaus Junge, which is run by my dear friends.

A charming little place, offering tea, coffee and wine specialties and great home-cooked food. Check out theit website for events like coffee and whiskey tastings, book clubs and etiquette evenings.

On Monday I re-traced my steps in Bautzen after a 11-year absence, re-discovering the castle and the historic town centre.


So after the perfect bank holiday weekend I have to admit: Saxony is well worth a visit.

Sonntag, 7. August 2016

Bavaria rulez: Breitach Gorge

Every adventure needs to end some time so now Wonky Heidi is back in Bavaria, on my desk on weekdays and roaming my home country at the weekends.

This weekend I was lucky to discover the Breitach Gorge in the Allgäu region with my friends.   

Caused by a moving glacier about 10.000 years ago, it is an amazing place to visit. A circular trail leads us seemingly right through the rock. On a small pathway along the rapid creek we climb up and up staring open mouthed at this spectacle of nature.

Overhanging rocks make us duck our heads and ever dripping water pull on our cagoules.

Huge tree trunks snapped like matchsticks and whopping huge boulders positioned like marbles make us wonder about the force of water.

After finishing the 1,5 hours circular trail we had lunch in Oberstdorf, ending our trip eating icecream while strolling through the small town.

As much as I love travelling, there's no place like home! Come and visit Bavaria!

Dienstag, 26. Juli 2016

Top things to do in Queensland and other random stuff

So, in a couple of hours I`ll make my way to the airport to fly back home to Germany after a full-on month in Queensland.
To keep you going until my next post, here are some tips for your trip to Queensland.

1. Daintree Dreaming Tour (from Cairns and Port Arthur)
2. Visit Mount Tamborine  in the hinterland of  Gold Coast
3. Visit QAG - Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, with its lovely inside waterfeatures and garden

4. Take the free ferry City Hopper to experience Brisbane from the river.
5. Do some serious people watching over coffee/breakfast in one of the coffeeshops in the lobby of an office block in the CBD.
6. Find a Yoga studio and join a class.

Wonky Heidi does AirBnB

I only discovered AirBnB for me a year ago. And now, on my last night in Australia, looking back on  five AirBnB`s and five hosts, I`m ready to  draw up a summary.

I found it a mixed experience, actually only every other stay was great. What you have to consider is, that the hosts are normal people, not trained in hotel business, they might have bad days or you might just not get on. On the other hand, they get paid for having you as a guest so I really wish they would give their home a good clean before you arrive.

AirBnB is brilliant for city trips with a friend, when you don`t want to share a hotel room. With enough patience and luck you can find awesome apartments in the center of the city for the same price (or even less) as a hotel  and get a living room and kitchen as well.

Or if you are travelling on your own you can find a room in a Million $ apartment with a great host at a great location for the price of a dingy 2 star hotel.

So here`s how to do it:

1. Always read the reviews of former guests carefully.
2. Communicate with the host about musts/must-nots. In my case, pets are a no-go due to my allergies and I like to double-check.
3. Always get clear instructions on how to find the place and exchange phone numbers in advance.
4. Don`t expect too much. Not all hosts are charming and welcoming, some are just weird as f*** and in it for the money!
5. Not all great hosts know how to clean.
6. Write an honest review for the sake of the next guest.