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Sonntag, 26. Juli 2015

Summer in the city






The last few weeks we enjoyed a glorious summer. With an average temperature of about 35 degrees Celcius it was too hot to do much but I tried to make the most out of my beautiful hometown Munich.


- Walks in the park, al fresco dining in the city and on the balcony.











- After-work swimming in the amazing ecological swimming pool Maria Einsiedel.
http://www.swm.de/english/m-baeder/outdoor-pools/naturbad-maria-einsiedel.html

- BBQ in my colleague's garden.

- After-work Wakeboarding with another colleague, where falling in is half of the refreshing fun!

- Reading, reading, reading!




- Enjoying the amazing ZAZ in concert! http://www.zazofficial.com/  Go and buy her music instantly!








Sonntag, 12. Juli 2015

Summer reading





Summer is here and so it seems only natural to share my latest reads with you.

Young Adult Fiction:

 Kerstin Gier: Silber (english edition: Silver, The book of dreams trilogy) two volumes of the trilogy already published. In the fist volume Liv Silber moves to London with her mother, little sister Mia and nanny Lottie. Just after their arrival their mother surprises them by moving them into her new partners house. While getting to know her new step twin siblings Grayson and Florence, Liv discovers that she can meet up with Grayson and his friends in her dreams....


By the same author,
Kerstin Gier: Rubinrot, Saphirblau und Smaragdgrün (english edition: Gem trilogy). This is a long-time favourite of mine, a fast-paced, gripping and romantic timetravelling saga, telling the story of 16-year-old Gwendolyn, who has inherited a timetravelling gene and must, together with the dashing Gideon, figure out an ancient secret. 


Biographies:

Eric Lomax, The railway man 
Recently made into a feature film with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, this is the true story of a scottish railway enthusiast, who ends up in a japanese pow camp during WW2. To keep their spirits up the english prisoners manage to assemble a radio from salvaged parts to secretely keep up with what's happening at the front. They get found out and Eric falls into the hands of a sadistic prison warden. He survives but is badly traumatized. Years later, Eric must face his demons, when he discovers that one of his tormenters is still alive ...

Robyn Davidson, Tracks 
Also made into a feature film, Tracks tells the inspiring story of Robyn, who arrives in Alice Springs during the 1970ies to prepare for a 1700 mile trek through the Australian desert, accompanied by four camels and a dog.


Hilary Burden, A story of Seven Summers: Life in the Nuns House
Hilary returns to Tasmania after decades of living abroad, leading a high-powered life as a magazine editor. She buys a run-down homestead in Karoola and allows herself time to find her feet and to decide what to do with her life.   


Fiction:

Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds
Never having seen the tv adaptation I read a recommendation on a blog and voila - really enjoyed this classic family saga, situated in Australia.

KC Dyer, Finding Fraser 
Emma Sheridan, a 29-year-old American, is at crossroads, when she decides to pack a rucksack, travel to Scotland and find her very own James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser while blogging about it! Surely everybody knows the hero of Diana Gabaldons Outlander Saga! 
Ridiculed by her sister, supported by a Japanese reader, she stumbles through the Highlands meeting friends and foe ...


Travelguides:

Guess where I'm heading next? The brother and I have booked a trip to Lisbon in September.

Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2015

Writer's block

It's a well-known fact that after an extraordinary event or holiday you'll feel somewhat low.
So, after the amazing London weekend I'm back in my ol' life and have nothing to tell.

I've been reading up on my fellow Blogtacular participants blogs and am a bit intimidated by their quality. But hey, I'm doing this for the fun and am having it!

I have managed to assemble a photo book already (wise move to take an extra day off for unpacking, washing and sorting out the pictures).









 

I got inspired by the Urban Jungle Bloggers and decided to style some of my plants:





 










Another plan is to go on my own Munich photo walks. Just the other day I was cycling through Munichs meat district and thought, this would be amazing to shoot.