After my hiking trip to Achensee and my massive sightseeing trips to Verbania and Milan, I took a real holiday. No phone, just reading books, drinking wine, looking at medieval architecture, and swimming in the sea. Real island time!
My two months in Singapore concluded with a super quick trip to Taipei just to high five William. But wait, there was more!
Winter is nasty and grey and cold these days, so here are a few rays of Swedish sunshine!
The ferry hit Helsingborg port and we hit the road. The “Kattegattleden” would take us through the lovely countryside along the coast and all the way to Gothenburg.
SO! It took a little planning and a little patience, but in early August Jana and I were finally able to set out on our summer adventure: biking from Copenhagen to Oslo. And I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of the best journeys ever! Wait and see.
Now that I am almost ready to move out again, it’s the perfect time for a house tour! Let me show you were I “resided” during my two months in Singapore.
So on the way to Copenhagen, I managed to slip in another visit to Kiel, where I would meet up with Jana (the best biking companion ever) to set out on our next big adventure.
Almost exactly one year ago, my appendix suddenly became inflamed – as it so happens – and I had to undergo my first surgery. This is another long and highly personal post about my experience and the wonderful people, who were there for me. Beware of body fluids.
One of the reasons I was so busy recently, is the two-week advanced training course for PR trainees I am currently doing at the established journalism school Haus Busch in Hagen. But there was some fun to be had, too. For example, during the photography training session with freelance photographer Jürgen Theobald.
For six short weeks I have moved to a different part of Germany for my job: The Ruhr region. I am lucky to be living with some awfully great people in Bochum, but I work in Essen. Essen is a particularly interesting city in this area and it was named European Capital of Culture 2010. One of the most iconic places in Essen is Zeche Zollverein, a UNESCO world heritage site. And within that retired industrial complex, there are a few really great museums.
Last year was a harsh year for me (and I don’t mean all the dead celebrities, although I will miss Alan Rickman a bit). 2016 kicked off with a lot of unrest in Germany, Brexit happened, the US election happened, the war in Syria is still going on, various places in Germany and other European countries were targets of terrorist attacks, and Europe in general seems severely destabilized, as right-wing politics have gained ground in France, Austria, and other countries, among them Germany.
On a personal level, things didn’t go so well either.