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It’s a plastic bag??!

June 1, 2011

by Charlie

Shopping in the States can be a total different experience in many ways compared for example with Germany.

Shops are often centered in malls where teens spend days and do shopping for a hobby (although I have to admit this habit becomes more and more popular on this site of the ocean,too 😦)

The adresss of welcome is also special.

In the US salesclerk not only greet you with:

  • ·         “Hi, how are you?” (which can be pretty annoying after a while;  imho a simple “hi” or “hello” would be enough) or
  • ·         “Good afternoon, welcome to…” (can you imagine saying this 200 times or more a day???). In some special stores you even hear the very cool
  • ·         “Hi, what’s up” (what is your response to that???)


So, not only the greeting takes getting used to it, it is also the fact that you get tons of plastic bags for free. This way it can happen that you leave a store with five items and ten plastic bags because many supermarkets pack your groceries in double plastic bags.

Sure, in many shops you have the choice between plastic and paper but still, what is the point of giving away plastic bags when you know what damage they cause to our environment?

There are so many alternatives!

Here is my contribution to this topic:

Check out the very informative website and read more about the founder Belinda and Mark David-Tooze and their idea and of course have a look at their fantastic bags.  I like their attitude and love the bags!

I just recently got one of this bags and it goes with me everywhere!

and enjoy!


Conquering Down Under

May 19, 2011

by Maya

Hello everyone! Yes, I’m back! I know it has been a long break but real life was taking over. So many things have happened and the most important of them was: Australia.  Kaede and I embarked on epic 3-week road trip in Down Under. It was a dream come true. For me Australia is the land of adventure and the wild and I always wanted to experience it. But in the end it was a rather spontaneous idea with just two months of planning and preparations. Here are my personal highlights:

– Kangaroo Island: loved Seal Bay and Remarkable Rocks.

– Hiking in the Grampians National Park: who would have thought that climbing the Hollow Mountain in pouring rain would be so much fun?

–  The Great Ocean Road: 12 Apostles at sunset and sunrise.

– Staying at the Eco Beach YHA in Apollo Bay. Definitely the best hostel in Australia, combines eco and style.

Seal kayaking in Apollo Bay. Ocean kayaking is cool enough but if you have the opportunity to watch hundreds of Australian fur seals swimming just a few meters away from your boat then it becomes an unforgettable experience.

– Seeing wild parrots and cockatoos. They are everywhere.

– Seeing a koala in the wild. So close, I could have touched him. They are to die for cute.

– Uluru and Kata Tjuta: yes, they are mindblowingly impressive.

– The night sky over the Red Centre: you can see the Milky Way, it’s breathtaking.

– Sydney: such a cool and laidback city. Many Australians we met do not like Sydney but we actually loved it. My personal favourite: the Paddington markets on a Saturday morning.

– The Blue Mountains: amazing views.

– Sand boarding on Moreton Island: that was soooooooo cool.

– Walking through a rainforest on Fraser Island.


When we are gone ~ Hereafter

March 13, 2011

by Maya

I recently watched “Hereafter” the new drama directed by Clint Eastwood starring Matt Damon and the French actress Cécile De France. Eastwood weaves real life events with fictional characters to create a quiet, sad and touching movie.



A Husband’s Despair: The Next 3 Days

February 8, 2011

by Maya

Hi you. Last Sunday I watched “The next 3 days”, the new thriller with Russell Crowe and Elisabeth Banks. Crowe plays John Brennan whose wife is wrongly imprisoned for murder. He develops a completely insane plan to get her out of prison.

This is actually the best thriller I have seen in months. It grabs your attention and makes you perch on the edge of the couch, tense with excitement.

Crowe’s acting is impressive. His portrayal of the irrationally determined husband is believable because he is not a superhero but someone whose desperate situation forces him to resort to desperate means.

Watch it!


Me, and you, and… someone else- “The Other Man”

January 4, 2011

by Charlie:

“They belong together, their whole life. They complement one another, and if one of them disappears, the other one will lose the right to exist.”  This could be a great metaphor for a perfect pair of shoes. But what if you transfer this to a relationship???

“The Other Man” tells a story about a woman who loves two men. But is that really possible?

And, does that make you happy or is it just double cheating???


Letting go …. of 2010!

January 1, 2011

by Maya

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2011 brings you joy, happiness, health, success and so much more!

Before fully embarking on the adventures that this new year has to offer I too would like to take a closer look back at the past year. For me 2010 was an extraordinary year, extremely remarkable in so many ways. There were several moments that were special; some of them will stay with me forever.

Last January I experienced a truly liberating moment when I passed my final exam to get my second degree. For the past two years I had lived in a fish bowl, studying and working full time. And it was such an overwhelming feeling when all the hard work finally paid off and I came back to life again.

Attending dance classes with my boyfriend is another little gem of my 2010. It took me 6 years to convince him. I love dancing because it is one of the things that make me happy and I always wanted to learn how to dance. There is something indescribably intimate and erotic about a man and a woman who can dance. And it is amazing how much a couple can bond over dancing.

Our annual skiing holidays have been one of my personal highlights for the past 5 years. My boyfriend taught me how to ski 6 years ago. I really had a hard time learning because I am not the sportiest person. But now I can handle the red slopes and I am so incredibly proud of myself. It is one of the most exhilarating feelings: standing on top of the mountain and watching the snow, the sun and blue sky create the most overwhelming scenery. Those moments are really precious to me.

Reconnecting with my friends is another big point on this list. In 2010 I had so many special moments with my closest friends. In the last few years I had somehow neglected my friends and it may only be due to their commitment that these friendships had survived the test of time. In 2010 I finally managed to come out of my selfish bubble and really interact with the people who had been with me for such a long time.

This past summer I had to face another challenge: turning 30. 🙂 Oh, I was so scared of the big evil 30. It sounded so old, it didn’t feel like me. It felt like time was overtaking me. But then it was surprisingly easy. I had the most amazing birthday party with my family, most of my closest friends and colleagues. It was one of the best evenings of my life. Ironically, now at 30 I finally feel great in my own skin. I have never been in a better frame of mind, body and soul. It is like somehow all the pieces fell into place. In 2010 I felt strong, confident and sexy.

And there was also one thing that I finally managed to realize: the importance of letting go. Letting go of the age-old insecurities, of the pressure from without and from within, from what people expect you to be and your perfect image of yourself; letting go of people and of your own expectations towards them; of the past and, most importantly, of the future. Let go and just be. I still have a long way to go, so many things to learn about myself and my place in the world. But now I know that self-development is a lifelong process and I am looking forward to it. And how boring would it be if you were the perfect you at 18? 😉

I would like to close my own private 2010 with a quote by Albert Schweitzer:

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”


Russian Waltz

December 23, 2010

by Maya

Snowy greetings from Central Europe! I just returned from my fabulous skiing holidays and spontaneously decided to write another post!

My boyfriend and I recently started attending dance classes and of course we are also learning how to dance the waltz. On this occasion I got reminded of my all-time favorite waltz: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2 which is also known as the Russian Waltz. Somehow I prefer this one to the classic Viennese Waltz because it is darker and more dramatic. This piece was also chosen by Stanley Kubrick as the opening music for his last movie “Eyes Wide Shut”. Enjoy!