Saturday, January 6, 2018

TRAVEL | christmas markets and medieval towns

I survived my very first Christmas in Germany!

Ever since I had mentioned moving to Germany, many Hong Kong friends have warned me time and time again of how absolutely brutal the winters are in Europe. What they failed to mention though, is how amazing Germany's Christmas markets are--some almost good enough to make you forget about your frozen fingers and toes!

Though I have explored a handful of markets in Berlin, this year I mostly looked forward to visiting the Christkindlmarkt in Nürnberg, Romans hometown. I've been told that it is one of the most famous around Germany and I was excited to take in the sights (and to order a round of glühwein)

Since we visited on the last opening day (December 24th), the market was packed with tourists.
This was also the only market I visited during the day time so I have to admit it did lose a bit of
it's Christmas magic. However, a large class of mulled wine spiked with lots of rum really helped
with putting me in a good mood!

Our holiday was a bit slow and sleepy, so Roman and I decided to break the routine of napping and chilling all day to visit Rothenberg ob der Tauber, a small medieval down an hour west of Nürnberg. When we arrived, the city was cleaning up after their Christmas festivities so the whole town square looked a little depressing.

But despite the dead fir trees, the city was really gorgeous and well preserved. And I still can't get enough of Germany's timber buildings--so much so, we even bought a small ceramic house (see pic 2 & 4) from the markets for our apartment. Maybe I'll have a little collection going on in a few years!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

PERSONAL | the drawing hub

Last week Stanley and I participated in The Drawing Hubs Silent Art Auction in Wedding. It was fun participating in my first art event in Berlin and seeing my work hung up next to so many great pieces--some of which I would've really liked to take home with me. ;)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

TRAVEL | vienna

It's been a while, but I think I'm finally jumping back into this project again. There's still a few more cities from my 2015 trip I'd still like to share. Hopefully I'll finish up editing the photos from the other cities soon (stay tuned for Budapest, Salzburg, Munich, Barcelona, and Lisboa) so I can get started on my book!

So, since it's been so long since the actual trip, I don't have much to say about my time in Vienna. I just remember I was glad to get out of Sweden as it was getting too dark and too cold for me to handle.

Most of the stay was dominated by the walking tour of the filming locations for Before Sunrise (one of my favourite films), and I also met up with some friends I had met in Amsterdam and Antwerp.

Alt & Neu, the record store where Jesse and Celine listened to { Kath Bloom }.
Now that I've been studying graphic design, I have an immense appreciation for
beautiful typography. Just look at that--so lovely!

This was { Trzesniewski }, a Polish spot famous for their little open faced sandwiches.
There was over a dozen different sandwiches featuring a variety of chopped/minced stuff.
You can choose ones with mushrooms, anchovies, egg, or minced sweet gherkins (too many
combos to list here) and each one is was a delight. Definitely a place worth stopping by for
some good, fast, and cheap food.

I would recommend Kleines Cafe even if you weren't a fan of Before Sunrise (location of the
fortune telling scene btw). The cafe is located in a quiet little courtyard a little ways away from
the busier shopping streets. I thought it was a nice place to stop for a coffee and a little bite to
eat. One thing is that this place is not so great for non-smokers. I couldn't sit inside or else
I'd come out wheezing.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

PERSONAL | cozy sunday out

Berlin has been very wet and cold lately (and the sun starts setting at 4pm nowadays), making it very hard for me to find the motivation to go out after work to do something interesting. Luckily there are some day-time events on the weekends for me to check out.

Today there was a special Dia de los Muetos themed breakfast market happening in Markthalle Neun, which I had been really looking forward to visiting. The decor was really festive and colourful and most of the regular Street Food Thursday vendors added a little Mexican twist to their menus.

I visited the market with my friend Ira, and we split a breakfast of buttermilk pancakes
and chicken & mole tacos. Odd combination.. but it was almost noon so it was basically lunch
and a dessert ok? :P

Later in the afternoon, I dropped by my friend Stanley's apartment in Charlottenberg.
He's been here two months already and this was the first time I was visiting. His roommate
really loves plants so their flat was filled with all sorts of lovely green things. They had a
massive Monstera hanging above the sink in the kitchen that I really wanted to take home with me.

Stanley made soup for our late lunch. I've been really into soups this past week--probably due
to the weather. Anyways, Stanley had some leftover beets lying in his fridge so he decided to
make { coconut beet soup }. The warmth from the soup really hit the spot especially since I got
caught in the rain on the way over to his. We even added this Radicchio filled pasta to the soup,
turning it into a really hearty stew. I want to try making this at home sometime when Roman
gets back from his trip.