Archive for the ‘Every day life’ Category

Being somehow helpless

Sonntag, Februar 19th, 2017

Helping my family, friends, colleagues or sometimes even people I do not know at all has always been something I regarded as nothing special.


For example when being out for a walk on one of the last weekends, a small delivery truck dropped several goods after speeding up when the traffic light had turned green. Fortunately the driver realised that he had lost something and stopped the vehicle right away.

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Early morning

Samstag, Februar 11th, 2017

Since quite a long while, I am going for a walk in the early morning on Saturday and Sunday. I often take the same way and so it has become something like a routine or a habit.

Though the way I choose is mostly the same, it is always a different experience as the conditions are changing.


I remember one time when it was snowing heavily like back at home. You could see every footstep in the snow but after a short while they were gone again. The scenery looked beautiful and even a little bit romantic, the noise of cars passing by was lower than usual and the few lights of the lanterns along the roads made everything brighter than the days before as the light was reflected by the snow.

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No motivation for something new

Sonntag, Februar 5th, 2017

Thinking back about the last year, I have always been looking for new places to visit or new things to do on the weekends or public holidays.


One topic was trying to find new coffee shops selling Dutch coffee or cold brew. Since I kept a bottle of each please I had been to – and it has been many places – my collection is rather big. Several shelfs in my kitchen are totally packed with bottles of different colors, sizes and with beautiful labels.

Most likely I will have to throw them away when moving either back to Germany or a different place one day, but for now I would like to keep them. Some of the shops have changed the labels on their bottles by now or even closed.

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Slowing down and quite deserted

Montag, Januar 30th, 2017

After celebrating new year on December 31st it was time to celebrate it a second time. This time it was Lunar New Year or Spring Festival like people call it in China.

It is a time of the year which is one of the most important ones for Asian people. During the holidays, they travel to their families, stay together for a couple of days and celebrate the arrival of the new year with good food at their homes.


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Snow, snow, snow

Sonntag, Januar 22nd, 2017

When being asked about winter and snow, I mostly think of my home in Germany. During the cold season of the year we used to have lots of snow and I often went skiing, first with my parents, later on with friends or colleagues.

However, with the years passing by having a white Christmas became less and less common as it started snowing later than usual and many times there was no snow at all on Christmas Eve.

It took another two or three weeks for the snow to arrive and cover everything in white, make roads slippery and create a beautiful scenery.


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To be extended

Freitag, Januar 13th, 2017

This week was different than the other three before: holiday season in Germany was over and also my boss had returned from his vacation.

Being able to fully focus on the current task without being interrupted by emails from headquarter was over and several regular meetings were continued.


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Getting used to it

Sonntag, Januar 8th, 2017

With the beginning of the new week, the holiday season in Europe will be over and my colleagues in Germany will be back in the office. This means, business will continue as usual and the more relaxed days in the office are over.

My week will be structured with several regular meetings and telephone conferences and the time to work on other tasks will become less.


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Get it started

Sonntag, Januar 1st, 2017

Last week, it was the first time for me to spend Christmas and its holidays in Korea. Frankly speaking, it was nothing special. Besides sales events and some fancy light decoration here and there, Korean people seemed not to pay too much attention to this time of the year.

There is quite a high percentage of Christians among them and therefore I expected that Christmas has quite a high value for them. However, it turned out to be not much more than an opportunity for shops to give discounts or restaurants to offer special menus.


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Christmas atmosphere

Montag, Dezember 26th, 2016

Celebrating Christmas here in Korea is different from my home country. When asking friends and colleagues, they do not pay that much attention to it.There are no national holidays and few people take some days off to celebrate this period of the year.

Baking special cookies at home is not very common and to sum it up, buying gifts is the only thing people care about.

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Making the same mistake twice

Sonntag, Dezember 18th, 2016

Since living abroad I spent most of the Christmas and New Year holidays at home in Germany surrounded by my family. This was mainly due to the fact that this is one of the most important periods of the year. Also the scenery with snow covered houses and trees – when it had been cold enough – and the candles in the windows of the houses was just beautiful.

On Sundays we used to come together in the afternoon for a tea or coffee and have some home made Christmas cookies.


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