Pimp My Apartment: How to Make the Most of A Tiny Kitchen

Three months ago, my boyfriend and I moved in together. We found a beautiful Maisonette apartment with a decently-sized rooftop terrace in Berlin’s centrally located and pretty bohemian neighbourhood Prenzlauer Berg (more on that later). We fell in love with the place the second we saw it and popped a bottle of champagne when it…

DIY Valentine’s Gift for Him

I know, Valentine’s Day was three days ago so you might think I’m late for the party… or am I just really early for next year’s VDay? The truth is, the gift I made for my boyfriend this year is great for such an occasion but he’d probably been really happy (if not more surprised!)…

#IchBinEinBerliner and that’s why I won’t #PrayForBerlin

It was a Monday night almost like any other. My roommate and I had a friend visiting and we spent the evening cooking, drinking wine, and talking. Talking so much, in fact, that the phones we are usually glued on were forgotten, left in other parts of the apartments. When we casually checked them after…

Love is You Fighting Me Over the Comfy Sweatpants

and then letting me wear them anyway. But only after we dueled each other in a good wrestling match.  Love is you remembering that the light bulb in my bathroom broke and buying me a new one without me asking because you know I’d take forever to fix it myself. Love is you always filling…

Nichts wie ab zum Wannsee- Berlin’s Most Iconic Recreation Lake

These last few weeks have been the epiphany of summer in Berlin with temperatures consistently way over 30C (90F). While Berlin has plenty of outdoor pools all around town, I just really prefer tanning in sand over lying on concrete or pool-side grass. Hence, I thought I’d give Wannsee a try. A bathing and recreation…

A Day in Paris

A day in Paris is a day of love. Love for architecture, food, fashion, grace. I recently took my first trip to France and, en route to Brittany, had a day to spend in la ville de l’amour- poor me, I know. If you want to know how to best spend 6 hours in the French…

Lesson 49: Holding The High Watch

Woah, last chapter! After about three months, I have finally finished this book. Or should I say sadly? Despite the couple chapter that were strongly related to spirituality and/or God, I really liked this daily routine of exploring yet another part of my life, love life and soul. I don’t think it did miracle work…

Lesson 48: On Being a “Yes” to Love

Today’s chapter was beautifully written and reminds the reader of what it means to really want love or to want to be present in life. Of course, most of us already know that love can come in many forms and might happen completely unexpected. The person you fall for can look entirely different than you thought they…

Lesson 47: On Giving Thanks

I feel like I’ve been running a marathon and can finally see the finish line! Today’s chapter had me think about gratitude and how I give thanks in my life and to what. According to Katherine Woodward, we tend to let ourselves overwhelm by thoughts of what we don’t have. As a result, we constantly…

Lesson 46: Seventy Times Seven: The Challenge of Forgiveness

In this chapter, Woodward talks about forgiveness as a process rather than an event. While life is better without anger and resentment towards others, she states that you shouldn’t ignore this feeling either. You feel angry for a reason and so her way to go about this is feeling the anger and listening to its…

Lesson 45: From “Me” to “We”

This chapter preaches the importance of giving for the sake of giving and not keeping score in a relationship. That I really get because, if you think that your partner has to do something for you because you did something for them and I cooked tonight so they should tomorrow, wouldn’t it be easier just…

Lesson 44: Let Love Live Your Life

Today’s lesson is simple: cultivate love within you. Let go of how you think love should look like – the diamond ring, the white picket fence, the beach house- and instead develop as much love in your life as possible. This means acting out of compassion and kindness, instead of petty and noticing any unloving…