If you’ve been here a while you know by now that Le Boyfriend and I are quite the globetrotters. Originally from Argentina, we moved to New Zealand in 2013 in search of new adventures and after three amazing years in the land of the big white cloud, we went in the search of new adventures, only that this time, we choose to make Berlin our home. Fast forward one year and we are itching for something new.
May was a bittersweet month, you’ll see soon but it was a month of goodbyes and hello’s and month where you could see the Summer creeping in the corner so we had a bunch of good sunny days. It was a busy month so I see there is a bit of a recurring theme of short videos but the truth is, we were really busy and given I’m still not used to being on the other side of the camera I can only work with what I have. I’m finally starting to get closer to schedule with these videos, and hopefully, I’ll be uploading JUNE soon as well. So…May brought us some good weather, some busy days, a lot of picnics and BBQs in the park and a new adventure…this is May.
Originally, this was meant to be a 72hs in Hamburg, but after a series of mishaps, we had to shorten our trip to only 8hs. Nonetheless, we had a great time and it was still worth sharing.
8hs in Hamburg
We began our trip in Berlin, taking the morning train from the Haupbahnhof, we grabbed some coffees to go, some croissants and Mandelkuchen and we waited for the train. Normally a smooth ride through the countryside will take you to the center of Hamburg in between 1.5 to 3 hours (it depends on which train you take) You might be able to sight some windmills and small villages on the way. [Pro-tip: Check online if there are any football matches in the area or from the city you are traveling from, we had very bad luck having the entire Berlin Herta B.C. fans in our train, at first the chanting was funny, but after everyone got drunk around 9 am, and started smashing bottles on the ground, smoking inside the train and pressing the emergency button twice…it stopped being funny and started to become tedious.]
Disclaimer. I’m using another computer because I left mine at home….and given that I’m clearly a genius (irony alert!) I left all my photos for this post in that computer. Nonetheless I really wanted to post this, so I thought I post it with some photos I’ve used as inspiration and hopefully when I get my laptop back, I’d update the pictures. Sorry for the mess.
June is Pride month. A month to be proud and embrace who you are, no matter who you love and how you may look. I’ve always felt very close to the LGBTQ+ community and even though every year I promise myself that I will go, I’ve never been to a pride march. And since I’ve watched it I’ve always loved this speech from Nomi (A trans woman from the Netflix show Sense8).
Anyway, I though since June is Pride month and even though I believe you can celebrate it all year round, I’d thought I’d share some tasty and easy recipes for a colorful “Pride Picnic.” So get your rainbow flag ready, set up some plates, call your friends and try some of these amazing recipes!
As a designer, you would think I would get off the plane in Berlin and go straight to the Bauhaus Archiv, but honestly, it took me the better half of a year to actually visit it…no excuse thought.
For those who have not idea of what I’m talking about, Bauhaus was a German art school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and it is probably the most famous one, given the impact it had on art, architecture, and interior, industrial and graphic design. Their teachers included the likes of Paul Klee and Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers, and as epicenter of creativity it was closed by the pressure of the Nazi regime on the false assumptions that in was a center for communist intellectualism.
I’m going to be blunt here, I was deeply disturbed by this one. I kept seeing it in cafes and delis and I’m still to actually try it, no matter in which cute way they present it.
In Northern and Eastern Germany, as well in Berlin, this dish is known as Hackerpeter. Even though you can find it in the rest of the country, Belgium, and the Netherlands as simply Mett.
This dish is a mixture of raw minced pork meat, seasoned with salt and black pepper, usually served on half a bun. The name met also apparently comes from the Old Saxon meti which stand for food. A variety of this dish can be found around the country as Zwibelmett, which is a version that adds chopped onions to the mix.
Even though some are still put off by the idea of it, there is an amazing amount of the population who doesn’t just enjoy having this for breakfast but are crazy about it. They came to a point of even creating the Mettigel, a version of this dish where they mold the meat into the shape of a hedgehog, using black olives as its eyes and nose and form the whole body’s spines with raw onion. (This as well is consumed raw)
Thankfully there is a German law, called Hackfleischverordnung, that makes sure that this is safe to eat. Making it a law for it to be sold only on the day of production, for it be constituted by less than 35% fat and to be stored under 2 degrees. This makes it safe to eat at wherever place you find it, or when in doubt…ask!
On a ‘type’ note:
Harbour is a fairly new font, released in 1998 and showing a clash of latin and germanic typestyles and taking calligraphic forms that derive from writing with quills.
I know, I know…. I was late with a couple of videos. I was super busy these last couple of months (you’ll see why later) so I’ve decided to combine a couple of videos in one post.
March was a super short month for me, nothing super excited happened, and we were so busy with errands and stuff that I couldn’t film much. I did walk around Berlin a lot this month and we began our Thursday girls night. I used this short time to finish my Alice in Wonderland canvas and Le Boyfriend and I met up with Mr.G for some Indian food and Cuban music. (To be quite fair the three of us sort of created the Sunday’s junk food and movies, so we saw a lot of each other)
A couple of months ago (and after excessive nagging) Le Boyfriend and I had a weekend trip. I had promised him that I would take him skiing so his birthday was a good opportunity to make this happen.
There is no airport in Andorra, so the best ways to get there is either by taking a plane to Barcelona, or another one to Toulouse. Then a quick car ride will take you there. We decided to book an Airbnb close to El Tarter, which is one of the ski routes. We decided on this one because it had a fair amount of Super Beginner and Beginner tracks, and after a year of not doing anything it was a good way to get back on track (no pun intended)
We had some amazing days, with the sun shining and snowy mountains, unfortunately, Le Boyfriend got super sick and we had to cancel some of our skiing days, but that didn’t mean we had to stay home. As much as we could, we visited the town, had some Après ski cocktails and indulged on Spanish and French cuisine.
When the cold times roll again we are most likely to go back. If not, where would you recommend for a ski/snowboard trip?
Until next time.- Jules
The other day I came across with some photos of our Prague-Munich trip with my family and le boyfriend and I was overcome with major melancholy. The train rides, the snow, the Christmas markets, and given that you seemed to really liked the 24hs in Prague post, I’d thought I’d continue writing them.
48hs in Munich
There are many options when it comes to getting to Munich, but personally, and if you have time the best way to get there is by train. (6 hours from Berlin) If you travel by night you can pull the seats and make them into a bed and by day you can get a glimpse of the different landscapes as the train stops in several little (and big) cities.
- A Bavaria Breakfast. Different kinds of bread, cheese, and ham everything you need to get you energy for the day.
- Altstadt. Starting from the main train station (Haupbahnhof) a clear road will take you through the Altstadt, where you can stop at the gates of the Karlplatz, St. Michaels Kirche, Peter’s Kirche and the Alte Rathaus in Marienplatz.