Photo Essay: Books, Books, Books!

I love books. I’m a huge bookworm. And despite all the apparent benefits of Kindles and other e-Readers, I will never ever prefer an e-book over an actual one. I love the smell of books. I love the sounds when running through the pages. I love how a hardcover, or the pages feel. And – … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Books, Books, Books!”

The Street Art of Paris – In Pictures

I don’t know how I discovered street art. Somehow it was suddenly there. Maybe I am just a lemming of a huge new hipster street art hype. But no matter how I came to like street art in the first place, I know I do. A lot. And Paris has plenty of street art. un … Continue reading “The Street Art of Paris – In Pictures”

Rediscovering Paris

I love “taking advantage” of my friends. This year, I was already hosted by Sarah in London and Kathi in Munich. I admit, I was cadging a little. But I can’t help having cool friends, who live cool places — I just have to go stay with them as soon as they invite me over! And … Continue reading “Rediscovering Paris”

How I Tried to Give Modern Art a Chance

Every five years the sleepy town of Kassel in the north of the state of Hesse, Germany, turns into the artistic center of modern art: The Documenta is the most important and biggest exhibition of contemporary art worldwide! However, I’m not very much into contemporary art. Don’t get me wrong. I love art. I love modern art, … Continue reading “How I Tried to Give Modern Art a Chance”

Photo Essay: The Old Grand Piano in a Croatian Backyard

I love looking out for the little things in life: Random constellations in nature, unexpected street art, things that aren’t where they would be found usually, or things that are combined in a remarkably new way… While staying on the island of Krk this fall, I discovered this backyard right behind the house we rented… … Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Old Grand Piano in a Croatian Backyard”

A Coffee Break in Ljubljana

I think I first read something about Ljubljana, Slovenia, when I was 16 years old: An article in a magazine saying that though Ljubljana was small capital, it has a great artistic (nowadays you would maybe use the word “hipster”?) vibe and is incredibly beautiful… and I wanted to see it for myself ever since. On … Continue reading “A Coffee Break in Ljubljana”

Photo Essay: Flying Umbrellas in Évora

This was just one of those perfect little moments when you enter an unknown street in a city you have never been to before and it surprises you – with an installation of colorful umbrellas hovering over a little square to offer the restaurants in it shade from the hot Portuguese summer sun… In Évora, a … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Flying Umbrellas in Évora”

Amsterdam – Sex, Drugs and Sightseeing

After finally having found a place to stay in Zandvoort  Steffen and I were excited to explore the (in)famous capital of the Netherlands: Amsterdam has a crazy reputation. It’s all about drugs, sex and beer, but at the same time Amsterdam has (had) a huge influence in the art scene. The regular train connection from Zandvoort took us … Continue reading “Amsterdam – Sex, Drugs and Sightseeing”

Turning 25 in Munich!

25. That is HUGE. Very grown up. A quarter century! I really wanted to do something special for this occasion – which included being as far away from my ugly-passing-through home town Siegen as possible! Luckily, my wonderful friend Kathi invited me to stay with her in June 2012. I had met her during my semester … Continue reading “Turning 25 in Munich!”

London’s Gems: Portobello Road and Brick Lane

On a large scale, London has been what I expected it to be: Crowded, busy, oh-so British, but also culturally and artistically buzzing. What really surprised me however, was the hipster-artsy-hippie-vintagey side of London. Knowing me way too well, my host and guide Sarah took me to Portobello Road and Brick Lane. And she was so … Continue reading “London’s Gems: Portobello Road and Brick Lane”