December 2011


My feet are up, and I wish you einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

It’s almost 9 pm and I think I am done with everything I needed to do today: work, two loads of laundry (one air drying, one machine dried), 71 minutes of spinning at the gym (gotta work off the Christmas chocolate that I bought at the supermarket, 50% off the original price), grocery shopping, and, […]

Reviewing the weekend and hitting the reset button

I’m happy to report that I had a most excellent weekend – for those of you who are counting, it was Christmas weekend, but I’m an atheist and, as such, observed more the passing of the winter solstice.

Two of my friends are in town having joined me for “Christmas in Berlin”, as it were, […]

Seasonal Cheer!

Christmas cheer on Friedrichstraße, as seen in the morning on the way to work.

On my way to meet a friend at Adenauerplatz, I captured this moment of rush hour and Christmas

Over in Treptow Park, I saw bushes covered with these pretty white berries, but I don't know what kind of […]

You know it’s a German Christmas Market when…

These two options featured on the way-finding signs.

This was my first Christmas Market of the year.

Happy to report that I survived!

Some how I survived the week that was – albeit, barely.

And, I must confess, that I missed the birthday party.

By Friday afternoon, I was plum exhausted and made my way to find the birthday colleague, to whom I simultaneously congratulated and gave my regrets.

Since Friday was a gym day, I force myself […]

My First World Problem: This week is too busy, socially speaking

My calendar this week:

Monday: I went to the movies with a colleague. This was planned about a month and a half ago – we went to see The Help.

Tuesday: Christmas party for my department.

Wednesday: Book club meeting (discussing The Help).

Thursday: Christmas party for the group where I am physically located, but […]

Overly Focused on Safety: Riding the Rails at Cheltenham Spa

After managing to retrieve my pre-booked train ticket from the automat at the Cheltenham Spa Train Station, I headed toward platform one, which services trains headed southbound to places like Bristol.

At the top of the stairs, I noticed the above sign, which ended up providing me enough food for thought that […]

Some Random Thoughts About Cheltenham

The last time I was in Cheltenham was, I believe, December 2008 – and it was a dismal time. Businesses were going out of business and High Street was depressing. From my perspective, at the time, Britain seemed less outrageously expensive than normal and I ended up buying a lot of stuff.

This time British […]

On meeting @torchyboy

One of the highlights of my trip to the UK last weekend was meeting @torchyboy – the fabulous man about Twitter, who manages to be funny, interesting, and interactive.

Torchy! is on the right.

Now I’ve shamelessly flirted with him for a long time – and even received, last summer, an autographed photo featuring […]

My Winter Weekend in Cheltenham (For Five on the Fifth)

Reindeer were on display at "The Brewery" in Cheltenham, and I found the antlers fascinating.

I almost bought some of this quite pleasant, Christmassy smelling stuff, but I thought it woudl get damaged on the way back to Berlin, and it was sticky.

"The Minotaur and the Hare" sculpture has fascinated me […]