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Winter blues

The wide mountain scenery is spreading out its gentle green hills and brown woods before my eyes. The cloud-covered heaven rarely reveals some rays of sunshine. But the birds in my mothers garden doesn’t seem to care about this uncomfortable cold weather at all. I had come here in the hope of seeing the landscape covered in glittering snow but like most times around christmas there is no snow at all. Nevertheless I’m enjoying my little end-of-the-year-retreat. Over the years it had become my personal ritual to spend a week at my mum’s place on the countryside before starting into a new year. Often the time together didn’t turned out to be as peaceful and relaxed as I had hoped it to be like and in many years I packed my backs earlier than planned and was happy to be back in Cologne, the city, my own place. But this year we somehow managed to pull ourself together and so I can enjoy the time here and even find some time to finally finish some …

Summer Melodies

I’m bitten by the travel bug again. It happened last weekend when I was driving with my mom southwards Germany to visit my aunt, uncle and cousin in Worms. Yes there is a German city called Worms – funny, isn’t it 😀 The trip reminded me of a road trip through the French island of Corsica that I did in 2014 together with my friend Elena. I wrote about it on my old travel blog (still need to transfer all the articles on this blog – but unfortunately most of them are written in German so I have to translate them first). So last weekend I had to think a lot about traveling, about the places I’ve visited so far and about the places I still want to see on this beautiful world. 🙂 And there are a lot of places that I want to see! This is why I decided to create the map below. The blue markers represent the places I’ve already seen and the yellow stars are the places that I want …

Spring Melodies

Time flies! Spring brings along a lot of changes. There is an growth on different levels of my life. The design agency I work for (Philipp Seine Helden – click to see our new website designed by me! ;)) is growing – not only the team is getting bigger but we’re also gaining two (!) more floors and our own photo studio! 🙂 Furthermore I’m extending my personal space and will move into a bigger apartment (same house, one floor higher – what an easy move this will be! 😀). And finally after a little (unfamiliar) kind of travel-depression (maybe caused by a travel-overdose aka my big Asia trip last year) I have new travel plans for this year! 🙂 I’ll spend one week in Finland’s capital Helsinki early in September to visit Helsinki Design Week. And I’m also having in mind to visit the documenta in Athens (this year for the first time Kassel has a sideshow in the Greek capital!).

Winter Melodies

In September when I was just back from my Asia trip my head was so full of thoughts about this world, about the differences of culture and religion and the general way of life. The journey had deeply impressed me. In the first weeks after the trip I talked with a lot of friends about what I had experienced and I was absolutely willing to write down all these thoughts also on this blog. Ideally to create a dialogue with others. But it was like there were just too many impressions and I had no idea where to start. It might have been consequentially to just write about the different places I had visited chronologically but somehow it felt wrong to start with Singapore. Because looking back on the journey as a whole Singapore was not the city that stirred me up. In Singapore I felt very safe and sheltered – not just because I had good friends arround but also because of the city itself which was probably the most “Western” city on my …

Summer Melodies

When summer showed its warmest and most friendly side in Germany I was far far away… in South East Asia. For four weeks I traveled from Singapore along the west coast of Malaysia (Melacca, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi) to Bangkok. For me it was the first time that I left the European Continent and yes it was a kind of culture shock. 😉 I never experienced such a warm and humid weather before and I didn’t expected Malaysia to be such a strange place for a woman traveling alone (Georgetown was the big exception!). But I met a lot of wonderful souls on my way along the Strait of Melacca – especially a lot of other brave female solo travelers… as if we had to accomplish the mission to defy the male-dominated world of Malaysia! 🙂 Back in Germany my head is still full of impressions and my camera is full of wonderful pictures and videos and I will try to transform the thoughts and images into a lot of inspiring blog posts within the …

Spring Melodies

It was a bit quiet here for a while. Sorry for that! It’s like my blog was hibernating while I was extremely busy doing nice graphic design stuff at work 😉 Since I have a fulltime job as a Graphic Designer it’s sometimes not so easy to keep on writing my blog on a regular basis. Moreover, spring has reached Cologne, the days are getting longer and there were even some sunny and warm days in the last month so I prefered to spend my free time outdoor and not in front of the computer. But still I want to show you some “Heimat”-impressions as promised!

Winter Melodies: Heimat

After finishing the last posts about Reykjavik I want to use the silent winter time to take you on a journey through my hometown Cologne as well as through other parts of Germany that play an important role in my life. “Heimat” is German and means home(land). It’s pronounced “high-mat”. 😉 I will show you my favourite street art works in Cologne and other German cities as well as introduce you to the most lovely, exciting and unique neighbourhoods, museums, cafés and other places. Since my family lives on the countryside I will probably also take you on a tour into the nature. So let’s embrace winter!

December Melodies: Reykjavik

This month it’s all about REYKJAVIK! I visited the northernmost capital this summer on a long weekend trip. I think I’ve never been to such a small city with so much art. 🙂 Partly it felt like being in a small version of London. But Reykjavik has its own character. It’s relaxed and open-minded. Let me take you on a tour through a city that never sleeps at night (because there is almost no darkness in summer),  show you some stunning architecture, introduce you to some amazing people who I met and give you some insider tips by locals. Of course I will also pick out the most beautiful street artworks for you! And let me tell you, Reykjavik has a lot street art to offer! 🙂 The trip was part of “Helden en voyage” – a design study trip sponsored by Philipp Seine Helden (the agency I work for).

November Melodies: Venice

By starting this blog I also want to start a new way of publishing blog posts. I no longer just want to write a single post about a place that I’ve visited but converge to it from different angles. This month it’s all about VENICE. I want to show different faces of Venice and its surrounding Lagoon. I asked myself if there is street art in a historic city like Venice. I discovered the beautiful little islands close to Venice with its colourful houses together with a bunch of interesting people that I met in my hostel. Moreover, I will show you the exhibition that impressed me the most and give you some historical facts about the city dealing with urbanity. Of course if there are topical issues that need to be covered I will edge them in. And last but not least a sneak peek: next month REYKJAVIK will be the topic 🙂