Thursday, 1 March 2018

Life Update | Montegiordano | Calabria

As the title might explains already: there will be just photos of Montegiordano, but there won't be any big description of the place, simply because I don't know much about Montegiordano (we only go there to grab some fish during summers) aaand... My God! What happened? I totally forgot to take care of my blog! Life was so dramatic lately! xD

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Rende | Calabria

While this year I was finally able to see my boyfriend's home city's old city centre (Cosenza | Calabria), last year during our winter vacation I was able to see his home suburb town's old city centre. I hope someone understood this sentence, because I didn't haha. With Italy it's this thing. The country is divided into different "layers" of administration. Zio explained this really heartily to me last year: First there is Italy, then comes the region (like Calabria), then comes the province (like Cosenza) and then comes the comune/municipality (like Rende - Random in Rende | Calabria). So, my boyfriend originates from Rende, which is a small city really close to the big city of Cosenza. It is that close, that I didn't even realise we left one city to go to another when going by car. Well. He originates from Rende, so today I will show you photos I shot in the old city centre of Rende. Cosenza is his province, so few weeks ago I basically showed you photos of his province's capital's old town centre. WTF. Why is this so hard to write in English? :D

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Project 365 | 42 - 47: Rise and Fall

365 - 042: I had a beautiful Sunday with my boyfriend, who came back quite early from his tour (he is musician and currently tours mainly Germany). He created a new pesto recipe and I strongly recommend him to do it again. It was great!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Tropea | Calabria

Last year me and my boyfriend went to Tropea, a city in the province Vibo Valentia in Calabria. Unlike other places in Calabria that I got to know until then, Tropea is a quite touristic spot. It was full of Swedes, British and I guess also Germans (toilet signs were translated into German). That was a quite new experience for me, because Calabria seemed so untouched by tourism to me.

As much as I enjoy tourism (I work in tourism) I enjoy spending my time abroad in places, where you can get in touch with the local culture. Of course, there is also a lot of tourism in Cosenza - even in Roseto Capo Spulico, the place where we always hang. But the tourists coming to that place are all Italian. Great thing for me, because I want to learn Italian. :) When I went to Argentina to learn a bit of Spanish (yeah, I know - they speak dialect), there were way too many people speaking English - even German - I came back home barely able to speak Spanish. So I always enjoy being in the South of Italy. Calabria is not that overrun. Here are my photo impressions of Tropea!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Project 365 | 34 - 41: Wind of Change

365 - 034: Sorry for the epic title, but I felt so different this week. It kind of started last weekend. The parcel with my micronutrients arrived and it seems I am having a breakthrough in fighting my inflamed thyroid. Last Saturday I woke up not feeling tired for the first time in two years. I used the day and I felt so good. It's kind of a new feeling. I got really used to have really short days: work, eat, sleep. Also my free days looked like this: getting up, chores, sleep, eat, sleep. Now I don't know what to do with all this energy. I am simply not used to not feel tired. But I guess I will figure out, haha... If this effect lasts. Last Saturday I used the energy to check out the Grunewaldsee in Berlin. Unfortunately I am scared of dogs and there were basically more dogs than people. Well. It was a short trip.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

2015: This year I want to recook...

I already told you in my last post (Random in Rende | Calabria) that I want to mix my content a bit more and that I don't want to put so many throwbacks, throwbacks, throwbacks onto my blog. Well. Today comes a throwback. xD Buuut, at least it's not about Italy. It's about food. I was browsing through my old photos, because I was looking for some inspiration in terms of cooking. My boyfriend and I cooked a lot in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and I want to have a revival of this hobby we share. Browsing through the photos I realised: we have a good bunch of recipes that I want to recook this year! So here is my list of 2015 recipes that I want to recook in 2018!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Random in Rende | Calabria

First blog crisis? I don't know what is it with this and last week, but somehow I have these doubts about my "content." Of course I like the topics I blog about. But somehow I don't feel okay with the way I present the content. I am not a good writer and my latest posts felt a bit heartless... That might be, because the posts are all throwback posts, so also a lot of emotions already faded. I wish I could mix the content a bit more (new + old photos), buuut... I have this urge to close this Italy topic, so I want to share all photos I got NOW and only now. You know? I wanna put the check onto my imaginary throwback list, haha.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Tyrrhenian Coast | Italy

Oh boy, look at that blue water! In 2015 we did a car trip heading north - from Cosenza up to Sapri, which is a small city in the province of Salerno, Campania (the region of Naples). I was mesmerised by the pureness of the water of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is so blue! That day we saw three regions of Italy: Campania (we went to Sapri), Basilicata (we saw Maratea's Jesus figure in the province of Potenza) and we went to Aieta in Calabria. Today I don't want to write anything. I just want to share the photos of those amazing views we had at the coast! I really wish to go back there!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Project 365 | 24 - 33: Busy days

365 - 024: Catching up on the project again. This week I am not really happy with the photos I shot. On the one hand I am a bit mad, that I didn't take the time to practise with my camera, on the other hand: jeeeeez, how tired I was. There was so much to do at work, when I came home, I simply fell onto the couch half asleep. So, this project week's roundup is gonna be a bit guinea piggish (my favourite models when I don't feel like leaving the flat for some photos).

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Cosenza | Calabria

It finally happened. My boyfriend and I travel to the province of Cosenza every year and we never made it to actually visit the city centre (partially because he is a cave bear and doesn't like much going around to do some sightseeing or whatsoever). This year I made it. I visited the old city centre of Cosenza! I did the trip with the stepdad of my boyfriend; a really funny man, who is highly interested in art... and is not really able to speak English. Therefore looking at this January I can already cross out two of my goals for 2018: travelling (saw a new place - Cosenza) and language (finally used my poor Italian to communicate without the help of my boyfriend). Good start I'd say. But let me show you the city!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Monday, 29 January 2018

Rainbows in Roseto | Calabria

Hey! I am so impatient. This evening me and my boyfriend will go to our favourite restaurant to celebrate our 3 years live-togethiversary and I am counting the seconds til we go there. I guess this is the best moment to share these sweet photos of us!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Selvino | Lombardy

Yeah, this is how I looked (my hair grew back after I decided to not keep my mohawk).
Uff, just one week passed since our vacation in Italy and I am already tired as hell again, haha. The work week was so busy that I really wish to be on a vacation next week again. A place I would really love to visit again is the mountainous part of the Region Lombardy. Four years ago I visited Selvino in the province of Bergamo. The architecture of the small houses and the view onto the mountains really took my breath.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Project 365 | 14 - 23: Calabrian Week

Ciao, we are back from one exciting, but also relaxing week of vacation in Italy and I think it is time to update a little on my attempt of the Project 365. Also in the third week of this year I was determined to take some photos every day and I am really excited if I can keep things up in this way!

365 - 014: The Sunday before going to Italy I basically just cleaned the flat. To get some fresh air I walked a bit around in the neighbourhood. This is a church close to metro station Schönleinstraße.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Venice | Veneto

A city probably almost everyone in the world has heard of is Venice. That is also the reason why I don't really want to write a big blogpost about Venice. The net is full of posts like "5 reasons to visit Venice", "10 things to do in Venice" and "What to pack for Venice" and I really don't want to pretend I would be the grand expert on Venice, just because I once did a Venice day trip. The city is beautiful and I also recommend to go there, but I am not the one that gives you five reasons or 10 recommendations what exactly there is to do and to see. I will anyway post this blogpost about Venice, because: I went to Venice and this is my Italy throwback month!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

City of oddities - Bergamo | Lombardy

Bergamo. The first Italian city my feet did their steps in. Well, kinda. My couch surfing place was in Dalmine, which is a municipality in the province of Bergamo. So technically, yeah, I had my first Italian steps in Bergamo. The city of Bergamo (or Bèrghem in dialect) totally blew my mind back then. Before that very trip my brain never registered that Italy actually exists. For whatever reason...

Friday, 19 January 2018

It's all about the food

Having a vacation in Italy is usually composed of a big portion of sleep, daily strolls and many meals. Many and rich meals. I enjoy the meals the most. We always gather around the kitchen, we have some drinks and enjoy the process of cooking the meals. Being in the south of Italy we usually choose mediterranean fish meals with ingredients we cannot get that easily in Berlin or that simply taste different than in Berlin.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Nord | Lombardy

Hard to believe after all these posts of Italy's south, but I actually also saw a very different part of Italy before: The North. It was different in so many ways. You don't have this mediterranean feeling, because you are simply not at the sea, the mountains look different, more green and also the cities are looking way different. In the south you often see signs in so many houses, stating that the house is to be sold -> empty cities. In the north streets are busy and as far as I remember you were not able to see half constructed houses at each road. So, here comes the "contrast" post to my many Calabria throwbacks.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Praia a Mare | Calabria

In 2015 me and my boyfriend visited Praia a Mare in the West of Northern Calabria. Also Praia is part of the province Cosenza, like Aieta or Amendolara. We spent two nights there and had one full day to get around. The number one activity we planned was to "climb" the mountain and see the local grotto, which was pretty exciting!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Food Oasis | Calabria

Food Oasis! I am writing this while being on vacation in Italy and it is so true: this place is a food oasis. We had our great lunch few minutes ago and now it is time to relax a bit on the sofa, so I just post this little throwback about two places that we visited for the purpose of having some max quality meals. The first one to introduce is Moccone. Moccone is a really small place in Cosenza province and basically the only thing we saw there was an old pretty train station, which doesn't work anymore.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Messina | Sicily

Today my boyfriend and I will leave Berlin to stay in Calabria for one week. Last year we went there in winter as well. We stayed on week and had one nice day trip to meet his family in Messina. Messina is a city of approx. 230 thousand inhabitants and it is the third biggest city on Sicily. We had a long car trip to the coast of the metropolitan region Reggio Calabria. From there we took the ferry to Messina. Everyone told me to appreciate this moment! "Oh my God, you gotta check the view from the ferry! You gotta you gotta you gotta check!"

I couldn't check any view, because we discussed fifteen minutes who should stay in the car with the dog. I was a bit mad, that they made me feel excited about the ferry drive and then we almost did not stay at all on the deck. Buuut at least in the last five minutes of the ferry drive we could take this photo and my boyfriend made me laugh again. :)

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Project 365 | 7 - 13: Dark Week

Week number two of the Project 365: I am happy I still kept up taking a photo each day of this year, but as I assumed there are really a lot of guinea pig photos. It was a really dark week, clouds everywhere, no sunshine, and I spent a lot of time in the flat. When is winter over?

365 - 007: I went to Tierpark in Berlin Friedrichsfelde. Unfortunately I found out, that the Tierpark (zoo) does not allow to publish any photos of their animals. You can take photos for private use of course, but I don't know if this blog is still private use, so I rather not upload any photos of the animals (though I would looove to share many of those pictures).

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Pizzo | Calabria

Piiizzo. I'm writing this blogpost on what felt like the darkest day of this winter and I hope it will give me some warm and bright feelings. In 2016 we went to Pizzo, a small town of just 9,000 inhabitants (which surprises me a lot - it seemed way bigger - but probably like in most south Italian places houses are empty). Pizzo is famous for its castle, its great view onto the sea, because it's situated on a cliff and it is famous for the tasty sweet called "tartufo". The tartufo is a large ice cream ball, which is filled with liquid chocolate. Be sure I ate two of those! :)

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Trip to Nature | Calabria

Calabria can be pretty diverse. It does not only have the clear blue sea at the beach, it also has forests, lakes, meadows and mountains. A good mix of everything. Two years ago we decided to explore "inner" Calabria and headed to the mountainous plateau of La Sila. Before going to the national park we stopped at a beautiful lake, the lago Arvo.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Boat Tour | Amendolara, Calabria

Aahhh, the blue sea! The good weather! The sun shining down on us! Well. January is hitting hard right now. It got extremely cold, I am freezing all my limbs off and I don't wanna leave the flat, so looking through the photos of the last summer instantly brings me back to the beach of Calabria and warms up my thoughts. Last year we did something "crazy." We took a boat and cruised along the shore in the Ionian Sea.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Aieta & Cosenza | Calabria

My boyfriend and me we went to Aieta in 2015 during our summer vacation, when Calabria was still new terrain for me. It is a gorgeous town in the mountains about 500 metres above sea level and I was really really amazed back then. The people put flowers everywhere, the houses are coloured so brightly and the streets have these really narrow side paths that make the town look so medieval and truly stereotype Italian. Medieval is actually the wrong word, because as far as I understood the first stones of this town were set in between the 4th and 6th century B. C. which makes it so ancient. I started to understand, why my boyfriend only weakly smiles, when I proudly tell of my old home town, that was founded around 790 AD.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Project 365 | 1 - 6: First week

Wow, I can't believe the first week of 2018 is almost over again. It went so incredibly fast! Until now, I was determined to have a good start with reaching one of my 2018's goals: the project 365! I shot a few photos every day until now and I have a good feeling about it. I look very much forward to comparing the photos I shot in the beginning of the year to the photos I will shoot in the end of this year. Though a good bunch of the photos will show only my guinea pigs, because I am too lazy to leave the flat, haha!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Calabria | Italy

Oh Lord! It's that time of the year again. Me and my boyfriend will head south in less than two weeks to visit his family in Calabria. Each year we go there, so be warned: I will introduce a few Calabrian places and bomb this blog massively with Italy vacation throwbacks!

Places we visited and regularly visit in Calabria

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

'ntra cucina | Trattoria di Capodanno

Happy New Year to everyone! We survived another New Year's Eve and as always didn't regret to stay locked up at home. It was my fourth New Year's Eve here in Berlin and it became some sort of small tradition for me and my boyfriend to buy tons of fish and have a huge cook-off. We both don't really like to stay out during that day, because people get crazy with those explosives and fireworks. When I had my first New Year's Eve in Berlin we went out to have a party, but we both couldn't enjoy, because we were both paralysed by all this madness.

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