Book Swapping and Cherry Blossoms

Hi guys!

Spring has come to town (in Munich) and let me show you some pink cherry trees near my house:

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I just love this season! Even a couch potato like me has to go out during these days, because the weather and everything is just beautiful.
I also got a pretty nice picture with my instant camera:

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But that’s not the only reason why I got out today. A book swapping event just happened to take place in the so-called Amerika-Haus and it was amazing!

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So this is how it works: You bring old books that (you think) you can part with, and some people there would estimate how much your books are worth. Based on their judgments you will receive a card with a number on it which represents your credits. Then you can start “shopping” by going around and picking up books you find interesting. Each book is marked by a number depending on its value. I got 5 points on my card, so I was able to take books with a total value of 5. This is my haul! :

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Pretty awesome, right? The Catcher in the Rye was even for free! There was actually a pile of books that were all for free due to their used condition. Book heaven, I’d say!
I just loved the idea of this whole thing! (I’m actually thinking about joining a book club there…)

And of course we went by my favorite ice cream place in Munich on our way home: Balla Beni

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We had chocolate, maracuya and blueberry ice (the chocolate ice cream here is really THE best, and all the other flavors are awesome, too) and you can always pick a flavor to try out, so we chose lemon sorbet with basil (very fresh!) and caramel with amaretti (a little too sweet).

Well, that’s about it for today! Good night potato fellows! 🙂

 

5 Things a couch potato is doing on cold winter days

Hi there!

It’s been two weeks since my last post, and in case you are wondering what I’ve been up to: I haven’t managed to run a kilometer (but I got myself new running shoes, yay!), so I still have 200 km to go.
But hey I did actually do something that I can check off my new years resolutions list: I read a book! (It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover) And I liked it so much! If you are interested in what it is about, check out this summary on Goodreads.

So what are couch potatoes doing at home all day? Now, how should I know, I haven’t talked to another couch potato! But I can tell you the things I like to do. When I plan my days it usually goes like this in my head:

  1. Get up early and run a few miles while it’s -5°C and snowing outside OR
    stay in warm bed, get some breakfast in bed and get some fresh air on the balcony
  2. Go out and explore the world while it’s -5°C and snowing outside OR
    explore things on the internet, cook a warm meal and wear comfy clothes (totoro socks!)
  3. Go shopping when every store has big sales while it’s -5°C and snowing outside OR
    go online shopping while sitting on a comfy couch, sipping hot chocolate
  4. Socialize with other people in a bar, club or somehere else while it’s freeezing cold, dark, slippery, windy, -10°C and snowing OR
    socialize with the person who’s already here at home and have some snacks while watching netflix
  5. Read a good book and have a nice cup of tea OR
    read a good book and have a nice cup of tea.

I have been very lazy regarding blogging and posting updates in the last few months, not because I was too busy doing anything in particular. I just like finding new ways to spend my time and try new things to do at home and my latest new thingy is doodling in a notebook:wp-1484437402057

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It’s like writing in a diary, without actually writing long sentences or apologizing for absent days.

And yes I’m a Lauren Graham Fan!

If you have any new ideas for couch potatoes like me, just let me know!

 

 

 

Book season! and a green smoothie

So when’s your book season?

Nah, there shouldn’t be a book season, because all seasons are book seasons!
But you know, when it’s starting to get really cold outside, and you get all comfy in your warm bed with a good book (or lots of books) and a cup of tea… yeah, that’s the season right now.
I must confess it’s really hard for me to make some smoothies during winter. I don’t know about you, healthy-tanned-people living in L.A., but I find it really difficult to drink cold things when it’s freezing. I always put some ice in my smoothies and refrigerate them for later, because I like them cool and fresh. But during winter, I really prefer some hot tea.

So here’s the last smoothie I made a couple of weeks ago:

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It’s a really really green smoothie, because I put lots of healthy green stuff in it.

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Granny Smiths, green pear, lime juice and yes, brocoli. And I think some cale and rucola, too. The rucola was a bit too much, because it has a really strong smell. But the brocoli was fine actually! It was a little bit sour because of the green apples (my favorites) and the limes, but I like it sour, so it was really nice.

But yeah, since then I haven’t had any smoothies, I just have fruits now and then, and lots of tea, well, oh this is so off-topic now.

Back to the books! If you are interested in what I’m currently reading, just follow me on Goodreads!