Its been a while….

Hi there in case anyone is reading this 🙂

Its been quite a while since I last wrote a blog post, more than a year if I got it right and I don’t really have a great explanation except that I was just never found the time and motivation I guess. At the beginning of the year I was going to start again but then didn’t see a point as my blog had been for snail mail and crafty content and I was leaving to go traveling for at least a year, so not much of either was going to happen and I decided to just wait for a bit and see if I felt like blogging again later on in the year. Guess what this moment has finally come, woohoo (well thats how I feel right now). It won’t be heaps of snail mail or crafting as I am still traveling but I figured I have posted about my travels before so why not let you in on some of my adventures until I get back home in 2019.

So lets get you caught up a little, at the end of January I left Germany and made my way down under. First I spend a few weeks in New Zealand visiting a friend for her her wedding which was the perfect beginning to my travel adventures. Following three weeks in NZ I flew over to Australia and I have been here for about 6 1/2 months. Nothing really worked out the way I had planned it but I don’t regret the decision to come here. Currently I am in Melbourne working as an au pair and will be here until the end of the year. Over the next few weeks I hopefully stay motivated enough to write some posts to share my OZ adventures and some of my favourite memories with you.

And just for anyone who was wondering, yes I met some whales here in Australia and I’ll tell you more about it in a post soon 🙂

Pacific Humpback Whales off of QLD Australia
Humpback whales on their North Migration up to the Breeding Grounds coming from Antarctica
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Monthly Favourites: March

Books: 

  • Currently I am still reading the third book of this trilogy but I really enjoyed the second one. This is one of those surprising cases where I thought the second book was better than the first and it really got me hooked and wanting to continue until the end with the series. The concept is really great as it plays in a world where books can give some people specific powers and of course there is all kinds of stuff going wrong. I am not sure if they have been translated into English yet.

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Music: 

  • This month I listened to a lot of Ed Sheeran, especially the new CD Divide. My sister was great and got tickets for the concert in Cologne and it was fantastic so the music is constantly playing 🙂

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Movies: 

  • There is really just one movie that could be my favourite this month and of course it is the Life action Beauty and the Beast. I love it, so much. I think it is very well done, the cast is fantastic and I like all the little changes that they made.

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March incoming postcrossing cards

This month I received some really cool postcrossing cards. They are from all over: England, USA, Germany, Finland, China and Russia. I was really happy to see this beautiful Beatrix Potter postcard. The New York card is really cool as well. There was also nice variation of stamps among these cards and once again the card from Finland didn’t have a cancellation. This seems to happen a lot with cards from Finland…

Easter Packages

For me Eastern isn’t a holiday I tend to celebrate but I do love all the Easter Candy and Decorations and it somehow symbolizes Spring as well. So I decided to send a couple of Easter surprise packages to two of my penpals. They might not look very eastery but they are full of yummy goodness 🙂

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Köln

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Of course I have been to Cologne a lot of times as we only live about half an hour out of the city. But I mostly just go into the city to go shopping not to see anything specific. The other weekend we had someone visit us though and as he’d never been to Cologne before we did a bit of sightseeing. We were really lucky and had great weather, it was during our one week of spring/summer time we had so far 😉

First we decided to go up one of the towers in the Kölner Dom. There are a lot of stairs going up and it takes 533 steps to the top. This was only the second time in my life that I went up and both times I was exhausted and needed a couple of breaks – I’m not very fit;).

The view from up there was really great and you could see a lot. Although I don’t have a lot of knowledge about the different things that you can see 😉

Once we were back down we walked past the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen, this fountain tells the story of the Heinzelmännchen. These were little gnome like creatures that helped the people of Cologne by doing some of their work over night. However there was a woman, the tailor’s wife who was too curious and wanted to know who did all the work over night. So she threw peas all over the floor and at night when the Heinzelmännchen came they tripped and fell everywhere making a lot of noise. The tailor’s wife came out to see them right away but after this the Heinzelmännchen never helped the people of Cologne again.

We also walked over the Hohenzollernbridge with all the locks on the side. Similar to so many other bridges around the world people in love come here and close the locks on the bridge. Then they throw the key into the Rhine.  By now there are so many locks that in some areas you can’t really see the oldest ones. Every time I walk over the bridge it seems like there are more. However I also have to say that they get more and more ridiculous and there aren’t a lot of locks that actually look nice if you really look closely.

March mail send to the world

This little letter went out to the UK at the beginning of the month so it should already have found its way to the right mailbox. I also bought new stamps which I am super excited to use on my snailmail now.

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Of course I send for postcrossing cards as well. These cards were send to the US, Germany, Czechia and Lithuania. Most of them already arrived so i have to send a few more cards soon. I only have to cards travelling at the moment.

The following cards I bought on my trip to Hamburg and send to my penpals using my new stamps. I absolutely love these ‘Bremer Stadtmusikanten’ stamps, they are special stamps where you pay a bit more and the extra gets donated. The German post has quite a few of these extra stamps (for sports, youth and social services).

Hamburg

About a week ago I went on a short day trip up north to Hamburg. My sister wanted to visit a friend and as I didn’t have to work that day I decided to tag along. It is a bit of a drive from Cologne, about 4 hours.

We spend most of the time just walking around and luckily it didn’t start raining until the very end. When we got to the Elbe we walked through the old tunnel which I’ve never done before. The old Elbtunnel, also called St. Pauli Elbtunnel was build in 1911 and is now mostly used by pedestrians. Although it is still possible for card to use the tunnel however it is a one way tunnel, so for part of the day you can go from the north to the south side and for the other half of the day it’s the other way around.

On the way into the tunnel and all along the walls there are a lot of cool reliefs. All the ones inside the tunnel feature cool ocean creatures.

Apparently I can’t go anywhere without either finding ocean life or something book related and on this trip I got both. While walking through the Speicherstadt I found the Tolkien themed Sail boats called J.R.R. Tolkien and Lothlorien. Of course I had to take some photos of them 😉

Now just a few more photos from our walk featuring the underside of a train way, the Speicherstadt and the ‘Michel’ (Sankt Michaelis Church), the most known Church in Hamburg.