Munich summer days and nights

Now that summer has finally arrived in Munich, we’re all looking for interesting spots to be outside for a drink, a bite or time with our friends – or all 3. A great spot i discovered this evening is “Paterstrand” – a beach cafe vibe restaurant right next to the Isar on Praterinsel. Sand between…

Thoughts on a faraway life

This evening I did something I haven’t done nearly enough in my life.  I stopped. I consciously stopped, and just took it all in. I was at the Christmas market on Marienplatz in the centre of Munich, a glass of warm red Gluehwein in my hand, washing powder & rice cakes in the bag between…

of the good life

It was an almost-perfect moment, the ocean opening up to my left, a curvy road ahead, sunny day, roof down on the Golf and excellent music playing on the CD player… after a weekend spent in a nature reserve catching up with very special friends, life has been really good today. We walked, we talked,…

land of thirst

i got home last night with an incredibly painful cricked neck, a car full of compost & window blinds, 2 newly framed pieces of art and a new new haircut. all i wanted was to eat, take the painkillers (“to be taken with food”) , maybe take a bath, and watch an episode of “land…

on being close to nature and weekends away

weekends away are so important. especially when they feel like they go on forever, and you’re with good friends. whil i would rather still be there than at my desk, we did have a fabulous time. above all, it was hot. very hot. many of us are sunburnt from swimming in a dam, but that…

a send off for joe

it felt like he was in the lounge, on his comfy chair, cigarette twixt his fingers, the hands gesticulating, explaining a bat or an idea to one of the people around him.  it felt like one of the many parties this home has seen in the past – the same faces, the familiar tunes in…

what a wonderful weekend

there are 2 ways to look at the past weekend. either i can moan that i was more tired at the end than at the beginning. that i didn’t finish the painting i was planning on doing, and that i didn’t finish the christmas gifts i’m making. and that my cricked-neck was in severe pain…

friends don’t let friends drive drunk

friends don’t let friends drive drunk   so i recently had an experience where i was driven by a friend that was drunk. what’s interesting about it, was how “text book” an experience it was.   he fetched me, and immediately headed on the highway, so it’s not a case of me being able to…

a meaning of friendship

the thing about life is that you never quite know. there are so many variables out of your control, yet you can only make decisions on what you know (or suspect or guess) at any given time.   i spent a wonderful day with r.f. visiting her great aunt in somerset west to break the…