söndag 18 januari 2009

Phenomenon in Eimsbuttel

There is a bakery/cafe/boulangerie in Eimsbuttel which is a real phenomenon. It's "Kleine Konditorei" (http://www.kleine-konditorei.com) - there is one of them on Osterstrasse, 5 min walk from my place, and another, smaller one closer to my previous place. It is one of the most popular places for fika with my friends. And sometimes even for breakfasts. The amazing thing is that this place is ALWAYS full of people! I mean Germans love sweets, cookies and Brötchen and Kuchen etc but there are actually quite many bakeries at Osterstr. and around Eimsbuttel. But whenever you go to "Kleine" there is always a line to buy stuff and also people having fika inside. I still wonder how the other places can handle this competition.
Anyway, "Kleine" has great bread and Brötchen and pastry. Mums!!!! The only drawback is that their coffee is not so good (strong) but maybe I can ask them once to improve it ;-)

Yesterday (Sat.) I met with Monica and we went for a little shopping, then we visited Sveta and Guillem and we stayed there 6 hours or so!! Wow! It was a nice afternoon/evening, we ate twice (once when we came, then later on in the evening), had a good Rioja, played with Nadia, saw a lot of pictures, etc.

Today I had plans to wash my car, but guess what??? I started raining a lot so the cleaning activity has to wait until the next weekend... I hope I can see anything through the windshields ;-)

torsdag 8 januari 2009


From the 27th dec until 3rd Jan we were in Marbella. Or rather stayed in Costa Bella thanks to our friend Ralph. We flew from Berlin to Malaga, then rented a Fiat and drove to Costa Bella.
The first day was pretty much sleeping in and then visiting Marbella. Rainy as you can see.

The next day we decided to visit Sevilla. Wow! The traffic to get into the city!!! We lost probably 1 hr just there... Still raining but we don't give up. A nice city, we also saw some sculptures of A.Rodin which were spread around the city. We had some tapas, walked around, took pictures and then drove back to Marbella.

I didn't see any flamenco performance but the signs of that you can see around the city.

The third day was an attempt to go to Gibraltar.

Guess who didn't take the passport!!! Well we have completely ignored the fact that it is a British territory. Alex had at least his ID, I had my Swedish driver's license which works....in Schengen! Oh well...I got so angry that they didn't let us in that we never got back ;-) Anyway, it was cloudy and windy and grey so we went to Tarifa instead. And that was the greatest choice!!!
Tarifa is a beautiful small surfing town. So chilled and nice. And it was soooo sunny when we got there!!! The beach was great! Really windy - check out the sand movement on the last picture.

From the beach we went to the old part of town. So nice! Many small narrow streets, all houses white, so cozy and magic in a way.

The next day was the New Year's eve. We went to Malaga, walked around, had some coffee and then we met Ralph and his two friends who came to Marbella for New Year's eve party. After staying in Malaga until late evening, we went home, and were supposed to leave at 21.30 for a dinner, then to some clubs. If you see the time on the clock below you can see that things turned to be a bit different...We left home around 23. Got to one restaurant in Marbella's harbor and got our food right before midnight. Not bad! Then champagne and then some clubs around harbor. It was nice. But different than usual celebration.
Here you can see Alex and Ralph in one bar in Malaga. And getting ready at home.

On New Year's day I woke up the 1st one and went up on the terrace to lay down in the sun and read my book. Sunny day, +20 degrees, beautiful. Then Alex and I had a long walk on the beach. The beach was so crowded. I guess everybody wanted to cure the hangover with fresh air and the breeze from the sea.

Then we had a lunch at the terrace. Gregor (Ralph's friend) made a Bayerish breakfast. I think we all needed some calories after the previous night.

Then we walked with Ralph along the beach to a nearby restaurant to have some shrimps and later on to pick up our rental car which we left in Marbella.

The last day we went to Ronda. It is only ca 50 km from Marbella but you have to cross the mountains to get there. And the road made me sick. Well almost....but my stomach was turned upside down ;-) This town is famous for bull fighting, however we were not interested in that. The old part is nice, the entrance bridge majestic.

The trip was great and we enjoyed it a lot! Mosaics, narrow streets, white towns, beaches and the waves. Good food, good company, good wine ;-)
The "only" "problem" was when Alex's car didn't start on Sat. night when we got back to Berlin. But the battery problem is solved now and the car is now in HH.

måndag 5 januari 2009

Happy New Year!!! and a short update

Wish all of you all the best in the New Year!!! Hope it will be a good one with successes, fun and prosperity.

I'm back to HH after adventures. Despite no plans for my holidays exactly 1 month ago, this period turned to be great!
As I wrote last time, Filip and I went to Egypt.
Here are some pictures from that trip:

Our hotel (you cannot see the swimming pool but it was down there)

From the boat on a snorkling trip. Check out the name of the island - PARADISE! And there is only one palm tree.... Oh well...

Filip at the second snorkling spot (I was too cold at that time)

Our boat and the driver

Returning to Hurghada

Hurghada shopping mall. Amazing entrance with two Santas dancing to some Arab music. You could buy anything in there...

Filip and I in the new downtown of Hurghada

Our "survival" kit. Thanks to that bottle we never got any problems with stomachs.

We spent Christmas traditionally at my grandmom's place. It was nice to be there, we managed also to have one water pipe evening which turned out to be quite funny. Anyway I will put some pictures later on (they are on Alex' computer so far).

On the 27th Alex and I drove to Berlin to take off to Malaga. We spent 1 week in Marbella (thanks to Ralph we stayed at his place). The weather wasn't like in Egypt but it was also nice. We visited Sevilla, almost Gibraltar (guess who forgot the passport??? and why the Great Britain doesn't accept Swedish ID (driver's license that is)??), a beautiful Tarifa (bottoms up for that one, after the bitter mood after Gibraltar), Malaga, Marbella, Ronda. Good food, good wines, good company and an amazing weather on the 1st Jan!!!
Again you will have to wait for pictures though.
We had a little bit of problems when we got back to Berlin - Alex car didn't start so we had to rent a car and arrived to HH at 03.30 on Sat night...So Alex got a new battery and went to Berlin today and managed to start the car!! Puh...