Weihnachten – Christmas in Halle, Germany

•November 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Weihnachten, or Christmas in Germany is something special and a little bit different from Japan (very  commercial and time spent with your significant other) or Canada (holidays spent with the family and exchanging of gifts on Christmas morning).

Weihnachten in Germany is a family time, where gifts are exchanged on the evening after dinner on December 24th. There is HUGE Weinachten (christmas) Markt (market, oooh, that was hard to figure out) in the Marktplatz (can you guess what that is?) that was set up over the weekend and will be opening soon.  Glühwein (Mulled Wine) will be available and huts with different food and souvenirs will be enjoyed by all the Hallenser.

 

Here is a pic from a trip to Paris,France in March, 2010.  Drawn by my friend Kosmos Oliver.

On the left is Rembrant and on the right, Kosmos Oliver. Wow.

 

More later…

Asa – Nigerian singer

•November 17, 2010 • 2 Comments

From wikipedia*
Aṣa (pronounced “Asha”) (born in 1982) is a NigerianFrench singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her stage name “Aṣa” means “Hawk” in Yoruba.

Enjoy the song!

Thanks Asa for the nice video and song!

Hit the Road Jack…

•November 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I think I know too much…about Japan.

•October 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Going swimming tonight with Yasemin.
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Kleine Reise, Berlin

•August 31, 2010 • 3 Comments

4am in Kreuzberg, Berlin at the Kleine Reise club last weekend and this track came on – thank you DJ Mano Le Tough!
It was great dancing to this song with Felix and Oli!
Lucky to find it on Mano´s myspace page.

The song is by Womack & Womack:

In Halifax!

•August 6, 2010 • 1 Comment

Check me out as a young one.and look at this giant pen!  Was learning some Korean and breaking down the alphabet systematically.

Hania, Crete

•June 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Heading to Prague for the weekend

•June 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Things have been busy, and mom is visiting me here in Germany.  Great times1

In berlin two weeks ago we watched Karneval of Cultures in Berlin over May 24th weekend.
We also had a great breakfast at Kaiser Kuchen on Oranienstr. in Kreuzberg.

More updates later after the weekend!
Hope all is well, summer is here!

Ikea, Brassica Napus

•May 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

This afternoon, I headed out with my roommate Andre and his friends transporter van to Ikea!
Here is a pic of Andre goofing around with some cliche hipster clothes:

I needed to pick up some things to make my house oh-so-nice for my mothers visit to Germany later this month.

Of course, it is nearly impossible to venture through Ikea without contemplating and ultimately buying all sorts of little “neat” and “cool” items.  I intended to purchase only 2 bed frames, but after nearly 1.5 hours aimlessly wandering through the aisles and snaking  around the kitchen, bedroom and living rooms areas, I bought a rug, a pillow, some bed sheets, a trash bin, candles, colourful markers, an ice-cube tray and 4 towels. Yes, even amongst the mayhem of the Swedish furniture wonderland, I managed to still buy the bedframes. What the hell did I spend the cash on?

More importantly, I had a nice chat on the 25km ride from Halle to the Ikea Leipzig/Halle, located between the two cities.  Out of the windows of the giant van we had borrowed from a friend of Andre’s, we could both see yellow plants blanketing the fields surrounding the A14 autobahn (runs east-west) and the A9 autobahn (runs north-south).  Andre relayed to me that the plants are used to make oil and that they are called “Raps.”

Of course, a quick search on wiki proved no dice. Rather references to Rap and rapping were at the top of the query.  I proceeded to search on the German wiki and, there it was “Brassica Napus”!  Another name for the plant is Rapeseed.  I prefer Brassica Napus, though!  It turns out that the yellow flower is harvested to make oil all over Germany, even Canada, India and China.  A beautiful plant indeed and provided a nice sea of yellow on the German countryside horizon.  Of course, it was only a preview of what was to come at the yellow logo-ed Ikea megastore.

Instrumental

•May 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

May time!

Worked a lot (well, about 25 hours a week) in April.
Kept busy enjoying nature and spring!
Less time was spent thinking about blogging and more about what was happening all around me in Germany!
deisen tag, ich lerne Deutsch und ich habe lust for lernen!

Mom is visiting Germany in 2 weeks!

Two instrumentals I am liking right now.

First, from 1995:

2nd from 2008:

In other news:  I am heading Geocaching in Halle this evening! Haven’t you heard of it?