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Pretty In Mint

Posted on April 11th, 2009, by Petra

Even before the first Mini (the car, that is) appeared on the scene in the UK, the Italians already had their first ‘micro car” out and running: the Fiat 500. Fiat started building the Fiat 500 in 1957 and continued this model until 1975. Minor modifications were made, but basically the Fiat 500 stayed what […]

Degrees Of Politeness

Posted on April 9th, 2009, by Petra

While finally getting around to taking a photo of the lovely¬† Phalaenopsis currently gracing our home, I remembered a piece I had read a few days ago about Germans and their strictness when it comes to obeying rules, written and unwritten ones. The author of that article praised the punctuality of German trains and buses, […]

It's Official

Posted on December 16th, 2008, by Petra

Yes. On my personal temperature scale (pre-summer / summer / winter) two nights ago winter arrived. The first night with satisfying amounts of rain and quite a drop in temperatures. Which necessitated the employment of the winter quilt for the time to come until pre-summer. And switching on the heating in the mornings. And taking […]


Posted on December 14th, 2008, by Petra

Could I resist? No. This has to be my new favorite.

Office Aesthetics

Posted on November 24th, 2008, by Petra

Three 500 GIG external hard drives and one keyboard. Offices are not boring places. It all depends on the point of view.

To New Shores

Posted on November 6th, 2008, by Petra

November 4th 2008 will forever stay in the history books as the day when the people of the US said “enough.” They went and voted for a change and won. Yesterday was still too filled with emotions, with letting sink in this feeling that all will be well. No, there will be no manna raining […]

Rear End Of A Legend

Posted on September 28th, 2008, by Petra

In 1959 the craze for fins on cars reached its pinnacle. None other than the car maker Cadillac, famous for the most elegant and glamorous cars, set the record: with fins a breathtaking 42 inches (107 centimeters) high, crowning the rear end of the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. To call this Cadillac a car is actually […]

Reading In Times Of Storm Surge

Posted on September 11th, 2008, by Petra

“Der Schimmelreiter” (The Dykemaster) by Theodor Storm paints a very good (and well researched) picture about life in the coastal regions of Northern Germany, which has been threatened by storm surges for thousands of years. For the more Google-inclined some good links to check out are: Maeslantkering Oosterscheldekering These are projects in the Netherlands, even […]

Garden Decorations

Posted on September 7th, 2008, by Petra

1 plaster cow (life size) 1 white plank fence Several bushes and trees Arrange nicely in residential area. Enjoy the rural feeling of being “out on the range.”

Strangest Sighting Of The Summer

Posted on August 30th, 2008, by Petra

The absolute strangest sight I came across this summer must have been this little family: May I introduce: Cleistocactus strausii, also known as Silver torch cactus. What a pretty little group. And yet, don’t come too near – it would be one of those “ouch”-experiences.