Montag, 9. Oktober 2017

Autumn Colours

So, I went to the Black Forest today, to my favourite little place deep in the woods. The wild lake was as beautiful and calm as always, the trees as comforting and magical as I remember them. I walked along the wooden path that led me to the lake, I followed earthy trails through the fir forest with all its little coloured speckles where broadleaved trees are growing. The air felt cold and fresh, first signs of winter breezes were to be remarked.
Autumn wears on, it won't take too long until every tree will be covered in snow and lie in silent peace.

Just a few hours are left until I am going to drive back to my home. This is what I will take with me: Memories of a silent, peaceful forest, with rain dropping from trees and soft, mossy grounds. A cleansed mind and an open sight of which way I want to follow.
Thank you again, dear forest, for showing me peace of mind.

Sonntag, 8. Oktober 2017

Little reminder that there's wonderful music out there.

Right now I'm at my mother's home in the Black Forest and "catsitting" her cat while she's on holiday. I met some old (and very old) friends yesterday and today and tomorrow I am going to visit the most beautiful place in the whole forest - a wonderful moor, so full of magic and silence and peace. Between old birch trees and mossy grounds there lies a wild lake (which is acutally called "wild lake"), with nothing around than wide nature. Every time I'm here I make some time up for my visit there, it is just necessary. Both my body and my mind need that forest so badly; the calmness arouses my creativity, the air refreshes my lungs. I always have the feeling that being in that forest opens my eyes, it can let me see straight and forward to where I need to go.

While I love being in forests without any disturbance (that includes music), the driving there is a time for new discoveries. For tomorrow, I have the following bands on my list:
  • Osi and the Jupiter - Uthuling Hyl 
  • Schammasch - Triangle (especially "Above the Stars of God", this song is pure gold)
I am also very looking forward to my man's music. He has just begun again to write some and, like, "play around" a little to see to where it leads him, but it already sounded so brilliant. I don't know how all of this works, how one can write music and actually knows what is happening.
I so wish he'd be here with me. That he could see the magic of the forest, feel the cold and fresh air, experience wandering under dark fir trees and listen to the birds singing their goodbyes to the summer.
Oh, how do I long to get there. Tomorrow. Tomorrow.

Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2017

Sedlec Ossuary & Prague - 365 days with you.

Yesterday my boyfriend and I had our first anniversary. It's kind of the perfect chance to visit Prague again, isn't it? We spent a lot of time in Prague last year - our first holiday together (after eight days in our relationship, yes.), easter and, well, the last two days.
We drove directly to Kutná Hora and re-visited the well-known Kostnice Sedlec (Sedlec Ossuary), where we spent our first trip together. This church is just the most amazing thing I have ever seen -  if you should ever have the chance to see it, go! We're still so stunned by the whole surrounding; it drives me literally crazy that we can't visit it every day. But! This time I took my camera with me (forgot it the last time...) and actually took some pictures.

Isn't this just beautiful? So morbid, but so very beautiful. They're even digging out more and more bones around the chapel, there are just so many! That chandelier alone contains every single bone from the human body. Absolutely fascinating.

After returning to Prague (and checking-in in a wonderful hotel) we got ourselves tickets to a little classical concert in an old church - with compositions from Bach, Händel, Schubert, Pachelbel, Vivaldi and more. It was breathtaking. The soprano could fill the whole church with just one tone - you could literally feel it everywhere. I am so glad we took the chance and saw that concert, it made up our entire evening.
Later that night we got drunk and kind of lost on the way back to the hotel, but it was fine, we eventually found the right metro to bring us back to where we were supposed to sleep: King-size boxspring bed with the greatest sheets. Oh my, I wish we could have taken them with us. :(

Unfortunately, the weather today was as bad as it could be. Pouring rain, cold, just uncomfortable in every way possible. We decided to drive back to our home and snuggle up on the sofa. Later we went outside a little and took the cameras with us - a very nice evening to a great anniversary.

Mittwoch, 13. September 2017

TBR - Let's talk about books.

Here I am again, this time with a post I really enjoy writing.
Whoever knows me more than five recognises that I'm a total sucker for books. So let's talk about the stuff that makes up my whole living room and tries to force my boyfriend out of bed so it can have more space: Books. ♥

Today I want to show you three books that currently are on my "to be read"-list.
We start with my newest purchase - The Romanovs 1613 - 1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore. I have mixed feelings about this book, nevertheless I look forward to actually reading it. Last semester I already read a book by Simon Montefiore and was kind of disappointed - it should be a biography, which it is, but unfortunately, it's a bad one. I had to show a presentation about the younger life of Stalin and so I was looking for some biographies I could work with, what led me to "Young Stalin" by Montefiore. It is written in a very lurid way, with many signs of subjective views. Not a biography one should work with in an objective and scientific way. So I'm kind of prejudging, what I don't want to do, and I hope the book will be better than the last one I read by Simon Montefiore.

Our next book is one I have had for a long time now and never started reading it. It shows the life of two popular humans - Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill. Despite their very different lives, they were connected through a deep friendship, which is researched and published by Michael Köhlmeier. This is a book I am actually crazy about. I love real-life stories and biographies so much, I think this book will be read in just one take.

The last book for today is written by the well-known feminist Simone de Beauvoir. It's called La Force de l’âge (dt. In den besten Jahren) and shows her life between 1929 and 1944. I am just fascinated by that woman. She lived her very own life and regardless of what had happened she went on. The love between her and Jean-Paul Sartre is one I ship most. Maybe I can get my boyfriend to travel to Paris with me so we can visit their graves. :D

I often purchase my books second-hand, so the last one doesn't look as good and new as the other ones, but I don't care. There is a very nice little ("little" means seven (!!) rooms of books) second-hand book shop in the town I live nearby, so it is easy for me to go there and get new books for my shelf. Maybe I could make a post about that store some day.. we'll see.
At last I want to show you the book I currently read: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I have no words to describe how much I love Jane Austen's books. Everything I need is in them: Beautiful nature, England, very old and wonderful language, soft smiles and warm hearts. This is also what I'm going to do for the rest of the day - read this magical book and drink some tea. It's getting cold outside, now we can grab the chance and vanish in old stories.

(And for all of you who wondered: Of course my boyfriend can stay in our bed.)

Sonntag, 10. September 2017

Forest walks on sundays are the best.

So, apparently migraine's only there when you can't have a day off. Last week my head tried to kill me, I'm not lying. I decided to take a day off today - and woke up perfectly fine. What is it that everything bad happens when you don't have time for it? It's like "Oooh, look at her, life's stressful, let's make it even WORSE" and then you can't open your eyes to light no longer. Thanks, migraine. That's what I need.

But! Let's not talk about the bad stuff anymore. I wanted to show you guys what I've been up to before the pain kicked in:

First of all, we wanted to make our little snail shell (that's what we call our apartment) more comfy and welcoming, so I ordered some prints of the photographies we've taken. They turned out quite nice and look even better on our walls in the hall.
I have also found out that autumn has officially begun: The pumpkins are EVERYWHERE. We made the first pumpkin soup this year and I couldn't resist taking photos of the amounts of pumpkin that lie around in our village.
Aren't these colours just gorgeous? Pumpkin time is the best time.
Speaking of best times, we had a great day today. Since I felt a lot better this morning, we decided to go out and visit our dear friends. We saw lynx and deer and a lot of beautiful nature - it always calms me down so much.
Forest life is so beautiful in all its unique ways - tomorrow I'll go out again and try to capture them better. Lately I feel the strong need to be out a lot and to enhance my photography - it's kind of a little project, let's see where it ends.

may the flowers remind us 
why the rain was so necessary.
Xan Oku