The Einstein Cafe…

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The Einstein Cafe in Stammhaus in Berlin is an Austrian style cafe made famous for many things over the years, particularly for it’s elite guests and residents.  Silent film stars died here and politicians once lived and dined here.  More recently, the cafe is made famous by this scene in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’:

From our photos above you can see we had the Apple Strudel, which was quite different than shown in the film, but the most delicious version of any apple pie or strudel I’ve ever had.  

The Einstein Cafe has a few branches around Berlin, but this location is at: Kurfürstenstraße 58  10785 Berlin

Christmas Day Highlights…

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Christmas prezzies from my one true love! He knows me so well~Weleda Wildrose Lotion, Berlin Bear lemony soap, black pens, glittery scrubby bathtub gloves, black licorice, new sleep mask and Moleskin wellness journal! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Prezzies under the Mini Xmas tree!

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Marzipan Stollen (not as good as it looked….)

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Some kind of German fire water.  Terrible…

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Xmas snacks! Olives, pretzels and mustard, wine, stroopwafels and lots of cheese!

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One of my presents for the man.  Little robot tea strainer!

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Pretzel love…

European Christmas Scenes….

Some photos of our recent travels.  One of the draws of coming to Europe at this time of year is the wonderful christmas “vibe” everywhere.  So different from our last Christmas in Kuala Lumpur which, while affected, was special and beautiful in its own way.  Still, there is something very lovely about the snow and the markets and all the HUGE “tannenbaums”.  

The year is drawing to an end, the world did not end yet and we are going to have to make our onward plans very soon! We only have thirteen more nights in our little Berlin flat, with no onward plans.  This last minute type of travel that we’ve been doing the past couple of years has taught me a lot and still gives me a sense of uneasiness at times.  I am learning that everything does usually work out in the end and whatever happens is a part of the great adventure. 

Although I don’t know how I feel about New Years’ Resolutions, I do feel that January 1st is a good as time as any for a fresh start and a new beginning.  I have my own such “resolutions” and I have been thinking a lot about the New Year given that it’s going to mean so many new experiences for us.

We have more or less resolved to not head back home and instead settle abroad for a while.  This prospect is exciting and nerve wracking.  As much as we’d love to settle in the EU, it doesn’t look like now is our time.  The job market is saturated, the economy is not at its best and it’s quite competitive.  We are likely Asia-bound and probably back to Japan.  I will elaborate more about our thoughts on this in a future post. 

For now, I hope all of you are well, safe and happy.  Enjoy the holidays!

So cute! I love garlands and buntings!

Winter Owls

Yesterday in Melbourne it was hot and sticky.  A perfect day for staying inside and making a quick Christmas garland. We certainly won’t be having real snowflakes here for Christmas so I thought the doily shapes I cut out were a good alternative. I love red and white for Christmas, it’s just so festive. Here’s how I made it if you want to make one too!

You will need:

Old buttons (with reasonably large holes)

An old doily or scraps from one

A few old book or music pages

Embroidery thread, wool or string

A large needle with a big eye

Scissors

First of all cut star shapes from an old book or music pages (mine came from a Mills and Boon book “Outlaw Heart”), not Christmassy but something I didn’t mind chopping up!

Next gather buttons of different sizes but make sure they have big holes so you can…

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