Moonrise

Moonrise

One evening I was going to Bronte beach, Sydney, to take photos of the sunset. I like when the sky turns blue and pink. It was high tide and a wave hit me. I was lucky that my camera didn’t get wet. So I decided that’s it, packed my camera bag and turned around to leave. A last minute check if I didn’t leave anything behind and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The orange moon just coming up behind the ocean; a moonrise I have never seen before. Well, living in Germany, not being close to the ocean at all, I never paid attention to it. I was amazed, unpacked my bag and took this shot below. Since then I learned my lesson and check the moon calendar, so I never miss this beautiful play of nature again.

The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” 
― Tahereh MafiShatter Me

Moonrise
The moonrise over Bronte Beach

 

Why should you visit San Telmo in Buenos Aires

San Telmo

Hola, welcome to Buenos Aires, the city of the tango. If you have missed my previous posts on Buenos Aires:

Now I would like to show you around in San Telmo, an arty neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. It is one of the oldest suburbs in Buenos Aires which is blessed with cobblestoned streets, an amazing weekly antique street market on Sundays and many great cafes and restaurants. San Telmo has its own flair which you don’t want to miss.

Where is San Telmo situated? It lies six blocks from Plaza de Mayo, bounded to the north and south by the Microcentro and La Boca, and to the east and west by Puerto Madero and Avenida 9 de Julio. Walking through the market in San Telmo, listening to the tango music and watching the dancers on the streets felt like I was arrived in Argentina, everything else was like being in a big city but this neighbourhood with its special charm got me.

When you walk through the alleys in San Telmo you can see a lot of amazing graffiti street art.

street art
Graffiti art in San Telmo
San Telmo
graffitti art in the streets of Buenos Aires
San Telmo
Welcome to San Telmo in Buenos Aires. This is one of the most beautiful graffitti art I have ever seen.
San Telmo, Buenos Aires
graffitti art in the streets of Buenos Aires
street art in Buenos Aires
in the streets of San Telmo

San Telmo has some charming cafes and restaurants to chill out and to enjoy an empanada.

cafe San Telmo
cafe La poesia in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
San Telmo cafe
colourful cafe in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

When strolling through the streets of San Telmo I came across the smallest house in Buenos Aires, how fascinating.

Casa minima
the smallest house in Buenos Aires (Casa minima)

Buenos is a great city to visit but I couldn’t wait to escape into the nature of Patagonia. Stay tuned for my posts on the beautiful South of Argentina and Chile.

Happy travel.

sunset reflections at Karekare beach in New Zealand

New Zealand sunset

When I was in New Zealand a while ago I booked a day tour to the Northern beaches and rainforest of Auckland. On our way back we had some time remaining and our tour guide wanted to show us his favourite black sand beach called “Karekare” next to beach Piha. It was the perfect time of the day. The sun was setting and the colours in the sky were amazing and beautiful. I was walking around and took photos from different angles until I saw this waterhole which reflected the sunset and the rock on the right hand side. I was so happy and excited to be able to capture that moment.

This photo is still one of my favourites and I am happy to share this with you in the half- half photo challenge.

New Zealand sunset
reflections of Karekare beach in New Zealand

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Half and Half.”

 

How to find yourself

Noosa beach

In the modern westernised world you can get pretty much everything done you need; you can buy already prepared meals, you can hire people to help you cleaning your home and fix your car, you can even hire a dog walker if you need to. Have you ever wondered how it is like if you had to do everything yourself?

I was raised in the East part of Germany (German Democratic Republic); you had to work out lots of the things you need yourself. We were not able to buy fresh fruits and vegetable unless you had your connections and you couldn’t just go and buy material for fixing up your home. We had to find your own way and improvise. My mum was growing our own fresh vegetables and fruits in the garden and cooked a beautiful tasty meal with it. My dad fixed the car and motobike or anything which needed to be repaired in the house. There was no way we had money to spend on others cleaning our house. Looking back I believe it helped me a lot to live my own life when I moved countries and had to stay on my own feet. I was never used to learn from my mum’s cooking, I wasn’t interested in it. Living on my own made me learn how to cook and now it is a hobby of mine.

Moving countries and living far away from your family makes you definitely stronger. You suddenly have to rely on yourself. Whoever has been through this knows what I am talking about. You will be amazed how suddenly you can cope on your own. Maybe you are about to make a decision to leave your family to live on your own in another country or you just would like to go for a holiday on your own but you are unsure how it will turn out? Go for it. You will develop skills you didn’t think you would be able to.  Being in that situation you will be forced to fend for yourself and to discover what really interest you as there is nobody who will influence you. Take control of areas you don’t feel comfortable with. Maybe you never knew how to cook but being on your own and not wanting to spend so much money you suddenly learn that it actually is not hard at all.

Gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. Take comfort in knowing that you can rely on yourself. It is an amazing feeling looking back and how far you have come and developed skills you haven’t even known before.

Get lost to find yourself

Noosa beach
Get lost to find yourself

There is beauty in everything, just not everybody sees it

sunset

I was on a 3 day cruise for the first time in my life which was an interesting experience. Before going to dinner I had some chill out time with my friends on the balcony while watching the sunset. Quickly I had to get my camera, what beautiful colours we could see in the sky. I love sunsets and sunrises, for me these are the best times of the day. Just looking at it makes me feeling relaxed and happy.

Now, how many times do we not see this beautiful play of nature because we are busy at and with work or we are carried away with our thoughts of worries about the future? I agree, too often.

Get out there, open your eyes and mindset, stop worrying and make time to see the beauty in everything. Not everybody sees it but you can if you chose to.

There is beauty in everything, just not everybody sees it

sunset
beautiful coloured sky at sunset

Why Buenos Aires should be on your bucket list

You arrived in Buenos Aires and now what? Where to stay, what to do and see might be your next question. I was in Buenos Aires three times last year, unfortunately it was raining all the time but lucky it stopped at least for a few hours. However, with your right mindset it doesn’t really matter as there are lots of things you can visit and do indoors.

I stayed in a really nice small hotel in Recoleta. The neighborhood is a very nice and safe area for people who are interested in historical and architectural buildings. The famous Recoleta cemetery is the place where Eva Peron is resting after her death in 1952. She was the second wife of Argentinian President Juan Peron and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death.

If you like, go and visit the Pink house (Casa Rosada) and the famous balcony you know from the musical Evita on which Juan and Eva Peron were preaching to the Argentinians. It is located on Plaza de Mayo.

Pink hous Argentina
Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires

and here is a photo of the famous balcony:

The famous balcony of the pink house in Buenos Aires
The famous balcony of the pink house in Buenos Aires

Enjoy some time inside Casa Rosada in the courtyard:

fountain
inside the pink house of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

and the beautiful architecture:

The pink house of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires
The pink house of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

Don’t miss to visit the Cathedral from Buenos Aires.

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Cathedral from Buenos Aires

Enough from sightseeing? Stroll along the streets of Buenos Aires.

streets of Buenos Aires
streets of Buenos Aires

You want to stop for a bit of shopping? There are plenty of opportunities in Buenos Aires but if you are rather interested in art have a look at the ‘Galerias Pacifico‘ –  shopping mall with its majestic painting on the ceiling; it is on street Florida 787.

majestic art on the shopping mall ceiling
Galerias Pacifico shopping mall in Buenos Aires with its famous painting on the ceiling

Another interesting place to see is the well known book store El Ateneo Grand Splendid. For more details please read my previous post el ateneo grand splendid:

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
El Ateneo Grand Splendid the famous book store in Buenos Aires

What would be Argentina without a nice glass of Malbec? Have a rest in Aldo’s Vinoteca in Calle Moreno, 372 MonserratBuenos Aires. 

wine in Buenos Aires
Aldo’s vinoteka in Buenos Aires

La Boca is worth a visit but I recommend to come back to the city before it is getting dark.

the cat is watching the tourists in La Boca

The suburb which I really liked was San Telmo. San Telmo has its charm, is a bit arty with its weekly markets, cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss to visit this neighborhood and stay overnight if you can.

Take some tango lessons and enjoy the dinner show.

I will share some photos about San Telmo in my next travel post. A little preview here:

cafe La poesia in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
cafe La poesia in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Stay tuned. Happy travel.

Feel deeply, enjoy simply, think freely to be happy

Have you ever noticed that the happiest people don’t have the best of everything but they make the most of everything. We can learn from them to live our life in the now and here. Happiness is not a destination but a journey to enjoy simple things in life, to think freely and to feel deeply and sometimes to go for the risk to live in happiness.

Happiness comes from within. Let’s sit still in our beautiful nature, watch the sunset even when the sky is grey, meditate if you love to and find peace within yourself. Forgive others who might have upset you. Move on and look forward.

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.

– Storm Jameson –

blue hour
Be happy when skies are grey

Difference is what makes life fabulous

street dance

Wouldn’t it be boring when everybody would be the same? If you are somebody who is trying to be like someone you admire; don’t. Be yourself. You are unique the way you are and don’t change to please others. Only if you are true to yourself you will find happiness.

Being different can be rough though; you might feel isolated. Accept yourself whatever your own personal difference is, love yourself for who you are. If you are not getting acceptance from your current work place or friends, ask yourself: do I accept myself?

Start believing and accepting yourself first and you subconsciously will make different choices in your life. You will be more confident in what you are doing, who you are and the way you look like. If work is not accepting you, change your job and find a place where people accept you the way you are. The friends who don’t accept you, are not your true friends anyways. It might sounds hard but get rid of them. Remember – somewhere out there, someone thinks you’re absolutely fabulous.

When you walk around your city and observe people, do you realise how similar most people look. They have similar hair styles, colours and outfits. Be yourself and be different. That makes life interesting. People who actually are different and confident with themselves are the ones attracting all sorts of people around them. They love themselves and have a great personality. I love watching people in fancy outfits and cool haircuts . They make our life more colourful.

Don’t try to be somebody you are not, you will come across as fake. Sometimes you might end up in a workplace where they think you should be different to their standards – don’t – if your personality doesn’t fit in, find a place where it does. Some years ago a recruiter told me that I need to change my hair colour from red to dark as it would not be suitable for an accounting firm. I was not impressed by that statement. My response was: ‘I don’t change my hair colour for anybody but just for myself. If they don’t like my hair colour, they don’t like my personality then this is simply not the place I would fit in.’ I am not changing my personality to suit others, this is my life and life can be too short.

Go crazy and be yourself. Live your life to its fullest potential and have fun.

Difference is what makes life fabulous

street dance
Difference is what makes life fabulous

Why is the kangaroo the symbol of Australia?

What comes to your mind when thinking of Australia? For me it is the kangaroo. It is the symbol for Australia but why?

The Australian symbol ‘the Kangaroo’ appeared first in 1773 with the publication of an official account of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. Captain Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour arrived back in England in 1771 and carried a number of different types of plants and animals. One of them was a kangaroo, shot at Endeavour River for voyage naturalist Joseph Banks. He commissioned George Stubbs to paint a portrait of the kangaroo.

After that the kangaroo quickly became a symbol of Australia. Since Federation in 1901, the kangaroo can be found on coins and emblems, stamps and is a mascot at sporting events.

The kangaroo and the emu are bearers on the Australian coat of arms. Those animals were chosen to signify a country moving ‘forward’ because of a belief that neither can move backward.

Below is a photo of a kangaroo I have taken in Tasmania.

Kangaroo
Australia’s symbol the kangaroo

A Kangaroo mum with little Joey.

kangaroo baby
kangaroo baby

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”

Climb the mountains to reach your goals

mountains

In my previous post I talked about knowing your mission and setting your goals along the way. In case you have missed that post “ever thought about your goals in life?” click here.

Now it is about making decisions in order to achieve your goals. Having smaller and achievable goals which all lead you to your big achievement in the end helps you to stay motivated. Set yourself up for challenges, something you always wanted to do but you cannot find the time or you are getting scared and put things on hold for later. Remember, later may be too late, life is short.

Don’t put things off and don’t get lost in your busy daily schedule. Make time and don’t be scared. Get out of your comfort zone and just do it. Trust your instinct and don’t worry about what others think.

When I made my decision to move to Australia 8 years ago, I went through times where I was excited and scared at the same time. You ask yourself questions like: what will happen, what would happen if I stay etc. It is the uncertainty and the fear which makes us looking for excuses and to put things off. For me I just trusted my instinct and here I am in Australia for 8 years now. I definitely got out of my comfort zone, left my home country, left friends and family behind to live on the other side of the globe. Doing so, you learn a lot about yourself and I do not regret my decision at all. It actually feels good once you got out of your normal routine and followed your dream.

When working towards our goals we most likely will encounter obstacles in life. However, instead of getting frustrated with it, see it as lessons to learn to become a stronger and better you.

Most of you will know the feeling of hiking in the mountains. The top of the mountain is your goal and the way is the journey of your life, going through ups and downs, you will experience rain, wind but also sunshine. Once you have been through all this and you reached the top, you feel amazing and happy.

Climb the mountains to reach the top of your life

mountains
Climb every mountain

This photo has been taken in Fitzroy National Park, Patagonia in Argentina. We started early in the morning, it was cold, windy at some stages, then hot and back to being cold; by the way that is normal weather in Patagonia. One hour before you reach the top, it was hot and sunny. That part of the hike was pretty steep but once you reached the glacier lake and you actually could see the beautiful Fitzroy mountain range, you forget about everything and you cannot believe that you actually made it.

Go and follow your dreams, get out of your comfort zone and live in happiness.

Wishing you a happy day.