Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas everybody and happy holidays -
whoever you believe in or whatever higher power guides you through your life, be sure you take the time to show your loved ones you care, dont forget those who are less fortunate and dont forget to be good to yourself - a new year is coming up and there is so much to wish for in this crazy world. Wherever you may be: I wish you well and I do believe: love rules.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Light Craze

In a previous post I suggested you visit the Potsdamer Platz to get into the Berlin Christmas feeling...unfortunately I didn't take my camera when I went there the other day, but you have to see the magnificent lights in the shopping mall - and fortunately someone else with more time and a better camera has been paid to put some photos online.

Click here to see more.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Scared of Santa

One of my favourite sites at this time of the year is the Scared of Santa Photo Gallery
It proves that from a kid's point of view that fat old man, the total stranger who apparantly knows if you've been good or bad is a frightening figure! I remember sitting on his lap for the first (and last) time in some department store... he smelt really bad (deoderants failed in those days when you were wearing a thick padded red suit) and had a terrifying deep voice, I was scared to death! My mother then decided to destroy the myth and told me the whole truth about who really brought my presents. I was so happy that it was Mummy and that the horrid fat man wouldn't be invading our house. I still wondered for many years though how my mother managed to get down our chimney....

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Bitch is Back

After a long blogging break I've returned. Sometimes a gal just needs a break. And a wise person once said: don’t speak, unless you can improve the silence. Not that I live by that, but still a great quote. Berlin, experiencing the warmest November/December since weather reports were invented, is none the less all Christmas-craze. Beautiful lights everywhere, millions of stressed people shopping for presents, every German popstar has released a tacky Xmas album and for some reason most of my friends have invited me for a pre-Xmas party - all on the same day! So I'll be Christmas party hopping and drinking lots of Gluehwein... a hot red wine with various spices that usually gives you a terrible headache the next day. If you want the xtreme Berlin Xmas experience I suggest the following: go shopping at the Potsdamer Platz. After an hour of shoving and pushing in the shops have a break at one of the stands outside at the Christmas market and drink 2 or 3 Gluehweins. Then climb up the artificial snow mountain and race down the hill on a sled or rather the rubber tire they stick you in that spins around all the way down. If you manage that without throwing up you're definitely ready for a Berlin Christmas party with more Gluehwein and singalongs with Wham's "Last Christmas".

The snow hill at the Potsdamer Platz