What I’ve been up to…

Grützi friends, I’m back in Switzerland!

My last stay in Hamburg was longer than usual (4 weeks) and the reason was that I had to finish writing my final thesis. In case you didn’t know already, I study musicology and I’ve been pushing the finish line for a while already. But now, all there is left are two oral exams and then I will hopefully be done very soon (fingers crossed!). I can’t wait to start life after university! : )

So after some really stressful weeks (and an emotional meltdown – typical syndrome for finishing last minute I guess ;-)), I’m glad to feel more inner calmness again and look forward to blog more in the coming weeks.

And guess who is visiting us here for the next few weeks? It’s Fritzi! He’s been such a good boy on the long train ride down here! And now he is enjoying long forest walks and playtime with his new super cool frisbee.

Fritzi on an adventurous forest trail

Fritzi on an adventurous forest trail

Fritzi and his frisbee

Fritzi and his frisbee

 

I have a feeling that Fritzbee could become his new nickname in no time. Though Fritzi actually just got a new nickname from my boyfriend (who is the best nickname-giver). He now calls him Schminkel, which is a mix of Schmutzli and Stinkel (both of which are random nicknames already). But all of those names are not even half as random as his very first nickname, that I gave him. If I tell you the name, you will probably think I’m a crazy lady, which I am sometimes (but aren’t we all?). But I like you that much that I will even share that side of me with you. So, here we go… his first nickname was: “Bobby from Bombay with the Bongos”. Ok, I think I am losing you. Enough said about nicknames! Here a picture to distract you:

Jule smelling the garden flowers

Jule smelling the garden flowers

Jule (“Schmutzli 2” for correctness sake) is still in Hamburg, but she will come down together with my mom in a few weeks. It’ll be so fun! For now, she is hanging out in Hamburg (just like this):

She's so funny!

She’s so funny!

 

Even though I’ve spent most of the last few weeks writing my thesis, I did have a few highlights in Hamburg:

I was lucky to catch the last day on the organic strawberry field, before the season ended! It was perfect weather and the best strawberries I had all summer. So sweet and delicious! Happy times…

The strawberry feast

Having a strawberry feast with my friends

 

And I finally visited the Vincent Vegan Food Truck! What a cool truck, great food and friendly folks! I’m still fascinated at how quickly this project came into existence. From the idea to rolling on the streets, it hasn’t been a year. Just awesome! Good luck to you, Vincent!

Vincent Vegan Food Truck

Vincent Vegan Food Truck

The friendly Vincent Vegan team

Vincent Vegan crew

 

I was also super excited to hear that another vegan location opened up in Hamburg. And the best… it is only 5 minutes by bicycle from home (which is not exactly THE vegan-friendly area of Hamburg, but that’ll change now!). I went to dinner here the same day I handed in my thesis and it was the perfect place to rewind and enjoy some delicious food. I have a feeling I will eat at the Vegan Eagel every time I’m in Hamburg…

Delicious salad from Vegan Eagle

Delicious salad from Vegan Eagle

Vegan Eagle team

Vegan Eagle crew

 

Talking about birds… we had a little baby bird crisis on our terrace. Their nest broke apart and now they were sitting and flapping around without shelter on the roller blind box. After two of them fell down to the ground, we decided to provide a new nest. And we were so relived that the babys and their parents accepted it. It was great to watch them grow up so quickly!

Baby birds without nest

Baby birds without nest

After the rescue...

After the rescue…

 

Before I say bye for today I wanted to share something really fascinating with you. It might be as random as Fritzi’s nicknames but since I am already being random in this post, I think this story will fit perfectly. ; ) It’s something that really had me thinking and I wonder what you guys think about it. It’s more on the spiritual side of things, I hope you don’t mind…

I’ve watched this documentary called “Water” a while back, in which a chinese professor did an experiment with water, in which he wanted to prove that water can hold information and energy. In his experiment he filled three glasses with rice and water. To one glass he would say loving things, to the other he would say hateful things and the third he would ignore completely. It turned out that the first glass didn’t change much, while the glass with the hateful thoughts and words became really nasty. The one he ignored was even worst.

When I watched this back then, I was already pretty amazed but still skeptical as to if this could be true. But just now, my friend tried this experiment herself at home (only that she left away the third glass) and guess what happened! After two weeks or so of putting positive thoughts/words into one of the glasses, the result was this:

Rice + Water + Love

Rice + Water + Love

 

The result of the negative thoughts/words was this:

Rice + Water + Hate

Rice + Water + Hate

 

The rice experiment (Thank you for the pictures Mel!)

The rice experiment (Thank you for the pictures Mel!)

She said  there are many videos on the internet of people trying this experiment too and apparently they have the same result. Not that I want to say that this is fact (everybody has to judge for themselves), but I still wanted to share this with you because I thought it was super interesting. If this is what bad thoughts can do to a glass of water and rice, imagine what it could do to yourself or other beings. To me this is just another proof that positive thinking really does have an effect on yourself and everything that surrounds you. Or what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Wishing you a great weekend with lots of love and laughter!

xxx

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