Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Monthly Instagram #1 - Fuck Your Rules

This image from my friend Julie's Instagram feed inspired an idea for a new series of posts. I started searching under hashtags like #münchen and found some amazing stuff! Each month I'll post one that spoke to me in some way or another.

I like to think this was scrawled by an expat who just had enough. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I Just Meant To Buy A Little Paper...

Early one morning last month, I got out of the house early and made my way over to Maxvorstadt to pick up some paper at Carta Pura.

I was hoofin' it to make sure I'd dutifully get my 10,000 steps for the day. You can imagine my unadulterated joy when I realized I happened to pick the very Saturday that the Maxvorstadt Hofflohmarkt was going on!

This is the second time I've had insanely good hofflohmarkt karma. Here are some pics of the märkte as well as my leisurely sojurn down Schellingstrasse on that fine morning.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Wertstoffhof

Let's talk trash. I'm on a ruthless decluttering jag. That means lots of trips to the Wertstoffhof. A quick Google Translate tells me that Wertstoffhof means 'Recycling Center'.

Well, you can just add 'recycling' to the list of things the Germans have gotten down to an orderly, methodical, science.

Oddly, I love these little trips. I feel like a good citizen for disposing of my 'problematic substances' (old electronics, paint, etc.) in a responsible way, and I'm infused with a sense of security and geborgenheit that I live in such a structured, thoughtful, well managed society.

Seriously, there are containers for everything: wood, plastic, electronics, old household machines, styrofoam. Guys in orange vests authoritatively direct the operations, which run smoothly. Basically you pull up in your car, run up to the appropriate container and toss it in. The industrious sound of mega-compactors adds a kind of soundtrack to the scene.

You're in and out in a matter of minutes.

But don't take pictures (why? are they worried other countries are going to steal top secret recycling plans?) I got yelled at by one of the guys when he saw me running around with my iphone. Lucky for you my husband is really good at taking stealth pictures. Shh.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Manouche Restaurant

I'm freelancing at the moment at an agency housed in The HUB. That means I'm spending my days in Sendling, and discovering its many charms.

One of these is Manouche. A tiny, hip Lebanese restaurant on Valleystraße. Apparently it's the younger sister of the first restaurant Beirut Beirut, which is just on the other side of Implerstrasse. Many say it's better. I haven't tried it out yet because I can't tear myself away from the 'Cocktel' I order at least twice weekly.

The 'Cocktel' is made of a flat bread  folded in half and filled with a mild salty cheese, mint leaves, olive oil, various spices, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and sesame seeds. It's just divine.

Plus I love the aesthetics of the place. Check out their super cool website.