Saturday, March 2, 2013

From a sofa in Schöneberg

Did i tell you guys that we saw a rabbit in the park a little while back?
We were out walking Lucifer in the park, and it was late and snowing, and i said to Allan: "look at that rabbit shaped thing over there!" and when we got a little closer, the rabbit shaped thing hopped away.
I think i actually said to him: "hey, the rabbit shaped thing was a rabbit!"
I googled Berlin wildlife, and apparently the rabbit population is a bit out of control, cause there are no foxes anymore.
That's too bad. But i do like rabbits and i hope i'll see more.

Yesterday at the same park i saw a nerd couple practicing their longsword battle techniques (and i don't mean the duckt tape kind either), so there's always something going on, even in our mellow little corner of the city.

Ah, the city. I am looking so much forward to exploring it, on bike and on foot, without (an irrational) fear of hypothermia.
I know, it hasn't been that cold, but sightseeing is for warm days, and it finally looks as if they're on their way.
Today, and yesterday, saw the first sun in weeks, and holy crap, what a difference that makes.
When i woke up this morning, alone cause Allan had spent the night in Hamburg, there was a huge sunbeam right there in our bedroom, and i realized it was a first.
The first really sunny morning since we moved here.
There was sun in the guest room downstairs too, or so Sarah (who i'd kidnapped for a sleepover) told me.

So, the house...
We're always doing so many things it's hard to keep up, but i think the biggest change since my last post, is probably the attic, and the fact that we've started decorating it.
This is something that i've been dreading cause they're huge rooms, and i frankly don't know how to decorate huge rooms, but we haven't completely fucked it up yet.
In fact, it's getting kind of cozy up there, and apparently we're not the only ones who think so, cause we've discovered (or maybe "heard" is more accurate) a rather large family of unidentified rodents living up under the roof.
They shuffle around a lot, and their babies make loud squeaky noises that we at first mistook for birds chirping. They weren't birds.
No, i'm not freaking out, cause they're not actually inside the house, but we still gave the building manager a call and she promised to get right on it.
A friend assured Allan that it wasn't rats, but rather a breed of small mice (i've seen them around, they're friggin adorable), and also mentioned that they're quite common in houses here.
That made me feel a little better. Not that i don't like rats, i do, i just really don't want them as roommates.
Hey, in Danish, to have rats in the attic means to be crazy.
I just thought you should know.

Is this a weird post?
I'm sorry, but it's like i don't know how to write anymore!
I think maybe i used to be good at it, but it's really hard to get back into it.
Even typing is a struggle, and not just cause my hands are fucked (slightly less fucked, though, if you were wondering).

Yeah, let's do pictures!

The sunbeam from this morning... yes, of course i took a picture, it was a big deal

Lucifer enjoyed it too (he's looking very focused cause he's in the middle of a whole series of morning stretches)

A couple of days ago we had wallpaper put up in what will soon be our walk-in closet (also, i had my bangs trimmed, and the dude took 10 cm off the length of my hair too... what a bummer)

The windows over my studio space

A few from instagram
 (1. At café Mi Ouda last Sunday where i wore a summer dress in sprite of the weather 2. Decorating in the attic 3. Morning coffee in bed 4. From this morning... i love it when they start to open up)

 My yearlong alpaca obsession can be seen almost everywhere in the house*

More instagram, in a different format
 (1. Nick just left a few days ago after staying and working with us for three weeks 2. My fat ass bought a new pair of jeans 3. My fat ass also bought another cat teapot! 4. Living room one... 5. ... and two 6. Wallpaper and Rilakkuma)

Catching up with Squeakers and Batman

I'm turning into a flower person, i think

I still feel like we just got here, but tomorrow it's been three months. Three!
We need to hurry up and finish the shop before our new co-workers arrive from Australia, and we also need to get health insurance, which is something i, as a Dane, have never had to worry about before.
Being an expat is all new and weird, huh?

* I don't think i ever mentioned this, but the last few years i've been taking pictures of alpaca related items, mostly found in Tokyo, with the intent of doing a blog post only with alpaca's, but i keep forgetting to post them.
Maybe because i have to sort through literally thousands of pictures to find them all?


  1. Alpacas! 💚. I have a similar alpaca. We have (kids) farms here where you can meet and kiss them.
    I'll have to IG my cat teapots! You can never have enough.

    Your place looks pretty amazing.

  2. Your place looks more like a "home" with things you need than my place that I've been living for the last 7 or 8 years.

    Let's go to Nasu next time you come to Japan if we can. There's an alpaca farm there, and I've been wanting to go!

  3. Every room looks fantastic, from what I've seen. You are awesome.

  4. Such a beautiful and cosy house :) You wouldn't think a house that enormous could be so cosy! Good work, A+A! :)

  5. Thanks, we Danes are supposed to be coziness experts!!

  6. Thank you, the ones that aren't quite fantastic yet hopefully will be :)

  7. OMG, yes, we need to go there!!

  8. Thanks, it is pretty amazing actually.

  9. It´s been 3 months since I´ve been living in Germany with my boyfriend, as well (in the south) and it´s happened the same here: I´m from Spain so I had never had to deal with health insurance or stuff like that... so I haven´t done anything yet! haha it is how it is when you don´t know german... We´re moving to London next month, though, so, why bother now with insurances and stuff?

  10. Great news! I am happy for you with your big change and new place to live. Berlin is awesome! There is very interesting documentary about rabbits in Berlin. You should check it out.

  11. ps. here is the official website:

  12. Thank you, i will check it out!!

  13. Such a hassle! I hope London will be easier for you.