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Watching Paint Peel

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 19, 2016 in Personal |

I was amused, recently, to read a set of comments about those who write blog posts, add status updates to their Facebook profile, photos to their Instagram profile or Tweet to Twitter apologizing for not having been present for a while. Generally they seem to ask if anyone had missed them which, as we all […]

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It’s Worse Than I Imagined

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 25, 2016 in Personal |

Having had a very settled life, moving to Germany and then flitting from one apartment to another and now, nearly a month to the day, having moved again, I can say in all honesty that I do not want to have to pack up and move ever again. No matter what. The first times were […]

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2016: First Snow, But No Chaos!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 3, 2016 in Personal |

It snowed overnight. Light flakes of cold snow fell and covered everything outside, creating a wonderful vision which, for many, would have been more welcome over Christmas, but at least it is finally cold. Normally the outbreak of winter, and especially the first frosting of snow, catches everyone unprepared. It’s not as if they expected […]

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Resolutions: That Time Of Year Again

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 1, 2016 in Personal |

Each year, as the remains of the spent fireworks and broken beer bottles are cleared from the streets, I consider whether it is worth trying to make, and then keep, a New Year Resolution. And each year I come to exactly the same conclusion: No. It’s not worth it simply because the chances of keeping […]

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Better Than Rings: Exchanging Keys

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 13, 2015 in Personal |

We’ve been talking about it for quite a while, weighing up the pros and cons, seeing what the prospects are and, above all, planning for the future. It seems that now is possibly the best time to take the plunge, to really commit ourselves, and so that is what we have done. Not, as some […]

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Another Reading, Another Crime!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 15, 2015 in Personal |

Never one to give up, and having plenty of time on my hands in the evenings, we decided to try another reading. This time we chose a very sparsely described reading at a restaurant. By sparsely described I mean that the event had a time, a two or three word description, and a place. Well, […]

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The Reading List Reading

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 14, 2015 in Personal |

There’s one thing we’ve all experienced, as we sit and read our books in peace and quiet: that person who has to come and talk to us. Not just talk, but also give their own recommendations, the ‘oh, but you must read…’. These are always well-intentioned interruptions, but unwelcome all the same, and hardly likely, […]

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Murder And Breakfast

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 9, 2015 in Personal |

I didn’t need all that much convincing, crime on a Sunday is a perfect start to the day, so I went with a few friends to the Murder Breakfast at the Bremer Kriminal Theater with high expectations. The theater is in a small backstreet close to one of the more interesting areas of Bremen – […]

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Burning Through The Books

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 2, 2015 in Personal |

Every time I lean back satisfied and close the book I have just finished reading, she seems to be watching me and, with a slight laugh, she shakes her head. It’s not so much her reaction over my satisfaction, when the book is a good one, nor any sign that she finds my reading habits […]

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Jazz: A Short Night Out

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 14, 2015 in Personal |

Now that I have a limited amount of extra free time on my hands, I’ve decided to explore even more of my surrounding area, and get to know exactly what is going on here and, perhaps, what makes people tick in northern Germany. As with any major city – and this is certainly anything but […]

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