• Food

    Japanese Curry

    Cooking is a great passion of mine. I am constantly on the lookout for new recipes. Of course, every now and then Japanese specialties are on the daily menu, even if they sometimes have to be improvised due to a lack of ingredients. Cooking also plays a central role in Kevin’s and my relationship. We started cooking together even before we became a couple, and I had the original goal of teaching Kevin, who until then had mostly eaten convenience foods and cafeteria food, how to cook. In the process, Kevin turned me on to a dish that has since become one of both of our favorites: Japanese curry. I…

  • General

    Book Review: “Final Fantasy VII: The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story”

    Today I want to write a book review again and it is about the novel “Final Fantasy VII: The Kids are alright: A Turks side quest” which was published in March 2021 in German. The Japanese original book by Kazushige Nojima was published in 2011. Why did it take so long to publish it in both English and German when the other novel “Final Fantasy VII: Looking Forward” was translated within a very short time? The answer is simple: the reason is “Final Fantasy VII Remake”. The new edition of the main game came out in 2020 and the content of this book was used to fill the game with…

  • Food

    Pea-Milk-Shake

    We started to cook all kinds of dishes early on – drinks were seldom included. In the Japanese cookbook “The Japan Cookbook: Pictures, Stories, Recipes” we came across something very simple that piqued our interest: pea milk shake. We thought that maybe it was similar to having nut chips in chocolate and that it could give the drink a kind of “crunch”. So we quickly carried out the simple recipe and the result was… Awful! Or rather, how can you make something as simple as a banana and milk shake worse? With every sip of the drink you could feel the split pea pods in your mouth and throat, which…

  • Cats

    Cats in the Snow

    It was spring 2021 when the first snow finally fell in winter. This enabled the cats to experience their first real snow, because an approx. 5cm high blanket of snow had formed on the blacon. She was always fascinated by looking out of the kitchen window and looking at the snowflakes. When the snowfall had subsided, we decided to open the balcony door for once, so that the cats could see and feel the white wonder from close up. Yuri was the only one who really dared to put a paw out in the snow. After looking around, he made a courageous jump into the snow. Unfortunately, he didn’t like…

  • Trips

    Farmer’s market in Mellingen

    In December, just before Christmas, a farmers’ market took place in Mellingen. We only came across this information by chance and wanted to visit it on a Saturday. The weather was cloudy and a bit cold, but it didn’t rain. Unfortunately, half of the cycle path from Weimar to Mellingen was closed to Taubach, but we reached the farmers’ market around noon via a small detour. Corona-related due to some requirements, the huts were relatively far apart and every guest had to wear a mask. Nevertheless, the market was quite busy and you could make out 3-5 people in front of each hut. Nathalie really wanted to go to the…

  • General

    Model Kit “Vic Viper” and Craft Evenings

    Actually it is quite embarrassing for me, how I came to model making in the first place… but for the sake of completeness I would like to explain it here. When it comes to designing digital media (signatures, websites, products etc.) my story started quite early in the middle of the 2000s, designing things with Photoshop or similar programs for school or as a hobby in forums. But when it came to “plastic” things – things that cannot be reset digitally and therefore mistakes are punished faster – I was very reserved. Every once in a while I did something, like a homemade teemo figure (from League of Legends), but…

  • Trips

    The Zoo Hirschfeld

    Due to the corona we had the taste to visit different animal parks in 2020, of course because they were mostly open and therefore less restricted, but also because we like animals and were already in South Africa at the beginning of the year. So far we had already visited the animal enclosure Waldhaus near Greiz, the zoo in Gera, the Leipzig Zoo, the zoo in Erfurt and the wild cat village Hütscheroda – all of them only one hour train ride away at most. Now we had to look a little more outside and that’s when my mother recommended the Hirschfeld Zoo, which is not far from Greiz in…

  • Trips

    Our Alpaca Hike

    After our trip to Peru we were always a little bit fascinated by alpacas and therefore we also looked where there are alpacas in Germany. Some we could find in nearby zoos or animal parks… but we also learned that here and there alpaca walks are offered – but unfortunately mostly further away, so it was difficult to plan a date for it. One day Nathalie noticed during her jogging trip that a farm called “Erlebnishof Weimar”, which she passes by, advertises alpaca walks with them. So we took one of the last weekends in September, when the weather was still good, and invited Christopher and Marie, so that the…

  • Trips

    To the Wildcat Village in Hütscheroda

    The weather in August and September was not the very best. It was often cloudy and rainy… but for my birthday we wanted to make a little trip. In August we went with Nathalie’s parents to the treetop path in Thuringia and got an advertising flyer for further sights in Thuringia… and one sight caught our attention: the wildcat village in Hütscheroda! On Saturday we decided to drive to the forest cat village. But we had to realize that it was not so easy to get there without a car. First you have to take the train to Eisenach and from there there is a bus to Hütscheroda and back…

  • Trips

    Hike on the Horseshoe in Jena

    From the meeting point in Jena Zwätzen we first had to go to Kunitz. Here we crossed the Kunitz house bridge and got to know the village a little bit. Soon we were on the signposted hiking trail and we headed south up the mountain towards Jenzig. Here we got lost 1 or 2 times. So we came partly on quite steep paths, which sometimes even ended in dead ends. But with the time the paths became more and more passable and we even met a paraglider pilot at his jump. Arrived at the summit there were several forest taverns where we had our lunch. Nathalie and I made onigiri…