A hint of French-Nordic Chic for Autumn
1. When I recently spent a week in San Sébastian in Norther Spain I fell in love with MONTES+MUGICA (Calle Narrica 1) – a curated succulent shop with attention to detail in the heart of town. While hiking in the Andes I first saw these parasite plants. I decided to take two of those easy to take care of green fellows back home. They now give my white bathroom a lively touch.
2. Fish necklace from the jewellery line of French designer Isabel Marant.
3. I can’t tell you how urgently I needed a new wallet since my old one, a tiny bird shaped leather wallet – a temporary solution for more than five years – broke. I was so happy about this birthday present by my dearest friends. The omybag wallet is produced fair-trade in India and made from eco-friendly leather. It also houses my first smart phone I just got.
4. The nights are getting longer now: The owl sitting on my bathroom shelf just reminded me of that.
5. Looking trés chic even when you didn’t shower before you leave the house with the grey hat from Isabel Marant etoile.
6. At first you think: a simple woolen jumper. But then you see the details: the zip at the back going all the way down and a flared shape. I like Cos for its timeless chic.
September: ¡Hola Ola!
1. How I think of you – Malakoff Kowalski
3. Batman ist tot – Eljot Quent
4. The Moss – Cosmo Sheldrake
5. Wonderwall – Oasis
6. The beast lives in the same place – Corinna Repp
7. Tease me – Chaka Demus & Pliers
8. Is dis love – Alborosie
9. Dungeon Sound – Gramatik
10. Garden – HINDS
11. New Moon – Alumna
12. Flights- LucaVenetia
Paris: A Parisienne for 72 hours
Daydreaming and eating baguette for breakfast…
Waiting dogs and the smell of all kinds of urine in the streets…
Being a big city traffic soldier: Navigating up and down the hills through crazy traffic switching from the bicycle path to the street to the sidewalk always searching for the gap to procede on your way to the next stop.
Rent a bike that does not look like a rental: Vélo Paris (44, rue d’Orsel, 75018 Paris)
Inspiration: La manufacture parisienne (93 rue marcadet, paris 18)
When streetart inspires making streetart…A neighbour found the ghosts to bring depressive vibes in the hood and took matters into his hand, or better on the wall…
Hidden arty surprises in some corners…
Feeling bohemian and ready to train for a Pina performance in the dressing room area of the Isabel Marant boutique (16 Rue de Charonne, +33 1 49 29 71 559)
You found it when you feel totally lost next to KFC in front of the metro exit Porte de Clignancourt. The (fruit) dealers try to make the entrance seem inconspicious but hey: Go ahead! A little wonder of creativity, alternative but yet hipster flair is waiting behind: La Recyclerie: 83 Boulevard Ornano; 75018 Paris; +33 1 42 57 58 49)…
Letting the sun shine on you while sipping on a drink…
Soaking in the life of South Pigalle passing by sitting in front of a café with your love sipping on a hot drink: KBCoffeeshop (53 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris, +33 1 56 92 12 41)…
Cocooning in a little, frenchy apartment in South Pigalle sipping on a glass of wine and eating artichoke bits after a long day of cycling and soaking in Paris, taking a hot bath before cuddlling yourself under the massive duvet…
Hipster medication: Muesli 5 plus
I recently read an interview with Devendra Benhart in my favorite magazine The Weekender that ended with Devendra’s Muesli recipe. Once I saw the ingredients I felt like fallen out of a time machine – my little me sitting on the breakfast table before school eating Kellog’s Original’s pimped up with choclate powder – and suddenly somewhere in time where you hardly know any ingredients of a normal breakfast dish: chia seeds, goji berries, pollen…???
What happened is hipster cereal (r)evolution. This came into my mind when I found myself a little later at the organic supermarket in front of an empty shelf with a goji berry tag only. Secondly my hunting instinct was sparked to get all the ingredients of Devendra’s muesli to give it a try. Well it is the most expensive muesli I have ever eaten. It’s pretty tasty though, I modified it a bit. Maybe you want to give it a go as a weekend starter.
Ingredients (1 Portion) (fruits depending on season):
- 250g organic vanilla joghurt
- 3 spoons oat flakes
- 1 spoon goji berries
- 1 spoon almond slivers
- 1 tea spoon chia seeds
- 1 tea spoon bee pollen
- a half finely sliced apple
- 1 spoon blueberries
Mix it all up and Enjoy!
August: Summer, Sun, Unicorn
1. Istanbul – They Might be Giants
2. Mi Negrita – Devendra Banhart
3. Petit pays – Césaria Évora
4. 100 – Dean Blunt
5. We Will Become Silhouettes – The Postal Service
6. Reload – Stéphane Pompougnac
7. I Haven’t Been Everywhere But It’s On My List – DJ Koze
8. Geheime CD – Weekend
9. Miami – Will Smith
10. The Eyes of a Miracle – Kareem Raïhani
11. I’m a Believer -The Monkees
12. Three Point One Four – Bloodhound Gang
13. Nous (feat. Juliette & C. Mayr) - Kleintierschaukel
14. Pigs… (In There) – Robert Wyatt
Sommer, Sonne, Kaktus – Niju
Venice: La Biennale di Venezia 2015
Wandering the world’s futures on a paper airplane
Ernesto Ballesteros’ performance at the Arsenale
Meet the bees at the American Pavillion
The focus on mother nature in the American Pavillion is what I would not have exspected. If the American government does not change its attitude toward climate change the childhood world Joan Jonas created will become a sad testimonial to the generations who follow a world that used to be(e)…
Japanese Pavillion: Where is my key?
For me each key of Chiharu Shiota’s art work stands for a life. Depending on the signs of wear and tear of the keys you can think of life stories all over the world and how everyone is connected with one another in different ways. It is very impressing how the keys are arranged in a net and around an old Japanese fisher’s boat.
Tetsuya Ishida’s brave new world: DIY human in a box and other dystopian realities
Massinissa Selmani: oberving society with a sharp pencil and good portion of twinkle
Making art by playing with art: The Israelian Pavillion
The best outside wrapping of a Pavillion and also nearly the only one that included curation of the facade. Well, of course it was not meant to be played with, but the loose zip ties of the connected car tires were so inviting. It made so much fun being the Biennale’s cockroach for a few seconds. Then the Pavillion’s guard friendly told us that the art work is not to be touched…Luckily we did not have to delete our pictures.
Herman de Vries: Every story ends with a full stop
Well, it does not look like it, but loads of art work at this year’s Biennale was pretty disturbing and heavy to consume, so it was pretty refreshing to focus on something aesthetically beautiful – dried plants and found objects on the beach arrangend in a frame by Herman de Vries at the Dutch Pavillion. I was lucky to get a spot at the little excusion boat to Lazzaretto Vecchio to see another art work by Herman de Vries who interacted with the uninhabited island. The first isolation hospital in the world was located on this little island in 1423. It was used to save Venice from the plague. Today the island looks like a forgotten paradise – nature has taken over. In between the old buildings you can hear stories whistleing in the wind. A small initiative of volunteers- the archeoclub d’italia took over to bring the island back to life – they plan a museum about the history of Venice, as well as a university campus for archeologists and a cultural center. The are dependent on private donors.
When strolling around Venice art hotspots all day it happens that you cannot stop seeing art everywhere…
Veins of Venice
Eating art: postbox and ringing bell of a private household somewhere in town
Art makes tired, thirsty and hungry. Here are my two favorite spots in town after an intensive day:
Osteria Al Squero (Dorsodura 943-944, Venice)
Sipping Aperol Spritz for 2.50 Euro and eating crustini (small slices of bread with olive paté, tuna, etc.) while sitting on the wall by the water in front of this authentic place – the perfect appetizer before dinner.
Grom (Campo San Barnaba 2761, Venice)
This icecream shop comes into my top 3 list of best ice-creams ever eaten. I judge ice-cream shops by tasting vanilla and pistacho as these are the flavours most difficult to create. The ice is creamy but not heavy. For the fruity ones they also have delicious sorbets.
Growing old in Venice
I like strolling around new places and observing people… Growing old shows other advantages of life: while others head off to work these old ladies enjoy the morning sun on the staircase in front of their home reading the news and having a cigarette.
Having fun in a photo booth
Amsterdam Noord: Take me to the other side
Getting a place to stay in Amsterdam in summer, four weeks before arrival can be a real challenge. Well, the good thing: you look beyond your own nose.
…and voilà: you find yourself in an upcoming neighbourhood including the adventure of taking a ferry to get to and from your home for two days: Sweet Dreamz (Meidoornweg 2; Phone:020-4940684) in Amsterdam Noord. Two oldschool stylish bikes per room are included in the price. The rooms are spacious, each of the three rooms is well curated and sunny. There is no breakfast, but an Albert Heijn supermarket is only a stone’s throw away, so you can either grab some food and cycle around till you find a nice spot by the canal to eat or if it’s rainy eat your self-brought breakie in your room.
Industrial flair in this old boat house directly at the waterkant: Hotel de Goudfazant (Aambeeldstraat 10 H; Phone: 020 – 63 65 170)
Ate best oysters of my life!
Don’t feel confused on your way to the restaurant: Yes, it is in a rural industrial area. Just follow the music of the next door boulder center. If your budget is low, just come here with your picnic from Albert Heijn, sit on one of the public benches and get in touch with the locals.
Fleamarket at IJ-Hallen (Tt. Neveritaweg 15; Phone:+31 229 581 598)
Biggest fleamarket I have every seen: Full of old industrial furniture for incredibly cheap prices. Come here with a huge car! Vintage hunting makes hungry so take the chance to try the Poffertje’s (Dutch pancakes) situated at the entrance to the big hall.
On the other side
Fall in love with this picture from artist Stiger Woods I saw at the concept store Hutspot (Van Woustraat 4; Phone: 020-2231331) in de Pijp…
Quick fruit boost at Pluk (Reestraat 19). The two smoothies are very tasty and the interior design is too good to be true. A bit irritating was that even the staff took pictures of the food they sold with their smart phones…
Drinking an organic coke at “La Tete” directly at the ferry stop “Westerdocksdijk”. A modern version of the chippy selling loose tea, selfmade granola and wraps with hummus. Very relaxed atmosphere.
..before heading back to my hood…
A short sociological observation for the hipster in us:
Amsterdam = Hipster heaven: Beautiful and well dressed people, eating organic food, drinking the most healthy green smoothies not missing a good portion of chia seeds, going shopping in well curated concept stores of course (mmh, which coffee table book should I buy?) and hunting industrial vintage furniture at the flea-market, or better, a curated vintage furniture store…
One thing makes the hipster sad…This is all mainstream in Amsterdam.
July: True Summer
1. Guter Tag – Chefket
2. Arms – Seabear
3. Cumbia Sobre El Mar (Dem-Búho Edit) – El_Búho
4. The Power Ballad – Molly Nilsson
5. Sexual Healing Kygo Remix – Marvin Gaye
6. Cruel Summer – Blue Crush
7. Domino – TB
8. Für immer Wochenende – Weekend
9. Default – Django Django
10. Left Hand Free – alt-J
11. Love Will Tear us Apart – Joy Division
12. Smiling – Jonathan Jeremiah
13. Paroles, paroles – Dalida & Alain Delon