US visit

Yes, it finally happened. We spent December in the US, mostly in Austin at Johan’s mum. It was great to spend so much time with my family there. And they all made me feel, that i was really part of the family. We did some sightseeing, but my favourite place in Texas is my mother’s in law home anyway. Although close second would be Huntington, the most beautiful botanical garden in LA.

Here’s my photo-diary:

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I was amazed by all the plants and birds i haven’t seen before. Everything’s so exotic there.

In LA we visited very dear friends, and we spent with them a lot of time in Huntington. I’ve seen a hummingbird for the first time in my life! They are very quick and hard to photograph.

11.12

11.12

I was, of course, taking a lot of pictures and there’s still a lot of them to be shared. For example pictures from LA:

LA memories
28 photos
  • pink in the rain
  • pink in the rain
  • pink in the rain
  • pink in the rain
  • pink in the rain
  • pink in the rain
  • Red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
  • Red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
  • Red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
  • Red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
  • from above
  • from above
  • from above
  • from above
  • banananana
  • banananana
  • banananana
  • banananana
  • banananana
  • in the rain, bird
  • in the rain, bird
  • in the rain, bird
  • in the rain, bird
  • in the rain, bird
  • green
  • green
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  • green

More thoughts on the US soon.

every half a year?

So it seems I just can’t update notes regularly…
I was taking a lot of pictures recently. A lot. Usually only a few of them are good enough, but it still makes a hundred a month. I’m publishing on Flickr: here, if you’re curious.

Goldfinches again!

After a nice discovery last year (that Goldfinches like cornflower seeds), i made sure i had plenty of cornflowers in my window boxes this year. And they came again, and keep coming!

Grunewald

Grunewald is a forest in Berlin. We went there for a walk. There were mosquitoes… a lot of them. One couldn’t stop even for a moment, as they would momentarily sit and eat.

Prague again

5 days in Prague. Yeah, again. I felt like i had to go back after a short visit in summer. And 5 days it’s not enough, of course, but I think I used the time well. I stayed in Žižkov district, which is very close to the center (2 tram stops or 20 min walk), but much cheaper, and feels like a normal city, not a tourist circus you have in the Old Town. It has very interesting parts too. There’s a an ugly TV Tower, with David Černý’s babies crawling up and down. There’s a Jaroslav Hašek’s monument. A cubistic chapell. Franz Kafka’s and Ota Pavel’s grave at the New Jewish Cementery.

I fell into a pleasant routine. A walk in Žižkov in the morning, and then visiting museums in the center of town. In the late afternoon – lunch/dinner in Moment, and later a beer in Republika Žižkov. I went to U Vystřeleného Oka once, but, as much as it felt very much as a local pub, it also was filled with a thick cloud of cigarette smoke. So instead I was going every night to the only non-smoking pub in Žižkov.

Museums. Mucha Museum, Kafka Museum, Stone Bell House, Museum Kampa, Veletržní Palác, Hollar Gallery, Bílkova vila. A lot of really good Czech (mostly, but not not only) art, most of the artist I didn’t know before. I was very happy to see some Vladimir Boudnik’s works (he was a friend of a writer Bohumil Hrabal (which I love)) I was really impressed with collection in Veletržní Palác. Went there twice, it’s too much to do it all in one go.

In Republika Žižkov they had a very good beer from Kocour Brewery, I also tried something which could easly become my favourite winter drink – hruszka z hruszkou (pear with pear): warmed up pear juice infused with a pear schnaps. I was very lucky to meet the owner, Pavel Trojan (historian and lover of Žižkov, author of a Žižkov guide), apparently he appears there only once a year. I spent a very nice evening bothering him about zizkov and Czech movies (but apparently he likes polish ones better!)

There is one thing I am really impressed with in Prague, and it’s a public transport. Almost as good as in Berlin. But much cheaper. (Which I suppose levels whatever might be worse)

And… I would like to go there again. Maybe in the spring…

Salsa

We grow chilli in our windowboxes – 2 plants of jalapeño and one of bhut jolokia. Most of them are ripe so we decided to make salsa. Actually 4 different salsas. I made 2 very mild and Johan made 2 very spicy ones.

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