Royal Visit in Munich

Today King Albert II. of Belgium and his Queen Paola visited Munich. I did not know anything about the visit. I was at the Wittelsbacher Square by pure chance.

(left: P.Y. Solmssen, right: King Albert II. of Belgium)

King Albert II. was received by Peter Y. Solmssen (a member of the Siemens-Board) at the Siemens headquarters.

Of course there were a lot of pressmen...

... and police presence.

Who I'll meet next time while strolling through Munich?


Baltic Sea Vacation - Woodland and Boats

The old harbor near the lighthouse of the Darss.

Flooded deciduous forest near the lighthouse.

Coniferous forest, my favourite by the way. I really dislike deciduous forests.



Keep Japan in Mind - Friday

In times like these, things happen fast and the things that happened a few weeks ago are forgotten. To keep Japan and its citizens struggles in our minds, I had the idea of the "Keep Japan in Mind - Friday". The idea is pretty easy for the next two months (at least) I will post pictures of things that I associate with Japan. I'd love it, when you would join in the fun. Fun being the operating word in this case.

For this week I choose:

Ah, I can imagine the question marks and confusion on your faces. Why does she connect a laundry dryer with Japan?

The answer: Japanese TV dramas. I love them, they are so much fun to watch. I'm not sure in which one I saw this kind of laundry dryer first, I think it was either "Brother Beat" or "Hotaru no Hikari" or... However I hadn't seen them anywhere in Germany before, but I thought they were soooo practical and I searched for them everywhere. I got mine last week at Tchibo and I'm glad about it, because it's perfect to dry my lingerie with it. ;-)
So, as weird as it may seem, this kind of laundry dryer is linked to Japan in my mind.

Just because it is good music and the lyrics are so fitting to what I feel and wish for the japanese people: Jean Elan feat. Cosmo Klein - Feel Alive

Because it is sooo good I just bought it at mp3-downloads (8 cents less than iTunes!!).

Best of luck to all the Japanese citizens, who lost so much on March 11th. You will make it.


Keep Japan in Mind - Friday

In times like these, things happen fast and the things that happened a few weeks ago are forgotten.
(I'm embarrassed to say this, but the german media is mourning the death of a polar bear at the Berlin Zoo at the moment. Can you believe it?)

To keep Japan and its citizens struggles in our minds, I had the idea of the "Keep Japan in Mind - Friday"

The idea is pretty easy for the next weeks I will post pictures of things that I associate with Japan. I'd love it, when you would join the fun. Fun being the operative word in this case. (Just you wait and see my first picture. LoL)

So, are you with Japan and me?!

End of the guard rail


Sticky post: Hoping for the people of Japan

We hope for the people of Japan. 
We hope that the aftershocks fade fast and that the damage and deathtoll are lower than estimated. We especially feel for the people in Sendai, a city we haven't known before this quake and that was hit so hard by the quake and then the tsunami. And we really hope the best for the people who are missing, may they be found alive and in good health and spirits. 

Have a save week everyone and hopefully without the loss of a dearly beloved person. 

Picture was taken by Chris


for Chris and all other artists among us

Leipzigs BOESNER Artists supply store.

To shop there you have to register. So since Saturday I'm proud to call myself a freelance artist.

BOESNER stores are Heaven and Hell combined. Heaven: because you get literally every art supply you could think of, and strolling and foraging are not only allowed, but wished for (Not so in another art supply store in the city. There you are always looked upon as if you would steal, I hate that store.).
Which brings us to the Hell part: most of us operate on a budget, so you have to choose and can't buy everything at once. Grrr. I could've easily spend a few hundred Euros in there. But I didn't. I just got a sketching pad, a few artists coloured pencils (oh my, I'm in love with them), a stack of empty postcards (so I can get creative on them) and a special envelope box to contain my smaller drawings (I already have an A3 map, but this is crap for A5 or postcards). All of that together made a "nice" sum, but it was soooo worth it.

And in case that you are interested in my drawings:


for San

Dein gestriger Besuch bei Boesner war anscheinend ein voller Erfolg. Vielleicht sieht Dein "Atelier" bald so aus? Ich gehe davon aus, dass die Ergebnisse etwas verhüllter sein werden als das obige ;)
Viel Spaß beim kreativen Schaffen!

Lg Chris

Winter sunset with Chris




Trying out new designs!

Lovely readers, we've decided that spring is calling for a new design for our blog months ago. Since the days get longer and the sun is shining (in Leipzig) it's time for the trial and error method.

I (San) will give the blog a new layout daily and Chris and Li, and maybe you too, tell me what you think. And hopefully we'll eventually find the new layout.

Let's start with cherry blossoms.

What do you think?


The end of the photo exhibition F/STOP?

What will happen to F/STOP?

It's an annual international festival of contemporary photography in Leipzig.
The first F/STOP was held in 2007 and it seems that the 4th exhibition in 2010 was the last one (?)

The reason: not enough money.

Leipzig is a cosmopolitan and lively city, where the art and artists have the possibility to develop. It's a pity, that new concepts fail because of the lack of funds.

Why is F/STOP so special for me?

The ever changing and unusual exhibtion locations: old fair houses, empty shops, pubs, old factory complexes like the "Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei", they even used private apartments.
To me it is the perfect mixture of contemporary photographic art, international artists and guests, the city of Leipzig and their people.

(San kissed by the muse. I took the photo in the fair house ("Leipziger Ring-Messehaus").

I hope this festival of photographic art will survive and come back in 2012!
You want to know more? Take a peek at



Ich sehne mich nach den Sommerabenden am See!!!!

Diese 2 Fotos habe ich am Markkleeberger See
im letzten Spätsommer gemacht.