Friday Links

And then I stop… and say ‘alright’…


Japan delivers whisky to International Space Station – for science, obviously.

Best article I read this week: The Secret Doctor: people would use the NHS less if they knew the true price tags – yes, yes and more yes! Spread the word people!

If you have just four minutes to spare – watch this about why the US has 800 military bases around the world.

A man looks at his possible future self.

I Was Raised As A Racist: 6 Weird Things I Learned.

We will be in Newcastle in November and if you find yourself there, here is a present for you: 10 OF THE BEST BREAKFASTS IN NEWCASTLE.

10 Things Every College Professor Hates.

America Has a Rape Problem.

Dream of living in Sweden?

Best idea ever!

And here’s one for Jason: What’s your favourite ever board game?

A balcony full of nom…

Green fingers…

I have been checking out German balconies recently and noticed yet another ‘reason’ I’m not German – they seem to fill their balconies with beautiful flowers of all colours. My balcony has food, food and a little more food. My friend bought me a flower for my birthday (she is also the reason I have one batch of flowers on the balcony – something needed to be bright and pretty apparently) and an AirBnB guest bought us a flower in a pot too. During college I even worked in a posh flower shop, but… I’m still all about the food. I want to be self-sufficient one day.

When I was a child, I would help my mum out a bit in the garden. I even had a patch for carrots (which I don’t even like) and a few other bits ‘n’ bobs. I even remember getting my first even tomato plant, when my first ever best friend Megumi moved back to Japan. But I didn’t inherit those green fingers and even after many years of practice my fingers are still pretty white…

This year has been my most successful however and I’m dying to tell you all about it!

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My first ever home-grown cucumber!

Almost every day we get a fresh tomato to go with our breakfast. [No need to mention the tomatoes are small and we have to share it – so only half a tomato each -but organic is organic people!!] We also had a handful of cucumbers that grew. I’ve been very confused about cucumbers, as there were some pretty smashing ones growing at the bottom, then the entire one-meter stem in the middle died and then, just as I was about to put it in the compost, the top sprouted all over again, so we are back in business! The salad is a mix of Asian leaves and I’m going to start harvesting that tonight! Coriander is growing alongside some other herbs, even though I’m not a fan of it and I’m going to give beans a try once it gets a little colder. And did I tell you we had a continuous crop of cress? Probably the easiest thing even to grow if you’re a beginner and are looking for something easy that’s probably impossible to kill.

I cut lines into a soil bag and planted salad - possibly the most genius way to create a garden ever!

I cut lines into a soil bag and planted salad – possibly the most genius way to create a garden ever!

Our lovely tomato plant!

Our lovely tomato plant!

I’m not particularly good at this stuff and I often forget to water the plants, but I’m learning… Anyone else out there trying their luck at gardening (or balcony-ing in my case)?

Sabor Latino – best Peruvian in Berlin?

I’m just a little bit caught in the middle…

A friend who also has the dream to go live in South America has been talking about going to this restaurant together for a while. She has a lot of Peruvian friends and Sabor Latino is their favourite place to eat. We were the only non-Spanish speaking people in the restaurant. It was buzzing with staff who knew all the customers and everyone was having a good time. It’s always a good sign when it’s full of Latinos who are obviously regulars here.

We were recommended the Ceviche, which was by far the most delicious dish – a mix of seafood in a lemon/ lime sauce. It was delicious. The rest tasted normal – the steak was normal, the tacos dish was enormous and I can’t even remember what the seaweed-covered-pink dish was, but it was a fun evening and it’s a fun place if you are looking for a Latin American dinner. Just make sure you order the Ceviche – if the fish dish hasn’t persuaded you, then I don’t know what will!!

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Address: Sabor Latino, Badensche Str. 35 – 10715 Berlin

Getting our craft on!

You’re one in a minion…

photo 1Over the last few days we have gotten a little crafty! My Japanese grandmother left for Japan again (insert sad face here) and she misses her life in London a lot, so I made her some London-themed coasters. These are super easy and quick to make and I love how they turned out.

As we will be finally going back to London for the shortest ever visit soon, I also made a fabric ball with pulley-tags for my lovely friend’s baby who I FINALLY get to meet – cannot wait!

photo 2And last night, Jason and I sat down to paint. They turned out absolutely adorably and will be going on our wall as soon as they are dry. I love getting crafty and found that in London I never had time to get my hands working on anything. Here in Berlin, we’ve settled into our lifestyle and have been crafting quite a bit recently. Soon I shall even post pics of the first piece of clothing I’ve ever made! It took a while, but it looks lovely and I wore it the other day – once we have some nice pics I will share it with you all. It’s nice to have time to do this all and I’m hoping we can continue to make stuff wherever we go next :)

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Friday Links

Love can touch just one time…

Great story about my favourite food in Japan – RAMEN!!

Will sleeping with a fan on kill you?

These improved town slogans made me giggle – ahem…

‘Titanic’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ Sung As A ’50s Song Is Better Than The Original.

Our friend James wrote this great article on Expat Entitlement in Berlin.

9 Animal “Facts” Everyone Gets Wrong.

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness.

In Israel there is now a Focus on Chinese Tourists.

Stock Photos of Real New Yorkers Doing Things.

Tired of the ‘in my day’ argument?

My Black Girls Need More Disney Princesses Who Look Like Them.