Saturday, December 17, 2011

our impro christmas tree

yesterday we were invited to a christmas dinner with friends. it was gorgeous! we had gluehwein and a big meal and exchanged some fun presents afterwards. and now i finally managed to bring some christmas feeling to our house by decorating one of our half dead plants =)
 
as we will fly to germany in some days there is no need for us to have a real christmas tree, we will have one at my mums place.

it was hard to get into a christmas mood as no one here really celebrates christmas (there are mainly jews and muslims in israel) but we found some russian shops that sell christmas decoration. everytime i walk into one of those stores they think i am russian. and not only there also the taxidrivers, people in stores and people that need directions start talking to me in russian... so weird

Thursday, December 15, 2011

rest in peace little gurke...

we were looking for him almost every day... and this morning we got a call that someone saw him dead at the nearby playground. it is the first time now i realize that he will never come back. it is hard and releasing at the same time. i dont have to hope anymore, search anymore and we can finally close the window that was open day and night in case he would make his way back to us.... but it is so hard to know that he will never come back, never again cuddle with me in the morning and never ever bite or fight my legs when i want to sleep.... and we dont even have anything to burry. it would make it much easier if i could see him and give him a small funeral. he was like my baby, a little furry baby... i just wish he would come back... i dream about it every night.

rest in peace little gurke,
we will always love and remember you!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

my mum

this is my mum.
she is the best mum you could think of. but i guess everyone thinks that about their mum ;)
i am following her life on her flickr page, skype and through emails at the moment as we live in different parts of the world. 
she is the one who really introduced me to all the crafty stuff as she is doing so many things herself!
just visit her flickr or her etsy shop and have a look at all the beautiful things she creates =)

Monday, December 5, 2011

please come back...

he is gone for a week now and we miss him a lot... he just left and did not come back, not even to eat. he is growin up so we hope that he found a girlfriend and will come back to us when the exitement is over. when he does we will have to visit the vet to make sure he does not get ideas like that again. anyway there are far to many stray cats in israel so we dont need some more!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

and it goes on and on and on...

photo taken from this blog
not a lot happens in my life at the moment so there is not much to write about. i work a lot and sleep a lot and everything that is in between is not worth talking about. i barely have the energy to be creative or to work in the garden...

soon though some changes will come that will make everything more lively and interesting =)

first of all it is pretty much settled that we will move to tel aviv around march which will make my way to work about an hour shorter. and it will  make it much easier to be spontaneous and to go out for a drink in the evening without considering buses and all that. the only probelem is that we want to take the cat with us and that he is used to go outside whenever he wants to... i really hope that we will find a flat that makes it possible for him to go outside.... otherwise i will have to buy a leash and go for walks with him like you would do with a dog. and i am not sure he would like that ;)

and then i will hopefully start university in the end of next year so that will add some more interesting aspects to life. hopefully i will start this new liberal arts BA program at tel aviv uni (have a look at my post about it) as it sounds really interesting and you can choose between a large range of different subjects. 
the main choices will be digital culture and communications, israel and jewish studies, literature, middle eastern history, philosophy and psychology/psychoanalysis. n the first year there will be a lot of introductory courses and courses about writing/language skills. 

and then there is all the possible wars that might be going on soon... 
but until now there is no sign in my life or in tel aviv that there is something on its way...
so keep calm and peace where esver you are!

Monday, November 7, 2011

liberal arts at tel aviv university

the university of tel aviv has a new BA programme for liberal arts starting in 2012 that is entirely taught in english. 

my plan was to study something in the direction of archaeology/arts/egyptology/design/something but until now all the courses at tel aviv uni were in hebrew so i was not sure if to give it a try as my hebrew is far away from good enough to study in hebrew.

the new programme is for international students and competely in english so if it will be possible for me to apply this would be gorgeous! also because it will be a huge variety of subjects and it will make it clearer for me in what direction i want to go.


the NYC subway as an instrument

 conductor turns the new york subway system into an interactive string instrument. using the MTA's actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on massimo vignelli's 1972 diagram.
to watch this as it happens visit http://www.mta.me/

Monday, October 24, 2011

freedom for gilad shalit and the prisoner swap on the 18.10.2011


i was very suprised that they kept him alive for 5 years... and in the beginning i was asking myself 'why now?' there was so much time to do this deal and the conditions almost did not change... but there seem to be some elections ahaed in israel so that question should be solved ;) 

i was hoping that it would lead to paece talks again but it probably will only cause some more abductions by the hamas to free the rest of their prisoners in israel (about 4000 now).
so the question remains if it was a good idea for the relationship between israel and palestina and in what irection it will push the talks and actions.

stay informed:

wordless wednesday - on a monday


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

gilat shalit

where are you kid?
after five years now there is a deal to bring the israeli soldier gilat salit (who was kidnapped by the hamas) back home. i don't know if i agree to let over 1.000 prisoners out of prison. a third are convicted murderers... but i think it is good that this is finally going to be over.
stay informed about the issue



Friday, October 14, 2011

late wordless wednesday - crazy cat in a box...




Monday, October 10, 2011

the wind-up bird chronicle by haruki murakami

the wind-up bird chronicle is one of the most confusing and interesting books i have ever read. it starts out as an almost regular novel about life, relationships and emotions but at some point drifts of into fantasy, fiction and what some people would call hallucinations in the darkness of a deep well. in the middle of the book i thought i lost the overview how all the events and characters he describes belong together, then i started thinking that there is no connection whatsoever and suddenly every single thread of his story becomes very clear and everything adds up!

a wonderful book about life, death and everything in between.
here what other people think about it:

"toru okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. as this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of okada's vague and blameless life - spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table - are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell."
summary on the back of the book
"murakami weaves these textured  layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty."
independent on sunday

"deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put it down."
daily telegraph

" how does murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? i am weak-kneed with admiration"
independent on sunday

"mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original!"
the times


Thursday, October 6, 2011

very easy cheese buns or baguette with baking powder/no yeast

this one is without cheese (i did not have any). it was good but with cheese it would be so much better ;)
everyone probably knows that: you don't have bread, the shops are closed and you don't have any yeast... so i started searching the internet for simple recipes with baking powder and this is what i found.

only make as many as you will eat the same day, as they are most tasty when they are warm and fresh.

all you need is:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • a package of baking powder
  • some cheese (maybe ham)
  • and some salt
you mix everything (leave some cheese to put on top) and for your buns/baguette. they will grow a lot so make them small. now you can ad some cheese on top and bake them  180°C/356°F for 20 min.
that's it!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

shana tova - happy new year

by undomestic
on the 28/29.9.11 was the beginning of the new year in the hebrew calendar. in hebrew this holiday is called rosh hashana (literally "head of the year"). you will find apples and honey everywhere to sweeten your start into the new year =)
by melinda b.
shana tova (good year) to everyone!

Monday, September 26, 2011

pancakes at work =)

some days ago our boss organised a guy who would make us pancakes at work.
it was gorgeous =)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

islands in time....

about a year ago i bought a hand fan at a cute little shop with the most amazing clothes,blankets, jewellery etc. from around the world. unfortunately i lost this fan so about a month ago i went to that little shop again. 
shuk hacarmel
to find it you walk through shuk hacarmel (from the alenby side) until you can turn left. if the shop is opened you will know that it is the one.

so i bought another fan and sat down with the owner as i was in no hurry. we started talking and talking and time flew. he seems to live in his shop as there is a small kitchen and a build in gallery where he seems to sleep. so it felt more like a living room and a shop at the same time. a friend of him dropped by and stayed with us to eat some watermelon. she was gorgeous and we started talking about book, environment, tel aviv, the housing protest and the world. we talked about books that move people, spiritual books, movies, music.... (listening to tracy chapman and a lot of world music.)



time just flew and i ended up staying there for about 4-6 hours, i don't even remember. it was like an island in time, a place where time stood still and it did not really matter. 

we also sold some stuff together as if it was the most natural thing to do. everyone was stunned who walked into the shop. some people came for a coffee, just to talk, to buy something or just to enjoy the atmosphere. 

when i had a look at his books i found " the tao of pooh - the way revealed by that sort of bear" by benjamin hoff. i started reading it there and when i was about to leave he wanted to give it to me as a present. i told i would bring it back, and i will. 
 unfortunately the last time i went there (with some grapes and the second book "the te of piglet" as a present) the shop was closed... i really hope everything is ok and i will be able to give something back.

as i am going to give back "the tao of pooh", i wanted to buy it for myself and maybe even "the te of piglet". i was looking all over the internet and tel aviv. but it takes ages (21 days) for most websites to ship the books to israel and most shops that sell english books here did not have it as it is a bit older.
after visiting about four book stores in a row, one of the owners advised me to try "halpers books" on 87 alenby street. and i did.
so this is how i found the second place where i could spend hours on an island in time... it is hard to find as the entrance is in a backyard but once you are there you don't want to leave. 
picture a labyrinth stuffed with secondhand books in various languages, narrow pathways, books up to the ceiling and this smell of old books that makes your heart jump with excitement and makes you feel home.
i asked the owner if he has the toa of pooh and he knew almost exactly where to find it. i paid 30 shekels for the tao of pooh and the te of piglet (which  is about 6 euros!).
if you are in tel aviv, make sure to pay both shops a visit!
halpers books also buys books if they are in good condition.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

guan yin (avalokiteśvara) - bodhisattva with a thousand hands




performed by  
all the performers are deaf.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

book crossing

book crossing is one of those wonderful ideas that adds some adventure to the participants life. you can release book into the wild for others to hunt =) i just love this idea. all you have to do is to sign up (for free) and start hunting or releasing books. 
here is how it works:
after signing up to bookcrossing.com you can register your book and label it with a unique tracking number the website will provide you with. now release it where ever you want (just make sure it is in a safe spot) and tell people about it (again over the website). 
now to hunt it people just have to go to the section about recently released books, find it in the spot you left it and report that this book is cached!
if you own a small business you can even open a safe zone for free books that people will leave.
i would really like to hunt some books here in israel but it does not seem to be very popular or well known of here... only some tourists leave books in hotels somewhere in jerusalem. if someone wants to start some hunting with me just let me know and we will get it started =)