Friday, November 25, 2005

If the Wee bun in the oven flipped you out...
look at the other things Little Wee does in the name of art!













































But she always gets a treat after her selfless performances!

By the way, happy Thanksgiving! (and no, a turkey will not be replacing the bunny in my oven, but a delicious vegetarian spinach pie will)

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I love Putzi.

Thursday evening, on my way home from work, the air was filled with the magical scent of peppermint. At first I asked myself, "am I dreaming?", then I took a good long whiff of the air, and, lo!, I was not. The air was truly full of the delicious pepperminty smell of Putzi children's toothpaste. I am lucky to live with the Putzi factory just behind my house, and sometimes when I open my windows, my apartment is filled with the fresh smell of toothpaste.
Unfortunately, the fresh smell of peppermint in the Neustadt is also often counteracted by the smell of beer and vomit on the streets, which is just a bit disgusting. Maybe I'm getting old, but all this beer drinking and puking is pretty disgusting. And, god, sometimes you can't even walk down the street with all these puking beer drinkers standing around. But I guess that adds to the flair of this place, and if they weren't there, what would I have to complain about? Honestly, it might just be a bit boring. And knowing how annoying it is to not be able to walk down the street in the evening makes sunny weekend mornings when the streets are empty and the birds are singing and the shops are all just opening and the people are waking up that much more enjoyable. (The only problem is all the dried puke on the sidewalk from the night before.)

Friday, November 04, 2005

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.











Maybe there's something in the water here, or maybe it was just Halloween, or maybe it was that White Stripes concert in Berlin last week, but something strange is happening!
It seems to have struck Little Wee as well.









Or maybe it's that Frauenkirche that's got me all wound up. The church is finished, and the consecration was last weekend. I heard that it was open to the public on Sunday night from about 11:30 until 5 on Monday morning and about 15,000 people streamed through in that night alone, in groups of about 400, with 20 minutes to look around the inside of the church. Unfortunately, we showed up a bit too early for the festivities and thought it had just been a rumor that he church would be open. Oh well, it was pretty cold to stand outside in a long line anyway.