Oh wie schön ist Panama

Panama…this had never been a country that I thought I would ever live in. To be honest,  when thinking about Panama the only things which used to come to my mind were the Panama Canal, a German children’s book by the author Janosch called Oh wie schön ist Panama (Oh how beautiful is Panama), well and the…

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About Taking Time

I hope you don’t mind that it’s been a little bit silently here on the blog. Settling in as a family of four and enjoying these precious moments has taken all my time…well, and then there was also our move to Panama; but that is another story (more to come soon)! Although I love writing…

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How I Prepared for Childbirth (incl. Postpartum)

  Recently, I read a post that questioned the whole idea about writing a birth plan; arguing with the fact that childbirth is an event which can’t be planned. Although I agree with the latter – childbirth is indeed an event where we don’t know upfront which exact course it’ll take ( I guess that my first birth…

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My First Birth Story: The Aftermath

“You forget it all once the baby is born”. This phrase has always amazed me. It sounded so surreal that it made the whole childbirth thing in my eyes even more magical. I had heard of birth stories where everything had happened quite smoothly and then there were those stories that had a more traumatic…

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Amsterdam With Kids: Hortus Botanicus

The sky is grey, it is rather cold outside and just two days ago it even snowed. This doesn’t sound much like the weather to visit a garden, right ? That said, the fabulous thing with the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is that is has five greenhouses that you can also enjoy on bad weather days. When visiting, we always…

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JAPAN DIARY: Kyoto (Moga Moga Café, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Bamboo Grove, Gion)

  When speaking about Kyoto there is obviously one thing that always pops up. Sightseeing. Of course we did some of it but not before having a calm and cozy breakfast. Thanks to the Machiya rental via Airbnb we had a voucher for a meal at the cute Moga Moga café which was located almost next door.  The interior…

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JAPAN DIARY: Kyoto (Nishiki Market & Machiya Rental)

For our 2 night stay in Kyoto, we had booked a restored traditional Kyo-Machiya via Airbnb. When we arrived at Kyoto station, our lovely host Tomomi (Minne) was waiting for us to pick-up our luggage so that we could already start and explore the city. Of course, our first destination was the food market, Nishiki Market. Being…

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JAPAN DIARY : Travelling With The Shinkansen Bullet Train

After our one-night stay in Tokyo, our next destination was Kyoto. Prior to our trip, we had purchased the Japan Rail Pass (also called JR Pass), a universal train ticket that is issued by the Japan Railway Group that allows foreign visitors to travel by train for a certain amount of time. The JR Pass cannot be…

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JAPAN DIARY: OKINAWA ISLAND (NAHA)

There is a reason why we decided to book a trip to Okinawa. A couple of weeks before going on our Japan trip, we felt more like a relaxing beach vacation so we checked our options and discovered that flying from Tokyo to Okinawa was not only not that long (2,5 hours) but also not…

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Strolling Around in Shibuya / Tokyo (Video)

Before I share our detailed travel map with all the who, what, when, where and whys, I would like to begin with a quick video from our first walk through Shibuya / Tokyo. We arrived on a Saturday morning at 10am local time after an overnight flight from Munich. The little bird had slept during…

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