Electric, eclectic art!

i have already posted some photos in the eletrique category…but Essen is full of them, most are a really great flash of color and deserve to be shown off.

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I love how some “genius”  added his own opinion to the mural, at least it is in sync with the meaning.

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I love the sea and this in the middle of flat land all around just adds a special flavor.

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Electricity – energy – in a sense a chi! 

Sitting eternal

Sitting eternal

Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.

I stay my haste, I make delays,
For what avails this eager pace?
I stand amid the eternal ways,
And what is mine shall know my face.

(not my own poem)

April Review

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Another month has almost reached its end and just recently – spring arrived.  What a long winter it has been!  Though this weekend does not feel much like it, temperatures dropped from 25 to 8, at least the world looks more friendly.  Every day the trees are getting greener, flowers blooming and the air is filled with a sweet aroma…not good for all those who suffer from allergies – but I am not one of them, so all I can express is a sadness for those who are unable to enjoy this season with all their senses.

This month marked an increase in activities in the further education course I have been participating in since February.  A round of tests already taken and preparations for a presentation to take place in the next 10 days which will of course be graded(I am very pleased with the result of the first one, anxiously awaiting the outcome of the other test).  On top of that or simultaneously, readying my curriculum vitae and my letters to prospective companies to do my 2 month internship which will start in June.  

Due to my new found friends at ‘school”, my social life has also taken a turn for the better. To be able to spend a nice dinner and or a glass of wine and cheese with them, with good conversation and laughter is not just a great distraction but also provides me with a feeling of belonging. And for them and that feeling, I am grateful.

The other morning on the way to class on the bus, I felt like I have really arrived.  In the beginning, my city of birth conveyed first of all a sense of security and peace.  An altered reality.   Now I perceive it more like homecoming.  I am still torn between my past –  all those years abroad and those bizarre circumstances resulting in the move – and finding myself or even reinventing myself in the present.  But it has been a surprisingly positive transition.  The most difficult and challenging part appear to be behind me.

 

 

Ready? Set…Go

Ready? Set...Go

The silent recipients of things to come stand patiently from fall till spring. With the first rays of sunshine and warm temperatures, life begins again. Everything that was dreary and bleak begins to dress in their finest colors. Slow and timid at first, then in a rush!
It is a joy! After a long winter it is not just the trees, plants and animals that want to stretch their limbs and put on that pretty new dress.

Just an ordinary German lunch-break in spring

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Hidden in the ‘center court’ of our further education building, is this oasis with a lovely little pond.

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Hungry goldfish, not Koi, live in its murky waters.  It was a surprise when I first discovered what was concealed in the algae infested liquids(I shared some of my sandwich with them, which they happily fought over).

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I just wish that the fishies were easier to recognize…spring cleaning – a must.

The neighborhood Bakaliko

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A little supermarket opened in my neighborhood not too long ago and I must say that it has been and is a great joy to me every time I enter it.  A Turkish Bakal or as I know it from Greece, a Bakaliko, is in a sense a trip into a time that has passed…a time warp, if you wish…a shop of many delights, including Turkish delights(if you know what they are).

Turkish stores not only have a great selection of vegetables, so unlike the local supermarket wrap ups, but rows and rows of goods and spices to discover, exotic looking names to the OUTSIDER – but if you have ever lived in the Near or Middle East, they are things you recognize.  Wine leaves, and chick peas for hummus, lahme bajeen(minced meat pizzas), borek(cheese or spinach pies), spices and sijjo(sausages), olives, grenadine syrup, rose and orange blossum waters, nuts roasted or coated with sugar glaze.
5 kilo bags of black tea, or rice and bulgur fine and coarse. Lentils in all colors, a variety of pulses that you never get to see unless you go to a specialty shop.
Right at the entrance huge bunches of parsley and coriander, peppers in all shades and sizes, raw almonds and green plums…
 

The meat counter is a treat…clean! Not prepackaged -god knows where and god knows what(of course it is halal)! You know what you are selecting and don’t have to worry about eating ‘my little pony’…  

Shopping in Germany is a wonderful experience: Not only do you have discounters or high end delicatessen but an immense choice of alluring, colorful international shops.
So why don’t you take a quick vacation and feast your senses? All you have to do is go explore! 

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Overnight appearance

Weekly photo challenge
Every other day while walking through my city, I come across new stuff. The artists are always busy.
This latest kind of wall art, was made overnight and now gives the street corner an exotic flair.
What sticks with me the most are the eyes, haunting, pleading…
It reminds me of those explosive days in downtown Athens in 2008. After the shooting of A. stencils of him appeared all over.