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I love my birthday sooo much!

If you are here for a while you know how my wish for a white wedding with a huge party went… my husband opted out. If you want to read about our love story and our proper but tiny wedding party you can read it on my blog.

No big wedding,...

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You look like a band

Do you have friendships which are a miracle to you? Like too good to be true but very true and you enjoy every second spent together?

I met these 3 guys in 2012 and was their group-leader for a trip organized by their university. I loved that yearly...

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The police ended our Limousine ride - Beat you owe us!

Ken normally doesn’t like surprises and likes to celebrate his birthday quietly and preferably at home. When I saw this offer of a restaurant during a school-team-event I thought: THIS is the perfect present for my husband: A limousine comes to...

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A venue full of happy people and a balloon-sea was my dream…

“I want a bigger audience!” That was my wish, that was my plan. Every month I held my small but very fun event in a Japanese restaurant in Zurich where I talked about Japan and how to have an amazing time there while traveling. I taught...

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Mama! The rice harvesting machine looks like a Pokemon

Rice is grown on every patch of flat ground in Japan. That's why you don't see animals grazing outside, rice comes first. There are many large fields; I like the ones in the residential areas and backyards best.

The rice harvest is taking place now in...

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Traveling back to the 20ties

The cooperative living place in which we rent our apartment celebrated its 100th birthday during covid-restrictions so they had to postpone the big anniversary party. Last November it finally happened and they invited every resident to a 1920s...

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Traditional Japanese paper postcard making in Osaka

I don’t want to let you wait to know about the awesome paper-making-postcard-sending experience you can book in Osaka downtown with Miwako.

When Mika and I went to Japan in 2017 a few weeks earlier than Ken I booked some fun traditional...

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Getting hit by a monk in Osaka's mountains

I was sitting there in this zen meditation with the 3000 golden Buddha statues next to me on the tatami-mats and was moved to tears. Japan has touched my heart deeply since I’m a child but this felt like a next level connection to this beautiful...

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Black out in our Airbnb in Barcelona

My bestie and I got home from our exciting dinner in the vibrant city of Barcelona and our airbnb looked like a wedding proposal would happen here tonight. Soft electric candle light in the whole little loft we've rented. A bottle of wine and two I ...

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When we broke into the house…

You know Pippi Longstocking, right? She is so wonderfully famous on the whole planet. The writer of Pippi, Astrid Lindgren from Sweden wrote many more amazing stories for children. My all time favorite is: “Ronja the Robber's Daughter”. Of...

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Two old bicycles make one tandem. Selfmade!

The first time I got an invitation for a scout-leader-camp I was too scared to join. I was fourteen, had zero self-esteem and preferred staying in our own scout division. The “hiking and sleeping outdoors in selfbuilt tents” - camp I went...

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Why do you have so many friends from different countries, Ronja?

I tell you why in my world, wonderful connections around the globe are the best thing AND a very “normal thing” to have:

The short version is, my parents had many international friendships, I spent time in the US as a kid, I went to Japan...

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