Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Right after we took the previous Beer Balcony photo yesterday evening, we had our next visitors coming up the stairs.

Lisa (on the left) also attended the same international school with son Thomas and friend Gareth. So it was a small 10-year reunion. This all happened by chance.

Beer Balcony with Rita & Lisa

Lisa, originally from Bad Homburg, is currently enrolled at university in Aberdeen. I’ve got her mom on the other side.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Earlier this past week, we had visitors here from Paris for four days. This must have been the first time we failed to have our Beer Balcony picture taken! But I know they will be back, so there will be a next time.

This weekend, we welcomed Gareth from PA/USA into our home and onto the balcony. Son Thomas and he used to be schoolmates at Frankfurt International School (FIS) in Oberursel until Gareth left in 2005. Another thing they have in common – they were both born in Japan, within three months of each other. Well, you know, expat kids.

Beer Balcony with Gareth W.

Thomas with Gareth from PA/USA, who is currently in D√ľsseldorf for German language studies and visiting Oberursel for German culture studies. ūüôā

 

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My Welsh friend went to Bali and got me a new beer balcony sign – made from recycled boats, then painted with customized lettering.

Beer Balcony sign from Bali

My friends are definitely ahead of me… I’m running behind. Not only with posting, but also with taking photos.

Until yesterday, we had French beer balcony friends here, but we did not even get to take a photo. We sat on the balcony only once, and had such a good time, we completely forgot about the camera.

Our balcony was due for major renovation this summer, so this took seven weeks to complete. We are still waiting for minor follow-up jobs to be done. After that, we can move all our planters back outside. The majority of the plants died, while sitting in the apartment and stairway.¬† They need to be outdoors… as much as I do.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

The Beer Balcony season is now officially opened. On 9 May, we had our first visitors on the balcony.

beer

Next to Czech beer and Korean Cheongju (ž≤≠ž£ľ), which we mixed to make Somek (žŹėŽß•), we also some retro party food, such as the K√§seigel (pronounced: K√§-se-i-gel).

Käseigel

Käseigel

And now to the better part of the evening. We enjoyed five hours of sitting outside, while catching up with the past nine years,  and current events.

BB with JungWon and So-Hyun

JungWon and Sohyun, two Korean students currently attending the University of Hamburg for an exchange year.

Solar Eclipse and Brewing Beer in the Dark on the the Faroe Islands

Back in 2008, I visited my friend Mariann on the Faroe Islands and fell in love with the landscape, the shores, and the islands’ serenity.

Faroe Islands

Mariann just sent me this notification. For those of you with limited Faroese language skills, here is the English version of the announcement (source: VisitFaroeIslands on Facebook) for the Total Solar Eclipse and beer drinking happening on 20 March 2015.

Vagar Airport, the international airport in the Faroes, is located on the island of V√°goy.

The Total Solar Eclipse, which this year can only be seen in the Faroe Islands and Svalbar, is only 33 days away!

F√łroya Bj√≥r, a Faroese brewery, have produced a limited edition Solar Eclipse beer.

What’s special about the beer is that it is brewed only in complete darkness and when there is a full moon. The raw materials used are distinct. The water is Faroese, and there are three different types of beer- and wheat malt.

The beer is spiced with special hops imported from New Zealand called Nelson Sauvignon, which relates to the grape of the same type. The beer is golden like the sun, and leaves a dry aftertaste, making it resemble white wine.

If you’d like to come and enjoy a one-in-a-lifetime experience (and some Faroese beer), there are still flights, ferries and accommodation available.

For more information about the Total Solar Eclipse, visit www.solareclipse.fo

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