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Fog in Frankfurt

This photo was taken 28 Nov 2011 when we had a rather heavy fog around the area.

Two days ago, or almost four weeks later, I got permission from Brigitte Wagner via Facebook to post this photo on my blog. Never too late to share, right?

Frankfurt skyline and fog

(with friendly permission from Brigitte Wagner)

Merry Christmas everyone! Frohe Weihnachten an alle!


Foggy Morning in Germany

Just a quick update with photo while this eerie-looking fog lingers on.

Foggy November in Germany

This is somewhat normal for November as Oberursel sits at the edge of the Feldberg Mountain.

Drive carefully, wherever you are.

Notes from Germany

A free morning ahead of me – what bliss. During this free time, I usually get a lot done. Unless I while it away reading my friends’ facebook updates.

Earlier this morning, 6:15 to be precise, I took my morning coffee out onto the balcony.

This is my routine – I love to start each morning with frische Luft (fresh air: a very German trade, by the way). The coffee’s steam soon evaporated, I could feel the frost in the air, and heard windshields being scraped from all kinds of directions.

Foggy morning in Germany

Around 9 a.m., the fog moved in and it seems it’s here to stay. It is dense enough to halt most traffic in our area.

On a different note, there are a few things I have learnt recently.

One, raw chestnuts are not only edible, but also delicious. Source: A nine-year-old Korean boy told me.

Two, the idea of youth hostels started in Germany. Founded by Richard Schirrmann in 1912, Burg Altena opened the doors to its first youth hostel guests in 1914. The oldest youth hostel in the world sits right here in Germany. Source: German study book PING PONG 2

Three, an Irish friend let me borrow Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (  The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society ( from her shelf. Since then, I have learnt that the Nazis also occupied the channel islands during WW II, got the recipe for making a potato peel pie, and realized once more what an impact letter writing can have. What a delightful book! It also reminded me of my own intention of sending a handwritten note to one of my off-line friends once a week…

As of now, the fog is lifting. The sky is pulling up its veil again. Oh well, it was very pretty while it lasted.


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