W is for Wawel Castel – A to Z Challenge April 2015 | Wawel Schloss | Château du Wawel

I understood nothing, that was said or sung. I was not part of it. I knew that I was an outsider here. But here people weren’t here to judge others. I did not really fit in, but it felt ok to be there. It was still dark outside when we left home. When we arrived the day only started to dawn, slowly. We were almost late, … Continue reading W is for Wawel Castel – A to Z Challenge April 2015 | Wawel Schloss | Château du Wawel

V is for Vanilla – A to Z Challenge April 2015

V is for Vanilla

I reopened the freezer, took out the Whole Foods French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Even though I was doing this in secret, it cannot have stayed unnoticed for long, but I never heard any remarks regarding my guilty little pleasure.

I always appreciated the taste of vanilla, it was probably that ice cream when I was a teen that made me discover it. I did not know at that time that French Vanilla Bean actually has little to do with France. Normally it is called “Bourbon Vanilla”, in honour of the French dynasty, and refers to a specific origin: Madagascar and La Réunion. For a long time that was all I knew about vanilla, which was prominent to me in the form of vanilla extract and over-priced pods that were rather dry and twig-like. Continue reading “V is for Vanilla – A to Z Challenge April 2015”

U ist für Unterkunft – A to Z Challenge April 2015

“Wir brauchen für heute Nacht unbedingt eine Unterkunft!” sagte Tim mit ernster Miene zu seinem besten Freund Christian. “Ich weiß, wir werden schon etwas finden”, erwiderte dieser gelassen. “Wie kannst du bloß so ruhig sein? Meine Mutter wird mir die Hölle heiß machen, wenn sie erfährt, dass ich unter einer Brücke oder auf einer Parkbank übernachtet habe. Sie war ja schon von Anfang an gegen … Continue reading U ist für Unterkunft – A to Z Challenge April 2015

T is for Time – A to Z Challenge April 2015

ding, ding, ding the old pocket watch chimed thirteen minutes past twelve. He threw his papers and books into his backpack, today was not a day to arrive late. The recent death of his beloved grandfather and the profound sadness that came with it was not going to count as an excuse. Running through the door he thought of his grandfather. Years ago, when he was still … Continue reading T is for Time – A to Z Challenge April 2015

S is for Snake – A to Z Challenge April 2015

In the depth of the woods, Sisi woke up hearing the chant of her favourite songbird. Her whole body twitched. “What a beautiful sound”, she thought to herself whilst slowly uncoiling and slivering out of her comfortable nest. She often regretted how in the past this very type of bird had been on her weekly menue. With time she had learnt to no longer hunt … Continue reading S is for Snake – A to Z Challenge April 2015