Random: Current Addiction – Greta Van Fleet

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Two weeks ago during lunch, Rafa played me a song and said: “do you know who’s singing?”, and without a doubt in my mind, I asked: “is it Robert Plant?”. Rafa looked at me, smiled and said :”no, it isn’t! It’s a new band called Greta Van Fleet!”. I was shocked, to say the least, I have never heard a voice so similar to Robert Plant’s, and the song was good too, he played the Safari Song to me. Now friends, let me tell you something…I am a total rock chick! hahaha I like other genres of music, but they are very limited and I do feel like a fish out of water in Berlin with its famous electronic scene…I absolutely hate it! hahaha don’t get me wrong, we gave it a try once, and after 20 minutes at a club, the only thing I thought was, please, let’s get out of here now! But we actually lasted 2 whole hours, enough experience for a whole lifetime if you ask me! hahahaha

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Gordes

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Gosh, I don’t even remember the last time I was around here to share something with you guys, I know that it’s been probably almost a month, and I’m not proud of it…I always say to myself that I want to write more posts, but in the end that doesn’t happen. So here I am again trying to make this happen! I’m currently sitting at my dinning table and looking outside the window, and for my surprise, it’s snowing! I think this is the first time that I’m actually seeing snow in March since I’ve been here…..I am so ready for Spring, but this winter does not want to go away! haha and baby, it’s cold outside! Several days ago, it felt like -20 degrees celsius, I didn’t want to leave the apartment! haha So of course I’m reminiscing this time last year, I was dreaming of our trip to France that happened in the end of March….sun in the sky, nice warm feeling, french language, breathtaking views and oh, the baguettes! People can tell you about the baguettes, or you can read about how it’s good, but you can only fall in love with it after you have eaten it in France! Believe me, I have bought baguettes here in Berlin where it says, made like the ones in France, but friends, that ain’t no french baguette, and will never be! hahahahaha

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Life, lately…

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Hi people! Guess who’s back, back again?! After a two weeks of silence I am back! Not sure for how long….but that’s ok, right?! hahaha I had an interesting couple of weeks, one bad, and the other one really good…livin’ that old yin-yang life. Two weeks ago, Paco (my dog), caught the worst stomach flu ever….seriously, he has been sick before, but never like this…he threw up more than ten times before I took him to the vet. I have never seen him so weak and quiet, and for a hyper energetic dog, that was really scary. He didn’t eat for almost three whole days, he got shots, antibiotics, pills…but thank God, after five days he was his old jumpy, leash pulling little monster again! hahaha He got sick on his birthday, gosh what a present…so I wasn’t able to celebrate the proper way…I always like to take a picture of him on his birthday with those number balloons, almost what people do today to say how months old are their baby…hahaha It’s a nice way to remember him as the years pass by. I took the picture this year after his actual birthday, when he was already feeling well, and I loved the result! The balloon was way much cooler than last year’s, but since he only turned two, I can still get better and better at this! hahaha

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Sala da Mangiare

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Hello lovely people, how are you doing? I woke up today kind of tired today…for the past two nights I’ve not been able to sleep so good…so I’m kinda sleepy and lazy, but here I am, writing a post to see if I can shake it all away! On Monday, Rafael and I celebrated 2 years of marriage! Can’t believe how time is going by so quickly…8 years has already passed since we met at a samba bar in Campinas, Brazil…and so much has changed since that! We always like to go out for dinner to celebrate and talk while eating (so much eating, as always…hahahha). But this year, I also wanted to do something else, there is a jazz bar one block away from us called Sowieso. It’s been quite a while since I wanted to go there and see some live jazz music, so I said to myself this was a perfect situation! Rafael was having doubts about this place since forever, but I said let’s go and check it out, it may be nice! Guys, I’ve never ever been so wrong in my life! Last Friday was a mix of Portuguese/Berliner jazz, and I thought it would be fun….I swear…we lasted maybe 30 minutes there after the band started playing, it was like I was in my worst nightmare, or if I dare say, purgatory’s soundtrack! I am not kidding! I left the bar so mad, that I started crying in the street. I know…a bit dramatic, maybe? hahaha This has never happened to me before…Now, I may not be a musician, and I don’t understand a lot about music, but I do admire a good melody and arrangement in a song. But when six people start playing their instruments totally uncoordinated (at least that was what it seemed to us) 5 feet away from you, making a lot of weird noises (and faces…haha)…the only alternative we had was to bolt! If there had been an indication on the program that had said, experimental jazz music, I would have never gone to see the band. I know that a lot of people must enjoy these kind of performances (apparently the whole bar was in a trance, even the 70 year old lady sitting next to me was very focused on the band), but this is not our style. What really got me irritated and sad was the fact that one more place I can cross off my list that I’ll never go to anymore here in Berlin. If it’s not the weird music, it’s the fact that people can smoke in bars here (a thing that I really, really hate…I can’t stand smoke!). Of course I don’t know all Berliner bars, but what I do enjoy here are Irish pubs, especially the one that we went to for NYE, Irish Times….just keep them pint of Guinness coming and I’ll be happy all night! hahahaha

I don’t want to complain anymore, so let’s skip to Saturday night! It’s true when they say, when bad things happen, good things come…and this time it came really fast, the next day, at Sala da Mangiare! haha an Italian restaurant also close to our apartment, I have passed by it a couple of times during the day (when they are closed), and after reading about it on the Oooh, Berlin! guide winter edition, I decided it was time to make a reservation…I sent an e-mail (because I don’t like talking on the phone…haha) requesting a table for two, Saturday at 8 pm…but they never responded back, so maybe the phone would’ve been more efficient…haha The restaurant opens from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7 pm to 11 pm. We got there maybe around 7:30, and there where already people there, but we still managed to get a table. Like all little restaurants, this one can maybe fit around 30 people, so I think going early is the trick, in case you have not made a reservation.

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L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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It’s 2018 and I’m still writing about our trip to France, that happened 10 months ago…. 😮 I promise that I will try to finish until the end of this year! hahaha It may seem that we spent like a month there, but it was 7 days….one of the best seven days of my life! It’s funny to live in Europe…everything is so close, but so much different from one another, and affordable…if you keep things simple (if you live on a budget like we do), you can easily plan a yearly trip to some place new. In Brazil, travelling is hard, especially if you don’t own a car (we didn’t), everything is so expensive…so we never traveled there, sad because Brazil has so many beautiful places. But now that we are here living in Berlin, I would like to visit many, many places…I don’t know if it will be possible to travel this year, but I would definitely go France again, again in again….weirdly, I don’t have the urge to visit Paris…I mean, of course I would like to go there…especially for the Louvre museum, but since we already live in a big city, I like to travel to calmer e quieter places, and the south of France is perfect for that!

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Upside down Pineapple Cake

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TGIF!! This week was a slow one, does anybody else think that?! Managed to wake up early monday and tuesday, but from wednesday on it was so hard getting out of bed…ugh! It was so warm under the covers, and it was grey and rainy outside…sleeping should not feel so good! hahahaha other than that, I did a lot of cooking and baking this week, spent almost the whole morning and afternoons in the kitchen. My life seriously revolves around eating, and I’m very happy about that!! haha I love to browse the web, book and magazines for new recipes, and this week I found one really good! I follow a lot of people on IG, I guess most of them have blogs, but I always forget to check it out when I’m on the computer. I’ve been following Yossy Arefi’s IG for some time now, and I’m always amazed by her food pics, they are so beautiful and mouth watering…these days she posted a photo of a pineapple cake that gave me serious cravings, I love pineapple!!! Until that post, I think I had never noticed that she has a blog, Apt. 2B Baking Co. so I finally entered her blog to see the recipe, and apparently it was easy…I little bit odd for me, because I never put crème fraîche in a cake before, but hey there’s a first time for everything, right?! So I went to the supermarket last friday, to bake the cake during the weekend, but in the end I wasn’t feeling so good due to cramps (that time of month…). I ended up doing the cake on tuesday, by then, my pineapple was very ripe, I almost lost it, but I managed to save it to do the cake…yay!!!

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Grunewald – Hundekehlesee

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Hello you guys, happy 2018!!!

Hope you guys had an awesome NYE! We sure did around here, despite all the craziness on the streets…it was the third time that we went to the Irish Times pub, it’s a little bit more quiet, not your typical Berlin kinda party, but that’s why we love going there. This year we went with our italian friends and had a really amazing time. Truth be told, I may have exaggerated a bit on the drinks, and drunk Bruna appeared after midnight….hahahaha I always remember that Friends episode when Chandler does a formal surprise party for Monica’s 30th birthday and she comes home drunk and tries to act sober, and during the episode Phoebe says that she loves drunk Monica, because she’s so much more fun than regular Monica! hahahahaha We’ll my friends, I am a little bit like that, but in a different way…regularly I am a shy person, especially when I meet someone new…there is definitely a learning curve to really get to know me…but when I’m drunk, wow…I become a blabber mouth and also do some crazy stuff…haha this year, when we were going home from the pub, I started to run in the subway station and managed to go up the escalator in the opposite direction….I always wanted to know if I could manage to do that with the escalator going down…hahahha and don’t know how I didn’t fall, I was also wearing heals…hahaha so you can imagine my condition the next morning….yes guys, the first hangover of 2018! hahahaha and of course made that false promise to myself that I would never drink like that again….we’ve all been there, right?! But I don’t regret it, I had so much fun! I also wished happy new year to everyone in the subway, how great is that?! hahaha

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