Strange Appearances in Photos

Do you know the feeling when you think you are going to take a great picture just to have someone pop into it? Or see someone “unwanted” in them when you go through them later? For me this phenomenon appears each time my Chinese mother-in-law is around.

No matter where we are she jumps at each opportunity to be in the photo as soon as she sees me using one of the cameras. It got sometimes so bad that I secretly tried to use my camera or only used it when she was occupied harassing other people. Of course this does not always work especially when I try to take pictures of Nathan as she is never far away from him. She got even that good in getting somehow into the photo that I only realize her “being in the shot” when going through the material weeks later.

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Last but not least: Do you spot her? Check above Nathan’s head!!!

Do you have somebody who wants to be in each picture as well?

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A Day at the Beach

Last week I announced that I would be getting more active with blogging again and I kind of regret it already. No not that I hate blogging but I discovered that I have too much material to work with. Yes, you can actually have too much. For one my dear beloved Chinese mother-in-law is giving nearly daily new material to write about. However she is just the tip of the iceberg as I have “postponed” so many other things over the past two years. Only the small trips and craziness in China is already overwhelming me! So this post is about one of our little tours from last summer when MIL was still with us in Germany.

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So much sand

What image do you have when you think about a beach? I’d say it is with clear blue water and white sand. All over the world the beaches are different as I especially noticed when we had our holiday in Rhodes where the beach was a stony hell with each step without shoes was pure torment. Last summer we went to a beach nearby my hometown, to Sankt Peter-Ording.  It is a very popular seaside spa (they have their own sulphur spring!) and is a municipality of the district Nordfriesland in my home state Schleswig-Holstein.  That beach is a bit different from any I have ever visited before as you can see in the pictures. This is because it is a Intertidal Zone, the entire North Sea coast of Germany is called Wadden Sea (including part of the Netherlands and Danmark). Twice a day the ocean decides that it fun to retreat and you can do some great mudflat hiking.

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Yep, you can swim there

Anyhow the beach at Sankt Peter-Ording is also easy to reach by car as it has Germany’s only beach parking lot. So you just drive there and park you car at the beach. When we were at the beach there was currently the low tide which meant that we had to walk still for 20 min till we reached the ocean.  MIL and my wife were amazed as they had never seen something like that nor imagined. Nathan was another story though as he was so afraid of getting his feet dirty in the mud (yes he is one picky little fellow). He also didn’t really trust the shallow waters which were filled with shrimps and crabs. The entire time he wanted to be carried except of course when we wanted to leave. Suddenly he wanted to play around and not leave anymore, what should I say – kids.

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A pile of…I don’t know

Though we were only there for one hour we had a great time. There is just so much fun you can have, especially with kids, as there are small animals everywhere. I still remember how I “hunted” down a crab the size of a golf ball and proudly presented it to my wife. It took a lot of effort and pain and in that moment a small boy passed by showing off his crabzilla. That beast was nearly as big as a dining plate! I wonder if he still has all his fingers…

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That all is usually covered by water

Besides hunting down crabs I also tried to catch some shrimps but that was a bit harder even though there were thousands of them in the shallow waters. In the end I decided against catching any more crabs or shrimps and set them all free because I was fearing that MIL was making some sudden dinner plans involving those poor little creatures. As you might remember from this blog post I was not too happy once we got home as MIL somehow had managed to drag in half the beach in the car. That was some serious vacuum cleaning the next day I tell you that.

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Some of the stilt houses

In case you ever have a trip to Germany and are for some weird reason in the North I recommend to check out the Wadden Sea. It is just incredible what Nature is doing and to see with you own eyes how the water retreats beyond eyesight. Where to witness that spectacle is all up to you as it is magical at any spot at the Wadden Sea.

What interesting beaches have you visited?

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NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2016 Nominations Announced

Hello everyone, my first midweek Blogpost is already happening now after being without it for 1 1/2 years! I had actually planned to wait with it for a few weeks but M from Nepaliaustralian gave me the perfect opportunity to have one already now as I have been nominated for the “Best Personal Blog” at the Nepaliaustralian’s Blog Award 2016.

“A moment please that sounds familiar” you might think and you are right. I had actually the honor to win the “Best Personal Blog” at the Nepaliaustralian’s Blog Award 2015. So in order to increase my chances in repeating this feat I herby force all of you to vote for me!

Nah just joking. Please do check out the other blogs, not only in the Best Personal Blog category but also in the other categories as well as there are many very interesting blogs which you might not know yet!

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Thank you everyone for getting behind Nepaliaustralian Blog Award 2016 and nominating your favourites blogs. So now the nomination has closed and it’s time to vote for your favourite blogs to win the title.

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Following are the nominations in each category.

  • Best Blog for 2016
  1. https://witlessdatingafterfifty.wordpress.com/
  2. https://megaworthit.com/
  3. https://atkokosplace.wordpress.com/
  4. https://passionfruitgarden.com/
  5. https://anewlifewandering.com/
  • Best Photo Blog 2016
  1. https://milliethom.wordpress.com/
  2. https://kcsantoshphotography.wordpress.com/
  3. https://travelswithchoppy.com/
  4. http://www.retireediary.wordpress.com
  5. https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/
  • Best Food Blog 2016
  1. https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/
  2. https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/
  3. http://cookingfromheart.com/
  4. http://foodpleasureandhealth.com/
  5. http://ministryofcurry.com/
  • Best Travel Blog 2016
  1. https://enchantales.wordpress.com
  2. https://lostinprettyeurope.wordpress.com/
  3. http://annasherchand.com/
  4. https://irene-travelogue.com/
  5. https://amandacoxdesign.wordpress.com/
  • Best Fashion Blog 2016
  1. https://lifewithtisha.com/
  2. https://fashionandmoore.com/
  3. http://sylandsam.com/
  4. https://disasterdavis.wordpress.com/
  5. https://fashiongirlanonymous.wordpress.com/
  • Best Personal Blog 2016
  1. https://aftertheraincomessunshine.com/
  2. https://kenthinksaloud.wordpress.com/
  3. https://alinabarac.wordpress.com/
  4. https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/
  5. https://crazychinesefamily.com/
  • Most Diverse Blog 2016
  1. https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/
  2. https://hungrydai.wordpress.com/
  3. https://joliesattic.com/
  4. https://aloversmuse.wordpress.com/
  5. https://shiviiamphoenix.wordpress.com/
  • Best New Blog 2016
  1. http://www.sustayableme.com/
  2. https://southmeetssoutheast.wordpress.com/
  3. http://enchantales.wordpress.com
  4. http://annasherchand.com/
  5. https://hello1am.com/

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