Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I passed the in-house unit exam of my German school. Hopefully it will be good enough for the powers that be!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Best World Cup ever!

You all might be aware that the FIFA World Cup was on recently, and maybe you also heard that Germany won. But this wasn't the best World Cup ever because Germany won - I mean, it helped a lot, but Carlinho and I were already declaring this before Germany made it past Brazil in the final. So many upsets, so many late comebacks, it was thrilling and fun. What more could we have asked for? (Okay, he would have liked Brazil to win, it it would have been nice for Australia to have not lost every match but we can't always get what we want.)

I watched the final match with some of my colleagues in a bar filled with other Germans. Basically, if Germany didn't win, this was going to happen again on an even more epic scale. 
Uniforms on!

Laura and Caro demonstrate facepainted German flags

This surprised me - that everyone got up and sang the anthem. Photo with bonus Jogi Loew!



And then of course, we all headed out to Leopoldstr. again to celebrate!
Literally, all of us

And we all pulled these kinds of faces!

Auf die Knie!!! (On your knees!) I have no idea what he was saying after that. 

Another guy tells everyone to get on their knees. What amuses me is that everyone obeys drunk shirtless guys

And then there were these fellows making a human pyramid

And to cap it off, there was a Supermoon that night!

But there was a massive miscalculation - I forgot that it was Sunday. I ended up walking nearly 7km to get home.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nutella brownie cupcake time!

I take my friend responsibilities very seriously. That's why for some reason I went to Shadya's place to show her how to make nutella brownie cupcakes. Nevermind that I was dressed to the nines - that's how I bake! 

Preheat your oven to 180C.
Use 6 spoons of nutella. Load the spoons. 

Microwave the nutella on medium for 30 seconds to soften it up (alternatively, warm it up over a pot of simmering water).

Add 200ml of flour and 1/4 tsp of baking powder

Mix it into a paste, then beat in 2 eggs.

Spoon the mixture into patty pans and bake for 12 minutes. When they come out, they'll still be soft. Let them cool (and sink) for a little bit and then enjoy the awesomeness. 

I also taught this recipe to Carlinho and showed him the brownie pan variation. If you do it this way, I would suggest baking it for 25 minutes. Carlinho said he baked it for 15 minutes. When I questioned about whether it was cooked through, he said that he felt it was better slightly undercooked and very soft on top. There's only one way to decide which way is better - make it for yourselves!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More Duolingo insanity

Sometimes I really wonder about this app.
Always useful to know in Portuguese

Also might come in handy depending on your company in France...

Ummm, yeah okay, I guess this is a German trait...

I suppose it's always possible some French guy might say this to you...

Monday, July 07, 2014

Truliane Wedding

Approximately 3 years after they got together, Truliane got married. I'd like to think I had a major role in this event as I was the one to point out the first time they were flirting with each other. On my facebook wall. Where I was notified every time they posted a new flirtatious message. Here are some highlights!!!
The reception was held in a small village not far from Munich. 

There were cows!

The happy couple

Balloons with well-wishes for the couple

The balloons are released and hopefully they make it back to them!

I did wonder at the wisdom of releasing these so close to the airport though...

Food is very important to these two and they gave us a good dinner which was a kind of Asian-fusion. Here's my main which was duck breast with coconut sauce and rice. 

And they had a massive dessert buffet - I'll admit to eating three different desserts. No regrets.

So herzlichen Glueckwunsch ihr zwei und alles, alles Liebe!

Friday, July 04, 2014


Carlinho moved to Karlsruhe today (boo!). But as a going away present since I'm such an awesome friend, he got me some roses (yay!)

And okay, he also got me a bag of coal - leftovers from a bbq we both attended!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Bedroom companion

I was lying in bed and about to go to sleep when I looked at this ceiling and saw this fella hanging around.

Possibly the biggest spider I've ever seen in my time in Germany!

I ultimately decided to let him be - it's been warm enough to sleep with windows open so who knows what kind of bugs he'll save me from.

Having said that, the spider wasn't there when I woke up in the morning.