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Take three bloggers who are passionate about the topics they blog about, add some sugar and spice, mix it with talent, personality and cleverness, stir well and sprinkle with a little luck before serving. The delicious results are two books that are hitting the shelves these days: Meike Peters' cookbook eat in my kitchen (named after her magnificent blog ) and Urban Jungle, a guide to living with plants by the masterminds and souls behind the Urban Jungle Bloggers movement: Igor Josifovic and Judith De Graaff

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solo for amaryllis | minamoka.com


Since this month's urban jungle bloggers' motto "botanical zoom" coincided with the bloom of our amaryllis I thought it would be the chance to finally become a part of Judith's and Igor's green family with a one woman show performed by this beautiful light pink lady. 


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Hey-ho. I'm still on board of this blog even though I didn't show up for a while. 2015 wasn't as empty as it might have seemed to a visitor of this little space of mine. In fact, it was packed and amazing and full of surprises. Wanna know a little more about it? 


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No words for today. 


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Okay, I'm still here. I've been here all the time but my transition into the new year (which isn't new anymore, I know) wasn't as smooth as I expected it to be. It's all good now, but I didn't feel like posting pictures or sharing anything during the past weeks. But now! Here are some impressions from our trip to the sunny south of France over christmas. It was the first time I spent christmas in a warm and sunny place and: it wasn't too bad. I didn't miss ANYthing. 

It was also my first trip to Nice and I must say I fell in love with that city a little bit - we just spent one day there but I was surprised how beautiful it is. I have a love-hate relationship with the french language because I've always wanted to learn it but never really succeeded in it which is why I always kind of avoided the country, being like: Pah, France, I don't need you and that arrogant language I don't speak!  I guess I had to be forced by some of my (french speaking...) family members who picked the Côte d'Azur as our christmas destination to get over that trauma. France, I still don't speak your beautiful arrogant language, but I like you!


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Merry christmas everyone! See you next year with more images from our little christmas trip to France and lots of new energy!


Oh istanbul! | minamoka.com

Finally - Istanbul! Last weekend I escaped to Istanbul to meet a dear friend who lives in Turkey now after we lived in the same town in Eastern Europe for a couple of years. Both of our lives have changed quite a bit since then and strolling through the streets of Istanbul for hours and hours gave us enough time to catch up, get lost, admire both its traditional architecture and its new identity as a design hub and take occasional breaks at one of Istanbul's many cool and cozy cafés. This city has definitely made it to the list of my favourite places and two days were just enough to get a taste of it. 

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Beginning are the best.


Like the beginning of fall, when the leaves are slowly changing their colors and vibrant red suddenly appears next to good old green. 

Unlike most people I also like the beginning of each new week. Yes, I like mondays! I usually start my mondays in a good mood, convinced that I will be able to tick off everything that's on my to-do list for the week. Of course that never happens. But hope dies last!


I hope you all had a terrrriffic monday! 


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color combo range and indigo | minamoka.com


It has been a warm and sunny week in Berlin and even though I didn't have much time to enjoy it I'm sure that it made my stressful week a lot easier. 


And those flowers I got at the market last weekend brought late summer colors to my home, too. Orange and indigo. Not such a bad combination, don't you think?


Have a wonderful weekend!



Summer is almost over - time to enjoy the last warm and sunny weekends. Perfect days in the city. 

We had coffee at a small organic food market around the corner from our house on saturday morning with two friends from India who stayed with us for a couple of days, listening to street musicians and watching kids run around and play. One of our friends said: "This is the kind of life we know only from the movies." And she's right, it's kind of unreal, and a lot more carefree and easy than most people's lifes in this world. A good reminder of how incredibly lucky we are. 


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Hvar, Croatia on minamoka.com


Three weeks ago we left Berlin in our car on a hot and sunny weekend and drove 1500 kilometers south to Croatia, took a ferry to the beautiful island of Hvar, put up our tent, tired from the long drive and a night in the car, when it started raining like crazy. Our tent was almost blown away by a storm during the night and when we crawled out of it the next morning our campsite neighbours told us that this was the worst summer ever on Hvar. Rain, storm and unusually low temperatures. At the same time Berlin experienced one of the warmest summers ever. I felt like packing and driving back home but the thought of another 20 hours in the car stopped me from it. Which was good because we had a wonderful time on Hvar, despite some rain and lower temperatures than we expected, but still loads of sun and beach weather. Turquoise water, Hvar's amazing landscape, beautiful little towns, fresh fish and having my three VIPs with me 24/7. Pretty close to perfect.





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