Traveling Munchkins

Traveling? – That's obvious. Why Munchkins? – Why not? ;)

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Duck Tales

Just saved some ducklings today from being run over by cars!

Well, technically my colleague did most of the work, but I helped one duckling that could not climb back up from the road – the confused one.

So there you have it: Real Estate Agents that ACTUALLY go above and beyond to help others move – even if it is just some ducklings across the road!  

Heute habe ich alle meine Entchen davor bewahrt, vom Auto überfahren zu werden!

Ok, eigentlich hat meine Arbeitskollegin die meiste Arbeit geleistet, aber ich hab immerhin einem Entchen geholfen, das es nicht auf den Fussweg hochgeschafft hat…

Ich bin halt ein echter Ent-husiast!😉



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A day with Uncle Akin

I recently discovered: buying a skateboard is not enough – you have to actually ride it. Mostly, we’ve been putting Katie on it, so she gets a feel for it (I guess we’re kind of on the same skill level). She still lacks the upper body strength to put her on a surfboard on her own… But we’re working on that!

So this Sunday, we went to North Head for my first skateboard session there. Uncle Akin was taking his cam to document this fabulous day! Skateboarding, family photos and whale watching! Awesome!

A modern camera has just one major flaw: You have to put a memory card in… Classic Uncle Akin! I guess the real memory is kept in your heart anyway (and on your mobile phone).

On the bright side, all the Asian tourist up the lookout point took so many pics with their state-of the art cams of our little Munchkin on the skateboard, I probably just have to google it to find some high-res versions…


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Freshie Frisbee Friday’s Newest Member

After I spent a good deal of the last weeks and months posting about my family, I thought it was high time to write something about my appreciation for my surrogate family here in OZ.

This pic was taken one week after Katie was born, it was the first time she ever went to the beach, heard the sea, and met the lovely souls that make up the group commonly referred to as “Freshie Frisbee Friday”.

It took us forever to get ready (to a point where we almost did not go) and drive down to Freshie, but I am so glad we did, as we could not have wished for a better, more memorable welcome that night.

When we walked in sight of the Frisbee pitch and someone (unfortunately I can’t remember who) spotted us, they dropped the Frisbee, started clapping and cheering, and ran towards us. To be honest, at first I was a bit concerned with all those sweaty, sandy bodies, but hey, love is not always hygienic, right?😉 We were literally & figuratively surrounded by love!

Frisbee Friday's Newest Member

The genuine happiness and affection shown to us here warms my heart, and I just wanted to say thanks for that. Being away from the people we love in Europe is sometimes hard to deal with, but having you guys around certainly makes it a lot easier, proving once again that family does not need to be blood.

Like countless times before in our lives, traveling was the big common denominator that led to this in the first place. While we were making our journey around the world, we ended up on that little hidden gem of an island in Thailand, where we meet a loco guy named Allie. We told him, we were going to move to Australia eventually (I don’t think he took us seriously at that point) – and one day, we texted him to come to our house to hang out.

When we opened the door, he was like: “Hey, did you miss me? Guess you remembered me differently?” And that’s how we met Dan. (Allie was hiding somewhere in the hallway) I’m pretty sure Dan used different words that day, but I will not repeat his politically incorrect vocabulary.

Later that year, Allie introduced us to Frisbee – and the rest is history.

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The unlikely love of a koala & an otter


Red Passion

Today is our 12th anniversary. Franzi, the love of my life, etc etc.

But instead of confessing my everlasting love to her, and boring the hell out of everyone, I thought I give a bit of a backstory to that photo.

I consider this picture of Franzi one of the most precious photos I have ever taken, shot on the very day I told her for the first time that I loved her, and gave her the ring that is now her engagement ring. (While I was writing this, Franzi mentioned to me that I did not give her the ring but a pair of earrings that day. Thanks for destroying my fake precious memory! But I think I’ll leave it like that anyway, the story just sounds better like that. As they say: It’s not a lie if YOU believe it. Moving on…).

Getting there was not easy. Pretty much no one believed we would become a couple (including me). To phrase it politely: I was pretty good at being single (and that was way before Tinder), with not much intention of changing into couple-mode.

In addition to my own doubts, there were the doubts of, well, pretty much everyone else. People warned Franzi not to be with we me to begin with (but to be fair, for a good reason), not to visit me when I was studying abroad in Spain, and – after she did – definitely not to come back. BTW, thanks Mausi, still one of my favorite anecdotes next to the episode of you, me and that donkey in Morocco. That donkey still calls from time to time…).

When Franzi took a Spanish class back in Germany so she would be able to impress me with her rad language skills the next time she visited me, my own Spanish professor literally laughed at Franzi when she heard I was the reason she was doing it. And for foolishly thinking she would be able to keep me… I am not using “literally” wrong here. We’re talking laughing out loud in front of the class…!

So it was like the unlikely love of a koala and an otter: They might make a cute couple, but they live in 2 totally different environments… (Fun fact: If Koalas want sex, they wander aimlessly around for a while until they find somebody. If they don’t, they just give up and go back to sleep. I really like that analogy!)

Good thing Franzi did not listen, sharing the same philosophy I have as well: You hear everyone out, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.

Well, after traveling the world, moving to the other side of the planet, having a kid and sharing a wonderful life together, I think it safe to say: We might stand a fighting chance after all!😉