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The end of Strawberry Summer

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Here we are again, for me the best time of the year is over: strawberry summer! It has been wonderful to buy fresh strawberries from local farmers on every street corner for at least six weeks straight. I’m quite obsessed with strawberries, I love the smell, the taste and the looks of them. Additionally, strawberries contain lots of vitamin C and manganese along with several other vitamins and dietary minerals which makes them the perfect summer fruit for me.

Which is why my mum and I decided to celebrate the season’s end with going to a local farmer where there’s a strawberry café throughout the strawberry season. We bought the final strawberries of this summer (I know there are still some around here and there but in my area they have already been replaced by cherries) and enjoy some delicious treats.

Strawberry cake, sparkling strawberry wine, strawberry waffles and strawberry milk – delicious!

Since there won’t be any fresh local strawberries until next year, I did buy lots of strawberry-things recently to help me get through the rest of summer. It is helpful that strawberries – in some form or another – are still everywhere. Firstly, I went to a gardening store where they sold a bucket with a strawberry print – on sale for 1,99€! I couldn’t resist even though I don’t really need it but I’m sure I’ll find something to do with it sooner or later and until then it’ll just look cute. 😉 Secondly, I went grocery shopping and I found a sparkling strawberry wine that I also couldn’t resist buying. I had that one before so I know it tastes really good – much sweeter than the one from the local farmer though. Thirdly, I went to a drugstore where I picked up a shower cream called ‘iced strawberry dream’ – how could I say no? It’s by treaclemoon – an English brand now also available in Germany and since recently in Austria as well – and they offer a variety of odours: lemonade, ginger, raspberry and coconut and the best thing about them is that they’re vegan! I’m in love already!

All things strawberry!

The eos lip balm in strawberry sorbet pictured above is from my trip to America in May. I got obsessed with eos lip balms and bought all available colours as presents and for myself to enjoy. I keep one in my car (mint), one in my handbag (summer berries), got my sister one as a souvenir (strawberry sorbet) and will give her another one for her birthday (lemon drop) which still leaves me with blueberry acaí and honeysuckle honeydew. They are 95% organic and 100% natural, paraben and petrolatum free and packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil it says on the packaging. Adding another obsession to a very long list of ones I already have (e.g. coffee).

I hope everyone is enjoying summer even though the weather here in Germany is really bad at the moment. All the more reason to stock up on summery things methinks! But right now it’s time for football/soccer. Good luck Germany!!! 🙂

Germany solar light 🙂

 

Happy Birthday!

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Not only is this my 25th birthday today but it is also the birthday of my second blog!

I am Caroline, 25 years old today, a PhD student with a part-time job in the book industry, and I’m from Germany.

Wikipedia describes the Quarter-life crisis as ‘a period of life usually ranging from the late teens to the early thirties, in which a person begins to feel doubtful about their own lives, brought on by the stress of becoming an adult.’

Very true if you ask me. Not only did I finish my Master’s degree five months ago but I also started my PhD in January and my first real job in April. All in all, it has been a very stressful last year and I am looking forward to settling into this new adult lifestyle. Let’s see how I get on!

Hope you will stick around!

Caroline

Happy Birthday!