What essentials belong in your First-Aid-Kit?

I am one of those guys that wants to be prepared for like, everything. This is why I have always some essential „First Aid“-things with me when I go on a trip. You‘re anything like me? Well, here is my list for my First-Aid-Kit!

Iberogast

Iberogast is a natural antinauseant, made of 9 herbs. It tastes really bitter, but it helps really good! The ingredients are candytuft (Iberis Amara, this is where the name comes from), angelica root, milk thistle fruit, celandine herb, caraway fruit, licorice root, peppermint herb, balm leaf and chamomile flower. It is originally from Germany, but it is available in other countries, too. And it‘s without prescription! I always have that in reach when I travel by bus. You never know what the driver is like 🙈🤷🏼‍♀️

Aspirin plus C

I react to painkillers close to „not at all“, but this is my cure for bad headaches, hangovers and colds. I carry at least 2 of those in my First-Aid-Kit, as they take away, like, no space.

Riopan

Again, something against nausea. When I went to London in January, I managed to get myself food poisoned just 4 days before. As I had A LOT of food plans there, I needed something to settle my stomach. Riopan did that (most times). For me a little downside: it tastes like marzipan, and I really hate that stuff. But most people like it, so I might be with the minority on disliking the taste…

Band-Aids

I always carry some with me. I like to have the elastic-type by Hansaplast, I experienced they work best for me and my uses. When I have my normal First-Aid-Kit, I always have two types with me: the pre-cut ones and the ones you have to cut yourself. There might be a wound that is a little larger than the pre-cut ones or on your fingertip etc., so I like to be prepared on that as well 🤓 (Don‘t forget mini scissors when you take uncut ones with you!)

Betaisodona

Betaisodona is iodine. It is used to disinfect open wounds. By now I use it for nearly every wound I have, as I made the experience that they heal much quicker then. So it is definitely a must for me!

Mucoangin

When I get a cold, the first thing I lose is my voice. And I mean, totally. No sound. Mucoangin are cough tablets which have a numbing effect. They work really great for me, I have my voice back in a few hours to a day. I always get the ones with wild berry flavor, so they don‘t even really taste like medicine 😊

Herpes Creme & Herpes Patches

It is really annoying, but I always get herpes on my lower lip when I am really stressed out (and biting my lip…), when I was really grossed out by something or when I get too much sun, like when I am snowboarding (reflecting snow does not help me here…). So I always have a Creme and Patches with me, to get rid of it really soon. I am currently using Aciclovir by Ratiopharm and patches by a German drugstore (DM). Both work really great for me.

Nux Vomica

Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy against nausea (after heavy drinking or eating) or when you threw up. I use D6 as potency. It is super easy to use: In the first 1-2 hours, you‘ll take 5 globules every 15 minutes, then only 3 times per day 5 globules. So, for example when you start using it in the morning around 8, you take 5 globules every 15 minutes until 10, then 5 around 12 or so and 5 around 6 pm.

Euphrasia

As I wear glasses the most times, I don‘t have this problem as often anymore: conjunctivitis. When I wore/wear contact lenses and I get too much air condition in my face (for example in the car), my eyes show that really quick. They turn red, start to itch, and are watering a lot. Euphrasia is also a homeopathic remedy, I use it – just as Nux Vomica – as D6 potency. The intake is the same 😊

Eyedrops

I don‘t have these with me as often as I had when I still wore contact lenses a lot. But when I am snowboarding, I always have one or two of the ones for single use with me.

Prospan

Prospan is a natural remedy against a cough. No alcohol involved here (or at least, near to zero), so you won‘t feel wasted. I always buy the one for children, it is thick and sweet and helps me in just one day SO much. I always start to use it when I feel that I really need to cough but can‘t do it already, so that it‘s loosening.

Kinesiotape

This is definitely one of the things in my First-Aid-Kit that I don‘t bring on every trip. But as I have knee problems, I always have a roll with me when I know that I will walk a lot or do a lot of exercise (or snowboard.). I can definitely recommend trying taping, it really helps me when my knees are getting worse. There are some great videos on YouTube that teach you different techniques, too!👩🏼‍⚕️

Blistering Plasters

Again, I don‘t carry these ones always, but you never know when you‘re walking around a lot. Even the most comfortable shoes can hurt when your sock is just working against you (yes, I have been there 🙄). So: city trips or a lot of exercise, always blistering plasters with me.

Azaron

Against mosquito bites I use Azaron. Of course, this is mostly relevant in summer or tropic areas. But then, I always have it with me, as mosquitos like me wayyy too much…🙄

 

This post is NOT sponsored in any way, these are all recommendations of products that I am using. Some are always with me, some are not – but this also depends on the kind of adventure I am on 😊 These are the German versions of the remedies I use, but I am sure, the most of them are available in your country, too. I try not to take too many chemicals when I don‘t have to, so on my list is often a natural remedy. And remember: this is only what works for me, there is no guarantee that it will work for you, too. And if your symptoms last longer than a week and you just don‘t feel better at all, you really should go and see a doctor! 🤒

You want this as a PDF-Checklist? Great! I have one for you right here!

Emergency Card, Emergency ID

What’s an emergency card? | + free Printable!

I hope you never had an accident in foreign countries before, but you might have had one or two thoughts about having one when you travel. What would happen? How is the medical assistance in the country you travel to? Are you insured? What information will they need so they can help you?

For Example, in Germany, we’re compulsorily insured. That gives us access to health care in Germany, but the rules in foreign countries are different. You should always check those in advance! You might have to pay medical treatments beforehand and get the money back by your insurance when you’re back home, maybe it is no problem and your insurance covers the expenses immediately. There are also additional insurances that cover return transport to your home country when you’re injured.

But what happens before all that, when you’re not conscious? How do they know anything about you and the health issues you maybe already have, for example, the medications you need or your allergies? That’s what an emergency card or emergency ID is for. It normally has the size of a credit card, so you can carry it in your purse.

 

What belongs on your emergency card?

But what should be on it?

  • Name
  • Adress
  • Emergency contact (+ phone number)
  • Age
  • Hight
  • Weight
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Distinguishing Mark
  • Blood Type
  • Medical Info
  • Picture
  • Organ Donor?

I have a free printable for you, you can get your Download here! It is an interactive PDF, so you can fill it out in your PDF-Viewer and print it afterward! The Image-Size is 19,5mm x 26,5mm ☺

Emergency ID

If you’re more the digital kind of person and you have an iPhone, you can fill out an emergency ID in your Health-App!

 

And your Dog’s emergency card?

You’ll need a different one for your dog, though. This one is for when your dog is alone at home and you’re out and get injured and as a little cheat sheet for you.

  • Name
  • Age/Date of Birth
  • Picture
  • Person to contact
  • Medical Info

You can get that one here! The Image-Size is 21mm x 29mm ☺

Emergency ID Dog

You want both? No problem, too! There you go! ☺

 

I laminated mine, so they will last a little longer.

Stay safe on your Mini Adventures! ❤

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Why you should want a camper van NOW

Did you ever wonder what that hype is all about with Camper Vans, #nomadlife and #vanlife? Well, here is a list with reasons why you should want a camper van of your own NOW!

Just go whenever and wherever you want

I think that one of the biggest pluses is definitely going wherever you want and whenever you want. Just getting in your van and drive in any direction sounds really great to me. You don’t really have to plan your route when you see the whole trip as your adventure. See an interesting city along the road? Just go and see it! You never have to mind about something taking too long, you have a home on wheels!

Sleeping in the car becomes comfy

Talking about home on wheels, sleeping in your car now isn’t the worst case anymore! You can have a real bed with a mattress you love, your favorite pillows and blankets. It’s also kind of a fallback, visiting somewhere took too long and you’re just SO tired? You should never drive when you’re overtired, but now you don’t have to take back pain instead of tiredness. Couldn’t find a hotel room? Camper Van!

Driving License allows Vans

At least in Germany, we need a different license for vehicles over 3,5 tons and another one for trailers. This would include caravans. So a Van is THE option when you don’t have those licenses (I don’t 🤷🏼‍♀️).

Work from anywhere

Nowadays there are a lot of options to work from home, even when you’re working for a big company. If you coordinate that with your employer, you might do that while on the road, depending on your job of course. It might be hard for a factory worker to work for their company while traveling another country 😉

But there are other ways to work while you travel. If you’re self-employed and your job is internet-based like I am for example. Or maybe you have a successful blog or are a journalist that can send in their stories every once in a while.

Not timebound

One of my favorites: you’re free to stay as long as you’d like. You’re not dependent on hotel availability or weather or minimum days or anything like that. You’re at the beach and the weather turns from really bad to super good right when you planned to leave? No problem with a camper van!

Dogs are always allowed

One of the most important things for us dog owners: you will never have to look for a pet-friendly hotel again! You’ll always able to take your furry best friend(s) with you, no more worries if they are allowed in your room or not. You have your camper van!

What type of Camper Van should you want?

What type of Van you should aim for, really depends on what you want and in which countries you want to travel with it. There are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • Old or new?
  • Which type of driving? (diesel? gas? electric?)
  • Do you want to work on it? Or should it be “ready to go”?
  • What does it have to be? Home on Wheels? Just a place to sleep?
  • Do you need it to be an office, too?
  • Where will you go? Does your camper van need special abilities for that? (air condition? good isolation?)

 

I, for example, would love an old camper van where I can get creative with the interior and make it my own, that is an electronic vehicle that charges through a solar panel. That would be fantastic, you’d have enough power for inside and your car would be autonomous from gas stations. But I guess, someone would have to invent that first 😅

And now: start dreaming of your own camper van for your Mini Adventures!

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What you will need in your camera bag!

Ever wondered what really belongs in your camera bag? Today I want to show you whats in mine and how I keep it all together!

I’ll put the links of the bought products in this post. Some of them are Affiliate Links (Amazon DE), you don’t pay extra when you order via these links, but I get some money for it ☺

I think, the essential part in a camera bag is your camera 😉 For me, I choose the Sony Alpha 6000 to be my travel companion. But even when that’s not your choice, this list will still work for you ☺

I don’t like the boring look of the camera strap that comes with the camera, so I decided to buy a prettier one. With my DSLR I had to pick a broader one, so the weight wouldn’t be too heavy on my neck, but as the Sony Alpha 6000 is a lot smaller and lighter, I could go with something thinner. I decided on this strap, a dark green round twine.

My next camera bag essential: definitely spare batteries! You don’t want to stand in Venice, have a really nice view right in front of you, want to take a photograph and…have an empty battery PLUS no spare one with you. I learned from that mistake 🙄 So one of the first things I ordered were these two spare batteries with a double charger. As the Camera came just with a charging cable and no real charger, that was a plus for me, too. I just like it better to charge the batteries OUTSIDE of my camera.

As I like my bag clean and tidy, I needed a case to carry the batteries in. So I ordered this one from AliExpress. I liked the simple look, although I was not sure, if it would fit both of the batteries. They do 😏

On the picture you see one more thing that I carry in this case: Silica-Packs! There is always the possibility that some of your gear gets a little moist, maybe because of rain, maybe your water bottle spilled over…you never know! Silica is for absorbing this moisture. Don’t get me wrong, it is no sponge and it won’t help when everything is soaked. But it can handle a little moisture. It is often used in shoe boxes or new handbags, so you could gather them this way or buy a pack of it, for example on AliExpress.

When I decided to get this photography journey started again, I learned about filters (again). When I got my DSLR my mom bought me some filters, one UV-filter, 1-2 colored ones. But when I was in that first photography course I took, I learned, that they were fully useless as my camera could do that too. So filters were kind of dead for me until I signed in an Udemy Photography Course and they talked about Neutral Density (ND-) filters and Polarization-filters.

The ND-filters are used when you need to have a long exposure time in full sunshine. ND-filters are grey shades that make let less light through your lens. As I am lazy and didn’t want to change the filters constantly, I decided to go with a variable one from GOBE.

Polarization-filters are used when you don’t want to have reflections, for example when photographing through a window or a reflection on water. You have to turn them and set them right, so they can do their magic. Again I went with one from GOBE.

As the filters come in really large boxes, I ordered a filter case via AliExpress, but as it is for all sizes of filters, it was as huge as the original boxes. I then tried a filter stack, which actually are just two lids that you can screw on. Didn’t fit for the variable ND-filter. And there comes my battery case again: as there was still room in it, I was happy to find out that the two filters fit in there, too! I wrap them in microfiber cloth, so they don’t get scratches.

I also carry a USB-charging cable in there.

I searched really long for pretty, useful and affordable camera bags, but I couldn’t find one that I liked. So I ordered this camera bag insert from AliExpress, to make every bag I own a camera bag 😌 Both my camera and my Battery- & Filter-Case stick out a little, but not too much.

I also carry a powerbank with me. It’s a slim with 20.000 mAh one from Amazon, but I can’t recommend you this seller AT ALL, so there is no link for that, sorry. The product is okay, but arrived with a lot of scratches on it when declared as new – wasn’t a fan of that at all! But there are a lot of good products out there ☺

When on longer trips, I also take the double battery charger with me, which fits just perfectly fine with the powerbank in this small case from AliExpress!

Done with packing! Everything neat and clean in it’s own case ☺

I am currently waiting on a gorilla pod, so a tripod might go on this list, too. That depends on your plans! But when you want to try out the ND-filter with long exposure time, you probably should go with one 😉

This list contains the things that I use and find useful on a trip – there might be some stuff that you would prefer or things you need that are not on this list. If you have more camera objectives you might need a case for them or a dust blower or the lens caps, etc. You maybe never want to leave without your tripod. This list is to inspire you, it is not perfection!

You want this list as a PDF? Get yours here!

 

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Königswinter | Nibelungenhalle

You might have seen on Instagram that I did a Day-Trip to Königswinter on Pentecost. I and my parents have never been to Palace Drachenburg, so we decided to visit it. As it was really nice weather on Monday, we decided it was about time to finally see it. Königswinter is about 45 minutes (by car) from Cologne. It wasn’t really clever to go there on an official holiday in Germany…it took us quite some time to find a parking place and we visited with quite a lot people.

On the way from the parking area to the Palace is a small hall, the “Nibelungenhalle“. The Nibelungen is an old German saga. Richard Wagner composed a really famous musical piece about it, and this hall in Königswinter has been sponsored by the Richard Wagner foundation Germany. Today it is in private hand, but the theme stays the same: Siegfried, the hero of the Nibelungen saga, killed a dragon. It is said, that this happened at this exact place.

In the hall are paintings that show the different acts of Wagner’s opera. They play the matching music quietly in the background. But I thought that the dome was much more impressive than the paintings. It is painted in a really nice dark blue with lead glass windows that show the zodiac signs.

When you leave the hall and keep right, you’ll enter a really dark path. As the sun was shining so bright, it was really hard to actually see the way instead of feeling out. When you finally find the way out, you’ll enter a small yard with a little pond and a stone dragon. He looks quite cheeky, doesn’t he? 😏

After that, you’ll enter the reptile house. They have a lot of different snakes, some tarantulas, lizards and some crocodiles. It was really hot in there as they have a flat roof and the sun was burning the whole day. Behind the reptile house are some aviaries with parrots and the open-air enclosure of these two Mississippi crocodiles.

I have to admit that I was not too impressed. From the outside, the hall looks really promising, but from the inside…well. I found it with 5€ for the entrance quite expensive. I think you can put some more love in it than the way they do it right now. The reptile house might be great for kids, but the hall would be boring for them I guess. For me, it definitely was, although I love those sagas 🤷🏼‍♀️ But, you can bring your dog!

 

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Königswinter | Schloss Drachenburg

You might have seen on Instagram that I did a Day-Trip to Königswinter on Pentecost. I and my parents have never been to Palace Drachenburg, so we decided to visit it. As it was really nice weather on Monday, we decided it was about time to finally see it. Königswinter is about 45 minutes (by car) from Cologne. It wasn’t really clever to go there on an official holiday in Germany…it took us quite some time to find a parking place and we visited with quite a lot people.

The Palace Drachenburg is on top of the hill, you can either walk the way up or take a small mountain railway. We walked, as it was easier to do so from our parking area, but it isn’t really hard to walk up 🤷🏼‍♀️

The entrance costs 7€ for adults, 5€ when you’re a student. You can order the adult tickets online, too, but not the reduced ones. You’ll enter the area through the carriage house, in front of the palace is a nice garden.

The first thing I did was going around the palace instead of going inside. You have a really fantastic view from there over the Rhine! And when the sky is clear, you can even see Cologne Cathedral from there!

There are two terraces behind the palace, one on the same level as the palace, on below that. A part of the terraces is a small garden with two golden deer.

The entry hall of the palace is really impressive. They have silk wall covering with great paintings on it. The entry hall is the only room in the palace that looks exactly like it did when they built it. In the 1960ies, the palace was vacant, and there was a lot of robbery. As the most rooms have painted wallpapers, they could just cut it out, right off the wall. The new owner restaurated it all, but some paintings were filled up with what could fit to the scenery and not the original scenery as they didn’t have all the plans for it.

I also recommend getting the tour guide they offer, as you’ll learn a lot more from it then by just looking. For example I learned, that it was once used as a catholic boy’s school and later as school for railroader. And that the new owner gave organ concerts in the late 70ies, which were all fake as the organ was fake 💁🏼‍♀️ They also offer an app for iOS and Android, but their guide is only in german so far, but you can get a printed guide!

When you leave the palace and keep left, you can enter a tower from where you have a great view from above the palace. It really is worth the climb! Hungry and thirsty after that? No problem! The palace has a small bistro, seats are on the terrace on the backside of it. For example you could have a tarte flambée for 8,50€ or potato pancakes for 4€, which is not really pricey.

You can bring your dog on the area, but as they are not allowed to go into the palace, Hugo stayed home. I just didn’t see much use to bring him then 🤷🏼‍♀️


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Cologne // Köln | sunnysu

I went to my favorite waffle stop today: sunnysu! When you read my post about Bubblewrap Waffle in London, you might know, that I love those bubble waffles even though I am not really a sweet tooth. Sunnysu in Cologne offers a similar waffle, although they call it egg waffle.

In London, they turn the waffle iron, which makes the “bubbles” hollow and really crispy as the waffle is quite thin. At sunnysu, they just leave it as it is and don’t turn it, so there is more dough and the “bubbles” are filled 🙃 I like both types, but maybe the crisper ones (= Bubblewrap) a little more. Altough they both taste great!

bubble waffle
My choice this time: Classic dough for the waffle, strawberries and melon as toppings, raspberry sorbet, caramel and strawberry puree as sauces

 

For 5,90€ you’ll get your egg waffle with frozen yogurt, two toppings and two sauces. For 6,70€ you can choose from their ice creams instead of the frozen yogurt, which might be something fancy like black vanilla or caramel with roasted almonds or (the more normal) fruit sorbet like mango, raspberry or strawberry.

They have a great variety of fresh fruit, chocolate, cereal, cookies et cetera as toppings and some great sauces like caramel, strawberry or raspberry puree, mango, and some more. Also, they offer different dough that you can choose from, like the classic one, red velvet, one with blueberries…there really is something for everyone 🙃 Don’t mind, when you need some time before you  order, it is kind of overwhelming (so many possibilities!).

As I never go in the city with Hugo, I don’t know if dogs are allowed, but I fear not. In the shopping arcade is also a supermarket, and in Germany dogs are not allowed in supermarkets 🤷🏼‍♀️ But in summer they have a seating area outside, where you definitely can sit with your dog.

 

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Cologne // Köln | Racecourse Weidenpesch

Have you ever been to a Horserace? It has this special, almost magical feeling. If it weren’t for the big LCD-displays you could think that you’re right back in 1930. Horse races have been big back then, just remember the movie “Seabiscuit” or “Secretariat” (even though he was already in the 1970ies). Crowds and crowds of people running for the betting office, having their all-time favorite racehorse, knowing exactly which jockey works for which stable, and being excited about the next race. They wore their best clothes on the racecourse and celebrated it, in front of the radio or on the course itself.

Although horseraces are not really a thing anymore, the racecourse in Cologne Weidenpesch is well-frequented on every race day. My parents went there with me for the first time when I was a baby and since then I am hooked. When I was a little girl I always had to go and see the horses as I was that typical horse-girl. Now I love roaming around, betting against my friends, eating potato pancakes with applesauce, but mostly watch all the people. There are so many different kinds of people, it’s awesome. Some wear their everyday clothes, some wear hats and dresses or suits. Some come and sit on the stands, some have a picknick on the lawn before the stands, even with the beach shelters they brought. I think it’s great to see how everybody gives these events their own touch. There is no right or wrong way to “do horseraces”. That’s the best part: it is for everybody. You can bring your dogs, your own food and drinks, it can get a small family holiday or a day out with your friends.

When I go there, I do bet on the races. Not to win money, but to make it even more exciting. Normally, I bet on the horses with the funniest names, the best tricots, or a jockey that I know. Sometimes I even look at their statistics from their last races, but that’s rather unusual. I always bet for 1€ and I am already satisfied when my horse was faster than the one of my friends 🙈 When I went there at the beginning of may, I lost every single bet. And still, I think I’ll stick to my strategy 😉

There were times when the racecourse was really bad frequented and I was afraid that it might get closed due to it. But people found out about this place again, they did a really intense marketing (although the only part I like about it was the re-design of their website…) and the place became more lively again. I am still waiting for a repaint of the stands, maybe they read this and will paint them after that 😉

 

Prices

Food and drinks on the racecourse are not the cheapest, so it’s smart to bring at least your own drinks with you in the summer months. I paid 3,50€ for a Fassbrause, Softdrinks like Fanta and Coca-Cola are at 3€, Water is 2,50€. For my potato pancake with applesauce, I paid 5€.

The admissions differ a bit. You have different options to go with, as I love the main tribune I am paying 10€, which is their students offer. The normal price is at 12€. You can find their prices here. I think it is a really good price for what you get, a whole day full of fun!

I can totally recommend a day on the racecourse! It is not too pricey, you can bring your own food and drinks, it’s no problem to bring your dogs (but: not without a leash!), you can spend a great day with family and/or friends.

 

Cologne // Köln | Horse Racecourse | Sightseeing | Holiday | One Day Off | Weekend

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Why buying a new camera when you already have one is perfectly fine!

Hello you!

Let me guess, you found your way here, because you’re not happy with your camera. It might be too big or too old or super complicated or you just don’t fall in love (again). But it still works, maybe it’s even a DSLR and the image quality is great, too. And although you own that camera, it’s just not yours anymore. Yet, buying a new one is no cheap wish, and when you have a camera that is working perfectly fine, makes that wish seem really wrong. Know that feeling?

I know that I have felt like that since YEARS.

I got my DSLR – a Canon EOS 450d – for my 18th birthday, that was 2009. I really wanted a camera and as I always tried using my mom’s SLR my parents decided to get me my very own. I was so happy! But that was when my troubles with it started. As it was my most expensive owning and not really robust, I was really afraid to take it with me. Like, always. The first time I really used it was during my last week of school, where we had mottos for every day and I wanted to capture this. Yeah, well, the images turned out so bad that I never even looked at them again – I had absolutely no practical experiences with this camera even though I went to a photography course with it!

There were cameras to follow, a smaller (and a lot less pricey) bridge camera because I wanted to take my camera out with me. Never did. I swapped it with my mom against a subvention for a compact lens by Sony (DSC-QX10 SmartShot) where you use your smartphone as the display. I still am really satisfied with it, but it photographs only in automatic mode, and I wanted more.

Last year I decided, that I want to be a better photographer. Not as a professional but just taking better photographs of my dog or on my vacations, images I would look through again. So when I went to London in October, I tried to fall in love again with my Canon – but it gave me neck pain instead.

I was fed up with it. So I started to save up money to buy a new camera, one I already researched for a friend, the Sony Alpha 6000. At the end of April, I could finally make it happen. I got me a new camera (and a whole lot of stuff)!

But how do I justify this buy? And most important, what might be reasons for you to justify you buying a new one, too?

Weight & handiness

This was always my best excuse not to bring my DSLR with me. It is huge, it is heavy, it never fit any smaller handbag I own. And I like to go with the least stuff possible. There is this saying, the best camera you have is the one you have with you. If that‘s not the case with yours, well, it might not be the best camera for you! It should go on adventures with you, and not stay home. So, definitely a reason!

Learning to take better photography

Your new year‘s resolution was becoming a better photographer? Well, I never have those at the beginning of the year but in the middle of it, that was at least what happened last year with the „better photographer“ thing. Maybe you‘re just like me, you look through your camera roll and think, well, yes, that could have become a really nice photo – when I knew just more about composition/light/manual mode/…experienced that too often. But to learn, you have to take photos. A lot of photos. Hard, when you don‘t carry your camera around, isn‘t it? And yes, you could use your phone to practice some of the things, but playing around with manual mode, with shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field…that‘s not possible. But I wanted that! One more reason for me.

(I also started a course on Udemy on Photography which is pretty good, it‘s this one.)

You‘re a tech-lover

You love playing around with tech? Trying out new phones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, whatever comes your way? And setting them up for your liking is kind of the best part of getting new tech-toys? Welcome to my world! I am just fascinated by technology and it‘s abilities and their change over the years (just look at the smartphones…!). So after 9 years with my DSLR, I had the urge to have something new (although the Sony Alpha 6000 is not really new anymore…🤷🏼‍♀️). Is this my weakest reason? Yes. Does it still work? Yesss!

The camera brand you own is just not working for you

You have that camera, it‘s quality is really great. Maybe your best friend has it, too, or you got it from your parents or anything like that and you think, this has to work out. They chose it for a reason. And yes, maybe they did. But because somebody else loves it, doesn‘t mean you will love it, too. I know I don‘t love Canon. Their menus and modes and display settings are just not made for me. I am not a professional and am far from wanting to become one, but Canon‘s system seems to me like it‘s built for those ambitious photographers.

I like it easy. And quick. Turning it on, knowing which wheel to turn, maybe the display even showing which effects you‘ll get. My Sony does that. My Canon doesn‘t. Easy choice here for me. But maybe you‘re just the other way round, maybe you want it to be more professional, or you hate your Sony and would love a Canon. Or a Nikon. Or whatever brand there is that you like better and see more potential for your photography. Because that‘s what it‘s all about: your photography. Your camera has to work for you, not making it harder.

Connectivity

Before I got my mirrorless camera I tried it with a Bridge (Panasonic) and then a kind of compact camera by Sony (DSC-QX10 SmartShot). I liked it when I could just transfer a picture from the camera to my phone. Not possible with my EOS 450d, it is just too old for stuff like that. So I always had to connect it with my Mac (or PC back then) and then transfer it to my phone – for example when I wanted to share one on Instagram or via WhatsApp.

Since my iPhone has now NFC it is really easy to transfer a picture from the camera to my phone. Or look at it on the iPad and maybe even try and edit it in Lightroom CC. Maybe you want that, too, maybe your camera is a little too old for that as my Canon is. I think way easier handling counts as a reason 😏

It could come in handy in your job, too

I am self-employed, and as I am working in Marketing, sometimes I need to take pictures of products for Social Media. It’s not that easy to create a great flat lay when you are not used to composing or all the camera settings. So maybe you could use your new camera for work, too! Maybe it’s not product photography but you’re working in the HR department of your company and could do the pictures for the employee’s IDs. Or you’re organizing your company’s vehicle fleet. There are a lot of ways for bringing in your new camera!

My Conclusion

When I chose to buy a new one, there were some good reasons to buy a new camera. And a lot of reasons why it was SO unnecessary. I bought it for around 540€ plus all the stuff I bought for it, like filters, the bag, a Gorillapod, spare batteries, and so on. A lot of money. And I have to admit, my best reason: I wanted it. I worked hard for the money, and I wanted to make something out of it that would bring me joy. The camera does just that, so I think I invested in the right thing 💁🏼‍♀️

And maybe you feel like that, too. Just know: sometimes you have to reward yourself for doing a great job or working hard or to cheer you up or just because you deserve it. Maybe you have to save up that you can afford it (it took me a year!), maybe you don’t. But we only have this one life, you should not cut on things you would enjoy. Money comes back, but missed opportunities won’t.

So let the adventure begin!

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London | Bubblewrap Waffle

I think as most of us, I saw Bubblewrap Waffles on Instagram first. As it has been a while since I have been to London, I decided to go there last autumn in October. I found a quite cheap way there: by bus! You start on Friday night, drive through the night, at around 3-4 am you’re at the ferry. Dover at around 5-6 am, London at 7 am. The whole day in London, returning at 10 pm, same way back. You should be well aware that sleeping on the bus might go wrong, but I found it great for getting that “London vibe” ☺

So, when I went to London in October, I had Bubblewrap Waffles on my list, just like Milktrain Café. But this happened:

Well, I guess I wasn’t the only tourist that follows their Instagram that day in London 🙈

BUT! I returned! 💪🏻 I went back to London for a day this January, and this time I had the goal to try a Bubblewaffle! And what shall I say, I did 😏

I have to admit, I did not try too many fancy toppings and had no ice cream with it (I just recovered from food poisoning that week…lucky me…), so I only had strawberries, raspberries and caramel topping, but it was great! As they turn the waffle irons during baking, they are really crisp but not filled out with dough.  I liked that a lot, it tasted really different to the filled ones from sunnysu in Cologne.

We were kind of lucky on the second try for Bubblewaffles, as we somehow made it there when only very few others wanted a waffle. It “only” took us like 20 minutes to get ours, which we spend on deciding which toppings we would have. Maybe it’s better when you don’t go there on a Saturday 😅 But you should definitely try one!

The only downside is the small place itself, you line up in two rows and it is really really narrow. There is no place to have a seat, so you have to eat it “on the go”. A little bigger would not hurt, but of course, it doesn’t change the taste of the waffles 😉

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