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15 Things I Am Looking Forward to This Holiday Season

Until yesterday I wasn’t really sure if I’d be the Grinch or the happy elf this year. When I went grocery shopping in the evening, I could ...

Week in review: 26 November - 2 December 2018 | janavar

Week in review: 26 November – 2 December 2018

The last week wasn’t very exciting because I mainly spent it with working. I am still missing the weekend I didn’t have. I already can’t wait for ...

Recipe: Turkish Salty Cookies (Tuzlu Kurabiye) | janavar

Recipe: Turkish Salty Cookies (Tuzlu Kurabiye)

I have a big bag full of cookie cutters. Some are still from Germany – like the traditional star shaped ones for Christmas cookies. Others are from ...

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Week in review: 19 - 25 November 2018 | janavar

Week in review: 19 – 25 November 2018

This week was amazingly quiet and relaxing. Thanksgiving is ...
Week in review: 12 - 18 November | janavar

Week in review: 12 – 18 November

This morning I went into the basement to get ...
Travel: Why I love Manhattan | janavar

Travel: Why I love Manhattan

Sometimes my boyfriend and I joke that I am ...

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Weeks in review: 5 - 11 November 2018 | janavar

Weeks in review: 5 – 11 November 2018

Happy Monday! Since it was Veteran’s Day yesterday, we have the day off today. I really like the U.S. idea of observing holidays that fall on a weekend on the Monday afterwards. I remember being always disappointed when that happened in Germany because there isn’t any observance on the Monday after. But long weekends feel […]

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janavar.net | Recipe: Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes with Salty Caramel Cream Cheese Topping

Recipe: Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes with Salty Caramel Cream Cheese Topping

One of my favorite parts about fall is pumpkin everything. Pumpkins are so versatile. You can eat, drink and decorate (with) them. Although I have been too lazy this year to get out my fall decoration from its box in the basement, I regularly enjoy the other two pumpkin activities. At least in the U.S. […]

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My October

My October

My October had its ups and downs. I still remember how I sat on my sofa on the first Saturday in October and wished I could just stay at home. Ever since I moved into this apartment in July, I have spent much time away. I had only returned from a two week trip to […]

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Week in review: 8 – 14 October 2018

This week was almost like one in my ideal world. First of all, I had a whole week of fall break which I spent in Manhattan. Second, until Friday the weather was still summery. I know that it is different in New England, but in the city foliage is only about to start. Still in […]

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Week in review: 24 – 30 September 2018 | janavar.net

Week in review: 24 – 30 September 2018

The last two weeks were both great and exhausting. I went on a school trip to Germany, first to Hamburg, then to Berlin. I have always preferred Berlin over Hamburg and that was reconfirmed once more. Berlin feels so international, alternative, relaxed, and refreshing. We stayed in a brand-new hotel right at Ostbahnhof and next […]

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