Winter Wonderland; German Christmas Markets

I wasn’t born in a Christian family, yet Christmas has been special to us for two reasons. We moved to England when I was barely 7 and being lucky enough to have parents that embraced other religions and customs, we decorated Christmas trees, hung stockings and received gifts. This never took away from the excitement and delight of our Persian New Year’s celebration- Nowruz- a … Continue reading Winter Wonderland; German Christmas Markets

Live, Laugh, Learn; Style (Part II)

In my last post I laid out a brief introduction of the fashion experience in Germany. Dating a German-Spaniard who is fond of reds and greens and blues but can also rock black successfully, I have to admit I got the better end of the deal; a German with all the German merits who pays attention to style. While having a conversation about the very … Continue reading Live, Laugh, Learn; Style (Part II)

Popped the Event Photography Cherry

Last weekend I got asked to photograph an event at the local Standesamdt (the City Hall) where my Persian friend married her German-English husband. She asked me at her bachelorette party, where booze was present and male strippers were not. I was shoving my Nikon in its carrier as we were stepping out into the surprising warm November air, protected from the Heidelberg breeze by coats donned over our … Continue reading Popped the Event Photography Cherry

It’s Got Mountains, It’s Got Rivers, It’s Got Sights to Give You Shivers, But It Sure Would Be Prettier With You…

If living in Europe has taught me anything, it’s that love and loss are inevitable parts of life, leaving you with no choice but to accept. So after the sudden death of my uncle due to his lifelong battle with diabetes, I decided to celebrate his life and love with something he loved the most; nature. He had chosen a piece of land in Tonekabon, in … Continue reading It’s Got Mountains, It’s Got Rivers, It’s Got Sights to Give You Shivers, But It Sure Would Be Prettier With You…

My Purple Heart Is Made of All Seven of Us…

Heidelberg was a castle when I first got here Butterflies in my stomach, owls in my hair I met them in department halls Blondes and brunettes, they were the prettiest dolls Didem was so exotic and I was too thin Bella was comfortable in her creamy skin Elisa loved poems, her blue eyes sparkled with art Valentina’s curls bounced, she was way too smart Sandra’s … Continue reading My Purple Heart Is Made of All Seven of Us…