Goodbye 2014 – Welcome 2015

January 2, 2015 § 3 Comments

Hello to all of you!

First of all: A Happy New Year to everybody around the world!


I am convinced that this year is gonna be fabulous for all of us! Important and wonderful things are going to happen and we should make sure that we seize every day!

Thinking about this post I decided to summarize this past year and write about what has happened here on the blog. It was a good year for sparklingcrane. First, it all started this year in September and it has been going great since then. And I need to thank all of you my lovely readers for that! Without you this little corner of the world wouldn’t be what it is and I hope that for 2015 it will become even greater. So here we go:

2014 Collage

  1. We spent a wonderful summer-time in Mexico with Jav’s family (and mine) which you can read about here.
  2. Within this trip we also went to see my amazing host family in the U.S., Philly, I wrote about it in my posts about Philadelphia (part 1part 2 and part 3).
  3. While I was there I also met my friend Julie from high school and she was so kind to write a little guest post for sparklingcrane, you can read all about it in her college gift guide.
  4. The Manhattan Skyline was another highlight we enjoyed and I posted about it here.
  5. One of your favorite was my series, 3 Days in New York, you can check out day 1, day 2 and day 3!
  6. Shortly after arriving back to Germany my Mexican sister came to spend the holidays with us and we had a great first night in Berlin, so read my post!
  7. For the holidays this year I chose to write about Christmas celebrations around the world. You can find the United States, China, Mexiko
  8. …and last but not least Germany!
  9. We had wonderful days of Christmas (link) and I was invited by Julie to write a little blog post – Christmas around the World.

And what is going to happen in 2015? I have a million of ideas for the blog, some wonderful treats for you, new travel adventures and a lot more! To keep you tuned, here is a little heads up:

Collage 2015

Collage 2015 II

  1. A winter-wonderland in Germany.
  2. Good luck in Prague.
  3. An art event in Magdeburg.
  4. Cathedrals and more about my home town.
  5. An afternoon in princeton.
  6. Dresden and its sights.
  7. Opera, castles and Freud in Vienna.

I thank you so much for reading today and keep checking in here on sparklingcrane! Happy New Year and happy reading!



Celebrating Christmas around the World: Magdeburg, Germany

December 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

A Happy Christmas Eve to all of you!

Having read all about Christmas in different countries around the world you might wonder how are we actually celebrating the holiday in my home country. And here it goes…:

We are really into Christmas. As soon as December starts you can listen to Christmas music all around and enjoy the lights in the streets and stores. On the first of December the kids (including me ;)) start opening the first door of their Advent Calendar -a calendar with surprises for every day of December from the 1st until the 24th-, it can be a bought one, filled with chocolates or other candies, as well as a homemade one filled with a lot of little gifts.


On the night of December 6th, the first highlight happens. St. Nicolaus comes to all the houses and gives everybody either a little gift or a wooden stick; it all depends on your previous behaving the year to end. According to the tradition, that means that everybody needs to clean its shoes on the evening of the 5th and put them in front of the door, then you wake up on the 6th of December and run to your shoes to check which of the two options you received. During December we have Christmas markets all over the towns. You can simply go with friends to have a hot wine (Glühwein) plus food and check around the offered products (ornaments, pottery, jewelry…).

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Around the 23rd we put up our Christmas tree which we usually buy in the beginning of December. We gather together as a family and decorate it carefully with ornaments and wooden stars.


On the 24th we meet within our families, listen to Christmas music, have cookies and coffee and later more food (one common meal for Christmas Eve is potato salad with sausages). We exchange our presents on the same day, then on the 25th we wake up in the morning, go to enjoy the tree and check out our presents in detail. For lunch or dinner we get together with more family to enjoy another meal and time together. On the 26th Christmas still continues, more family and more delicious food with presents exchange.

And now I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with your family and happy reading!




Where I would like to be #6

October 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Good morning you guys!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! After traveling for quite some months around the American continent I am pretty happy to be home again – in Germany as well as in my hometown Magdeburg.

Therefore I give you a little impression of my city. This post is just a little preview, there are a lot of different things that I am planning for this blog and a series on Magdeburg is one of them. So, stay tuned! And thank you so much for stopping by and reading and looking around here on sparklingcrane today!

Magdeburg Collage

What are you looking at here? It’s Otto von Guericke who experiences a lot about the Magdeburg hemispheres that I included as well. Also to see is our cathedral, the Dom, our opera, some art of Hundertwasser, an abandoned factory and some green sights of the city.

I do like my city and if you happen to be around this part of Germany you should definitely stop by!

See you all tomorrow!


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