Celebrating Christmas around the World: Shenzhen, China

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hello to all of you!

Thank you so much for reading today! This week we are changing the continent, the side of the world and the culture completely.

Some time ago, I went to Shenzhen in China to work as an Au Pair. Also I got an inside in their festivities and cultural celebrations. Spending December there was especially different to me. Starting with the weather. In Shenzhen it is humid and hot all over the year. Including the Christmas month December.


As in most parts of China, Christmas is not a holiday in Shenzhen. You can only find few decorations and music playing in the modern shopping areas and malls.


On Christmas itself, my host family only has a nice family dinner with lots of different delicious food such as crab, jiaozi or eggplant. But that’s pretty much it.


The big and important holiday for China is coming up in February though, the Chinese New Year.

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas time wherever you are living and don’t forget to check in for next weeks country of Christmas celebrations!



Celebrating Christmas around the World: Philadelphia, U.S.

December 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

A lovely third of December to all of you!

I have had the amazing opportunities to spend periods of my early life in different countries, for different reasons. I spent an exchange year with a wonderful host family in the U.S., was living several months in China, taking care of two adorable little girls and living with their family. And last but not least I have spent multiple times in Mexico being hosted by the wonderful family of my boyfriend.

I cannot even describe how thankful I am to have gotten all of these chances to make the most experiences I can and grow and learn as much as possible!

With my New York series ending and christmas coming up I decided to do a feature on christmas. Haha, so original, right? :). Anyway, every week from now until christmas I will give you a little inside in one of these countries that I have been living in and tell you some facts about their christmas traditions. Starting of today with Philadelphia, U.S.:


The christmas I spent there was probably the most similar to Germany, compared to other experiences I had. But there were still a lot of things that surprised me and I hadn’t seen like this before. The christmas lights were one of those things. Yes, we do have lights hung up in our windows and even in our gardens. But never like you can see it over there.P1060166

Of course we Germans are all about baking, therefore I was thrilled to find out that my host mom was an outrageous and passionate baker. She taught me so many things about this art and made christmas time so amazing! Every year she is doing an advent calendar on her site, check it out and you will also find a lot of great (christmas) recipes: http://www.christmas-baking.com/ .CRW_7803P1060183


Also the look of the christmas trees and Santa Claus were pretty similar to what I am used to in Germany. The order of festivities however was a little bit different. With my host family we spent Christmas Eve with family and exchanged only one gift. The 25th we went to spent more time with family, ate a lot of christmas cookies and probably other kind of food which I don’t remember and exchanged the rest of the gifts. It was a great christmas!CRW_8152 CRW_8144 CRW_8136

Looking back I still like the pictures a lot and during my time in the U.S. I learned a lot about photography as well due to my host dad Jorj!

Stay tuned because next week part two of Christmas around the World is coming up!



Where I would like to be #10

November 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

A beautiful and cold (:)) good morning to all of you!

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Germany but anyway it’s always a good time to say thanks! So…: Thank you so much for reading here on sparklingcrane today and everyday if you are a steady reader :)! Each time my readership is growing and it makes me so happy and thankful for you guys who make this blog so great! I hope you will keep coming back and enjoy to read this blog of mine. And if you have any questions or wishes for new blog posts, just shoot me an email (sarahfhse@yahoo.com) or simply leave a comment or contact me on any other social media.

These days I have been thinking back of our summer 2013. We first went to hungary and enjoyed some nice time at the baltic sea and then we went to Vienna on our way back home. Vienna is such a great city! It is classy and historical, but also modern and hip. I will give you some of our impressions today – and who knows, I might be back there pretty soon :)!

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Have you ever been to Vienna? Would you like to go?



What I am listening to #9

November 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey you guys!

Since I skipped last weeks music posts, here today I am back with it. And with all this New York stuff going on here on the blog I chose a wonderful song by one of our favorite singers Frank Sinatra.

I hope you love it as much as we do!

Have a wonderful Thursday!


3 days in New York, day 3

November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hello to all of you!

How are you? Thanks for reading today! In case you were already a little bit excited, here it comes: the final day of our trip to New York. This last day in the city we woke up early and took the metro with ALL our luggage and then went to Macy’s, got some breakfast and simply sat outside in the sun in the middle of the street enjoying as much of the atmosphere as we could before leaving and flying back to Germany.

Afterwards we took some pictures with the Empire State Building and then it was already time to meet with the lovely Anne Mendelson for a delicious Korean lunch.

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And that’s how our time in Manhattan ended. It was a great time and adventure that we had together and we will certainly come back (soon:))!

I hope you enjoyed my little travel journey and don’t forget to stay tuned because so many excited things are coming up here on sparklingcrane!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!



Where I would like to be #9

November 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hola and Hallo and Hello everybody!

Thank you so much for reading today. So many exciting things are about to happen here on sparklingcrane. Don’t miss it! But for now let’s start with another post on places that I have visited and love to remember and think back. You’ve probably figured by now that we went to New York this October. And one of my favorite places in the city that never sleeps is Central Park. Not only because I am a huge fan of Friends, but also I love nature and being outside, taking walks and listening to animals and plants around.

So I simply picked my favorite shots from our (long!) and wonderful walk through Central Park in order to share them with you. I hope you join me in dreaming a little bit about this beautiful place (or maybe you are there right now yourself, then you don’t need to be dreaming:)).

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What do you guys think? Have you been there? Or do you wanna go some day?

Some more thoughts for the starting weekend:

  • baking!: anis cookies and lemon cupcakes
  • going to the Nike outlet
  • a family birthday event
  • grocery shopping

What are your plans?

See you all tomorrow!



3 days in New York, day 2

November 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

A great Wednesday to all of you!

Today part two of our trip to New York, Manhattan. Looking through the pictures I noticed that we did a lot on this day! First of all we went to the Rockefeller Center to check out the ice rink which was inaugurated for this year on just that day.IMG_7514IMG_7517Then we kept walking through the city, passing NBC Studios and ended up on Times Square. IMG_7538IMG_7529IMG_7581IMG_7577Our next goal was Central Park. We took a nice long walk, checking out Strawberry fields, Belvedere Castle, the Shakespeare Garden and ended at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unfortunately we only had like 1,5 hours left before closing and you can simply spend days/weeks in there! Anyway we had a great time!IMG_7670IMG_7818To finish this wonderful day we decided to walk back towards Times Square, passing the LOVE stature and enjoying the city during dawn.IMG_7829 IMG_7847IMG_7842


Have you ever been to New York? What was your experience like?


P.S: Don’t forget to keep reading, because day 3 is coming up!