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I'd never been to Europe before, and many people told me how inspirational I would find it.

September 21, 2015

It certainly was, though I couldn't anticipate in what way. I didn't plan on any fabric or trim shops visits, or even anything vaguely fashion-related. My goal was just to experience the trip and see what came of it. The most significant thing that came of it, fashion-wise, was a deep and sudden love affair with the dirndl: the traditional costume of Austria and Germany.

You probably already know this, but just in case: the dirndl is an ensemble which consists of a low-cut full-skirted dress with a snugly fitted bodice, an apron, and an underblouse that ends just below the bustline. Adorable jackets, flowered headbands, and hats may be added!

Julia Trentini dirndl Julia Trentini dirndl Lena Hoschek dirndls and jacketsI first spotted a dirndl in Passau, Germany, when our tour guide was wearing one. I'd seen this type of costume in person before, but never on a day that wasn't October 31st, and not in such pretty fabrics. I was intrigued, but not yet smitten. I loved the corseted waistline and the little blouse she wore, but was somewhat turned off by the dowdy above-ankle length of her skirt and the overall costume-y effect of a tour guide wearing a folk costume.

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But then a curious thing happened. As I walked through Passau, I saw dirndls everywhere: on girls walking in the street, in shop windows, on mannequins on the sidewalks. They came in a lovely array of colors, patterns, and lengths I immediately gravitated toward the "midi" dirndl, a very '50s just-below-knee length. Mannequin outside a Pollinger dirndl shopI walked into a shop, determined to leave with a dirndl in hand, having developed a sudden and overwhelming need to possess one.

I wanted one to study and admire and learn from. However, I was also deeply embarrassed by being an American tourist buying a traditional folk costume on a vacation, as well as being stymied by a language barrier. Could I pretend I was buying it as a gift? Not if I wanted it to fit, unfortunately. I conducted the whole shopping trip as if I were doing something illegal and didn't want to get caught. I quickly chose one I liked, a adorable deep blue and pink gingham design, and tried it on without bothering to take off my capri pants or sneakers.

The first one didn't fit right too big in the bust and waist , so I was forced to communicate with the salesgirl. She was equally dismayed by the roominess in the bodice, and brought me a smaller size. I zipped it up and it was like magic. It would be mine, readers. And then, almost as quickly as I had come in, I left, dirndl in hand! Once back on board the ship, I started some real research on the current state of the dirndl.

I discovered an entire world of amazing dresses by a slew of talented designers. I fell in love with the likes of Julia Trentini , Gossl , Lena Hoschek whose more mainstream retro designs I already knew and loved , and Sportalm. Gossl DirndlI learned about the incredible beauty of a well-designed dirndl, the traditions and techniques that go into making one, and that a designer one can run you up to 1, Euros and that's not even including the blouse!

I started pinning madly. Follow Gretchen "Gertie"'s board Dirndls on Pinterest. Perhaps it is my German heritage coming out. Or the fact that there is a retro femininity to the whole look. Or maybe the whole world of dirndls is just something special and anyone who loves pretty handmade things would appreciate them in some way. What is certain is that I will have a lot more to say on this subject, readers. I can't wait to share more dirndl love with you!

Julia Trentini Dirndl. Designers of the '50s in particular seemed to have a special knack for using basic trims in completely innovative ways. Take this cherry red dress for instance--how sweet is that that rope trim on the skirt? A basic red frock, scalloped lace trim, thick cord, and grommets: done! Large grommets are set vertically down the skirt.

The cord is laced through with a chinese ball knot on one end and a bow on the other. That's it! I love the idea of reproducing this dress with my pattern B as the basis. The back could even use more knot balls or bows on the flaps. I haven't gotten to make this design for myself yet, and now I'm a little obsessed with the idea.

September 18, 2015

Cherry red corduroy would be perfect! I went with a group of six rowdy ladies, which is really the only way to see this show. It was spectacular. I have a lot to say about this movie, starting with: sewing! There's a fabulous montage God, I love a montage where the ragtag bunch of "male entertainers" is getting ready for their big show, and it involves lots of DIY. There's a great little shot of a handheld sewing machine stitching along on a costume. These guys really do it all!

Of course, handheld sewing machines are notoriously terrible and there's no way an entire costume could be sewn on one in a pinch, but I'll suspend my disbelief. If you have any desire at all to see this movie: run, don't walk! Not only is it a big, campy male stripper road trip odyssey filled with lots of eye candy, it's an unexpectedly feminist film. There's tons that could be said about the politics of female sexual desire, but what's more striking is the politics of female happiness.

These guys make it their mission to get their customers hot and bothered, for sure. But their primary goal in two instances is to get them to smile. There's a Joe Manganiello convenience store strip scene that will go down in history, the point of which is to get the dour cashier to grin. And he does! The crowd goes wild! Which leads me to: male strippers are hilarious. They just are. They don't even have to try. I laughed my head off for two hours, as did my friends.

Personally, I think that's the real secret to why women love this movie. Hey, I didn't say it was the only reason women love this movie.

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So, have you seen it? Will you? Please share your thoughts! The crafty feminist blogosphere needs to weigh in on this one. New Butterick Blouse Pattern I have a new Butterick blouse pattern--and I'm on the pattern envelope and catalog cover! Since I've always done my own modeling for this blog and for my books, we decided to give it a try with my Butterick line too. This is B , a retro summer top with various design options. Here it is on the real model. And hey! Here I am on the envelope cover with the little illustrated ladies. Speaking of which, how much do we love this Tumblr?

So much. Animated: Arnold appeared to have enjoyed a few steins worth of beer as he joked around at th event. His girlfriend Heather was also traditionally-clad, wearing a champagne Bavarian dirndl with a satin ribbon clinched around her waist. Bavarian babe: She glammed up her look with a pair of patent nude stilettos, while accessorising with a simple but elegant necklace. Share this article Share. Share or comment on this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger gets into the Oktoberfest spirit in Munich e-mail 2.

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Arndis Halla: Both, they go hand in hand. Music and acting are elements of my tours. I often sing to my guests because the landscape inspires me and encourages me musically. Helmut Kunz: The best part is the sunny workspace I have above the clouds, where you have spectacular sunrises and sunsets. This is the reason why I love my job. It was a very impressive sight, I was able see the lava streams. A glance into the crater whilst in the air just takes your breath away; everything is intensely orange and red in color. AH: I was living in Germany when the volcano erupted. I heard a lot about it through media coverage.

I saw the ash myself when I went to Iceland a few weeks later, there was a thick layer of it everywhere. HK: I perceived the ash cloud as very thin like cirrostratus, although extremely dense at a certain flight altitude. HK: There was a flight ban that at the time was already into its third day.

In order to prove this, we decided to conduct a test flight. The whole aviation world had its eyes on our test flight. The atmosphere was a little bit tense but also very mystical because we were the only plane in the sky. After the flight we checked the Airbus thoroughly and found the ash had caused no damage.

AH: On certain tours I pass the volcano and visit the farmer who lives directly beneath it. He engaged a camera crew at that time to document everything. You can see this film at the museum he opened, which also has numerous still images of the dust that covered the area. AH: Humility towards nature and a fascination with its power. There is general astonishment and mostly the question of how we in Iceland deal with the fear of another eruption.

HK: Just seeing the present day, peaceful, dormant volcano that created such fuss and chaos back then brings indescribable emotions. Ibiza has well-established links with hippies. Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell were among the creative individuals attracted by its open-minded atmosphere.

In later years Ibiza became a wild party scene with trance gatherings in the mountains and long nights at clubs like Pacha and Amnesia. Around about the same time hippie markets began to emerge on the island. In , the Es Cana market, located in the garden of the hotel club Punta Arabi, opened for the first time. Hippies used it to sell handicrafts and products from all over the world.

What started back then with just 5 stalls has now turned into an Ibiza hotspot with over stalls. Held every Wednesday from Easter until October, the Punta Arabi Hippy Market, as it is now called, has become a must-see for visitors to the island. Elisabeth Hornung and Guno Blinker each have a stall at these respective markets where they make part of their living selling the clothes they have designed. When the two met at Punta Arabi their conversation turned to fashion as a means of expression and fair manufacturing conditions.

Elisabeth Hornung left The daughter of Hungarian immigrants came to Ibiza from Swabia Germany at the end of the s. For the past 30 years she sold her designer clothes at the Punta Arabi Hippy Market. She also owns a small shop in San Carlos. He has been selling his designer wear at the Mauerpark every Sunday since He also has a studio just around the corner from this famous Berlin landmark.

Elisabeth Hornung: As a child I loved to thumb through travel brochures and dreamt of distant countries. When I visited a friend in Ibiza in , the flower power atmosphere really impressed me. So I spontaneously made paper flowers out of tissues and sold them at the hippy market. A few years after that, I returned to Ibiza with my boyfriend and then 5-year old son, and stayed. To this day, the free atmosphere here still captivates me. After conducting a long distance relationship for about a year, I moved to Berlin.

I like it a lot, especially because it is so multicultural and open-minded. I was fascinated by femininity and fashion for women, which is why I studied fashion design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen. EH: I kind of inherited a sense of fashion from my mother who worked at a textile company.

I discovered my own creativity early on and began designing my first dresses when I was 11 years old. It would be boring for me though to just do fashion design, I also need the contact I get with customers at the market and my shop. Very important to me also is the challenge and adventure of realizing my own production in foreign countries and with different tribes there. EH: I always say that my style is inspired by fairy tales and adventures, and by my own life as a child of the flower power movement.

I have a wide variety of customers — ranging from the young vacationing girl to the rich and famous. GB: My designs are a mix of street and club wear.

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They are colorful and have a feminine feel. You could say that my customers are female individualists who want to dress extravagantly. However, my pieces are also suitable for everyday wear. GB: My items are produced in my own studio in Berlin and I hope to keep it that way. It helps that I am not producing a big collection every year but rather small fashion lines in small quantities.

EH: I produce my collection in winter, when the market is closed, with the help of my business partners in Thailand, Indonesia and India. I have a permanent place in their calendars and my collection represents the majority of their income. It is important to me that my partners are paid fair wages and have good work conditions. The legend of the Trans-Siberian Railway has grown since its construction in For many people a journey on the Trans-Siberian railway to the Pacific is one of the last great travel adventures in the world - an unbeatable journey of endless impressions.

A trip on the unique Zarengold train is one of the most popular among tourists. It travels all the way from Moscow to Beijing. During the journey people are taken back to the time of the tsars via lectures about culture and ethnology, typical meals and drinks, and numerous excursions. All the while they can enjoy panoramic views of places like Lake Baikal and Mongolia. This is not the first meeting between Dietmar Ebert and Oleg Morozov. The two have hosted numerous travel groups from Moscow to China and back on the Zarengold.

Quite often the moments that they see each other on these two-week journeys can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Most of the time they are too busy looking after their travelers around the clock. Oleg Morozov left Oleg Morozov is restaurant manager on the Zarengold. He started on the train as a hardworking kitchen assistant 15 years ago and worked his way up to his current position. He is from the greater Moscow area and has two daughters. Dietmar Ebert right Dietmar Ebert is a passionate traveller who turned his hobby into his profession.

The freelance East Asia scientist has been chief tour guide for the Lernidee travel agency on the Zarengold for a number of years. Dietmar Ebert: The last three Russian tsars had the Trans-Siberian Railway built years ago and also inaugurated it. Ultimately, we are using the name Zarengold to describe the time of origin and its special aura. DE: The authenticity is nostalgic.

The train and its furnishing are still original, as is the way of traveling. The typical local and traditional dishes that we offer in our restaurants are also authentic. However, contrasting with this nostalgia are the cities that we visit. Nowadays they are very modern. This contrast is also a special feature of this journey. Many travelers rave about the impressive landscapes and the cordial care. DE: Most guests are delighted with a bath in Lake Baikal, that is always well received.

But our lectures about regional studies and culture, as well as the themed events around vodka, caviar and dressed herring are also very popular with travelers — be they Germans, Americans or Brazilians. Oleg Morozov: Many thank us for our cordiality. We want to please our guests, after all. DE: The Zarengold train offers many different categories, from own bathrooms to communal showers to quad cabins. However, space is always limited because the cabin size of 6—7 square meters is relatively small.

Usually, everyone is comfortable. OM: I agree with that. We employees also often share a cabin and we feel always a little like at home. DE: What I appreciate about the Russians is their almost proverbial hospitality, which is very special. I barely work with the Mongolians but from a purely business point of view the collaboration is excellent. Chinese top them even with regard to business collaboration. OM: It is very important that we work extremely well together; I have already found some friends in the team. We therefore work hand-in-hand.

With its 5 million inhabitants St. Petersburg is, after Moscow, the second biggest city in Russia and the northernmost metropolis in the world. The historical city center with its 2, palaces, majestic buildings, castles, museums and galleries make this city along the Neva River a magnet for art enthusiasts. The Hermitage is the most visited and prestigious exhibition complex worldwide. It is up there with the most significant art museums of the world. The hard facts are overwhelming: its five buildings house more than 60, exhibits, displayed in more than rooms. The Winter Palace, where the majority of the collection is exhibited, is therefore a global attraction.

The list of artists whose works are on display at the Hermitage is very impressive. The Hermitage began placing special focus on Contemporary Art in There is plenty to talk about when two art enthusiasts meet who have turned their passions into professions. The list of his solo and group exhibitions is extensive; his work has been shown, among others, in Paris, London, Madrid and Berlin.

He draws his inspiration from everywhere and anything - the attic and basement, something as slow as a snail or fast as a lightning flash. Her specific areas of interest are female artists, installations and the early history of Western Contemporary Art in Russia. Claus Goedicke: I wanted to be a downhillskiing racer when I was a child. Luckily, on my 16th birthday my parents gave me a camera as a present. From that moment on I was dedicated to photography. It became a habit to see the world through a lens. I was very young when I visited the Hermitage for the first time with my school class.

So what I remember is this awful pain in my legs laughs. I then decided to study History of Art; I came back here and loved it. EL: Both the idea and the implementation of the idea are very important. Good art has to touch and inspire you. For example, the works of the Russian conceptional artist and poet Dmitri Prigow are very unusual. His drawings and installations combine the world of Soviet reality with a fantasy world. He lived in Germany for a while, by the way. On the other side of the mirror I want to find a world that is new to me, one that touches me.

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CG: I like to have a very clear view of the subjects I photograph, avoiding anything where it is necessary to search for the idea. I prefer a straight approach, which also helps the viewer. EL: When I started working here in , people told me that you need about 10 years to see everything. Maybe you need 20 years? There is just so much to see — so many objects, so many countries to travel to in your imagination and so many periods of time united in one place. My recommendation would be not to plan, just follow your nose and find something interesting and precious.

But in the end I think the best thing to do is to stroll around the museum to get an impression of what they have collected over the last centuries. EL: The Hermitage only started exhibiting Contemporary Art in with a Louise Bourgeois show; and our department was only founded in It was very rare prior to that to see Contemporary Art here in the way those in the West would understand it. Nowadays we have a vision of showing everything that happened in art over the past 50 years, specifically photography, architecture, sculpture, installations and drawings.

Personally, I dream of having a Sophie Calle exhibition. The Charles Bridge in Prague is one of the oldest bridges of the world, the symbol of the Golden City and the only one in the world with gas lamps. Until the bridge was lit by gas with every lamp having to be individually lit before the entire bridge was illuminated. This was a unique spectacle, which contributed greatly to the romantic atmosphere of the bridge.

The city then changed to electric lighting for 25 years, but with the help of German engineering from Berlin, gas lighting once again returned to Charles Bridge. Nowadays, the lightning of the gas lamps is managed centrally, but upon request it is possible to get the lamps lit manually. When visiting Prague, tourists should not miss the unique Gas Museum Praha, which attracts many visitors each year. It is a small, privately owned museum and the only one of its kind in the Czech Republic. It deals with the history of the gas industry and there are interesting, historical exhibits such as a gas-powered washing machine or a gas-powered head warmer.

Whether it is to make citizens feel secure or to enhance the wonder of certain tourist sites, proper lighting undoubtedly increases the attractiveness of public areas. This is a meeting between two lighting experts who discuss the future of their field.

He studied chemistry, with particular focus on the gas industry. He has been employed at the Prague gas works since The primary focus of her work for Berlin City West is business development, networking and communal consultation. Light also has an emotional meaning, which is often underestimated. Light means atmosphere, to feel safe, especially in public areas where the right lighting contributes to a feeling of comfort and security.

The only exceptions are historic districts and buildings, for example, the Charles Bridge or those in the old town of Prague. SW: The primary objective was to upgrade public areas and in doing so increase the number of visitors. As part of the project, three railway bridges were equipped with unique LED light installations.

The result was that places, which up until that point were usually avoided after dark, became spaces with a unique and pleasant atmosphere. LEDs have higher investment costs but they pay off in the end because of their low power consumption and longer service life. JZ: During the pre-Christmas season I perform this activity for tourists and other interested parties. Those who are interested in doing so can have a go at lighting the lamps themselves. They have to turn the gas lighter at the top of the lamp on and off with a long bar.

SW: Both. Gas lighting aligns closer with the basic human need for warmth and safety; the light creates a very unique atmosphere. Gas lighting will also be used intensively in historic city districts in the future. In comparison, LED is the light technology of the future; many challenges can be mastered with it. I say this not only with regard to energy efficiency and environmental protection, but also because nowadays it has a wider color spectrum.

JZ: We can compare the situation to that of our personal lives: we use the latest technologies but at the same time we appreciate antiques and old paintings. There are justifications for both of these things and it is the same for lighting in public areas. While wandering through the streets of Berlin, Chicago or any big city, you will notice street art in the form of posters, stickers, murals and graffiti.

It comes in all different shapes and colors and can be found on places like lampposts, buildings, trains or subway entrances. Some people think that street art is a blemish on public space, but others are convinced it makes a strong contribution to the general atmosphere of a city. In fact, some neighborhoods such as Kreuzberg in Berlin are considered hip due to the variety of their street art. Without doubt there are some extremely talented people out there catering to this audience.

Billy Craven, a street artist and screen printer, is one such person. His goal is to give street artists a venue where they can showcase their talent on a local, national and international level. Chicago is the third biggest city in the US and is considered as an important commercial hub.

It also has a lively theater and museum scene, as well as being home to some fascinating street art. The authorities in the city still take a dim view of graffiti, however, three-dimensional street art made with a variety of materials is more and more tolerated.

Although Berlin and Chicago do not have much in common at first glance, both cities have a very active and evolving street art scene. Siegurd and Billy are both street artists who are inspired by the vibrancy of city life. Here they conduct a passionate conversation about art, and in particular, their version of it. As an adult he has lived in New York and Los Angeles. In , he and his partner established the print-based Galerie F in Chicago. Siegurd Gumz right The 35 year-old from Berlin is at heart a street artist but makes his living as a graphic designer.

All he needs to be truly happy is acrylic paint, cardboard, scissors and paste. He draws his inspiration from his immediate surroundings. His motto is: You have to keep your eyes open but also dream from time to time. Billy Craven: I have never been to art school or had anyone mentor me; my passion just comes from day-to-day observation. I have never bonded over normal, guy activities like jogging or soccer, generally I have always preferred to observe my surroundings and do solo things. Siegurd Gumz: I was always fascinated with colors and tried out everything to do with that topic. This is the path that eventually led me to street art, which I found I enjoyed once I discovered it.

SG: I love impressionism. Later on, graffiti artists such as Seen, Duster and T-Kid became my role models as well. BC: I love it and I think it is very important to remember it because there is no present without the past. But as much as I like museums, the point is that I cannot engage with the art there. I cannot touch it and generally there is no personal relationship between the artist and myself, which is what I strive for with my gallery.

SG: I definitely lean towards a more comic style. My art smiles from time to time and should be taken as fun. It is not my intention at all to convey a political message - my art is the message. BC: First my family and I agree on a destination. Once that is decided, I look for galleries and street artist in the neighborhood we will be staying in.

I am always excited about going somewhere new because to me discovering street art feels like a scavenger hunt, you have to know how to read the signs. I recommend people visit Los Angeles and also Detroit, which is the street art capital of the world right now, I believe. BC: Galerie F is a space for all street art lovers — artists and fans alike. It is print heavy and focuses on screen print and letterpress.

Our specialties are gig posters and art prints from local artists, theatres and movie houses. SG: Yes, certainly in the case of Berlin, I think that the omnipresence of street art attracts visitors. So I can well imagine that young tourists would rather go and see an original Banksy than go shopping with their parents. BC: We are currently working on a Chicago street art hand-out map because there are more and more lovers of it coming here from all over the world that are interested in where to find what.

Street artists like Banksy or Shepard Fairey have made it accessible and acceptable to a broader audience. This has helped the art form and the industry behind it to grow, and this is a totally good thing. Wagashi are traditional, high-quality Japanese confectionaries made solely from natural, plant-based products such as beans, rice, sugar and seaweed.

Nuts, seeds, blossoms and fruit enhance their flavor and also provide a special aroma. Wagashi evolved into an art form during the time when Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan. They developed initially as part of the tea ceremony, which was formalized in the sixteenth century. Their purpose was to compensate for the slightly bitter flavor of the powdered green Matcha tea.

There are currently about 80, Wagashi confectioners in Japan. Among them are many masters of their craft, who combine exceptional creativity with high-level technical ability. They apply their skills not only to the taste of their Wagashi but also to their presentation in terms of design, choice of colors and decoration. Each Wagashi is a depiction of natural beauty, such as a fish in clear river water or stars in the night sky.

A host can show off their cultural knowledge by choosing Wagashi that fit the season. This meeting is between two culinary perfectionists who are devoted to bringing Japanese tradition into the here and now. They both attach great importance to respect for our limited natural resources, the use of seasonal ingredients and an aesthetic that is pure and clear.

She received her degree in political science but quickly realized that her real passion is cooking. She owns her own catering company and gives cooking classes during which she teaches guests her modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine. His aim is to redefine Japanese culture and design a concept of it for the next generation. Kaoru Iriyama: Wagashi are traditionally offered with a cup of green tea and not as a dessert item on the menu like you would find in Germany. Japanese confectionaries are often highly sweetened to neutralize the bitter flavor of the green tea or even to emphasize it.

The ingredients for the confectionaries are simple and they are designed in a very filigree way, particularly for the tea ceremony. Shinichiro Ogata: The culture of Wagashi derives from the Japanese mentality that enjoys and cherishes the four seasons and the variation of nature. It used to be a deeply rooted part of our culture, however, recently the idea of the neighborhood Wagashi shop has faded away from our everyday lives. People now tend to see Western sweets as the norm and Wagashi only as confectioneries for special occasions or celebratory gifts.

We want to reverse this development. SO: I like Manju, which is a Japanese sweet bun. Buying a Manju back then was a treat, a sensual experience. KI: Mine is Ohagi, a mochi rice ball with a thick azuki paste. My grandmother made them twice a year. I fondly recall her working lovingly with the ingredients. KI: My master Hirohisa Koyama in Tokyo taught me that it is the duty of chefs to keep every ingredient alive and to use it with respect. So I try to teach my guests and students the same conscious attitude towards ingredients.

I like to explain that we have to make an effort to highlight the natural taste of all ingredients, instead of drowning things in spices and sauces. SO: Japanese culture is indispensable in a world seeking balance between humankind and nature. I continually strive to express this in my own way through food, tableware and space. I want to bring traditional Japanese aesthetic senses into the present day and make them a part of our daily lives.

KI: Allow me to say that Germans are eating healthier nowadays but they still eat way too much and there is too much monotony attached to food. In Japan all dishes are served as small portions and are more versatile. KI: As far as possible I try to only use ingredients that can be obtained in Berlin. Of course, I still miss some typical Japanese ingredients but I am also discovering unknown ingredients such as parsnips or sauerkraut.

One can cook Japanese with these. SO: I think we need to learn how to live and co-exist with the limited resources we have on our planet. With regards to food, all of our sweets are seasonal. The concept of group vacations in a warm southern European climate was developed further when Blitz teamed up with Frenchman Gilbert Trigano, who had provided the tents for Le Club. These tented resorts that focused on getting close to nature and sporting activity proved a major success. Club holidays are still popular today, although they have undergone a few changes since their formation.

For a start the tents have gone, which is probably a good thing now that you can enjoy winter club holidays. Also, since the s and the opening of a Club Med resort in Tahiti, holidaymakers are able to enjoy group vacations at various locations around the world. However, in its present form, a club holiday still models itself on that original Le Club all-inclusive resort, only these days there is no doing you own washing, and all gastronomic and leisure needs are taken care of.

The couple has been coming to the first ROBINSON club Jandia Playa for over 40 years, since it opened, and has an amicable relationship with the staff who welcome them with open arm on each visit. He is a passionate chef who often cooks for club guests. Now into their well-earned retirement, they have been loyal visitors to the club for decades.

I went there and knocked on their door and asked whether they had received my application. They laughed and showed me an enormous pile of applications. We placed mine on top of the pile and three months later, in , I started working at Club Jandia Playa. Rosemarie Rehnisch: My sister put the idea in our heads. She visited Club Jandia Playa with her husband in , the year that it opened. However, she actually advised us against going because she thought that because we were young we might not enjoy the club, which is quite secluded and away from everything else.

However, we liked the sound of it, so we took our first trip to the Club Jandia Playa in on our 10th wedding anniversary. TP: Yes, many of our guests celebrate milestones here like birthdays, wedding anniversaries or other important personal dates because they get hands-on service and feel well looked after.

We adjust to the preferences of each guest and individualize their special day. Nobody remains anonymous, guests get to know each other and employees mingle with them and get them involved in things. This is why people such as Rolli and Rainer come once and then come again and again. Many guests build friendships and arrange to meet others at the club at a certain time each year.

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Rainer Rehnisch: The sense of community is something very special. The concept is such that 6 to 8 guests sit at a table for every meal. In this way you always get to know new guests and it is never dull. RaR: Nowadays, the number of guests has tripled and the whole club has gotten bigger. Back in the beginning, it was a small family but now it is a big one. RaR: In the past, arrival and departure were only on Mondays. We all arrived on the same day, addressed each other impersonally and were one big group.

RaR: There was a sign in reception that displayed the arrival times of new guests on this Monday. We were asked to come to the reception at these times to welcome the new guests. TP: Nowadays there is no need for Rolli and Reiner to introduce themselves, they are welcomed by name. It is the neo-baroque architecture, however, that has often led it to be referred to as the Paris of South America. After independence in , these ancestors rejected Spanish culture and drew inspiration from styles prevalent in other European countries.

It is little wonder then that a stroll through the streets of Buenos Aires is like walking through Barcelona, Paris, or any major European city. In addition to its architectural diversity, the city has a rich cultural life. It has the highest concentration of theaters in the world and there are many museums, orchestras, libraries and bookstores. A dream come true for every lover of culture. One interesting cultural phenomenon is the continued use of Lunfardo, an urban slang developed during the wave of immigration that happened in the second half of the 19th century. Immigrants incorporated words from the language of their old home into the language of their new home.

This is the story of Lunfardo, which nowadays is still spoken in Buenos Aires and often used in tango music. The city continues to evolve accordingly, and in places like Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood where many artists and creatives live, the focus is on current trends and innovations. Next to the cultural delights on offer, there is always the option to simply relax outdoors with a mate or cortado and watch people vitalising the city. Juliane Gaebler left After finishing her studies at the FU Berlin and the Universitat de Barcelona, she specialized in service management.

She has been a sales manager at ITB Berlin since and is an expert in the international hotel industry and travel technology industries. Julieta Barra right After her cultural industry studies in Buenos Aires, Julieta Barra moved to various locations in Germany to work and continue her studies. Since she has worked for the German Chamber of Commerce in Buenos Aires in the field of trade fairs and exhibitions.

For me it was the big city, where you could get everything. You could go to the theatre or concerts and, of course, go shopping. When I was 18 I moved to Buenos Aires. For me the city meant freedom — everything was possible and everyone did something different with his or her life.

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  • I not only learned a lot about Argentina from my colleagues, but also picked up my first words of Spanish. However, I only visited Buenos Aires for the first time in My first impression was that it was just like Paris, Madrid and Barcelona all in one place, but also very different. My grandmother even spoke Piedmontese. We are a good example of the diversity of the inhabitants in Buenos Aires. I also have a lot of friends who have German or Spanish grandparents. You generally notice it because of the food or customs. The dialect dates back to the second half of the 19th century, but it is still spoken today.

    I unconsciously use many of the words of this dialect. Lunfardo also plays a major role in Argentinian tango. I associate the music in particular with my initial steps into the Latin American linguistic arena. It can be said that my generation has reinvented tango. There are many new bands and trends, such as electronic tango, so we are proud of it again. By the way, in Berlin there are also lots of tango schools and a very active scene. The architecture has a very international character. JG: San Telmo is great because the neighborhood is off the beaten tourist track and conceals many treasures.

    JB: In general you can say that every neighborhood has its own style and that the architecture is different on every corner. I like Palermo a lot, which used to be a family-dominated neighborhood in the past but nowadays its also home to many artists. My favorite place is the waterfront in Puerto Madero, where you find a contrast of architectural styles and times. You come across, for example, buildings by famous architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Norman Foster.

    There is a reason why vacationers return to Sylt year upon year. The island on the northern tip of Germany offers dream beaches, cascading dunes and picturesque Frisian cottages dotted around its valleys. The cool sea breeze and unique landscape offer the perfect conditions for either a relaxing break from the city or an activity-based getaway.

    For many years, Sylt has been known for its exclusive hotels and range of dining options. One good example of this is Sansibar, founded by Herbert Seckler in Initially it was no more than a snack bar serving sausages and light refreshments. In Sansibar took its brand a step further when it entered into a collaborative food venture with the airberlin group.

    Both men actually came to work in gastronomy by chance; their professions finding them rather than the other way around. They are passionate about making their guests happy and both have been successful at it for many years. The two of them have been friends for a long time and share a mutual affection for Sylt. Thomas Ney left Born in Berlin, Mr. His responsibilities include satisfying the culinary wishes of guests in both the airport terminal and on board. He particularly enjoys the variety his job brings; no two days are the same.

    Herbert Seckler right The Swabian chef moved to Sylt in , where he initially worked at a catering company in Westerland.