I live in southern Germany, but used to live in the UK for many years. I love to travel, especially in the United States. I'm passionate about books, languages, music, movies and animals.
I like things that are typical for my swap partner's region - and I love anything sparkly and glittery and stuff that glows in the dark ^_^
A few random things I love: The letter C and anything with my name on it, ribbons, lipgloss, my guinea pigs, the smell of lavender, Dorothy Parker, Sanrio and kawaii (especially pigs, owls and hedgehogs), linguistics, Ikea, lists, Miffy, charity shops/thrift stores, scented candles, fabric, Louisiana â™¥, bath items in travel sizes, watermelons, bargain hunting, b/w photography, tiny stickers and sticker flakes, freebie samples, Edward Gorey, vinyl records, Doraemon, banana ice cream, the Pre-Raphaelites, getting to know other people's taste in music (in other words mix CDs/tapes), medieval art, Mary-Janes, roadtrips, deco tape and other stationery, my freckles.
My favourite colours are all the muted, dark tones. I love dark red (burgundy, aubergine, whatever you want to call it), dark green and dark blue. I also like orange and brown.
On my last vacation I decided to collect US quarters with those states that I have visited. I have finally got all 21 state quarters thanks to the wonderful joppagirl ^_^
A list of things I dislike: clowns, coffee, neon and pastel colours, orange & lemon peel, Diddl, black & white nail varnish (almost any other colour is fine!), wintergreen flavour, happy-clappy Christianity, black licorice, boiled cabbage. And Blythe dolls freak me out @_
I love making mix tapes & CDs.
My favourite album is Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys and my favourite piece of music is Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
As I said, my other passion in life are books (comes from being a librarian, I guess). I collect different editions of Le Petit Prince. So far I have the book in French, German, English, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Czech, Armenian, Georgian, Polish, Dutch, Thai, Chinese, Khmer, Spanish and Swabian (the dialect spoken locally).
Amongst my favourite authors are Patricia Cornwell, Carl Hiaasen, Bill Bryson, Meg Cabot, T.C. Boyle, Wendy Holden and Marian Keyes.
I also love languages - apart from German and English, I also speak French, Italian, Japanese and took Latin for 6 years in school. I'd love to learn Russian next. Or Portuguese. Or Hebrew.
Grey's Anatomy, Men in Trees, As Time Goes By, Frasier, Golden Girls, The Closer, CSI:Horatio ^_^
Bringing up baby, Pixar, Marx Brothers, Ghibli
So many ideas, so little time... sigh
My favourite craft is cross-stitch. I prefer American designs (nothing too patriotic, please). I like Joan Elliott, TPS, Jeremiah Junction, L*K, Bent Creek, Margaret Sherry and other similar designers. I have a thing for Noah's Arks and love varigated and hand-dyed threads and fabrics of all colours (both Aida and evenweave).
I also dabble in paper crafts every now and then. I have been making my own envelopes for almost 20 years.
For my birthday in 2006 I got a sewing machine but only plucked up the courage last year to use it - and I adore it!!! Next on my list are bags and cushions.
Does photography count as 'craft' as well? In the last 2 years rediscovered photography, first with an analogue SLR, now with a DSLR. You can probably find me more often on Flickr than on here ^_^;
Despite I don't really eat spicy food, (moderate) Chili con Carne is my favourite comfort food.
When a restaurant has something with aubergine (that's eggplant) in it, I'll order it. No need to read the menu any further. Yum!
I love seafood and I love fruit, my favourites are cherries, melons, lemons, bananas, apricots, apples and any type of berries. I also like nuts, especially almonds, peanuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashew nuts and coconuts. And anything with sesame (does that count as a nut?).
I love to cook and to bake, my favourites are roast vegetables, desserts & cakes.
NB: I am lactose-intolerant, only mildly at the moment, so I can eat chocolate again, YAY!!!
Orcas, panda bears & penguins - I've got a thing for black/white animals ^^;
Actually, I love most animals. As long as they haven't got more than four legs. My favourites are otters, birds/parrots (especially keas), primates, marine mammals and dogs. Although I am neither a dog nor a cat person, I love both.
And of course I love my two adorable guinea pigs to bits, squeeeee ^_^
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