What is eggnog, the traditional drink for winter? — Cafe Words

The Christmas season brings with it an endless number of traditions, one of which is the preparation of a tasty egg and milk based punch with a sweet touch, which is shared with family and friends during the winter season, its name “Eggnog”. Its origin is not known for sure, but its elaboration has evolved […]

What is eggnog, the traditional drink for winter? — Cafe Words

“Christmas Poem” by Brazilian Poet Vinicius de Moraes — Three Worlds One Vision

Brazilian Poet and Lyricist Vinicius de Moraes (1979-1980)Photo Credit: Vinicius de Moraes Official Website My Poetry Corner December 2020, featuring the poem “Poema de Natal” (Christmas Poem) by Brazilian poet and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes (1913-1980), is dedicated to those among us who have lost a loved one this year to COVID-19. Born in the […]

“Christmas Poem” by Brazilian Poet Vinicius de Moraes — Three Worlds One Vision

Photo Flick Nr. 55: The Cats of Flensburg

When walking along the Roter Strasse/ Holm along Flensburg’s shopping mile, you sometimes see some things that are unique and unusual than the other tourist, whether it’s a gallery of hanging shoes, alleys narrow enough that your car doesn’t fit, 17th century houses with beautiful terraces, piers with shops on the water…..

Or this one.  A gallery of cats in the alley!

Of all the times I’ve been in Flensburg, this one was the latest that caught my attention. During an inner-city tour of Flensburg’s alleys and terraces, we came across some cats in the wall. That’s right, cats in the wall! When we think of cats, we think of the furry pets that always wants your attention, through purring, meowing, cuddling but also jumping on chests of people standing for a long period of time, like statues.

Growing up with cats, you know what I’m talking about.  Hence my passion for Garfield the fat cat who loves to harass Jon and Odie, eat the Italians out of house and home, pranks and dog-punting from the tables edges galore, etc.

It’s unknown whether Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis has ever visited Germany, let alone Flensburg, but he would enjoy the tour of the gallery of cats in the alley. In almost each alley, shop corner and along the street, one will find different kinds of cats, each one doing different things typical of cats. Each one has its own character. Each one painted on cat-level, meaning the same height as the furry pet that we all adore.

According to the tour guide there are no clear numbers of these cats in the wall that exist in the city center and along the mile, let alone who had the creative cunning for paintinig them, but they do provide Flensburg with another angle, one that is unique and worth thinking about- from a cat’s point of view.

We didn’t get to all of the cats because the numbers are huge, but like the tour of the Rum-Sugar-Mile, which I took many years ago and would highly recommend, finding them along the streets of Flensburg is a task that would take a day to complete, maybe more. Yet it would show you the corners of Flensburg that one seldom talks about.

Happy Cathunting, folks. 🐅🐈🧶




Meet Me Under the Northern Lights by Emily Kerr⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Genre Literary Fiction The Plot ⁠When radio host Lucy Fairweather gets suspended after her drunken exploits are manipulated in a video that goes viral, her friend Skye offers her a trip to Finland to help her brother in law Tommi with his new resort Wild Zone.⁠ ❤️ What I liked about Meet Me Under the […]

Meet Me Under the Northern Lights by Emily Kerr⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

🎄 Christmas Island by Natalie Normann

🎒 Holly needs to escape from London, and her brother convinces her to stay with him during Christmas on a remote Norwegian island. Holly is dreaming of white snow, and hot chocolate by the fireplace, but she soon finds out that Norway in winter is not as idyllic as she pictured. At least this is […]

🎄 Christmas Island by Natalie Normann

Photo Flick Nr 54: Holiday Flick

This story is fitting as we are concluding our “Black Week” here in Germany. Someone decided to be creative with a Gatsometer with a cool Black Friday offer. I’m not sure if a 50% rebate on a photo would be appropriate, but there are some racers who are willing to impress the people at the German Vehicle Registry in Flensburg (Kraftfahrtbundesamt) at any cost. For them, it’s a foolish Black Friday offer that will be unforgettable. 😉 📸


Only dramatic contact reduction can break Germany’s fourth wave – Spahn

BERLIN, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The situation in Germany is dramatic as never before in the pandemic, Health Minster Jens Spahn said on Friday, warning that only a sharp reduction in social contacts could break the fourth wave. “The situation is very dramatic, dramatic like at no other moment in this pandemic,” Spahn said during […]

Only dramatic contact reduction can break Germany’s fourth wave – Spahn

 German COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000 mark as fourth wave takes hold

BERLIN, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Germany crossed the sombre threshold of 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday with a surge in new infections posing a challenge for the new government. Since the start of the pandemic, 100,119 people have died with the virus in Germany, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed. The […]

 German COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000 mark as fourth wave takes hold

In addition, talks of a total lockdown for all have been presented in Saxony, spreading to the rest of the country. More details to come…. Stay safe, folks.

Home by Unknown Author

There is no place like home, as one can see in this painting dating back to the time after World War II. After a long battle with many casualties, it’s good to know that you have a place to come home to. ❤️😊

The Flensburg Files wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 and a safe holiday season. 🎄⛄⛪🦌🎅




Note: This painting was courtesy of one of my teacher friends in my social network. If you know the exact name of this painting and who created it, please let me know. Thanks. 👍