By the lake … in Masuria

Spending lazy days by the lake. 

 

We are staying at a big house right by the lake with the whole family: grandparents, parents, children, aunt and uncle. Instead of all the sight seeing we had planned, we are spending our days by the lake… 

  

swimming… taking the rowing boat or pedal boat out…

  

canoeing… sun bathing… 

   

playing… barbecueing… 

 
 

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What you expect…

We are taking a trip down memory lane, visiting Masuria in Poland with my in-laws. Both my father-in-law and my mother-in-law grew up here, met here, got married here before moving to West Germany in the late 1960s.

It’s been 11 years since their last visit. I have heard many stories and was expecting a deserted land in total disrepair. But – the roads are good; there are many new buildings, big modern family homes and apartment blocks, supermarkets, gas stations…; people drive new cars and are dressed fashionably. True, there are smaller houses that do look old, but they probably are. In the village, where we are staying, yards are well maintained and flowers are in bloom everywhere.

Today’s outing took us to Pasym (Passenheim in German).

The town hall is the most prominent sight.

  

Across the lake in the Protestant church half the family was christened.

  

Construction meets fashion

Last week was Fashion Week in Berlin. All of a sudden outfits looked very different from the usual indifferent Berlin style – more chic, more elegant, more different, definitely more thought through than the every day Berlin ensembles.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to an evening event with a runway show and was impressed with the effort people made to dress – and I enjoyed it a lot too.

  
The next day (again: lucky me) I had the chance to visit one of the big construction sites in Berlin, where a new underground train line is built. And again special attire was required.

  
Now imagine these two together…

It goes like this:

A Fashion Week event is about to open its doors, there’s a long line of fashionistas waiting outside a fancy building on Unter den Linden boulevard. All dressed for the event of course and some more. 

Enter: “the construction crew”. We walked right by, rubber boots, reflective vests, helmets and all.

Lots of looks from both sides, but as we were walking, we definitely put on the better show…