New Year’s Day


New Year’s Eve in Berlin was not as I expected. We stayed home, armed with red wine and crackers, not eager to face the sudden cold that had swept the city in the last few days.

Fireworks have been randomly fired several times a day (yes, day) pretty much since we arrived at the end of November. I guess practice for New Year’s Eve because they didn’t stop! I’m not sure how New Year’s Eve is typically celebrated in Germany but I assume it’s not as much of a priority as Christmas (like in the UK – Christmas is for family, New Year’s for dancing with friends) but correct me if I’m wrong.

In Georgia, the 25th December is business as usual, since Georgia celebrates Christmas on the 7th January. They do like to get together for New Year’s though, which is usually spent with families at a supra until midnight, when the neighbours start visiting other houses to congratulate each other. The supras then continue from morning.

Actually, this time last year, I attended an eight hour long supra in London. It tested my patience, I have to say.

Anyway, my point was there were loads of fireworks on New Year’s Eve and it looked pretty messy the following day.

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Christmas Eve Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding!


So coming back to the First World means I have access to funny things like chia seeds and quinoa, without having to search the whole city and pay crazy import prices like in Georgia.

Today I tried to make a pudding I’ve been eyeing up for a while now by Minimalist Baker. Except I improvised some of the ingredients and kind of judged by eye rather than measurements. I think it was quite successful for my first time using chia seeds!

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