Bread Baking in Marrakech

As usual I have been hunting for a bakery oven to use. Just like in Kabul, this was no problem at all. Here in Morocco, the local bakery is run by men and the families are bringing their dough to be baked. Every family has their personal cloth so they know which pile of bread they are to pick up … Read More

ElmlidBread Baking in Marrakech

Riad el Cadi

One year ago I received an email from a German woman asking me if I would like to trade bread with her. She had inherited a Riad from her father and offered me to come to Marrakech to bake and stay with her. At that time I was on the road travelling and Morocco was not really possible for me … Read More

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All images by Shantanu Starick  



It is almost 2 month ago since I traded with Shantanu, who is running the trading project “Pixel Trade”. He has been living without money for 16 month now, trading his photography work against a bed, a plane ride or dinner on the table. He is back in Berlin this weekend, staying at my flat, and today he uploaded his … Read More


My Berlin for Your Beach House

I have decided to go on holiday in December/January and am looking for a nice place on a beach. But then I thought, my apartment is pretty cosy too so before I book something maybe someone likes to Swap with me? I could of course just rent out my flat, but swapping is way always fun (surprise, coming from me). … Read More

ElmlidMy Berlin for Your Beach House

Wine harvest – Behind the Scenes

On instagram and blogs things tend to look perfect. The plates are  filled. Tables are  surrounded with friends. Strawberries are incredibly red. And kids smile or make funny faces.  And the sun is shining. When we did the Friends of Truth wine harvest in Baden the sun was shining about 1,2 hours. Not much. During this short time we faught … Read More

ElmlidWine harvest – Behind the Scenes

Bread Exchange at Friends of Truth Wine Harvest


Last weekend we drove south-east. Katharina from Friends of Truth wine were harvesting her grapes at Zähringer Vineyard close to Freiburg. Wine harvesting is (or is supposed to be) hard work and you need to eat well so Katharina asked me if I wanted to come down and bake bread as an in between snack. Of course I did. I called … Read More

ElmlidBread Exchange at Friends of Truth Wine Harvest

Why I would not wear high heels for Octoberfest


It took me 10 years in Germany before I dared to take part in the Octoberfest, also called Wiesn. I love to travel to southern Germany (amazing food culture – way broader than beer and sausage). The reason why I didn’t go was actually that I am not too found of beer. Why  I ended up going  after all is … Read More

ElmlidWhy I would not wear high heels for Octoberfest

Where I like to hide away II


Metohi Kindelis is a almost 400 year old farm which is today turned into 3 very private apartments. Every apartment has its own secret garden with pool and they is absolutely completely private. There are different advantages in every apartment so it all depends on your needs and likings. I choose to stay in the one with the wildest garden since … Read More

ElmlidWhere I like to hide away II

Where I hide away


In the latest issue of the German Harper’s Bazaar they asked me for my favorite hide away. I answered Metohi Kindelis on Crete. Since the article is not really an article, rather a note, and on top of that it is in German, the upcoming days I thought I give you some pictures from this just stunning place. The House … Read More

ElmlidWhere I hide away