.Forty Things About Me.

 Who is Daniela? What does she like? What are her favorite places? 

  1. I love myself and listen to my body. 
  2. I was born and raised in Coburg/Germany but hated it as a child. I always wanted to move somewhere else, somewhere bigger, somewhere nicer. So I moved to Würzburg, then Munich, New York City and now Ottawa/Canada but deep inside I love this peace and quiet that a small town brings. I do need a change from time to time so I don’t have the feeling to settle down forever anywhere at this point. 
  3. My family in Germany means everything to me and comes first no matter what. 
  4. I am a former German Federal Police Officer. 
  5. I don’t have a favorite sports team but occasionally I watch an Ottawa Senators Game. 
  6. I don’t mind getting older. I enjoy every second I am able to experience and learn something new on this planet.
  7. I learned that life is too short to waste time being stuck in something that leads to nothing or just to a routine that you deep inside detest but just do for the money. 
  8. I love to travel and see the world. 
  9. I love to put my hand into flour. But also into a bag of lentils. 
  10. One of my favorite movies is Vie Heroique with Serge Gainsbourg. I watch it at least once a month. 
  11. I would love to fluently speak Italian. 
  12. Some of my friends don’t want to be my friends anymore because they don’t understand my way of living. “All this traveling, all this happiness, life is not happy sunshine all the time!” Hell, yes! 
  13. Divorce is not the end of the world. Life goes on!
  14.  I only have a hand-full of real friends. However, I do consider a lot of people my friends. 
  15. I was in a Volleyball team, Handball team, Swimming team, and Karate team when I was a child. In 4th grade, I received an award for being the best athlete in the entire elementary school. The plaque still hangs on the wall in that school. 
  16. This song makes me really happy. I can listen to this on repeat for hours. 
  17. I love French Onion Soup. Favorite comfort food! 
  18. From the first time my son sat up on his own I had this feeling that I want to tackle him. Strong kid! 
  19. I get a bunch of my recipe ideas from this blog. Awesome food, easy to make, healthy and cheap. 
  20. I love to read. I read so much until my eyes are red sometimes. I just cannot stop whenever a book is good and has me sucked in. 
  21. One of my favorite ghost stories is The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.  My favorite author, however, is Allen Ginsberg. 
  22. I am a night owl and usually up until 1 or 2 am. 
  23. Studying language was always the thing I wanted to do but I ended up becoming a cop and resigned years later to study linguistics. 
  24. Writing is my passion. I published my first book and work on my second. 
  25. I love pralines and red wine. It just goes together so well. While I was pregnant I was addicted to Kinderriegel. 
  26. I enjoy rollerblading and ice skating. 
  27. I love being a woman but I think that men have it easier on so many levels. (Pregnancy and birth are just two!)
  28. I have a bunch of tattoos and I don’t regret any of them. 
  29. I had a bunch of piercings, too and took them all out. I regretted all of them. 
  30. I love to make smoothies in the morning for breakfast. Easy, fast, healthy and so yummy. 
  31. I love building things with my son. We both have a pretty awesome imagination. 
  32. I loved my blackberry phone more than the iPhone. 
  33. I adore Mischa Schenkel’s artwork. I think he has a lot of talent.
  34. Current obsessions: Trying to make Macarons. 
  35. I don’t have cable, only Netflix. 
  36. Currently, my favorite places are: Coburg (Germany), Italy, Hawaii, and Cancun 
  37. I couldn’t live without are my son and my passport
  38. How I stay sane: Spending time with my son, in nature, traveling, reading, photography, writing and doing nothing just listening to my breath
  39. The advice I can give: Travel or move across the world to a place where you don’t know anybody. Tough, but best experiences ever. 
  40. I do whatever makes me feel good. It is just that simple. 
  41. I have no clue about math or statistics. (My brother told me that I have to add this!) 

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