In case you haven't noticed, I'm currently in Germany to spend Christmas with my family and soak up some sunlight! Having about 9 hours of daylight seems odd considering that we only have about 4 hours of daylight and absolutely no sunlight in Tromso at this time of year. What is even weirder is the temperatures we have here in Germany.
While I would normally be freezing in snowy Tromso, it's been around 10 degrees on most days since coming to Germany. One of these days we even had sunshine and 13 degrees! 13 degrees! In December! While I'm definitely missing snow and am so jealous of Kiki's winter wonderland in Iceland, it is of course great to skip polar night and get some Vitamin D!
That sunny day was a great occasion to go out and enjoy the sun and also for the boyfriend to see more of my little hometown. Not that there's so much to see in this little Westphalian town but we do have some nice hiking trails in the forest nearby which is where we were headed.
Now I guess forests are pretty typical for Germany. If you've been following this blog for a while, you might have read my posts on the Harz mountain range and you might also know the fellow German-in-love-with-Norway-blogger Melanie who also has some nice shots of German forests on her blog! I even have a friend who writes her BA thesis about the importance of the forest for German culture - if you read this, you know you should be working, haha!
Anyway, we had a nice afternoon in the nearby forest and I took my camera with me to try out my new camera strap! My old one was always giving me a rash in the neck after a long day of sightseeing and taking pictures so I was pretty excited to try my new !Mo camera strap that is not only much wider and prettier than my old one but also has a neoprene cover which makes it much softer and way more comfortable!
I chose the "Stone" strap because I immediately fell in love with the design! !Mo offers about a 100 other designs though with prices varying from $29 to $65. They ship worldwide and I got the strap way sooner than I expected! So if you're still looking for a Christmas present for someone who loves photography, head over to !Mo and choose your favourite design now!
Now I only need a new camera for Christmas as the flash of my old one stopped working on my Munich trip and getting it repaired would cost about half of what I paid for it in the first place... Any suggestions? I've been using a Panasonic Lumix so far and considered upgrading to a newer model as I'm pretty satisfied with it but then I discovered a Canon Powershot that I kinda fell in love with... Anyway, if you've got any recommendations for a relatively cheap but good bridge camera, let me know!
Back to the topic of today's post: hiking in the forest! My hometown has a little tower right in the forest from which you have an awesome view on the town itself. What my hometown lacks in things to do and see downtown, it definitely makes up in little gems situated out in the nature! We even discovered a flock of geese in someone's backyard and the boyfriend of course had to play the goose-whisperer - let me just say, it ended with them starting to scream (do geese scream? anyway, they made a whole lot of noise) and him running!
All in all, a pretty nice way to spend a sunny December afternoon in the German countryside I would say!
What are some hidden gems in your hometown? And what does December look like where you live?
*I received a complimentary iMo camera strap in exchange for a review. As always, my opinions are my own!