I spent most of July and part of August living in Spreewald, a region of Germany near Berlin, known for their charming forests, canals and cucumber farms! Life there is simple. People ride bikes, pick wildflowers and grow their own food. I took note of many of the habits and customs while I was there and have already integrated them into my life at home. Take a peek at the ideas I brought home, below!
Packing a Picnic Lunch 1 of 6Despite hectic schedules, Germans take time to enjoy their meals. Often going for a picnic!
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Breakfast Boards 2 of 6Germans love to eat a big breakfast! They have a spread of sweet and savory food including: fresh bread from the bakery, cheese, butter, jam, meats, liverwurst, fruit, veggies, qvark (similar to greek yogurt), nutella and more! Each person eats on one of these little bread boards. It's fantastic because you can use it as a cutting board too. It's a charming way to serve a meal! I bought a few when I was there so I eat my breakfast this way everyday now.
$3.22 at Lion's Deal.
Ride a Bike! 3 of 6I was surprised to see so many people riding bicycles out in the German countryside. In America, I've never seen so many people riding bikes in a country setting where stores and homes are spread out. There were a significant amount of older folks riding bicycles too. What a great way to keep healthy! I came home determined to ride my bike more often. I love the idea of getting my daily exercise by riding my bicycle on errands.
$775 at Heritage Bicycles.
Fresh Herbs! 4 of 6The farms I saw in the Spreewald region of Germany were simple, rustic and functional. I loved the full vegetable and flower gardens. Each night for dinner, my host would pick herbs for our dinner salad. I had never had a fresh green salad with so many fresh herbs and I love this idea! I now keep fresh herb plants in my kitchen and snip them daily for meals.
Basil plant $5.75 at The Tasteful Garden.
Cake and Coffee at 5 5 of 6It's a German tradition to have coffee and cake at 5:00 everyday. It's a great way to slow down and force yourself to take a quiet moment and stop working for a few moments.
Enamel mug $11.99 at Old Faithful Shop.
Cultural Sundays 6 of 6In Germany, almost all businesses except restaurants are closed on Sunday by law. They keep historical sites and museums open. The family I lived with visited a museum or cultural site every week. I love the idea of designating Sunday a day to slow down and spend time with the family learning something new!
Photo from Portland Art Museum.
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Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!
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