November 24, 2012

And then there is that thing about travelling...

On the road. As always

Yes, and then there is that other part of me, the one about travelling...

AK-thenextchapter.blogspot.comI travel. I travel a lot. Probably more than most - maybe anyone? - you know, except for people who travel for a living, something I haven't done yet, part from the occasional business trip, the business trips that once were far more common once but now are more of a commodity, at least in my current job and with everything you can do over the phone and via video calls. But luckily you can travel privately, and I do, I travel least once a month, mainly in Europe - because that is where I live but also because  there is so much to see and do in Europe, just board a plane and within an hour you are in a new culture, where a new language is spoken, and where people have a slightly different attitude and the markets look a bit differently, but I also travel to Asia, to US and to other places. I am simply addicted to travelling. Love being on the road, there is nothing better.

Give me a good book, a note book (the paper format, not a computer), give me an interesting place to visit, and life is good.

November 20, 2012

Me and food

To be able to understand this blog and how it will develop, you will need to understand a bit more about me. I already mentioned that I am a foodie, but what does that really mean?
Well, food is my true passion. I cook, I eat, I scout out interesting places to eat and interesting food to try; I learn, I develop, I test, I experiment. I have no formal training when it comes to cooking, but I have a lot of experience.

The first "meal" I cooked was maybe not that exciting, at least not looking back at it, but to me then and there it was. As a small kid, long before I started school, I would make oatmeal porridge and my parents would be served breakfast in bed. I can't recall any more if it was my father or my mother that taught me how to make porridge, but I do remember that my dad and I talked about it. On the other hand, part from the porridge discussion with my father, it was my mother who was the one active in the kitchen, it was her cookbooks that I, before I could walk, would crawl up to and flip through until the pages started to come out, and it was my mother that I watched in the kitchen, preparing much from nothing, and experimenting, it was my mother who always said "did you like the bread? Well, enjoy it, because I can never make it again, at least not exactly the same."

November 16, 2012

Welcome to this brand new blog

This is the very first post here on my new blog - AK - The Next Chapter. My name is Ann-Katrin, I am today living in Düsseldorf, Germany. Born and raised in Sweden, moved to Germany a number of years ago, with the company, and now I am about to embark on a new journey, a journey that will take me new places, in many ways. I will write more about that journey but first I want to tell you a little bit about who I am.
Düsseldorf, a fascinating city on the river Rhine (Rhein)
My name is, as already mentioned, Ann-Katrin. I am a travel addicted foodie, I travel the world, and I eat food. Lots of food. Local food. Good food. Not always gourmet food, but always good food, if I can help it. I love to cook, and often cook for many - I grew up in a big family I find it far easier to cook for many than just for a few.

I have spent a few years living in Düsseldorf (see link for info from the city itself), the capital of Nordrhein-Westfahlen - (North Rhein Westphalia, NRW), the most densely populated state in Germany, bordering on Netherlands, close to Belgium, and close to France. Düsseldorf itself is an international city with a really big ex-pat community, and people from all over the world. Cologne (Köln) is a bigger city, but Düsseldorf is the capital. Being a foreigner I can however tell you that both cities are great cities, something that you rarely hear otherwise, there is some old competition and the people that love one is not allowed to like the other. But I am a foreigner so I am not expected to fit in and chose to like both; But they ARE very different, I give the Germans that.