Angela Dorothea Merkel (born 17 July 1954) is a German politician who has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005.
Vision of life
Merkel resigned when she arrived at the Chancellery to have an official residence. She lives in her own flat in the centre of Berlin, in the Mitte district, overlooking a canal on the river Spree that runs through the city.
Shopping at the supermarket
Merkel gets up very early and usually has breakfast with her husband. She does her own shopping at the supermarket.
Her favourite dishes
As a child she liked hamburgers according to the recipe of the Berlin-Brandenburg region (‘Bouletten’) and apple or cherry juice (which was in short supply in communist Germany). Now she has admitted that she cooks plum cake “for my husband”, apparently one of her favourite desserts.
Angela Merkel gets up at 5 a.m. to have breakfast with her husband at 5:30. She then cycles to work. In the afrternoon, she might take some time off to do more exercise and return to the office. It is said that she sleeps only 4 hours per night.
Benefits: She finds time for physical activities and always eats breakfast.
Downsides: 4 hours is not enough time to have a restful night. The recommended amount of sleep is 7-8 hours.