Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Köln; a brief description.

The city Christchurch wants to be when it grows up?
I went to Köln expecting to be greeted by a wife, a daughter and a dear friend, but instead came away as alone as I'd started. Thankfully though, Köln's the type of place that treats you right even when you feel like everything is totally plain wrong.

Iceland. Who would've thought such an isolated place could have such an impact on the world?

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Taste tests - Episode one: A Katusfeige and Hefeweisen Mix

It's a real pity I didn't think of this before I accidentally ordered a massive bowl of tripe (with roast potatoes thankfully) at one of the local restaurants. Still, with any luck this'll be the first of many New! Amazing! Mindblowing! Taste experiences:

Apologies for the echoes. My room was not designed with acoustics (or comfort for that matter) in mind.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Notes on a foreign language (Part 1 of a few)...

Would Herr Goethe be impressed? I suspect not.
First, it has to be said that I suspect I'm not destined to become the world's greatest polyglot. To put it bluntly, I'm finding this whole "learn a new language" thing rather hard. However, I have only been in the country for six weeks, and therefore perhaps my aspirations should be set a little lower than I-will-be-fluent-in-two-months.

I think my biggest problem actually isn't so much the language though, rather too many years in academic institutions has me rendered unable to engage in, for want of a better term, naive learning. Let me explain...

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Surfing in München....

....not me (obviously), but still pretty cool eh?

This is footage (taken by me, naturally) of a guy surfing on the Eisbach, a standing wave on a constructed river that runs through München's Englisher Garten. I could've watched folk here for hours.

Michael Jackson syndrome

On Good Friday I was treated to a trip to the Chiemsee, a large and picturesque lake about an hour's drive east of München (thanks again to Dan and Doris (and Karla and Chico)). Apart from being a place of recreation, the Chimsee's most significant claim to fame is Ludwig II's third (and incomplete) palace.

Approaching the island on which the Herrenchiemsee was built (by ferry)