Friday, 29 July 2011

Barcelona Part Two - Ya no solo

That's me (in the middle wearing the green shirt)  at Park Güell
Day Two:  We awoke early, thanks to our daughter, and we hit the streets of a very sleepy city at about 8 a.m. on Easter Saturday.  Our first goal for the day was to find breakfast, the second was to kill time until we caught up with some American friends from Bayreuth and did some serious sightseeing.






Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Barcelona - probably the first of several

Gaudi + buildings = Barcelona = Magnificence
As anyone who spent time with us anytime in the three or four months beforehand knew (and was sick of hearing),  we spent Easter 2011 in the almost-impossible-to-over-hype capital of Catalonia, Barcelona.  A great city to visit anytime of the year (I'm guessing), but particularly charming in springtime.

We flew into Barcelona on the afternoon of Good Friday, and took a train into the city passing by fields of artichokes and agricultural pack-houses, and arriving to drizzle and disorientation at La Plaza de Cataluña.  We knew we were just off La Rambla (one of the major pedestrian areas and a tourist mecca), and we knew our hostel/hotel was just off La Rambla.  Unfortunately though, we didn't really know in which direction La Rambla was.


Sunday, 22 May 2011

New frontiers in laziness: Baking by the can

Credit to Sara for discovering dough-in-a-can, and even more for daring to buy some (the croissant version).  Apparently unique to mainland Europe and North America, croissant and bread-roll doughs are available here by the cardboard can.  Like with all things, they don't quite compare with the "real thing" (i.e. those bought from a bakery), but at just over a single Euro for 6 pieces of deliciousness?  Definitely gets my vote.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Bonn (Voyage)

Springtime in Bonn, so lovely!
I’ve been to Bonn twice now, both times for conferences (one DAAD, one AvH).  Bonn's a great little city, even better when you're being wined and dined for the cost of a presentation or two!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Speed wobbles - thoughts on Radiohead and TV on the Radio

Two of my favourite bands, Radiohead and TV on the Radio have released albums in the last few months, and I am bitterly disappointed to report that neither offering is mind-blowingly, jaw-droppingly awesome.  All winning streaks must come to an end, and all things must past, but such knowledge doesn't really soften the blow all that much.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Regensburg: Oldest school sausages and the classics to boot


What you're looking at, in the photo to the left, is the kitchen of the oldest sausage hut in Germany. And how good are the sausages cooked in this kitchen, in a small hut in the city of Regensburg, sitting on the banks of the Danube (called Regensburgers of course)?  Served in a caraway laced bun with 'kraut and strong Bayern sweet mustard, they are absolutely delicious, good enough I had 'em twice!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Lago di Garda - Wrapping up our first trip to Italy (finally)

Lake Garda, and if you tilt your head right and squint a little...
Having visited Venice and explored Verona, the last day of our Italian trip in September '10 was spent at Lago di Garda (Lake Garda), which lies about 20 km to the east-north-east of Verona.  It's an amazing site from the air, shaped like the head, neck and body of an emu or a moa perhaps, and, like most of Italy, was at least as pretty from the ground.  Our trip also marked my first (and to date only) swim since I left Aotearoa, so I have very fond memories of the place.



Friday, 18 March 2011

My oh my, it's been a while....

...more than three months, which is rather disgraceful given this was my one pet project for our time in Germany. Worse is that there are several drafts sitting unpublished, just waiting for photos or a little tidying, but without a time machine there's little can be done now.