Mothwing
28 March 2015 @ 10:22 pm
Day 5: Saturday: Saalburg  
Living with a church musician means having to be back by Sunday, so we went back on day five of our little roadtrip.

Since Crocky loves all things Roman and has fond memories of going to this place when she was a child, we decided to stop by the Saalburg to look at the ruins of the Roman fort there. It was established in 90 AD and abandoned in the middle of the third century when the Limes fell.



Saalburg )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Saalburg
Current Mood: excited
 
 
Mothwing
27 March 2015 @ 08:51 pm
Day 4: Friday: Munich  
Since we'd spent most of our first day indoors we had planned to spend more time outside on the second day and explore the inner city and the English Garden.



Munich )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Munich
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
26 March 2015 @ 08:35 pm
Day 3: Thursday: Munich  
The weather being bad we decided to go to the German Museum on the first day. The best bit about this museum is that you end up in different parts, depending on who you go with. Left to my own devices I usually head to optics and photography, pharmacy, mining and space travel. With our budding aero engineers we were obviously in the aerospace and physics exhibitions.

With Crocky, who comes from a seafaring family with a lot of musicians, we ended up in those areas.



German Museum )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Munich
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
25 March 2015 @ 05:43 pm
Day 2: Wednesday: Leipzig  
On the second day we explored Leipzig. I discovered that my cold was not quite gone and thus my head felt as though it'd been packed in cotton wool the entire day.



Leipzig )
 
 
Current Mood: sick
Current Location: Germany, Leipzig
 
 
Mothwing
24 March 2015 @ 04:07 pm
Day 1: Tuesday: Trip to Leipzig  
I left the school building, was taken home by Crocky, and we left for Leipzig. Crocky knew the city from when her sister did her apprenticeship, but I'd never been there.

We picked the perfect hostel: the Space Hotel Leipzig. The decor speaks for itself:



It's run by a society that organises moon buggy races and training for space enthusiasts of up to 25 years and has its own observatory.

Sadly, we arrived after hours and at least I had a panicky moment when we realised we'd have to call our booking agent for the safe code and I realised that my phone's battery was on its last legs. Crocky's calming influence and the quick information of an employee at the booking company got us into the premises safe and happy and we had an early night. 
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Leipzig
 
 
Mothwing
26 December 2013 @ 01:26 pm
2013 in first sentences of the month  
I'm in Hamburg with my family with some time to myself, so I'm doing the end of year meme, as every year. Here are the first sentences of all first posts of the month (excluding the book meme and wordless posts).

January: Over here, the weather has gotten really cold again, much to the delight of several of my colleagues who suffer from migraines alleviated by the chilly air and much to my dismay, because our car doors keep freezing shut so thoroughly that I can't defrost them enough to get to work on time.

February: Periodically, I browse the internet in search for werewolf books and most of what I find reads like a PSA for why it's a great idea to stay with an abusive partner ("Not his fault that he turns into a werewolf, it's the curse! He's not himself! It's just his violent nature that wants out!") or porn (really lulzy porn).

March: Crocky and I are going to Prague! [We ended up going to Paris.]

April: Spring hasn't quite gotten into the swing of things around here, but Crocky's tissue consumption certainly does mark the transition in seasons.

May: Creepy-crawly of the day: the common wasp, vespula vulgaris.

June: In less than two hours I'm going to be thirty.

July: Tal-y-llyn, where the sleepers lie in Susan Cooper's The Grey King. (Fire on the mountain, shall find the harp of gold; Played to wake the sleepers, Oldest of the old;), This book series may or may not have significantly spurred my love for all things Welsh.

August: I have this unfortunate tendency to pick things that I really don't want to do because I am scared of them and then do them.

September: The weather outside has started matching the feeling I've had in my knees for weeks: it's autumn.

October: Crocky and I went to Amsterdam on Tuesday and came back on Friday.

November: It was Crocky's sister Teddy's birthday party yesterday, or rather, one of them- this was the "queer adult edition".

December: I hope you get to spend some time with your loved ones and will have some time for yourselves, too, to wind down.


Hope you are all doing well, I'll catch up once I'm back home.
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Hamburg
 
 
Mothwing
13 October 2013 @ 11:52 pm
Amsterdam  
Crocky and I went to Amsterdam on Tuesday and came back on Friday.

The short version: we cycled a lot, were almost run over by cyclists, too, got stopped by the police, didn't get high (because the spire of the Westerkerk does not admit people with backpacks), went to the red light district, took pictures from what felt like every single bridge overlooking the famous canals, came back to the hotel smelling of weed in spite of our tee-totalling habits.

Basically every picture I took:



As ever I remain in awe of the bicycles, the sweets, and the linguistic superpowers of our neighbours )
 
 
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Music: The Glasgow Madrigirls - Candens Lillium
 
 
Mothwing
28 July 2013 @ 09:16 am
Trip photos  
As always I took obscene amounts of photos on our trip, from which I've then chosen the handfulls of presentable ones, but there a still a large number that I wanted to include.

If you want, click on the image and it'll redirect you to a post of the day on which it was taken. I didn't really add a lot of text, because I expect not everybody is interested in Edward I's 13th Century quest for Wales (we did look at an awful lot of castle ruins, be warned).





    

 

 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
23 July 2013 @ 11:26 pm
Day 15 - Viking village in Höllviken  

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Current Mood: exhausted
Current Location: Sweden, Höllviken
 
 
Mothwing
22 July 2013 @ 10:48 pm
Day 14 - Biking through Malmö  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Sweden, Malmö
 
 
Mothwing
20 July 2013 @ 11:20 pm
Day 12 - Stockholm  


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Current Mood: tired
Current Location: Sweden, Stockholm
 
 
Mothwing
19 July 2013 @ 11:13 am
Day 11 - Road trip up to Edinburgh and flight to Stockholm  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
18 July 2013 @ 11:03 am
Day 10 - Walk through Denbighshire  

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Current Mood: exhausted
Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangwyfan
 
 
Mothwing
17 July 2013 @ 10:52 am
Day 9 - Denbigh, Abbey Valle Crucis  


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Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangollen
Current Mood: energetic
 
 
Mothwing
16 July 2013 @ 10:24 pm
Trip Diary - Overview edition  
Greetings from unbelievably hot Wales (= the most beautiful country in the world. You're missing out if you've never been here, really).

Day 1 - Day 8 )

So now that I have overused the word "beautiful" enough, I'll go to bed. We'll have a look at Llangollen and its ladies tomorrow and I want to be well-rested for that. 
 
 
Current Location: United Kingdom, Queensferry
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
16 July 2013 @ 01:05 am
Day 8 - A Walk Through Royal Aber  

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Current Mood: exhausted
Current Location: United Kingdom, Abergwyngregyn
 
 
Mothwing
15 July 2013 @ 12:04 pm
Day 7 - Rhuddlan, Conwy, Beaumaris  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Conwy
 
 
Mothwing
14 July 2013 @ 10:57 pm
Day 6 - Segontium, Caernarfon  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Caernarfon
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
13 July 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Day 5 - Corris Mines, Rhaeadr Pistyll  


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Current Mood: awake
Current Location: United Kingdom, Tal-y-llyn
 
 
Mothwing
12 July 2013 @ 08:44 pm
Day 4 - Aberystwyth, Dyfi Furnace  
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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
 
 
Mothwing
11 July 2013 @ 09:23 pm
Day 3 - Flint Castle, Rhaeadr Dyserth, Beach, Rhuddlan  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Dyserth
 
 
Mothwing
10 July 2013 @ 07:59 pm
Day 2 - Liverpool, Wales  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
09 July 2013 @ 06:32 pm
Day 1 - Liverpool  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
 
 
Mothwing
11 April 2013 @ 11:44 pm
Sportparksee  
Spring hasn't quite gotten into the swing of things around here, but Crocky's tissue consumption certainly does mark the transition in seasons. We've started going for walks on the muddy shores of our favourite lake which is still far too cold for swimming, of course, but hiking in the mud is fun, too.



Sportparksee )

Catkins, mushrooms, and spiders.  )
 
 
Current Mood: listless
Current Location: Bremen, Sportparksee
Current Music: Conquest of Spaces - Woodkid
 
 
Mothwing
19 March 2013 @ 10:33 am
And back home.  
We arrived back home at 6am yesterday morning! The trip was a very mixed experience - the bus ride there and back were both miserable and I need to remember to never get it into my head again that an overnight bus tour would be a good idea. It's just not because in spite of the company's announcements, you can't sleep on overnight buses.

Still, Paris is of course amazing and like being hit in the face with significant European history every couple of meters.
There are a lot of things (mostly museums) that I would have really liked to see but didn't get to because we didn't have enough time to waste on standing in line for hours, but even like this there simply was not enough time to take everything in and I think you could probably walk the same routes several times before you have seen what there is to see. I put the picture dump into two backdated posts called Paris I and Paris II.



Ten things... )
 
 
Current Location: Bremen, Germany
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
17 March 2013 @ 11:28 pm
Paris II  
It's amazing how little I remember of my school French, and yet, how much comes back when I'm surrounded by native speakers. Because everybody speaks English I did not have to use my A2 French to full advantage, but it's still comforting to know that in a pinch, I can buy meringues in various flavours in French. Ordering food at the restaurant we had lunch at did not work as well and thus we switched to English, but speaking the language after such a long time was still a very nice experience. Today, we had a look at Notre Dame and the Operas. There is so much to see that I only have pictures of a fraction of the interesting things that we did see, and even those are too few.


Notre Dame )


Odds, ends, and the opera )
 
 
Current Location: Gallieni, Bagnolet
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
16 March 2013 @ 11:24 pm
Paris I  
Bus tours: Never Again. I think we vowed that last time we went on a bus tour in '07, and yet again we found ourselves cramped into bus seats on an overnight bus. We thought it probably wasn't going to be so bad because it doesn't take as long to get from Bremen to Paris as it does to London, but we were wrong. Many of our fellow travellers were sick and kept the bus up coughing, it was impossible to put back the seats and get sleep, and thus, we arrived in Paris dog-tired and stiff-limbed.

We still had a lovely time.



Trip and generic Paris. )



Louvre )


Various of the Tuileries )


Eiffel tower: way to and view from )
 
 
Current Mood: tired
Current Location: Rue de la Sablière, Paris
 
 
Mothwing
09 March 2013 @ 03:03 pm
Cheap Bus Tours II  
Managed to book us a tour to Paris instead of to Prague.

I'd have been more interested in Prague, but this is nice, too. I've only ever passed through and it'll be nice to go exploring, brush up my French, and look at some of those places that I only know from school books and movies.
 
 
Mothwing
03 March 2013 @ 05:58 pm
Trips and Electricity  
Crocky and I are going to Prague!

On a budget bus tour. We've taken a similar one with an equally questionable organiser before when we went to London for the midnight release of DH. In many ways, it was terrible, but if you didn't join any of the tour-organised crap and went off by yourselves, things improved drastically.

I'm apprehensive about doing just that because in London, this was possible because I am reasonably skilled in conversing with the natives, but in Prague? My Czech skills are very limited, I doubt that I can read the language well enough to get by, let alone understand any spoken Czech.

Still, at this stage it all sounds exciting and adventurous. When I'm stuck lost in Prague without any way of finding back, my phone dying and no map in sight, things will probably be different.

Otherwise I've been avoiding my pile of grammar exams by trying to put up another lamp in our living room. I'm not very good at this. In my limited experience, if you unscrew electrical fixtures over here, you're looking at a blue neutral and a brown live wire and sometimes green and yellow ground wires.

In this case, it's like looking at Medusa's head. There are two brown wires, three blue ones, two green-yellow ones and a black one. None of them appear to be live. Going by my previous experiences with installing fixtures in this flat this is not surprising, but I'm also apprehensive about what'll happen.

In the hallway, there are three live wires bunched together in a really crowded junction box, two of which don't appear to be live, so I took them out of the box and isolated them individually. But when I was I was fixing the hallway lamp's live wire in there using only the remaining live one, the result was that I didn't have any power in my room, which seems to be dependent entirely on one of those three wires connected to the light in the hall. I'm pretty sure that this is not How Things Are Done Usually. 
 
 
Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
27 January 2013 @ 06:07 pm
Vaguely disappointing insect exhibition with surprise reptiles  
Crocky and I went to a local insect exhibition today. It was at a tiny community centre around the corner and the poster had promised all manners of exciting large exotic creatures and they charged a rather hefty entrance fee. However, we soon realised in the first room that it was two small and rather dingy rooms and most of the all insect exhibits and also most others were pinned, some already very old and discoloured, and therefore not all that exciting - even though the organisers had clearly attempted to make them look more interesting by arranging them in terrariums. 

The second room was a very pleasant surprise because the organisers had brought their pet reptiles, spiders and myriapods and were showing them to visitors. Espeially the boas and the tortoise petting zoo were a big hit, though was a bit worried for the tortoises in particular. But the owners always watched out for their animals, and especially the teen handling the snakes and spiders seemed to know what he was doing and always made sure that the visitors treated his charges with respect, so I suppose they were fine.  



Spiders, insects, myriapods, and snakes. )

I want giant millipedes as pets. Crocky favours the boa we met today, but I think that these tiny plant-detritus eating creatures that don't grow to a length of 6m and don't live on live piglets are infinitely preferable. 
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
12 January 2013 @ 08:42 pm
Frosty Lake  
Over here, the weather has gotten really cold again, much to the delight of several of my colleagues who suffer from migraines alleviated by the chilly air and much to my dismay, because our car doors keep freezing shut so thoroughly that I can't defrost them enough to get to work on time.

Still, in spite of the chilly temperatures Crocky and I took a walk to the lake around the corner. It's not our favourite swimming lake, but it's in walking distance and is beautiful even though it comes with a view of the industry area and a wind park close by. 



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Current Mood: cold
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
09 December 2012 @ 01:02 pm
Stint in Amsterdam at night  
After my conference was over, I had an hour to kill in Amsterdam in the evening before heading home. 



Stroll from Amsterdam Centraal down the Damrak to the Royal Palace and back )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
30 October 2012 @ 10:12 pm
Verden  
Crocky and I went on a trip to Verden today. We were actually going to look at an abandoned ammunition factory in a village near Verden, but then found the entire area roped off and warning signs saying those going there were in mortal danger, so we opted out. 

I am now a bit sadder that the school in Verden that I applied with back in the day did not want me, the town is very pretty. 



Touristy impressions of Verden. )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
27 October 2012 @ 10:06 pm
Portus sanctae Mariae  
Today, Crocky and I had a look at the ruin of the medieval Cistercian abbey in Hude (German Wiki here). In spite of the already rather frosty temperatures it was a lovely walk. We had a look at museum, ruins, nearby hamlet, and a mill and then went home before our feet froze even further. 



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Current Location: Hude, Niedersachsen
 
 
Mothwing
01 August 2012 @ 07:39 pm
Back!  
We're back!

As always right after camping (and de-sanding everything we own, and catching a night of sleep in a real bed, and shower under real showers) I am quite convinced camping is not for me, but the memory of the trip is already clouding my memory of ice-cold nights and wet tent ceilings. 

So. The trip! 
  • The North Sea! Swimming in the North Sea. You have to do it. 
  • Vikings! They have longhouses with great windows and the best beds
  • Vikings! They have ships! Lots
  • Danes! They can speak all the languages I speak better than me and then some!
  • Vikings! They have funeral boats
  • Reading in a tent with a flashlight! All Fantasy quest novels should be read like that, I suppose.
Links to holiday snapshots from our various destinations can be accessed by clicking on the images below. I hope that the individual travel journal posts don't show up on your friend's pages. 

     

Man, I'm knackered, and the Mojito I'm having clearly doesn't help me concentrate, but I earned it. 
 
 
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
30 July 2012 @ 06:06 pm
Ladby Skivet  
At the beginning of the twentieth century a Viking burial ship was discovered in a burial mound near Kerteminde.

Today, there is a a museum about the burial mound as well as a replica. They also have a shipyard in which they rebuild findings from the tenth century (with period tools!). 



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Current Location: Kerteminde, Denmark
Current Mood: happy
 
 
Mothwing
29 July 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Esbjerg and Ringkøbing  
I've been to Esbjerg before with [livejournal.com profile] angie_21_237 and her family when I was a teenager, and the most vivid memory I have of the place is eating my first hot dog, pretty buildings, after, if memory serves, a visit to the Artillery Museum in Varde (which these days is advertised as "a great day for father and son", so I suppose I don't have to feel bad about giving it a miss, being neither). In short, I don't really remember the city. Crocky really wanted to go, though, because she's liked the city for a long time. 

So along we went. I'm glad we did, too, the weather was lovely, we had a picnick in the park, and we found the most flattering bathing suit that I have ever owned. Since I am self-conscious about my size there isn't a lot of swimwear that will make me get excited to get in the water, but I feel rather good about my newest aquisition of a swimming-dressy-kind of garment. 



Ringkøbing and pictures from the road - with extra cygnets! )
 
 
Current Location: Esbjerg, Denmark
Current Mood: cheerful
 
 
Mothwing
28 July 2012 @ 11:29 pm
Bork Viking Harbour  
I was born in Hamburg. The city has a big harbour, and excursions to said harbour and prerequisite tours of it by boat are a school trip staple of all towns in a 50km radius. There is also the annua Hafengeburtstag a street festival celebrating the anniversary of the harbour, and plenty of other, harbour-and-boat-related activities. I get seasick and somehow never caught the any romantic ideas about a seafaring lifestyle. 

Thus at some point I did mention to Crocky that I am not, really, that interested in boats. She gave me a long look and said, "I may have bad news for you." She was not wrong. Still, the reconstructed harbour we visited was very nice. It's another living history museum and very much worth the trip. 

There were some boats. 



This is Bork... )

Modern Bayeux-style-tapestry on the history of the harbour )
 
 
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Location: Bork Vikingehavn, Denmark
 
 
Mothwing
28 July 2012 @ 05:29 pm
Greetings from Hvide Sande  
Right now, I'm lying in our surprisingly cool tent waiting for Crocky to return with our ice creams. 

While camping still underwhelms me (water droplets forming on the ceilings during the night, the cold, the sand everywhere), the Viking centres we've seen so far have all been great, the weather is ok, and the landscape is gorgeous. 

More soon, love to all! 
 
 
Current Location: Hvide Sande, Denmark
Current Mood: content
 
 
Mothwing
27 July 2012 @ 09:01 pm
Ribe Viking Centre  
The Ribe Viking centre go look at that page!) is a living history centre which uses volunteers from Denmark to play Vikings and introduce visitors to their various crafts. To boost their numbers they also take volunteers without any special skills (who then get to camp close to the centre for free in exchange for being a Viking for a few weeks), and Crocky and I were seriously tempted. They get lot f German visitors, after all, and need to translate for them, too. 

It has three different sites, a marketplace from around 710, a town from around 825, and a manor farm with a long house from 980. The buildings are all reconstructions from buildings archeologists found on the site, and they're fascinating to walk through. 


Inside the longhouse on the manor farm. 

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Current Location: Ribe, Denmark
Current Mood: bouncy