After I picked up the start number for the Half marathon, I decided to bike to Friedberg, a village outside of Augsburg to see how it looked like. I have heard that a Half Marathon will take place in Friedberg in September and it will be quite hilly. It turned out that it was quite hilly and also very, very beautiful and picturesque. I already knew that Augsburg is beautiful, but Friedberg is – in my world – something extra. Narrow streets, old buildings, calm, quiet, a old (and not longer working) water tower for the village everything embraced by a city wall. Everything built on a hill. It was also a castle there, that is nowadays a museum which I want to visit at some point. I really want to run the Half marathon at this beautiful place. I took a lot of pictures but choose to publish the ones that have the little extra cosy feeling on the blog.
This clip is recorded the very last day of the festival Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor — August 10th, 2014 — in Augsburg. The Key Fiddle player and his companion, the woman who plays a drum — which I spoked with — are present in the video.
When I walked around at the area of the Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor today, the very last day of the festival, I got surprised. I saw a couple of musicians at the other side of a dining tent. They were walking around and played music for the guests of the “restaurant”.
I decided to go and listen to them while they were playing and then talk to them. I suspected that the man was playing the instrument Key Fiddle, which I also have learnt to play. The man was playing the smallest type of Key Fiddle that exists. Although we spoked german to each other, I used the swedish word “nyckelharpa”. Nyckelharpa is a quite common word internationally and all those who play the instrument are familiar with the word. He explained to me that it was a Key Fiddle, with three strings — an A- string, a C- string and a more lighter C- string. He said that he had not a proper bow, he used a bow which he couldn’t adjust the tension.
I asked him if he had tried to play on a bigger Key Fiddle but he hadn’t. I asked if he knew anyone else in Germany, or in the area that also played Key Fiddle. He said that he had talked with a guest at the festival. A woman who came from Cologne which also played Key Fiddle. He said that most germans — at least in the south part of the country — are not aware of the instrument Key Fiddle. I said that I came from Sweden and I had a Key Fiddle of “normal” (bigger) size at home which my grandfather had built and that I had learn how to play it on a few summer workshops in Sweden. I also told him that I believed that the Key Fiddle originally came from Germany to Sweden, for a long time ago.
I cooked eight pieces of the Swedish traditional dish (and one of my favorite dishes) Kroppkaka yesterday. I ate two for dinner yesterday, two for lunch today and three for dinner today. Of course, I ate them like this, with lingonberry jam and butter. If you would like to try it, here is a recipe for you.
45 minutes, 4 portions (or 8 pieces).
- 500 gram potatoes
- 1 egg
- 2.5 dl flour
- 1 onion
- 100 gram salted pork
- lingonberry jam, butter and parsil
- Boil the potatoes, peel them and then mash the potatoes.
- Mix the mashed potatoes with flour, egg and spices fast.
- Peel the onion, chop it in small pieces and dice the pork. Then, fry the onion and the pork together in a frying pan.
- Form balls/ dumplings out of the mashed potatoes. Make a hole in the middle and fill it with the fried onion-pork mixture. Then, make them tight. (You might need to cover the dumplings with a thin layer of flour again if they are sticky).
- Boil the dumplings in a sauce pan with water for 5-6 minutes. The dumplings will float up to the top when they are “done”.
- Serve the dish with lingonberry jam, butter and parsil or something else.
I found the recipe here.
Have fun and Bon appetite!
Om jag inte hittar något bättre arbete och måste harva runt på mitt nuvarande arbete i höst kan jag i alla fall glädja mig åt några ljusglimtar i tillvaron.
- La Fleur, Harry Klein, München, 9 augusti.
- First Aid Kit, Muffatwerk, München, 5 oktober.
- Lykke Li, Kesselhaus, München, 6 november.
- Mando Diao, Zenith, München, 21 november.
Jag måste gå och lyssna på åtminstone någon av ovanstående artister eftersom att jag missar så bra konserter i sensommar-Sverige framöver. Bland annat spelar Weeping Willows i min födelseort; Köping om två veckor, Laleh, Seinabo Sey och El Perro del Mar är två andra riktigt bra artister som jag skulle vilja höra i sommar.
I sitt sommarprat i Sveriges Radio P1 den 17 juli 2014 berättade Navid Modiri om vad ordet mellanförskap betyder. Det är när man inte riktigt känner att man passar in i den miljön man befinner sig i. Det kan handla om en individs ursprung och resultera i ensamhet eller önskan om att fly undan. Jag kände igen mig i hans beskrivning, jag har ju bott en tid i både Danmark och nu i Tyskland och ensamheten är en tydlig del av vardagen. Navid spelade även många bra låtar och jag vill härmed dela låtlistan med er. Navid Modiris program var ett utav de mest intressanta hittills i år tycker jag.