Conclusion of preparations

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Preparation of things. The weather fore cast says rain even though it didn’t rain today although it “should have”. The train departures to Kissing, it is possible to bike to Kissing, it takes around 40-45 minutes in a “normal” speed. I might need to start to bike at ≈ 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. It is possible to shower there. The start time is 10 a.m. I have prepared with a lot of carbohydrates some days ago. Today I biked to Kissing and walked one lap of the track. One lap is 7 km, one need to run three laps. It is 50% asphalt and 50% gravel. The first part of the track – along the rail road – is quite boring.

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Extremes in terms of businesses at Wertachstraße in Augsburg

DSC02172This photo is taken on the big street — Wertachstraße — 29th of March, 2014 and it is one of the cooler photos that I have taken lately (lets say the last 6 months). The colors, contrasts, grain and other things could of course be better, but the funny thing with this photo is the motive, i.e. a wig shop (to the left) is a neighbor with a barber shop (to the right). Talk about extremes, how cool is that?

 

A Key Fiddle musician at the Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor

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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.

Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor in Augsburg

This Friday, I visited the Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor and recorded some video clips. I put together some of the clips to this video. Here is more info. See also this video by the newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine.

This years Midsummer was spent along the Isar river in Munich.

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This years Midsummer was spent along the Isar river in Munich.

I celebrated Midsummer in Munich along the river Isar yesterday. I took yesterday off since it is not a bank holiday in Germany. I went from Augsburg to Munich in the evening at 6 pm. We were a group of 15-20 people who came together to celebrate Midsummer. I knew most of them from the school in Umeå (UID) but some students were new to me since they had started at the school after I graduated. People bbq:ed and brought salad, dessert, snacks and beers. It was nice to see them and to catch up with them. Most of them went out to a club in the night but I went back to Augsburg, I took the train at 2:06 am this morning.

Today, June 21st is the longest day and has the shortest night. The day is longest exactly at 12:51 a.m., it was 11 minutes ago now.

I celebrated last years (2103) Midsummer outside of Gothenburg with my friends there, the year before that; in 2012, I celebrated the Midsummer at the families summer house and the year before that; in 2011, I was in Aarhus (Denmark) during Midsummer.

Biljettkontroll, en Svensk älgskylt och en promenad på landsbygden

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Svensk älgskylt och en promenad på landsbygden

Igår efter arbetet tänkte jag ta S-Bahn till Münchenförorten Gröbenzell för att ta ett kort på en garageport som har en svensk älgskylt fastmonterad. En lite udda grej, men det är sådana idéer jag på ibland. Jag har sett älgskylten från tågfönstret några gånger på min väg till arbetet (se bilden överst). När jag stod på perrongen i Pasing och väntade på S3 tåget kom flera konduktörer/ biljettkontrollanter klädda i DB:s uniformer. Jag hade stämplat en remsa men visste inte om det räckte. På skärmen vid biljettautomaten stod det att vid kortare resor gäller en remsa men i normala fall krävs två remsor per zon. Jag skulle åkt tre stationer och gå av vid en station i en intilliggande åkzon. Kontrollanterna började kontrollera passagerarnas biljetter när tåget börjat rulla. Jag blev lite nervös om jag hade stämplat för få rutor och riskerade att få böta 40€ för misstaget. Det kändes dessutom svårt att prata sig ut en eventuell situation eftersom att de var minst fem stycken.

Flera resenärer gick bakåt i tåget för att, som jag uppfattade det, undvika kontrollanterna. Jag stod kvar men hoppades att tåget skulle stanna vid nästa station innan kontrollanterna kommit till mig. Så var också fallet. Jag och många andra gick av tåget och så även kontrollanterna. Jag vet inte om alla kontrollanter klev av men några stycken. De följde dessutom efter oss resenärer som gick av, ända bort till trapporna så det fanns ingen chans till att vänta på perrongen om man inte ville riskera att behöva visa biljetten.

Jag valde att promenera tillbaks till Pasing och tänkte att det inte kunde vara så långt. Alternativet var att vänta ett tag på behörigt avstånd och återvända till stationen där jag klev av lite senare då förhoppningsvis kontrollanterna åkt sin väg. Jag valde som sagt att promenera och fick då se lite av landsbygden utanför Langwied och Pasing. Promenaden tog ca 60 minuter och sträckan blev 5,2 km. Solen sken, det var varmt och det var intressant att se sig omkring. Jag gillar dessa impulsiva initiativ då man inte vet vad det mynnar ut i. Jag tog en liten risk men gjorde det rätta genom att gå av vid den första stationen och sedan ta sig tillbaka till fots. Bilden som visar huset längst ner visar Jagdschloss utefter gatan Alte Alee i Pasing.