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.
Yesterday, Saturday July 26th, I took a walk in Augsburg city center. It was many people outside that seemed to be tourists, it was quite many people out side in general. I found a new way to a new favorite place, the old water tower, Wassertürme at Rotes Tor. I saw an open gate which lead to a passage through a valve where an ascent way lead to a park with trees, bushes and park benches. The gate ended where the roof ends in the left of the picture. At the other side of the valve, I took some pictures and merged them together to the image of the buildings you see here. This is a new favorite place in Augsburg. You can see the church St. Ulrich und Afra’s tower in the background to the left. And from this spot, It was not far from the herb garden (Augsburger Kräutergärtlein) which is another quaint place of Augsburg.
Next to the city hall/ Rathaus, there is a taller tower (called: Perlachturm) which you can enter to enjoy the amazing view over Augsburg and the surrounded nature. I visited the tower this afternoon, it costs 1,50 € for adults to enter the tower which you pay right before you enter the last level of stairs. The tower is open from first of May to the middle of October between 10 am and 6 pm. At the top, you can read about different landmarks and also use the binocular to get a closer look at buildings. The binocular is placed towards the church St Ulrich und Afra in the south. On the way up/down there are pictures of how the Perlachturm, the Rathaus and also other buildings looked like just during the end of World War 2 and after the war when the buildings was restored. Here is a link to leisure activities for tourists (or local citizens) in Augsburg.
Intressant artikel från Radiosporten (Sveriges Radio) om hur tyskar, genom sina fotbollsresultat sökte efter en identitet från andra världskrigets slut och framåt. Nio år efter krigets slut vann Tyskland deras första VM guld och det var vid den tidpunkten tydligen fortfarande ganska tabubelagt att jubla för sin nations prestationer. Sedan dess har det förändrats, det ansågs mer acceptabelt att kunna glädjas som tysk för fotbollsframgångar men inte för landet som sådant. Numer är det annorlunda. Vid 2006 hade tyskarna lyckats landat i sin identitet och accepterat sin brokiga historia. Undersökningar har gjorts i framgångar i fotbollsslutspel och sociologen Jürgen Gerhards menar att stoltheten ökar då sitt lag spelar bra och går ner på normala nivåer några månader efter det att VM är över.
Idag är det Sveriges nationaldag; hurra, hurra, hurra, hurra!!!
Du Gamla Du Friska – från folkvisa till nationalsång
Hur Du Gamla Du Friska (Fria), skriven av Richard Dybeck, kom att bli Sveriges Nationalsång. Intressant. Visste inte att sången spelades sist på kvällarna i radion runt 40- talet eller att några nya strofer skrevs som förslag för att byta ut viss text i samband med unionsupplösningen med Norge 1905. Visste heller inte att det arrangerades så många tävlingar genom historien med förslag på nya nationalsånger eller att dagens ungdom inte känner till nationalsången annat än från idrottsevenemang; den var ju från början en folkvisa och hyllning till Norden.