Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

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Part of the glass window of our chapel at my work place.

 

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May 29, 2012

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Pegasus and the Hohenfestung.

May 28, 2012

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The roses of Mirabell at dusk.

May 28, 2012

variations on a theme

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May 27, 2012

thoughts on wandering

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May 27, 2012

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My camera luckily recovered from yesterday’s bad mood, so this is the wall of the Steintheater in the Hellbrunn woods. On the 31st August 1617 Claudio Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo was performed here. It was the first opera production on German-speaking terrain ever.

May 26, 2012

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My camera was unwilling to coöperate today, she wanted to make only blurry pictures. Let’s hope it’s not the sign of her giving up the fight, just a temporary bad mood. This picture has its charms, though.

May 25, 2012

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After a chaotic team meeting where everybody felt the need to speak loud and aggressive but no one felt the need to listen to others, I came home so tired that I slept until 7 pm and totally forgot about the laundry I wanted to do.

May 24, 2012

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Another work day. I don’t know for how long yet, but for the moment that’s my everyday life.

 

May 24, 2012

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I saw this sign on my way home. Looks like love, with the missing leg of his.

May 24, 2012

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Worst work day since I started one month ago. I couldn’t wait to finish my shift and get back to the safe and comforting world of Perry Mason. And I do miss Móricka and The Cat terribly.

May 21, 2012

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A skull in the Peterskirche by the gravestone of Michael Haydn.

May 20, 2012

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A tree in hand-knitted socks in Mirabellgarten.

May 19, 2012

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Back in Salzburg again. In the afternoon I started out to buy some cleaning stuff but I run into a small church flea market and that’s what I came home with instead. They’re for Móricka (in case you were wondering how old I actually am) and I only recommend you to buy them if you are a very devoted (and masochistic) parent (or a lighthearted aunt who lives abroad and knows just too well that throwing back one-hundred plastic balls to her nephew exactly seventy-five times a day won’t belong to her daily routine).

May 19, 2012

Budapest – Spring Garrison Parade 2012

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May 18, 2012

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Spring Garrison Parade in Városliget. In  Hungary joining the military is exclusively voluntary, since we have no obligatory military service since 2005. I am a devoted pacifist and I find the world would be a much better place if there was no need for soldiers and the army at all, but I have to admit that big, strong men in uniform definitely have a way with them that makes a woman’s heart beat irregularly :o)

May 18, 2012

music of the week – Republic: Kék és narancssárga

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I almost never listen to any other music than Baroque, I guess it’s just something of an occupational disease with me, but my friend Ancsangyalka sent me this video as additional info to yesterday’s blue and orange post. It’s Kék és narancssárga (Blue and orange) from the Hungarian band Republic. So let’s get acquainted with the popular rock music style of the post-revolutionary Hungary of the 1990’s :o)

May 17, 2012

the colours of today: blue and orange

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May 17, 2012

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We started the day at the airport, to see my sister and Móricka off. And that’s the two of us (with two unknown ladies in the background). Photo courtesy of my sister.

May 17, 2012

the day Móricka went round the world

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May 16, 2012

when you are old and grey and full of sleep

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May 16, 2012

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I came home to Budapest for three days.

May 16, 2012

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At the end of a long shift.

May 14, 2012

music of the week (month, haha) – Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonata representativa for violino solo

by ada

Well, it was quite a time since my last music post, but blogging becomes somewhat difficult in the lack of own internet connection.

I was really tempted to put some Mozart here but it would be only too obvious. Luckily the Salzburger Hof always served as a center of music, so there are plenty of composers to choose from. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber von Bibern was a very famous composer and violin virtuoso of his time, and got quite unjustly forgotten. Now he is only known in early music and musicology circles. If I mention Mozart, the average people go Oooohh!!!; if I mention Biber, the usual reaction is only some Heh? (if not something like Oh, Justin is sooo cuuute! which makes me want to kill everybody around me).

Again I was tempted to show one of the Mysterien– or Rosenkranz-Sonaten (Rosary Sonatas), as The Work of Biber, but he composed so many other music that are worth for listening, that it was really easy to resist this temptation. I chose the Sonata representativa (Representatio Avium) instead, which is a funny piece that mimics animal sounds. All the animals and their musical manifestations are taken from Athanasius Kircher’s famous music treatise, Musurgia universalis, published in 1650. If you are interested in such obscure musical ideas of the 17th century as how to play piano with cats’ tails or how to compose music with logarithms (well, Kircher could easily be considered as the first composer of computer music, haha), or just want to know why do parrots say hello in ancient Hebrew, I really recommend you to read this book. It’s written in Latin but, being the bestseller of the era, was (partly) translated to German as soon as in 1662. Kircher himself gained an enormous popularity through writing this compendium, he received emotionally loaded fan letters from enthusiastic nuns from all over the world. I don’t know if Biber ever met him but it’s clear that he read and appreciated his book.

May 14, 2012

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Sculptures of Mirabell.

May 13, 2012

Salzburg – the old military cemetery

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Despite of the small amount of gravestones, more than 2000 soldiers and officiers of the Imperial and Royal Army of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy have their grave in this small cemetery.

May 13, 2012

Salzburg – Schloss and Lake Leopoldskron

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May 13, 2012

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Today I went to see Schloss Leopoldskron. It is private property (as almost all of the castles in Austria), so I couldn’t go in, just took a walk around the lake and visited the small military cemetery nearby.

May 13, 2012

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It was really cold and rainy the whole day, and I’m coming off coffee right now, so I just slept the day through (and I mean it literally). The few hours I was awake I spent with reading Perry Mason stories on my computer. I was desperately in need of some rest, so it was just perfect the way it was.

May 11, 2012

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by ada

Another thirteen-hours long shift.

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