Archive for February, 2013

February 22, 2013

Seekirchen am Wallersee

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February 21, 2013

Hallein – part 2

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February 21, 2013

Hallein – part 1

by ada

Hallein is a charming old city with a history back to Celtic times. Unfortunately it was so terribly freezing today that instead of concentrating on seeing things I only managed to concentrate on 1) trying to keep snowflakes away from my lens (without success) 2) trying to keep snow out of my boots (also without success).

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February 20, 2013

midwinter spring is its own reason

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February 20, 2013

a silence deep and white

by ada

The view from my garden door at 3 am. I don’t sleep very well lately since I’m off 5-HTP again. The first thing that goes wrong is always sleep. The second thing that vanishes rapidly about two days after taking the last pill is my ability to tolerate other people. Considering the fact that I’m being paid for getting up early and tolerating people, it’s quite an unfortunate situation.

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February 19, 2013

music of the week – Berchtesgadner Musik from Edmund Angerer

by ada

I should seriously consider renaming this series from “music of the week” to “music once in a while”, haha. Well, that’s life, I guess. But since I’m planning to leave in a few months and still have a lot to say about early music in Salzburg, I need to hurry up with it a little.

This time I chose a very well-known piece – a bit too well-known, I would say. I’m sure you all already have heard about the Toy Symphony written by Joseph Haydn? Or at least, the Toy Symphony written by Leopold Mozart? Well, forget everything you’ve heard about it. Because Toy Symphony, as a phenomenon, simply just doesn’t exist. This music is called Cassatio ex G or Berchtolds-Gaden Musick (in modern German Berchtesgadner Musik), and was composed by the Benedictine monk Edmund (originally Johann Nepomuk) Angerer. He, during his lifetime, was a renowned organ player and the composer of numerous pieces of both religious and secular music, of which, unfortunately only a few survived the fire that ruined the monastery of Fiecht in the year 1868.

Angerer fell quickly into oblivion after his death but his music became enormously popular already during the 18th century. It got its “nickname”, Kindersinfonie (Toy Symphony) due to the (in the province Berchtesgaden commonly produced and used) toy instruments it was composed for.

I prefer this video to other (better) ones because I like the way the performing musicians are enjoying themselves (if only in a very Eastern European way) (well, at least I feel at home while listening to it, haha), even if the guy with the recorder headpiece has clearly never been told that it is in fact possible to keep a recorder in tune. Even if you have only the headpiece of it to work with.

February 16, 2013

an afternoon in München – part 2

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February 16, 2013

an afternoon in München – part 1

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February 13, 2013

Laufen

by ada

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February 12, 2013

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

Do you remember the place where Germany meets Austria? Well, that’s not the only one. Germany and Austria share a border of 784 kilometers, with some beautiful spots, and I plan to explore as many of them as I can in my remaining few months in Salzburg.

The place where the river Salzach takes a turn and forms the peninsula the small German town of Laufen is located on is called Salzachschleife. The word “laufen” actually means “to run” in German, which is a funny name for a city, especially for such a sleepy little one, like this. There are two bridges linking the towns Oberndorf (Austria) and Laufen (Germany): the Salzachbrücke and the Europasteg.

This is the Salzachbrücke:

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The German side:

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And the Austrian:

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And that’s the Salzach in both directions:

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While in Austria spring has already arrived…

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…in Germany somebody was greeting me personally with this huge capital A in the snow:

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Maybe these German ducks?

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The other bridge, Europasteg with the Kalvarienberg-Kapelle in Oberndorf as seen from Germany:

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And the view of Laufen from the Totenberg in Austria:

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And finally, the Salzachschleife itself (inside of the circle is Germany, outside is Austria):

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February 11, 2013

silent night

by ada

Today I visited the Stille-Nacht-Kapelle, a memorial on the place of the original church where the Christmas hymn Silent Night, composed by  the village teacher Franz Xaver Gruber, was first sung on the Holy Eve of 1818. It’s located in the small city of Oberndorf, just a half-an-hour train ride from Salzburg.

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February 9, 2013

daylight come and me wanna go home

by ada

I took a few photos before going to sleep today morning. I may have the same working schedule as vampires do but I’m still a human being, with a feeling for daylight’s beauties.

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February 7, 2013

second toughest in the infants

by ada

Milo’s first hour:

  • getting bathed

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  • protesting

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  • settling in

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  • falling asleep

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And twenty-four hours later, as a serious one-day-old, already having a not-so-flattering opinion about life:

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February 6, 2013

easy as life

by ada

And that’s the two of us. And no, I don’t wear surgical mask because I want to look mysterious and conspiratorial; I’m just fighting the flu right now and didn’t want to be responsible as Patient Zero for the outbreak of some deadly epidemic on the neonatal ward.

(photo courtesy of one of the midwives)

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February 6, 2013

meet Milo

by ada

Meet Milo, nephew Nr. 2 of mine, at the age of ten minutes. More photos soon.

(Do you still remember Móricka in the same situation?)

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February 5, 2013

bridges and between

by ada

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February 5, 2013

a touch of zen

by ada

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February 5, 2013

what I see right now

by ada

Without flash:

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