Archive for December, 2013

December 31, 2013

the year is going, let him go

by ada

2013 wasn’t exactly a bad year for me but it wasn’t a good one either. It was like just milling around, one step forward two steps back while nothing really makes sense and nothing ever happens. I’m quite relieved that this year is finally over. Yay 2014!

In contrast to last year this time I have numerous New Year’s Resolutions. Most of them are private, that I won’t discuss here. My resolutions regarding this blog are to

  1. be more personal. At some point along my way through 2013 this blog stopped being my personal diary and became a travel blog or rather a backup place where I uploaded some of the halfway acceptable photos I took of buildings. Which is fine too, I guess, but becoming so neutral was never my intention.
  2. post less and select and sort out my photos more strictly. Sometimes I really envy those beautiful, artistic photo blogs with simple designs and meaningful pictures and I have to remind myself that the purpose of my blog is not to cause visual joy to anybody out there but to collect and save my memories. Crappy pictures for crappy memories. Haha.
  3. improve my photography. Because even if this place most likely will never evolve into a beautiful, artistic photo blog, I still want to learn how to make my indoor pictures less blurry.
  4. write more about music. I totally get that nobody likes my music posts but me, haha, but hey, it’s my blog where I do as I please. And I don’t want to completely forget the person I was before the depression. That nice and intelligent person that had opinions and knowledge and was talented and her life wasn’t centered around iv pumps and artificial hearts. Not that there is anything wrong with artificial hearts.

So let’s remember some of the nice and/or important things I did or that happened in 2013:

I started the year with fireworks in Salzburg.

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Milo was born shortly after that.

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Spring was beautiful (when it wasn’t raining).

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I visited 30 cities in 6 different countries during the year (I don’t count Salzburg and Budapest where I actually live and not just visit). My favourite places were rainy Venice…

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…and the beautiful synagogue of Třebíč.

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 I also paid a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp.

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I hiked mountains…

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… got wet by waterfalls…

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…took boats to reach islands…

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…and cable cars to reach peaks.

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After a more than twenty years long hiatus I actually made two zoo visits this year. A trend I definitely want to continue.

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I became an expert in mountain cemetery art…

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…and in carillon mechanics.

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I celebrated the opening of the Salzburger Festspiele…

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…documented folk festivals…

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…and politically critical art exhibitions.

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I bought my first DSLR. Technically spoken, it’s an SLT, but honestly, for me the definition doesn’t make any difference. I am not entirely happy with it, maybe it’s the kit lens and its huge barrel distortion and poor focusing skills; but it’s nice to have control over my choices. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any control over anything yet, so a lot of blurry, over or underexposed, out of focus photos are to come till I learn how to handle it properly. Don’t be too hard on me if I post the sixty-fourth slightly washed-out picture of the same blurred flower or distorted building. I also try not to over-edit my photos in order to make them less painful but it’s hard, really hard.

I also let my hair cut, after wearing it long for about ten years. This decision didn’t make me more beautiful (I still haven’t found out what makes me more beautiful, haha) but man, does it feel good to have it short! On my Good Hair Days I look like Dora The Explorer. On my Bad Hair Days… Oh well. On my Bad Hair Days I look a lot like Pumuckl. I usually have Bad Hair Days (not that this makes any difference). (Also, you’re welcome for my precious self-portrait, displayed in the true manner of the Mysterious Blogger’s Awkward Bedroom Mirror Selfie. At least it isn’t a Common Restroom Mirror Selfie entitled “what I wore today”. And you really can’t claim that I’d overflow this blog with my own self-portraits).

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In 2013 I also quit my job (twice) and moved (twice). I see a certain pattern here, haha. I guess I’m addicted to this feeling of freedom that comes with quitting jobs.

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I left Salzburg…

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…and moved back to Budapest for a while.

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I started a course to specialize in Critical Care Nursing and Anaesthesiology, mostly because I missed using my brain and was so bored with the job they call nursing in Austria. Hungarian Health Care System has its (major? giant? monumental?) flaws but at least it isn’t boring for all that take actively part in it. Stressful? Yes. Boring? No.

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I also had some family time with relatives I haven’t seen in two years…

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…and went a bit heavy on Christmas markets to overcompensate last year’s complete lack of festive feelings.

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At the end of the year Móricka turned two. He celebrated with smashing his cake to the floor. Unintentionally, of course.

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So this was (the nicer part of) my 2013. Let’s move on, please?

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December 31, 2013

I’m as dark as December

by ada

Two books for December – because everybody has their own coping mechanisms for times when life goes crazy or starts to get unenjoyable, and mine is reading Agatha Christie; and because nothing did I miss more in my life right now than a giant, dead squid of a god, that is in charge of all different kinds of apocalypses.

And for the year 2013 – I read 34+ books (I didn’t document January and honestly, I don’t remember anything about January anymore, let alone what I read, haha) and some of the adventures of Nancy Drew in digital form. And of course, I also acquired tons of information from heavy books written mostly in the sophisticated style of medical Latin, information like what to do if your patient’s artificial respirator starts giving out loud, high-pitched beeps or if his ECG suddenly start to look like a long, straight line. These, in their own genre, are definitely fascinating subjects, but they still can’t make the truth, that I became one of those people who don’t read, nicer. Let’s face it and hope for the best (or at least, for the better) in 2014.

Also, I really don’t understand what had happened to the Hungarian language lately and who are those terribly incapable people who are doing all the translation jobs but this situation became unbearable to me. I just can’t anymore. So I refuse to read anything that was translated to Hungarian in the last 30 years. 2014 will be the year of original literature and vintage translations.

December readings

December 29, 2013

Znojmo – by night

by ada

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angel Znojmo

December 29, 2013

Znojmo – part 3

by ada

Znojmo Mendel 2

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Znojmo view from train window 2

Znojmo view from train window 3

December 29, 2013

Znojmo – part 2

by ada

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Znojmo wall painting

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Znojmo pavement 3

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Znojmo window 2s

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December 29, 2013

Znojmo – part 1

by ada

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Znojmo church

Znojmo view

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Znojmo view 2

Znojmo Bastei

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Znojmo view 3

Znojmo cross

December 28, 2013

Telč – part 2

by ada

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December 28, 2013

Telč – part 1

by ada

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December 27, 2013

a little snow was here and there

by ada

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December 26, 2013

music for the 2. Day of Christmas – Grave and Vivace from Giuseppe Torelli’s “Concerto in forma di Pastorale per il Santissimio Natale”

by ada

My favourite interpretation* of Torelli‘s most famous Christmas Concerto, No. 6 from the twelve Concerti Grossi Op. 8, with the choreography of Jiří Kylián, performed by the Nederlands Dans Theater.

(The last 3 minutes of music is no Torelli anymore but the movement Lento from a contemporary composer, Lukas Foss‘ work, the Salomon Rossi Suite. Just because I couldn’t sleep if I’d let you think it still was.)

* Well, it’s not my favourite musical interpretation, because I’m very, very critical and picky if it comes to performing Baroque music (you don’t wanna know how many things can go wrong in a two minutes long minuet, haha); but this is definitely my favourite visual performance.

December 25, 2013

and the obligatory Christmas tree photo

by ada

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December 25, 2013

music for Christmas Day – Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Noëls pour les instruments, H. 351 & 354

by ada

French Christmas songs, in sweet, 17th century Théâtre-Français style.

December 25, 2013

music for Christmas Eve – Jakub Jan Ryba: Česká mše vánoční – Hej, mistře!

by ada

The first movement of the traditional (and very famous) Czech pastoral mass of Jakub Šimon Jan Ryba. With cute animations; because we are talking Baby Jesus here. In a proper Central European manner.

December 24, 2013

the Frosts were her condition

by ada

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December 23, 2013

may you grow up to be righteous

by ada

Móricka turned two today.

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December 23, 2013

Třebíč – the Jewish cemetery (Židovský hřbitov)

by ada

Třebíč Jewish cemetery

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Třebíč Jewish cemetery 3

December 23, 2013

Třebíč – the Rear Synagogue (Zadní synagoga, Neuschul)

by ada

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December 22, 2013

Třebíč – Jewish Quarter (Třebíčská židovská čtvrť, Zámostí)

by ada

Třebíč Jewish Quartier view from Jihlava

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Třebíč wall ornament

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Třebíč Jewish Quartier pavement decoration 2

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Třebíč Jewish Quartier Durchgangshaus

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Třebíč Jewish Quartier ruin window

December 22, 2013

Třebíč

by ada

Trebic view with lamp

Trebic Jihlava

Třebíč Jewish Quartier

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Třebíč Saint Procopius Basilica

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Trebic garden

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Třebíč Saint Procopius garden

Trebic church herbs garden

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Třebíč painted house

December 22, 2013

music for the 4. Sunday of Advent – Georg Philip Telemann: Lauter Wonne, lauter Freude

by ada

Telemann wrote this cantata for the 4. Sunday of Advent in the liturgical year of 1725 and published it in his collection of church cantatas Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst. It’s a sweet little piece of music which I’ve played myself on numerous occasions. More info about Telemann here – sorry, I’m too sick with this new sort of coughing flu to use my brain for anything else than to drink coffee and pet The Cat.

December 21, 2013

Třebíč – ghetto cat

by ada

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December 21, 2013

Bratislava – the castle (Bratislavský hrad)

by ada

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Bratislava sculpture

Bratislava castle view

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Bratislava shadow

December 21, 2013

Bratislava – part 4

by ada

Bratislava painted house 5

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Bratislava painted house 3

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December 21, 2013

Bratislava – part 3

by ada

Bratislava bear

Bratislava pavement

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Bratislava Innenhof

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Bratislava sunset

December 21, 2013

Bratislava – part 2

by ada

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December 20, 2013

Bratislava – part 1

by ada

Bratislava

Bratislava street

Bratislava Liebe

Bratislava graffiti

Bratislava rabbit graffiti

Bratislava houses

Bratislava várfal

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December 20, 2013

unreal city, under the brown fog of a winter dawn

by ada

Guess in which city I am right now!

(Okay. This isn’t a fair question. Feel free to examine the tags.)

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December 17, 2013

Bratislava – Christmas market

by ada

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Bratislava Christmas decoration

Bratislava Roland Restaurant

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Bratislava skate ring

Christmas market Bratislava

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December 16, 2013

Bratislava – the nighttime edition

by ada

Bratislava Hlavná Stanica

Bratislava castle traffic

Prezidentský palác Bratislava

Bratislava menu

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Bratislava street

Bratislava night

Bratislava tram

Graffiti Bratislava

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December 15, 2013

music for the 3. Sunday of Advent – Edmund Pascha: Vianočná omša F-dur

by ada

During the last two days of pre-Christmas daze in Bratislava, I totally got in the mood for Slovakian Christmas carols. While I proudly claim to know a lot about the composers of the Czech Baroque and Classical era (Zelenka! Ryba! Brixi! And of course, the flute people like Wanhal and Benda), the only Slovakian composer I’ve ever heard of is Johann Nepomuk Hummel, who wasn’t even Slovakian. Fortunately, YouTube is an endless source of music if you’re vague enough with your search terms, so that’s how I found Edmund Pascha and his Christmas Mass in F Major. According to Wikipedia*, Pascha was a Franciscan monk and organist during the late Baroque period, who also run under the pseudonym Claudianus Ostern. His two manuscripts Harmonia pastoralis and Prosae pastorales compositae et conscriptae a Patre Claudiano Ostern Solnae, are included in the so-called Žilinský kancionál, a collection of liturgical texts and music, which was put together around 1770 but was discovered only two hundred years later, in 1967. The Vianočná omša F-dur (Christmas Mass in F major), was also arranged as a passion play by Pascha’s contemporary and fellow Franciscan monk, the Hungarian Zrunek György.

And the music – it’s Slovakian folk tunes orchestrated in pretentious Baroque manner. Pure fun, with shepherd’s flutes and all. Enjoy.

* I know, I know. Wikipedia is not a reliable source for scientific research. Shame on me. Fortunately none of my former, oh so very famous and dedicated Historically Informed Performance Practice teachers read this blog, haha**

** hopefully

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