Travel theme: Light

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today, but then I saw that this week’s travel theme at Where’s My Backpack is Light and my Sunday blog post was saved! Considering my obsession with taking photos of lanterns, this theme is absolutely perfect for me!

So, without further ado, let there be light!

I’ll start with my most recent trip, simply because the uploader is still in that folder. Here’s a rather elaborate lamp post on the Gendarmen Markt in Berlin:

Berlin lanterns

This light source in Luxembourg is rather fun:

Luxembourg face

There are three or four columns in front of the palace with these faces on, and when you pass them, they seem to turn and follow you. Creepy, but kind of cool!

A different source of light now… the photo below was taken in a cathedral in Brussels, Belgium:

Candles

Returning to lanterns (I swear, I could post literally hundreds of pictures of those! This one is attached to the side of a building in Heidelberg – I love all the colours!

Colourful lantern

My next lantern is in Bad Dürkheim.

Lantern Bad Dürkheim

I loooove this dragon light that I spotted in Ettlingen. So cool!! (Have I ever mentioned that I like dragons? No? Well, consider it mentioned…)

Dragon lamp

And finally, something a little different. The next few photos were taken at the Lichterfest (Festival of Lights) that took place in the Karlsruhe zoo/gardens in 2011. I’ve heard the Lichterfest is on every two years, so there should be another one this year…

Elephant lights

Bird lights

Swans lights

Pyramid lights

The final one represents the pyramid that stands on Karlsruhe Market Place. Here’s the real thing:

Karlsruhe Pyramid

The pyramid photo was taken by my ex-housemate when he came to visit me last year. All my pyramid photos seem to involve somebody posing in front of the pyramid, and I don’t like to post photos of people without their permission (especially considering I only post photos of myself in exceptional circumstances. I would consider that a little hypocritical…)

That’s all from me. For more photos on the theme of light or to join in yourself (you have until Thursday, after that there will be a new travel theme), go here.

This is the third travel theme I’ve taken part in. For those who missed them, my previous ones were Time and Bridges (click the words to view the posts).

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Let there be light

LightThe last few days, it’s actually been light outside when I left work. I’m not used to such luxuries. On Monday, I had to check the time to make sure I hadn’t inadvertently left an hour early. I hadn’t – it really was still light at 5 o’clock in the evening!

For the moment, it’s still dark when I wake up. Once the mornings start getting lighter, I will awaken in a panic the first few times, thinking I must have set my alarm to the wrong time or snoozed it once too often. I’ll soon get used to it though… at least until the clocks go forward, confuzzling me once again.

The lack of darkness was such a refreshing change that I haven’t been waiting for the bus in the evenings nights, choosing instead to walk from work to the train station. There’s something about actual sunlight that makes the idea of getting some exercise so much more appealing! (I doubt this will last…) Right now, it’s still cold outside but there’s something about actually being able to see my surroundings once in a while that makes me feel like spring might actually show its face this year after all.

It’s amazing what a bit of light can do!

The saga continues…

The saga of the headache that is.

So yesterday I finally managed to recover enough to drag myself to the shops in search of something to take to work for my lunch today. When I left the house I felt ok, a slight tightness in the head area reminding me that not much early it had been aching, but basically I was ok. By the time I returned (about 20 minutes later) the pain had returned with a vengeance. It got so bad that I finally gave in and took some Ibuprofen before calling my boyfriend to ask when he would be coming over. He said half an hour, so I switched off the light and lay down on the bed. The pain died down, whether because of headache tablet or the darkness I’ll probably never know. I don’t really care. The pain in my head decreased enough to stop making me feel sick, that’s all that matters. Later Jan came home and made me a cup of tea and some potato croquettes (the only thing that I could even consider eating), which I drank and ate in my dimly lit room. Then we went to be incredibly early to get a good night’s sleep. You’d think after that I’d have felt perfectly fine this morning, but no. I woke up to find my headache still there. Not as bad as it had been, but definitely there. And it’s been gradually getting worse throughout the day. I’ve been trying out various methods of stopping the pain.Here are some things I’ve found out:

  • Sleeping is good for headaches. While you’re asleep you don’t feel the pain. If you’re lucky the pain will actually stay away once you wake up.
  • If you still feel even the slightest bit of pain when you wake up getting out of bed will make the headache come back. Lying down in a darkened room is good. Getting up to go to the toilet causes pain.
  • The big light on my ceiling is evil. It’s far too bright, and it shines in my face when I lie on the bed. This makes my head feel much worse.
  • The little reading lamp next to the bed is good. I can point it away from me towards the ceiling. This allows me to see the incredibly hot tea I’m trying to drink without making me head worse.
  • Tea is good. Tea makes the pain go away, at least while I’m drinking the tea. The effect even lasts for a few minutes after the tea is finished. I like tea.
  • Water, on the other hand, is crap. There are billions of websites out there telling you drinking water will cure a headache. Ha! All it did for me was make me get up three times in the night to pee.  Totally crap.

I’m off now to make a nice cup of headache curing tea. Hopefully by this time tomorrow I’ll be back to my usual headache free self.