If I had a time machine…

A few weeks ago, Jane from Is That You Darling made a list of ten years she would travel back to if she had a time machine. I wanted to steal the idea immediately, but first I had to think of ten times that I wanted to visit… it’s harder than it sounds, you know! Instead of using years, I’ve decided to organise mine a little differently. So here are the ten occasions/events that I would like to travel back in time to see (I’m assuming I would only be able to watch, not actually do anything, so no killing Hitler or anything like that!).

  • My grandparents wedding. My dad’s parents are one of the few couples I know who are still a) together and b) happy. Next year they will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary! It would be lovely to go back and see where it all began.
  • When England won the 1966 World Cup. I’ve seen how people react when England wins even insignificant football matches, so the atmosphere when they won the World Cup must have been amazing!
  • The Rocky Horror Show. I would love to go back and see this performed by the original cast!
  • The building of Stonehenge. Then I could find out once and for all how – and why – they did it!
  • The opening of the Berlin wall. Although I was alive when the Berlin wall was opened, I didn’t pay much attention to it… mostly because I was six years old at the time! Also, we were living in Northern Ireland then, on an army base. On the rare occasions that I watched the news, other items seemed more relevant to me.  I would love to go back to November 1989 and watch the celebrations when people in East and West Berlin were finally reunited.
Part of the Berlin Wall that has been left as it was
Part of the Berlin Wall that has been left as it was
  • The “I Have  Dream” speech.  Stealing this one from Jane, but I agree that it must have been amazing to be part of that crowd.
  • The moment the apple fell on Newton’s head. I just think it would be incredibly cool to witness a Eureka! moment (and I would prefer not to disturb Archimedes in his bath…).
  • The creation of Metamorphosis I. I’ve been to the Escher Museum in The Hague and I find M.C. Escher’s artwork fascinating! It would be so interesting to sit and watch him create one of them.
  • Kitty Hawk at the time of the Wright brothers’ first flight. We take flying so much for granted now, it would be fascinating to witness the very first time!
  • Hannibal coming over the Alps. Those elephants must have been quite  a sight!

So there you have it… ten historical events and far too many exclamation marks 😉

Where yould you go back to?

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Cocktails and cross dressing

Hello!
I kind of neglected my blog this weekend… mostly because I was busy, but also because I had nothing much to say. Now that my 30 German Towns Before 30 challenge is over, I don’t have a ready-made filler topic any more! Will have to find something new to post about! (And on a side note, why to I misspell “because” 9 out of 10 times when I type it?!).

Blue alarm clock
Follow the alarm clock… you know you want to! (Photo: Wikipedia)

Anyway… I’m sure you’re all wondering what I did with my last weekend in my 20s… and if you’re not, tough! I’m going to tell you anyway 😉 But before I do, a favour.  My friend is taking part in GISHWHES… which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, and as part of it her team’s alarm clock Twitter account needs 200 followers. Nope, I have no idea why an alarm clock either! But I’m sure it would help very much if all my lovely bloggy friends could follow the Twitter account: @TeamBrokenAngel. It’s only for a week… and also the whole thing is for charity. Thank you lovelies!!

So… what did I do this weekend? Well, on Friday night my friend came round for tea. We ate homemade burgers and homemade chips, drank wine and chatted about life, the universe and everything.

On Saturday I spent most of the day going round every clothes shop in Karlsruhe in search of hotpants and fishnets, among other things. Do you know how difficult it is to find black hotpants when every shop has already switched to the autumn collection, despite the fact that it’s only August? The answer you’re looking for is very!

That evening, Jan and I headed to somewhere near Bruchsal to watch a friend of ours perform. She had been taking part in a workshop for aspiring choir conductors and the performance was their final concert. Instead of an entire program made up of different songs, they only performed a few songs, but with a different conductor each time so that the audience could hear how different ways of conducting influences the sound of the song. Very cool! On the way home, I remembered that it was my final weekend before turning 30, so Jan suggested going for a cocktail. We went to the same place where I’ll be celebrating my birthday, and Jan was able to speak to the person in charge, so the party is now basically sorted. Woo hoo!

Rocky horror lips!
Rocky Horror lips (Photo: glyn_nelson)

Sunday then marked the official start of my birthday celebrations… and the reason I was on a hunt for fishnets!
Knowing how much I like musicals, Jan had bought us tickets for The Rocky Horror Show! It’s part of my birthday present, but because yesterday was the last day of the current run, it had to be done before my actual birthday. And naturally I had to go in costume… where’s the fun in going to Rocky in normal clothes? We went as a group of six, three of whom were male, and we even managed to persuade the guys to dress in women’s clothing… well, what did you think the title of this post was about? 😉 It was… “interesting” seeing the show performed in German, especially since the songs were still in English! But once I got used to the sudden switches it was quite enjoyable, and all in all, I thought they did a very good job, especially considering it was a small theatre! Because we all went in costume, we each got a small bag of props, which was a new experience for me! Last time I went, the theatre didn’t allow props. Chucking toilet roll around a theatre is a lot of fun, let me tell you! 😀

The last time I saw the Rocky Horror Show, it was the official 30th Anniversary Tour in 2003. This year, in June, the show celebrated its 40th anniversary. I suppose that means I’d better watch it again in ten years for the 50th anniversary show. Traditions must be upheld, after all! 😉

(P.s. If you’re wondering how I’m posting so early on a work day… it’s because for once I have time for a proper lunch break! ;-))

Final Friday letters before 30!

This is the last time I’ll be writing Friday letters as a twenty-something. Let’s all take a moment to consider that, shall we?
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OK, enough considering. On with the letters!

George VI Postbox, Stragglethorpe, Lincolnshire
George VI Postbox, Stragglethorpe, Lincolnshire (Photo: Lincolnian (Brian))

Dear twenties.  You were an interesting decade. I graduated with 2:1 for my Bachelor’s degree, completed a Master’s, spent a year abroad in Germany, lived in Austria for ten months… then moved back to Germany, both loved (in Austria) and hated (in Germany) being a language assistant, decided I wanted to be a translator, completed a year long internship, worked for a not-so-nice company before finding my current job (which I’ll have been at for 4 years in September), travelled a lot, became an older sister for the third time… aged 23!, lost some friends, found out some other people never were friends… but also gained some friends who are way more amazing than those other people ever will be!! It’s been a rollercoaster, but overall the highs have outweighed the lows. I wonder what the next ten years will bring?

Dear readers. Sorry that first letter was so long! I hope you’re still with me 😉

Dear Frauenarzt. (Oh, alright – gynaecologist for the non-German speakers amongst you ;-)) Thank you for being so nice and patient… and from understanding that the scary Frauenarzt chair of doooom is kind of disturbing if you’ve never seen one before! (Yes people, I actually did it… I went and got my smear test done in Germany and lived to tell the tale!).

Dear work. I’d appreciate it if you could be less busy next week! I have two days off and I’d prefer not to spend the evenings of the other three doing overtime to catch up…

Dear Googlers. (Yes, that is a word!) Why have so many of you have found my blog recently by searching for “Tina Dico pregnant”? I’m just a fan… I have no idea whether she’s pregnant or not! She did have a baby last year though…

Dear Rocky Horror Show. I’m excited to see you on Sunday, but also intrigued as to what you’re going to be like in German!

Right, that’s it. I have things to do now. Have a great weekend everyone!

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