A Photo an Hour: 18 November 2017

The final Photo an Hour of the year took place on Saturday… and I haven’t even written my post for November’s round yet! Time to remedy that. For anyone that still cares, here’s what I got up to one Saturday in November. December’s will follow… hopefully soon!

This was a slightly unusual Saturday because I had agreed to work for part of the weekend so that my company could accept a big translation job. So, here we go…

10 a.m. Breakfast at my desk as I get to work.

11 a.m. Working away. This dictionary came in very handy for the technical text I was working on!

12 noon. Still working so I took a photo of the map above my desk.

1 p.m. After three hours I’m done with work. Yay! (I did another 3 hours on the Sunday for a total of six hours of overtime).

2 p.m. After a shower and a quick trip to the shop round the corner I’m finally having lunch!

3 p.m. Chilling with another cuppa and some cross stitch.

4 p.m. Sadly the dishes did not want to do themselves…

5 p.m. On a tram into town.

6 p.m. Having dinner in an Italian restaurant.

7 p.m. At the theatre dahling! We went to see an operetta that some people from one of Jan’s choirs were starring in.

8 p.m. was skipped because we were watching the show so…

9 p.m. Interval time. Glass of fizz has to be done! (Although it looks weirdly unfizzy in the photo)

10 p.m. was skipped again… I couldn’t really whip my camera out during the show!

11 p.m. Stopped off for a cocktail on the way home. The drink was fairly boring and tasted mainly of fruit juice, but at least the décor was pretty!

And that’s it… I was home and tucked up in my bed before midnight rolled around.

The monthly Photo an Hour linkup is organised by Jane and Louisa. If you would like to take part next time, keep an eye on the #photoanhour hashtag on Twitter for January’s date.

Proof that advertising works

The other day, I saw an advert on the side of a tram for Freilichtbühne Ötigheim, Germany’s largest open-air theatre. I had never heard of Ötigheim, but I knew if it was being advertised on a Karlsruhe tram it couldn’t be too far away. So I did some research.

It turns out Ötigheim is located in the district of Rastatt, around 5 km from the actual town of Rastatt, which would make it only about a 25 minute drive from Karlsruhe.

I’ve seen outdoor plays before – my family regularly goes to see performances by the travelling theatre company Oddsocks, and the summer one is always outdoors – and I’ve always enjoyed it. Watching a play outdoors is a completely different experience to watching one inside a theatre. Theirs were always performed at locations that are not normally used for plays, though (such as Prudhoe Castle), and you had to bring your own chairs – or sit on the ground. I’ve never been to an actual outdoor theatre before – and where better to experience this for the first time than Germany’s largest?

Oddsocks performance of The Tempest at Prudhoe Castle, summer 2005
Oddsocks performance of The Tempest at Prudhoe Castle, Northumberland, in summer 2005

Another thing for the 35 before 35 list, methinks. And proof that advertising on trams works – on me, at least!

By the way, if you live in the UK (or Channel Islands) and are a fan of the theatre (and comedy) with a bit of audience participation, you really should go and see an Oddsocks production. The play for the 2013 summer tour (starting in June) is Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.

Little snippets

We have been doing stuff recently, but not enough to make up a whole blog post. Nevertheless, I promised to post more this year, so here are some little snippets from my life for you.

First of all, to the person who found my blog yesterday by searching for the term “German shopping blog”… sorry, but you’ve definitely come to the wrong place. Can you imagine anything further removed from my ramblings than a shopping blog? 😀 And now to the snippets…

Yesterday we came third in the pub quiz. At the last one, three weeks ago, we were first. Go us! The team that usually come first did really badly last time and left before the results were announced, knowing they weren’t getting a prize anyway. Talk about sore losers! This time they came second and didn’t seem happy about it at all. I would never have thought someone could pull such a long face after winning a round of drinks!

Jan’s dad turned 60 last Thursday, so at the weekend we headed up to Lower Saxony for his birthday party. It was a bit weird at first seeing as I barely knew anybody (only the 3 or 4 family members who were there), and Jan kept going off to talk to family friends he hadn’t seen in years, but I ended up having a great conversation with his dad’s neighbour, so that was nice. Also, Jan’s cousin brought her daughter along, who is almost one and who we had only seen in photos until now. She’s incredibly cute and was so well behaved! Even when she was getting tired there was no major tantrum – she just cried briefly, then as soon as she was in the sling on her mother’s front she went to sleep. If I ever have children, I hope they’re just as lovely.

At the end of April, Jan and I went to Ettlingen (next town over) to se some English folk music. A duo called Broom Bezzums was playing, who we had seen by complete coincidence in Ludwigshafen a couple of years ago. One of them is from the same area of England as I am, so it was nice to have a bit of a chat with him when he was signing my CD during the interval. They were followed by a second act – an Irish group called Beoga – who I didn’t enjoy as much (they were good musicians, but after a while everything started to sound the same), but we were only there for Broom Bezzums really so that was okay. The second act was just an added bonus.

On 1 May (which was a public holiday in Germany) I met up with some colleagues to go to a performance by the University of Mannheim’s English Theatre. They put on Black Comedy, which was hilarious and very well acted (in my opinion). We also went to Heidelberg to see the King’s Singers in April  (apparantly the best A Capella choir in the world – says the boyfriend who is into that kind of thing and who I bought the tickets for as an anniversary present) so I’ve been very cultural recently. And I bet you’re all really impressed 😉

And just generally, life is good at the moment. Jan and I are getting on really well and have been enjoying spending time together just doing nothing (almost unheard of for Jan – he usually wants to watch a film, play Scrabble, read a book… anything but just sit and have a cup of tea and not have to be involved in any other activity). And I’ve been able to (almost) stop worrying about doing/saying the wrong thing and causing an argument. Strangely, knowing that our relationship could be over by January has made me less afraid that it could end suddenly the minute I do something Jan doesn’t like. I’m sure a psychologist would be able to give me a really good explanation for that, but honestly I’d prefer not to go there. I’m just enjoying being happy while it lasts.