2010/12/31

Last Post

of the year!


The new year is still wrapped in the foil of future, just like this sign, but in a few hours the foil will dissolve and we will all see what the new year has in store for us. Hopefully only good things! I wish all of you a fantastic start into the new year.

Happy New Year!!!

2010/12/28

More snow


It just keeps on snowing. And as much as I like snow, I would love to pack my stuff and fly to Hawaii right now!!!

In case you are wondering, this is Dresden, where I had an interview two weeks back, which went really well and lead to ... ah, no, sadly no job. However, cool city.

2010/12/27

Still Winter


We've got still winter in Leipzig and it has brought down nearly all traffic in this town down. Most streetcars are out of order and you've got sometimes only two options: either you walk or you drive your car. That is: if you have a car and you could get it out of the parking space. Since I don't have to go anywhere today, I'll just walk over to the homeimprovement store in the afternoon and get some boxes. I take my time to organize my kitchen further and get some proper rest since I've been sick this last night. Probably ate something wrong. :(

2010/12/23

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays


I wish all of you wonderful holidays with your loved ones. Enjoy your time off!

2010/12/22

Christmas cleaning? - Done

(The light and the colors were that way, no photoshop used.)

Can't say that for the making of the presents though. It takes quite a bit of time, 1 hour per item. So since I'm an engineer, my presents are worth about 150€ a piece. ;-)

2010/12/21

We're having a White Christmas! Can I fly to Hawaii please?

Pretty please? Pretty, pretty PLEASE!!!!

I think it's the Weiße Elster that you see here, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, don't let them stress you out. It's enough, that I'm stressed.

2010/12/18

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig - Lamp



Took them last Sunday after the Ravel / Debussy concert, which was awesome. And so it this Lamp that lights the staircase over several floors.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

2010/12/17

2010/12/14

Basel (Switzerland) Series - in between


So I've decided about/spent my christmas money: I bought kitchen stuff. A pan, a scale and food storage boxes and a cookbook about meat. This all is necessary because I changed my lifestyle and this stuff helps maintaining it. Not that I weigh every piece of food and then calculate the calories, but it helps to know if I eat enough or not enough like yesterday. My body is thanking me already for these lifestyle changes, it finally rids itself of excess fat.

2010/12/13

saline again - with weird colors

I didn't change anything about this pic, but still it looks like a shift from monochrom to color. Love it.

2010/12/11

By the sea

This is one of the pics I took in June when I drove 10 hours in one day for 2 hours by the sea. You might think it crazy, but I loved it. It was definitely worth it.

Good morning everyone.

I don't know about you, but I've had a wonderful Friday evening. I enjoyed another symphony concert at Leipzigs Music College. They performed Robert Schumanns op. 81 "Genoveva", which is an opera seldom performed. Can't understand why though, since it's an amazing piece of music and I really loved it. And the best thing? Nobody dies in it! (Not that I listened to the text. ;-)

Normally the hero and heroine die at the end, which takes up to 20 minutes, as in "Aida" by Guiseppe Verdi (Seriously who starts to sing arias in a grave, when you are running out of air?). I can't remember if I liked the music in "Aida", but I remember that I was really annoyed by the dying scene. And the fact that the "young" General was fatter and older than Aidas father!

Another opera that I like for the music is "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini. I really would love to hear it as a whole and maybe see it on stage provided it is a production with real costumes and not one of those stupid modern minimalist productions. Seriously, if I pay 50€ for a ticket I want abundance for ears and eyes!

What operas do you like?

Enjoy your weekend.

2010/12/10

Winter Wonderland Leipzig - Shadows on the ice


Do you see them?

I'm currently pondering the question, what I should do with my christmas money. Buying stuff for my flat or workclothes, which would be the sensible thing to do. Or buy something for my camera? Which would be the fun, but unsensible thing to do. Mmmh.

2010/12/08

Greener Pastures


I don't know about you, but after 4 days of bad weather and the annoying comeback of icewalks instead of sidewalks I needed a bit of fresh green.

Besides that I'm having technology issues, again! Meaning I'm mostly offline until I have a new surfstick and (heavy sigh) contract. I tried prepaid and paid a lot only to give the stick back and having "lost" 42€s. Damn it!!!

2010/12/06

2010/12/02

Sunday afternoon walk with Chris


This Sunday afternoon the weather was perfect for this kind of shots. Chris and I did some really cool combined effort shots and bubbled over with ideas for many more combined effort shots. You'll see those shots on our ChrisSan Photographers Blog sooner or later.

Some of those ideas are pretty simple and easily to do, others need months of planning and preparation (clothes, venues including permission, some peoples like violin players and pianists, requisites like the violin from Grandpa, hats and gloves, etc, etc).

Believe it or not, but I started a notebook just for those photoshooting ideas, which is a novum for me, as I never really planned photoshoots. I just take a camera with me and then take a picture if something picks my eye.

2010/12/01

Winter Wonderland Leipzig - The green trees and Chris



I'm off to a lunch with a conductor now. Ouuuhhh, I'm so excited.

2010/11/30

Winter Wonderland Leipzig - The beauty of ice puddles






The Entry period to the Nikon Photo Contest International has been extended due to server breakdown. So you still have a chance. I just noticed because I wanted to load up my last picture.
Here's the Link: http://www.nikon-npci.com/

2010/11/29

Winter Wonderland Leipzig - the second




The weather is totally unusual for Leipzig. We've had a beautiful day yesterday too and got new snow from 5 AM this morning and it's still snowing. So since it's so darned beautiful and weird for Leipzig, you'll get a lot of snow pics from me this week.
I've enjoyed my walk through snow today, though I fell once and would prefer to be at work.

Unfortunately I just got another "No". Oh well, I've got three applications scheduled for today. Let's see if I get them all out. Looking at my elleuk horoscope (Your communication zone gets the lovely fringe benefits of Venus, starting today and lasting through the end of the year. All missives should have the Midas touch now, as your charm is totally off the hook. Send out emails and blog your heart out, Virgo – everyone will get the message.), I say I will succeed and get myself a job. Haha.

Have a fantastic Monday.

2010/11/24

Seeing the light: I'm finally moving out!!!


Good morning everyone. Today is the big day. I'm moving out, 2 1/2 weeks of moving and I'm still not completely done and there are some issues to be fixed in the next weeks (finding a nice bathroom mirror, replacement of the bed on Friday, sorting the books, moving the furniture).

But I will finally live my own life!!! No discussions about what to eat, what to wear and what to do. Finally my own "castle". Wohoooooooo.

And we are having the first snow for this season today. XD Fitting since Christmas Market started yesterday evening.

Have a great day everyone.

2010/11/22

Broken Glass


Another two days and then I'm free!!!!

2010/11/21

Some sunshine at last


The "evening" sun (it was 3 in the afternoon) in my new flat. After a week of dark grey skies and rain, this sunshine felt soo good.


Those watersteamclouds on the left are from the power station Lippendorf, which is about 20k south of Leipzig.

Can you see the Rockbiter from the Neverending Story on his bike? Right to right of water steam column?

2010/11/20

At the Easter Islands?


NOPE. Its the big head at the Markkleeberger See.

I'm still moving into my own flat and the bedissue isn't solved. The bed will be switched, which will probably take another week. So let's keep our fingers crossed that the next one will be alright.

However, I've been to a percussion concert yesterday at Leipzigs Music School, which was totally AWESOME. I can't even begin to describe how cool it was. Funny thing, the students were a hundred times better than their teachers. Especially the xylophone / marimba pieces were AMAZING. No idea what I'm talking about? Here is the link to a youtube video of Nanae Mimura who plays a Marimba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjG-GPjUmK4
and here are the Blue Devils: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFib-Hr-VDk&feature=related

The best thing? The concert was free and the musicians/students really enjoyed to play and show off. They were grinning the whole time. And not only them...

So, if there is a music school in your town, go and enjoy their concerts it's always worth it.

Have a great weekend.

2010/11/18

House entrance

Pic was taken in March 2010 and it was really cold. That it looks like summer is due to the cross development, I used a normal film and it was developed with the slide process. Therefore those warm colors and vintage feeling. Somehow this way it looks way more real than any photoshoped picture to me.

After taking yesterday off from the move to do some much needed paperwork, I'm back to the move today. Wish me luck that I finally get my bed fixed.
In the evening I'll pamper myself and go to an event of the School of Music and Theater, it's contrabass evening, wohooo. Best thing: no entrance fee.

Have a nice day everyone and thanks for reading. ;-)

2010/11/17

My saviour these days:

Chocolate


650 bucks for a bedframe and when we wanted to put it together it didn't fit!!! And since today is a public holiday in Saxony I have to wait till tomorrow for the service to show up to fix it. Which means more procrastination in terms of moving, since I can't finish the shelf before the bed is properly build and that means I can't bring over more of my books today. (Leading to chaos in my old room. While I didn't have a problem with chaos when I was younger, I started to really dislike it throughout the last year.)

The kitchen isn't finished either, I still have no workplate and since I have such an expensive taste I always end up liking the plates which are really expensive with their print (Palisander, anyone). Argh.

The bath still has no mirror, my desk is still in my old room, so are my plants, paperwork (strewn all over my desk) and jewellery. But my clothes are already over there!

It's sooooooooo frustrating.

2010/11/16

The cowering shadow


I'm currently moving into my first own flat. It all goes way slower than I want to. And I still don't know when I'm actually sleeping over there. But this is the price I pay for owning so many books instead of necessary things like, for example, a bed! Damn it.

Pic taken in Leipzigs Botanical Garden in April this year.