In the middle of the last year my wife and I decided, that it would be a good thing to spent the end the year with my wifes family in Minsk. In the review this was a really good decision. It was my first real NYE-Celebration outside of Germany. I really enjoyed this delicious and also a little booze enriched way of celebrating the turn of the year. Besides the NYE we also took a trip to the datscha of my wifes uncle and visited a food-market. Actually we havebeen busy for three days. don’t you think.
As you guys may know, I’m currently working at a university. As part of my job and my interest, from time to time I have to visit conferences and listen to stuff other people hopefully thought about. Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to visit a conference, hosted by “Deutscher Hochschulverband” (which is something like the “advocacy group” of scientific university employed personnel). The Title of this event was “Digital Thinking – who the digital revolution is changing our life”. It was a really good day, especially the contribution of Prof. Gabi Reinmann which you can find here.
Here you can see what I saw the whole day.
As you guys may know from my last weeks post, I’ve been to vienna. I met friends their, ate a lot ( we were here, here, here and here, but I will write about this later)and had a terrific weekend. It was actually also the first time after weeks that I picked up my camera and tried to do some street-photography. I realized that a lot of progress i gained during the last year was been gone, as my pictures were a little to random. At the end I kicked the most of them and only kept those, with a story to tell. Actually I still have the feeling that I kept too much, and that some oft them are not as much storytelling as I thought they could be. So let’s make this post a little interactive here. Which picture should be considered to be kicked out of the post? I’m really looking forward for your comments.
OH(!), btw: There is a really lovely post on this “storytelling photography”-thing on kwerfeldein.de. Also the article itself is in german, the (absolutely amazing) photos are in a “universal” language.
Last weekend we were on a trip to Vienna. I really love this city. There is this mixture of conservatism on the one side and innovative openness on the other. On the first day we went for a walk at the Bellevue, had a short stop at the Klimt-exhibition (I’m relly not so much into the pictures of Klimt, but the really loved to see some of Kokoschka‘s drawings and wondered when the sun would finally break through.
This years summer holiday didn’t went as we had planned. One Reason where the loss of a passport, which forced us to rethink our holiday plans and caused a decrease of our actual stay. Also our navigation-system decided to stop it’s work and the weather was also not the best during the first three days. But who cares when you are in Italy. Our Hotel was really nice, and the owner gave us some fantastic advice for restaurants, e.g. the Borgo Antico, which is a lovely restaurant in the old-town of grottammare offering a great view over the ocean and really delicious food made from local products. We also visited Ascoli Piceno and Civitella del Tonto. I really miss Italy. People have been very friendly, nice and helpful. The only thing I really don’t like is the siesta. But hey, as long as i can have a cappuchino at the beach for 1Euro everything is great….
If you ever have the chance to visit moscow, make sure you won’t miss the MGU. It’s the University in Europe, where persian carpets meet marble meets stalinistic gigantism meets …… ahhh who cares. It’s a really astonishing building. If you can manage it to come inside, you can enjoy a really great view from the rooftop of the phd-dorm. See yourself: