I feel like I’m in Forks…

… and this only some 20 minutes from our front door. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we were driving through the forest. I guess that applies for most forests, but this one particularly reminded me of the movies.

We were on a biking tour along river Lech (which actually lies only a few hundred meters from our apartment), again. The area is lovely, if you like nature within city limits.

Just around the corner is this train bridge, also called “Osram-Bridge” (referring to the light bulb company Osram). It’s great. There are two levels. On the top level is a one way track for the train and on the lower level pedestrians and bikes can cross the river.

As the track is only used ever so often you’ll find tons of people also on the top of the bridge enjoying the sun. Of course, we all want to feel adventurous from time to time ;-).

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Some way up the river is this wonderful cascade. On the left side (not pictured) runs a hydro-electric power plant and on the rest of the length the water runs freely down. When there is not much water running down the river you will only hear a faint trickling of water, however when there has been lots of rain the water will be thunderously rushing down…

Going up the river a little farther you’ll get to another plant called “Hochablaß”. This dam goes back to the 14th century and was used to bypass some of the water from the river into the city. During the centuries this dam was deleted and rebuilt several times, the last restoration dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Nowadays, it’s a popular reacreation area with a lake nearby to go swimming and hiking paths leading into every direction. And it feels like vacation spending time there.

You can walk across the dam – which I suppose will become one of my favorite activities on nice days. It feels almost like walking down 5th Ave. It’s all about seeing and being seen…

And then, there’s also the Olympic canoe route where the canoeing competitions in the 1972 took place. Today it’s the German headquarters for canoeing federation.

And as fall’s finally settling in I couldn’t help myself collecting some chestnuts for decoration…

Twilight – Eclipse

Last night I watched Eclipse in theatre. I know it’s been out for a while in the US, but here it’s been only since July 23. So, of course, I had to watch it. And I really had a good time.

Perhaps, at 24 I’m no longer part of the target group. The romantic scenes where just a bit over the top for my liking, but ok. The action parts were great. And the movie had just the right bit of thrill/horror in it. Or, at least the right amount for me, because I’m not a fan of horror.

Surprisingly there were also a lot of moments when I had to laugh… Blame it on my sense of humor if you didn’t find the movie funny or perhaps it’s also for the German translation – which as always sucked.

Preparing this post I was looking for the trailer and watching it again gave me goose pumps again. And now I’m honestly considering getting the dvds (of all movies). I’ve got to watch them in the original without translation ;-).

Prince of Persia

I’m sure you’ve heard about this movie. Here in Germany, it got to theatres just last week. As I love movies about former times that include more or often less real historical elements I didn’t contemplate long and went to see it this past Tuesday.

Well, it didn’t dissapoint me, but it wasn’t a blast neither. It was about in the middle. The story’s quite simple. The sons of the Persian king conquer the holy city of Alamut. At first, they think it’s because the city is delivering weapons to Peria’s enemies. However, over time it becomes obvious that this was only a trick to get to search for a “magical” dagger. After one of the sons is accused to have murdered his father a chase through Persia begins on the search for truth. Full of action and a really nice soundtrack…

When you didn’t watch Sesame Street…

This very last Tuesday I took part in Ten on Tuesday which is hosted every week by Chelsea over at Roots and Rings. One of this week’s questions was : Which Character on Sesame Street do you identify most with? I had to pass on this one, because, yeah well, I didn’t watch Sesame Street when I was a kid. Shame on me 😉 I don’t know why I didn’t watch it. Perhaps one of the reasons is that I didn’t watch a lot of TV in general. But I did watch TV, so here’s a collection of what I watched. I’ve also searched for some videos  to give you a further impression. If you klick on the shows’ title you’ll get to Wikipedia to find out more… And now enjoy the tour through German tv…

Augsburger Puppenkiste

You might know this show. It’s a collection of children’s stories. Mostly the stories are divided into 4 episodes each half an hour long. It’s a puppet show. Originally one could only see them live in theatre (which is located in my hometown), but they started airing them on tv in the 70s and they’re really popular here in Germany. I’ve searched for a trailer, but couldn’t find one in English. So here’s a short sequence of one of the shows (called Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

Sendung mit der Maus

“The programme with the mouse” – This is a show very similar to Sesame Street and is the most popular children’s tv show in Germany. It also lasts only half an hour and was/is aired on Sundays. It’s a combination of short stories, sequences with the mouse and her friends: the elephant and the duck and short documentations on everyday life, etc. The videos below show some of the short animations with the mouse and her friends and the intro melody to the first episode aired in 1971.

Löwenzahn

“Dandelion” – this was somewhat the competition of the Sendung mit der Maus aired by another channel. However it was more dedicated on “education” meaning that they would dedicate every show to a certain topic and then dive deeper into how things work, explaining everything from technology, industry and nature. Below you can see the intro for this show.

Sandmännchen

“Little Sandman” – This was a really short show, only 15 minutes that was aired every evening to greet the children and send them to bed. There were originally two versions, during the area of the Cold War, one for West Germany and one for East German. After the reunification the Sandman from East Germany “survived” and now greets all of Germany every evening. Every evening it show small sequences of what the Sandman is doing, e.g. taking a walk in the forest and greeting the animals living there or another time he traveled to the moon… Below you can hear the intro.

Of course, there was also a German version of Sesame Street, but as said before I didn’t watch it. But you see, even if we didn’t watch Sesame Street there was a vast collection of other shows to watch… What else did you see besides Sesame Street?

Sherlock Holmes – the movie

Yesterday we spontaneously decided to go to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. In short: it was awesome. I haven’t seen such a brilliant movie in a long time. It was subtle, exciting, action-filled with a good portion of humor. So Thanks to Guy Ritchie for doing this movie.

The story’s about Lord Blackwood who wants to create a new cult to obtain world power. It begins with Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) intervening a ritual murder and arresting Lord Blackwood who is sentenced to death. Before his hanging this very lord predicts that he will come back from the death – which he really does and that he will obtain the power. So the two-hour race begins between the Lord and Sherlock Holmes.

As always I won’t tell you how the story ends. As it’s a Hollywood blockbuster it wouldn’t be a movie without “all’s well that ends well”, so if you’re looking for a really good movie to watch go and see it. Or have you already seen it and did youlike it?