Austria

Puppenbuch
  
I am on a business trip to Austria, Villach to be precise. Villach lies in the three country hook of Austria, Slovenia and Italy, in the southern Alps. So the weather is better than in the Netherlands, which is no big surprise.
How did I come here: I took a flight to Graz (130 km from Villach) and took a rental car to come to Villach using the highway. Its pretty nice to have your own car once in a while and can see something of the country.
Villach itself has around 60000 people and the downtown is ok. I did not have time to explore the churches and sightseeing spots yet. However its pretty nice to understand all my customers at once and not to need a translator all the time. I have visited a few restaurants (austrian kitchen is pretty tasty) and I got a parking ticket. I think it was the first parking ticket in my live.

#Austria
walduhu
  
* "in my life"! ;)
walduhu
 
Doppelpost! ^
Austria

Puppenbuch
  
I am on a business trip to Austria, Villach to be precise. Villach lies in the three country hook of Austria, Slovenia and Italy, in the southern Alps. So the weather is better than in the Netherlands, which is no big surprise.
How did I come here: I took a flight to Graz (130 km from Villach) and took a rental car to come to Villach using the highway. Its pretty nice to have your own car once in a while and can see something of the country.
Villach itself has around 60000 people and the downtown is ok. I did not have time to explore the churches and sightseeing spots yet. However its pretty nice to understand all my customers at once and not to need a translator all the time. I have visited a few restaurants and I got a parking ticket. I think it was the first parking ticket in my live.
Killing Time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
I had the pleasure of observing the local tribes in Limburg on a very strange custom called "karneval". And I survived this adventure!
We started with a good base of snacks and french fries.
My first visit was to Sint Joost, a small village near Roermond in the middle of Limburg. First we had to costume (=me being a clown) so that we would blend in the locals. Then we would see a parade with a lot of funny made cars (from groups) or people walking in special costumes.
Only two waggons would throw candy, one would be the waggon of the youth prince, the second one of the carnevals prince.
After the parade we went to the community center where everybody (except the kids) would get drunk and the carnevals club (organisator of the parade) gave prices to the different groups for their outfit. There were almost as many prices as groups. So only the music club did not get a price.
After that - snackbar for fried snacks and french fries to fill up the base.
After that we had to go to the local bar (only one in the village) to listen to more carnevals music. Bed time was around midnight.

I got a closer look for the carneval in Klimmen, that is really in the depth of Limburg.
1.) The colours for carneval in Limburg are green, yellow and red. No more, no less.
2.) In November (11.11) a carnevals prince is chosen. He has to represent the village till the end of carneval (this week).
3.) The prince must be:
- from the village
- still living at home
- not be married
- members of at least two clubs additional to the carnevals club
- His parents need to have a certain financial base as they have to finance dinner for the whole carnevals club on various evenings.
- Needs to join during the carnevals periode (11.11- till February/ March) all club events, so no free weekends.
- Has to throw the candy
- has to be male
4.) The youth prince/ princess:
- from the village I assume
- still living at home I assume
- Not sure about the marriage thing
- also throws candy
5.) The parade is on Monday, starting 11 minutes after 13:00. The last waggon is the waggon of the prince.
6.) We watched the parade and directly after that we went directly to "Tom" or "Niels" (= the two cafes in the village, elsewhere described as a "bar" or more precise an alcohol wonder land). That is around 15:00.
7.) My relatives went for 40 years to "Tom", but "Tom" had the saloon closed, so we went to "Niels" an old class mate from my mother in law.
8.) Drinks have to be bought at the cafe but you can bring your own food (cheese, sausage, waffles, chips, hard boiled eggs,...)
9.) At 16:00 the saloon is opened, and you have to storm in to find a table for all your food supply. If you can still storm.
10.) For the next 4 hours only carnevals music in german or limburgs, no dutch because that is a foreign language for the villagers.
11.) The prince is proclaiming the victors of the parade, nobody cares.
12.) Between 20 and 21:00 fight to the Snack bar for frnech fries and fried snacks. The Snack bar closes at 21:30. Advice: be careful of the small kids (4 to 12 years?), which have been drowned in coke and candy. The coffein and sugar makes them unpredicable.
13.) Back to "Niels".
14.) Around Midnight we walked back home.

For blending in I went as "chinese", not having the important colors red, green, yellow. But I did not stand out.
Tuesday we had a day off and went back to Nijmegen....

#Carneval; #Limburg
Puppenbuch
  
my love disguised as a hawaii lady
walduhu
  
Ah, so my guess wasn't that bad.
A photo of that hawai dressing would be "helpful"! ;-)
Puppenbuch
  
I can imagine!
Killing Time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
We have now almost finished with our last flat. My spouse needs to remove the floor from her old flat. The floor consists of laminate which could be removed pretty easy.
The difficult part is getting rid of the stuff. Here in the Netherlands you can bring the garbage to a "Milieu Straat" which is in end effect a collection point for recycable and non recycable waste. Laminate belongs to the later. For entering the "Milieu Straat" you need to scan a special card from DAR (= the waste company of the Netherlands). The card is connected to a household. The recycable waste is free of charge but the other stuff costs money. So far I have found out that this is depending on the area where you live.
We have a free charge of 250 kg per year (which is nothing).
My spouse old card had no free charge at all.
My spouse's parents have 6 free trips (independent of the amount) to the "Milieu Straat".

As by us the amount of waste is weight limited you get weighted before dropping your waste (including a scan of the DAR ID) and after the drop you also get scanned again. Sadly we have to pay immediatly instead of an automatic bill to our account.

The ID card also works for some containers where you can drop your non recycable waste. It just costs one euro per bag. That helps with the motivtation for recycling. The other method is to store the waste in special bags (only these ones will be picked up). But also the special bags cost a euro per piece.

All in all an interesting system.
walduhu
  
^ Hast jetz extra ne Kategorie "Recycling in the Netherlands" angelegt? -- planst du da noch ganz viel in die Richtung zu bloggen? :-D
Puppenbuch
  
Ne.
Killing Time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
We have done something cultural this weekend. I know that is a surprise for a lot of our readers here....
The Bach Choir & Orchester of the Netherlands (see: https://www.pieterjanleusink.nl/nl/2/the-bach-choir--orchestra-of-the-netherlands.aspx) had a concert in Nijmegen, in the Stephanskerk (the old main church of Nijmegen). Mozarts Requiem was the topic of the show.
I think we were one of the youngest attendants but it was worth it. I cannot really judge the skills of the choir and the musicians (except they were better than me....) but I enjoyed the performance. It was different listening to the requiem in a building for which it was made.

All in all worth the money and the time.

#Nijmegen; #Mozart
Killing Time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
We have ordered online 1 baking dish out of glass for baking.
Deliverment 1 was totaly broken.
Deliverment 2 had a broken lid.
Deliverment 3 had a broken bowl.

So I have now one complete baking dish set! Service wise: after each deliverment they asked us nicely if we want a new one or our money back, no need to sent pictures or the broken stuff back. No wonder when 0 in three deliverments survives without damage  :).
walduhu
  
Very funny! -- you are so lucky! --- you could also have received 3x times broken lids or 3x broken bowls!
Killing Time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
The carneval season is approaching and I promised that I would join, so yesterday we went to a costume shop in Limburg (Heerlen, to be precies) to outfit me.
Crazy!
I start to suspect that most stories over carneval in Limburg are not exaggerated and I will have a "fun" time.

Fun Fact: moving is finished, we have put the last furnitures together.
walduhu
  
So you diguise as what? - cowboy? serial killer? spy agent? Geert Wilders? :)
Puppenbuch
  
That info I will share in my expedition report of the carneval traditions in the backwater areas of Limburg :)
Killing Time in the Netherlands

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My stuff has arrived and is now occupying the living room. Almost everything has survived except one piece.
I was also a bit surprised about the 4 boxes of spare parts from my old car. Luckily I have two basements.

Funfact: our heating system is working again!
walduhu
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Where in your new home is godzilla hiding now?
Again behind the curtain? ;-)
Puppenbuch
  
no, protection the area between kitchen and dining room.
Killing Time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
We visited a 12.5 year surprise party. That seems to be a dutch tradition after 12.5 years of marriage (half of silver, I guess). Was nice, I had a long discussion about Aikido with the only other guests who were not family members. After we had to move a day later we were the first to leave the party.

On Sunday we moved the big furnitures to our new place. Now we have a washing machine, the dryer, a table (juhu!) and a couch. The rest is not installed yet. Tomorrow my stuff is coming and I am very excited!

Funfact: I have given back the keys of my old place for a second time - no call yet. So I feel lucky this time.
Best Muffin Baker of the World

Puppenbuch
  
The best muffin baker of the world has made a good start into the year! I got a new coconut cookie (macrone?).

It is a bit softer than the ones you get in the supermarket but also has less sugar in it. The coconut pieces are giving a bit more resistance during chewing which intensifies the taste.

All in all a very good start into the year!
Go Best muffin baker of the world and surprise me further!
Killing time in the Netherlands

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We got our first snow in the Netherlands and as expected chaos broke out! It was perhaps 10 cm.
So the first thing I bought for our new living space was a snow shovel. That raised memories from my youth and I got moked for cleaning the walking path in front of our house and the parking space.
walduhu
  
Why did you get mocked therefore? - Dutch don't clean it?
Puppenbuch
  
Not in front of the house because it melts away so fast....
walduhu
  
Seems your German genes came through... ;-)
Tourist Guide for my Colleagues

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I had the pleasure of playing tourist guide in Amsterdam for my chinese colleagues this Saturday. I also needed the break from my other project. We made a small tour through Amsterdam (cheese and flowermarket) looking at the house boats and the old dutch architecture.

For lunch we had Thai food (thanks to my friends from Taiwan I know a good restaurant). After that the Rembrandt museum in Amsterdam. That is pretty nice because they explain the printing techniques Rembrandt used and also show how colours were made. Evening dinner was a chinese restaurant (now everybody happy) and we went back to Nijmegen.

Fun Fact: we found out that the loose cables of the second kitchen lamp were under constant current, the two switches for the two lamps are working in opposite constellation. What a nice surprise.
walduhu
  
How did you find out surprisingly that there was some current? -- did you get a "little" electroshock? :-D
Puppenbuch
  
We checked with an electrical screwdriver....
walduhu
  
ah, ok... great! :-|
Killing time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
We now have finished the bed and the cupboard for the clothes. I also killed the Ayurveda plant accidently by moving it to the new place (at the last moment).
Next steps:
I have to organize my furniture transport from Germany to Nijmegen
I also have to organize a car and man power for the stuff of my spouse....

So much excitement!

Fun Fact of the day: Its already 14 days and I did not have a trip for my company yet (outside the Netherlands....).
Killing time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
We have now finished emptying my churchplace and cleaning it. Now I just have to give back the keys and live by my spouse. Sadly she has a bigger place than me - so more cleaning will be necessary....
On the good side: I found my second car keys again. I sold my old car 4 years ago but I still have a set of keys for it.
walduhu
  
Do you know where your old car can be found?
at night? :-D
Puppenbuch
  
No...
walduhu
  
too bad!
Killing time in the Netherlands

Puppenbuch
  
We are spending our time at the moment by moving into a new house. It was pretty difficult to find a place here in Nijmegen as the market is pracital empty but happily we can afford a bigger budget together. I still wonder how single earner can afford rent here, especially if they have to feed a family.

Throwing two housholds together is some work, my part is easy because I lived in a fully stocked flat but my spouse has some furnitures which are heavy. It is also pretty exciting as it is for both of us the first time of not living alone.
The new place is in an old lemonade factory, I am not sure if this is an down or upgrade from living in a church.
walduhu
  
downgrade! :-D
Christmas Vacation IV

Puppenbuch
  
We had yesterday a trip to Speyer with the Unesco World Heritage "Speyer Dom" which was even open on a christmas day. The Speyer cathedral is the last german dom built before the schism between east and west church. The architecture therefore still shows some symbols of the unification of the christian church.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speyer_Cathedral
The cathedral also houses the dead bodies of several salier and habsburger emperors including their wives.
After so much culture we also visited the "Technik Museum Speyer" which has a collection of modern marvels like trains, planes, ships and a submarine.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technik_Museum_Speyer

Also worth a trip but do not expect deep introduction information of the exhibtion pieces. Its walk and see, not walk and read.
Christmas Vacation III

Puppenbuch
  
After most family members have recovered I forced them on a culture trip to the "Landesmuseum Baden" in Karlsruhe. We visited the special exhibtion "Mykene":
http://www.landesmuseum.de/website/English/Temporary_exhibitions_in_Karlsruhe/Current/Mycenae_-_The_Legendary_World_of_Agamemnon.htm

As the last reported exhibtion ("The Etruscians") also this one was very interesting. It rememerbed me in parts of the archological sites we visited this year in Sicily. The exhibtion lasts till June 2019, so if you are in Karlsruhe till that time, I suggest to spent some time in it.
walduhu
  
Die Etrusker scheinens dir ja angetan zu haben... ;-)
Puppenbuch
  
Diese Ausstellung war halt auch sehr interesant
Christmas Vacation II

Puppenbuch
  
Everybody is sick, therefore my christmas vacation till now consists of:
Nursing family members and entertaining them
I have to cook (better me than the rest)
Fixing the bath room
Chasing the foster cats
and I had to organize a christmas tree (no plastic)....

Vacation ole :)
Manuel
  
Have fun!
Christmas Vacation

Puppenbuch
  
In the first day of our christmas vacation we went to Germany by driving over Belgium/ the Ardennen. Here we visited Malmedy to have some french fries (=lunch) and looked at the dom of Malmedy.
The french fries were ok (I had sauce "dallas"). The dom is not worth a trip. All in all the trip over Belgium is a bit longer but the traffic is not that heavy, the landscape nicer and gas is cheaper....
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We had on Sunday our first snow in Nijmegen. As usually chaos broke out: kids starting snow ball battles, making snow angles and the rest of the population trying to stay in bed.
Later in the morning we drove to Moyand (Germany) with its christmas market:
https://www.weihnachtsmarkt-moyland.de/

The Moyland Christmas market has its focus on craftwork (wood, porcellan, iron, candles,...) which was nice to look at. We only consumed Gluehwein and Bratwurst.

If somebody wants to visit Moyland during the year without the heavy influence of christmas: the castle itself houses a permanent exhibiton of Josef Beuys. In my eyes overrated but perhaps you dear reader like him!