Tuesday, June 25, 2013



When staying in Landau in 2010 I had the great pleasure of making friends with our host daughter, Lena, who was even kind enough to drive to Eberbach to see a performance of the Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem in the 2011 tour.  Though she doesn’t live in Landau any more, she was still close enough to come pick me up after a rehearsal and take me around for an afternoon.  I consider myself fortunate to get to see her once a year, which is more than I can even say for friends I have back in the States (and hell, even back in Houston sometimes).

We only had a couple of hours, so we drove to nearby Karlsruhe to take a quick walk by the local castle. I could lie and tell you all kinds of history about the architecture, former residents, cultural importance, etc., but to be honest we really just walked passed it and took in the view.

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It was a particularly hot day, so Lena decided we would meet up with one of her friends to chat and have some ice cream (or ice as they prefer to call it here).  Whatever you call it, they definitely do it up right!

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It’s popular here to have the ice extruded in a certain way that resembles spaghetti, as is seen on the right. Don’t know why, but I’m not complaining


Short but sweet, my visits with Lena are always just lovely.  Until next year?!

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Deutche besties!


Artist: Ute Lemper / Album: But One Day…

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