Perhaps the last bridge update…..EVAR!?

Checking back through old posts, it would seem like the last update on Bavaria’s Slowest Construction Project® was over a year ago: Bridge Work Still in Progress. But maybe this story is coming to a close, after more than 8 years — four years longer than originally planned. 1

Despite major distractions from local life due to work stress and a few short trips out of town in May (did you see our Cinque Terre post?), we somehow managed to hear that the Bruckmandl2 is back at his post since a week or two ago.

We headed out early this afternoon on foot to get a sneak peek at the museum of Bavarian history that forced our beloved Donaumarkt farmers’ market to move further inland across from the cathedral — it’s not opening until May 2019, but let’s hope the bridge’s (re-)construction crew is not in charge.

Museum
Museum

After walking past the museum, headed north on the Eiserne Brücke, I glanced to the left and thought…”something is missing here…”

Steinerne Brücke from the Eiserne Brücke

They took down the shelter over the middle segment of the Steinerne Brücke! I walked over to our old digs on Stadtamhof and took a closer look.

on the Steinerne Brücke
on the Steinerne Brücke

Sure enough, although the auxiliary bridge is still up and walkable, it’s no longer mandatory. The whole bridge was open to pedestrian (and bike, for masochists) traffic for the first time in over eight years. The Bruckmandl is back, too.

He’s back
Still the best view in town!
… and the worst seat.
Fest

The town was crawling with river cruise tourists today3. Seems like the entire region was there too — it was the annual city-wide upscale Antikmarkt, and the weather was agreeable (if a bit warm). Nice to return to our house just bit further removed from the action for a quiet afternoon before the facing the maelstrom of the coming work week.

  1. Still doing better than the Berlin-Brandenburg airport fiasco! []
  2. “little bridge dude” []
  3. one took my picture, gave me a thumbs-up and said “Very good!” — she probably thought me an authentic local due to my Lederhosen & Teeshirt; a look I call “Bairisch Keschu-Ell” []

How Not to Visit the Cinque Terre

I find traveling is a set of skills that stays sharp when you do it often, but we’ve been on a bit of a travel hiatus. After spending a couple of weeks (a long stretch for us) in Mexico this January, we pretty much stayed put for early 2018. Besides, there was plenty that needed doing here. But the drought ended with a road trip to the Cinque Terre, on the northwestern coast of Italy, south of Genoa. In blundering ahead with our rusty skills, we missed a few points on the mental checklist. Here is what we learned so that you don’t have to: Continue reading How Not to Visit the Cinque Terre

Tiramisu

Sounds fancy, but it’s an icebox cake. Raw eggs are in there, so if that’s a dealbreaker, best skip this one.

500 g / 16 oz. Mascarpone cheese
157 g / 3/4 c sugar
2 eggs, separated (I use XL; if you use smaller eggs, you might need 3)
250 mL / 1 cup strong, cold coffee
3 T Marsala wine, DiSaronno almond liqueur, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, whatever sweet booze you enjoy
1 large package ladyfinger cookies (min. 24 pieces)
grated chocolate or cocoa powder

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine Mascarpone, sugar and egg yolks. Mix until well combined.

  2. Whip the separated egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into cheese until mixture becomes smooth and light – don’t overmix!

  3. Have a deep 9×13 ready! Pour coffee and liqueur into large shallow bowl or deep plate. Dip (but don’t soak) unsugared half of cookie into coffee mixture and place wet side down on bottom of 9×13. Repeat until dipped cookies cover the bottom of your pan, breaking up cookies as needed. Spread a thick layer of your cream mixture over the cookie layer. Dip and place another layer of cookies over the cream, then top with more cream. Keep going if you have enough cookies and cream left, just make sure you end with cream.

  4. Sprinkle grated chocolate or dust cocoa over the top. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.

A Recommendation for Password Managers

The Intro

You have separate keys for your house, your desk at work, your safe, your car, your bike lock…right?

Why?

Clearly, it’s so that when you hand over your car keys to your mechanic for an oil change, you are reasonably assured you won’t find him, or someone who tricked him, at home in your den perusing your tax returns.

But so many people are effectively doing just that by reusing one or just a few passwords over and over again every time they are prompted to create a username and password. Continue reading A Recommendation for Password Managers

¡Puerto Vallarta otra vez!

We returned to Puerto Vallarta again in January 2018 for a break from winter.1 It was glorious, like usual.

Corraled in Houston

Except for the getting there, which (predictably) was nicht so toll.  But we didn’t let that wreck the mood. Our buddy from Boston and several-time visitor to Ye Olde Parental Condo flew in shortly after we did and the Good Times™ began to roll.
Continue reading ¡Puerto Vallarta otra vez!

  1. Actually winter hadn’t been all that wintry by that point, but those last couple weeks of February — hoo boy; that was winter like we don’t often see ’round these parts. []