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.
After walking past the museum, headed north on the Eiserne Brücke, I glanced to the left and thought…”something is missing here…”
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.
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.
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.
Still doing better than the Berlin-Brandenburg airport fiasco! [↩]
For the first time in a while, we took a stroll back to the old neighborhood for the Maidult festival running there for a few days yet. You can count on the Dult, in May or in the Fall, to provide plenty of good people watching. It’s like an American amusement park in that regard — it takes all kinds and all kinds do show up for the beer tents, rickety rides, carnival games, and odd specialty goods for sale.
We were there with some of my work peeps whom I don’t see much anymore.
You can see that the middle of the bridge is still covered up in a tenty, shed-like thing. We haven’t heard any news about progress, or the lack thereof. Have you?
Then again, maybe it doesn’t matter much, especially if you’re one of the people enjoying a warm evening with friends on the bank.
Dang. Not yet a quarter into it, and this year is flying by already. After our inconvenient-but-still-lovely Mallorcan long weekend last year, we returned to Regensburg to get to work on our new digs. We’ve learned a lot about wiring and installing ceiling lamps, and options for furniture, and some life lessons about paint contractors.1
Is it really February? It feels more like April, or maybe even March.
A few (more large) pieces of the auxiliary bridge disappeared recently overnight, revealing even more of a “bridge to nowhere” scene. Sure would be nice to get some more progress in place here. As it stands now, it seems like the biggest part of the project — the middle — is going to be in progress right when the weather warms up and all those Bavarian holidays kick in, with tourists from all over Germany (and the rest of the world, really) swarming the bridge and clogging the already-narrowed auxiliary sections.
Widened gap between auxiliary bridge sections:
Mucky bank at Trattoria Marina due to dropping water levels:
Note the outdoor lunchers soaking up every bit of sunlight they can. Sure can’t blame them for missing the sun. Who knows when it’ll return?
Green-but-swampy bank and lonely auxiliary bridge tower:
Our last post was about Fall Splendor. There was not a lot to report on in November or December. The usual Christmas Market stuff came and went — much the same as always. One nice change: my team members from Romania came to visit in Regensburg and they got a taste of the Christmas markets for once. In the past, we’ve had end-of-the-year workshops in November, before there is any reason at all to spend time together outside of the office. At least with the Christmas markets, there is Glühwein and fair food, and the hope for snowy conditions.
In bridge news, this past week the north end of the bridge was closed overnight one night while some huge trucks lined up on our island to remove some no-longer-needed pieces of the auxiliary bridge. Today I went out to see the differences…
…and could not ascertain any at all. It’s unclear whether the trucks cleared out bridge detritus that had always been invisible, or maybe something went schief and the event had to be scrapped. Either way: no visible progress since there were leaves on the trees.
But in the meantime, what with Easter’s early arrival this year, Fasching preparations are underway. Coming up: watch out for mustard in your Krapfen and remember to wear an ugly tie1 the crazy ladies at work can snip up on Weiberfasching.2 Maybe snap up one of these masks to protect your identity if you plan on getting kooky.