Phew. Look at that — January’s on the way out.

Err…Happy New Year!

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…

view of the north bank
view of the north bank
view towards the Jahninsel and south bank
view towards the Jahninsel and south bank

…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.

Mr Bean and Walter White rank as world leaders.
Mr Bean and Walter White rank as world leaders.
  1. Does anyone still do that? []
  2. Has anyone ever done that? []

Faschinating!

While it seems the rest of Germany gets their Fasching on Rosenmontag or Faschingsdienstag on, the big deal for Nürnberg was apparently Sunday (we headed home to Regensburg that afternoon, so we’re not sure if it got any goofier on Monday or Tuesday). Here are some shots of from the parade. It was freezing, but the kitsch was still fun.

Oldest Bratwurst Kitchen in the World?  Regensburger Historische Wurstküche, are you going to take that lying down???
Oldest Bratwurst Kitchen in the World? Regensburger Historische Wurstküche, are you going to take that lying down???
The Ugly is just a mask
The Ugly is just a mask
Angels, Demons, Monks
Angels, Demons, Monks
Hello, Nurse!
Hello, Nurse!
Candy in Flight
Candy in Flight