Bridge Update July 2016: literal and figurative

It struck me as a little ironic that the literal bridge from Regensburg to the rest of Bavaria1 is being repaired, whereas some protesters want to bolster a figurative bridge to Regensburg — and Germany in general — from other countries. Continue reading Bridge Update July 2016: literal and figurative

  1. at least back in the day when the Regensburg was the seat of the Perpetual Diet of the HRE []

Bridge Update, February? 2016

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:
bridge, interrupted

Mucky bank at Trattoria Marina due to dropping water levels:
Trattoria
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:
soggy bank

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? []

Cathedral Dandruff and Bridge Update, August and September 2015

A couple weeks ago, a story appeared in the local newspaper to explain what was up with the construction equipment blocking pedestrian access to St. Peter’s Cathedral at the heart of downtown Regensburg.

Turns out they discovered hairline cracks in the masonry rather high up. The cathedral is one of the biggest draws to the town, and an iconic symbol of Regensburg. There’s no way they could block off access to the area — not with the hordes of river cruise and bus tourists from around the world. But they also could not afford to risk a piece of masonry falling on anyone. Result: a pedestrian shield set up around the falling rock stone zone.

Regarding the bridge work: there’s nothing new to report, at least as far as we laypeople can see. The south end (the city side) is still closed off, and the auxiliary bridge is still up on the north end (Stadtamhof side). I can’t fathom why they left the auxiliary bridge up still on this end. Its purpose has been served. Its ugliness is universally accepted. Tear it down! I like standing at the north end of Stadtamhof and looking all the way down the street, across the bridge, and over to the Dom spires. But it still feels weird for bike traffic to come zooming down the main bridge again onto “our” street after 5 years of that not being an option.

After a long, hot, dry summer, we finally got a few hours of rain at the end of August.

Foreboding Clouds (Landscape)

Foreboding Clouds (Portrait)

Superfluous Auxiliary Bridge

Bridge Update for June/July 2015

From what we’ve seen in local media, tomorrow is the official opening of “our” half of the bridge. Since about a week now, pedestrians on weekends have taken to simply moving the barricades aside and walking about where they please on areas of the bridge that are obviously complete.

IMG_0766 Continue reading Bridge Update for June/July 2015

Bridge Report, Easter 2015

Spring is here, officially, and surprise!  It’s still dang cold out there!  The clear skies and bright sunny days are just a clever ruse. 1 I took a few pictures of the bridge and surroundings when the weather permitted it. Continue reading Bridge Report, Easter 2015

  1. It even snowed today briefly in the bright sun behind a threatening rain cloud. []

Atmospheric Conditions

The weather has been mighty weird around here lately. We’re down in the South, so we’re not getting battered by hurricane-force storms like the North is, but we’re still feeling its effects. The clouds, when not sprinkling rain, freezing rain, or (less recently) dumping big soft fluffy snowflakes onto us, are racing across the sky, bringing dynamic shadows to our town. The Danube is overflowing its banks on the islands, but not quite yet on the city side. It’s not far off, either.

Once in a while, when the clouds and sun play nice together, we get a rosy sky at dusk around 16:45:
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Flaniermeile at the Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt

We discovered a new section of the Christmas market on the palace grounds!

Has the Flaniermeile1 always been there? It’s just a loop around a pond I didn’t know was there, with a little sausage and Glühwein hut at the end of it. But they’ve got it lit nicely, and I couldn’t resist a couple attempts at a long exposure. Here’s my favorite one:

flaniermeile

Frohe Weihnachten!

  1. flanieren = to saunter []