Travel Blogging

Impressions of Landshut, east of Munich, where I currently “jumping in” for an ailing singer in two back-to-back performances. Today being Sunday, the shops are closed, and so the thing to do was to take a long mid-day walk.

First destination: up in the wooded hills behind town, to see the earthworks. No signs around to enlighten the visitor, but this is apparently the old fortified hilltop referred to on my map as the Schwedenschanze “Swedes’ trench”. Many earthworks are called so because people associated them with the Thirty Years War, when they were enlarged and used to hide the livestock from invading troops. There are grave mounds in the vicinity, and they of course go back much earlier than the 1600s. There are no maintained trails here, but the mountain bikers have set up obstacles all over for single track stuff.

On the promenades along the Isar River. Landshut has many cafes and restaurants right along the river, something that my current hometown of Innsbruck lacks.

A traveling theater, with a tent and a rail-car cafe. Parked behind the tent are a dozen old-fashioned wooden trailer caravans for the artists. We musicians say that we live like gypsies from the traveling we do, but it seems this little traveling show really does that.

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2 Responses to Travel Blogging

  1. Carlisle says:

    What beautiful photos. That traveling theatre looks like something out of “The Seventh Seal” – which was set in the Middle Ages! http://artandmusicmagazine.tumblr.com/post/498093010/winter-ruminations-part-one-the-seventh-seal

    How was the performance? Is it scary to jump in for someone else?

  2. Marcellina says:

    It reminded me a little of “La Strada”, even though if I remember correctly most of that transpired outdoors.

    Not scary at all, because there is almost no pressure to be perfect. If you screw up (onstage), then, hey, you just learned the direction that day! And that freedom lessens the chance of screwing up anyway. The main thing is to sell your version of that character no matter where you’re standing, and the audience will buy it. You’re saving that company’s performance, so they are just grateful that you are there.

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