Category Archives: holidays

Looking Back at 2016

I can only look back at 2016 along two different tracks, as it were. One involves my personal situation, and turned out quite positive. I finally, officially, disconnected myself from the Republic of Austria early in the year and got … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

Seen on Easter Saturday: Jesus is indeed down off the cross (but just for renovations by the Innsbruck Beautification Association.)

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Guten Rutsch!

The Innsbruck Hofgarten. I shared the paths with a dozen or so Italian tourists, who seemed astonished and delighted by the recent snowfall, and who were all taking pictures of each other in it. The Practice Room wishes everyone a … Continue reading

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Eisheiligen, Adé

Folks in the southwest USA have been getting fires, heat waves, drought. We in Austria are pulling the gloves and scarves back out, and keeping the umbrella by the door.  We just had a visit from the Ice Saints. Die … Continue reading

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The German word Frühjahr is, according to the online dictionaries, a synonym for Frühling, or “spring” (the season). However I sometimes have taken the word to mean “beginning of the year”, and so, with the proximity of the advent of … Continue reading

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End-Of-Year Mountain Blogging / Silvesterblogging

“Isch Silvester hell und klar isch am nächsten Tag Neujahr”   😉 See you in 2014 Wir sehen uns in 2014

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Happy American Thanksgiving

For your enjoyment: a kind of Bavarian brunch fare, Weisswurst with a Brezel. They are traditionally eaten in the morning, due to the fact that they are not made with preservatives and will go bad by the end of the … Continue reading

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An Encounter at a Cemetery

‘Tis the season to blog about, among other things, cemeteries, here at the end of October. This short story was written by Herr Winfried Werner Linde and posted on his blog Zeitzünder last July, and he has kindly given me … Continue reading

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Kulturblogging: Die Hofkirche

One of Innsbruck’s main attractions for the historically-minded is the Hofkirche, or Imperial Church (but no one calls it that, it’s just always the Hofkirche). As a tourist sight, the plain white exterior is deceiving (I heard it once remarked … Continue reading

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A Belated Memorial Day Posting

I realized too late that I had this photograph in my computer, and that it would fit nicely for Memorial Day. This plaque is recessed into the wall between Franziskanerplatz and the courtyard behind the Hofkirche. In my 13 years’ … Continue reading

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