Tag Archives: Germany

Renovation Time

These photos jumped out at me when I was looking for something else yesterday. I took them three years ago, early March 2020. I had volunteered to help friends who were remodeling a business space in Kandern, Germany, turning it into a coffee shop. As always with renovations, there are surprises, things that put you […]

One Last Weckensonntag Look

From 2018… Today a photo essay, just some of the pictures I took last Sunday at Sulzburg’s annual Weckensonntag event. I’ve been considering the differences between this very local festival and the much larger Fastnacht which is observed throughout the Black Forest.   Fastnacht is bigger and more colourful, but having seen it once I have […]

More Weckensonntag

When I think about it, my experience with this unique festival was rather limited. I was captivated by it our first year in Sulzburg, 2018. I missed the 2019 festival becasue we were traveling, though at the moment I can’t remember where. Greece maybe. In 2020 and 2021 the festival was canceled due to the […]

Only in Sulzburg

I was feeling uneasy today, a sense of FOMO – fear of missing out. Then I realized what it was. I am missing out. Tomorrow is Weckensonntag, and I won’t be in Sulzburg. So for teh next couple of days we are going to revisit 2018 when I first discovered this unique local festival. Our […]

The Train

Homesickness is a weird emotion that can strike at the most unlikely times in the most unlikely places. I shouldn’t get it in Canada, should I? As I took public transit downtown Wednesday morning, I had a flash of homesickness as the train pulled into the station. There’s a warning announced in English and French telling […]

The Crucifix

It’s Sunday, and I am away on a retreat. This post from October 2014 seemed appropriate for the day. My wife’s aunt is a retired schoolteacher. She makes certain that any visit we make to her in Lippstadt, Germany, has an educational component. There are no options, we will learn something. Or else. Since we […]

A Great Deal?

A few weeks back I told you about the German oil crisis and the shortage of cooking oil. Several restaurants i visited in May had dropped items like French Fries from their menu becasue cooking oil had gotten too pricy – if they could get any. Now a news report tells us of a German […]

The Oil Crisis

The price of oil regularly fluctuates on the world market. It is at more than $120 a barrel as I write this, up from below zero a couple of years ago. (If you don’t quite understand the math to that, join the club.) People are feeling the pain at the gas pumps. But there is another oil […]

Feeling Relaxed

I can’t remember if I noted this sculpture in Mullheim’s pedestrian zone when I lived in the area. Assuming it isn’t new, I must have walked past it a couple of dozen times without stopping to consider it.  The sculptor has, in my mind, nailed it. The subject of his study is happy and relaxed, […]

The Blacksmith

One last look back at the 2018 Weckensonntag in Sulzburg. There’s a certain fascination that comes with watching someone perform a lost art.  Though I guess it isn’t really lost if people are still doing it. It must be 50 years since I last watched a blacksmith plying his trade, so it was nice to […]