Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Things you may or may not know

  1. I had a wisdom tooth out a week ago. Didn't hurt too much, and was done in the dentist's chair in the practice with a few needles (I prefer complete anethesia, but oh well).
  2. There is German in the opening credits of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It only appears for a few frames at a time, but if you know what to look for, you will see it.
  3. You can tell the difference between "Mehrwegflaschen" (multiple use bottles for recycling) and "Einwegflaschen" (single use bottles) by that little ring that is around the bottom of the bottle lid. If it stays stuck on the bottle when you take the lid off, then it is an Einwegflasche. If it stays stuck to the lid, then it is a Mehrwegflasche. This is because it is then easier to screw a new bottle top onto the bottle after it being cleaned.
  4. We're a-comin'-home to visit tomorrow. Flying via Dubai and will be landing at 00:30 on Saturday morning.
See ya soon!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The things visitors make us see...

While Bel was in the Philippines on some world peace, stop hunger, or related initiative, I was stuck at home getting a feel for what it must be like when I go away - dead bloody boring. Luckily some friends from Aus decided to show up in Germany and help kill off the boredom.

Chis and Bec dropped in from the UK on the same weekend that Matt and Mel showed up from France for a two week stay in Schwarzwald (the Black Forest). So on Saturday morning we dragged ourselves out of bed, got into the car, and drove down to Ettlingen to catch up with them and head to Burg Hohenzollern for a bit of castle action - the results of which can be seen on Matty's blog. Here are some of my pics.

The following Friday I had a customer visit fall through, so I piled myself back into the car again, and drove back down to Ettlingen for a bit of a photo expedition with Matt to the highest waterfall in Germany. Given that Germany isn't particularly mountainous, this probably isn't such a big claim, but was still fun to take some pics of. Thanks for the tips Matt - though your shots still turned out better in the end (though most of the credit goes to the mullet).

And just last weekend we had Naomi (one of Bel's sister's friends) and her boyfriend drop in for a few days on their whirlwind European tour. I used this as an excuse to get us down to Rothenburg ob der Tauber - a walled city on the Romantic Road in Germany.

Anyway - to all of those who visited in the last few weeks, a big thank you. It is great having people come to stay, as it helps get us out of the house and seeing a bit more of Germany. Not only that, but it's great to see you guys when you manage the long hop across the big pond.


AFL on Eurosport 2 :)

When searching through the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) last night, I stumbled across something really cool - AFL on Eurosport 2!!! Last night they were showing the Sydney vs Collingwood game from Saturday night (I assume). We didn't watch it all, but it was amusing to hear it being commentated in German "Ach! Was für ein toller Mark!" :)