One of the most iconic landmarks in the Ruhr region is the “Gasometer” in Oberhausen. The former gas holder turned large scale exhibition space now hosts some pretty amazing exhibitions. Large scale is to be taken quite literally. In 2013 Christo and Jeanne Claude’s installation “Big Air Package” filled the Gasometer. Now the space holds the beautiful “Wonders of Nature” exhibition of nature photographs.
For six short weeks I have moved to a different part of Germany for my job: The Ruhr region. I am lucky to be living with some awfully great people in Bochum, but I work in Essen. Essen is a particularly interesting city in this area and it was named European Capital of Culture 2010. One of the most iconic places in Essen is Zeche Zollverein, a UNESCO world heritage site. And within that retired industrial complex, there are a few really great museums.
Last year was a harsh year for me (and I don’t mean all the dead celebrities, although I will miss Alan Rickman a bit). 2016 kicked off with a lot of unrest in Germany, Brexit happened, the US election happened, the war in Syria is still going on, various places in Germany and other European countries were targets of terrorist attacks, and Europe in general seems severely destabilized, as right-wing politics have gained ground in France, Austria, and other countries, among them Germany.
On a personal level, things didn’t go so well either.
While planning our trip we saw that for the first part we would pass through some sparsely populated areas of Germany and never end our day in a town, so camping would have to be it. That changed for the second stretch of the trip, so we figured we might try sleeping indoors again and turned to couchsurfing – and it was great.
As we venture into December, I still have some catching up to do, so let’s look back to September. Ehem.
I happen to like a good challenge! So what’s better than challenging yourself, spending time outdoors with an amazing friend and seeing a part of your country that you haven’t seen before? I really wanted to do a great bike tour and found me some awesome company for the road: Jana!
I went out this morning just to run back in and grab my camera. Moments of beauty are rare in this cold and dark season, so I had to set down some of that natural splendor.
Today, I experimented a little and it turned out very well, so I will gladly share it with you. I had received a bunch of very soft peaches earlier. They were a little brown already, so I had to do something about them fast.