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SCHNEE!!!

I spent all day yesterday studying and it was only because I ran out of toilet paper that I realized I had to get out of the house and go shopping!  But I’m so very glad that happened, because as soon as I stepped outside I was rewarded by gentle and large snow flakes falling from the sky!  This morning I woke up to 8cm of snow on the ground, which has really gotten me into the holiday mood!  Unfortunately I don’t have a digital camera to take pictures of the beautiful winter wonderland, but I did find a few on the net.

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Here’s the center of Munich, Marienplatz, with a touch of snow! The little white roofs in the square are booth for the Christkindlmarkt, a.k.a. Weihnachtsmarkt, a Christmas market with arts and crafts and many yummy things to eat!  Here’s another picture from the other side of the square:

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This one is at night, when all the lights are on!  A friend of mine and I were comparing this to Rockafeller Center in New York (although I’ve never been there, she has…) and we both liked the subtleness and modesty of the lights in Munich.  Munich, being much smaller than New York, has it’s ice rink at another location…Karlsplatz, just down the street called the Fußgängerzone.

Also at the Christmas markets, one can enjoy a warm cup of Glühwein, a mulled wein that is vital to the German Christmas identity.  Here’s another picture:

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I’ve already had about 5 cups this winter so far…and tonight we’re having a big late Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner out our place, so more will be for the drinking!

And last, but not least, because it’s so very cute, I have a small holiday greeting for all of you!

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The Hofgarten

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This is the painting that I finished yesterday in the freezing cold!  I actually started painting it last July.  I gave myself the goal (since I’m not traveling, but in the city where I live) to not hurry myself and take as much time as I needed to do the painting.  I’m quite proud of it…but since I took the time, I spend about 2 hours in July and didn’t get around to doing more until 5 months later!  So, that explains why the trees are green, even though the painting was completed in winter.

This is a view from the Hofgarten, the royal garden behind the Residenz, looking southwest towards the Theatinerkirche (the mustard colored building) and the Frauenkirche.  I think it’s a beautiful skyline of Munich that many people don’t usually see…so I hope you enjoy it! (and spiffy…a German flag is in the background too!)

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Ein Prosit!

I was trying to think about what to write about these pictures…but most of them speak for themselves!  Maybe I’ll just write a few little subtitles. 🙂

Philipp and me standing outside of the Paulaner tent, where we met 3 years ago!

Philipp and me standing outside of the Paulaner tent, where we met 3 years ago!

Possibly the most famous tent at Oktoberfest..."The Sky of Bavaria"

Possibly the most famous tent at Oktoberfest..."The Sky of Bavaria"

Our table with all our friends - looks almost like a painting with the lighting!

Our table with all our friends - looks almost like a painting with the lighting!

to the toilets

Where everyone inevitably goes: to the toilets

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A few weeks ago Philipp, Isy (a friend of mine here in Dachau) and I went to the Wildpark Poing…full of furry and very fierce creatures!  I was actually quite surprised…the German attitude to zoos is very different…all of the non-dangerous animals were just walking around!  And apparently Bighorns are not considered dangerous!  Here are some pictures:

Me feeding a cute deer!

Me feeding a cute deer!

A buddy I found dozzing in a log!

A buddy I found dozzing in a log!

no lions or tigers...but BEARS!

no lions or tigers...but BEARS!

Wildschwein...thank goodness for zoom lenses!

Wildschwein...thank goodness for zoom lenses!

Baby Wildschweine!

Baby Wildschweine!

A lynx...but not a bobcat!

A lynx...but not a bobcat!

An alpine bighorn...and this picture I took without the zoom lens!

An alpine bighorn...and this picture I took without the zoom lens!

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Oktoberfest…here I come!!!

In 1810 King Ludwig I married Therese von Saxe-Hildburghausen. As a wedding gift, she got a field.  A field! Can you imagine?  The wedding was held at this field and all the people of Munich came.  They had a horse race and drank wine…but that wouldn’t last long.  The wedding party was so popular that the people of Munich partied again the following year, and then the year after that, and so on…in 1818 they started drinking beer instead of wine and viola!  Oktoberfest was born.

I can now start the countdown to Oktoberfest! 10 Days! And I think it’s important to remember that Oktoberfest started out as a wedding because love is very much in the air!  3 years ago this Oktoberfest is when I met Philipp!  And to get into the mood of the wonderful festivities, I have decided to post a bit about beer here in Munich.  Here are a few pictures with stories:

Here is a picture from Oktoberfest in 2005, when I met Philipp.  He’s sitting on the left with Katha behind him, and then her boyfriend Thomas behind her.  I’m next to Karli on the right.  It’s funny to have pictures of Philipp and me on the very night that we met!

In this picture you can see the 6 breweries of Munich that are also at Oktoberfest.  They are (from the left): Augustiner, Spaten, Löwenbräu, Hofbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, and Paulaner.

This is a picture of Dachauer Volksfest, a beer festival held every year in Dachau in August.  It’s kind of like a mini Oktoberfest…I’m not going to post any more pictures of Oktoberfest in this post…I want to keep you in suspense for the pictures I’ll be taking this year!

This is a picture of me and my friend Travis at Dachauer Volksfest! At all of these beer festivals they oddly enough also have booths to buy yummy snacks such as Bratwurstsemmel, Leberkassemmel, and Crepes, and they also have carnival rides!!! It was great having Travis with me because he wanted to go on all the rides just like me! Some of the rides are like ferris wheels, but others aren’t quite so innocent, flipping you up and down and sideways…totally crazy!  That is when you need one of these:

This is a VOMITORIUM!!!  It’s where you can go to empty your stomach and then go out and drink more beer!  Good times!

And more good times will be coming soon! 10 days until Oktoberfest…

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Starnbergersee Part 2

The other location that Philipp and I went to at Starnberg Lake is actually the location the lake is most famous for. On June 13, 1886 King Ludwig II of Bavaria was found drowned in the lake. Ludwig II was the king who had Neuschwanstein built, the castle that the Disneyland Castle is modeled after. He was known as the “Fairy-Tale King.” At the location he was found dead, they later built a cross and Votivkirche, or a small votive chapel. Here are the pictures from there:

The Votivkirche

The Votivkirche

View of the cross in the water from the chapel

View of the cross in the water from the chapel

Close-up of the cross saying "Ludwig King of Bavaria" in German

Close-up of the cross saying

Some familiar faces

Some familiar faces

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Starnbergersee

Philipp and I had a little bit of time off, so we decided to take a day trip to Starnbergersee (or Starnberg Lake). In a way it’s the Munich equivalent of Lake Tahoe as it’s about the same distance away, but it’s no where near as big as Tahoe.

We went to an Art Museum there called the Buchheim Museum. It was created from the art collection of Lothar-Günther Buchheim, a German artist who also happens to be the author of the novel Das Boot, which was later made into an award winning film. Buchheim also founded his own publishing company which publishes his criticism of the art that he studied and collected. In the museum there were exhibits of the works that he collected juxaposed with his own works, which was very interesting, because you could see the influences.

from Max Pechstein, German Expressionist

from Max Pechstein, German Expressionist

from Buchheim, in the South Pacific

from Buchheim, in the South Pacific

You can kind of see the influences here, although I would like to find better examples. I can’t find the exact same pictures from the two artists on the internet (I suppose I should have written the names of the works down, but I just didn’t think of it at the time.) Two things I find interesting about Buchheim’s stylist evolution are 1. he used Asian paintbrushes, which he held vertically and 2. you can tell by the laying of the paint colors that he first painted the colors and then the outlines. This means that his eye sees color first, and then form. I usually paint by first sketching or drawing the outlines, and then color them in, so I’m curious to try Buchheim’s technique.

There were also two exhibits, one on top of the other, of other German Expressionists and of African art. I was amazing to see the resemblances!

An African mask like the ones in the exhibit

An African mask like the ones in the exhibit

A portrait by the artist Erich Henkel

A portrait by the artist Erich Henkel

It’s amazing to see that Erich Henkel probably saw these masks. The forms of the eyes are so similar and the cheekbones give the same general impression. If, in fact, Henkel was not influenced by African masks, it certainly is interesting to see such cross-cultural representations being so much the same!

I had a particular interest in seeing the Expressionist artists’ use of linoleum and wood etchings for printing. I gained some inspiration for my own lithographic works and hopefully I’ll have time to develop those soon!

Anyway, here are pictures from our excursion:

The Buchheim Museum with Starnberg Lake in the background

The Buchheim Museum with Starnberg Lake in the background

Giraffes outside of the museum!

Giraffes outside of the museum!

An old BMW made into Art!

An old BMW made into Art!

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