Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sad News At The Viktualienmarkt

I shop at the Viktualienmarkt at least twice a week. To me it's one of the great joys of not only living in Munich, but living close to the city center.

It's true the Viktualienmarkt is a big tourist draw, but there are plenty of locals there too. If you're one of them you quickly learn which booths to avoid and which ones to frequent. One of my favorites was the Grüner Bäuerin stand.

The proprietress had a gentle manner, a warm smile and the strong, well-worked hands of a farmer. And of course good local produce, much of it from just up the river in Ismaning.

Last week I headed over to the booth to grab some veggies and found it closed. There was a simple note with a rose and a funeral announcement stating that she had died at the much too young age of sixty four.





Living in a city there are so many people you get used to seeing on your regular rounds. Even though you don't know each other, the familiarity and the shared identity of being a denizen of the same place adds both a richness and a feeling of belonging to a city. It was a sad shock to see that she was gone.

Rest in peace Marianne Grüner. You will be missed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Impressions

I was out and about zu fuss a lot during this unseasonably warm March. Here are some of my impressions:

The church at the top of the Geisinger Berg in the late afternoon.

A massive pile of radishes at the Viktualienmarkt.

This resourceful young man set up his own battery powered DJ station on the Isar.


Rainbow steps near the Isar ufer.

Ceiling lamps at Fei Scho where I met a friend for lunch one day.

Pretty flowers on Frauenhoferstr.

Please, oh please let this lovely spring weather continue!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Big Ass Accident By Isartor


Did you hear about the horrible accident that happened around Isartor last week? I walked right by it on my way downtown.

A tram and an ambulance had an argument. It more or less looked like the tram won, the ambulance was lying on it's side just pass the intersection (look behind the black VW combi in the photo). It was totally jarring to come upon an accident scene and realize that the rescue vehicle was actually in the accident.

From what I heard there were no fatalities. Still, yikes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tillmann Birr at Münchner Lach und Schiess Gesellschaft

German comedy.  Oxymoron.

Never the less, when a friend invited us to the  Münchner Lach + Schiess Gesselschaft comedy club, we said 'Warum nicht?' something new.

Despite becoming quite the Germano-phile, I've remained an unapologetic chauvinist on the issue of entertainment and humor: Americans are the best. Of course, my German husband doesn't hold the same view, so going to a 'comedy' club here wasn't such a hard sell.

I don't get up to Schwabing much, but when I do, I wonder why I don't.



I liked the club. It was full of people I used to consider very 'European' before I lived here. Slightly professorial garb, statement glasses, in their late 40s/early 50s and 'intellectual' looking. I can't prove it, but I feel like there are more of these types in Schawbing.



The evening's act was a fellow named Tilmann Birr. A Berliner who wrote a memoir of his time as a tour guide, titled On Se Left You See Se Siegeseule (which, I confess, is a pretty good title).

I admit, I laughed.

The Kerl was pretty good, especially his impression of Bavarian tourists. It was hard to have to concentrate so hard for a cabaret act; my German is good enough to enjoy a show, but not good enough that if I space out for one minute I can jump back in and catch up, but it was worth it.






Maybe if my German improves, so will my attitude towards German comedy. Check back in about ten years.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tiflis - Leben in einer neuen Zeit - Exhibit at the Gasteig


I'm lucky to know a lot of talented people in town. One of those people is Lisa Fuhr; friend, Deutsch Lehrerin extraordinaire and talented photographer.

Tiflis - Leben in einer neuen Zeit is the culmination of three years of work. Lisa traveled to Tiflis, Georgia to interview and photograph everyday people and chronicle their lives after the fall of the Soviet Union.



Most westerners (self included) know little to nothing about this region and it's history. I went to the opening on Tuesday night and was fascinated by the stories of human resilience and determination.

The exhibit is at the Gasteig through April 2014, you should definitely check it out. There is also a really beautifully designed book that's part of the project, but bring cash if you want to purchase one!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bavaria Chic

A vivid memory from my early days in Munich:

I was in a Tengleman, still getting my bearings on how to grocery shop in DE, when a young, fashion forward woman walked past me in the aisle. The most striking thing about her was how she had mixed trendy clothes with a bright red Bavarian-style cape and was putting her groceries into a wicker basket. A street style little red riding hood.

Now that wasn't something I'd seen before. Not in L.A., San Fran, London or any of the other places I'd lived in or traveled to.

It describes what I like to call 'Bavarian' or 'Alpine' chic. Adding traditional Bavarian clothing, accessories and lifestyle accents with modern or trendy pieces.

When done wrong it veers into unfortunate yodel-la-he-hoo territory, but when done right, it reveals a regional style that is truly unique and one that I have grown to love.

I hope some local street style photog starts documenting this (has someone? link in comments please!) My lack of photography skills will prevent me from ever taking it on.

The woman I snapped in the picture above was a regular, everyday Oma just getting her groceries at the farmers market. Unlike the woman I encountered in the Tengelman all those years ago, I doubt she was trying to make  any kind of fashion statement.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Alpine Chic: Obacht

Generally I try to avoid Platzl, the very touristy square in the Altstadt, complete with Hard Rock Cafe and dazed visitors looking for the Hofbräu Haus.

 One good reason to venture in, however is Obacht. This boutique, run by Babette and Marion two Bavarian Mädels, offers a myriad of products with a modern take on Bavarian/Alpine kitsch.

There are the expected handmade products branded with antlers, cuckoo clocks and cross-stitching as well as fun frühstuck brettls, t-shirts, games and other München/Bavaraphilia.

If you're visiting, skip the nearby tacky souvenir shops and grab a more unexpected gift. If you live




































here, pop in to enjoy the thoughtful modern/rustic shop design and pick up something for the house, like slippers or biergläser.