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another night with the foo fighters

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mission foo fighters in hamburg accomplished.
since i got the ticket on november 2nd 2017, i was looking forward for the show and it's hard to find the right word to describe what happened on june 10th. awesome would be an understatement. foo fighters delivered big time, an unforgettable night, a stunning gig for 60,000 motherf** crazy german people, loved every second of the concert, the 5th for me til now and surely not the last one!


the other few days we were lucky to meet friends as well – thanks a million for all the good time guys, thank you andi for the beautiful and delicious dinner at your location :) the weather wasn't too bad that time but the noise and air pollution of the big city wore us out. passing the italian border on our way home two nights ago, we couldn't keep a high five and are infinitely happy to be back in the little town in the mountains.

so snowy – or winter #2 in south tyrol

one of the good things of the winter in merano is the tourist-free period starting in january right after the epiphany holiday when the crowd leaves the town and the christmas market finally disappears. time then for merano to turn on hibernation mode. suddenly it's all quiet, the atmosphere feels cosy, intimate and friendly, paths are deserted, a delight. 
this winter was the pure opposite of the dry and sunny one before, starting sooner and bringing record snowfalls, windstorms, high danger of avalanche through the season, and obviously avalanches too – january weather has been a turbulent one. in the evening of the 22nd, snow reached 2.5 m in the mountains. on some days, we were overwhelmed by the feeling of being living in the clouds (yes, much like in hamburg), though each day with a different landscape. on the sunny days however we enjoyed gorgeous mountain scenery.
what's more, with the new year we got the chance to catch another good thing of a snowy winter in the mou…

along the south side of the alps

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time for 2018!

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südtirolerisch – the south tyrol dialect cont.

south tirol counts more than 40 dialects, all belonging to southern bavarian idioms. these dialects may strongly vary from a valley or a mountainside to another one, and in the course of the 20th century italian expressions have crept progressively into the vocabulary, making of south tyrolean a multicoloured togetherness and coexistence of austro-german and italian culture. a pleasure – and a challenge – linguistically as well as culturally. here another picking of words.
augngleser = brille (glasses)beck = bäcker (baker)bloam = blume (flower)casino = durcheinander, zirkus (mess)dai = los!, weiter!, erzähl mir nichts (go!, come on)fertig (die sind fertig) = alle, ausverkauft (over, sold-out)guat = gut (good)kassa = bank, kasse (bank, checkout)keschtn = kastanien (chestnut)ma dai = echt, wirklich? (really?)marillen = aprikose (apricot)paktl = geschenkpaket (gift-wrapping)patent = führerschein (driving licence)radel = fahrrad (bike)roafen = reifen (wheel)säckele, täschele = plastik-, p…

over the summer

it was quiet here over the summer while i was busy with the move of golegrand.de on blogger, or with life offline. those who track us on the iCloud shared album or by checking the photo page are already in the picture, for the rest here comes a recap of the last months.
the guns n' roses played in munich mid of june and we were there too – the olympic park was crowded by far much more folks than the merano population counts! slash ran the show while axl rose showcased a line of clothing. at the turning of june/july we spent some days in hamburg. fun time back with friends, as well as a 50th birthday on 7-1-17. for the rest however it was... too rainy. too cold. too noisy. too crowded. too rat race style. a scratchy throat got me after two days – something not seen since our move to merano. and there were no mountain around… so at the end, we've been more than happy to get in back home.
summer in south tyrol is made of days and days of sun and heat. one day you may prefer to e…

bazinga!

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this one for our geek and nerd readers…
sometimes (or probably more often than not) armin likes to play sheldon cooper, but he won't just realize it. like today. first, while having again one of these internal communication difficulties (due to the interaction man-woman, or french mind-german mind, or precisely nerd-average individual) i was told that we need to synchronize. where i thought to myself heavens-i-am-not-an-iPhone. then, later, sitting comfortably at the terrace of the kienegg inn in the middle of the mountains, ready for this apfelstrudel i was having in mind, or either chasing after, during the 17 km bike ride uphill to a 1,100 altitude, starting a chitchat about the lovely weather, the fantastic panorama, how great it is to be able to escape the city so quickly, and so on, he looked at me and said: 1-0-1 5 (one zero one, five). eh? here the reason, a tiny card on the table: you certainly noticed the error on the cube…
(elucidation this way.)

omg. a cold front.

non ci credo. hard to believe, but in the news yesterday: a "cold front". after two cloudy days and a temperature drop from 30 to 22 °c, they're wondering on the third day bringing, indeed, lots of rain, what happened to the awaited hot summer. truly.
yes, everything is relative, and that's how it is here, everyone gets upset by only one single insignificant cloudy or rainy day. on the other hand, they say that we need more rain… er… or rather the nature needs it, and ideally at night. which, i must confess, would meet my principle too. anyway. today, everybody is happy again: bright blue sky returned, it's getting hot and hotter.
seriously. we're spoiled by the weather, the season and the beautiful nature. and with our new e-mtb, we can now switch outdoor activities between hiking and biking, discovering mountains and valleys with a different view. like up to almost 900 m at masulschlucht gorge in the val passiria. or a afternoon roundtrip of 65 km to bolza…

three days of continuous rain. finally.

finalmente, la pioggia. i see some grins over the line. not that everybody was really waiting for it, except the farmers, however nobody complained as sprinkle started early this week.
seriously:
after a winter without snow and only barely rain, march and april have been very dry too.
and right after easter, the weather changed course, bringing days of polar air and a strong freezing north wind which upset everyone. and mother nature as well. it hasn’t been so cold since mid february!
at the same time, the public authority announced a water shortage, asking everybody to take care about their own consumption. in our area, obermais, water supply has been switched from source to deep-well which, obviously, isn’t as good as the spring water we normally enjoy from tap.
then, the north wind stopped blowing, letting the clouds take place over south tyrol, so relief came last monday as first raindrops fell, turning to continuous rainfall in the late evening. it lasted until this morning, and…

südtirolerisch – the south tyrol dialect cont.

here you go today, with some new south tyrolean words and phrases pinched in the course of common life: allfälliges = diverse, am ende einer versammlung/besprechung (miscellaneous)ansuchen = beantragen (to request)aufsperren = ein geschäft/einen (kino-, konzert-)saal aufmachen, öffnen (to open)erdäpfel = ja! die kartoffel, wie die französische "pomme de terre" :) (potato)gesuch = anfrage (request)gfollt mir! = das fb "gefällt mir" (the fb like)heuer = dieses jahr, heutzutage (this year)i woas nett = ich weiss es nicht (i don't know)jänner = januar (january)kimm = komm (come on)passt! = das haut hin, das ist gut, das ist richtig/stimmt so, super! (right, works!)unsinniger donnerstag = weiberfastnacht, fettdonnerstag (carnival thursday prior ash wednesday)visite = arzttermin, untersuchung (doctor's appointment, examination)vormerkung = terminvereinbarung beim arzt (making a doctor's appointment) and as for the weather report: it's a beautiful spring, …