Yesterday evening I threw a small party to celebrate (once again) my birthday. This was prompted because the people I would like to celebrate my birthday with do not exactly live in the same area. Ghi, in retrospect, I twice invited people for dinner and once just had a party. Anyway, yesterday’s party was really nice, and I felt once again a bit like it was my birthday. So that was cool. And doing the dishes is fun, especially given the right people and the right music :)
Archive for August, 2007
Ran again this morning, and, as planned, tried the extension. Not completely, thought I had gained (or lost?) enough time to take a short-cut to my route. Think again… so I ended up exploring some extra pathways in the park. In the end, it sufficed, but next time I might reconsider my “raccourci” (shortcut).
But, overall, this is nice and if I can keep this up, I will have found a way to do some sports here in Luxembourg. So, it’s Sunday morning, not even 11 yet, and already I am pleased :)
Mr. and Mrs. De Mooij visited me yesterday and today. Naturally, we walked around the city. Slight difference: this time I tried the “green city” tour, and it worked brilliantly. Slight hickup in Pfaffental, but I’m sure I’ll get the kinks worked out by next time (more precisely: I expect the kinks / paths undergoing reconstruction to be reconstructed next time). Somehow, everything came together for this visit, and we saw and did just about everything I wanted to :)
Two highlights: we checked the schueberfouer (funfair). There are a lot of stall with shooting… phewee. Plenty of PS3s/Wii’s to be wun — if you manage to shoot the impossible. Naturally, we didn’t try. We did try a machine called the “take off”, which turned out pretty cool, the giant wheel, offering a nice view of the funfair (well, the rest of Lux was rather dark, so it wasn’t all that exciting), some gambling machines (we lost — even at the gigantic crane, which is fun to do, but hopeless to win at :) and also tried some bowshooting. More on the bows later :)
The next morning, after brunch, we went for a short hike in Little Suisse. We drove to Berdorf, and began on route B2. Now as soon as you hit the forest, you are bombarded with signs pointing out nice viewpoints. We checked most of them, and consequently didn’t really progress very quickly. It was quite adventurous, and wonderful to behold once more. A little further down on the route, we discovered a climber’s paradise. So all I now need, is my climbing gear here, a crash course in outdoor climbing, and a sizable length of rope. Oh, and to make matters more challenging: magnesium is disallowed there. Pffffft. Well anyway,Ã‚Â something to keep in the back of my mind.
So, back to the bow shooting gallery… I like it!! I turn out to be left-handed at bow shooting (and writing, but that I already knew). Weird, I believe the last couple of times I shot, I shot with a right-handed bow. But this time, it just felt wrong. I did try once later on, but it sucked just a bit more than left (well, not that I am that lousy at these short ranges, but still, noticable deterioration of skill). Today, after the hike, we had the “Limpertsberg” tour (campus uni, church) and then visited the bowshooting once again. And, coolness beyond cool, I had the maximum! Woohooh!! Rocking rock rock!!
Okay, scoring maximum just means all arrows in the yellow, and the distance is maybe about 5 meters (or 10, I’m better at shooting arrows than at guessing distances ;-), but still. It’s the max score, and you get 6 points for max score whilst even only 1 point below that gets you 2 points (which can be exchanged for prizes)… so that’s still nice eeh? Of course, now I plan to go showing off to all visitors ;-)
What can I say? Except for http://www.fouer.lu/ (or http://www.funfair.lu/).Yep. It’s a carnival (or funfair)/kermis/fÃƒÂªte foraine. And almost like I’ve seen before. Except: just a tad more Luxembourgian at that :) That means: slightly bigger than you’d except at first, and vastly more people than I would expect. I just visited opening night. Now I realise that it’s holiday time here in Luxembourg, so it’s not so strange that there are some people. But there are not just “some” people — it seems more like there might be some Luxembourgians not. Or, better: not yet.
And the setup is also typically Luxembourgian: many foodstalls, big drinkstalls, and there are some shop-stalls on the side. Quite unlike what I am used to, but I do appreciate it quite a lot. Kind of curious how my visitors will feel about it (4 visits planned during the Schueberfouer so far). Will let you know!
PS: Just found the Wiki page for the funfair. Dunno if all that stuff still holds, but free access for merchants anywhere… no taxes… sounds cool for them. And they’re expecting 2 million people this year — wow. Well, I’ll be doing my best to make that number a reality ;-)
Ran a bit today. It was the first time I used the second knee band I had bought recently, and it’s a whole lot better than the old one. Both work marvelously, seeing how I did not experience any ill effects at all. Normally, I would feel my knees a bit after running for this amount of time. So that’s cool. Next plan: extend the round a bit (already know how: in the beginning, I’ll go through Parc Tony Neumann) and acquire another knee band (as the new stuff outstrips the old — it’s rather inconvenient when the knee band starts sliding down during the running).
And the nice part is that I didn’t even miss my mp3-player (this time). I do want it back eventually though :)
Last seen: coupling (ep. 1.3, 1.4 — INFERNO!! :); The Simpsons Movie.