FOR WHOM DOES THE BELL TOLL?
Germany is a country that is known for its punctuality. The church bells here are punctual here. At 12 noon in the tower of the Freiburg Minster – known as the Cathedral of Our Lady – the bells go, but for whom exactly I was unsure. Not that it really mattered who got the honour of bells tolling for them, because up there in the tower watching them swing slowly and sound loudly was fantastic.
There is over 24,000 kilograms of bell up there, and the earliest dates from 1258; this bell still rings, too.
The steps up the tower were plentiful, and not very wide. Dread appeared in the eyes of everyone as it was realised an overtaking or a passing move had to be made. Double chins appeared as people pushed themselves into the walls, pushing their palms into any stable surface for stability.
But towers don’t just have a ton of good sounding metal, they also have a pretty impressive view, whose essence was not able to be captured by my amateur camera ability:
The highest point of the tour is 116 metres up, and miraculously survived the World War II bombings, while most of the houses around it didn’t.
I finally got into a German stationery shop today. Three levels of bliss. The pretext was, of course, to buy some folders for school, but then there were typewriter ribbons and other paraphernalia to peruse, inks to look at, myriad papers to run a finger over. It was fantastic. And cheap! No export mark up suffered in Australia. I’ll be making a visit to this shop or one like it before I go, to stock up on supplies.
I have received feedback to suggest that some readers thought I wrote two much about light switches in a previous post. I simply believe not enough is written about light switches. Perhaps a national identity is even caught up with the type of light switch employed by them. How much can one ascertain about a person from the the light switches they have in their house? What can you tell about a business from their light switches? You can calculate wealth and whether they are modern or old fashioned. The light switch is the world’s most touched business card.
I have also heard whispers about the Grammatik Polizei possibly deciding to mobilise against this dilapidated little blog. The grammar here is not wrong, it’s just avant garde.
And finally, a little chart to demonstrate the amount of time I’ve spent blogging versus the amount of time I’ve spent out and about, talking to people and generally living so far: