SO! It took a little planning and a little patience, but in early August Jana and I were finally able to set out on our summer adventure: biking from Copenhagen to Oslo. And I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of the best journeys ever! Wait and see.
Now that I am almost ready to move out again, it’s the perfect time for a house tour! Let me show you were I “resided” during my two months in Singapore.
Getaway? But I just got here! Here, in this case, refers to Singapore, where I will be spending two months as part of my communications traineeship. And I had been “here” for not even a week, when my new colleague and roommate Anna dragged me off to this little Indonesian island just off the Singaporean coast.
So on the way to Copenhagen, I managed to slip in another visit to Kiel, where I would meet up with Jana (the best biking companion ever) to set out on our next big adventure.
Not only are my friends absolutely great people, they have many other great friends. And that’s how I met Becky, his wife Sarah, and Anette, who have all moved to Kiel at some point. I went to Kiel once before with Jana. We didn’t get to see much of the city then, because it was summer and the weather was nice, so we granted ourselves a day at the beach. Then Becky graciously invited me again and I jumped on a bus and went way, way up North.
One of the most iconic landmarks in the Ruhr region is the “Gasometer” in Oberhausen. The former gas holder turned large scale exhibition space now hosts some pretty amazing exhibitions. Large scale is to be taken quite literally. In 2013 Christo and Jeanne Claude’s installation “Big Air Package” filled the Gasometer. Now the space holds the beautiful “Wonders of Nature” exhibition of nature photographs.
For six short weeks I have moved to a different part of Germany for my job: The Ruhr region. I am lucky to be living with some awfully great people in Bochum, but I work in Essen. Essen is a particularly interesting city in this area and it was named European Capital of Culture 2010. One of the most iconic places in Essen is Zeche Zollverein, a UNESCO world heritage site. And within that retired industrial complex, there are a few really great museums.