Neuss is a city just opposite my home town Düsseldorf across the river Rhine. And even though it is so close, I have never been there. Today, that changed.

Entering Neuss from Düsseldorf though the Obertor*, one of the last remnants of the medieval fortifications.


I went on one of the city tours called “Historic Neuss” (in German). And while the tour guide was clearly very knowledgeable about the city’s history, a fairly large part of the tour was dedicated to the Saint Quirinus church alone. I’m not sure whether that is because Neuss has little else to offer.

Qurinus Münster von innen

Kuppel des Quirinus Münster von unten

This fun piece of art right in the middle of a sidewalk honors the city’s utility workers.

Stadtwerke Denkmal

And while I don’t think this is officially an art installation, I think it nonetheless looks like one.

Monitor aufgespießed

Overcast fall day in the city park (“Stadtgarten”).


Interesting concrete architecture in the Clemens Sels Museum adjacent to the Obertor, thus ending my tour of the city right where it began.

Clemens Sels Museum (2)

* The Obertor photo at the beginning of this post was edited to make it more visually appealing by removing a street lamp, a few signs whose bright blue clashed with the tone I was going for and two bystanders who probably wouldn’t appreciate to show up on the internet.

Seeing Freiberg again

When I was in Dresden, I had one day to visit Freiberg, the town that I lived in for almost four years during college. I have been to Freiberg a few times since graduating, and on each visit the town looked better than it had before.

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Nonetheless, there are still a striking number of buildings in the center of town that appear untouched at least since reunification 25 years ago.


I also went by the house that I used to live in, still featuring the world’s most ridiculous radiator


The very first official event was in the Physics building. Even at the time, the building was looking terrible and in dire need of major renovations. While most other buildings have seen substantial remodeling, this one is even 12 years later still in terrible shape.

Every time I visit I make sure to snap a picture of it. Here’s its entrance in 2007, 2011 and 2015. As you can see, there have been a few modifications (such as a new light on each visit), but the overall look is still pretty sad.

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A Week in Dresden

My drama group had been invited to represent our state North Rhine-Westphalia at the national Schultheater der Länder festival. So at the end of September we went to Dresden, Saxony, for a week. After arriving on Saturday and preparing for our performance on Sunday, I had the rest of the week to see 15 other interesting plays and explore this beautiful city.

I also got one day off to visit Freiberg, the town that I lived in for almost four years during college. Those pictures will follow in a separate post.


A tourist must-see: the Semper Oper at the night of our arrival.

Semper Oper (2)

Beautiful typography inside the theater.

Typographie im Staatsschauspiel (2)

Giant chair behind the theater junge generation.

Stuhl im Theater Junge Generation


We had a few hours between checking out and and the departure of our train, giving me some time to roam the beautiful main hall of Dresden’s main train station.

Bahnhof Dresden (1)


On our way to Dresden, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of V 200 033, which according to Wikipedia “is the only authentic example of a V 200.0 still operational, retaining all the important original features”. This class hasn’t been in regular service in almost thirty years and therefore still carries the markings of Deutsche Bundesbahn, as the German federal railroad was called pre-reunification. Fun fact: The first locomotive I had when I got a model railroad at the age of nine was the metal V200 that my father had when he was a kid.



Interesting window placement on one of the upper floors of this office complex.

Interesting Window Placement (2)

I didn’t have a tripod, but even free-handed, this night shot from inside the Dresden World Trade Center looks pretty good.

Dresden World Trade Center bei Nacht

London Trip

My previous trip to London was on business, hence I had little time to explore the city. It was enough time, though, to make me want to come back and really see the city. So when M could add a few days to her London trip for us to see the city together, I gladly came along.

I have a bunch of pictures from this trip that I really like, but unfortunately, the selection is a bit random. I’ve compiled those pictures with a theme, in a second post.




Parking Garage


Turm Schwarzweiß

Seeing London from the Emirates Air Line is amazing. At just a few pounds (pay-as-you-go with Oyster card), it’s way cheaper than the London Eye, too.

Emirates Air Line

A random note on the floor of Liberty London (I did not push).

Random Note on the Floor

Not sure why a bank would sponsor these gray blocks between Millenium Bridge and St. Pauls, but they did.

HSBC Gates Schwarzweiß

London? Or Amsterdam? Hard to tell sometimes around the canal.

London or Amsterdam

Old Ford Lock

The Case of Garmin Training Center Crashing

Whenever I go running, I take my Garmin Forerunner 305 with me to track my progress (or lack thereof). It comes with a neat piece of software called Garmin Training Center which allows me to download the data recorded by the Forerunner to my PC for analysis.

The Problem

Garmin Training Center can also back up this data to a file. As I like to use OneDrive as my cloud backup, I stored that backup file on there as well. In upgrading to Windows 10, however, I had to change the location of my OneDrive folder.

The software remembers where I saved my last backup which is normally very convenient. However, that location no longer exists and when I click “Browse…” to change it, the software crashes.

The Solution

The last backup location is stored in the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Garmin\Garmin Training Center(r)\Settings in BackupFilePath. Just have that point to an existing folder and you’ll be able to create backups again. Editing that value does not even require Administrator access as it’s in the current user hive.

The version of the Garmin Training Center PC software I use is 3.6.5. According to their website and the application’s own update functionality that is the latest version available.