CEU Campus Tour

When I was in Budapest for our 10-year MBA reunion, a classmate had organized a tour of the brand-new CEU campus. As you enter on Nador utca 15, you’re greeted by this quote from George Soros.

CEU Soros Quote

The entire new campus so beautiful, functional and full of well-designed details, it kind of makes you want to go back to university again.

CEU Staircase (1)

CEU Staircase (2)

CEU Library

CEU Atrium

 

CEU Hallway (1)

There are little study areas with computer screens around every corner.

CEU Hallway (2)

Even the benches on the roof have power outlets, so you can sit there with your laptop and get work done. Though I doubt, people would want to work there, when the can instead enjoy the sun and a view of all of Budapest’s architectural highlights.

CEU Rooftop (1)

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Back in Budapest after 10 Years

I graduated from Central European University (CEU) in 2007, so for the ten-year reunion, I added a 36 hour visit to the city at the end of my Vienna trip.

Parliament

A lot has improved in the city. Gone are the Soviet-era buses and metros cars on the M2 metro line I took to class every day.

Instead trains and stations have been upgraded and squares such Kossuth tér and Deák Ferenc tér are looking great.

Ferriswheel

Szechenyi Fürdö

Outside the city center, however, it’s a different story. Városliget (above) is well maintained, full of people and no place to sit down. Népliget (below) is full of benches nobody wants to sit on and looks like it had been untouched since the 1980s.

Nepliget (2)

Nepliget (1)

Same along Kerepesi út where the CEU dormitory is. Sure, they installed some new benches there, but overall the area was almost unchanged since I had last seen it 10 years ago.

Kerepesi ut (2)

Kerepesi ut (1)

And the M3 metro line still features its original trains, signage and depressing color scheme.

M3 Metro Line

Pictures from Vienna Part 1: Old Architecture

Vienna was the latest destination on my Capitals of Europe list.

This city is so amazingly beautiful. It’s impossible to walk around and not be impressed by grand architecture everywhere you turn; with one exception, see end of this post. Particularly on the ring streets that opened up for development in 1865 after city fortifications there had been demolished.

Domkirche St. Stephan Klein

Karlskirche Klein

Hofburg Klein

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My favorite place was the quiet park behind Palais Liechtenstein.

Liechtenstein-Palais Klein

Even though other parks such as Volksgarten were pretty great, too.

Volksgarten

Beach-feeling along Donaukanal on this hot summer day as cafés had put out beach chairs.

Donaukanal

Standing out from all the grand buildings is this house on Liechtensteiner Straße that dares to be ugly.

Altes Haus Liechtensteiner Straße Mitte

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

My love of hiking and old cities was the reason I travelled to Heidelberg two years ago. And while Heidelberg’s old city is beautiful, it has nothing on Rothenburg ob der Tauber; this year’s getaway after a busy Maskerade week.

Rathausplatz (2)

After climbing 220 steps to the top of the town hall tower I got this beautiful view as the sun rose over the city.

Rothenburg vom Rathausturm aus

Same location from two different perspectives: looking down from the top of the town hall tower into the Tauber valley in the morning…

Blick von der Stadt runter ins Tal

…and looking up from the valley to the city later in the day.

Blick vom Tal hoch zur Stadt

One can only imagine what farmers must have felt like looking up to the imposing city on the hill as the came up from their farms in the valley.

Auf dem Weg vom Tal zur Stadt

The city building code is very strict about preserving its medieval atmosphere, so even modern brands use old-timey signage to fit in.

Tor Klein

My favorite spot in the city: the quiet garden behind the old monastery.

Klostergarten

Lighting Design

The sub-title of this blog is “Travel and Technology” my two passions in life. This post, however, is about my third passion: theater. Specifically: lighting design.

I’ve been involved with drama groups since the 6th grade, when I joined the group at school as a stagehand. Many years later, I’m still working with some of these people, now mostly focusing on lighting design aspects.

This year has been the first time that I had an all-white stage to light. A white stage comes with a few challenges, but it is also a great opportunity to experiment with colors.

In this production the light design was very simple – only half a dozen different cues – but still accomplished setting the right moods for the show.

Full Stage

Weißes Frontlicht

Center Sidelight

Seitenlicht

Narrow Backlight for Intimate Scenes

Gasse Hinten

Low Green Backlight for Mysterious Scenes

Grünes Gegenlicht

Bright, Colorful Band Scenes

Bunt

Solo Musician

Solo Links

111 Places to see in Düsseldorf, Part 2

Five years ago, I got the book 111 Düsseldorfer Orte, die man gesehen haben muss (English: 111 Places to see in Düsseldorf). I posted an article detailing to which of these places I had already been at the time.

Today I decided to revisit that list and travel around town to see a few of those I hadn’t been to before. Pictures from today’s trip are at the end of this post. I’ve also created the hashtag #111DüsseldorferOrte on Instagram to tag pictures I take whenever I visit a place from the list.

Below is the list where I have marked all the places that as of 07-Nov-2016

  1. I have seen: 75 (up from 46 in 2011),
  2. I know or have at least heard of but haven’t seen: 17 (down from 24 in 2011),
  3. I have only read about in the book: 19 (down from 41 in 2011).
1 Ackerstraße Been there
2 Alte Golzheimer Friedhof Been there
3 Apsis von St. Margareta Know of
4 Aschlökchen Know of
5 Atelierhaus Walzwerkstraße Never heard of
6 Berger Kirche Been there
7 Bilker Sternwarte Been there
8 Blumenlädchen am Barbarossaplatz Been there
9 Blutkapelle Never heard of
10 Bolkerstraße Been there
11 Bootshafen am Unterbacher See Know of
12 Botanischer Garten Been there
13 Burghof-Mauer Been there
14 Carlsplatz Been there
15 Carsch-Haus Been there
16 Düsseldorfer Malerschule im museum kunst palast Been there
17 Düsselquelle Know of
18 Ecke Tußmann- und Moltkestraße Been there
19 Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße Been there
20 Ende der Zollstraße Been there
21 Engländerwiese Been there
22 Esskastanienallee Been there
23 Fähre nach Zons Been there
24 Filmmuseum und die Black Box Been there
25 Flinger Broich Know of
26 Frauensteine Never heard of
27 Fußgängerbrücke im Medienhafen Been there
28 Galerie Simonis Never heard of
29 GAP 15 Been there
30 Gehry-Bauten Been there
31 Gnadenauge der Maxkirche Never heard of
32 Goethe-Museum im Schloss Jägerhof Been there
33 Goldene Brücke im Hofgarten Been there
34 Grabbeplatz Been there
35 Grabmal Wilhelm des Reichen Been there
36 Greifweg Never heard of
37 Hand von St. Suitbertus Been there
38 Haus der Ey Been there
39 Haus Zum Neuen Schelfisch Never heard of
40 Heine Haus Been there
41 Hetjens-Museum Been there
42 Am Heyebad Know of
43 Himmelgeister Kastanie Been there
44 Hungerturm Been there
45 Hunsrückstraße 16 Know of
46 Internationale Bushaltestelle Been there
47 Japan Store Never heard of
48 “Junges Rheinland” im Stadtmuseum Never heard of
49 K20 Been there
50 K21 Been there
51 Kaiserpfalz Been there
52 Kaiserswerther Deich Been there
53 Karlrobert-Kreiten-Stolperstein Know of
54 Killepitsch-Stube Know of
55 KIT Been there
56 Kölner Straße Been there
57 Konrad Fischer Galerie Know of
58 Konsortium Never heard of
59 Kreuzherreneck Know of
60 Kreuzstation am Lindenplatz Been there
61 Kunstakademie Know of
62 Kunsthalle Been there
63 Lantz’scher Park Been there
64 Lassalle-Gedächtnisstätte Been there
65 Malkasten-Park Know of
66 marokkanische Viertel Know of
67 Mausoleum in der Andreaskirche Been there
68 Münstertherme Been there
69 Napoleonsecke im Schiffchen Never heard of
70 Neandertal Been there
71 Nitribitt-Grab Never heard of
72 NRW-Forum im Ehrenhof Been there
73 Oberbilker Markt Been there
74 Park am Spee’schen Graben Been there
75 Rahmenmuseum Been there
76 Ratinger Straße Been there
77 Ratinger Tor Been there
78 Raum 20 Never heard of
79 Reeser Platz Been there
80 Reinraum Never heard of
81 Reiterstandbild auf dem Marktplatz Been there
82 Rheinuferpromenade Been there
83 Rheinwiesen Been there
84 Rochuskirche Been there
85 Salon des Amateurs Know of
86 Schloss in Benrath Been there
87 Schloss Mickeln Been there
88 Schlosstreppe Been there
89 Schlossturm Been there
90 Schöne Aussicht Been there
91 Schwanenmarkt Been there
92 Schwarzwald-Christel Never heard of
93 Seufzer-Allee im Hofgarten Been there
94 Siedlung Freie Erde im Eller Forst Never heard of
95 Souterrain im Cafè Muggel Been there
96 Stadterhebungsmonument Been there
97 Stindermühle Never heard of
98 Stoffler Kapellchen Never heard of
99 Stresemannplatz Been there
100 Tausendfüßler Been there
101 Trödelmarkt am Aachener Platz Been there
102 Uerige Know of
103 Urdenbacher Kämpe Been there
104 Volksgarten Been there
105 Volkshaus Been there
106 Yede-Gör Been there
107 zakk Know of
108 ZERO-Atelier Never heard of
109 Zicke Been there
110 Zoo Been there
111 Zwischen Luegplatz und Belsenplatz Been there

One of the stranger places on the list is Reeser Platz which is this huge square that is unused except it has on one side a memorial erected by the Nazis in 1939 glorifying soldiers and the wars they went off to fight in.

Reeser Platz (2)

Reeser Platz (1)

Not a whole lot of traffic this morning.

Leere Straße

Lantz’scher Park, with its old trees, numerous sculptures and well-designed lines of sight would would be a beautiful place to relax, if it wasn’t for the thunder of planes every two minutes to and from Düsseldorf airport.

Lantz'scher Park Klein

Kapelle Lantz'scher Park

Passing the by Kaiserpfalz in Kaiserswerth.

An der Kaiserpfalz Klein

Schloss Kalkum reflecting in its water-filled moat.

Schloss Kalkum