The Office

The red canopy #

Travel and work: sometimes compatible, sometimes not.

Balance. (A good coffee, croissant au beurre and a killer view can tide you over an intensive project. Tried and true.)

On their blog Signal vs. Noise, 37signals wrote about empathy here and here. (The comments on the second post are also worth reading.) Interacting with clients is a necessary aspect of independent contracting. Empathy is a skill—37signals describes it as such, to which I wholeheartedly agree—and learning it, and using it, is crucial to client relationships. Graphic design is a service-based industry, after all….


Spring! #

Munich was the third stop in the Bavarian tour. I had been here on a day trip years ago, to see Albrecht Dürer’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in the Alte Pinakothek. This time around, I had lots of time to wander. Spring is a glorious time; leaves are sprouting and sometimes there are early flowers, like these on a chestnut tree in the Viktualienmarkt.

Gargoyles galore #

The apartment was just a few steps away from the market and the Marienplatz. Given that I had only a few days, I decided to concentrate on the Innen Altstadt (the city center). (Next time the BMW Factory Tour!) In the morning, the interplay of light and shadow among the many spires and statues and gargoyles of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is absolutely beautiful. A Glockenspiel captivated the plaza with its animation, and a street performer entertained a friend with stories of rich Saudi Arabians in the summertime.

Odeonsplatz #

The Temple of Diana#

The Odeonsplatz is another big square, a popular meeting place for tourists, tour groups, and locals alike. A Baroque cathedral, the Theatinerkiche just to the right of the Feldherrenhalle (Field Marshall Hall) was another main attraction. Directly across the Odeonsplatz was the Hofgarten, a large square that on this sunny day was the perfect location for painting (and dozing on the grass).

Strikeria! #

I arranged to meet my friend Adriana, who has lived in Munich for 8 years now. Her German is excellent, to my ears at least! (Here’s a picture of us in Twist Collective’s blog; unfortunately my mouth was filled with macaron, lol.) We took the tram to Strickeria, where we put our (knit) finishing skills to use. A bit of back story: Football club Bayern München had won the national championship and were set to play Dortmund Borussia for the Champions League title. Local radio station Bayern 3 sent out a call for knitted squares—red and white—to be sent in to create the “World’s Longest Fan Scarf”. Boxes and boxes of the squares were then brought over to Strickeria, and we happened to be there when Bayern 3 filmed one of their segments. We set to work; at the time there were three massive rolls of knitted scarf and the deadline loomed: threee days to go! Pathetic me only managed to finish a meter-long segment; the resulting scarf was 1.6 kilometers long!

Special thanks to Adriana for guiding us all over town on such short notice, and for feeding my fabric and yarn stash!

More photos can be found in 2013.06.15 München, part of the Europe 2013 collection.


Regensburg #

Pretty, pretty Regensburg! Like most European cities, it’s meant for walking. A lot of walking, but there was so much to look at, and take photos of (buildings and inhabitants both). We crossed the Steinernen Brücke (Stone Bridge; to the right, above) and found this view on Stadtamhof, away from the crowds. There was a *perfect* spot to nap in the sun while a friend painted.

Regensburg #

The Dom (St. Peter’s Cathedral), in early evening light. It’s gorgeous inside and out; Gothic is an impressive architectural style. That medieval craftsmen were able to erect such high structures by hand is mindblowing…

Regensburg #

Light filters through colored glass windows, offering a peek into the Justice Courtyard. There were many such nooks and crannies in the city. I’ve lost all inhibition regarding going into public/private spaces, unless someone stops me, I’ll just go in! (I guess one can forgive the American tourist with her running shoes and camera…)

Regensburg #

At the Haidplatz, people (and dog) watching. I love sitting out at plazas, drinking or eating, and watching the locals. Or tourists. On sunny days like this, the plaza was filled with people, groups of children on class tours, tourists of all sorts.


Interior of Basilika Sanktemmeram (St. Emmeram’s church). Once again, fabulously in all its golden Baroque glory.

(English versions of all Germanic names are in parentheses.) The city of Regensburg, located between Nürnberg (Nuremberg) and München (Munich) on the Donau (Danube) river, is filled with great history. Bavarian tribes lived in what would become the Roman Empire’s northernmost legionary camp, Castra Regina, under Marcus Aurelius. It was at one point Charlemagne’s seat of power, and its prime location on the major waterway between Eastern and Western made Regensburg the axis of travel to and from all parts of Europe. Wood huts gave way to stone buildings during the Middle Ages, most of which were preserved. Regensburg is also home to the Princes of Thurn und Taxis (founders of the modern postal system). Centuries of decline followed, ending briefly with the founding of the Messerschmidt factory during WWII, and permanently with the founding of the university in 1967.

More photos can be found in 2013.05.11 Regensburg, part of the Europe 2013 collection.

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