I think there was a picture of their home...I will find it...It's on Slovene forum of TH
Edit: Sorry, girl, I've removed the pics. As Liz said in her post above and all of us mods agree there, we don't want anybody to post any pics of the band's private homes or pics that invade the private lives of their families. We hope everybody understands and respects this. Thanks.
Volksstimme reported recently how Gustav donated blood to support the "blood bet" of Magdeburg's handball team "Gladiators". Gustav said he'd be a big fan of the team and wanted to show that he sticks by his town and especially the SCM (the handball team). There's a translation of the article on the official UK forum if you want to have a look.
Anyway, I thought I'd add a very random pic of the tickets of the matches I've been to more than five years ago. Yeah, I have useless stuff like this still lying around (I had such a good time ;D) and yes, I even brought it to England with me when I moved here.
Coolies... Magdeburg looks really nice...it's got more stuff than where I live, so I doubt I'd find it a small town, more like a huge place I could get lost in! Anyway, enough rambling... Really cool pictures Susi! Thank you for sharing them xx
When I was home for Christmas I also met with a few of my friends in Magdeburg and I thought I'd take some pics for our thread on here. We spent most of the time chatting, drinking and eating so I didn't really get to go around and see places. Therefore I only got a few pictures and because it got dark early they're mostly "night" pictures.
My best friend, Gaby, her husband and me took the train to Magdeburg. When I lived in Magdeburg I always took the car so I liked taking the train again because the last time I did that was eight years ago. I enjoy watching the area and places from that point of view for a change again. Surely I don't enjoy taking the train for the lovely, friendly service! I'm actually convinced it's part of the employee's training "How not to smile!". I didn't see one friendly face on any of my train journeys during my time at home. E.g. I took the train on Xmas Day to see my grandma, it takes 10 minutes and is a fare of 3 Euros and I didn't hear a "Merry Xmas" from the lovely lady that checked the tickets but a rather rude "What did you do to the ticket?!". Having had no idea what she was on about I just looked at her and she went into a 2 minute ramble about how half the ticket would be missing and what I would've had done with it. *cough* I just took it out of the machine like that, sorry, to disappoint and that in fact I was not carrying a paper guillotine around with me to neatly remove the bottom half of my train ticket. *cough* Except of a short "Must have been a machine error." I just sat and observed her quietly while she was having a discussion with herself (by all means, I did not feel responsible for the situation and if she'd indeed decided to charge me again, which was possible, believe me, I would've given her a piece of my mind) she generously came to the conclusion of "Ah well, I let it slide." and walked away. German customer service can be such a joy.
Anyway, the journey to Magdeburg was partly a bit sad. I still remember the days when train stations were lively and social meeting points, these days almost all of them are boarded up and often surrounded by houses that fall to pieces. It can be frustrating to just see the villages and little towns dying. Personally I can see some beauty in fading and broken down timbered houses but that's really just personal nostalgia because it reminds me of my great-grandma. Surely it can't be too nice seeing it every day or as a tourist. I mean something like this (which is not in Magdeburg just an example for a building... it was dark already so sorry for the quality):
Whereas I don't think Magdeburg is a bad place I can relate to the frustration about the area that might creep up from time to time. When I met my friends and we were chatting even there and then, it was a topic again that none of them would have ever wanted to be stuck in Magdeburg forever. Though I believe Bill tends to be a bit harsh when he slags off Magdeburg and surroundings I still get what it must've been like having had their ambitions.
Random: Magdeburg's mayor's last name is Trümper.
Anyway, enough rambling. Picture time.
I put some numbers on that aerial picture to give you a better idea. The little stars are where I took the pictures from. Starting point is, oh surprise, number 1, the central station. There's a pic in my start post and it pretty much looks the same. No changes. As my friends and I moved along (from the first to the second star), crossing the tram rails somebody dropped and smashed a beer bottle some metres behind us and Gaby just went "*sigh* Welcome back to Magdeburg." The McDonalds next to the station building was always a place where youths would gather and ask for your change when you left. I guess that hasn't changed much either.
Ok, leaving the station building, looking to the left (and taken from star 1) is the Cinemaxx cinema (2). *aww* I wish I would've had the time to go inside and watch a film.
Crossing the tram rails, looking straight ahead there is the City Carré shopping centre (3). (I found one copy of Zimmer 483 there.)
As I mentioned before there are often little exhibitions etc inside the shopping centres. For Christmas time they had fairy tale themed pieces. This one is Hänsel and Gretel. I had to take a picture because I loved the squirrel (next to Gretel). It looked funny. And *lol* at her hair appearing to come out of her mouth. The other pic is of the witch and you can see parts of Hänsel in the cage. Both looked all smiley and happy... and her bird looked drunk. *lol* (4)
Christmas tree in the middle of City Carré. (5)
Getting out of the main side entrance we had to cross the street to get to the Palazzo where we were meeting. I walked a bit to the right to take a pic (the crossing for the street is right at the corner). So to the right you see the Palazzo (6) and some sad-looking flowers. To the left you can see a row of buildings (7). I like those kind of buildungs and there's quite a few around the city centre. Btw, that crossing... the duration of the green phase is a joke! We always laugh about it. It is not possible to cross the street before the light turns red (unless you run maybe but it's a wide street and a busy crossing so there's too many people to really go for it). The cables you can see in many pictures belong to the tram system.
My friends and I spent 4 - 5 hours inside the Palazzo and had a good time and lovely food. *yummy* After that Gaby's husband wanted to go to the Allee-Center which is the biggest shopping centre in the city centre and I also wanted to go to stock up on German CDs and DVDs so off we went. (I also checked for Tokio Hotel CDs but there was not a single copy.) It started to get dark already.
Out of the Palazzo, turning right and walking up the little way in between the trees, towards the big fountain (I'll get back to that later) with the Alex on its left. Then walking straight ahead, turning left (towards 11) and crossing the street from there because the Allee-Center is on the other side. The tram is running in the middle here with one car lane to each side, so you have to watch all them while crossing. In front of the Allee-Center I took two pics in each direction. Having the shopping centre in the my back, looking left (8) and right (9) where the Christmas market was. There's more shops along the road, both directions.
Inside the shopping centre they've added another floor (the basement) so it has got three now and in the centre where there's usually water fountains was this massive Christmas tree (10). Looking up from the basement floor you barely saw any green for all those huge decorations but it looked lovely. Generally, the Allee-Center was as crowded as I remembered it. Sooo many people, it was hard to move along sometimes. Some things never seem to change. ;D
Back outside again, I took another picture from across the street (11 being the point I was standing not what the picture is of, that's not on the aerial pic). It's looking down the road in the same direction as (8) but from the other side, so you get to see a bit of the cathedral and the Hundertwasser-Haus (pictures of those are in the start post).
In the distance you can also see a tram approaching.
We walked back the same way. Funny shaped trees next to the big fountain. It's a bit blurry and dark, sorry. (12)
View towards the Alex from the litte way with the big fountain in front of it (13). Alex was mentioned in Iss. 2 of Monsun fanzine in the "Germany for Dummies" article. The fountain is empty during winter (not counting the numerous broken bottles people threw inside). It may look like the statue was in the middle of the fountain but it's not. It's standing on the little wall.
Turning towards one of the main streets again, looking over the "green". (14)
As we were walking back my friends stopped at an advertising column to look at a city map of Magdeburg because one of my friends was driving by car. (15)
WOW it looks so beautiful <3 i rele rele rele want to go to germany!!! :@ damn my brother for not taking me?!?! he always goes around christmas time to see his dad and he KNOWS how much i love Germany <3 i have to say i HATE English culture ( or what little 'culture' we seem to have) and have saved for years to go there for a few years ^^ ...
Man im SO jealous.. the pics are absolutley awesome and look like germany was as amazing as ever ^^
its made me even more excited bout going in Febuary
i would actually donate a kidney or something to have been there ^^ hope you had an awesome time
....gosh i say awesome wayyyyy too much :S
Das Beste daran eine Schwester zu haben, ist immer eine Freundin zu haben.
That looks absolutely amazing, which makes me want to visit germany more. I adore looking at the architecture of those art deco buildings, *erk* thats colleges fault that I sound like such a nub. I love towns with a history behind them, TH coming from there is enough though I really like that cathedral too 0_0 mah, I should stop looking at them, first stop though, would be a tram ride Glad you had fun though best your itching to go back everytime you look at this thread though <3