I had Wednesday off work this week; I still had a day left of holidays 2008, and if I don't use it by the end of March, it's gone. So we originally thought, Nick and me that is, thet we'll go to Düsseldorf and see some sights. However, Nick got ill and stayed in bed that day.
I had read about the craft fair Creativa on Ravelry, and it happened to start on the Wednesday. And when the weather decided to very sightseeing-unfriendly, I made up my mind and headed to the fair in Dortmund.
Look! I made a cheese cake last weekend! An American cheese cake! All on my own! See, I'm not the most experienced or best baker in the world, so I'm really happy that this came out edible.
As you can see from the second picture, the cake is really thin, but the base really thick. That was the only really unsuccessful thing with this cake - the base being too thick and therefore crumbling a lot.
Anyway, half the cake was gone in 30 minutes, so if not so pretty, it is at least tasty!
Finally I get back to my normal blogging rythm, I hope. Vacation and the Sudan project have taken up all my time lately - we spent 8 days over Christmas in Finland. I was so happy to meet my family and see some familiar surroundings. I like Essen, but one does get homesick from time to time! Here are some impressions from the trip.
First, the Helsinki harbour.
Picture number two is the Christmas tree at my Mum's.
Today we went to the "big wheel", the "Bellevue Riesenrad" at Essen centre. It was really expensive, 4,50 per person, but I would say it was worth it. The day was clear, the sun was slowly going down, and the wheel was really big! That means we could really see far away!
It's amazing how here, in the middle of Ruhrpott, you see city landscape everywhere: industry, buildings, and little strips of forest. You can clearly see that millions of people live in this area. But it's still beautiful.
I'm so late in posting this. We actually went there some weeks ago, but I just haven't gotten around to show you the lovely pictures.
Margaretenhöhe is a district in Essen, built around 1910-1920 and very very beautiful! There's a lovely park, where we went for a walk. These are photos from there. There was so many different kinds of leaves on the ground! I can't wait to see this park in the summer.
A few weeks back Nick planned a surprise for me and booked us places for the tour around the RWE tower, the highest buliding in the region. Take a look at the views from these panorama pics Nick made (tip: click on the title).
I had an interesting discussion with a collague today, he was telling me about a vegetarian couple he knows, and that their 5-year-old is also being raised vegetarian.
Then he went on to say that people (even this kid) should be able to decide what they eat. Apparently the parents deny this kid meat also during visits to granma's etc. My collague's main argument was that kids should't be denied this kind of thing, but let them decide themselves.
It's been so hot I haven't been knitting much. I am doing other stuff, however - worrying about the new job a bit (the employer's expectations are quite much higher than in Ireland), and visiting the local sights on weekends. Last weekend (sorry for not posting earlier - the job...) we went to Zeche Zollverein, the "most beautiful coal mine in the world" and an Unesco world heritage sight is just 20 minutes tram ride from Essen city centre. What a lovely, interesting, historical place it is!