August 2, 2017 by JT
Recommended Listening: Heartbeats
Sweeping off a layer of dust from this blog, and updating with some things I did a few weeks ago! To start off, on July 13th, I went to a concert (my first concert ever, can you even believe it) to see one of my favorite artists, Argentinian-Swedish singer-songwriter José González.
I saw him at the ZMF — Freiburg’s Zelt-Musik-Festival. Although I did spend sometime wandering around the grounds before I went in the giant Zirkuszelt (“circus tent,” in German), my time spent there was not as high-energy as the previously linked trailer might have you believe. It was very mellow (plus, I went alone, so there wasn’t too much to do aside from watching the concert).
Another act, Mogli opened for José González. She was really good, and I enjoyed her music! (video I took of Mogli performing can be found here) After she left, I spent a few minutes watching the crowd filter in (the tent got pretty full) and watching the stage crew set up for the concert. When José finally came on, I was really excited, but when he started to address the audience, everyone began cheering really loudly, so I couldn’t hear anything he said…
Anyway, more videos:
During the encore, he performed “Heartbeats,” and his cover of The Beatles’ “Blackbird.” My phone, however, refused to see reason (read here: ran out of space) so unfortunately I don’t have video of those performances.
The day after I went to the concert, I went to the tiny town of Triberg, which is only a couple train rides away from Freiburg (a little less than two hours total). We also stopped briefly in the city of Offenburg for a layover (I didn’t take pictures, but I would love to go back some day).
Most of you probably know the Schwarzwald as the Black Forest. The Black Forest is in the state of Baden-Württemberg (where I am), and is renowned for being the home of Schwarzwälder Schinken (Black Forest ham), Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake), and the inspiration for many of the stories written by the Brothers Grimm.
And now, a series of things:
and instead of putting seventeen links here, you can just browse the gallery of Schwarzwald pics that I’ve uploaded here!
The waterfall seen in both videos is part of the Triberger Wasserfälle (Triberg Waterfalls), which are not the highest waterfalls in Germany (apparently this is a common misconception), but they are among the highest waterfalls in Germany.
I have a couple more blog posts planned (if I don’t get lazy), and a couple more weeks left in Freiburg, so until then, bis später!