Please don’t sing that song, that we all can sing along

Some memories of the Paul McCartney concert yesterday at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. It’s his Out-There-Tour and it sure was a blast, of some kind. But I don’t need to see the biggest Beatles-Cover-Band featuring Paul McCartney. I don’t have the urgent want to sing “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” or “Hey Jude” in a drunken beer-mood. I want the real thing. I want to see a brilliant musician at work. Not an entertainer, celebrating his Greatest Hits over and over again. There should be more to it. And – I guess you can ask every real Beatles fan – there is.


A birthday.

It’s official – I entered my last year of my twenties! And I did with lots and lots of amazing presents, beautifull flowers and delicious food. Thank you all for the past amazing days, especially my ever patient and caring partner in crime. This birthday-girl wants some couch-time now, goodbye!

2011 – revisited.

Last year I made some resolutions for upcoming 2011. I guess it’s time to see how I did.

1) Draw more & more regularly. – I just counted my drawings in 2011: 14. In 2010 I did 12. So I can say that I drew more but I cannot really take pride in doing it more regularly.

2) Read more. – I guess I managed to live up to that resolution. I read nearly 6 books this year (good old Stephen Fry still lies unfinished on my night stand), which could be more but it’s okay for me.

3) Start photographing with my SLR again. – I really did that! The SLR joined us on holiday to Prague this year and I worked hard to get some good shots, even though my knowledge of SLR photographing is more than bad and I never managed to get the hang of it. I also promised lots and lots of photos on this blog, but they never showed. And that’s because I never developed them. For one part I’m a little bit anxious that the turnout may not be so good, for the other I photographed so much that it’s quite an investment to develop so many films. However I finally came to a conclusion: I guess my analog SLR and I will break up. It’s not that we didn’t try and it surely isn’t her – it’s just me. I just can’t seem to press the right buttons of hers at the right time and her mind-numbing patience with that analog films really freak me out. So, thanks for the great times we had, but I guess it’s time to face the truth.

4) Get focused. – This isn’t something I can really verify here but I kind of feel a lot more focused than in 2010 so I guess this is done. It always could be better of course, but nobody’s perfect.

5) Stay fit. – Well… I managed this quite okay in the first half of 2011 but the second half wasn’t to good concerning fitness. But, I’m back on the saddle and I’m quite strong-willed.

6) Travel a lot more than 2010. – 2011 wasn’t the biggest year in traveling, but we went to Prague. And that’s one vacation more than in 2010. This doesn’t really blow my mind and I could be happier about it, but on the other hand I got 2012 in front of me and an amazing 3 week journey to America! So never mind…

And for the rest – here are some more facts about my 2011:

And last but not least, some things I wish for in 2012:

Just married.

Seventeen days ago my beloved partner in crime and I said “yes” forever.  And because it wasn’t only a day we will be remembering forever, but also there are lots and lots of amazing photos I want to share it with you.

Holidays – Part ONE.

Finally I’m back with the first patch of photos of our Germany/Prague-Holiday-Trip. I was quite busy during the vacation and made lots and lots of photos and also some drawings. First, a set of iPhone shots. My dear partner in crime and I had a fabulous time and enjoyed our trip very much… ahhh… we almost stayed in Prague… ;)

There are also some more on my Flickr account here. And there will be more soon – promise!

That’s the plan.

Okay, the idea so far: My lovely partner in crime and I are going on holiday! And we’re quite giddy about it, because it has been some time since our last real holiday trip. First some days in Germany to meet with my partners family and then we head down south again to visit the surely beautiful city of Prague.

I must admit, I don’t know much about Prague. Everyone says it’s beautiful. But strangely I don’t really have an idea about this old city. Of many other places, I’ve been before, I had a quite complete picture in my head. Like London for example with it’s many music-related sights or Amesterdam with it’s channels and flower markets. But Prague? Kafka comes to mind, Charles bridge and communism.

So the first thing to do was to buy Lonely Planet’s “Prague” edition and to find out some more. But even though I got a little better picture about the city it’s still like Prague’s metro plan in my head: A mix of street names, sights and some historical facts. For some time it felt lika a problem, that we don’t know as much about this city than about others we visited. But meanwhile I came to the conclusion, that this may be a great opportunity to discover it in a much more evenhanded way.

So, only two days of work and some time in Germany seperates us from our trip to Prague. And I set some goals for our trip:

  • Visit as many places as possible in Prague.
  • Keep a regular diary on this blog about our visit.
  • Make lots and lots of photos with my beloved and sadly for a long time ignored (and absolutely NOT DIGITAL!) SLR camera and put them on this blog.
  • And most important: Have a fabulous time!

So, you can be sure to hear much more real soon – until then: All the best, Mardou.

Instant grammar.

I love my Instagram.

Happy Sunday.

My Heat Map.

Above you see my foursquare heat map – looks like I’m spending really a lot of time in Vienna’s first district… ;) Made it with


© Manuela Heidenreich 2011 / Airplanes photo taken from here