as this afternoon's daily thunderstorm rolls in, the sky darkens and rain falls. it's not as long or intense as last night's, when bright flashes of lightning pierced the curtains and cracks of thunder echoed through the open window. yes, i got up and unplugged the modem and computer! but today's seems to be clearing already, after only about 20 minutes.
i've come to know that thunderstorms are typical summer weather in munich, as they are also in brisbane (which is quite strange, since brisbane is a coastal tropical city while munich is near the mountains in the centre of a landmass, but no doubt there's a scientific explanation for it). it's a bit annoying, as summer is also the time of many street festivals and other fun outdoor activities such as bike rides and trips to the lake, which thunderstorms can put a real damper on. however, the bavarians don't let a bit of rain hold them back. the last 2 saturdays have seen street festivals in our neighbourhood, and we've been walking in the mountains and lake swimming and bike riding.
i've also managed to see quite a few bands this summer, including some from new zealand. at munich's bi-annual tollwood festival andy and i saw morcheeba one night and fat freddy's drop the next (supported by the very talented yarah bravo). A few days later it was the CSD and the fabulous Prinzessin Hans graced the big stage in marienplatz. as if all of this wasn't enough, the next week i trekked up to berlin by bus to see the chills in a sort of teenage nostalgia trip with a long-lost friend from my mispent early youth.
sarah catches up with martin phillips after the gig
growing up in dunedin in the early 1980s as i did, the band scene was my social and cultural world. the first time i saw the chills play was at lunchtime concerts in our school auditorium, and if i remember correctly the verlaines and the same and other bands (including one that i was in) also played. at the weekends we went to concerts at maori hill's coronation hall (conveniently just up the road from where we lived) and other suburban community halls, or at the university, and as we got older and braver we went to the pubs to hear them and to play ourselves. the clean, bored games, the bats, sneaky feelings, and more - it was a pretty remarkable scene (books have been written) but at the time for us locals, it was just what was happening; and it was very good. so good that many of these bands continue 30 years on, like the chills. it was a great blast from the past (even if they didn't play my favourite, "kaleidescope world").
and tomorrow, i'm off to spain for the eclectic tech carnival: transhackfeminism!, hosted by calafou, a post-capitalist colony in a former factory, somewhere an hour or so away from barcelona. i'm anticipating an intense time - both in terms of the heat and the people. there'll be many of the /etc regulars, who are always great to spend time with, plus i'm looking forward to meeting the people of the community and seeing how it works. on friday i'll lead an UpStage workshop and we will develop media for a transhackfeminist UpStage jam on sunday (or saturday - the programme is a bit flexible still).