~ Cardiff … ~

Da ich letztens mal wieder in Cardiff war – wie auch häufiger in nächster Zeit, denn ich arbeite dort – hab ich euch wieder ein paar Impressionen zu zeigen:

I have been in Cardiff again a couple of days ago – and will be there very often in the future for I work there. Here are some impressions to enjoy:

Und dann möchte ich euch noch auf die wunderbare Möglichkeit der kostenfreien Veranstaltungen aufmerksam machen, die es im Millenium Centre in Wales zu bestaunen gibt 🙂

Now I would like to remind you of the possibilities of free events at the Millenium Centre in Wales 🙂

Am 11.5. war ich bei dem Auftritt des Cardiff Blues Choir zu Gast, welcher unter der Leitung von Richard Vaughn die Möglichkeit des Auftritts nutzte, um für einen kommenden Wettbewerb zu üben. Da die Hallen des Centres eine gute Akkustik besitzen, war es für die Ohren ein sehr schönes Erlebnis und die anwesenden Zuschauer und Zuhörer dankten es den Sängern sowie dem musikalischen Leiter natürlich mit viel Applaus.

On May 11th I was lucky to be part of the audience of the Cardiff Blues Choir who used the opportunity of the fabulous acoustic of the Centre for practising for an upcoming competition. It was a pleasant event for the eyes and the ears and the audience was gratefully applauded the singers as well as the musical director of the choir.

Wer sich gern näher über den Chor informieren möchte, kann dies neben dem Besuch der Website auch auf dem eigenen Facebook – und Twitterprofil des Chores tun.

If you would like to stay informed about the choir you can not only take a look at the website – but also go to their facebook and twitter page.

Außerdem gibt es demnächst (wahrscheinlich morgen) auf meiner youtube-Seite einige Videoausschnitte vom Konzert zu sehen.

So maybe tomorrow you will be able to see some small snippets of the concert at my youtube-page.

Für Theaterliebhaber und Freunde der Fotografie gibt es – ebenfalls im Millenium Centre – derzeit (noch bis 8.Juni) eine Fotoausstellung mit dem Titel „Shooting Shakespeare“ zu betrachten.

For the lovers of theatre and friends of fotography – in the Millenium Centre you can also take a look at an exhibition with the title „Shooting Shakespeare“.

Enjoy 🙂

Für was auch immer ihr euch entscheidet – einen genauen Blick ist dieser Bau auf jeden Fall wert:

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~ A short trip to Cardiff ~

So, today the first entry in the English Language during my stay here in Wales.

As we are all good students we enjoyed a short trip to the capital of Wales: Cardiff. For me it was the first time of being there – and I like the city quite well 🙂

It’s situated by the sea, has a great stadium (which I will be visiting during my stay), the Millenium Center (also a thing to put on the list) and also every shopping-opportunity you can think of.

But let’s just start at the beginning of the day:

We met at 09:40 am and took the bus to Cardiff Bay. There we went to the Cardiff Bay Tourist Information Centre which is located in the foyer of the Millenium Center. There we had a quick introduction via a short movie in the history and the development of the area of Cardiff Bay. Really Interesting 🙂

Did you know that this area was formerly known as „Tiger Bay“?

Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Cardiff, Millenium Centre

The architecture of the Millenium Centre is quite interesting. It’s built of welsh material (106 million pound) and opened for the public at the end of 2004. Jonathan Adams designed it and made his first thoughts with pen on paper in 1998.

Actually all the letters of the writing on the front are windows.

A bilingual poem
A bilingual poem

And – speaking of the letters – it’s a poem, written by Gwyneth Lewis, who is a National Poet of Wales.

Do you know the meaning of the poem?

„In these stones horizons sing,

Creating truth like glass from inspiration’s furnace.“

Here’s what the writer said about it:
“I wrote the words to reflect the cultural ambition of the Centre. They draw both on Wales’s industrial past and the institution’s location in Cardiff Bay, once the greatest coal port in the world.”

(source: http://www.welshholidaycottages.com/wales/theatre-millenium.htm) 

Torchwood Fans: Take a look for the entry ;-)
Torchwood Fans: Take a look for the entry 😉

Another interesting place we visited today was the Assembly of Wales.

We had to go through security-check and then had the opportunity to have a guided tour which answered a lot of our questions.

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There are also exhibitions on different things going on

We get to know who designed the architecture of the house (Richard Rogers), and that there are more female politicians than male ones in the age range between the late 20s up to the age of nearly 80.

In 1999 Wales decided on having an Assembly and this building exists since 2006.

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Really interesting facts to get to know…

Have you heard of the mace? In german it’s called „Amtsstab“ and it’s a symbol of the queen so the assembly can make decisions without her being there.

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The mace

The Wales Assembly has a lot of areas in which laws can be made, i.e. Culture, Environment, Food, Health & Health services, Social welfare, Tourism or the Welsh Language.

The Assembly has a lot of free spaces and has achieved a low ecological impact by using geothermal heat exchange and collecting the rain water in pipes for example.

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The Architecture is meant to symbolize a tree

 

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Here’s where the meetings and votings take place
Interesting forms symbolizing waves and making the space appear more open
Interesting forms symbolizing waves and making the space appear more open
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Everything was explained nicely by our guide Lowri – and we were listening

Afterwards we went for lunch and then our group split.

Tomorrow I think we are going to talk a little bit about our experiences and the questions we were supposed to answer 🙂

Say goodbye for now to the symbol of Wales - the Red Dragon
Say goodbye for now to the symbol of Wales – the Red Dragon