Virtual Dinner in Jena

This week I am conducting a virtual course in Jena, Germany, so I thought I would virtually eat dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the world. Like in most cases, virtually is just not the same. I can remember the food and atmosphere, but being there in person makes all the difference.

Stilbruch, Jena, Restauration StilbruchRestauration Stilbruch is in the Wagnergasse and is usually very full. On this trip back in August 2015 I was lucky and was able to get a table. Probably because it was a cold wet evening. It had rained for most of the day.

Birnen-Pfanne, Restauration Stilbruch, Jena, Wagnergasse

Of course I ordered the Birnen-Pfanne during this trip. This wonderful dish of potatoes, pears and pork is absolutely delicious. It is also a really nice comfort food for a cold wet day.

Empty pan, Birnen-Pfanne, Cafe Stilbruch, Jena, GermanyIt was so good, especially since I have not had it since I was there the previous year in October. It has been two and a half year now since I was last there during my last pre-pandemic trip.Jena, Tower, St. Michael's Church, Jena, GermanyAfter my nice dinner I headed back toward the street trains for my ride back to the hotel. I had stopped to take a picture of a tower that was over an entrance to the old walled city of Jena.

I can just imagine walking the streets of Jena on a beautiful night as I write this.Stadtkirche St. Michael, Jena, Germany, Martin LutherIn the last picture you could see the Stadtkirche St. Michael in the distance. Here is a closer look at the church. You can see a banner on the end of the building about Luther 2017.  The 500th anniversary of Luther posting his 95 Theses was rapidly approaching then.

This church building has some interesting connections to Martin Luther. Click on the link to find out about the connections.


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No Packing Formula

This week I am teaching a course in Germany. However, there is no packing formula to apply as I am teaching virtually.

Empty Suitcase, Packing, packing formula, Trip, TravelOf course, I would have started with an empty suitcase. I would have done laundry so most of the clothes that I planned to take would have been folded and ready to select. This week I just have to figure out what to wear in front of the camera.

100's, triple digit heat, temperatures, weatherOf course, another  major input to The Packing Formula would be to check the weather. No need to check the weather in Germany, but it is probably cooler than here. This is not the weather for here this week, but it will be similar this week and maybe a bit hotter.

Packing, Suitcase, Clifford the Big Red SuitcaseI would then apply the packing formula and determine what to take. My suitcase would have looked very similar to this if I were going to Germany instead of teaching from home.

I would also have tidied up my toiletry kit and dropped it in the suitcase and made sure that I had plenty of books tucked away in the suitcase. I am at home so have plenty to read here.

Clifford the Big Red Suitecase, Packing Formula, How to Pack a SuitcaseThe suitcase will soon be zipped up and be ready to load into the car  for the trip to the airport.

Germany, Regional Train, Weimar, Jena, TravelThe suitcase along with a small bag and backpack would then have been lugged through the airports and train stations as I made my way to Jena, Germany.

Now to figure out my sleep schedule for this week. I will be teaching all night long starting on Monday night.

Now to decide whether to stay up part of the night and sleep most of the day tomorrow, or to get a good night of sleep and sleep again on Tuesday.


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