Bridges

It seems to my that Newcastle Upon Tyne is know in part for it’s football team, and even more for its fans. But then it is also known for its bridges. Didn’t they make it onto the 1 pound coins?

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Tyne Bridge

I lived in Newcastle for 2 years, then I went to Poland and came back for a semester (of which I actually spend most of the time in the south of France) to finish my Bachelors degree. Now it has been 5 years since I have not been back.

During my time in Newcastle I attended many concerts, and wrote a whole lot of reviews (not for every concert I went to, I did have to study a bit too after all) I had the chance to interview quite a few bands, and was a very active member of the student radio station. In my first year I hosted one radio show, and then in the second year hosted two, was head of music and was busy conversing with record labels and band managers.

Once I went to a game of Newcastle United, which definitely is an experience. Did you know that you have to keep the score yourself?!

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Millenium Bridge with the Baltic Museum in Gateshead in the background

Even though I was quite active, I must confess that I took my time before starting to explore the Toon to truly discover its soul. Well once I did, I was on fire, and took a lot of pictures, of which some have been lost, and others are still cherished and hopefully safe. In my second year I discovered that the beach was accessible by metro! I did a crazy photoshoot at Hadrian’s Wall wearing fairy wings, but never saw the outcome. I somehow managed to not see the angel of the north.

And then I started going on exploring trips all by myself. I wandered through the non-student areas of town. Posh office districts, that had facades that reminded me of Paris. Steep streets and many hidden gems to photograph. Walks by the Tyne river, made me awe at the beauty of this deindustrialized city.

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Tyne Bridge and Newcastle’s other bridges

Today, I want to share with you some long forgotten pictures I took of the Tyne Bridge, the Millennium Bridge (I no longer remembered that it could flip to let ships pass), and the other bridges which span across the Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead.

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Millenium Bridge flipped, with the Sage at Gateshead and the Tyne Bridge in the background

I would like to thank both Ula and Gulara to have nominated me to participate in the Five Photos Five Stories Challenge. I met Ula through the A to Z Challenge, and then met Gulara through Ula where she was a guest. I would like to invite you to check out both blogs, which are truly inspiring and beautiful.

This challenge has pushed me to rummage through my old photos, start properly backing up my pictures, and write a little bit every day. It has also helped me reflect on what I want to do personally and professionally.

Today, marks my firth entry into the challenge, at the beginning, I said that I might do it twice, thus for 10 days. Now having already skipped a day, I have had a change in plans. I want to share old photographs and their stories every once in a while.

Text and photos (hosted on flickr) by Solveig Werner


Now, like the last few days, I am meant to nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the five photos, five stories challenge, but so many of the bloggers I follow and appreciate reading, have already joined. Thus today I would like the nomination to be open. Let me tell you, do it! It makes you explore so many different things.


The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance

Remembering New York

In certain ways New York is like Paris.
Both cities make people dream.
We want to visit and discover them.

I discovered New York for the first time in 2000, we had been living in the US for a month and accompanied my uncle and his wife on their honeymoon trip to New York (they spend their honeymoon with us and New York was one of the excursions). This was one of many trips to the Big Apple. On this very first trip we “claimed” the World Trade Center and enjoyed the view.

Over the years, many day and weekend trips would follow. I remember walking for hours (Paris is so small in comparison), ice-skating in central park and in front of the Rockefeller Center, having dinner in a very good Italian restaurant, being very cold in the winter, and very hot in the summer. I remember receiving a compliment for my skirt in a posh store. I remember “climbing” the Empire State Building in the day, at night, in the rain, in the sun. I remember taking taxis that felt like riding a marshmallow. I remember getting my makeup done and feeling like a princess for the whole night.

In the summer of 2001, I went to New York twice. One visit was in the beginning of September, just before the school year started. I don’t really recall the trip. But I remember that we took the ferry from Staten Island. Which gave me an amazing view of the City’s skyline! New York is great to photograph (something that my rummaging through old photos tells me), that I took another picture of the twin towers from behind, probably from the Empire State Building.

A few weeks later I had already forgotten about the pictures, so many things had happened. I was in shock about the recent events in New York. I was in shock regarding the fact that I had been in New York only a few days before the attacks.

One day my mother brought home my pictures. They were developed on the 8th of September 2001, and showed New York’s skyline as it no longer was.

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New York early September 2001
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In New York early September 2001

I would like to thank both Ula and Gulara for asking me to participate in the Five Photos Five Stories challenge. Please do check out both of their amazing blogs.

This challenge (even though I did not post yesterday) has been a great one so far, thus I am going to invite Evelyne to participate. Not so long ago she posted a lovely story about New York herself. Her New York post was the reason why I thought of these pictures.

Text and photos (hosted on flickr) by Solveig Werner


The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!

The giant hamster

When I was little I had a mouse, a white one. How I came to be the owner of Fridolin is a story on its own. He didn’t stay with us for long as he was a smelly fellow (he was always in the mating mood), he had a whole room to himself. Then I had Frida, a female white mouse, who was lovely, always a bit scared and not the adventurous type. When she died, I was devastated.

For months I tried to convince my mother to let me have a hamster. I went to the local pet store all the time to look at the hamsters. And then one day, they had a litter of 4. I came back every day I think. Once they were old enough to be separated from their mother, I managed to somehow convince my mom to let me have a young hamster.

It was a Saturday, I took home a beautiful silver gray hamster with black eyes (there must be a picture of him somewhere, I just don’t know where). In the litter they had been two with silver gray fur, which I was told was rare. Just there was a small problem, what should I call the little fellow? For some reason we went for Samstag, which means Saturday in German.

Samstag was an adventurous hamster. He took an airplane across the atlantic with a service called “pet air”. I don’t think that my mother imagined that having a hamster would be such a huge budget. We retrieved him in the Cargo terminal at Philadelphia’s International airport, which went for hours. But we had a great laugh, as the guy who was meant to get Samstag, used a forklift to do so. He came back with Samstag inside his cat travel cage on his lap (they did not trust the hamster friendly travel cage we had brought ourselves, and made us purchase a cat travel cage).

Samstag was a runner, his wheel was big and had to be oiled well, after all he was working out all night long in my bedroom. He didn’t live to move back to Europe, he was buried in the flower bed surrounding the back porch of the house we lived in.

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Years later, whilst living in Lille with S, we liked to go to the local Zoo. Lille has the only free Zoo in France. And you can see some cool animals there, such as Kookaburras, Zebras, a fishing cat (a cat that likes water and swims…), snow owls (yes, like Hedwig). The snow owls even had babies one year. And then there were these giant hamsters or guinea pigs. First time that I saw them I could not believe my eyes, I was seeing a giant Samstag. Turns out that in Lille’s zoo they had some Capybaras. Capybaras are the worlds largest rodents. I so wanted to take one home, but I think that my apartment would have been trashed in no time. From my point of view, they were so cute and cuddly, their utter laziness did probably help.

Here are some photos (which I am hosting on flickr) that I took of the Capybaras, the quality of the photos isn’t the best, but that was with my iPhone 3GS.

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I was kindly nominated by Ula and Gulara to participate in the Five Photos Five Stories Challenge, thank you. I really recommend that you check out both blogs if you have not done so yet. I met Ula through the A to Z challenge, and she hosts a wonderful series called Monday Inspirations, thanks to this series I got acquainted with Gulara.

I recommend that you read this post by Gulara, and this post by Ula.

Now I would like to invite the guinea pigs of George’s Guinea Pig World to participate. They sprang to mind as I often enjoyed their posts during the A to Z challenge, and as todays pictures are all about rodents. I must admit, I only hit the follow button over there today. But better late than never.


The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!

Comic art

IMG_3478IMG_3709 Today, I would like to share with you some old paintings I did. These are soon going to be 7 years old. The first picture is a painting I did of Tintin, hardcore Tintin fans will notice that I have taken the liberty to change the shape of the champagne bottle. At the time I did not even know Tintin, and now I have the whole collection… The Tintin picture was in a way commissioned. A friend of mine was in a band, and they wanted to do a Tintin themed concert, as the singer loved Tintin. Well in the end, it was the only Tintin decoration that they had. At the gig I even read out loud some poetry, which was a first for me. One of the poems I read was I carry your heart with me by E.E. Cummings, no one knew it but it was the one everyone enjoyed the most.  The second painting is one I did of Calvin & Hobbes, but that’s obvious isn’t it? I think that I still have it somewhere. I think it was done in a moment of not wanting to study. Today, it reminds me that I have been so lazy to when it comes to expressing myself through paining and drawing.  Around the same time I did a painting of Spiderman, but that one I didn’t think of photographing. It was a present for a friend, and maybe it is still decorating her home? 


I would like to thank Gulara and Ula for nominating me for the Five Photos Five Stories Challenge. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned why Ula decided to nominate me. Today, I decided to share some art with you as Gulara nominated me as my recent post on art had inspired her. Speaking of art, I would like to nominate Trista


The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are: 1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days. 2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual. 3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!


(I hosted the pictures on flickr)    

Two old ladies

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This is one of my favourite photographs. It is going to be six years old in November, and even though I did not have a look at it in a very long time, I always managed to visualise it quite clearly.

During my Erasmus exchange in Krakow, Poland from September 2009 to February 2010, I always had my camera with me. It still exists, but does it work? I don’t know. Back then it was already an old digital camera, but the quality of the photos was satisfying enough for my needs.

This photograph, tells so many stories, is right in imagery. And then again, only show something very simple. Two old ladies on their way home from grocery shopping. I am longing to use it as a prompt, to come up with a story. But for now it is just a photograph.

I tool this photo next to Wawel Castle, on my way home, maybe from a lesson, that I do not remember. I just remember that I saw those two ladies and knew that I should capture the sight. I am happy to finally have the occasion to share it!


I would like to thank Ula and Gulara for nominating me to participate in the 5 days, 5 photos challenge. As I have received 2 back to back nominations, I might go for a double challenge. Make sure that you do check out both of their lovely blogs!

Ula nominated me as she posted a picture of Versailles and saw it fit for me to take up the challenge as I live in France. In return I decided to post a photo that I took in Poland, the country where Ula currently lives. And well Gulara’s nomination is linked to a different theme.

I would like to nominate my blogging friend Lrod, who always posts beautiful pictures, but has been a bit quiet lately, and this might be a good way to get back into the mood 🙂


The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!