Freiburg bike rental at freiburgbikes.de
This is our very bad experience with Fernando Schüber’s
Fahrradverleih in der Fahrradstation Freiburg am Hauptbahnhof freiburgbikes.de
Bike rental in the bike station Freiburg at the train station.
We book well in advance with deposit a 3 day rental of one bike with child seat + one bike with trailer bike (Add-Anhängerbike in german) in order to accommodate 2 adults and 2 children who can't currently cycle on their own.
When we get the bikes I notice that the one with child seat is ok but the one with the trailer bike looks extremely old and worn out, especially the tires. It is a mountain bike (instead of a city bike as agreed in a previous, painfully obtained, email) and it has no lights.
The gearbox is very stiff and the chain falls off many times. On the way back home I got a flat tire while I'm on a bike lane.
It's not punctured, it has "exploded" and there's a deep cut all through the tire. I notice that the rubber of the tire is very stiff and has lost flexibility. Not a dependable bike at all.
I start worrying for the next day trip, a 45 km trip to France: what if the whole family gets stuck far from the shop, in a different country?
So I go back to the shop and ask if they can please change the front tire as well, because the day before they gave me a bike with tires we cannot depend upon on lengthy road trip with kids.
They refused to change the front tire and changed only the blown tire.
They refused to give us a different solution (i.e. bike with child seat).
They refused to give us our money back for the bike with the child seat which was ok but useless for us without the other bike available.
All I got back was 20 euros out of 106.
So no bikes and no money: my carefully crafted holidays plans were ruined, kids were crying and the budget was to be exceeded.
- Family Travel
Guidance on photography in churches: Homer's Rules
Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.
Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority of Christian churches will allow tourists to visit at most times, including routine services (although some may charge an admission fee for doing so, and access may be denied for private events such as weddings and funerals). However, tourists should realise that most churches are still active places of worship, and so visitors need to exhibit a certain sensitivity to display respect to the culture and avoid giving offence to people at prayer.
The following guidelines are based on wonderful advice offered by Homer (homaned) - who does this for a living - in a forum response, and although specifically written for Christian places of worship, would apply equally to places of worship for other religions
So, here is a general list of do's and don'ts for people wishing to photograph during a church service:
READ THE SIGNS
If photography is not permitted - because, for example, it may damage paint on delicate murals - this will usually be indicated by a pictogram of a camera with a red line through it. Under most circumstances, you can assume that photography will be allowed (unless otherwise indicated), but may not be permitted during services. If in doubt, ask for clarification - this shows respect and will very seldom be met with anything other than a helpful response.
TURN OFF YOUR FLASH!
Every camera on the market has a button on it which will turn off the flash. The number one most alarming and distracting thing that can happen during a liturgy, and one which will even get you kicked out of some churches, is the bright flash that goes off when you take a picture. Not only is it distracting, but it usually makes the picture turn out dark, because your camera's flash only has about a 10-15' range. Turn off the flash, and hold the camera up against your eye, using the viewfinder, and you will likely get a better picture (and you definitely won't have any red-eye problems!).
DON'T MOVE AROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE! (UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION)
Instead of walking all over down the main aisle and in front of everybody, pick a good place from which to take a picture at the beginning of the liturgy, and stay there. Unless you're a professional photographer with practice at stealthily moving during liturgies, you're a distraction, and you're being disrespectful. Even if you're a pro, try to stick to one out-of-the-way place, and use a zoom lens and zoom in to get pictures. Walking in front of people is a surefire way to distract and disrespect and closing in on priests or other celebrants just to capitalise on a photo opportunity is offensive.
TURN OFF THE CAMERA'S SOUND!
Every camera has some way to mute all its 'cute' beeps and clicking noises. If you press a button, and hear a beep, or if you take a picture and hear an obnoxious shutter clicking sound, you need to turn off those sounds (the muting option is usually in one of the menus). Along with the flashing, it's an obvious sign that someone is taking pictures and not showing much respect for those trying to pay attention to the liturgy.
TURN OFF THE 'FOCUS ASSIST' LIGHT!
If your camera can't focus without the little laser-light that shines in everyone's eyes before your camera takes a picture, then don't use your camera. You have to turn that light off! It is very distracting to be watching a lector or priest, and see a little red dot or lines pop up on his face all of the sudden. It's as if some rifleman is making his mark! Turn the light off (again, look in the menus for the option to turn off the 'AF assist' or 'focus assist' light). If you can't turn it off, put a piece of duct tape or some other opaque material over the area where the light is, so the light won't shine on someone.
TURN OFF THE CAMERA'S LCD!
You should never use the LCD to compose your shots anyways; just put your eye up to the viewfinder, and that will not only not distract, it will also steady your camera against your face, making for a better picture (especially if you don't have the flash on). And if you must review the pictures you've taken, hold the camera in front of you, down low, so people behind you don't notice the big, bright LCD display on your camera
CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CEREMONY ARE PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE
The consecration (blessing) of the eucharist (bread and wine) and distribution of communion to the congregation are considered to be particularly sacred parts of the service, and it is offensive to photograph these activities.
The main thing is to try to be respectful of the culture and of other people present at the service. Don't distract. And, if you are asked to not take pictures, or if there's a sign saying 'no photography allowed,' then don't take pictures. You can always ask a priest's permission before the liturgy, but if he says 'No,' put away your camera and enjoy the freedom you have to focus on the privilege of being able to share an experience with people who consider these religious rituals core to their culture and identity, rather than focusing on your camera's LCD!
Homer's Rules ... Homer rules!
Watch your step.....
In Freiburg im Breisgau, you will notice many open water drains throughout the city (baechle). Some are placed in very crowded areas (like the Rathaus Platz) so be careful and watch your step. You could sprain or even break an ankle if you tripped into one of them. On the bright side however is the legend that if you slip and fall into the Baechle, you will remain in Freiburg forever and marry a local!
- Budget Travel
StuSie Bar am Seepark
StuSie Bar was supposed to be a nice place where the inhabitants of Freiburgs biggest student village can go together with their friends to have a nice evening, drink something, dance a bit etc.
But over the last couple of years it became a disgusting places in my opinion. I'm an inhabitant of StuSie (Studentensiedlung) and like many others I don't enjoy living here anymore, because of StuSie Bar. StuSie Bar is trying to get a reputation as great party location by having the lowest prices for alcohol. Well, the results of this is that it's one of the most popular locations to get drugs. Other sideeffects are increasing violence (at least one case of rape and three guys very stabbed last december) and vandalism (isn't it great to walk through the "remains of the stomach of other people" the morning after?), as well as increase criminality.
I would nobody advise to be around StuSie Bar alone when there's a big event or "shot night" (leave it up to your imagination what kind of shots).
RioBar in the lower level is the worst place-if you ever should go there, be prepared for everything. And don't say nobody told you before ;)
- Beer Tasting
- School Holidays
- Study Abroad
Pay attention on the small water channels which crisscross the streets of Freiburg. One wrong step back and you get wet feet.