Diiiiiieter Thomas Kuhn, a German singer you need to know…

Last week, I indulged my German folk music loving soul. If you ask a German under 50 about German folk music (Schlager / Volksmusik) he will look at you pitiful and tell you something about bad taste of music, nursing homes and the Kastelruther Spatzen (look that one up for yourself… Zwinkerndes Smiley). But deep inside every German hides a little hand clapping, schunkelnder devil, who only comes out once or twice a year, mostly when a beer tent, a bar on Mallorca or an après ski party is around.

The same is true for me, only that my two days of folk music happiness were due last week. There are two singers that make my like Schlager: Dieter Thomas Kuhn and Moritz’ friend Alex Straub who sang for us on our wedding.

Today, I want to introduce you to Diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieter, in my next post you will meet Alex.

Since I was 13, I loooooooove Dieter Thomas Kuhn. For all of you who haven’t heard of him already (which might be most of you, if you’re not born in Baden-Württemberg… ), here some fun facts about him:

-A young singer named Dieter Kuhn created the persona (or is it his alter ego??) Dieter Thomas Kuhn in 1993.

-Dieter Thomas Kuhn performs songs from the 70s – not without adding  some interesting interpretations.

-Dieter is beautiful. No, I am not open for discussion when it comes to that. Why do you think heaps of underwear finds it’s way on stage during his concerts?

-Everybody wants Dieters chest hair. That’s just how it is.

-It is the goal of every female Dieter-Fan to be allowed on stage with her star. During every concert, a few lucky individuals get selected and are allowed to dance with Dieter, kiss him or steal some of his chest hair.

Last week, Dieter (also often referred to as Diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieter, mostly with a glass breaking high intonation and screamed during concerts by his female fans) performed at the open air stage at Killesberg. Of course, me and my girl friends were there.

Before we come to the concert itself, let me talk quickly about the dress code.

When participating in a Dieter concert, you want to wear colorful cloths, maybe with floral prints, in the style of the 70s. A lot of necklaces and bracelets are advisable, too. But the most important thing: the sunflower! Dieter loves them. And we want to make Dieter happy!! Zwinkerndes Smiley

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I made a huge mistake this year: I forgot my 70s sunglasses!! That should NOT happen to you!!

Dieter concerts are a VERY strange thing. Everybody dresses colorful. And everybody is happy. Seriously. The world could be another place if we would listen to Dieter every day….

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When you check out the following impressions from the concert, make sure you listen to some Dieter songs:

Es war Sommer

Sag mir Quando (Life in concert 2009)

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And guys, guess who left this concert as the HAPPIEST GIRL ALIVE!! Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Yes my friends, I was rocking the stage with Diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieter to “Ti Amo”.

With 30 I can say that I have reached everything I wanted in life: I married the greatest man on earth – next to Dieter- and I was on stage with Dieter. The rest of my life will be quite boring, nothing’s left to achieve…:-P

But I forgot to steal some of his chest hair!!! I was just to fascinated by his beautiful blue eyes… So maybe this is my mission for the next 30 years! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund

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I know, I know, Dieter’s not for everybody. But if you want to experience a piece of German culture (and that’s what it is, truly), you should visit a Dieter concert once in your life! Smiley

 

More information about:

Dieter Thomas Kuhn’s official website (only in German)

Dieter’s youtube channel

Dieter’s facebook-Fanpage

Enjoying a free yoga class under the open sky

Guys, I have to share this wonderful experience I had on Monday: For the first time, I tried yoga under the open sky. And I loved it! Yoga in a small, crowded room is nothing against it.

Each monday at 6 pm there is this free yoga class, organized by “Sport im Park“. It’s taking place at Höhenpark Killesberg, more precisely in the Valley of the Roses (Tal der Rosen). You find this place quite easily: When leaving the U-Bahn station Killesberg, you see the big, twisted tower. The valley is just next to it.

View from the exit of the U-Bahn station over to the tower at Höhenpark Killesberg

Even the walk from the station through the park is very nice by itself:

Statue at the Valley of the roses / Tal der Rosen, Killesberg, Stuttgart

Can you guess why this place is called Valley of the Roses? 😉 And it’s just the season for them, they are blooming everywhere. So beautiful!

Tal der Rosen / Valley of the Roses, Killesberg, Stuttgart

Waiting for the yoga class at Killesberg to begin

We found a space under a huge tree where there was enough shade to provide shelter for about 50 (!!) people. And then the course started. I liked the teacher very much. She had a relaxing voice and led through the different poses very smoothly.

Yoga teacher at Killesberg

Yoga under the open sky feels sooooo different to yoga at a studio. You smell the grass, feel a cool breeze on your skin sometimes and the ground is so soft.

Practising yoga at Killesberg, Stuttgart

Yoga at "Sport im Park" at Killesberg, Stuttgart

I really enjoyed it.

Downward dog at Killesberg Park

That’s what you see while doing the downward dog. Better than the white sealing of a yoga studio, isn’t it?! 😉

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Even though we were quite a big group, the lesson was very relaxing. Everybody had enough space for him- or herself.

After a bit more than one hour, the class was finished. Some people stayed on their mats afterwards but my friends and I decided to head over to the “Höhencafe“, a little restaurant which is overlooking the Tal der Rosen.

Höhencafe Killesberg

Up there, you have a very nice view; over the park and all the way to the Fernsehturm (tv tower).

View from Höhencafe Killesberg

Next to the view, the food is really nice, too! 🙂

I had Flädle (pancake) with goats cheese…

Flädle with goats cheese

… and my friends ordered Apfelstrudel (apple strudel)…

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… and Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli):

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We sat there, enjoyed the yummy food and watched the sun turning the tv tower pink.

What a lovely evening!

Fernsehturm Stuttgart

Yoga and the other free classes are provided by Stuttgarter Amt für Sport und Bewegung in cooperation with Sportkreis Stuttgart, SportCodex and some sport clubs. The classes will be held under good weather conditions until the end of September. The directions are given in German. If you don’t speak German, talk to the instructor at the beginning, so he or she can advise you, have a special eye on you and switch to English when needed.

More information about:

Sport im Park (only in German)

Höhencafe Killesberg (only in German)

A whole new, modern – and very luxurious – quarter is born

Have you been at the Killesberg lately, where the Messe Stuttgart (Stuttgart Trade Fair) used to be? The scenery has changed a lot since they broke down the old buildings: The quarter “Think K” with lots of extravagant flats has been built. I went there last week during my lunch break with one of my colleagues.

Killesberg U-Bahn sation

Where the entrance to the exhibition used to be, a green park and modern, white houses awaits you. Walking on the footpath feels like walking in a maze because the green area is a meter higher than the foot path.

Sitting on a bench in Killesberg park

Most of the buildings in the background will house luxurious flats soon. At the moment, there is still a lot of construction work going on.

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Construction works on a square at Killesberg

Some of the shops around the main square are open already, and so is a little Café. And that’s where we spent our lunch break.

Little Café at Killesberg

The atmosphere is very cosy and I liked the mix of visitors: Rich looking ladies who might have visited their new flat in one of the buildings next to construction workers who spent their break there, too.

Cosy atmosphere

They offer a selection of breakfast specials, sandwiches and sweets. I went for a Croissant, filled with homemade strawberry jam. Yummy! 🙂

Croissant with strawberry jam

I am curious what this new quarter will look like in a few months, when all the construction work is finished.

More information about:

Think K (only in German)