Aalen

Schwäbisch-Sibirien: Ein hartes Schicksal

Ihr kennt Aalen nicht? Macht erstmal nichts. Ich kannte Aalen auch nicht, als ich im Sommer 2010 zum ersten Mal Richtung Ostalb fuhr. Wenn man bei Zeiss anfängt, kann man nach Aalen oder nach Heidenheim ziehen, beide Städte liegen ca 20 Fahrminuten von von dem wirklich sehr kleinen Städtchen Oberkochen entfernt. Und in Nowhereland Oberkochen ist der Hauptsitz der Carl Zeiss Gruppe. Klingt komisch, ist aber so.

Zugegeben, ich bin im Herbst nach Aalen gezogen und die ersten Monate gab mir täglich der Gedanke an ein Wochenende irgendwo anders – egal wo – Zuversicht! Oberkochen liegt in einem Tal, dass an irgendeiner Stelle in der Geschichte Petrus derart verärgert haben muss, dass dieser dem Tal von Dezember bis April nur noch den Rücken zukehrt: Es gibt Sonne. Hinter Wolken. Es gibt vor allem Regen, Nebel und Schnee! Und noch mehr Schnee!
Aber nach fast drei Jahren auf der Ostalb möchte ich für Stadt und Region mal die Lanze brechen.

Ich stelle Euch vor, wo ich in meiner Freizeit in Aalen und Umgebung meine Zeit am liebsten verbracht habe und freue mich immer über Kommentare oder Hinzufügungen älter Kollegen und Freunde.

Essen/Trinken

  • Olli´s Bar 

Im Olli´s gibt es nicht nur Bier und belegte Baguettes für den kleinen Bierhunger zwischendurch. Betreiber Olli ist großer Bayern-Fan und hat kurzerhand den FC Bayern Club Ostalb gegründet – sehr sympathisch. Es gibt ausreichend Sitzplatz an spannenden Spieltagen, im Sommer kann man auch draußen sitzen. Außerdem gibts eine Dartscheibe, einen Kicker und Olli bietet selbst gebrannte Schnäpse in guter Auswahl an.

Olli´s offers beer, a dartboard, local beer (called “Wasseralfinger”, named after a part of Aalen), a decent selection of handmade shots. It is always busy at Soccer Bundesliga Game Days and whenever there is soccer. Olli, the owner, is a huge supporter of the leading soccer club in Germany, Bayern Munich. One reason, why I spend some time at Olli´s.

Olli´s Bar: Mitten in Aalen / Olli´s bar is located in the middle of Aalen

Olli´s Bar, Aalen

  • Ramba Zamba

Das Ramba Zamba zu beschreiben, fällt nicht ganz einfach. Es ist eine perfekte Mischung aus Studententreffpunkt, Restaurant und Sonntag-Nachmittag-Lieblingskaffee. Einrichtung und Kellner lassen vermuten, dass man hier ab 30 nicht mehr willkommen ist. Dabei ist das Essen ausnahmslos immer gut (ich empfehle den Salat mit Putenbruststreifen und das Rumpsteak), für Aalener Verhältnisse ist im Ramba immer etwas los und es gibt die gängigen Zeitungen für den sonnigen Wochenend-Nachmittag. Für mich gab es nur irgendwann ein “Problem”: Da das Ramba einer der besten (und einzigen) Läden in Aalen ist, tummeln sich hier viele Zeissianer. Wenn ich in die Anonymität des Feierabends fliehen wollte, wusste ich: Nicht ins Ramba.

It is hard to find a short desciption for Ramba Zamba. It is a mix out of a student´s café and a restaurant. Interior and the younger waitresses imply that only students are welcome. However, the place serves fresh, creative, healthy dishes (I recommend the Rumpsteak) and is usually packed, which is quite uncommon in Aalen. As always there is a dark side, at least for me: Since the Ramba Zamba is one of the best places you can go to, you may find a lot of Zeiss employees. And sometimes, I just want my anonymous leisure-time.

Ramba Zamba Aalen

Interior Ramba Zamba Aalen

Menu Ramba Zamba

Kreative Karte / creatively designed menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gelateria Dario 

Dass Dario ausschließlich bei sonnigem Wetter und auch dann nur von 13.00-18.00Uhr seine mit Liebe eingerichtete Gelateria öffnet, habe ich ihm in dem Moment verziehen, als ich meine erste Kugel seines hausgemachten Eises schmeckte. „Mozart“ – inspiriert von den Mozartkugeln war ein echtes Geschmackserlebnis und ich kann jedem empfehlen, an einem warmen Sommertag bei ihm vorbeizuschauen. Mitten in der schönen Aalener Innenstadt liegt seine Theke. Er führt keine „normalen“ Eissorten, außer Schokolade. Und die gibt es gleich als weiß, zartbitter und dunkel, aber immer verfeinert, mal mit Mohn, mal mit auserwählten Schnäppsen, mal mit Mascarpone oder Creme Fraiche. Die Fantasie des Eismachers kennt ansonsten keine Grenzen: Erdbeer-Rhabarber, Balsamico-Essig, Schokolade mit Calvados-Äpfeln, Bourbon-Vanille mit Mascarpone und vieles vieles mehr. Für Milchallergiker oder Kalorienbewusste gibt es auch immer wunderbare Sorbetsorten wie Cranberry-Himbeere. Einfach lecker!

He only opens on sunny days and on these days he opens from noon untill 6pm – not quite employer friendly times. Fortunately, the minute I tasted his icecream, I forgot about those circumstances. Gelateria Dario icecream is a real highlight in Aalen and I encourage anyone who is in town during summer to take an hour off work and be amazed by this fine art of Italian Icemaking. Everyone familiar with Bey&Jerry´s knows that you can basically mix everything into icecream. This is exactly what he does, too. Only, he takes the tasting senses a bit further. There are flavors like Balsamico-Vinegar (no, it is not sour!), dark chocolate with (MOHN) or Bourbon-Vanilla with Mascarpone. For the ones allergic to milk icecream he usually offers great sorbets, which are especialls refreshing on those hot hot summer days. Delicious!

Gelateria Dario in Aalen macht außergewöhnliches Eis

Außergewöhnliches Eis in Aalen / Extraordinary Icecream in Aalen

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Couch Rest, week one: A Recap

Baby Updates first: Given we only had laser fetoscopic surgery last week the babies are recovering as good as they could. Fetus 1 is alive, has a normal amount of amniotic water for the first time. By no means does this mean they are out of the woods, but it does give us cause to relax a little and stay positive.

My decision to be more open about this has been rewarded with lots of friends from all over reaching out and to me it makes all the difference. As many of you know I am clearly an extrovert getting energy out of human interaction and I have not been able to have so much because I have been put on couch rest, or conditional bedrest. I am allowed to wash myself, go to the bathroom and lay on the couch. In the case of imminent danger of cabin fever I was told that I can be driven to a park to sit outside for a little while.

Since April my movements had been restrained, but I was able to walk through the city, go to the gym to do something resembling sports, go swim at least once a week and be slightly active. Couch rest is a new thing, though. As always it is life’s conundrum: When you’re overworked, in full training, overcommitted to social activities the only thing you want is a day on the couch. When you have an unlimited number of days on the couch ahead of you, it can be daunting. Here is my week one recap:

  • Letting things happen – hard lesson for the control freak

I always thought I am excellent at handing over tasks, but – really – I understood this week I am not. We have lots of decisions for our new apartment to make, like kitchen, lamps, colors, organizing the move and so on. While my first reaction used to be “why don’t I come with you?”, but this is a good opportunity to either make a decision from the couch or give it entirely out of my hands.

  • Disengaging from the German angst

It’s been almost two years in Germany and I cannot say that a week has passed without me wishing I had not moved here. Once these emotional moments pass the realization kicks in that I needed this experience to understand what is important to me, what’s bearable and what makes me drive. One thing that continuously rubs me the wrong way is what I am now calling the German angst: the obsessive-compulsive need for things to be in order, clean, in line, taken care of, not risky, insured, safe, planned, organized. For most people here these words create comfort, to me they create a feeling of constantly being pressured into being how I am not, into feeling bad about taking risks, into feeling like I don’t have my life under control because I choose to live without a closet and more bikes than household knives. This week my mom and stepfather were here and I cannot count the amount of times they said something like “You cannot live like this” ; “the kids will need this…” ; “But in the new apartment this situation cannot continue” (referring to us having light bulbs as lamps). What would have rubbed me the wrong way and annoyed me for the first time simply amused me. I do not want to discourage anyone from honoring any of the German norms, but I am padding myself on the back now for every moment that I am able to see how unimportant most of these norms are to me and that I will not abide by any of them unless I feel they make sense to me or us as a family.

  • I am a total real crime podcast addict

After the third season of Serial I fell into a hole thinking there is no other podcast like this. As it turns out, there are many and I am listening to all of them. My personal recommendations are Over my dead body as well as Up and Vanished. While still well done, I stopped listening to Atlanta Monster and To live and die in L.A. due to serious nightmares.

  • Sports subscriptions are awesome

Eurosport is showing every leg of the Giro d’Italia in full every day, and TVNow shows all free trainings of the Formula 1. I am not talking about Netflix and Amazon Prime because everybody knows the concept of binging…

  • IKEA rents out wheelchairs

…🤣

Thank You for all the book recommendations, I will get to them hopefully soon! Let’s see what next week of couch slouch brings.

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