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10 Facts about Heidelberg

1. Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany. Established in 1386, Heidelberg’s Ruprecht-Karls-Universität remains one of Germany’s most prestigious universities - it celebrated its 625th anniversary in 2011. It counts an impressive array of national figures amongst its alumni, including the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

2. Heidelberg is home to an amphitheater. Hidden from view from the town at the top of the surrounding wooded hills, the ‘Thingstätte’ was built in 1935 by the Nazi political party, designed by Heidelberg native Albert Speer. It was used for rallies and solstice festivals during WW2 and is now preserved as a monument, but also still used for festivals and cultural events.

3. The first bicycle was invented by a graduate of Heidelberg University. Karl Drais came up with the ‘Laufmaschine’, which represented the beginning of mechanized personal transport. It was nicknamed the Dandy Horse and was the first means of transport to make use of the 2-wheel concept, even though it didn’t have pedals.

4. The city hosts superb firework displays during the summer. Known as the ‘Schlossbeleuchtung’, there’s a fantastic firework display on the 1st Saturday in June, 2nd Saturday in July and 1st Saturday in September every year. It starts with the Heidelberg castle being lit up as though it is on fire. This is to remember the times in 1689, 1693 and 1764, when it actually went up in flames. After a few minutes of the castle ‘burning’, the fireworks begin. They’re launched from the old bridge and last about 15 mins.

5. Heidelberg is featured prominently in various poems and novels. The city is mentioned in works by the likes of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, and Mark Twain, who spent several months in Heidelberg in the late 1800′s. The novel ‘The Reader’, made into a film in 2008, was also set in the city.

6. Heidelberg escaped bombing in WW2. Unlike many German cities, it was not destroyed by air raids and therefore still has original buildings from the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It has been suggested that the city escaped substantial bombing because the US Army wanted to use it as a garrison after the war. In fact though, as Heidelberg was neither an industrial center nor a transport hub, there was nothing of particular strategic interest for them to bomb, so they focused on nearby industrial cities such as Mannheim.

7. The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg. In 1907 a jaw-bone was discovered in a gravel pit – it’s the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe. The ‘Heidelberg Man’ is the name given to a member of this extinct human species, considered closely related to “Homo erectus”.

8. It’s home to the world’s biggest wine barrel. The Heidelberg ‘Tun’ holds 220,000 liters. The vat (Fass) was built in 1751 and sits within Heidelberg’s famous castle.

9. 1 in 5 residents is a university student. As you might expect from a city with a university as prestigious as that of Heidelberg, a large proportion of the population are students. This gives the city a lively feel and ensures ample social and cultural offerings for visitors and locals to enjoy.

10. The German Pharmacy Museum is housed in Heidelberg Castle. It displays a large collection of old equipment and medicines used in a pharmacy in past centuries.

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^Tifa’s G-Bike birthday event in which Cloud said “I can’t lose on Tifa’s birthday” and that he didn’t need to be reminded that it was Tifa’s birthday since he remembered it on his own.

So holy crap I had a lot in a folder called “cloti” and I decided to post it….

UPDATE

Belgian minister has bike stolen on way to event announcing new money for cycling

A Belgian transport minister had his bike stolen outside an event he used to announce investment in cycling lanes.

Ben Weyts, a regional minister for Dutch-speaking Flanders, locked his bicycle to a rack at Halle railway station in the south of Brussels after cycling there to launch the new scheme.

But when he returned half an hour later he found it had been stolen, a spokesman said.

Mr Weyts said he now hopes police will be able to identify the thief using CCTV footage.

The local force is stepping up patrols and increasing camera surveillance in the station, BBC News reported.

At the news conference, Mr Weyts, dressed in a pair of cycling shorts, announced a plan to invest €300m (£254m) in cycle lanes until 2019.

The move is part of a bid to encourage alternative modes of transport as Belgium has some of the worst road traffic in Europe.

The embarrassing incident echoes a similar theft in 2008 when then leader of the opposition David Cameron had his bike stolen outside a supermarket near his home in London.

The “priceless” bike was eventually returned to him – only for it to be stolen again less than a year later.

Mr Cameron was criticised by experienced cyclists for tying his bike to a three-foot bollard – making it easy to remove.

The incident came at a time when he was attempting to rebrand the Conservatives as a modern, environmentally-conscious party.

See You Soon {H.G}

requested//a Hayes imagine where you go to one of his motocross events and he gets hurt and you get worried

Your hands were sweating and you couldn’t stand it. Your hand was entwined with Hayes as you followed him to the place where the kept his bike for the motocross event. It was always a tradition of yours to give him a “see you soon” kiss right before he would go off and do his bike tricks. You were always nervous before his events, because there was always the possibility of him getting fatally hurt. But this one you were extra nervous. Hayes was the youngest out of all the guys that were competing, and the smallest. Most of the guys were legal, and he was only fifteen. So the dirt bike course was harder than most of the things he had ever done. So naturally, you had more anxiety about the situation. He knew this, and he begged you to stay calm because he hated the idea of you being worried sick while watching him go out there. So you did all that you could to make sure you didn’t worry too much.
“Hayes, I don’t want you to get hurt.” You whine. He sighs and turns around and grabs onto your shoulder. He looked slightly irritated. You could understand why, you were being that annoying clingy girlfriend you never wanted to be. But you didn’t want him hurt. You loved him a lot, and it’s hard to love someone so much at such a young age, and as he looked deep into your eyes, you knew he loved you just as much, even if he was irritated with you.
“Y/n, please, don’t worry. I don’t want you to be worried for me instead of cheering me on. I need the support of my favorite girl.” He says and pulls you close to him. You wrapped your thin arms around his torso and breathed in his scent of pine. He always smelt like pine, and it reminded you of Christmas. You didn’t know what you would do if you couldn’t smell that every day. You sighed and looked up at him.
“Just be careful please. I want to be able to give you a congratulations hug.” You say and go on your tip toes to plant a small kiss on his lips.
“Of course. Now come on, we have to continue the tradition.” He whispers and kisses you on the lips fast as he pulls away from the tight hug. He then gives you a reassuring smile as he laces his fingers that were covered by his gloves through your fingers. You both start walking down to where the bikes and other guys were. Each step felt agonizing as you got closer and closer to him getting on that bike. Each step causing your stomach to drop a little bit more each time. Your sneakers squeaked on the sleek concrete as his hard books make clunking sounds. The noises bothered you, but your heart skipped a beat when you thought about never hearing the annoying sound of his big boots hitting the ground. You shook the thought away as you walked into the starting area where his bike was waiting as well as all of the other guys. Some of them had girlfriends with them, giving them kisses and smiling as they wished them luck. One of the guys even had a boyfriend it seemed, since they were hugging and kissing. Most of the significant others of these guys seemed pretty nervous, so it made you feel a lot better that you weren’t the only one.
“Come with me to my bike?” He asked with a smile. You nodded and you walked over to his bike. He grabbed his helmet and locked it onto his head. He jumped onto his bike.
“You are gonna do great, and right after you do great-” he cuts you off.
“I’ll come and give you a big hug and a kiss, like I always do.” He says. You nod and take a step forward, wrapping your arms around his waist.
“I love you.” You say, taking in his scent.
“I love you too y/n.” He says and gives you a kiss, the “see you soon kiss.” It always lingers longer than the regular ones.
“See you soon.” You say and pull away, stepping back to where all the other visitors were standing. You always watched from there as they raced. The area made you nervous and you didn’t have anyone to talk to most of the time when you sat out there. You slowly walked back to the little sitting area, standing next to the boyfriend of one of the other competitors. Your legs were shaking and tapping, showing you were nervous. The guy looked at you with a weak smile.
“You nervous for your boyfriend?” He asked with a little laugh.
“Yeah he’s the youngest here.” You answer.
“Oh Hayes, heard he was really good. From what Derrick told me, you don’t have anything to worry about.” He gives you a warm smile that makes you feel a lot better.
“Thank you.” You sigh happily. You look up at Hayes, and he looks back, giving you a thumbs up.
“READY, SET, GO!”

I’m sorry if it was kind of short, but I thought it was cute and yeah I’m gonna go memorize lines

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right after hosting the cctv web gala, yixing flew to guangzhou for aima bike’s charity event. he was sick while volunteering ): yixing ah, as much as you worry about others or your fans, please take care of yourself first…

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Hey! Haven’t posted in a while… Just haven’t been feeling too inspired to create anything post-worthy, but I got my cast off yesterday (broken wrist) so I should be able to hold and use a knife properly in my hand within a few weeks… maybe then I’ll get back to creating salads and fruity things that actually look appetizing ;).

For now, here’s a couple photos of vegan foods I ate while traveling last week (quick road trip to Utah to watch a mtn bike event, and checked out Zion national park).

Top: lettuce, cabbage, carrot, chia seeds and a ginger-garlic dressing wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. Ate three of these for 2nd breakfast/lunch one day.

Bottom: the pizza from whole foods I ate later that day for lunch. Just made sure the dough was vegan, and had them hold the cheese and add alllll the veggies!

Note on flour tortillas: they can often contain milk products. Please ask waiters/waitresses/baristas beforehand if their “vegan” sounding wraps are actually vegan. Same goes for pizza dough at cheaper places, like pubs etc.