Downtown Detroit

Today I used my free afternoon to drive south to Detroit and go on a photo walk. After parking at “The Z” I went to “The Belt” which is the alley attached to the parking structure. Recently they started to transform this alley into an art gallery. Different artist had created paintings directly on the walls. Today the opening ceremony was held but unfortunately I couldn’t withstand the cold until then.

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Later on my walk I found this parking structure that seems to be specialised on the Model T.


The following pictures were taken in the beautiful Guardian Building. The building doesn’t look special from the outside but the lobby is very beautiful with its decorated walls. The design reminds me of both Minecraft and the Interior of Egyptian pyramids.

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Shawarma Fest

So far the food options and also the variety in the U.S. are pretty impressive. This might be due to the large amount of different cultures especially in this area. But there are two dishes I haven’t found yet. One is real Italian pasta and the other one is the good old Döner Kebab.

On my quest for the Italian cuisine I checked out a few places that claimed to serve mediterranean cuisine. That is technically correct but from a European perspective you expect Spanish, Italien, French or Greek cuisine in a mediterranean restaurant. Here you can get everything from the eastern part of the mediterranean sea in these restaurants. There are a few places in Royal Oak that explicitly claim to be Italian and maybe I should check them out soon.

The closest you can get to a Döner is Shawarma. It seems that the preparation is very similar and often it is also served in a pita. Nevertheless there are differences in the salad that is served with it and also in the sauce. Here it is mostly served with something that seems to be just shredded garlic and comes with all the health benefits and effects on your mouth odor.
Last Thursday there was a Shawarma Fest at the Royal Oak Farmers Market and different local restaurants served their food there. I went there with Tigran after work, even though he was a bit sceptical if this would be as great as I imagined. It turned out that he was right – The food was pretty good but the whole fest was rather weird.
That’s why we left pretty quickly and went to the Griffin Claw Brewery where we had some great beer and pretzel sticks.


Movie Theatres


So far I went to two movie theatres in the US. The first was attached to the incredibly large Great Lakes Crossing outlet center and I saw Guardians of the Galaxy. That must have been maybe two month ago on my “look and see” trip and the movie was really good. That was the moment when it stroke me that from now on for the next three years will be in English by default. That’s what I really missed in Germany. The theatre though was rather okay with older chairs and carpet.
Last weekend we went to a different theatre in Troy and saw the superb thriller Gone Girl. I can’t remember the last time when a movie had such a constant tension and left me that puzzled in the end. Also the equipment at the theatre was really good that might be the first cinema where they delivered video “sharper than at home”.
Today it’s time to try out the local Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak and I intend to see Fury.