Tillson Street

Yesterday after work, some colleagues and I went a bit north to the small town Romeo. First we had burgers and beer at a nice local bar called “Thee Office”. It was really packed there and interestingly the atmosphere differed quite a bit from the other bars in the urban area.

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Afterwards we went to our actual destination, that was just a few blocks away – Tillson Street.
In this street the homeowners put an exceptional effort into their halloween accessories and that’s what made the street famous in the whole region.

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The street was full with visitors and it took us quite some time to walk by the at least 20 beautifully decorated houses. The decorations varied from holiday lights and spooky decorations to full-fledged graveyards.

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One family even recreated a skeleton costume ball with multiple groups of dancing skeletons in their costumes and hall decorations.

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Another family had a presumably sunken ship coming out of their front yard, that kept us wondering how this street stores all their decorations during the rest of the year.

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Most of the homeowners also had their fun either by just sitting on the porch in front of their homes in costumes and looking at the bystanders or operating the various mechanisms to scare them. There were video projections on their windows, moving skeletons and even a death chair.
All in all I’m deeply impressed, how much effort they put in this setup and I would be happy to visit again next year.

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Michigan Fall

During the past two weeks the colors of the trees in Michigan changed dramatically. The fall colors have an incredible amount of saturation that it almost feels unnatural. I thought, I could maybe wait another week or two to take some pictures, but unfortunately this spectacle doesn’t last very long. We are already behind peak fall colors and the foliage in the trees slowly thins out. I just took a few pictures while running through the neighbourhood and today when Thorsten, Vera, Melina and I visited to the Wayne State University campus.
Next year I will be better prepared!

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First days in Royal Oak

I’ve been quite busy the last days but everything regarding my move went exceptionally well. I got my rental furniture set up, bought a bed at IKEA, ordered the obligatory vacuum robot, went shopping for groceries and today I finally moved into my apartment.

I used the afternoon to take a walk in Royal Oak to get to know the area. A warm jacket was necessary as fall came pretty quick here and the temperature dropped significantly.

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Somewhere I found this car with a sticker on the right door saying “She likes it when I hit it sideways”. I’m not sure in which part of American traffic he actually “hits it sideways” as all the “curves” I found are pretty much rectangular and everybody is turning very carefully.

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Further along the way I found the Royal Oak Music Theater that has performances of Asia and Uncle Kracker scheduled.

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Then I noticed a picture that hung on a decorated wall. This was part of the “inside out” program of the DIA that builds replicas of exhibits and places them in participating communities where everybody can see them. What a great idea!
This particular piece is from the German painter Willibald Wex who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry and who’s existence I therefore highly doubt. Maybe that’s why they hung it above the painted flames.

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Apart from all that I had a few noticeable contacts with American culture in the last days. One of them being shopping scooters, which are used in Germany by really old or disabled people. Here they belong to the lazy and fat people and are available for free at the entrance of every larger store.
What really impressed me is the variety of beer you can get here. Seeing this, Germany should immediately be dispossessed of being the beer country. Here in Detroit you can find a local brewery around every corner and in literally every store that sells food, you can find a shelf that is at minimum 10 meters long and full with beer. This includes Detroit beer, Michigan beer, craft beer and imported beer. Here I found German beer that I didn’t even know existed. Below you can see half of the beer selection of the small store next to my apartment:
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