About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

Going back into lockdown

Somehow it seems a long time since I wrote about the Corona virus on this site. Having “coped” through the summer, it was mid-October when the number of infections started to rise again.

The measures were tightened up again at the beginning of November, primarily hitting restaurants who – having invested in heating for outdoor seating and plastic screens – were suddenly told that they could only offer delivery and collection services.

But the numbers continued to rise. Locally in Hochtaunuskreis they went from around 50 cases per 100,000 people in 7 days in mid-October, to 120 at the start of November, hitting a peak of 207 in the middle of the month. Having gone back down to 105 as measures started to take effect, at the time of writing they are now back up to 143.

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First snow of the winter

The first snow of the winter fell in Oberursel on Monday night:

Snow in Oberursel in the early hours of Tuesday, 1st December, 2020

The Christmas Pyramid in Oberursel

There may not be a Christmas market in Oberursel this year, as is the case in most towns in Germany, but there is one consolation: the Christmas Pyramid.

The pyramid was first created in 1997 and shows a nativity scene. It is situated in the middle of a roundabout and is built around a fountain. The figures were carved by a local artist, and local tradespeople look after them from year to year, before setting up the figures and the lighting in time for the Thursday before Advent, when normally the Christmas Market would open.

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