handicrafts and geocaching here
What language(s) do you learn? I wouldn't call it a hobby, I just do it because there's a need but it's actually quite good fun that way. Vi kan snakke litt norsk hvis du liker det!?
Norwegian if I'm not mistaken?
Ja! Det er en blandning av tysk og engelsk - perfekt for meg :)
One of my special interests is long distance TV (DX-TV) Back in the analogue days of the 80s and 90s I often used to pick up NRK TV when atmospheric conditions were unusual. As they broadcast a lot of English language programming and used sub-titles rather than dubbing I got to recognise the look of Norwegian quite easily.
Yup, I thought I'll watch a bit of Norwegian TV as that would be easier than radio. One channel had football on (which I can't stand), one had a BBC documentary about the underground of Rome and one had Top Gear...
But sounds like a cool hobby until everything got digitalised!
How funny, du kannst natürlich auch gerne auf Deutsch schreiben ;-)
And I'm learning Norwegian too - perhaps not exactly a language you need as a tourist, given that there are only a bit over 5 million people speaking it and most of them also speak English really well, but I live here now, so that makes it kind of important.
I like making things nobody really needs - cards, wood stuff, vases from broken lab glassware, amigurumis and other crochet/knitting, funny geocache containers... If you have thought about trying geocaching then you should simply give it a go! Start with something easy, and somewhere quiet because it will take you a while to find even quite easy ones in the beginning and you start feeling suspicious pretty quickly when there are people walking past all the time. It's great fun and a hobby that probably attracts a higher percentage of people with Aspie traits than there are in the general population. Until I tried it I thought I don't like any trainspotting sort of thing - well, changed my mind about that. I find it a great way of exploring interesting areas I would not find otherwise and to have a purpose when going out on my own (which I would otherwise do a lot less).
It was... digital DXing is possible but no fun really as signals are either there or not, you cant detect weak ones like with analogue. My best catch was Australian channel 0 during the sunspot peak around 1989/90. These days I concentrate on FM radio DX as its the last bastion of analogue.
I found that digital TV has even more channels than analogue.
When we set our satellite to the dual position of 19.2E and 13E with a monoblock. We had over 900 FTA channels from the Astra and Hotbird satellites. A few were English, others were just about every European language. About 50 German , 30 Italian, 20 French, etc. Euronews was enabled for 9 languages, I could switch between languages in a split second. Then we had the Arabic and north African channels, the useless advertising channels, religious ones and the very low quality porn ones, wanting our credit card details to subscribe to the hard stuff.