Yay, after almost 2 1/2 weeks, I finally got my camera back :-). The plastic rubber grip thingy (I have no idea what is called, not even in German) is replaced and firmly sticking and in addition, they checked the whole camera through and cleaned it's insides. So it almost feels like new :-). Hope the grip thingy won't come off again now!
The beautiful pink magnolia tree in my street is getting into bloom and I was afraid that I might miss it, as the weather forecast wasn't too good and announced lots of rain. However, the weather turned out much better with much more sunshine than rain and the tree is exploding with big pink blossoms. Of course, when I came back home from work last night and my camera was waiting for me, I just rushed out again to take a few pictures before the sun started to disappear behind the hill.
I couldn't do anything for the Mastering Manual Mode class for the last two weeks (which also happened to be the last two weeks of the course) without my camera, but now that I have it back, I'm now practising shooting in manual mode, adjusting ISO, white balance, aperture and shutter speed and trying to get it all right. I actually quite like it! :-)