Reads of the Week: Taiwanese Oolong Tea, “Boring” Berlin Museums, German Art Laws, Kracht, UNESCO

munich ticket stubs

Last weekend, I ended up going through a box of old keepsakes, so to speak, that I have. It’s a box of all the goodies I hoarded saved from our last trip to Germany. It’s a lot of fun going through the box and remembering everywhere we went, saw, and ate. It’s also good for comparison. I was going through the box looking for some information so I could use it to prepare for our upcoming trip. Can’t wait! Until then, my Reads of the Week….

German Film: Elyas M’Barek

elyas m'barek

If Elyas M’Barek looks familiar or you think you’ve heard his name before that’s very likely possible. This is especially true if you have been following the German Films series that I’ve been posting about. M’Barek has shared the big screen with Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Tschirner, Tom Schilling, Karoline Herfurth, and Moritz Bleibtreu, to name a few. Or perhaps you may have spotted him in English language films such as The Physician, with Ben Kingsley, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. M’Barek is not sticking to a single style.
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German Music: Sportfreunde Stiller

sportfreunde stiller

Sportfreunde Stiller will always have a special place in my heart. During my first visit to Germany in 2009, their version of Udo Jürgens’ “Ich war noch niemals in New York” was everywhere we turned in Berlin. Everywhere. The track was in constant circulation. At the time the band had only recently released an MTV Unplugged in New York album and the track was in heavy rotation to promote it. Jürgens even guests on the track during a later live performance of the song. It was the soundtrack of our vacation and it always makes me a little sentimental.

Which brings me to this month’s featured German language music recommendation: Sportfreunde Stiller!
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Reads of the Week: Preserving Archeology, Refused, Ultimate Berlin Film

valley forge tree with door

When I saw this tree in Valley Forge National Historic Park last weekend during a walk, I knew I had to snap a photo. The tree features, somewhat unexpectedly, a door. Although it was firmly closed — I’ll admit, I did try to open the door — it certainly creates a rather whimsical look. While the park isn’t as close as I’d like, it’s become my new favorite place for long walks. The dog sure seems to enjoy it, too.

Book Review: The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook

The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but that’s exactly what I did with The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook by Steven Lamb. When I first got a copy of the book in my hands my first thoughts were: textbook. The book is not only hardbound but a rugged, solid hard binding that is going to hold up over years and years of use. It goes without saying that if you are interested in curing and smoking, you will be utilizing this book for quite a long time to come.
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