German Book Review: Stuckrad-Barre’s Deutsches Theater

benjamin von stuckrad-barre deutsches theater

I love Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre. Really. I do. I watched his television shows religiously thanks to the power of that wonderful thing we call the internet. I read all of his books that I can get my little not-in-Germany hands on. I even — and I cringe admitting this — wrote him a fan letter. Unfortunately it was not long after I started taking learning German seriously so I can imagine how nonsensical and incomprehensible it was. (I never got a response.) But, man. His writing can be tough for a German language learner.
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The Garage Makes Progress

A view of a horse

It has arrived! It has arrived! After getting a concrete foundation pad poured a few weeks ago, we’ve had a large empty spot in our yard. The pad was of great interest to the animals, apparently. We’ve found deer tracks in the mud around it and our miniature schnauzer, George, has loved crossing over the pad and finding a good spot to sniff the air — after all, you never know when you might spot a rabbit or a squirrel.

The concrete pad is empty no longer. The garage has finally arrived.
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Are You A Must See Traveler?

Travel journal

While I have been featuring places I dream of traveling to and exploring (my “must see” list), it’s a pretty loose list. I don’t take it too seriously: just neat places that might not make it onto the typical tourist’s radar. But there are plenty of lists that people make that are more serious. Who could forget the seven wonders of the world? Then, of course, there’s the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the US National Park Service has their passport program (which was a favorite of mine as a child), The Travelers’ Century Club for travelers who’ve visited 100 or more countries and territories not to mention that every major magazine or newspaper has a list of sites you just have to see before you die.

But: do they matter?
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German Music: Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (Photo by Gregor Hohenberg)

Looking for something a little different to listen to? Or maybe the rock or electronic bands previously featured just aren’t to your taste. Well how about something a bit more classic? Not classical but how about music from the golden 1920s and 1930s with a modern twist? Carefully fixed hair, bow ties expertly tied and pocket squares standing at attention as they peek out from pockets. If your curiosity has been piqued then please allow me to introduce to you Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.
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Love Locks Revisited

Love locks on K├Âln Hohenzollernbr├╝cke

Love Locks have been in the news a lot recently. It seems that cities in many countries across Europe — from England to France — aren’t happy about the relatively new and modern tradition. The countries, somewhat understandably, don’t like the hundreds upon hundreds of the padlocks chained to bridges of their most popular cities. It’s an eyesore, so the argument goes.
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