German Music: Mega! Mega!

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While my general music preferences tend to be rather “moody,” shall we say, there’s something to be said about a high energy band with an infectious melody and lyrics you can’t get out of your head. And, from my experience, there is no better way to absorb the German language (or any foreign language, for that matter) than to have lyrics stuck in your head: you repeat them over and over, letting them sink in while you fully start to understand the meaning. This month’s German language music feature is one of the German bands that falls into that category for me. This month is Berlin-based indie rock band Mega! Mega!
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Museum Visit: Mystic Seaport

Joseph Conrad

If you’re a boat-buff or simply enjoy visiting historic sites, then Mystic Seaport is for you. Even landlubbers will enjoy it. The museum was founded in 1929 and consists of a recreation of a 19th century village complete with marina, shipyard and lighthouse. And did I mention boats? There are plenty of ships, including four that are recognized as national historic landmarks: the fishing schooner L. A. Dunton, the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, the fishing sloop Emma C. Berry, and the coal-powered steam ship Sabino. During our recent trip to Mystic, Connecticut, we spent the better part of a day exploring the family-friendly seaport.
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German Films: Benno Fürmann

Benno Fürmann

With piercing blue eyes, if you’ve already seen actor Benno Fürmann in films, you’d probably remember him. But it wouldn’t be surprising as he’s over 80 credits to his name. For this month’s German film recommendations for practicing your German skills we’ll focus on just three of those films featuring Fürmann. My recommendations are three great films: North Wall (Nordwand), Jerichow and The Princess and the Warrior (Der Krieger und die Kaiserin).
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A Weekend in Mystic & Foxwoods

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It wasn’t quite the weekend we had planned. The original plan had been to see ZZ Top with Jeff Beck at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino along with a weekend away in quiet Mystic, Connecticut. But, unfortunately, only days before the concert, ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill hurt his hip and the show was canceled. Luckily, the legendary Beck still did the show and had some help in the form of Tyler Bryant, the pleasantly surprising and rather talented opening act who, with his long hair and leather jacket, could pass for a young Mark Lanegan. But it was what we did before the show, exploring Mystic, that was the most fun for me.
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My Must See List: Pfahlbauten Museum

Pfahlbauten Museum Unteruhldingen Bodensee

It only took a single trip to the Bodensee (that’s Lake Constance in English) a couple of years ago for it to steal my heart. Or maybe it was the scenic train ride to and from Munich. Regardless, there’s so much to see, do and explore on and around the lake that’s nestled between Germany, Austria and Switzerland near the Alps. One of those many things to explore is the Pfahlbauten Museum, an open air museum consisting of a village of stilt-homes on the lake. The dwellings are inspired by those dating from the Stone and Bronze Age. Located in Unteruhldingen in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg on the northwest shore of Lake Constance, the Pfahlbauten Museum is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
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