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North to Denmark ~ We Go North the Rush Is On

Picture it: Germany, 2016. A gleaming white ICE rushes towards the majestic┬áHanse city of Hamburg. It has departed ancient Nuremberg in the early hours of dawn, its nose unerringly pointed north. For over 300 miles it has traversed the country; rushing through Frankonia’s hills and vineyards at breakneck speeds, carefully navigating the forested highlands of … Continue reading North to Denmark ~ We Go North the Rush Is On

Tu Felix Austria

Picture it: Austria, 2017. An aging BMW is moving through the autumn chill, past fallow fields and silent, mist-shrouded mountains. Having left the noisy Autobahn with its monotonous roar of traffic behind, the sturdy, faithful vehicle is navigating ever narrower roads, climbing, climbing. A couple of gentle eyed cows with heavy bells around their necks … Continue reading Tu Felix Austria

Little Vikings and Wounded Warriors

“Leave the thinking to your horse, he’s got the bigger head!” This advice, delivered in a merry voice and translated almost 1:1 from an ancient German proverb, floated towards my ears in the middle of yet another standard leg-yield exercise gone awry (for non horse-people: a sideways walk that looks easy and is in fact … Continue reading Little Vikings and Wounded Warriors

Confessions of an Accidental Liberal, or: Speak Softly and Have Air Support on Standby

I should have listened to Nancy. “Just say no!” But like millions before me, I saw no harm in a little curiosity, some entirely legitimate scientific spirit of inquiry, and I tragically misjudged the slippery slope that my wide-eyed, guileless poking at the unknown should lead me onto. The unknown of differing political viewpoints, that … Continue reading Confessions of an Accidental Liberal, or: Speak Softly and Have Air Support on Standby

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