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The Ballad of the Valkyries ~ The Denmark Saga, Verse II

Find Verse I of the Saga here   “Have you no shame, woman?” “This is Denmark. Keep your shirt on.” “I am wearing one. Which is the issue, as it were.” “You’re such an American!” Thus I awoke, on our first morning on the magical island of Rømø, to a friendly squabble between obviously well … Continue reading The Ballad of the Valkyries ~ The Denmark Saga, Verse II

We Go North the Rush Is On ~ The Denmark Saga, Verse I

Picture it: Germany, 2016. A gleaming white ICE rushes towards the majestic Hanse 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 We Go North the Rush Is On ~ The Denmark Saga, Verse I

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

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