Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"Here’s my prediction: Germany will be Europe’s first green, solar-powered superpower,"

says Thomas Friedman of The New York Times.

Berlin Then and Now

Blowing my mind---pictures of Berlin "then" and "now" and some more.

Two thoughts: technology is really cool and that place as really changed!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Veggie eating in Berlin...

Sam's question about eating vegetarian in Berlin got me thinking...and clearly, we're not the only ones interested:
Top10's List of the Top Ten Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants in the city and the just published World of Wanderlust's list and Time Out's list.

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Berlin in 1945

Incredible footage from July 1945, in color!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

German Word of the Day

Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz - meaning "law delegating beef label monitoring" - has been excised from the lexicon. All 65 letters of it.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Long, thin, slimy ones; Short, fat, juicy ones....

Thursday afternoon brought the group to Worms, home to the "Holy Sands" cemetery, which is considered the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe (the oldest grave dates back to 1058/1059--38 years before the First Crusade decimated the Jewish community there).

Thursday morning mist

the view of Heidelberg from the Castle at the top of the hill...

On the way to Speyer...

It turns out there was a little, um, issue on the bus trip from Heidelberg to Speyer: the bus broke down. For some, nature called (behind the bus as it turned out) but technology won out and they sent out a new bus. Here's the group waiting for that happy time:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ready for a dip?

It was a series of adventures getting there, but here's most if the group perched on the mezzanine overlooking the medieval mikveh in Speyer:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The wide reach of medieval thought

stretches aaallll the way to Heidelberg's Hochschule fuer Juedische Studien (Academy of Jewish Studies)