Category Archives: Life Abroad

A Idea of Mine

I have a confession to make. Beyond all the other things I am doing right now – singing, translating, assisting in a bookselling business – I have a project in mind for the future. I want to put together a … Continue reading

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A Love Story Told In Books

There may be eight million stories in the naked city; there are at least that many in the antiquarian business, especially if your business involves buying up collections from private estate sales. Through the transactions, through remarks, through the books … Continue reading

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Rooftop Blogging: Final Edition

When I began the blog nearly 8 years ago, I wanted to do some kind of photoblogging that could be done on a regular, perhaps weekly basis with ease. A lot of people were doing “Saturday cat blogging”, which I … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, current events, history, Innsbruck, Life Abroad, memory | 7 Comments

Euro-exotica, or The Reason I Don’t Read Expat Lit

In the recent New Yorker article Northern Lights: Do Scandinavians Have It All Figured Out?, Nathan Heller describes Michael Booth’s book “The Almost Nearly Perfect People” (Picador) as   “essentially observational; it aspires to a comic genre that might be … Continue reading

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„Und, hod’s eahm wos gnutzt?“

An old Bavarian joke: A tourist in Bavaria approaches two workmen and asks for directions. He’s met with blank stares, so he tries to determine their language. “Sprechen Sie deutch?” No reply. “Do you speak English?”  Nothing. “Parlez-vous français? Parla … Continue reading

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Forgotten Innsbruck: The Irrwurzel

Fellow-blogger Paschberg has posted the following 1966 article from Innsbruck’s local newspaper, about a mysterious root found in certain places  which, should you step on it, will send you wandering through the mountains, completely disoriented. Here is an English translation … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, environment, Innsbruck, Life Abroad, Mountains, nature, Uncategorized

Grave Mounds Near Pürgen

I recently stumbled across an interactive map at a site called megalithic.co.uk, from which I learned that there are grave mounds not far from our sleepy little village, in the community of Pürgen (in Landkreis Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria). From … Continue reading

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Singer Lore: Help For Swollen Vocal Cords

Inching my way out of this bad cold flu bronchitis, I turned to facebook to ask my professional singer friends for their personal last-ditch remedies when a gig is getting near and the vocal folds are still swollen (and therefor … Continue reading

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Another Way To Say “One Way Only”

Continuing with our observation of badly-named vehicles… I swear, is anyone giving serious thought to these names?

Posted in Frivolity, language, Life Abroad, travel

Taboo License Letter Combinations in Germany

The Beau has to register his automobile in the new county, which means he’ll get new license plates. The number must begin with the county code (in our case, LL, for Landsberg am Lech) but the rest of it (two … Continue reading

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