August 2007


Photo Friday: Insignificant

Seemily Insignificant, yet a major memorial. Learn more: Stolpersteine (English)

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Northwest Photo Meme

The Northwest Ladybug had an excellent idea for a photo meme.

She wanted to know what other bloggers saw outside their windows as they wrote about their day/life/whatever. She immediately posted a picture of her backyard.

Here’s what I see from my balcony and from my kitchen: Buchenwald. It’s a haunting reminder of Germany’s past, […]

The Wedding

Saturday was wedding time: the German Bride and American Groom were getting hitched, all whilst “naturally” dressed. It was the fourth wedding of my life, following after SisterOne, me as Wyoming Goomsman, and a lovely wedding in Iowa City.

By any measure, I am a newbie when it comes to weddings.

The wedding was […]

Lieber Kelbra,

I passed through your Kleine Dorf on Sunday. I hope never to do so again.

You see, I was returning home from a fine day: I’d traveled from my home in Weimar up to Drei-Annen-Hohne. Once there, traveling via Erfurt and Nordhausen, I had a splendid day. I caught the Brockenbahn up to the top […]

Naturally Dressed

Given that the aformentioned wedding with a “naturally” dressed bride and groom was going to be held at a castle, the nature of the “naturally” dressed bride and groom should, in retrospect, have been obvious. More on the wedding later.

I’ve got a Bug

Well, a Volkswagon Convertible Bug, that is.

Because today’s wedding is in a public-transport inaccessible spot (particularly in the evenings), I’ve rented a car for the weekend. I was supposed to get a BMW 1er class car, but because the car I was assigned was not at the car rental agency, I got a VW […]

Photo Friday: Unfinished

Celebrating 50 years of Soviet Armenia was left unfinished; one day it will be an art museum.

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6,500 AMD (14,44€)

Last Saturday, my Armenian Host and I took a day trip from his home town of Vanadzor to Gyumri.

Our adventure cost us 6,500 Armenia Dram, which is the equivalent of 14,21€/19.27USD. Broken down, we paid 200 Dram to get from his flat to the city center; 1,000 Dram to take the bus from Vanadzor […]

Last Time it was Bass Ale

So I woke up late this morning—with a hangover.

It’s the first real hangover I’ve had in years—the last time I can remember having one around 6 or 7 years ago, and it was after drinking Bass Ale – and it was a repeat offender, so I never drank it again.

I’m not sure what […]

Old School Zoo

My last afternoon in Armenia, I headed to the zoo with my host. It was a last minute choice, and something left out of the Lonely Planet guide—and what a shame.

The zoo is clearly old school—how I imagine an American zoo looked in the 1950s: too small cages, and plenty of opportunity for human-animal […]