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Whatchamacallit 48: Goethe and Schiller, finger puppets.

Living in Weimar for 6 years – my first six years in Germany – I learned something important very quickly: Weimar IS THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING.

Weimar is home to Goethe (died 1832), Schiller (died 1805), and is The European Capital of Culture (1999). It is the home to all great German things.

Spend […]

Whatchamacallit 5: Hier war Goethe nie

Before moving to Germany, I think it is safe to say that I had not really thought at all about Germany and its history – beyond the typical broad strokes that Americans learn about: Germany was responsible for World War I and for World War II.

I could go on about the accuracy of […]

Somehow I’m still not jaded…

A few years ago I was in Washington DC, walking down the street, playing the part of tourist, when I came upon some locals – people playing football in the park, jogging down the streets, carrying groceries home.

I was envious – these were people who get to live every day in a fabulous city […]

Out of 2000: Pseudo Wife Speaks

My Pseudo Wife is a regular reader (but sadly leaves no comments) and I asked her to pick out those posts that stick out most in her mind as I approach my 2,000th blog entry.

I know my first entry must your post from May 17, 2009, Eurovision Surprise:

Eurovision 2009 was extremely memorable. This […]

Life *is* Random!

This has been a surprisingly busy week and weekend.

Last night I have no idea what happened, but it was something like 8:30 or 9 before I started cooking dinner—and while I was doing that I was on the phone to Denver getting some surprising information—which I would rant about, but I don’t want to […]

Not All Liszt

Despite appearances, I did not just take photos of Liszt on my walk through Weimar yesterday. Here are a few of the other highlights.

In front of the Bauhaus University Library

In the Park an der Ilm.

German's favorite food.

Apparently I'm not the only person who thinks this!

Lest […]

Liszt Lebt!

Every year Weimar holds pèlerinages—an annual Kunstfest–that is, arts festival.

The arts festival fits in: Weimar is the European Capital of Culture (1999), and anything that preserves and protects the city’s image as a center of high culture is to be endorsed and adored.

It’s three weeks of music, exhibitions, dance, literature, discussion, and film […]

Unseren Hausheiligen

Thanks to Cathy for noticing the (temporary) addition of a third to the statues in Theaterplatz. For now it’s Goethe, Schiller, und Liszt.

When You Least Expect It.

Honestly I should have expected it, but PseudoWife, her RealHusband, and I were on our third museum of the day before it happened.

We met at 11 Saturday morning on the steps of Weimar’s Neues Museum—one of five stops on the Bauhaus at 90 / 2009 Spring Tour of Weimar. After a brief debate (None […]

What a Weekend!

1 cent, Salt, Bread: A German Welcome to Your New Home

I should probably be getting back to finishing my current work project—a deadline is looming tomorrow—but instead I need a few minutes to decompress. My first load of laundry is in the dryer (I need what’s in it tonight), the second (of three) […]