My German sucks. It’s not as bad as my Russian, but it’s pretty bad. You’d think that after spending the better part of a dozen years in Munich, I’d have picked up a few more phrases beyond ordering beer and food in a restaurant. Priorities. My biggest problem (excuse) in learning German is that I’ve… Read More The Saxons Are Coming, Run for the Alps!
Twas the last weekend before Christmas And all through the town It felt almost tropical There was no ice around. Not a snowflake had fallen Only rain fell in sheets Like any spring evening There were puddles on the streets. No mulled wine stand was crowded Everyone preferred a cold beer Short sleeves… Read More Twas the Global Warmed Weekend Before Christmas
I was feeling much in the Christmas spirit, so I decided to donate my old TV and the piece of furniture it stood on for the last decade to some local, less-fortunate inhabitants of this fair burg. Also, my wife had been pestering me for a few months that she wanted it out of our… Read More Christmas Charity and Sunday Sidewalk Steals, Munich Style
Translated from the original Dear Chancellor Merkel, I know Saint Nicholas and Santa aren’t real, so Poppa said I should ask you to help. Here’s my wish list for Christmas. Recently, my school class began a project to learn about government. It is boring for many. But not me – I like it. My Poppa talks… Read More A Christmas Wish List to the Chancellor of Germany from Ingo Fuchs, 9
I met Jim here in Munich in 2002, in a month warm enough to drink a beer while sitting in a beer garden. He was sitting alone at the same table as four of my friends and me, reading a USA Today newspaper. He seemed like a nice enough fellow, typical American Midwest, neat, organized, thorough.… Read More A Birthday Bash to Forget
Language is a window and a conduit into a culture. Other aspects of the culture of a people tell us much, but language often tells us the most. Also, knowing the language of a country is a better way of ordering bread in a bakery than using some sort of sign language that only you… Read More Reißverschlussverfahren, a Word about German