Tag: German

Austria: A Life Lived in the Quiet Times Between Seasons

Austria: A Life Lived in the Quiet Times Between Seasons
I have a special fondness for Austria, although I have only been there once, a very long time ago. A lifetime ago. It was Christmastime. What I remember is the frigid, fresh air. The bright red trolleys that ringed Vienna. The decadence of my first Sachertorte. Arriving in Salzburg, I was engulfed by the heady... Read more »

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home
If you’re like me, you know very little about Malta, except that is was the setting for the classic Humphrey Bogart film, Maltese Falcon and the December 1989 Malta Summit between President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Amy, my contact for this post on Malta, helped fill in the blanks. How I... Read more »

Norway: Fjords, Vikings, and the Nobel Prize for Peace

Norway: Fjords, Vikings, and the Nobel Prize for Peace
The landscape of Norway is breathtakingly beautiful, its people proud and fiercely independent. For good reason. Known as the land of the midnight sun, Norway is where the first Vikings struck out from and, by stark contrast, where the Nobel Prize for Peace is awarded each year. In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the... Read more »
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A Story of 23 Chromosomes

A Story of 23 Chromosomes
“It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.”   — Khalil Gibran  Patience is necessary to writing this blog. After all, I am prevailing upon strangers to work me into their busy lives. Without their responses, this blog would not exist. But a clog in the pipeline... Read more »

Slovakia: On the Banks of the Danube River

Slovakia: On the Banks of the Danube River
Ella, an Icelandic friend my husband met by playing an online word game (http://www.itsyourturn.com), connected me with today’s post, Denisa. Denisa lives in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. On Wikipedia, it says Bratislava lies on both banks of the Danube River and is the only national capital that borders two independent countries, Austria and Hungary.... Read more »