Ritual dance of the compact cars

The sidewalks are wide and the streets are narrow. I paced off the width of their street, and my highly scientific measurements (calibrated with a sheet of A4 paper)[Read more]

When we got there, Denmark was closed.

Sometimes called Maundy Thursday in the English-speaking world, it’s called Green Thursday in German. I don’t know what it’s called in Danish, and we didn’t get a chance to ask. [Read more]

Sunset over the fjord

800px-Kiel_Ellerbek_01The city of Kiel, our current residence, surrounds the end of a fjord–not the elaborate Norwegian kind (remember Slartibartfast’s pride in having created their lovely crinkly edges in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?), but a fjord nonetheless. Last evening we went down to the water’s edge in the village of Mönkeberg, to see what we could see.[More….]


junket bigI’m a lover of words, and am happy to find new ones to add to my stash, as well as opportunities to use unusual ones that I’ve had tucked away. As we are about to leave for Germany to visit my oldest daughter and her husband, I poked around in my word satchel to see if I had anything that might serve the purpose. I thought of “junket,” which seemed [More….]