Thoroughly Thursday - the "Deutschland" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Deutschland Edition.
My family is traveling in Europe during the next couple weeks. After 18 hours of our personal version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, we arrive in Stuttgart, Germany late on Tuesday. It’s been over 20 years since I’ve been in Europe, and I’m finding myself catching up with who I was during my previous trips while watching my kids see the world expand before their eyes.
What I'm Reading - The Magical World on the Back of the Great A’Tuin
One of my favorite book series ever is the vast Discworld by the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. Though technically a fantasy series, it’s actually one of the sharpest, wittiest collections of modern satire ever written. Years ago my sister gave me the book Thud, which I re-read this last week. Police Commander Sam Vimes has to investigate a murder of a religious fundamentalist (who happens to be a dwarf) with the help of his force of trolls, werewolves and vampires without creating a international, cross-species war. One of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
What I'm Watching - A Doggie Samurai Western
What did people do on international flights prior to personal, in-seat movie viewing? Read for 10 hours? On my flight to Vienna, I had a choice of 87 different movies. I’m proud to say that I resisted the urge to watch Deadpool for the 6th time. I did get to see the recent Oprah-esque Wrinkle in Time (meh) but also the excellent stop-animation movie The Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson. I love Anderson’s movies mostly because his style is so distinctive. In this one, a young orphan goes searching for his lost dog with the help of a group of exiled pups. Most of the humans speak untranslated Japanese while the dogs are all voiced by American actors. There is a secret formula and a prophesy, but somehow it all works. What always surprises me is how his movies always feel quirky and silly (and they are), but hide an emotional core that always pays out in the end.
What I'm Learning - Sprecken Sie Deut-Lish?
I took two years of college German, which aside from being able to order a pizza in Salzburg once during a previous trip, has really not been that helpful in my day-to-day adult life. However, during this trip, I feel it slowly coming back. The odd word here, half a phrase there, it’s like riding a bicycle backwards while wearing ice skates, and nearly as painful. However, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to order a sandwich in some form of German by the time we’re at the airport for our return journey.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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