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Britta Kowalski: Heimat

If you missed this post in English, you can find it here. Mit dem Lernen von Sprachen habe ich früh angefangen. Mein erstes Wörterbuch war ein Bündel vergilbter Seiten mit Listen russischer Wörter die meine Großvater väterlicherseits gehört hatten. Sie waren bei seiner persönlichen Habe, die meiner Großmutter geschickt wurde, nachdem er in einem Lazarett… Read more Britta Kowalski: Heimat

Silke Kowalski on Heimat (in German)

Today’s post is in German, at the request of some German readers. If you missed this post in English, you can find it here. Während meiner Expedition entlang des Grünen Bandes (der ehemaligen deutsch-deutschen Grenze) folgte ich einer Strategie, für die ich mir die Bezeichnung “strukturiertes Umherwandern” (Englisch “sauntering”) überlegt habe.  Die 1400 km lange… Read more Silke Kowalski on Heimat (in German)

“The bakery has closed forever”…but not the German Unity sculpture park

The sight of the tiny village of Henneberg (population 613) in the light of the setting sun was lovely – a reward for the double distance I had covered that day.  A bit like a Vermont scene, I thought, the way it sat there nestled between fields and pastures against a wooded hillside.  But this… Read more “The bakery has closed forever”…but not the German Unity sculpture park

Roaming the Rhön Mountains, and lunch at the Bay of Pigs

I had learned by this point in the expedition that I should not even attempt to ride more than 50 km a day.  A 30 km day yielded enough impressions, encounters, and food for thought to last for several more days.  And then there were the hills, which were more like the Green Mountains than… Read more Roaming the Rhön Mountains, and lunch at the Bay of Pigs

Small detour: Crossing paths with Bach and Luther

I’ve been off my bike (actually my father’s) for a bit now, but I haven’t been far from the border.  In fact, I crossed it by bus just a little over a week ago, together with ten of the best travel companions you could imagine – a group of New Hampshire PBS members traveling in… Read more Small detour: Crossing paths with Bach and Luther