Tag Archives: Germany

The Train

Homesickness is a weird emotion that can strike at the most unlikely times in the most unlikely places. I shouldn’t get it in Canada, should I? As I took public transit downtown Wednesday morning, I had a flash of homesickness as the train pulled into the station. There’s a warning announced in English and French telling […]

The Crucifix

It’s Sunday, and I am away on a retreat. This post from October 2014 seemed appropriate for the day. My wife’s aunt is a retired schoolteacher. She makes certain that any visit we make to her in Lippstadt, Germany, has an educational component. There are no options, we will learn something. Or else. Since we […]

A Great Deal?

A few weeks back I told you about the German oil crisis and the shortage of cooking oil. Several restaurants i visited in May had dropped items like French Fries from their menu becasue cooking oil had gotten too pricy – if they could get any. Now a news report tells us of a German […]

The Oil Crisis

The price of oil regularly fluctuates on the world market. It is at more than $120 a barrel as I write this, up from below zero a couple of years ago. (If you don’t quite understand the math to that, join the club.) People are feeling the pain at the gas pumps. But there is another oil […]

Feeling Relaxed

I can’t remember if I noted this sculpture in Mullheim’s pedestrian zone when I lived in the area. Assuming it isn’t new, I must have walked past it a couple of dozen times without stopping to consider it.  The sculptor has, in my mind, nailed it. The subject of his study is happy and relaxed, […]

The Blacksmith

One last look back at the 2018 Weckensonntag in Sulzburg. There’s a certain fascination that comes with watching someone perform a lost art.  Though I guess it isn’t really lost if people are still doing it. It must be 50 years since I last watched a blacksmith plying his trade, so it was nice to […]


Continuing from where we left off yesterday, some thoughts on this unique Sulzburg tradition, in this post from 2018. For my neighbour it is a nostalgic time. When she was a child, Weckensonntag was the day the children received their new spring outfits (in Canada for many families it is Easter for that). So I […]

Something Special

According to the calendar, Sunday is Weckensonntag. However the festival is canceled this year, I presume due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Still, we can celebrate nonetheless, with these thoughts and pictures from 2018. Our neighbour was insistent we had to take part in Weckensonntag, which is held the third Sunday before Easter. She told us […]

Reaching Up

Not sure why, but Munstertal was on my mind yesterday. It’s quaint little village in the Black Forest. I looked to see what i had written about it, and found this from 2020, with a promise to write more. I must do that soon. In the meantime, enjoy the sculpture. Took a trip to the […]

Timelines of History

You’ve heard it said: those who don’t learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it. Did you have that feeling yesterday? Here’s a timeline from the past: On March 7, 1936, the German military, at the command of Chancellor Adolf Hitler, moved into the demilitarized Rhineland. Britain and France scolded. On March 12, […]