Graveyards are a strange place. They’re peaceful, but also sometimes creepy. Case in point, these photos I have here. These are photos from the Alter Friedhof in Freiburg im Breisgau, where I spent a year living. The featured image above is the stone in a mausoleum that says: Weinet nicht meine Lieben. Ich bin glücklich. In English: “Cry not my beloved, I am happy”. Which is kind of a darling sentiment…I mean, maybe the person was suffering a long illness that death was a relief from? Or perhaps they were just miserable in life, and death brought them freedom. That’s nothing to frown at; it would be a good thing.
I was just thinking about how where I grew up and have lived for most of my life is a huge impact and influence on how I see things…and how I go about practice. See, I’m very lucky to grow up in Washington state. I love it here. There’s so many different things, different environments. We’ve got forests, desert, farmland, coast, sweeping mountains, rivers, lakes, sounds and oceans, rainforest…everything you can think of. And it’s all within a maximal 5 hour drive. Not to mention one of the most beautiful mountain-views anywhere (my opinion): Mt. Rainier. That’s my favorite thing. Living in western Washington, it’s great when on clear days we can see the mountain. And sometimes it’s just so impressive looking, because it…
Source: Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany | Books | The Guardian This is an old article – for sure. But still, definitely of interest.
Source: Slavic Germany – the untold history of Germany To pique the interest of anyone interested in history and Slavic people in what are modern-day German lands. That is the main link. It’s got a bit of fascinating information there which makes for good reading. Here’s the link to Groß Raden itself and its information (in German). That’s actually more informative for me, to be honest. Also of interest to me in general, as my family is mostly Czech and German. So a mix of Slavic and German heritage. I might have to delve deeper into this topic in the future.
I visited Meißen back in March of 2012. It was just one of my many travels to castles, ruins, or forts during my year studying in Germany. One thing I loved doing was taking photos. A few just jumped out at me while I was going through them again. This is one of my favorites, from the Albrechtsburg.
So I’m considering writing some posts in German (or at least doing the same post in German and English). I’m just curious if anyone would be interested in that or not?∗
So I’m going to get the chance to meet up with another great-uncle of mine. The family has records in German, and as I’m the only speaker, they’re asking if I can translate for them. I’m beyond excited for this. It’s great to get to a) meet family I haven’t seen and b) use my German language skills. I don’t think I’ve seen this great-uncle before (or if I have, it was when I was really little). But still, family is family…and I’m glad to get to see him. And time to translate in German for my family is a great chance. Family documents are things that hold deep fascination for me, and I’m very excited to get a chance to spend time going…