German Lesson: Schillerlocken

This fish shop sold Schillerlocken (on the right), a term I had not associated with fish. Schiller, of course, made me think of Friedrich Schiller, and Locken are curls.

* Where does this term come from?

The term is coined after its resemblance to Friedrich Schiller’s long curls.

* What are Schillerlocken?

This part is the belly side of the Dornhai (Hai: shark), one of the shark species.

* How do you eat them?

I observed a family of four ordering four Schillerlocken, which then were served in a German bread roll and they were also offered the Danish curry sauce, which they declined.

Schillerlocken (right)

Schillerlocken (right side)

I have never tried it and while searching the net, I found various sources of alarming notes.

This type of shark has been over-fished, and its meat contains a dangerously high level of Methylquecksilber (methyl mercury) as well.

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German Lesson: die Hundebadestelle

Most German areas are rather dog friendly, so we were not surprised to find designated stretches of beach labeled Hundebadestelle (dog bathing area).

This photo was taken along the Baltic Sea shore.



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Quote of the Day

If we do not know what port we are steering for, no wind is favourable.

(German: Solange wir nicht wissen, welchen Hafen wir anlaufen wollen, gibt es keinen günstigen Wind)

- Seneca -

Maasholm in Germany

Maasholm in Germany

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German Lesson: die Wetterstation

While visiting Bad Arnis,  the smallest town in Germany, we found this Wetterstation (weather station) near its small harbor.


It’s all about this suspended rock (Stein) and yes, it’s humorous how the Vikings really simplified weather patterns. [Satire]



stone – wet – rain

stone – white – snow

stone – dry – sunshine

stone – invisible – fog

stone – moving – storm

stone – fallen down – earthquake

stone – steaming – heat after rain

In Oberursel, we’ve had wet stones for most of August 2014.

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Zitat des Tages

„Die größten Meister sind diejenigen, die nie aufhören, Schüler zu sein.“

(The greatest masters are those who never cease to be students)

- Ignaz Anton Demeter -
archbishop of Freiburg, educator, and author
* 1773 † 1842

Door in Bad Arnis/Baltic Sea

Door in Bad Arnis/Baltic Sea


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