Some good friends are in Weimar for the weekend, and they sent me this in the mail this morning.

While strolling around the Nationaltheater (national theater), they came across this famous quote by Oscar Wilde, glued onto the cobble stones, and then they thought of me.

Kopfsteinpflaster Weimar

Original quote: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

Yes, my friends, well, anybody, always see me carry my journal around. Not only when I’m traveling, but throughout any regular day.

I use it daily. I write first thing in the morning, while the coffee is still brewing. The journal holds my to-do list, any creative ideas, Chinese fortune cookie sayings find a home with a glue stick, and so much more. It’s a great organizer for loose notes as well.

When my children were younger, and dinner service at the restaurant took a bit too long (yes, we are in Germany), I asked them to draw something in it to pass the time. That will be a nice memory to look at someday.

I started journaling in 1992, when I lived in the U.S.A. In the past 24 years, I must have filled about 40 journals or more. The journals look more like a scrap book, because I add more life in form of tickets, photos, etc. to the covers too.

I find writing very soothing. I can have a thoughtful conversation with myself. Sometimes, I’m just happy to be home and ‘visit myself’, while everyone else is out.

Until now, I have used my journals only twice to do some research. One search was for information about Japan, and the other one was looking up a certain date.

So there really isn’t any further usage once I get past the writing. But writing helps me clear my mind, set goals, and stay organized.

Whether you are an expat experiencing a new culture, or a new mom wanting to leave a lasting memory for her child, or your spouse is too bored to listen. Writing is therapeutic.

Popular Tourist Roads in Germany

A new tourist road for traveling within Germany is in the making – the German Language Road.

Up until now,  if I had ever been asked for what  popular road in Germany would come to mind, I would have answered with Romantic Road.

I have only been on parts of the Romantic Road, but since it is part of my hometown region, I am quite familiar with it. Driving to my hometown on a Friday evning in summer often has us take a detour from the overly crowded Autobahn. Thank God for detours.

But this post is about the latest one in the planning – Straße der deutschen Sprache (German Language Road). This venture is supposed to connect 23 cities within the states of Thuringia,  Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, beginning in Thuringia and ending in Leipzig (Saxony).  Some towns to visit along this road are Weimar, Meiningen, Eisenach and Köthen.

This road has been chosen for various reasons, mainly to attract tourism to this  central part of Germany. Additionally, as the city of Schleiz (Thuringia) is the place where the road begins and where Konrad Duden has written what is commonly known as the Duden of the German language, this road has been chosen for various German linguistic and cultural reasons.

The next point of interest would be Burg Falkenstein, where Eike von Repgow once issued the Sachsenspiegel ((the first German book of law) during the Middle Ages. The town of  Mühlhausen deserves a bit of fame as well as it tries to forego using English while enhancing its city image.

More noteworthy towns to visit are Kamenz, Bautzen, Reichenbach and Oelsnitz  in the area of Vogtland.

Just follow the street signs, this German article says. But be forewarned, we are in Germany, this could take a few months until implementation.

Don’t hop into your car just yet….

Truly German – Episode 05

Truly German is a podcast that talks about the news in Germany. Sometimes this will by national news, maybe political, but we will also be covering some local topics.

We want to have some fun at the same time, so part of the podcast is our Länderquiz – in which our contestant has to guess in which Bundesland three different news stories took place in.

Will Maria win herself a T-Shirt this week?

The topics are:

  1. Election results
  2. Döner reward for voters
  3. Hessen to relax smoking laws

The quiz covers the following stories:

  1. Manga fans meet up
  2. Diplomats gather at Schloss Horst
  3. The 356th Onion Market

Listen to the episode and contact us if you’d like to have a go yourself! Click here

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