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Me as a pict…

For Halloween in 2007 I dress up as a scottish pict! I’ve been meaning to post these pictures ever since I started this blog, just because they are so cool! The funny thing was, I used blue stamp ink for the war paint (I wonder what they used back then…) but it took many washings for it to come off! I was blue for a while!
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If you drive from Ruby Valley to Elko Nevada, and you take the long way round if I remember correctly, you will get to the town of Jiggs, Nevada, which has (I believe) one house, a school, and a bar…the smallest town in Nevada.  The first time I set foot in the bar, I was about 15, and I don’t believe that was quite old enough, because the bar in Jiggs, Nevada is one of the most scary things in my memory.  Although the people in Jiggs (all 8 of them) are very nice, on the walls of the bar hang creatures of horror for a 15 year-old, but of humor for adults.  There you can find the one and only two-headed calf as well as many other montages of mammals, including quite a few Jackalopes.

Don’t know what a Jackalope is?  Basically it’s a rabbit or hare with horns or antlers, looks like this:

jackalope

Here’s the funny thing…from Jiggs, Nevada to Mittenwald, Bavaria, not much has changed in the mythology! (Although they are 5,564 miles/8,954 km apart as the crow flies.)  In this little corner of Bavaria, up in the Alps, the people of Mittenwald believe in the ferocious Wolpertinger, not quite unlike the Jackalope, however, with wings and fangs:

wolpertinger

Here comes the best part!  When I wanted to find out more about these small and strange beasts, I discovered something quite amusing for Art Historians!

duerer-haseduerer-jackalopeduerer-wolpertinger

(All pictures are clickable for a larger version.)

The first of these rabbits is actually a famous work from the German artist Albrecht Dürer from 1502.  Apparently over time people have independently taken Dürer’s work and re-interpreted it for their own cultural mythology!  Talk about comparative visual culture! *giggle*

On another tangent…

Oddly enough, it seems as though Jiggs, Nevada has more than one connection to Germany.  At one point there was a commercial filmed there for the VW, in which “the entire population of Jiggs can fit into a Volkswagen Bus”!  After much time spent googling, I found the following photo:

jiggsvw

That concludes my random blog post!  And all because my uncle asked me for a schnitzel recipe…

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Gebirge

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”

-William Blake

mountain

(I wish I had time for some painted art…but here is a little photography mixed with photoshop)

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I’ve voted baby! And from about 6,000 miles (9,500 km) away…so if I can do it, you can too!

It’s interesting to see how the election campaigns are received on the other side of the pond.  I think I’ve had more Germans ask me about the election than I’ve seen ads, which is a nice break, I guess.  But when they ask me about the American people and who I think will win the election, I feel that now more than ever I can’t give them a correct answer.  In Germany I learn about the candidates what I choose to learn, I don’t have information thrown at me.  And I don’t hear the opinions of those around me either.

However, last night, there was a special about the two candidate on German television (oh, and I did see Obama’s speech when he was in Berlin a while back).  But to get my hands on the last debate I had to resort to good’ol youtube.  I also find that the translations that are made on the spot for things like debates are quite often incorrect, or not quite as correct as they could be translated, and finding campaign stuff on CNN (the only English channel I have) just doesn’t happen.

It’s interesting to look at the idea of the American Dream from my standpoint.  I’m very fortunate; I graduated with my bachelor’s degree and had some struggle to get a job, but it paid off and now I have a job I love and am paid pretty well for it, too.  I have also gotten into a graduate program in a country where the government pays for universities, so I won’t get into major debt to gain a quality education.  I cannot thank Germany enough, and I wish I could say the same for America.  I look at how people, my friends and family, in the US are struggling.  Not just in the last month or so with the economic crisis…it was even before then.  People I graduated with can’t find jobs and loved ones haven’t had health insurance for years.  When I compare that to my situation, where I pay 49 Euros a month as a student for health care, I start to question which country is the type that FULFILLS dreams.

The American Dream is by no means gone…if anything it has gotten stronger.  The problem is that America is no longer a place where dreams come true, but that could all change on November 4th.  Half of America, and I hope that bit more that we need, dreams of Obama becoming President of the United States.  That American Dream already exists.  But dreams, although our innermost desires, we also see as being something other than reality.  From dreams, we wake up.  It’s hope that makes us see dreams with the possibility of them coming true, and it’s hope that Barack Obama represents.  I don’t care if the other half of America thinks that the idea of hope is too idealistic and too poetic to base a campaign on. It’s what humanism is based upon; our very nature is to hope and dream.

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At the moment, I’m attempting to “learn” three languages: I’m constantly improving my German, I need to learn French if I want to try to live there next year, and I have to pass a Latin proficiency test for my studies!  Whenever I become frustrated, I find consolation in the words of dear Mr. Twain…

“It has always been a marvel to me–that French language; it has always been a puzzle to me. How beautiful that language is! How expressive it seems to be! How full of grace it is! And when it comes from lips like those, how eloquent and how limpid it is! And, oh, I am always deceived–I always think I am going to understand it.”

“I heard a Californian student say, in one of his calmest moods, that he would rather decline two drinks than one German adjective.”

“They spell it “Vinci” and pronounce it “Vinchy”. Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.”

“In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.”

“Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth.”

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So’ne Kas!

So, for those of you who don’t know what one is, this, my friends, is a Leberkässemmel (which translates to “liver cheese sandwich,” but not one of those adjectives is correct!):

So this is basically a thick weird meatloaf slab that is in a roll, very much beloved by Bavarians! (I love alliteration!)

Yesterday Philipp and I were riding in the car and heard on the radio that a place called Bad Birnbach (more B’s!) was making the world’s largest Leberkässemmel! It had 500 kg of meat and something like 200 kg of bread!

Philipp’s reaction to this was “where are they going to get enough mustard?” 🙂

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Randomness

I don’t have much to say in this post, but I do have photos to share for those who like to look at them! The first picture is of Philipp and me as a few people have asked for a recent picture of the two of us! I think my boyfriend is just getting more and more funny looking! (just kidding…you can decide for yourself!)

Philipp and me

Philipp and me

Have I mentioned how much I love WordPress? Man, it was so easy to upload that photo!

The next picture shows a tradition in Munich. One of the symbols of Munich is the lion, because of a guy named Heinrich der Löwe (Henry the Lion)…beware, I’m about to whip out my tour guide knowledge! Henry was a medieval knight to burnt down a bridge and upset a Bishop, which ultimately lead to the founding of the city of Munich.

In any case, outside of the royal residence in Munich, where the Wittelsbach family lived, are two gates, each have two lions with shields on either side of the arch…which makes a total of 4 lions. On the shields are smaller lion faces, and if you rub the noses of these you receive different degrees of destiny! Rubbing one lion will get you luck…two will get you fortune…three will get you riches…BUT…if you rub four, then you’re just greedy, and you don’t get anything at all! This is me rubbing my third lion:

luck, fortune, and riches

luck, fortune, and riches

And last, but not least, here is a picture of me in front of a VERY BIG BOOK!!! It’s awesome, because it’s like a medieval manuscript too! And the Theatinerkirche is in the background.

This picture seem to redefine the idea of book worms…

So, for those of you who have continued reading all this way…I will give you a sneak peak hint about what I plan to post about soon! The following things will be coming:

1. Working at BMW (and pictures!)

2. My apartment

3. VIDEO POSTS! Yes, that’s right, I’ve seen them around and I’m going to try it out for myself! Have I got you at the edge of your seat yet? *grin*

4. At some point I would like to write about random stuff that goes through my head and I write down in my little black notebook…like my thoughts on Aristotle’s literary theory, aesthetics, and some of the stuff I’m learning about art history. Let me know if you are interested!

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