I flew to Germany again, just after Thanksgiving. Delta could not fly to Munich, so I flew directly to Frankfurt-Main, believing that simpler would be better. When I visited in late August, I had to fly to Amsterdam, change planes, and fly on to Munich with KLM.

I don't think I'll fly to Frankfurt again. It is a busy, busy place. Large, complex, and intimidating. Also, the convenient, underground shopping-area that I remember from the old days mostly closed when the epidemic started and has not yet reopened.

The weather was much colder this time. Days in the upper 30s, nights around 30 or lower. We had snow flurries in Erfurt and snow accumulation in the hills south of the city.

I live in a part of the US with a climate-system just a tad cooler than the Tropics. After two weeks in Erfurt, I found the task of putting on a sweater, a coat, and overcoat—gloves, hat, and scarve—sort of tiresome.

Days were much shorter. Twilight around 4:15 pm. During the Summer, twilight comes around ten p.m., and the morning starts just before five a..m.

Erfurt, western horizon, 1630 hrs. 1st December

Das Haus zum Güldenen Rade

When I visited Erfurt at the end of the Summer, I remember being impressed that restaurants had undergone renovation during the lockdown period. One of my favorites, the Haus zum Güldenen Rade, remodeled the interior to accomodate more seating. Perhaps you notice in the street-photo that there are no cars. Only service vehicles and street-cars can use it. The sound of human voices echoing off the walls of buildings remains with you. With no auto traffic—it gets addictive, it really does.

Das Haus zum Güldenen Rade on the left


After renovation

The opposite side of the street

Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Sweet potato fries


Güldenen Rade before renovation 

me at work






September 30, 2022

Rolexes and Wealth

I remember the day my eighth-grade teacher arrived at school wearing his new wrist-watch. We saw this guy for the 180 days of the school-year and knew him pretty well--as well as anyone did. We noticed that, among his other mannerisms, he tended to look often at the watch during class. We thought he was keen to know the time on a regular basis. Now, I believe he was just admiring his new watch.

September 28, 2022

Family-life is not a Democracy

I ran into a problem yesterday when I returned to Germany. On my first evening, I wanted to slake my thirst for German beer, big-time! So I ordered a liter-serving right off the bat; but I knew I also wanted some wine and ordered a carafe of it, as well. Shamefully, I have to admit to not finishing either. I slaked my thirst, but had to leave some of it undrunk. I hate wasting anything, but I had work to do and wanted to operate on all my cylinders.

September 24, 2022

Violence in the Real

This article appeared last July in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, by the newspaper's expert on hip-hop music, Florentin Schuhmacher. He regards gangsta-rap, and its sub-genre Drill, as a legitimate art-form. He can understand the reservations that law enforcement, parents, and teachers have toward music that glorifies gang-life, describes the rush of killing one's enemies, the pleasure of drugs—as a source of wealth—and demeaning women; but Schumacher also says the police cannot simply censor it. They must distinguish between art and criminal acts, shooings, and robberies.

Lloyd Bowers


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