Auf Wiedersehen Berlin, Hallo Boston!

music playing: Aimee Mann’s, Pavlov’s Bell

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to mention that I’ll be mostly offline the next couple of weeks.  For I am leaving my adopted homeland of curry sausage, beer, apfel strudel, and umlauts for a visit to my native homeland of hot dogs, coca cola, apple pie, and baseball.

In honor of the good ol’  USA, here is a poem by the great Romanticist, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:


As a pale phantom with a lamp
  Ascends some ruin’s haunted stair,
So glides the moon along the damp
  Mysterious chambers of the air. 

Now hidden in cloud, and now revealed,
  As if this phantom, full of pain,
Were by the crumbling walls concealed,
  And at the windows seen again. 

Until at last, serene and proud
  In all the splendor of her light,
She walks the terraces of cloud,
  Supreme as Empress of the Night. 

I look, but recognize no more
  Objects familiar to my view;
The very pathway to my door
  Is an enchanted avenue. 

All things are changed.  One mass of shade,
  The elm-trees drop their curtains down;
By palace, park, and colonnade
  I walk as in a foreign town. 

The very ground beneath my feet
  Is clothed with a diviner air;
White marble paves the silent street
  And glimmers in the empty square. 

Illusion!  Underneath there lies
  The common life of every day;
Only the spirit glorifies
  With its own tints the sober gray. 

In vain we look, in vain uplift
  Our eyes to heaven, if we are blind,
We see but what we have the gift
  Of seeing; what we bring we find. 


 boston harbor

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  1. Have a safe journey and a wonderful visit! Hope they have good weather while you’re there.

  2. You’re leaving good food for average food?? You can’t get a good ApfelRotkohl anywhere in America

  3. Due in part to the fact that no one in America can even pronounce it. 😉

  4. That is what Google translate is for 😉

  5. Thank you so much, DD! 🙂

  6. Hi Chazz,

    Apfelrotkohl is pretty good. But not something I’ll miss.

    Now the fresh goods at the bakery on the other hand…

    But I am looking forward to New England cuisine: all the seafood, clam chowder…

    (sigh) If only my beloved Berlin could be by the sea.

  7. Have a wonderful journey!

  8. I hope you have a great trip.

  9. Kelly and Ralfast,

    Thank you both so much. Am leaving tomorrow morning. Time to start packing. 🙂

  10. Have a safe trip!!

  11. Thanks, Melanie. Leaving in a couple of hours. 🙂

  12. By now you’re safely in the air, but I’m thinking good thoughts about you. Hope the weather is fabulous. I can’t wait to hear about the trip.

  13. Have a safe trip! Boston is my favorite city in the US. 🙂

  14. Thanks so much Marguerite and Beth!

    Landed safely, and am now in lovely East Hampton.

    Hope everything is well with everyone. 🙂

  15. Love the poem. You do have the best. 🙂

    Boston is quite loverly. 🙂

  16. Beautiful pic! Have fun!!

  17. Enjoy your visit back to the States! 🙂

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