Archive for the ‘Culture and Language’ Category

Where Do You Come From?

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Where is your home? In a hyper-globalized world like the one we live in today, it’s hard to define your home. Why? Because sometimes you’re born in a certain place, you grow up in another, you study again in another, marry and live in another, and so on. So where is your home?

The following video tries to redefined this notion from the perspective of a globalized planet. And I couldn’t agree more with the speaker: where you come from is much less important than where you’re going! Your home is defined by you, by where you feel at home and where your mind and heart are at peace.

Sigmaringen Castle

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Sigmaringen Castle is one of the most beautiful castles I’ve ever visited. If you are ever in the south of Germany, I strongly recommend you go and see it. Gorgeous!

Loving The Only Car

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

A slightly odd documentary about Dacia the car manufacturer, its past during the communist era and the attachment many Romanians still feel towards their national car. As the first car that I ever drove for a longer period of time was a Dacia, I can relate to some of the melancholy in the documentary. On the one hand, it’s certainly different to talk about a national car in a country like Romanian, where Dacias were almost the only brand one could buy before ’89. At the same time, the usual waiting period for a car was about 2 years, so by the time you actually received it, you really learned to cherish it.

But on the other hand, I guess most people who are at least partly car lovers, would get quickly attached to a vehicle that is moody, breaks down a lot, but which is also so simple in terms of design and mechanics, that you could most often fix it yourself at the side of the road.

Stephen Fry On Language

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Language is a tool and language is art. Language is the way we communicate, understand, influence, collaborate. Language is one level more concrete than thought, and one step in front or behind emotion. The point I’m trying to make is that language is a beautiful, dynamic entity that shifts through time and through the mind of the people that use it. Why do I bring this up now? Well, let’s just say that I’ve been inspired by the ultimate man-of-words, Stephen Fry:

German Castles On The Waves Of History

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Here’s a selection of great castles from Germany. While I like all of the ones presented in the following clips, these are certainly not the only ones, or ever necessarily my absolute favorites. So I will keep posting these documentarie and descriptions as I find them.

Burg Trifels. In case you want to see the castle where Richard Richard the Lionheart was captive for a couple of years.

Burg Eltz. The most visited castle in Germany.

Here’s also a clip in English, with images also from the interior of the castle:

Burg Hohenzollern. The ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty, the family that ruled Prussia throughout its existence, and later became the royal line of the united German Empire in the 19th Century.

Octavian Paler Through Time

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Octavian Paler is a great writer, phylosopher and thinker of our times. Sadly, he passed away some years ago. Still, I wanted to share some of his TV appearanced where his life and personality are more visible.

The following shows are in Romanian: this one and…

Bears In The Carpathian Mountains

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

…like I remember them. But the second clip highlights also the very dark sides of the situation.

Et Cetera

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

How to write it, and what it means: etc.

In a way, this post is related to a previous one about et al., where I focused on how to write and especially how to pronounce such Latin abbreviations.

Why Foreign Students Don’t Stay In Germany

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Many study here, and many leave again. This article gives a couple of hints why this is the case: laws that are hard to understand, bureaucracy and xenophobia.

The German Soul

Friday, January 20th, 2012

… or “Die deutsche Seele” is the title of a book by Thea Dorn. And while I haven’t read it yet (but I intend to), my attention was captured by this 45 minute interview with the author. Additional information about Thea Dorn is available here.

Just as a short summary, in the interview I was captivated by her style and views on topics like nationality and Sehnsucht, the roots to ones own country, the Germans and their soul (as a nation, after WWII), the church and philosophy, myths, music as religion, Nietzsche and Wagner, German politics and much more. Really worth a watching!