Notes from Germany

On Twitter, I discovered the link for Karen McCann’s book Dancing in the Fountain and it looks like a book I might just order. Just for dreaming about the things I have not done. For many years I had been plagued by the wanderlust, but this is slowly coming to an end.

I found the following comment on Nora Dunn’s website The Professional Hobo and quote the author, Karen McCann’s words about her book:

I want to demonstrate that living abroad isn’t as difficult as many people think. People often say they wish they could live the way I do. While some truly can’t, due to career, family or other circumstances, often the only real barrier is that they can’t imagine how to go about it. I wrote Dancing in the Fountain to give people ideas about how it can be done and what fun it can be.

At the moment, we are bound to stay where we are. Our income is fairly secure, which is especially important with a child attending a U.K. university and having to pay the tuition fee, accommodation, etc. Guess we are not moving anywhere anytime soon.

But on a different note, I might not pack up and move to Spain like the author did, but I have just booked a trip to Mallorca. Interestingly enough, last week Tuesday, my neighbor was telling me about her upcoming trip to Malle and I had to ask where that was. Nowadays, this is the common German term for Mallorca, or so I was informed. I had no idea I would be booking a trip there myself that very same evening… after I had gotten an e-mail reminder a couple of days earlier for a promise I had made in the summer.

Days before, I had been searching online for a suitable getaway location and price. What I had found online was quite expensive or let’s say nothing for less than 500 euro. With only 2 1/2 days to spare, I was hoping for something around the 350 euro mark.

I contacted a travel agent friend from my hometown, who was able to get us a return flight, two nights in a hotel with breakfast and dinner, and a single room for only 277 euro (per person). This seems to be an excellent deal!

She also informed me that flights have gotten rather expensive except for going to Mallorca. There are so many Germans going there – we often refer to it as our 17th German state – that there are less expensive, chartered flights almost year round.

I think I will order the book for my holiday reading on Mallorca. All I want to do there is read, take photos, walk, talk to locals, eat, and drink.

For your dreams of wanderlust, take a look at the book Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad available from

Oberursel Altstadt

As dusk was setting, we were on our way to the guest house/restaurant Zum Schwanen. As always, we have to approach this Altstadt area on foot as there is no parking out front any of these buildings.

Oberursel Altstadt

View from the Marktplatz towards St. Ursula Kirche with the guest house Zum Hirsch (to the deer) on the left.

Gasthaus "Zum Schwanen" in Oberursel


Weathervanes in Oberursel

The church tower carries a weather vane, which is typically the Wetterhahn (German: rooster). This neighboring house has one sitting on the roof top, but I would hope this is only for decorative purposes and put up by the owner himself.

The old saying jemandem den roten Hahn aufs Dach setzen (to place the red rooster on s.o.’s roof) means this person wishes to burn down the house. Usually someone else’s.

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