this one for our geek and nerd readers… sometimes (or probably more often than not) armin likes to play sheldon cooper, but he won’t just realize it. like today. first, while having again one of these internal communication difficulties (due to the interaction man-woman, or french mind-german mind, or precisely nerd-average individual) i was told that we need to synchronize. where i thought to myself heavens-i-am-not-an-iPhone. then, later, sitting comfortably at.. Read More

omg. a cold front.

non ci credo. hard to believe, but in the news yesterday: a “cold front”. after two cloudy days and a temperature drop from 30 to 22 °c, they’re wondering on the third day bringing, indeed, lots of rain, what happened to the awaited hot summer. truly. yes, everything is relative, and that’s how it is here, everyone gets upset by only one single insignificant cloudy or rainy day. on the other hand, they say that.. Read More

three days of continuous rain. finally.

finalmente, la pioggia. i see some grins over the line. not that everybody was really waiting for it, except the farmers, however nobody complained as sprinkle started early this week. seriously: after a winter without snow and only barely rain, march and april have been very dry too. and right after easter, the weather changed course, bringing days of polar air and a strong freezing north wind which upset everyone. and.. Read More

südtirolerisch – the south tyrol dialect cont.

here you go today, with some new south tyrolean words and phrases pinched in the course of common life: allfälliges = diverse, am ende einer versammlung/besprechung (miscellaneous) ansuchen = beantragen (to request) aufsperren = ein geschäft/einen (kino-, konzert-)saal aufmachen, öffnen (to open) erdäpfel = ja! die kartoffel, wie die französische “pomme de terre” :) (potato) gesuch = anfrage (request) gfollt mir! = das fb “gefällt mir” (the fb like) heuer =.. Read More


now there is no doubt: here on the south side of the alps, in the country under the blue sky, surrounded by mountains, we found our place in the sun. the two first months of the year are now behind, it’s been a very quiet time in merano. the end of february brought some rain, which was a good turn for mother nature, and since the first week-end of march,.. Read More