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

by train to bolzano, ötzi and winter’s end

a first for me last saturday: since the day we arrived in merano almost four months ago, i finally left my nearest environment by another mode of transportation than my own feet. till then actually, i went once by bus to the hardware shop a couple of stations away, and otherwise only walked in town and on pathways, and hiked on mountain trails – as for the furthest to something like 12 km outside.. Read More

südtirolerisch – the south tyrol dialect

a bit of linguistics today, a favorite topic of mine :) tough, this might be either for the german speakers of you – interesting, amusing, surprising, unique, unusual… “südtirolerisch”, the german south tyrol dialect, still puzzle me every day. here a collection of first words and phrases: behebung = bargeldabhebung am bankautomat (withdrawal) bis speida = bis später (see you later) griaß di = hallo, grüße dich (hello, to one).. Read More