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Unleash Your Adventure

My good friends have come for a visit and now have left again. They are currently on a world trip - traveling east from Germany to Newfoundland. I was but a brief resting point while they switched modes of transport to suit the new (more expensive) continent. (Up until now, they have done the trip by motorcycle, but they've switched to a van for North America, due to how expensive both motorcycles and accommodation are.)

If any of you are curious, my friends have a website: http://unleashyouradventure.com/

Here are some things I have learned from their visit:

1. It's nice to have optimists around - unabashed optimists who believe that anything is achievable as long as you think outside the box. "I'm sorry, Alix, but we have fixed your life" the German said to me on their 4th day here, after ordering me to switch contracting companies and move to Berlin by the fall. (It's not going to happen due to many reasons, but the fact remains that it technically is possible.) I laughed, "Don't apologize. I obviously need the help."

2. Everything sounds better in German (or when spoken with a Newfoundland accent).

Even the German speaking to the whiny dog sounded better than when I said the exact same thing in English. "Hör mal auf, Mango, das Leben ist nicht so schlimm." (Cut it out, Mango, life is not that bad.)

3. The best house-guests are fellow computer-geek introverts...or maybe just my friends, because I didn't not have to cook a single meal while they were here, nor wash dishes, nor buy groceries. The German even taught me how to make a very delicious potato dish. That all being said, I feel like I've gained 5 pounds.

4. The easiest way to not sleep in every single morning is to have a dog that you must walk (or house-guests that must walk their dog.)

5. If you plan a day's activity around the idea that you need to wear out a dog - you will inevitably end up wearing out yourself as well.

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vail_kagami
Mar. 28th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Everything sounds better in German? Das ist mir neu!

But I can leave my comments in German from now on... :P

Sounds like you had a great time. That's one long trip your friends are making there!
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
You CAN leave your comments in German. My German is EXTREMELY rusty, so I'll probably respond in English to save myself embarrassment...but I really love German. :)

My friends have been travelling since last summer! They're planning to be in Newfoundland in June...so it'll be about a year total for the trip.

My best friend and I once figured out that English is the best for singing, German is the best for poetry, and French is the best for saying romantic things (if it's France-French) or swearing (if it's Canadian-French.) :P
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
I think Spanish is the best for songs. Or Brazillian Portuguese. English is OK, but Spanish is just lovely.

English is the best for swearing if you have a Scottish or Irish accent. :P
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think at the time we came up with that, my friend was living on the same floor as a bunch of Spaniards who would wake him up at 8am every morning blasting Shakira...so, uh, I don't think Spanish was his favourite language just then. :P

We also used to play the fun game of matching up European languages with their Middle-Earth counterparts. ;)
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Aaah I see. My firend who studies Spanish has directed me to many lovely Spanish songs so I guess I've got a better view of Spanish music.

Oh now you are going to have to share. :P
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'm trying to remember! This was all almost 10 years ago. You might have to give me a day so that I can see if I can get in touch with my friend over Skype. He's bound to remember.

I think we had the Dwarves speaking German...the Elves may have been Gaelic (or possible French - or possibly that was an argument between us.) "Common"/Humans spoke English, of course, because that was our mutual language so it made sense. And man...I cannot remember the rest. :P

Edited at 2012-03-28 06:54 pm (UTC)
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Eh I'm not that fussed, though it would be interesting!

Elvish is based on... Welsh (Sindarin) and I think Finnish (Quenya), so Gaelic/Irish isn't so far off! And then the Rohan language (Rohirric?) has an Old English base, ewhich makes the songs awesome. I have no idea about Dwarvish, but I think German is a good parallel!
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Ooo, Finnish..I should have thought of that one. But yeah, we went with languages that we knew (or had friends who spoke). :P
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Eh. I base this knowledge on (too many, according to my sister) viewings of the extras on the extended version of the films.

Which I now want to watch, now I've mentioned them. Dammit.
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Haha, sorry? :P
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
No apologies necessary! I don't have.... 12 hours+ to spare anyway. :P
borgmama1of5
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
I have been listening to 'learn German' cds while driving for the last few weeks in preparation for my trip. Maybe I can use your friend's phrase and substitute the baby's name for the dog's name when she cries...
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Haha, you could!

I hope you have a great trip. I'm a little jealous. :)
juppschmitz
Mar. 28th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
Everything sounds better in German

Not Sam'n'Dean they don't!!

LOL
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
LOL good point! I stand corrected. ;)
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Point five is why I want us to get a dog again. Plus I just miss having pets. :P
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can definitely see why having a dog would lead to a more active/healthy lifestyle (if you were a good dog owner). I'm not really a pet-person anymore, but it was fun to have someone else's dog around for a bit.
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Aww but pets are lovely! You have a cat for keeping your lap warm and a dog for making sure you get out enough. :P I miss my cat and dog. They were put down within a month of each other before we moved and then dad messed up his Achillies tendon so we can't get another dog until it's healed. Which sucks.
hells_half_acre
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I'm a little psychologically broken when it comes to pets, plus I'm allergic to mostly anything with fur. But it's a moot point, because I'm not allowed pets in my apartment anyway...I do cat-sit for my friend occasionally, so that's fun! I get to pretend I have two cats for a week or two. :)

I hope your dad's tendom heals up soon so that you can get another dog!
franztastisch
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Well thats a valid argument against having pets. I'd hate it if I was allergic. I like cats too much. :P But pretend ownership is something! All the fun with none of the hassle. Or minimum hassle at least. :P

Thanks. :)
khek
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
About #2...my sister would disagree! She's currently in Switzerland with her husband of two years, desperately trying to learn enough German to get by...

(She's always hated learning languages though, mostly, I think, because she's a perfectionist and can't stand the thought of having an accent or getting her tenses wrong.)

Sounds like a fun visit though. And your friends' dog is adorable!
hells_half_acre
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Well, Swiss-German is another matter altogether :P

I sympathize with your sister though - I'm also a perfectionist and it's really hard to get over the self-consciousness of knowing that you are speaking a language a)with a huge accent that you can't get rid of, and b)incorrectly. It helps though, to think of all the people you know who speak English with an accent, or slightly incorrectly, and how you never give a damn about it. ;)
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