Mistranslation Monday: Lou Malnati’s

If you have never been to Chicago, you may not know of Lou Malnati’s. It is a Chicago-style deep dish pizzeria with locations all around Chicagoland. Anyways, since Marco is dating a Chicagoan, he knows all about these things. So when we were listening to Jay-Z while driving in the car recently, Marco turned off the radio to ask me, “What is Jay-Z saying about Lou Malnati’s?” I immediately busted up laughing. If you don’t get it, here are the lyrics he was confused about: Conspiracy theorist screaming IlluminatiThey can’t believe this much skill is in the human body

HGTV House Hunters International Globe Traveler: July Submission

On the last day of July, Marco and I went into Lüneburg to take a picture for the HGTV House Hunters International Globe Traveler competition. I explained what the globe traveler competition is before in an earlier blog post — but basically, all you have to do is take a picture somewhere abroad with the House Hunters International bandana. Here is the picture that Marco took of me. I am standing on a bridge overlooking the Ilmenau River in an area of Lüneburg known as “am Stintmarkt (stint market).” During the Middle Ages, stint (also known as smelt, which is Continue Reading

Flying on the DreamLiner 787

On July 24, 2013, I was on the first flight to leave O’Hare International Airport in a DreamLiner 787. I flew with LOT Polish Airlines, and I was very impressed. Let’s start with the windows. Every other plane I have flown on, there was a plastic window shade that you manually pull down or push up. This plane had windows that would automatically tint to blue with the push of a button. Here is a side-by-side comparison showing the window when completely clear (left) and fully tinted (right). In all of my past transatlantic plane rides, I have always had Continue Reading