In 2012, Marco took me to Freiburg, which is where he used to study. While there, we went to a popular student restaurant called Brennessel. Now, this is a pretty cheap restaurant (they serve a huge serving of Spaghetti Bolognese for 1.80€ everyday from 18-19:30), but the pork chop I had there hit the right spot in an indescribable way. I still dream about the brown sauce that meat was smothered in…
If you could have a second home, where would it be and why?
This is maybe a boring answer, but I would have my second home in Chicago! Preferably one of those multi-million dollar brownstones in Lincoln Park.
If you were a ghost, which place would you haunt?
To this day, my mother still claims that a ghost haunted her childhood home. So, I think I would haunt my childhood home as well. Specifically, whoever is sleeping in my childhood bedroom (I always had nightmares about someone living in that closet).
Have you ever planned a trip just because a book/film was set there?
Not yet, but I have wanting to visit Bruges ever since watching the movie In Bruges.
What is a blog post you wrote within the last year or two that you really like?
Anything personal or opinionated, which is why I often write more objective/factual posts about studying or living in Germany.
Yes! My favorite German TV show is, without a doubt, Tatortreiniger. Don’t mistake it with the long-running German crime show Tatort. Der Tatortreiniger is about a man who cleans crime scenes, where he meets pretty eccentric characters or gets himself into some precarious situations. It’s hilarious. You should watch it (if you know German, that is, because I am not sure if subtitles are available).
If you were to look at my resume, you would see that I write “proficient” when describing my German fluency. I have passed the TestDaF, I am doing a German-language Master’s program, and I speak German on a daily basis. Am I perfect? No. I still have a lot of room for improvement, but my German is good enough for all of that…
Which dialect (of any language) do you really enjoy listening to?
My favorite German dialect is probably Fränkisch, which is the dialect from the region in Bavaria known as Franken. I think the way they roll their “R” is so cute, especially when they try to speak Hochdeutsch, but retain the rolled “R.” That’s my favorite. Marco is probably disappointed that I am not answering Schwäbisch (his native dialect), but I think it sounds like a dialect for inbred farmers (I apologize in advance to all of Marco’s family).
Now it is time for me to create 10 new questions and nominate new bloggers.
1. What is the most unusual item you always have in your carry-on?
2. What is your favorite social media platform?
3. You are going on a weekend getaway 4 hours away. What do you prefer: driving, going by train, or flying?
4. What are you in the mood for: a relaxing beach vacation or a trip to a big city you have never visited before?
5. What is your favorite breakfast food?
6. Have you ever had a vacation destination not live up to your expectations?
7. What is your favorite non-US TV show?
8. You are going out for the evening with friends – what drink do you order?
9. What is your favorite souvenir that you bought on a trip?
10. And lastly, share your favorite inspirational quote!