I’m also using podcasts to improve my wobbly German language skills—grateful for this gift of fluency in another language—but quite aware that I need to use it or lose it.
Which brings me to the latest German novel I just finished reading—Wodka mit Grasgeschmack by Markus Mittmann. The novel is about two adult brothers who travel with their parents back to the former Schlesien in today’s Poland. I first heard about this book on the podcast: Culture to Go where the topics focus on refugees from the Second World War.
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The Schlesien area was decimated during the final months of the Second World War after Hitler declared Breslau a ‘fortress’ city. All the Germans had to leave after the war and Breslau became Wroclaw, Poland. As Wroclaw, the city has thrived and become a hub of culture. In fact, Wroclaw received the distinguished title of UNESCO City of Literature in 2019. It’s considered one of the best and smartest cities of the world.
I am also mostly a Luddite. Just this week, I walked into a tourist office again, asking for paper maps. They still had them, probably because it's an area of Germany that is usually catering to elderly hiking/cycling tourists.
But I am absolutely with you regarding podcasts!
Often, I am not even too excited about going outside (especially in the cold season), but I am so looking forward to learn more about history, literature, philosophy or listen to an interview with some intrepid traveller, the curiosity for the podcast is what actually makes me put on my boots and go outside for a few hours.
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