Hey hello! *finger guns*
It’s pleasure to make your acquaintance – or by short – nice to meet you!
My name is Verena and I am a 17 year old german/thai girl. I currently
live, and have always lived in Germany (In a little Bavarian village to
be a little more exact … but I don’t really think that’s much of
importance? ).I’ve never had a pen pal in my live before, but I
remembered some time ago that my sister had one at the same age, so I
decided it would be a cool idea for me to get one/some, too! Sadly, my
native language isn’t English so I am not the best in it but I still can
learn, so I’ll try my best not to do too many mistakes!
I am a really positive and happy person and don’t think it will get too
boring with me. Don’t be afraid to write me! (•ᴗ•)و ̑̑It won’t be too
hard to find an interest we have in common, since I nearly love
everything. From manga, anime, comics, cartoons to games, animals, books
and more – I am more than 100% certain that we’ll find something.
(Stuff I will always love to talk about are Harry
Potter/Pokémon/BNHA/HQ!!/DC comic/astrology/dog/horse/cat –related
things, but definitely not necessary!)
My hobbies are kickboxing, doing self-defence-martial-arts, reading,
drawing, listening to music and I love to hike! I also love to cook,
watch movies and take photos - when I got the time I also like to go to
watch musicals with friends! During summer I love to stay up late and
lay outside in the grass to watch the starry sky – so space also belongs
to my great interests.
I am currently in my last year of school and will attend high school of
further education afterwards! Due to school I was also able to learn
French – so it would also be very cool to get a french/englisch speaking
pen pal too, to use my “French skills” (They are not that good, but I
really love the language anyway ♡)
A unnecessary, but also cool thing would be if you are horse rider!
I am really, really looking forward to write with you, about life, some cool deep stuff and more!! ♡
Preferences: -people who are open for everything (No homo/biphobe, racists, sexists)
-willing to write actual letters + include postcards (maybe even do snail mail later on?)
- any gender is welcome!
It’s actually really funny how the “typical German” is always imagined to be a Bavarian but in Germany everyone hates Bavaria, I mean the rest of Germany is literally spending most of their time fighting Bavaria lmao
Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot (2006) aka Grave Decisions | (German) trailer | IMDB
Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s first feature movie deals with a boy thinking that he is responsible for his mother’s death and his unusual way to fight his feelings of guilt. 11-year-old Sebastian lives with his father and brother Franz in a Bavarian village. One day, he learns that his mother died on his birthday, which makes him believe he was to blame for her death. Dreaming of purgatory, Sebastian sees only two ways to avoid this divine punishment: becoming an immortal rock star or find a new wife for his father…
Maria Sophia of Bavaria was the last Queen of the Kingdom of the Two Siciles, who by the age of 19, had been a queen, lost her kingdom, rallied soldiers around her in the hopeless defense of a lost cause, and had had men - even her enemies - writing reams of romantic slush about her. She was “the angel of Gaeta” who would “wipe your brow if you were wounded or cradle you in her arms while you die”. D'Annunzio called her the “stern little Bavarian eagle” and Marcel Proust spoke of the “soldier queen on the ramparts of Gaeta”.
She was intelligent, lovely, and headstrong; she could ride a horse and defend herself with a sword. She was everything you could ask for - a combination of Amazon and Angel of Mercy.
Maria Sophia came from the Bavarian royal House of Wittelsbach, the daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria and Princess Ludovika. She was the younger sister of the famous Empress Elizabeth (Sissi)
of Austria. Like her ravishing older sister, Maria Sophia was said to be ‘unusually beautiful’.
In 1859, Maria Sophia married the soon-to-be King Francis II of Bourbon, the son of Ferdinand II, King of Naples. Within the year, with the death of the king, her husband ascended to the throne and Maria Sophia gave up the frivolous court pursuits of a princess and took on the full-time responsibilities as the queen of a realm on the verge of crisis.
The Italian peninsula was in the grip of turmoil brought on by a combination of revolution, nationalism and republicanism. People were eager for an Italian unification. Upon their ascension, Francis II and Marie Sophia were already the target for invasion by the army of revolutionary republicans led by Giuseppe Garibaldi.
To avoid bloodshed in the major city of Naples, the king, the queen, and their army retreated to Gaeta to make what turned out to be a last stand. By this time also the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia under King Victor Emmanuel II had joined the fight for Italian unification and lay siege to the stronghold of Gaeta, which eventually overcame the defenders. It was the siege of Gaeta that gained Maria Sophia the reputation that stayed with her for the rest of her life.
She was constantly on the walls, tireless in her efforts to rally the defenders, giving them her own food, caring for the wounded, encouraging the troops, and shouting defiance at the enemy. She refused the chivalrous offer from the attacking general that if she would but mark her residence with a flag, he would make sure not to fire upon it with artillery. “Go ahead and shoot at me”, she said; “I will be where the men are."
However, it was a vain and hopeless fight. The King and Queen were forced to give up Gaeta and went into exile in Rome. They were welcomed as honored guests of the Papal court but the position of the Pope was under the same threat that had already befallen their own country.
On 24 December 1869, after ten years of marriage, Maria Sophia gave birth to a daughter, Maria Cristina Pia. Cristina was born on the birthday of her aunt, Empress Elizabeth, who became her godmother. Unfortunately, the baby lived only three months and died on 28 March 1870. Maria Sophia and her husband never had another child.
In 1870, Rome fell to the forces of Italy, and the King and Queen moved in Bavaria where Francis II died there in 1894. Maria Sophia’s activities were, however, far from over. She continued to preside over a Two-Sicilies court-in-exile and never gave up hope for a restoration of her adopted kingdom.
During World War I, Maria Sophia was actively on the side of Germany and Austria in their war with Italy. She hoped that the defeat of Italy might to lead to the restoration of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. But that was not meant to be. She went on to see her beloved homeland, the Kingdom of Bavaria, taken up into a united German Empire, and Italy became, irrevocably, a single nation state. She lived to see Mussolini take power in Italy and to see Hitler make his first move in Germany. She was still active enough in her 80s to stand at the window of her apartment in Munich and look at anarchists and police battling in the streets. She wanted "to see if young people of today still have the stuff they had when I was young.”
Maria Sophia died in exile in Munich in 1925. The Italian newspaper il Mattino announced her death, and was praised as ”…one of those European princesses who, with her great gifts, would have had another destiny but for the dramatic events of her times.“
She attracted harsh criticism, but she also generated so much respect and admiration in her long life. Even from those who would be her most extreme political enemies such as the famous Italian ultra-nationalist Gabriele d'Annunzio called her the "stern little Bavarian eagle”. The Queen was buried alongside her husband and their short-lived daughter in the Church of Santa Chiara in Naples.
The sculptress Harriet Homer (who made a sculpture of Maria Sophia) called Maria Sophia “a violet-eyed heroine of Gaeta.“
ok, there i was, hiking in the angeles national forest (couple of million acres, bigger than all of nyc, 30 minutes from my house, hooray) and i came upon this tiny house (among other tiny houses).
here’s what’s odd, in sequence:
that there’s a 1,000,000 or more acre state park in los angeles county
that i was hiking in a t-shirt in february on my way to a waterfall and technically i was in a city
that there were some little cabins in the middle of the woods, not really near anything you’d consider a road
that they were uninhabited
that i don’t have a real job
and architecturally this is what you’d expect a little fairy tale bavarian cabin to look like. big stone chimney, little sloping snow shedding roof, stream in the front thing that almost is a yard, little bitty windows, rocks.
but…no road? no utilities? no people? no elves or gnomes?
los angeles has shortcomings. many of them. but tiny gnome cabins by a stream in the middle of million plus acre state parks 30 minutes from my house isn’t one of them.
and, mea culpa, i didn’t have a camera so i had to take these pictures with my phone.
Xaver was watching the procession arrive from the balcony. His parents, the king and the queen of Mithra, were waiting at the palace’s entrance to welcome their new allies. Xaver had refused to accompany them. He had no interest in playing nice, pretending like he was happy to have these Barbarians around, like they were friends now all out of sudden. He still didn’t want to think about the way his parents had planned to seal the alliance. It made him feel sick in his stomach. The company looked small from afar, harmless, but Xaver knew how many of his people they would be able to kill, if they suddenly decided to attack. His grip around the balkony’s handrail tightened and he watched tense, as his enemies came to a stop in front of his parents.
Downstairs, the queen stepped towards the foreigners, showing no sign of the hatred between the two kingdoms, that had become tradition over centuries. “Welcome.” She said to who seemed to be the leader of the company, giving her best to speak their language accentless. “We hope you had a pleasant journey.”