republic of wine

Fuck yeah, at last Romania is one of the best countries in the European Union! Oh, wait, it’s about alcohol consumption. Well, it’s true, we do love a glass of beer or wine. And an additional shot of homemade tuica / palinca.  


Konstanz, Constance or whatever you call it, is quite a nice place to visit when you have a day to kill and happen to be around the Swiss-German border. Place the kids into the Sea Life at the border of the lake (a big lake, mind you) and enjoy the stroll through the rather crowded streets of the medieval town center. There’s even a tower to climb in the town’s cathedral, from where the whole lake and the narrow streets of the town can be admired - within limits, as not all balconies on the top are open and the ones which are not are swarming with such a luxurious insect life that taking pictures through the windows is basically useless. That is, unless you like spiderwebs and dead flies in macro view. At the base of the tower there’s a terrace restaurant - obviously - but you won’t get a beer picture from there because as soon as we got our orders, a sudden gush of strong wind threw a heavy umbrella right in the middle of our table, shattering everything in sight. Nobody got hurt - surprisingly - but until we cleaned up ourselves it was time to leave so there, here’s a German beer enjoyed at home instead:  a barleywine from the Bavarian brewery Crew Republic, by its name X2.1 (X for experimental see) and by the taste yummy like malted chocolate just not overly sweet. I would have liked it with some more fruit or more barrel or more hops or more whatever, just more of something, but even so it was a fully enjoyable drink.


Souffle de Yuca topped with Griddled Cheese and Lechon Asado: Roasted Pork with Mangu Pickled Red Onions and Avocado from the Dominican Republic booth available during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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2014 a year of books

The Pier Glass, Robert Graves

Poor Folk, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

Within a Budding Grove, Marcel Proust

Journey to the End of Night, Louis Ferdinand Celine

Skippy Dies, Paul Murray

The Lifted Veil, George Eliot

The Land of the Blessed Virgin, W. Somerset Maugham

1914 and Other Poems, Rupert Brooke

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Fair Penitent, Nicholas Rowe

The Box Man, Kobo Abe

City of Night, John Rechy

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins

Brazilian Tales, Carmen Dolores

The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, Machado Assis

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

Falconer, John Cheever

The Republic of Wine, Mo Yan

The Immoralist, Andre Gide

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes

A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe

Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Kiran Desai

Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov

Catilina, Henrik Ibsen

Money, Martin Amis

The Duchess of Padua, Oscar Wilde

The Artist of Disappearance, Anita Desai

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai

The Portrait, Ford Madox Ford

Balthazar, Lawrence Durrell

Vera, Oscar Wilde

The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

Wait Until Spring, Bandini, John Fante

Modeste Mignon, Honore de Balzac

Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann

Bolshevism in English Literature, William Talbot Allison

A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood

Nana, Emile Zola

Our House in the Last World, Oscar Hijuelos

Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dona Perfecta, Benito Perez Galdos

A Separate Reality, Carlos Castaneda

The Optimist’s Daughter, Eudora Welty

An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Chonderlos de Laclos

Auguste Rodin, Rainer Maria Rilke

Chamber Music, James Joyce

The Last of the Star Kings, Edmond Hamilton

Kokoro, Natsume Soseki

Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

The Eye in the Pyramid, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Black Spring, Henry Miller

Agamemnon, Aeschylus

Glenarvon, Caroline Lamb

The Iliad, Homer

The Russian Roots of Nazism, Michael Kellogg

The Balcony, Jean Genet

A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe

Couples, John Updike

The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs

Pierre, Herman Melville

Outlaw of Gor, John Norman

English Literature, Stopford Augustus Brook

Tarnsman of Gor, John Norman

Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt

Endgame, Frank Brady

The Subterraneans, Jack Kerouac

Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler

The Captain’s Daughter, Alexander Pushkin

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

Justine, Lawrence Durrell

The Blunderer, Moliere

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

The Hero, W. Somerset Maugham

Foundation, Issac Asimov

The Trespasser, D.H. Lawrence

Numbers, John Rechy

The Possessed, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Nicolo Paganini, Stephen Samuel Stratton

La-Bas, Joris-Karl Huysmans

The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass

Edward II, Christopher Marlowe

The Masterpiece, Emile Zola

The Unclassed, George Gissing

The Food of the Gods, H. G. Wells

The Coming of the Night, John Rechy

A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Aeneid, Virgil

White Nights, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Siege of Corinth, Parisina, Lord Byron

The Lost Continent, Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Circle, W. Somerset Maugham

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

The Monk, Matthew Lewis

Confessions of a Travelling Salesman, Timothy Lea

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

lost at sea – zedd
let me down easy – sheppard
i follow rivers – lykke li
don’t go – wretch 32 feat. josh kumra
buildings and mountains – the republic tigers
ice wine – lia ices
to build a home – the cinematic orchestra
the water – laura marling & johnny flynn
happier – a fine frenzy
halcyon – the paper kites
sing me to sleep – amanda jenssen
after the storm – mumford & sons
bring night – sia
november was white, december was gray – say hi
iron dear dream – fixers
foals – spanish sahara
oh boy – boy
mexico – the staves
upward over the mountain – iron & wine
featherstone – the paper kites
welcome home – radical face
the rebounder – amanda jenssen
people help the people – cherry ghost
say hey – michael franti & spearhead
breezeblocks – alt j
sleep alone – two door cinema club
i love you and buddha too – mason jennings
one day (wankelnut remix) – asaf avidan
go outside – cults
my drive thru – NERD
ho hey – the lumineers
it’s not my fault i’m happy – passion pit
summerlong – xylos
heart it all – illy
last night i dreamt – the wombats
for the widows in paradise … – sufjan stevens
anna sun – walk the moon
myth – beach house
trojans – atlas genius
waitress – boy
the girl you lost to cocaine – sia
little numbers – boy
sweater weather – the neighborhood
riverside – agnes obel
the look – metronomy
last high – dandy warhols
look at where we are – hot chip
chelsea dagger – the fratellis
shark in the water (louis la roche remix) – VV brown
i got – young the giant
come on eileen – dexys midnight runners
say you don’t want it – one night only
awkward – san cisco
we come running – youngblood hawke
fine by me – andy grammar
leaving on the fifth – voxhaul broadcast
let’s dance to joy division – the wombats
satellite – guster
tightrope – walk the moon
spaceman – the killers
henrietta – the fratellis
armistice – phoenix
the mojo radio gang – parov stellar
latch – disclosure feat. sam smith
white nights – oh land
shiver shiver – walk the moon
caribbean blue – enya
lonewolf – casper
things we lost in the fire – bastille
back to you – twin forks
things we lost in the fire
wild child – WEKEED
orinoco flow – enya
middle distance runner – sea wolf
you’re the one that i want – angus & julia stone
annabel – goldfrappe
you’re a wolf – sea wolf
pumpin blood – nonono
sleepsong – bastille
raspberry cane – youth lagoon
marriage – gold panda

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Somewhere Only We Know - a Ten/Rose fanmix

Somewhere Only We Know - Keane || Say Something - A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera || Can’t Help Falling In Love - Ingrid Michaelson || I Won’t Give Up - Jason Mraz || Doomsday - Murray Gold || Down - Jason Walker feat. Molly Reed || Make You Feel My Love - Adele || Thoughts Of You - Barlow Girl || Secrets - One Republic || Wings - Birdy || Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars || Gravity - Sara Bareilles