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I'm not a good traveller. I love to explore and walk-- but left to my own devices I would just as easily slouch in my hotel room all day watching foreign television and reading my books. Having travelled with someone more spontaneous last year (Hi, Tracy!), I vowed not to slouch this time.

Leaving Magdeburg was sad: I went one last time to my favorite deli and had my favorite meal there: watermelon, spiced raw pork sausage and a Coke Lite. The train was efficient as ever and I got to Leipzig in the early afternoon.

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I stayed at the Best Western Leipzig, which was literally across the street from the train station/mall. Very convenient! I have to say, though, that this was the smallest hotel room I've stayed in outside of Japan. You can see in one picture the narrow entrance hallway...and then realize that the room-proper is not much wider than that! Plus, teeny bathroom. The toilet had to be angled such that you could actually sit on it and close the door. They were -almost- successful. Still, the room was both clean and cheap-- I'd much rather spend the money saved on good food and cheezy souvenirs!

I have been to this city several times, but never explored it much. Mostly sticking to the Bahnhof (train station) and the attached mall. Honestly: the city never looked very interesting, even on travel sites. Still, it was certainly convenient and warranted a day or two. At the very least there is a nice zoo in town.

Surprise, surprise: Leipzig is wonderful. I can't believe we never explored before-- a mere five minute walk took me to the city center where there were even bigger shopping areas, a lot of restaurants and a beautiful market square.

I spent the afternoon shopping for snacks and fruit, plus exploring the music/dvd section of the local Saturn store (kind of a German Best Buy). I love foreign versions of Broadway musicals and was able to find several: Mamma Mia; Der Konig Der Lowen (Lion King); Wicked (Der Hexen Von Oz); Starlight Express. Somehow they all sound more martial sung in German...especially the Lion King!

The DVD section was interesting as always. Often, films are released in foreign territories that never see release in the US (even some US-made shows!). There was a live-action Marsupilami; a live-action Ace Attorney (Phoenix Wright!); a lot of schlock...and Polizehund Muchtar! (<--for Tracy!).

The one boggling thing I saw in the DVD area was a whole section dedicated to Terence Hill and Bud Spencer . I am familiar with both actors...but I had *no* idea they were so popular in Germany! I also had no inkling that they were long-time partners, best-friends and directed/produced/acted in over twenty films together! Fascinating!

After a short nap (and more Wool), I fought down my agoraphobia and went out for dinner. Good move, too: I tried a well-known place called Barthels Hof . Oh, my. Everything was superb: the basil soup was creamy and tasted of fresh basil; the pork was tender and flavorful; the dumplings were (typically) plain-- but perfect for soaking up the delicious gravy; the saurkraut was excellent. Even the dessert was unique and wonderful (so much so that I completely forgot to take any pictures).

I wanted to get a few activity points to work off some of that meal, so I wandered the city center. For a Monday night, the place was surprisingly active.

The highlight of my evening was coming upon a busker playing the saxaphone. He picked a perfect location: the mellow tones echoed down the street. His music was freeform-- yet seemed to set a mood and paint a aurel picture. I am not usually a fan of free-form jazz, but his music was magical-- the best I can do to describe it is to say that it sounded like the soundtrack to every noir film ever made. He even had a CD for sale and I bought it. I'm used to CD's from buskers being nothing like what I hear in the street-- they are usually studio jobs with pop songs and such. I was thrilled to find that this was not the case with Winfried Vollger: the CD was recorded on the street-- and sounded *exactly* like the performance that had so mesmerized me that night. So excellent.

Date: 2013-09-24 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Omigosh! This is so cool-- THANK YOU for pointing this out to me. I thought he was just a talented musician...now I feel like I met an intellectual superstar! Voellger's history is amazing: I love that he took delivery of all his discontinued books rather than have them shredded...and that some were donated to Polish schools and others were turned into art by the man himself.

I listened to him for well over an hour that night: I am so glad I did this. Now I want to go back and get the CD autographed!

Date: 2013-09-23 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karpour.livejournal.com
Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill are legendary!
The reason for this is mostly the german dubs. While the english versions of the movies are much less humorous, the german versions have a lot funnier text and wacky sound effects. You'll also notice that in the german version the characters just continue talking while they are beating up people.
I'm not sure whether they also changed the music from the original movies as I pretty much only watched the german dubbed movies.

Date: 2013-09-24 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheetah-spotty.livejournal.com
Not to mention that they were often german-french-italian coproductions, so in the 80s they were shown on TV a LOT over here since the public stations didn't have to license them from overseas :)

Date: 2013-09-24 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
I can believe that the German translations/dubs were very different from other countries (like the US's version): I've seen this with a lot of anime (the American version is awful...I'd rather have original voices in Japanese and subtitles). Now I'll have to see if I can find English-subtitled German versions...

Cheetah: yeah-- the classic era of the Italian Western: I did notice that there were a lot of German co-productions then as well. It's funny how certain stars are huge in Europe, but considered "B" actors in the US, and vice-versa as well. One example I know of is Wings Hauser: a middle-tier actor in the US, but apparently big in Europe during the 80's. If you were making a low-budget film here, you tried hard to get someone like him because it would really help foreign sales.

Date: 2013-09-23 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tioh.livejournal.com
I did not know about the live-action Marsupilami-movie. The Making Of (http://vimeo.com/60068965) looks interesting - I'll watch the dvd soon.

Date: 2013-09-24 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
I'll be curious to hear what you think...definitely post about it!

Date: 2013-10-05 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tioh.livejournal.com
I watched the DVD today. The animations and the camerawork are very good, but the story is definitly made for kids - not much story, silly plot, to many stupid jokes ...

The Marsupilami does not have that much screen time - the humans are the main protagonists.

Date: 2013-09-23 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okojosan.livejournal.com
Sushi in Germany seems very weird to me!

I love these trip reports of yours. I should go back to Germany some day.

Date: 2013-09-24 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Sushi in Germany would be cool if they modified it like they do in the US (California roll, for instance, with avocado) and had a kraut-roll or schnitzel-roll. From what I could see, it was all pretty vanilla.

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