I’m in Freiburg Germany for the week doing some stuff with the folks at the Kiepenheuer Institut für Sonnenphysik


I’m in Freiburg Germany for the week doing some stuff with the folks at the Kiepenheuer Institut für Sonnenphysik. It’s a pretty town.
One thing that stands out for me, in comparison to France, is that Germans seem to be as driven by, to use the French, a sense of conformité while the French seem to be driven by the notion of liberté. Honestly, I’ve never seen so many people wait patiently at a crosswalk when the light was red and there isn’t a car in sight – disciplined structure versus anarchic chaos. I’m finding I like the French approach …


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Gretchen Sneegas

août 2, 2017

Hey, I used to live there! Also, I forget who said it, but wasn’t there a German philosopher (Marx?) who said something along the lines of, ‘It’s impossible to have a revolution with people who won’t even disobey a Stay On The Sidewalk sign’s?

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Cristina Barcilon

août 2, 2017

I lived in Germany and France…you are so right…..French way is my way!

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Madeleine Demers

août 2, 2017

There is a famous organ in the cathedral, if you can attend a concert . I have a Bach recording from there. Beautiful.

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Susan Westfall

août 2, 2017

But, you should wait for the light.

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Alexandra Maclennan

août 3, 2017

The French Maclennan subscribes to this analysis and her heart is warmed by the general goodwill towards her country. Jenny Greaves does the « Gallic shrug » very well… and it is true that a lot of people will not be very cooperative. In any case we are our worst enemies as there is a lot of self-deprecating around. So it is good to know that other people like us!

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    Jenny Greaves

    juin 28, 2017

    And I drink wine out of a glass the French peasant way!!

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    Alexandra Maclennan

    juin 28, 2017

    You are an honorary French citizen, Jen. We have to specify not a stem glass, a water glass. The step further is drinking coffee out of that same glass afterwards, which everyone coming to my parents’ farm used to do. My mother who drank out of cups was exotic!

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    Jim Westfall

    juin 28, 2017

    Alexandra – does that make me an honorary french citizen too – it seems I only use stemware when I go out – water glasses work wonderfully …

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    Alexandra Maclennan

    juin 28, 2017

    You qualify on many counts – and more each day! Looking forward to raising a glass of any kind in about a month’s time in Toulouse with Dave Maclennan!

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Jenny Greaves

août 3, 2017

And I drink wine out of a glass the French peasant way!!

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Alexandra Maclennan

août 3, 2017

You are an honorary French citizen, Jen. We have to specify not a stem glass, a water glass. The step further is drinking coffee out of that same glass afterwards, which everyone coming to my parents’ farm used to do. My mother who drank out of cups was exotic!

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Robin Wheeler

août 2, 2017

Neat and tidy has some advantages but some degree of chaos promotes la bonne vie

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Michelle Rotter

août 3, 2017

What happens if you don’t wait for the light? Please report back:)

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    Plank Slankton

    juin 29, 2017

    Drivers are allowed to run you down if you don’t wait! Its not Ann Arbor!

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    Mark Lankton

    juin 29, 2017

    Now that is freedom!

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Kathy Blackburn

août 3, 2017

No one knows. Good Germans follow the rules.


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