Posted on September 3, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
“Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul … “
Sunrise over the Danube.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Danube River weaves together a rich and diverse tapestry of culture and scenery, and it’s also an important thread in my life. Both my parents grew up along its banks; my mom in Linz, Austria and my dad in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. As a young boy, I spent many weeks near the river at my grandmother’s home and since then, I’ve returned to visit as often as possible.
As they easily transcend national boundaries, great rivers hold a fascination for travelers. This summer, I gathered once again with family and loved ones to complete a very special trip started by my dad long ago in another era.
Kayaking the Danube.
Rivers can connect cultures, but they often also form the borders between countries, or, in the case of the Cold War, between two completely irreconcilable ideologies. As a young man, my dad was on the wrong side of that boundary, trapped behind the Iron Curtain while his spirit longed to fly free. Eventually, he was faced with a tough choice; stay and give in to the ideology of fear, hate and cynicism, or flee, leaving behind his family and loved ones, knowing that it would quite a while, if ever, before they knew his fate. (more…)
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Posted on August 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Not noveau, just down-home cooking …
The all-time classic Wienerschnitzel, which involves pounding a pork or veal cutlet into tender submission and coating it with thick flour-egg-breadcrumb crust.
SUMMIT COUNTY — When it comes to food, I’m not too picky. I can appreciate a good burger, a tasty veggie salad, spicy enchiladas and more, but I definitely have a soft spot for Austrian food. I spent many summers along the Danube back in the 1960s and early 70s, helping my Oma harvest fruit and veggies from her garden, and visiting the local butcher shops and bakeries, so each time I return, I revel in the memories that food are so good at evoking. After all, we don’t eat just to nourisn the body, we eat to feed the soul.
Leave a comment at the end of the post and tell me what your favorite Austrian food is.
The pastry case at any self-respecting Austrian bakery features at least a dozen types of fruit and cream-filled concoctions that will give you a daily dose of calories in just one helping.
Filed under: Europe, Food, Travel | Tagged: Austria, Austrian cuisine, Danube, Europe, food, Travel, Wienerschnitzel | 7 Comments »
Posted on October 16, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
The Elbe River.
Ibuprofen and chemicals from personal care products found in surprising concentrations as part of EU water quality research
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After a major in-depth analysis of organic pollutants in four major European river basins, scientists concluded that pesticides are an even bigger problem than previously assumed. At least 38 percent of the substances studied are present in concentrations high enough to affect aquatic organisms.
Most of the substances classified as a risk to the environment in the study were pesticides and the majority of these are not on the European list of priority substances which have to be monitored regularly. As a result, the scientists said there is an urgent need to update the EU water framework directive. The study, published last week in the journal Science of the Total Environment, clearly shows that contamination by organic chemicals is a problem throughout Europe. (more…)
Filed under: Environment, rivers, Summit County news, water | Tagged: Danube, Elbe, Environment, EU, European Union, pesticide pollution, rivers, Summit County News, Water Framework Directive, water quality | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 16, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
From the Danube to blueberry pie …
The blue Danube, from the stern of a hydrofoil racing downriver from Vienna to Bratislava.
SUMMIT COUNTY — We’ve done the yellow and the red, so there are only a few primary colors left, and blue is next in our series of color-themed photoblogs. It’s amazing how many shades of blue there area when you really start looking, and rather than picking out blue objects, I looked for images that had an overall blue cast.We’re always looking for guest photographers to share images, so if you have a few photos you want to share, please contact email@example.com. (more…)
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Posted on April 3, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Travel how you will, but travel!
Every good journey should include a zodiac ride, like this landing at Brown Bluff, Antarctica. Click on the photo for more.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The theme of last Friday’s weekly #FriFotos Twitter chat was transportation, featuring global pictures of different modes of transportation — everything from camel caravans to hot air ballons, so I decided to scroll through the Summit Voice archives to compile a photoblog with a similar theme. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to pull almost a dozen pics featuring if-not-exotic, then at least interesting subjects.
Here in a remote corner of Albania, the road just ended, at least temporarily, along this river. You may take bridges for granted, but in this spot, the only way of proceeding south was with a short ferry ride — public transit at its best. Click on the image for more ...
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Posted on October 17, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Still some confusion about global warming science ...
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —A lively mix of stories in our most-viewed sidebar today, including a contribution from Matt Krane on visiting with Taos author John Nichols, a winter weather forecast from Grand Junction-based climatologist Joe Ramey and a look at a new Yale study that assesses the state of climate science knowledge of the American public. Click on the headlines below to see what other people are reading at Summit Voice, and don’t forget to use the buttons at the bottom of the post to share the stories on your social networks.
A few more of the weekend headlines …
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Posted on October 16, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
John Berwyn stands near a monument on the banks of the Danube built to memorialize thousands who escaped, or died try to escape from the Cold War prison of Eastern Europe.
Don’t ever take the freedom to travel for granted
By Bob Berwyn
With last year’s focus on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it’s important to remember that the Wall was just the most visible manifestation of the Iron Curtain, a much larger enclosure that kept millions imprisoned in eastern Europe.
We take our freedom to travel very much for granted; it wasn’t so long that people died trying to earn that right by tunneling under walls and fences, swimming through icy waters or even making homemade hot air balloons to try and soar to freedom.
I grew up in Germany during the Cold War. My parents met as a direct result of that era’s geopolitical upheaval. My dad worked for the American government in Germany and my mom lived in Linz, a city that, at the time, was cut in half by the ideological divide, with the Danube River forming the border between the American and Soviet sectors.
So a few years ago, when my dad suggested that we visit a Cold War memorial site near his hometown in Slovakia, my son and I jumped at the chance to join him and explore the banks of the Danube, near Bratislava. And we weren’t just there to look at a statue. My dad wanted to find the exact spot where made his own escape more than 50 years ago by dodging border guards and swimming across the chilly river. (more…)
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