Dinner in Tarvis and my language blunder

There comes a moment when it’s your turn to make other people laugh. Since I’m not a comedian, this usually happens when I make a fool out of myself. Then the skill of knowing to laugh at yourself is very handy 😉

Yesterday we were unexpectedly invited for dinner with Derek’s old friends who live in Tarvis. Tarvis is a small Italian city just across the border with Austria. I never met them before so Derek was going to introduce me to them for the first time. We also brought a friend with us, Philipp from Graz.

Derek’s friends were very friendly and hospitable, like true Italians 😉 In fact, I felt so comfortable around them that soon after we arrived, I left Derek in the living room and went to the kitchen where the girls were cooking. They asked me, in German, whether I spoke German. “Ein bisschen, (a little bit)“, I replied. So they started talking German to me. I thought they were probably happy to practice their German and perhaps they thought my German was better than Italian. In any case, I spent the next few minutes happily chatting to them in my broken German. Then Phillip showed up in the kitchen.

“We are talking in German,” I proudly told him, also to inform him that he could communicate with them in his mother tongue.

“I heard you,” he replied.

I went on to explain: “I’m so happy to talk German to them, because with them I’m not afraid to make mistakes. With native Austrian people I’m shy to speak, but their German is not that good, just like mine.”

Philipp nodded and asked them: “How come you speak German?”

Now listen. The mother replied in German: “I was born in Austria and only came to Italy when I got married.” I started blushing. But more was coming. Her daughter said: “My mom always talked to me in German. I went to German-speaking school too.”

“Oh.” I turned to Philipp: “Never mind what I said…” I don’t know if the two understood everything I told Philipp before, but he did. In any case, it was the right time to start laughing at myself 🙂

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Delicious home-made  food we ate

Peeing with a view

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I love it when something spontaneous, crazy, and funny happens. This afternoon I was lucky enough to be a part of such an event and I would like to share it with you.

It happened when we were on the way back from Wildpark Rosegg with our friends whom I will call Mark and Arthur, for the sake of discretion 😉 We were driving and the three of us were keeping quiet because Mark was in the middle of a very important conversation over Skype with somebody from Taiwan (yes, Taiwan). But as is very common with technology, to let you down when you need it most, Mark started losing signal. Besides, Rosegg is not really the most Skype-over-the-phone friendly area. So we had to pull over when Mark detected a 3G zone again, like good friends would do. All okay so far.

Then the conversation started getting very long. Derek leaned back, got himself a pillow, and started snoozing. I was checking my Instagram. And Arthur…well Arthur felt that the nature is calling. This is how the conversation went from here:

Arthur: “I think I will need a bathroom.”

No response from anyone.

Arrhur, after a few more minutes: “Derek, you will need to drive me somewhere to pee. Derek? Is he sleeping?”

Derek (yawns): “No I’m not… Can’t you just go here?”

Arthur, looking out of the window: “There are not enough trees.”

Derek: “Yes there are, look!”

Arthur: “No, they are too thin. Let’s drive somewhere else.”

Me: “We can’t. Mark is on the phone. He will lose signal.”

Derek (always has plenty of “practical” ideas to solve problems): “Let’s leave Mark here and take Arthur to the bathroom and come back. Mark, can you step out?”

Mark starts finishing the conversation. The rest of us start yelling all over: “No, you don’t need to finish! Just get out of the car!” Mark doesn’t get it so Derek starts the car and drives for about 50 m, while I try to make him stop the car for Mark conversation’s sake. No point-the road ends here. Mark continues talking on the phone.

Derek: “There you go. You can go now. See the wall? There behind.” I look out. The scenery hasn’t exactly changed in 50 m. Except that we are now parked in front of a house.

Arthur expresses his concerns: “It’s not private enough here. I feel exposed.” I’m already laughing out loud now at how difficult it is to satisfy such a basic need: to pee. I always thought men can just go behind any tree. And there are many trees here. Actually we are surrounded by woods. But Arthur is not moving, so I suggest we take off and look for a place by the road. How helpful and balancing I am!

After a few minutes we have left behind the Wildpark and the town of Rosegg and the road starts hitting the woods again. Arthur is very pleased with the sight and Derek pulls the car over again. Literally, he just pulls over at the side of the road, and I am very happy we own a SUV. Arthur is finally happy with the setting and he jumps out of the car and disappears in the wood. Surprisingly, Mark was able to hold a connection all this time.

Arthur comes back with a big smile on his face.

“Was it okay now?” I inquire.

“It was perfect! There is a beautiful lake behind there, you should see how nice it is.”

And so it was. Arthur relieved himself in the most beautiful private spot in Rosegg, Mark successfully finished his call to Taiwan, and Derek and me felt grateful for having such special friends.

 

Visit(s) from far away

Yesterday we had a very nice evening. First I met up with two friends who came from Slovenia (none of them are Slovenian, hehe). I showed them around the center of town and took them for coffee and cake to a famous cake place by the river. We sat on the first floor and enjoyed the beautiful views of old town bathing in the glimmering light of setting sun. I tried Sacher cake and was not disappointed, they are not famous for nothing! After that we went to our place where I prepared the soup Derek loved so much last week-Oriental fish soup with coconut milk and curry. During dinner somebody rang our doorbell and to our big surprise it was our friend Steve who just got back from his trip to Spain&France! It was so nice to see him again. That unexpected visit brought additional life to already happy atmosphere. /

Včeraj sva imela zelo lep večer. Najprej sem se dobila z dvema prijateljema, ki sta prišla na obisk iz Slovenije (nobeden od njiju ni Slovenec, hehe). Pokazala sem jima center mesta in ju peljlala na kavo in tortico v znano slaščičarno ob reki. Sedeli smo v prvem nadstropju in uživali ob čudovitih pogledih na staro mesto, ki se je kopalo v migotajoči svetlobi zahajajočega sonca. Poskusila sem Sacher torto in nisem bila razočarana, niso znani kar tako! Zatem smo šli k nama, kjer sem pripravila juho, nad katero je bil Derek prejšnji teden tako navdušen-orientalsko ribjo juho s kokosovim mlekom in karijem. Med večerjo je nekdo pozvonil pri vratih in na najino veliko presenečenje je bil Steve, najin prijatelj, ki se je ravno vrnil s potovanja po Španiji&Franciji! Lepo ga je bilo spet videti. Ta nepričakovani obisk je dodal še več dogajanja že tako veselemu ozračju. 

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I look tired on this picture, a look that was enhanced by crying my eyes out when cutting the onions… /

Na tej sliki izgledam utrujeno, k čemur je pripomogel silen jok ob rezanju čebule…

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Delicious fish soup with a glass of Franconia. / Slastna ribja juha s kozarcem Frankonje. 

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Two of our new favorite products bought in Italy -biological 100% orange juice and rice cookies without sugar. Yummy! /

Dva od najinih novih naj izdelkov, ki sva jih kupila v Italiji -biološki 100% oranžni sok in riževi piškoti brez sladkorja. Njam!

I hope for many more evenings like this! / Želim si čim več takšnih večerov!

Weekend update: Archery in the mountains

This weekend we went to visit my husband’s parents who live up in the mountains. It was raining cats and dogs the whole three days. Storm woke me up a couple of times on Saturday night. It was nice to cuddle up under the blankets! During those few moments without rain we managed to test our new slingshot and Derek also played with his bow. He started off from 20 m as seen on the picture, and then increased to 30 m distance. Checked by me with the laser meter 😉

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Sorry, no pictures of me this time! Derek was too busy doing archery 😉

Other than that, we went for a coffee in my favorite cafe, ate good food and slept a lot!

Things that make a marriage cool: Playing with your partner

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I’m thinking of starting a series “Things that make a marriage cool”. Because there are so many, they wouldn’t all fit nicely in one post, and they each deserve a separate post 🙂 That being said, I will start with playing.

To make things clear right away: I’m not referring to playing around. This is one of the things that are extremely uncool in marriage, and I will also intend to write a post about those (lots of announcements in this post!).

I am talking about good, old-fashioned playing, the kind we all did when we were kids.Now just because we are grown-ups it doesn’t mean we should stop playing. Actually we shouldn’t stop, since there is equally strong evidence that support the benefits of play in adults. It lifts mood, unleashes creativity, strengthens bonds with our loved ones, to name just a few. And in marriage it can also break the daily routine, keep the spark alive, and make the marriage cooler.

The type of play probably changes as we grow up (but there is nothing wrong if you still love playing with your Legos!) so here are a few ideas from the agenda of me&my husband:

Hide and seek. How to play: Turn off the lights in your apartment/house, turn on music so that you don’t hear your partner hiding, count to 20, and play like you did when you were a kid! It’s hilarious to discover all the unpredictable places you can use as hiding places, and doing it in dark adds some more excitement 😉 Last time we played I found my husband out on the balcony of the 1st floor! (it was freezing cold outside)

Board games. If you’re not a fan of board games and your partner is, give them a second chance! This is what my husband did for me (thank you!!) and now he enjoys playing. Board games can make for great evening fun when you don’t feel like going out. The key is to find a game you both enjoy. There are tons out there, our favorite ones at the moment are Activity (you will need friends), Ligretto, and Cluedo.

(Remote control) car racing. This is one where I bend in for my hubby. He has a big passion for everything remote control and so we often find ourselves on a empty piste of a supermarket on Sunday afternoon testing our driving skills. I don’t actually try to win of course. We are both happy if I don’t crash.

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Archery. When we do it, I play the assistant and measure the distance with the laser distance meter. That’s because his bow is way too strong for me and I don’t have my own yet. But now we bought a new toy that I will be able to use too: a Slingshot! We’re going to test it tomorrow and I’m actually quite eager! I just wonder what we’re going to shoot…hmmm…. 🙂

Guess the wine. We both love good wine and discovering new kinds. So we would test each others ability to recognize the type of wine we’re drinking.

Hopping dots. The newest fad app from Play store… It’s a brainy one and we compete who is going to come farther in levels 🙂

This is just our personal favorites. Like I said, it is important to find something you will both enjoy! Some final tips: 1) Learn to laugh at yourself, 2) Don’t focus on winning, enjoy the game, 3) Be willing to try new things and 4) Make time for playing!

How do you play with your partner?

Enjoy Friday evening!

Nina