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Interview by traveling blogger Ricky Shetty

Published author, blogger, and fellow traveler from Vancouver, Ricky Shetty is presently traveling around the world with his family. On his YouTube channel, he has interviewed a variety of people about travel, blogging, and becoming “digital nomads.” I agreed to his kind request for an interview, and we spoke over video during their final evening in Trinidad before flying out to Colombia the following day.

During our hour-long conversation, we talked about a number of topics including care for aging parents, my frequent travels to Germany, and some things I’ve learned about photography.

You can find Ricky Shetty on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Thanks again to Ricky for his time during the Google Hangout on 4 July 2017; it’s hard to believe we last did this in 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a9P.

Canada Day 150: the 5th annual marathon (2017)

Fotoeins Friday: animal kingdom (Frankfurt am Main)

Oberstdorf, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Allgaeu Alps, Alps, Germany, fotoeins.com

Sunday night auf Deutsch in Oberstdorf

Why multiple languages rock my world


With fewer than ten-thousand inhabitants, Oberstdorf in southern Bavaria is as its German name suggests: an “upper village” tucked in the Allgäu Alps near the German-Austrian border. Yet, the town feels busy and full with skiiers, snowboarders, and winter hikers.

It’s Sunday night and I’m on the hunt for “schnitzel and spätzle.” With my eye already on a place, I arrive at 630pm to a full house. I don’t have a reservation (which is dumb in a small town), but a table of four is available (which is fortunate). The server offers me the table, with the condition I’ll be sharing the table if two people want places. “Alles klar,” I reply.

I order a standard half-litre Weizen beer, along with the required schnitzel-and-spätzle platter. An elderly couple is offered two places at my table; they take one glance in my direction, and they’re gone. The server wears a puzzled look, and I can only shrug. A second couple arrives ten minutes later, and as they approach my table with curiosity, I tell them “die Plätze sind noch frei” (the places are available). They express their thanks, and take their seats across from me. Those last five German words set a positive tone for the rest of the evening.

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