We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Misposted - yes, that is the point. But it looks a lot worse on the dusty brown winter version of the mall. I'm not denying the litter is much worse, but the overall ambiance distorts the viewer's impression - as if the January crowds tore up the grass. Just sayin'...
I toured a salt mine near Berchtesgaden with my family in 1985. It was an abandoned mine turned into a tourist site. They dressed you up in period coveralls and caps and each person was equipped with a leather patch worn on your butt. This was used to slide down these long slides (like very large bannisters) from level to level in the mine. (stairs were available also) It was fun and very informative, although a passing knowledge of German was helpful. The tour guides were older men who had worked in salt mines. At the end you were invited to buy souvenirs from the tour guide, little containers with 3 or 4 cubes of different slats from the mine. I think they were 5 marks. It was fun and my kids remember it to this day.
While lingering resentments generated during the Second World War have kept me from yearning to visit Germany, I always wanted to visit Salzburg for the Mozart festival.
There is a wonderful 'revenge movie', probably one of the best I've seen, called "Hopscotch" starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson. If you've never seen it, treat yourself to a viewing. One of the early scenes takes place in a mountain-top cafe in Salzburg, where Glenda lives. She's a former lover of Walter's and they meet in this spectacular scenery and re-unite. Walter is a veteran spy for the good old USA, who has been sentenced by the new head of his agency, Ned somebodyorother, to a desk job. He decides to fight back, and the whole movie is a funny satire on big government, small minds and revenge as a healing medicine for insulted souls. And which one of us doesn't want, or like, revenge as a healer of the soul?
On topic with salt mines but in another hemisphere is the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá in Colombia, which can be done in a day trip from Bogotá. The salt deposits in Zipaquirá have been exploited for an estimated 1500 years. In 1801, Alexander Von Humboldt visited the salt mines in Zipaquirá. The Salt Cathedral was constructed in the 1930s. While it is called a cathedral, it has no official status as one. If you find yourself in Colombia, it is well worth the visit. Here are some photos of the Salt Cathedral.