I admit that I moved out of my dad’s place long, long ago but still kept a bunch of my stuff there. The space under the basement/rec room pool table has been a long-lost Glen colony. Over the past couple years, I’ve made regular efforts to repatriate some of the stuff. My old viewmaster reels were the first to return, followed by some comic books.
Recently, I went through a huge box of my old letters that I kept from years when I used to write letters to people – in pen on paper – not on postcards even (remember that old medium?). I found a few postcards hidden amongst the letters and rescued them from their demise.
I haven’t seen any of these for over twenty years, so these are indeed buried treasures.
The first such specimen is from my time living in Stuttgart, Germany with an exchange program. My German partner gave me a care package for the flight home, complete with this fine postcard:
Lufthansa – a fine airline indeed. I have a few airline postcards from years ago – although I haven’t seen any in many years now. (Just like free motel postcards and smoking on airplanes – a relic of the past.)
Here’s the underbelly:
“Hi Glen, how’s your flight? Ich hoffe du [unknown] die Reise gut und kommst mid dem AIK durch den Zoll. [Attempt at translation: I hope you have a good trip and make it through customs.I have no idea what AIK was – but it was probably a ton of tiny kirsch bottles I had for souvenirs even though I wasn’t old enough to drink in Canada.]
Hier in dem Kiste noch ein paar Sachen ein drei(?) den Flug im versussen. [Translation: Here in this box is a few things to sweeten up your flight.] To make it sweet (literally translated). Geniess, die Schokololade und den Abschiedstrunk (Wodka, La ala…)” [Translation: Enjoy these chocolates and a farewell drink (vodka)]
[Top right] “Look at this plane on the card, that’s a real German plane. Who would’ve guessed that? My god, you’re smart.”
I’m impressed I remembered this much German as I haven’t really spoke it since highschool. I think I still have some of those mini kirsch bottles too. Turns out kirsch kinda sucks. But the German chocolates never made anywhere near Canada.