A conversation between Rachel and me while we were in Innsbruck last month.
Me: These are the fattest penguins I’ve ever seen!
Rachel: What are they?
Me: Super-sized penguins. Seriously, I’ve never seen a penguin that looked like this.
Rachel: Yeah, me neither. They’re PIGEONS!
Me: Isn’t that what I’ve been saying?
Then one flew right at my face like it was reenacting a scene from The Birds. I flipped out and started running around in a circle, shaking what turned out to be nonexistent bird out of my hair. Volker thought I had lost my mind because he didn’t see the bird, just me acting like a crazy person. About that time, he decided we should probably leave Innsbruck so I didn’t get the bird’s name or anything but I saw him over my shoulder talking trash about me with his other bird friends and a statue – at least that’s what it looked like. There might be a YouTube video.
Later during our vacation, Volker and I went to Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich (because going to a zoo in January is always a good idea) where I saw actual penguins.
I met this guy
and this one.
The answer is yes – when he waddles and hops. I tried to capture the magic on video…
So, in conclusion: Penguins are awesome. Pigeons are assholes.
American German – language lesson #105
Tauben sind Ratten mit Flügeln. (touw-ben sind rat-ten mit flu-geln) Pigeons are rats with wings. – That’s being mean to rats.