I am an old soul. I love all things artistic, literary, musical before the mid-twentieth century. I am currently writing a book about my life and experience with a life-threatening illness in addition to a verse novel about an Austrian winemaker and his 'escapades'. I play guitar as well and can sing (while living in Vancouver, I recorded twelve of my songs with a recording student at PAVI).
I enjoy good conversation. I'm well read. My favourite books include Joseph Roth's The Radetsky March, Proust's In Search of Lost Time, Steinbecks' The Grapes of Wrath, Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus, the poetry of Rilke, Trakl, Lorca, Akhamtova, the stories of Ivan Bunin, the philosophies of Plato and Schopenhauer. In addition, I love classical music, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Schubert, and opera.
I am a non-smoker. I drink wine and like the French, believe that getting drunk is only an accidental aspect of appreciating a good vintage. (I am a huge fan of Spanish wine, German Riesling from the Mosel and Southern Germany and Valpolicella - also Aglianico from Campania in Southern Italy)
This past summer I traveled though Europe for the first time using AirBnB 95% of the time for my accommodations. I visited over thirty cities and met some wonderful people in Holland, Belgium, Germany and Spain. I am hoping to return the favour now by being a host myself. I play guitar and am looking to get involved with music scene in Kingsville.