A German musician who goes by the name Schlammpeiziger posted a video called "Mango und Papaja auf Tobago" on YouTube today. The music is a little strange (electronica), but the scenes of Tobago are worth a look.
The Berliner Kurier published a short profile of Tobago yesterday, describing its connection to the Robinson Crusoe story, the retreat the Beatles made there in the 1970's, the cocoa plantations, and some of the must see stops any tourist should make from Crown Point, to the harbour and market in Scarborough, the Argyle Falls, and Charlottesville.
Ein Schriftsteller, Kakao und die Beatles machten die Insel weltberühmt
Die Einheimischen von Tobago sind fest überzeugt davon: Ihre Insel war es, die die Vorlage für die Abenteuer von Daniel Dafoes Romanhelden Robinson Crusoe lieferte. Aus einer Höhle am südwestlichsten Insel-Zipfel soll er hinaus aufs Meer geschaut haben, sehnsüchtig das rettende Schiff erwartend.
German Embassy Awards Goethe Scholarship
German Ambassador, Dr. Ernst Martens, recently handed over a German language scholarship to Jean-Louis Robinson. He is the first applicant to have successfully passed the rigorous selection process to be awarded a comprehensive eight-week intensive German language course at the Goethe Institute. The scholarship includes airline tickets, tuition, health insurance and living expenses.
The Goethe-Institut (GI) is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote German language and culture outside of German-speaking countries. Its primary concern is teaching German as a second language. The Goethe-Institut’s second goal is to strengthen Germany’s international cultural relations. This includes not only the exchange of films, music, theatre, literature, and the like, but also the values of civil society. The Goethe Institute office responsible for Trinidad and Tobago is situated in Mexico.
As one of the most important languages in culture, communications and intellectual life, German is spoken by about 100 million people in Europe, not only in Germany, but also in Austria, in large areas of Switzerland, in Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and parts of Northern Italy, as well as Eastern Belgium and Eastern France.
After Russian, German is the most widespread native language in Europe and it is among the ten most-spoken languages in the world.
Robinson who already passed tests for an intermediate level of German Proficiency at UWI’s Centre for Language Learning in Port-of-Spain, has selected Berlin, the capital of Germany, for his German studies in January and February.
This will be a good opportunity to become familiar with life in Germany and German culture.
Robinson will also be able to watch some of the many films shown at the Berlinale from February 7 to 17, which is not only the city’s largest cultural event, but one of the most important international film festivals.