One of the fun things about spring break is checking out your destination. Today I’ve been exploring the grounds of our spring break 2020 location. There’s lots to see and do as we get better acquainted with the amenities that are available.
The photo above is of a kind of reading room, with some impressive artwork, tasteful decorations, an old-fashioned fireplace, and very good natural lighting from the picture window. We’ll be checking this room out after 5 p.m., when the proprietor advises that cocktails, a selection of wines, and light hors d’oeuvres, consisting mostly of cheese and crackers, will be served to all guests. There’s also the chance that someone might try tickling the ivories on the upright piano for a little singalong fun!
I walk around Schiller Park every day. I’ve gazed in appreciation at the heroic statue in the middle of the park, and know that Schiller was a poet who was so admired by the German immigrants who initially settled in the German Village section of Columbus that they chose to erect a statue to him in the park.
But that’s about the extent of my knowledge, regrettably. And since I think we should always be interested in broadening our horizons and learning a bit more about the places where we live and work, I set out to learn a bit more about Herr Schiller. And with the aid of Google, it wasn’t difficult.
You can read the entire, translated Ode to Joyhere. Here’s the first verse:
Joy! A spark of fire from heaven,
Daughter from Elysium,
Drunk with fire we dare to enter,
Holy One, inside your shrine.
Your magic power binds together,
What we by custom wrench apart,
All men will emerge as brothers,
Where you rest your gentle wings.