Every research trip I make, I go with a purpose and make a set of goals. Along the way, the list gets amended as some trails go cold and other possibilities open up. This trip, I accomplished what I set out to do and have new ideas to pursue.
As with every trip, I have kept a list of observations: things that I notice about my surroundings or little anecdotes that I can add into my lectures. Some of it is pretty random. There is for instance a new German translation of Lucretius’s De rerum Natura, which I remember struggling with as an undergrad in Latin. It was pretty heavy going both linguistically and philosophically. (Not too surprised; Lucretius’s rejection of the gods mirrors the secularism of German society.) or here’s another: the German word for borders comes from Slavic. That’s were ethno-linguistic nations met.
My students are going to be so sick of me!