i met a handful of new people on our weekend vacation in siquijor. meeting new people is not really my thing. in fact, it is one thing in my “avoid list”. but, it was something i was unable to avoid.
i was unable to avoid meeting this lovely, young, backpacking german couple, students from berlin — julian allgaier and louise apelt, (hmm… aliases?)
we called them over, as they were on their way out the park, and our group just settled in at a picnic table for mid-afternoon snacks. we called them over to have some food, to which they happily obliged.
they dug into whatever we offered them : mashed cassava sweetened with lumps of brown sugar, boiled cassava in sugar syrup, charcoal-roasted banana, glutinous rice cakes, and plain-salted steamed tulingan. they enjoyed all the food, the company, and the conversations.
louise said that filipinos are beautiful. in the case of germans, she said, you need to look for beautiful germans, (but she is beautiful); and the british, she said, are ugly; but the filipino face had good proportion.
“eat some more!” i replied, “here, have more food!” so, julian added, “the filipinos are really very beautiful!” everybody joined in, “here, have more food!” we all had a good laugh!
when i told them i was going to write about this meeting in my blog, julian asked me the title of my blog. he couldn’t get exactly what i was saying, so i had to spell each word out, “the” t-h-e, “stray” s-t-r-a-y, “schnauzer” s-c-h-n-a-u-z-e-r, “with no spaces in between the words.”
when i got to finish spelling schnauzer, julian was quizzical.
he said, “oh… mustache??? schnauzer is german for mustache.”
i replied, “ahh, i see… schnauzer… it’s the dog… with a mustache… (so that’s why it’s called a schnauzer!)”
so that’s why it’s called a schnauzer!