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H.S. Eglund Podcast TTT Season 4 The Virtual Journey `The Erzgebirge

Season 4 Episode 14: Traveling to The Erzgebirge with H.S. Eglund

H.S. Eglund, Writer, Publicist

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

Living in the reality of Covid-19, travel has been curtailed, internationally as well as domestically.   While travel is coming back slowly, there are places that I will never visit in my lifetime.   Over the past months, I have found that travel is possible through the alchemy of technology.

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia – “The Virtual Journey” which will explore new horizons through the eyes of a friend.  As Marcel Proust reminds me, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

I am thrilled that H.S. Eglund has invited us to travel with him to The Erzgebirge, The Ore Mountain. I understand that there may be some time travel involved back to the Bronze age.

Eglund is an engineer, writer, journalist, and publicist. He worked as a science journalist and reporter in Africa for several German newspapers.  Since 2005, his focus has been on the environmental initiatives. As a specialist journalist for renewable energies, he works within media related to the ecological energy transition, first of all about solar energy

Time to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you.

Thank you, Eglund, for an amazing travel adventure in The Erzgebirge.  I felt I was there in reality. You brought history alive in this conversation.

Dear listeners, thank you for joining Eglund and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Stay tuned for Eglund’s return for another stimulating conversation.

Until next time keep safe and be well.

Traveling to The Erzgebirge with H.S. Eglund Tea. Toast. & Trivia.


By Rebecca Budd

Lifestyle Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

26 replies on “Season 4 Episode 14: Traveling to The Erzgebirge with H.S. Eglund”

I enjoyed this episode with Eglund. This place sounds amazing, I especially loved learning it was where the famous Nutcrackers come from. I also liked his comments on history and how it is happening as we speak. That fascinates me.

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First of all, it is so good to listen and hear from one so experienced! It is great to travel to this exciting place really, although I will not even try to pronounce the name. Mountains always contain stories, legends, fairy tales and secrets from times past. The long trip to this place sounds exciting through mountains by car (rather than by a quick trip by plane). The little peek into the different countries, mountains and the language differences that time and humans have made in your story is important. Eglund’s reminder of the importance of mining in early human history was new to me, but I understand his reasoning! ! Imagine the Nutcracker(and not only one) was made there! I appreciate that Eglund told a continuing story of the history of Ore Mountain! I would also like to hear more of his experience and work in his time in Africa!. Thank you, Eglund and Rebecca for this history and the never ending story of bringing people together!.

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I am delighted that you listened in, Frances, and traveled to The Erzgebirge with Eglund and me. I still have not been able to pronounce the name but I continue to practice. I agree – it was exciting to travel to this exciting place and discover that our world has always been global, that humanity moved from place to place and took their knowledge and experience with them. I am looking forward to Eglund’s return and I will ask about his travels in Africa!

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Fascinating episode, i learned a lot from the broad ground covered in this podcast. My curiousity was piqued by mention of fairy tales early in the talk, and you covered so much history, along with the science. all in all, a very expansive talk!

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Many thanks for listening in Babsje and for you support and encouragement of these conversations. There are so many stories that are captured in our geological formations. I am thrilled that Eglund will be coming back for more conversations.

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Another great travel episode, Rebecca! I really enjoyed listening to H.S. Eglund’s interesting thoughts and descriptions of — and pronunciation of 🙂 — The Erzgebirge area. A place with a fascinating present and history — two adjoining countries, the mining aspect, The Nutcracker, etc.

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Thank you so much for joining Eglund and me in The Erzgebirge. I had never heard of the Ore Mountain before Eglund mentioned that he had traveled there this past year. Who knew that when we take out our Nutcrackers every Christmas season, we are connecting to The Ore Mountain? I love how history comes to us, even though we many never fully recognize that we have become part of the story. Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement of these conversations, Dave!

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HI Rebecca, thank you for this interview with Eglund, it was really fascinating and I’d never heard of the Ore Mountains. I do know the Nutcrackers and I have a set of six that I hang on my Christmas tree every year. When we were in Budapest, there were many lovely Nutcrackers for sale of every size.

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I am delighted that you joined Eglund and me at the Erzgebirge (still having trouble with the pronunciation). This was the first time that I heard that the Nutcracker was from the region of the Ore Mountain. We have a two huge nutcrackers that come out every Christmas. You must write about your travels to Budapest, Robbie. You have the best travel experiences.

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Hi Rebecca, I love the story of The Nutcracker and we used to see it performed on ice every years. May we can see it in the UK this Christmas. I will actually go and have a look. I am hoping to go to Turkey for a few days in June. That would be an interesting trip. I wrote about my visit to the Hungarian Jewish Museum in Budapest here if you are interested: https://scvincent.com/2020/02/26/guest-author-robbie-cheadle-hungarian-jewish-museum-and-archives/

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Robbie – and excellent article on Sue Vincent’s blog. One of my recollections of The Nutcracker came at a Christmas banquet that I attended many years ago. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was playing in the background and as the music progressed, I could see that we were all eating to the rhythm of the music. When it went faster, we ate faster. We respond to music in ways that we don’t even realize at the time. I am looking forward to hearing about your trip to Turkey!!! Exciting.

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HI Rebecca, I am very influenced by music and songs are poems set to music, aren’t they? I love The Nutcracker, it is my favourite ballet and, as you already know, I love Tchaikovsky. I have decided to go back to War and Peace when I finish Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I’ve gotten over been cross with Natasha for her Silliness. She was only 16 after all.

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Thank you, Eglund and Rebecca for this helping me to travel to this area and to learn about its history. I agree with many of the previous comments about enjoying learning about the history, but one thing struck me as being very important.

My interest picked up when I heard Eglund mention Pittsburgh. I grew up in Pittsburgh, and I saw first hand the devastating effects of mining and mines that have been abandoned. The creek that flowed behind the house where I lived as a child is still orange with mine drainage.

The most interesting thing for me was when he talked about these miners moving to North America to look for jobs. It’s interesting because I’ve been learning, only recently that a lot of the people who came to this country brought specific skills with them. We were always taught that people came to America to find jobs, but the fact that these people had these necessary skill sets is often skipped over.

I also enjoyed the idea that we are adding to history.

Thanks again, Rebecca for bringing us to these fascinating places, under the expertise of people like Eglund – this was fun.

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Many thanks for listening in, Dan, and for your comment that added breadth and depth to this conversation. I grew up in an isolated mining town in North Manitoba (zinc/copper) and often think of the skilled labour that was required to work within a dangerous environment.

I too was very interested in the thought that people came with skill sets that were required. Even now, Canada requires immigration to keep our economy stable and robust. I read that the average age of the population is moving up as life expectancy increases, birth rates decline and the baby boomer generation ages. By 2040, 25 per cent of the Canada’s population will be at least 65 years old, up from 17 per cent today, according to Conference Board of Canada projections. Demographics are changing our society.

Eglund says it best with these words “history is pure change…and this is why we travel.”

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While doing research on the for my current book, I discovered oral histories from people who had emmigrated from Italy and Wales to work in the Vermont marble and granite quarries. I grew up in Vermont, and I had no idea!

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Isn’t it amazing how we are all connected, as Eglund says, through time and space. I am convinced that what holds us together is the stories. Many thanks for joining Eglund and me at the Ore Mountain.

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Seeing the world through the eyes of a friend has become even more meaningful in these past months. As Don told me recently, we will always have travel. When we stand still the world comes to us. Sending hugs your way.

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