Whatâ€™s so special about â€žIngaâ€™s Houseâ€œ you ask? EVERYTHING, and when I say everything, thatâ€™s exactly what I mean – see here.
Did I hear you say WOW, what a lucky girl? Yes, thatâ€™s precisely how I feel. I met â€˜by accidentâ€™ of course, a man who had studied at Princeton University, pursued fusion energy, he has a PhD to prove it, and almost immediately (it actually took us 10 minutes) we fused. But let me start at the beginning of this incredible story.
I am a German born American, lived all over the world, have done just about everything there is to do (yes, Iâ€™ve got plenty of T-shirts to prove it), and after officially retiring from my job in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A. on December 31st, 2004 I moved to Klagenfurt, Austria where I started my own business of translating websites from German to English and held business English courses for people who wanted to improve their English. See my website.
Teachers and I never really got along so my formal education is really minimal. Everything I know I have taught myself. When something catches my interest, I pursue it to the end and try to find people online or in â€˜realâ€™ life who can help me deepen my knowledge in that field.
â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.It had been the winter of our discontent: real estate crisis, financial crisis, economic crisis, was there anything or anyone not engulfed in some form of crisis or other? I donâ€™t particularly like a crisis but I do love change – change has always brought me a little further in my personal development.
I always felt what I was doing here in Austria was meaningful, was helping others move on and up. But somehow things did not feel right any longer, something was missing. I was thinking about creating a new website, concentrating more onâ€¦.on what?! I really could not put my finger, brain or heart on ‘itâ€™. There was a lot of empty space in my thinking.
The universe hates a vacuum, so on April 27th, 2009 it sent me a very strange email via a member of the Austro-British Club in Klagenfurt, Austria. There was to be a talk by an American at the University of Klagenfurt about :â€œEnvironmentally open sewersâ€œ and they were looking for an interpreter. Here is a photo of the lady who got the whole thing rolling: Helen is the one in the pink tank-top, Michaela is on the right, the little girl is her daughter, Lilith.
I just love this kind of misunderstanding. For the interview that Marcin did on the train go here.
At least I had heard of open source software but I was not prepared for what I found online on the OSE Wiki and Blog. I have to admit it took a lot of reading through a lot of pages, of talking to Michaela and Erich before I agreed to being the interpreter for the talk in Klagenfurt. Remember, everything I know is self-taught and interpreting from English to German was not my strongest point.
On the spur of the moment I decided to join Michaela and Erich on their trip to the â€œSubversive Fairâ€ on Linz in Upper Austria that started on May 16th, 2009. See day one and two. We arrived at the fair on Saturday at noon and Marcin and I worked like a team from the get go.
Stay tuned, there is much more to come
Inga â€“ The Village Elder