The emigrant's destiny: The foreign country has not become home, but home has become foreign.
--Alfred Polger (d. 1955), Der Emigrant und die Heimat
Emigranten-Schicksal: Die Fremde ist nicht Heimat geworden. Aber die Heimat Fremde.
Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.
Life at San Simeon [the California castle of newspaper mogul William Randolph "W.R." Hearst (1863-1951)] was filled with hazards.... The estate was stocked with wild animals, protected by signs that read "Animals have the right of way." At any twist in the path one might be startled by a zebra, okapi, camel, or ostrich. The more dangerous beasts were kept in cages....
There was plenty of room outdoors for those creatures to roam because the Ranch was as big as a village. It had every convenience; a barbershop, a beauty parlor, and even its own post office. I used to go on long horseback rides high up on the cliffs with an Indian retainer. He told he was in his seventies, was born on the Ranch, and had never set foot outside its confines.
On the shore far below the horseback trail, one could see a long complex of warehouses built to contain art objects for which W.R. couldn't find space until he got around to enlarging the castle. But that fact didn't stop him from buying, mostly by mail. I was once in London when W.R.'s English representative, Alice Head, showed me a cable from San Francisco. "Dear Alice. There are some church bells on sale from the Cathedral in Brussels. Purchase same and have them sent at once together with a pair of male giraffes from Hamburg in good condition for breeding."
--Anita Loos (1893-1981) in her memoir Kiss Hollywood Goodbye (1974)
Norway planning "world's largest Viking theme park," to open in 2015.