The more you travel, the more things you don’t know – so the stupider you feel. At least in my case.
Here is a barge approaching the bridge I am standing on, in central Bamberg, a UNESCO village in Franconia, Germany:
And here is the same barge, passing directly under me, carrying what looks like a bit of iron ore:
So what makes me feel so stupid?
The name of this river is the Regnitz. It caught my attention because of a nearby town called Pulsnitz. And when I looked it up on Wikipedia, in fact the Regnitz is formed by the confluence of – and this is no joke – the Rednitz and Pegnitz.
So, what in the heck is a Nitz?!?!?
I asked a number of locals, including a cab driver who spoke a very intense form of the Franconian dialect (itself a pleasure to hear!) as well as very well educated IT specialists. Sadly, nobody could tell me.