Wanderjahr


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Wanderjahr

a year’s absence from one’s schooling as period to reflect on learning. [Eur. Hist.: Plumb, 414]
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As he finishes his dressing, he bids farewell to Escalus and Angelo--pulling up to button his pants--and exits as if ready for a gentleman's wanderjahr, masked by stylish sunglasses.
He took a Wanderjahr in Europe, taught school, and published poetry.
Had Kreipe asked him this, Leigh Fermor could have answered, savoring the irony, that he'd committed the odes to memory during his teenage Wanderjahr a decade earlier, when, just after Hitler's rise to power, he'd walked clear across Germany (among other countries) with a volume of Horace for his vade mecum, often reciting the poems to himself as he tramped.
His Wanderjahr of additional study, which took him to Holland, Switzerland, and France, put him in touch with a variety of cultures, thought, and institutions.
His fondness for pictures, springing from his "early love for the beautiful," could only have been deepened and refined by his European Wanderjahr after law school.