I started to explore the Lausitz on my own dime in June 2009. In March 2010, I had the opportunity, thanks to a magnanimous personal grant from my friend Tom Fielder, to revisit the region for a few chilly days after one of the harshest winters on record. I returned in June 2010 with the generous support of the Graham Foundation and left just in time to avoid the hottest summer on record. On my most recent visit, in September 2010, I was treated to what looked almost like a second spring, due to record rainfall in late summer.

For their encouragement, advice, criticism, and help, my sincere thanks go to Hillary Angelo, Richard Angelo, Dwight Billings, Wolfgang Döring, Gabi Herzog, Herrn Herzog, Stephan Kaasche, Günther Kalliske, Tommaso Lana, Janine Mahler, Herrn Rückert, Kurt Rohde, Christine Schubart, Michael Speaks, Zoé Strecker, Katja Wolf, Stephen Wrinn, and most of all my muse and wife Wallis Miller.

For programming ideas and code for this website, I am indebted to Mike Cherim, Marco van Hylckama Vlieg, Jack Moore, Stu Nicholls, Mark Panaghiston, and Kent Safranski.