In May I had the opportunity to go back to that mountain cottage I told you about a few months ago. It is owned by a circle of friends, and when I was invited the first time I met many of these people. Over the past few months I’ve been spending a lot of time … More Bavaria: of Birthdays and Faith
Once I was freaking out about my unknown future. Ok so maybe that’s happened more than once. On one of the many occasions where I was freaking out about my unknown future, a wise person reminded me that the future is made of all the present moments. Therefore the way to both get to your future as well … More Dreams, Goals, and Reality
A: Maibaumaufstellen (my-bowm-owf-shtell-uhn) Looks a bit like this: Maibaumaufstellen or, the raising of the May Pole, is a traditional event celebrating the arrival of Spring. It involves beer, a very very tall pine tree, and more beer. As with pretty much every traditional event, you dress up. So we did! It was a beautiful … More Q: Can you say “May Day” in German?
Alrighty. Welcome back to life in Germany- sorry for my absence the past month or so, I’ve been very busy, tired, and busy. With what? Well that’s a long story. The biggest reason is that my favorite time of year has come again: decision time. (By favorite I mean… least favorite). I’ll be done here … More All the Things
Last week had been predicted to be a perfect warm winter week. The grandparents were taking a Ski trip down in Italy and the parents went along, taking the 4-year old (3-ski-course-champion) with them. I stayed home with the little one. It was a wonderful week all to myself. She had school every morning and … More A Typical Random Weekend
Winter in Bad Reichenhall has been a stunningly wonderful experience. Winter has mainly brought cold and days where walking to school requires a lot of layers before leaving! This general part of southern Germany here and all along the Austrian Alps is a major destination ski resort area. And many people being in … More Adventures in White
No matter how many times I’m told or feel like I am a globe trotter, the fact remains that I am honestly all too domestic. I don’t accidentally set things on fire, I don’t accidentally pull out or cut off children’s hair. I can’t read a recipe or an ingredient in German, but I stick … More Fire. Hair. Food. (Domestic-y things)
The title of this post refers to the reactions in my brain when I encounter almost any media in Germany. I’ve been to the theatre three times since coming. I listen to music almost daily. I’ve watched almost every disney princess movie, the nightly news, and sometimes TV shows. And I’m often stuck with the … More What? Wait. um.. What?
If you live in central Europe, you learn about a weather pattern unique to this part of the globe. It is called ‘Föhn’: pronounced “fehrn.” It works best spoken in a proper voice and placed at the very front of the mouth. Like a british pronunciation of the word fern. Kind of. I’m still trying … More Föhn
One time someone tried explaining to me why smoking weed was good: “It’s nice at the end of the day,” they said; “It calms you down, makes you more focused, and you usually end up reflecting on your day, or your life. It’s nice.” “Hmm. Nice” I thought, “and if I didn’t know better, I’d … More High on Life