The Cologne Cathedral

Always Lookin’ Up The trains coming into the Cologne train station take the scenic route, crossing a bridge over the Rhein, cruise ships floating below.  Along the river are modern, attractive skyscrapers.  If you’re nose deep in a book, or sleeping in your seat on the train, you might miss one of the most spectacular […]

A Weekend in Mainz

Mainz on the Rhein A short train ride from Frankfurt sits the ancient roman city of Mainz (pronounced like “mines”).  When my parents came to visit, we started our vacation here, with a weekend on the Rhein, exploring Mainz and neighboring river villages.   The funny thing is, when we told our German friends our plans […]

Germany Travel Bingo Printable

Travel Games Growing up, our family vacations involved road trips throughout the west. Traveling up the Pacific Coast Highway, or making our way through the desert to Nevada and Arizona.  My sister and I loved these trips, but we also had strict rules: We each had to have our own row of seats in the […]

6 weird things about visiting the doctor in Germany

I visit the doctor often.   Annual appointments, dental visits, eye exams, etc.  I am the doctor finder and appointment scheduler for my household.  So, when we moved to Germany, it was no different.  I mean, a doctor visit by any other name would still smell like disinfectant.  While this is true, there are some glaring […]

Bielefeld Botanical Garden

Bielefeld’s Secret Garden A great thing about living in a cold, wet, place is that when spring comes, everything blooms–especially at the botanical garden in Bielefeld.  Trees grow leaves and blossoms, flowers pop out of nowhere, and even people grow smiles.  Bielefeld’s Botanischer Garten is open year-round, but likes to show off during spring.  It’s […]

Nachtansichten

A Night at the Museums Saturday was Nachtansichten.  My feet are sore, I’m tired, and I have a bit of a headache, probably from the lights.  It’s a Nachtansichten hangover.  Every Spring in Bielefeld, the city stays up past midnight and gets a little bit wild, all in the name of creativity.  Over 50 museums, […]

It’s Spargel Season

Happy Spargel Season More beloved than Schnitzel, and definitely up there with Currywurst, is Germany’s favorite veggie:  Spargel.  Asparagus.  To be honest, I hate Asparagus.  But auf Deutsch, it sounds better, doesn’t it? Spargel.  Sounds fancy and sparkly and delicious.  I had to see why Germans celebrate this food. In Germany, the Spargel season begins […]

5 Ways Germany is Saving the Planet

Moving to Germany has made me look at the United States in a different way. I am constantly blown away by Germany’s innovations and efficiency; little things like how the toilets flush, to the way the windows open, and bigger things like the public transportation and waste system. In comparison, Germany makes the U.S. look […]