A Weekend in Bremen

The Myth & Legend Two hours north by train lies the birthplace of fairytales.  Disguised as one of the biggest cities in Germany, Bremen sneaks in little glimpses into its past from behind a modern infrastructure.  But this once-small town has a unique celebrity to it: I mean, not every city gets a centuries-old shoutoutContinue reading “A Weekend in Bremen”

Going to Church in Germany

Since I was little, I’ve started my prayers the same way: “Lord, bless me indeed and enlarge my territory. Let your hands be with me and keep me from evil so that I don’t cause pain.” This prayer acts as a comfort, something I can offer up on repeat, a tiny verse out of 1Continue reading “Going to Church in Germany”

Harry Potter on Tour

The Real Reason We Went to Berlin I mean, Berlin is nice and all, but the only reason we went there was for Harry Potter.  The Harry Potter Film Exhibition has been touring the world for about 10 years, displaying costumes and props from the films and immersing visitors into the pages of J.K. Rowling’sContinue reading “Harry Potter on Tour”

A Weekend in Berlin

Germany’s Capital This weekend, we took the DeutscheBahn from Bielefeld to Berlin for an unscheduled no-itinerary weekend in Berlin.  We didn’t even know what we wanted to do, only that we wanted to eat good food (preferably Asian) and go to a museum (preferably history).  We stayed outside of the historical section of the city,Continue reading “A Weekend in Berlin”

Ausländers

Our first visit to the Ausländerbehörde (foreigners office) was supposed to be a confident and hopeful one.  Instead, I left frozen and terrified.  With paperwork in hand, our goal was to apply for resident permits.  Josh’s permit was easy.  He had proof of employment within Germany.  I, however, worked for a US company and couldn’tContinue reading “Ausländers”

Recognizing Fluency

I am reading Harry Potter again.  While I kept most of my copies in the States, I brought 3 with me.*  One I read on the plane (OotP, it’s my favorite, don’t @ me).  And 2 versions Josh got me as a gift. They’re not in English. Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen andContinue reading “Recognizing Fluency”

6 Simple Things Germany Does Right

Germany does a lot of things right.  It’s safe, clean, affordable, and efficient (German engineering is no joke!).  Every day I see something so simple and common to life here that would make a big difference back in the States.  Germany isn’t perfect.  No place is.  Here are 6 characteristics that make this country standContinue reading “6 Simple Things Germany Does Right”

Just Another Day + Giveaway

Just Another Day (Update:  The raffle is now closed.  I hope the winners enjoy the mugs! ☕) My mom always treats holidays and birthdays as “just another day” and while I find that enticing and often easy to do, I don’t think it’s the healthiest mentality.  We need a reason to celebrate. It doesn’t haveContinue reading “Just Another Day + Giveaway”

All About German Christmas Markets

I think the Christmas markets started as a way for people to keep warm in the winter.  The combination of Glühwein and bodies comfortably oozing from stand to stand is the only way we can stay warm outside.

5 German Gift Ideas for Christmas

Please note: this post contains affiliate links.  If you choose to purchase any item I talk about, this means clicking on the link also helps support my blog.  If you have the opportunity to purchase any of these items at local, independent shops in your community, please do so.  Thank you.  In Germany, Christmas  isContinue reading “5 German Gift Ideas for Christmas”