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, […]

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’t […]

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 stand […]

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 have […]

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.

The Bielefeld Conspiracy

Bielefeld Doesn’t Exist When you go searching on the internet for useful information on Bielefeld, good luck finding real answers.  Hop on any forum, thread or discussion board asking for things to do while visiting Bielefeld, or god forbid if you needed urgent information, don’t be surprised if all the answers say: “Bielefeld?  That place […]

The Expert Way to Move your Dog Abroad

We learned we were moving to Germany last August, a month after we moved to Kent.  The first thing we did was buy an airline crate for Sherlock. And then we returned it. The first one we got was so big that I could easily fit in it and sit down crisscross-applesauce.  It was too […]