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 […]

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 […]

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’s […]

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, […]