When I was 25, I got a job that required me to relocate to southern Minnesota, where their home office was, for a 5 month training program. (Bonus: It was in the winter.) I rented a room from a woman who lived there and worked in the company’s home office, and I met trainees from […]
About a year ago, I decided to start a project as a way of having a not-so-travel-related goal. What I came up with was the Berlin International Restaurant Project. The objective is to eat at one restaurant for every country in the world in Berlin. It also has to be a new place for me, […]
I’m in bed trying to fall asleep. But I can’t. Three other women are snoring nearby. One occasionally switches to groaning or talking in her sleep. Every so often someone wakes up and digs through a bag. Something plastic rustles in the corner. Someone comes in the room around 3am and turns on the light. […]
Christmas time in Germany is magical. I’m not a huge holiday person, I don’t care about buying a tree and decorating my home, but I love Christmas markets. There’s something about the festive atmosphere and the Glühwein that makes the cold weather a little more bearable. Last December we were in Spain, where Christmas markets […]
This year hasn’t turned out at all like I would have imagined last year. Which makes it hard to even try to tell you what I think next year might look like. And no one really ever knows what the future looks like, do they? Even with the best laid plans, you can’t know. Here’s […]
We’ve started riding the rails. We walk up to the Sbahn and hop on the train and ride around with no real destination. We’ve ridden the ring almost all the way around the city. We’ve ridden the east/west line from one end of the ring to the other. And we’ve ridden the north/south line from […]
A few weeks ago, I was so stressed out about so many things, and I was having a meltdown about something insignificant because whatever it was, was the last straw. I told Andy I needed a change of scenery, needed to take my mind off all the things pulling at it.
The waiter brought over my Pad Thai, and Andy and I dug into our meals. Neither tasted authentic or overwhelmingly delicious, but the flavors were decent enough for what we were looking for – inexpensive and short walking distance from home. What we hadn’t bargained for was the food poisoning that hit us both a […]
Recently the bulk of my time has been focused on moving stress and just staying afloat. I’ve gotten way behind on blogging about our winter trip, and I’ve been dealing with some big dietary changes. But finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. As this post goes live, movers are lugging our […]
Boxes are everywhere. Sheets are taped up over the windows. Light bulbs are hanging out of the ceiling. We often have trouble finding things that are still packed away. It looks like we just moved in a couple days ago, but it’s actually been three weeks. And it’s driving me nuts.