Sunday was Johan’s birthday, so he invited folks out to a brand new Sushi & Vietnamese restaurant in town called YamYam. Now, you must understand that this area of Germany does not have a large Asian population- though Dusseldorf to our north has, I am told, the largest Japanese immigrant population in Europe. Thus, most restaurants in this area tend to serve an odd sort of mixed-bag “Asian” cuisine. Strasbourg is a bit better, but [...]
Sadly, two of my favorite Offenburg denizens are making a Big Move. In the US, when someone takes a distant job it is likely to be in another state. Here, with country-sizes shrunk a bit, a distant job is likely to take you to a different country. Our friend Niko has taken a job in Warsaw! My Great-Grampa Englebert Kwasigroch (pronounced just like its spelled, quazi-grow, of course!) would surely approve. And, yes, Warsaw is [...]
Ever since summer started, our friend Emily has been trying to get the group together for a big BBQ. But, somehow there was always something in the way. It was too hot. It was too rainy. Everyone was broke. People were out of town. But, since Emily and her hubby Niko will be moving to Poland very soon, it was time to put the excuses aside. Today it was hot AND rainy, but we had [...]
Today was hot. It was possibly the hottest it has been since we arrived. Temps were near 40C (100F) and humid. In Offenburg, the humidity was about 40%. I thought it might be a good day to go somewhere cooler. Maybe somewhere we hadn’t spent much time. Somewhere an hour’s (air conditioned) drive away. Somewhere with a big, cool cathedral, shopping centers and museums. Somewhere like… Freiburg! We had made a quick trip down to [...]
We are having a heat wave- and a pretty serious one for Europe. Hundreds of deaths have been attributed to the heat in recent days. Most of them are in England, which seems to be really, really unprepared for the sun. But Germany is suffering, too. As Californians, we usually scoff at heat that may drive locals to distraction. But, not today. Today it was 36C/97F. That is uncomfortable by just about any standards. And, [...]
Germans are a very clean people. No, they are a borderline insanely clean people. We regularly see folks out scrubbing their front steps with a bucket and a scrub brush. I once saw a woman sweeping hail off her front patio during a hail storm! Shop keepers get out wet brooms and scrub down the outside walls of their businesses. And, yes, I will admit that I find all of this a wee bit intimidating! [...]
Food Glorious Food! Ok, so I admit it. This month I got a little homesick. After my whirlwind trip to the states, I started craving foods that are less readily available around here. So, rather than whine about it, I set out to do something about it! First up, I really really wanted a piece of cake. Only, I am the only one in the family who actually eats cake. And I didn’t want to [...]
Yes, that is a Soy Sausage. In fact, it is a Soy Pork Sausage because, come on, even if you are a lactose intolerant vegetarian, this is still Germany!