You haven't been yelled at until you have been yelled at by a crazy old alcoholic German man who shares the wall of your bedroom.

You haven’t been yelled at until you have been yelled at by a crazy old alcoholic German man who shares the wall of your bedroom.

  Ok, so, here in Germany, like about 3/4 of the adult population, we live in an apartment building.  Our neighbors mostly fall in three groups: retirees, adult singles, and families just starting out.   Everyone has been quite sweet and nice, except this one old alcoholic guy who happens to share our bedroom wall.  That is also one of the few hollow walls in the building that carries sounds from everywhere.  If the ladies at […]

A Day Every Ex-Pat has Experienced

A Day Every Ex-Pat has Experienced

  One thing every second language learner figures out early on is that it is much easier to conduct a conversation when you understand the context and have a general idea what you are likely to be talking about.  When you go to the market, for instance, you are likely to be asked things like “Do you need a bag?”, “Did you find everything you needed?”, “Do you want your receipt?”, and, if you are […]

Tonka Bean Bonanza

Tonka Bean Bonanza

  Shortly after we arrived in Offenburg, I got some gourmet hot chocolate that boasted the flavor of “Tonkabohnen”, tonka beans. Never having heard of this spice, I immediately did some research. Tonka beans are a South American legume with similar chemical properties to vanilla. They also contain a naturally occurring substance called coumarin (not to be confused with Coumadin, which is a blood thinning medication derived from but not chemically equivalent to coumarin- see […]

Karlesruhe Sojourn, a Perfekt Futur

Karlesruhe Sojourn, a Perfekt Futur

For a work project, David has been making a trek up to the next big German city- Karlesruhe.  Each time he comes back and says “dang, I should have brought the camera”.  So, this time, he took the camera.  And here is what he saw: [Show as slideshow]

Martin and David S. Got Older!

Martin and David S. Got Older!

So, we had a nice little sushi party at the same Yam-yam restaurant that we had been to a couple months back.  LOTS of food, and a good time was had by all!  Thanks guys!!! [Show as slideshow] 12►

German Japanese Vietnamese

German Japanese Vietnamese

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 […]

Party Week- Emily and Niko Poland Bound

Party Week- Emily and Niko Poland Bound

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 […]

Auenheim BBQ

Auenheim BBQ

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 […]