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 [...]

Frying in Freiburg

Frying in Freiburg

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 [...]

Corner Ham

Corner Ham

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, [...]

Its not just Clean, Its German Clean: Pavers

Its not just Clean, Its German Clean: Pavers

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! [...]