Oct 212015
 
Wandering Around Berlin

Yesterday we took a taxi to our appointment with the Visa Filing business.  They were remarkably unable to answer simple questions (we are not visa officers, we are not allowed to answer), but, we are fairly confident that we provided enough documentation for what we need, knock wood.  After that, we are pretty much just cooling our heels waiting to be approved.  So, why not enjoy the city a bit?  Honestly, I am still not […]

Jan 262014
 
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]

Jul 272013
 
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 […]

Jun 032013
 
The Flooding of the Rhein

Across Germany there is an unexpected amount of water this spring.  Apparently a late spring (delaying the melting of the snow pack) combined with heavy rains to overrun some of the country’s flood plans.  To our East, much of Bavaria is under water.  The Danube has been particularly problematic and we have been told that in some places the water is higher than it has been since 1501! But in our area, knock wood, things […]

May 232013
 
Focus Point- Strasbourg Museums

David’s Mom and her friend Nancy have been visiting us this last week.  Unfortunately, the weather has been a bit iffy.  We had one gloriously sunny day- during which we explored outdoors in Strasbourg, the old part of the city, the Cathedral and its square, etc.  But, the following day was grey and rainy.  Since I was (ehem) a bit under the weather myself, David took our guests on a tour of 5 museums that […]

Mar 012013
 
Traveling to Dresden: Avalanche of Culture (and snow)

After a comfortable night in Weinböhla, we slept in on Saturday.  Once everyone was up, it was time to Get Cultured!  Connie and Peter and the boys took us to the Residenzschloss in the heart of Dresden.  That is the Residence Castle where rulers of the region lived and played for about 400 years, from the 1500’s through 1918. WOW.  Really.  Wow!  First off, it is huge.  Second, it is gorgeous.  Third, the inside is […]

Mar 012013
 
Focus Point: Ehekarussell (Marriage Carousel) Fountain

My favorite piece of art on the entire trip was a fountain that they have near the White Tower and St. Elisabeth’s Church in Nürnberg.  It is called Ehekarussell, or Marriage Carousel.  The piece is based off of a poem by sixteenth century poet Hans Sachs that describes marriage in rather unpleasant terms.  The romance and lust turn to obligation and decline, ending with the couple in old age grasping at each other’s throats.  I […]

Feb 282013
 
Traveling to Dresden: Stage One, Nürnberg

The first stage of our journey involved taking a train from Offenburg up to Nürnberg.  (That is “Nuremberg” to the English speaking crew.  As an aside, I really have no idea why we insist on changing the names of places around the world.) Right off the bat let me say: I really loved Nürnberg!  I want to go back!  I want to explore more. We didn’t see all of it, of course, with only a […]

Feb 152013
 
Der große Sneeman und die kleine Frau

Today DS decided to take advantage of the late-season snowstorm and make himself a nice, large snowman.  He worked on it for over an hour.  I tossed him a couple of carrots and a couple of kumquats for the face, and then when he was ready to work on hair, I went down to help.  All in all, I think it was a really excellent effort!  A little Easter Island, a little Ghostbusters, a lot […]