May 222015
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 […]

Jan 262014
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►

Nov 112013
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 […]

Aug 182013
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 […]

Aug 032013
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 […]

Jul 212013
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, […]

Jun 202013

Tonight the BFG (Black Forest Games) crew had a BBQ to celebrate the Playstation launch of Giana. (YAY!)  Several backers were invited and we all hung out on the rooftop eating BBQ and chitting and chatting.  I decided to gussy up and wear the blue hair- why not?  How often does one have a genuine Blue Hair occasion handed to them?  I mean, I can make any day a blue hair day, but this seemed […]

Jun 162013
Whirlwind US Vacation and Reunion Trip

Ok there are fast trips and FAST trips.  This one was quick! My Dad’s side of the family, Franchini-Herweck, was having a reunion.  As many of you know, I am in treatment for breast cancer, so I wasn’t sure if I could make it.  But, my Mom arranged for DS and me to fly in on Thursday (after my Wednesday chemo) and fly back again on Monday night (to arrive on Tuesday night here in […]

Apr 062013
Emily's Birthday 2013

Sunday is officially Emily’s birthday, so, as far as the BFG crew were concerned, this was an occasion for: STEAK!  Also, tentacles.  And bread.  And meats of all kinds (though David eventually decided against the bunny rabbit).  There was also Big Money being flashed, and one of the least inviting toilet seats in my travels. The fan favorite restaurant for such events is Ranchito in the next town over- it, like most steak houses in […]

Mar 032013
Traveling to Dresden: Sunday in Weinböhla

Sunday, as mentioned before, is a day of rest in Germany.  So, Mom and I happily spent most of the day kicking back with our feet up- watching as everyone else worked and played in the snow   We were especially happy to note that this was a rare opportunity for both of us! SO, Sunday progressed slowly.  We got up, we had a leisurely breakfast, sipped coffee, chatted and relaxed.  Then the boys got […]