Dec 162015
 
Culture Shock

What We Have Been Learning and Doing Alright, we have been here almost 2 months.  Long enough to get a feel for the place.  But far far from feeling like we know what we are doing!  If you are looking in terms of Big Strokes, living in SE London is very similar to life in the US.  You live in a house, go to work, go to school, have doctors and markets and all that […]

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 […]

May 092013
 
Kehler Messdi- The Kehl Fair

Today I really needed to get out of the house.  So, we piled into the car and took off toward Kehl, just to see what was up.  As it happens, what was up was a town fair!  And quite the happenin’ one, too.  The main parking lot was overrun.  We parked a few blocks away behind the train station instead.  On our way over we saw these folks: I wondered where they would park! The […]

May 072013
 
Focus Point: Pizza, Weird German Food of the Week

Let’s talk Pizza. I have mentioned German Pizza in previous posts, but it is so delightfully NOT what an American might expect, it deserves a post all of its own.  First off, it is important to know that there are three main providers of pizza in Germany. Actual Italian restaurants run by actual Italians.  These places tend to be expensive, but good.  Italy is just down the road, so you can expect fresh, authenic sauces, […]

Apr 302013
 
Focus Point: German Cemeteries

With the beautiful spring days interspersed with the rain, and the need to occasionally “walk off” the stress of the last couple weeks, David and I decided to meander into the closest town of Bühl this last weekend.  There we happened upon a very friendly cat- and an unexpected graveyard. In Germany, as in many other places in Europe, you do not actually buy your burial plot- you rent it.  Usually the rent is for […]

Apr 042013
 
Cultural Double-take of the Day

Today DS came running in to the living room insisting that he had found something indescribable on the toilet paper.  I must admit, when the boy is right, the boy is right! I feel the need to point out that the toiletpaper packaging itself is designed with a very cute puppy.  This isn’t the special adult TP.  Just, regular old, everyone needs it, here put it in your bathroom, toiletpaper.

Mar 062013
 
Traveling to Dresden: Adieu and The Aftermath

Leaving Dresden  After our long days in the snow, it was early to bed and early to rise.  Monday meant departure day for our little band, and Return to Work and School for our hosts.  We were all sorry to leave and reluctant to return to Real Life.  Connie drove us to the train station, and off we went.  As usual, we hit the wrong train car.  Sigh.  But, we were soon situated and on […]

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 […]

Mar 012013
 
Traveling to Dresden: Arriving in Dresden and Weinböhla

After about 12 hours on trains over two days, we finally made it to Dresden!  Our welcome couldn’t have been warmer. When Mom worked for the college in Fullerton, CA. she met a pair of German exchange students and they became friends.  Since that time those students, Connie and Peter, have married (each other!), started careers, bought a house, and had two sons (J and E).  This was the family we were here to visit.  […]

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 […]