Reykjavik, Iceland


A layover has never been more exciting. My flight on Icelandair proved to be very successful, flying from London to Denver, via Reykjavik, Iceland. I arrived just  little before midnight, went through customs (getting another stamp in my passport, woohoo!!) I was able to sleep a little on a terminal bench in a quiet area, … More Reykjavik, Iceland

Struy Guest House, Cozy place to stay in Inverness


The Struy Guest House has honestly been the very best accommodation that I have stayed in while traveling and adventuring. The property manager, Kasper, has been super friendly and accommodating, the premises clean and neat, everything is tidy, and it is very affordable. I love that it is located about a Mile from downtown Inverness, … More Struy Guest House, Cozy place to stay in Inverness

Burse, Freiburg, Germany


A great restaurant with outdoor seating in the plaza, offering wonderful food and traditional German cuisine, and, of course, I enjoyed the German hearty meal of Schnitzel, mixed salad, and potatoe salad. A wonderful meal in the plaza, a great way to fuel up on an adventure and a tasty way at that!!

Steinbach


A Small, quaint town in the heart of the Black Forrest, Thomas and I stopped at the Guesthause Hirch for a wonderful german meal, the church bells rang, and the service was nice, the food superb. A town that one can easily relax in and fully enjoy!!! A place to get a breath of fresh … More Steinbach

Neustadt an der WeinstraBe


A wonderful adventure with family!! My Uncle came to visit Germany from Maryland (and staying with his brother, my other Uncle). We all met up somewhere in the middle…in the lovely town of Neustadt an der WeinstraBe (literally translating into the “New City on the Wine Street” but it is truly an older city, being … More Neustadt an der WeinstraBe

St. Barbara Capella Ruins, Langensteinbach, Badische History


The St. Barbara Capella (church) was built in the beginning of the 1300s in the town edge of Langensteinbach here in the Alb Valley. A little history (compliments of the a German information website) tells the story beautifully here: “The first documentary mention of the Barbara Chapel as “capella sanctae Barbarae” dates from 1432. The … More St. Barbara Capella Ruins, Langensteinbach, Badische History

Hauptfriedhof


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The Schnitzel Rule (my rule)/ Tips for learning, using a new language


Please, take a moment to watch the video. I originally made the video for my younger brother as part of a conversation we were having (via Whatsapp) and he thought I should share. The poster, in which I referenced, is located towards the bottom of the post/blog, along with some of the words in a … More The Schnitzel Rule (my rule)/ Tips for learning, using a new language

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Saturday Evening Folk Concert, Schloss Gartenhalle


While walking to the tram one day,a poster, advertisement caught my eye. To my delight, it was featuring, showcasing an upcoming concert, featuring Folk Music from across the ages and the globe, instantly causing giddiness for me, even more so when I found that the event offered free entrance!!! Delightfully, Thomas and I dressed for … More Saturday Evening Folk Concert, Schloss Gartenhalle

A light Snack


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Linkenheimer Tor


An afternoon of unexpected wonders!! The open garden gates provided a beautiful selection of carvings, sculptors and more, with wide open lawns hosting people and their picnics. What a beautiful and splendid treat!!! Located in Karlsruhe, this is a free treasure worth seeing, located conveniently near the botanical gardens.

Simple Salads


Sometimes cooking and firing up the stove-oven isn’t an appealing option, tired or not.  Salads are simple, easy and convenient to make (and often inexpensive.)   The Salami salad: 1/2 Head Iceberg lettuce Small jar of green olives (pit free) 2 slices of your favorite real cheese green salad onions 2 slices of salami Chopped … More Simple Salads

RosenMontags, Deutschland


Woohoo!!! Attending Rosenmontags Festival today is beyond description, the hooping, hollering and joy was infectious, and everyone was in attendance, including this American ( I even dressed up as little red riding hood, sans wolf.) Here is a bit of history (which I had to look up to get a better understanding.) Compliments of Wikepedia … More RosenMontags, Deutschland

Wintery wonderland


  Meeting new and fun people is always nice–and what better place than to meet them in my German courses. Tatenda is from Zimbabwe and desired to adventure more here in Germany so we headed off together, enjoying lunch first, and then to the Monastary Ruins in Frauenalb for a wonderful and fun afternoon in … More Wintery wonderland

Super Simple Stir Fry


  Super Simple Stir Fry Ingredients 2 Carrots–shredded with a vegetable peeler 1 Green Bell Pepper, cut into thin spears 1 small purple onion, coarse chopped Leftover Chicken or Turkey, pulled from the bone 3 gloves Garlic, diced 1 Tsp Dried Red Chili Flakes Salt, Pepper 2 Tablespoons olive or sunflower oil 2 Cups of … More Super Simple Stir Fry

Riding the lines


Adventuring is so much fun, easy, and convenient while using the tram. I rode the rails today to view the country side during this love autumn season and the changing of the leaves in the Black Forrest. I stopped off in Bad Herrenalb and enjoyed a lovely breakfast at a Backerei–and warmed my hands with … More Riding the lines

St. Martins Church, Ettlingen, Baden-Wartümberg, Germany


One lovely, very sunny (and thus hot day), I leisurely went into St. Martins to enjoy the shade and for prayers.  The church was silent, in reverence of peace and quiet–the church being void of other humans. I bolted upright from a very bizarre sound, not from the ding dang dong of the musical bells, … More St. Martins Church, Ettlingen, Baden-Wartümberg, Germany

Turkish Delight–Döner


A definite ‘must’ in Karlsruhe–a family restuarant/locally owned business that is just simply amazing!! Located on Kronenplatz, Karlsruhe, Germany, it is a must for any local or traveler. The Döner Teller is filled with shaved, roasted meal,  a yogurt dressing atop a fresh salad,  a potato side with a orange sauce..incredible. The falafels were also … More Turkish Delight–Döner

The Porcelain Palace–


Amazing day!! The chapel is not normally open to tourists-visitors but today, with special perimissin, Thomas and I not only got a tour of the private chapel on estate grounds but I also was given the opprotunity to cross something off my bucket list–our guide ENCOURAGED me, with full permission (without me even asking) to … More The Porcelain Palace–

Tasty


Okay, so I have not been in Germany long and the difference in measuring things, i.e. grams and milliliters verses cups and teaspoons has tripped me up…alas, I winged it today. I made a weird version of an open face sandwhich–mixing German and American?? Style: Pumpernickel Bread Carrot Sticks Brown Gravy Scrambled Eggs with Onions … More Tasty

Turning over a new leaf


  So, as our story continues on, Thomas and I have continued to write, sharing our lives and friendship through letters..and now we have been very dear, good sweet friends for almost 20 years. We continued to write when one day…. Thomas asked me to come to Germany, not for a vacation, but for something … More Turning over a new leaf