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
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
Whew!! 13 months here have really flown by and now it is time for the next chapter!! A review in photos of all the fun I have experienced living abroad here in 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!!
Tucked away in the small village of Frauenalb, Germany, the klosterruine are a true treasure and gem worth exploring. Listed as a historic site and part of the National Park system, the ruins are filled with beauty and enchanting nooks and crannies. I hope you enjoy the tour.
A small town in Southwest Germany, Spock offers a quiet afternoon to wander and enjoy Gelato.
A super easy one pot wonder that is great for breakfast or brunch and easily feed a crew. Ingredients: 2 cups old fashioned oats 3 cups water 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 red apples, cored and chopped 2 tablespoons dried raisins Honey Set the Honey aside and makes all the other ingredients together in a … More Cinnamon Apple Raisin Oatmeal
Ingredients 2 small zucchini, sliced length wise 4 chicken breast (4 legs or thighs can also be used instead) 1 large can of green beans 1 tsp of montreal seasonings Salt and pepper Put chicken in the bottom of a baking dish, sprinkle the Montreal seasonings on top. Layer zucchini spears/halves over the chicken Drain … More Chicken and vegetables bake
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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
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
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
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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
What a wonderful adventure–driving through Freiburg, Germany (where we stopped for a Cappuccino), we continued on the #5 interstate, through border control/inspection, and into Switzerland!! We were able to change countries in a matter of about 2 1/2 hours, which to my American mind, is just outstanding and so surprising. I, with passport in tow, … More Laufenburg and Leistal, Switzerland
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Ingredients: 1 large can of Lentils 1 large Leek, sliced 3 Large Carrots, peeled and sliced 2 small onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon curry spices 2 tsp dill and Italian seasoning blend a pinch of salt 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 2 chicken bouillon cubes 2 litters water (roughly) Put on low/medium … More Homemade Vegetable Lentil Soup, a one pot wonder
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
April marks the one year mark of my being here in Germany, wow, time sure does fly!! The natural ways have thus also come full cycle since I have arrived with all of its beauty and splendor!!! The Earth is awakening, bring scents and blossoms of new growth and splendor!!! Check out the wonderful treasures, … More Spring time, Baden Wurtemburg (Southwest Germany)
An exciting Saturday afternoon together at the Zoo together, where even the Hippotamus eat Germain cuisine of potatoes and cabbage. The zoo is much larger than what first meets the eye and it is beautifully laid out, including animals and venues from all continents of the world. The Seels (also know as Sea Dogs in … More Karlsruhe Zoologisch Garten
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Making a meal at home is super easy, especially when a friend shared a recipe (or two) to help keep things interesting and tasty (read, I was tired of the same ol’ same old dishes that I was making.) I recalled that while I live in the South-East parts of the United States, Fried … More Fish Fry at home, super easy
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.
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
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
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
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
It is snowing in Southwest Germany and it is very cold!! Wool socks, coffee and a cardigan sure help beat the chill. Check Out awesome treasures on my eBay
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
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
The practicing of cooking is underway as part of my New Year’s resolution and daydreaming projects. Beginning since I have arrived in Germany, now that I have more than just myself to feed, creativity in the kitchen is fastly becoming the norm, which I absolutely love. The soup contains: Chicken Broth (stock) 1 whole choppped … More Warm soup on a chilly Autumn evening
The German word ‘Schloss’ has many meanings in English, it can mean ‘castle’ ‘Manor’ ‘Estate’ and so many more things!!! This particular ‘Schloss’ was residence of some nobility and a politcal statement of the noblemans success. The upper floor also hosts an amazing array of musical playing devices from the late 19th century and early … More Schloss Bruchsal, Bruschal, Germany
According to the Golden Legend, the narrative episode of Saint George and the Dragon took place somewhere he called “Silene”, in Libya; the Golden Legend is the first to place this story in Libya as a sufficiently exotic locale, where a dragon might be found. In the tenth-century Georgian narrative, the place is the fictional … More The Legend of…St. George, the dragon slayer
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
The city of Strasbourg has been both french and German over the centuries but officially, as of now, Strausbourg is…. French A classmate (from Columbia), turned friend, invited me to go to Strasbourg on an adventure and off we went. She traveled via one bus and I booked a fare for a bus 2 hours … More Strausbourg–German or French??
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
Missing the little things from back home is pretty normal, by most standards but one thing I really jonesed for was a good coffee shop that was relaxing yet fun, upbeat but comfy–and at last I found a ‘home’ coffee shop here in my area. And no, I am not doing a paid ‘pitch’ for … More The Best Coffee–DLounge, Kronenplatz, Karlsruhe
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–
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
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
Decemeber,1997—My family and I were on vacation in Holland, riding the ICE train to Germany. My family, being 6 of us, 7 with my Uncle, were a large group, especially with our luggage. My family filled the compartment and thus, I sat across the aisle at a small table, next to the window, where the … More The Beginnings of….an adventure