As the titles states, unexpected surprises pop up, especially on adventures it seems. Meeting new people, making new friends, trying new foods and stumbling across venues and events are always such a delight!! Below, are just a few of the recent, lovely surprises I have been blessed to enjoy while here in the Highlands of … More Unexpected Lovelyness
Rosemarkie, a charming small town along the Moray Firth on the Black Isle, is a quaint place to wander, taking in the sea air and the charms of the area. Everything is acccessible by foot, once arrived in the town, which is a really nice treat. The Church parish itself is easily found, tucked away … More Rosemarkie-Fortrose Parish Church
What a rally and march to see!! The streets are packed with seekers, the March filled with banners, flags, and more, in march for an Independent Scoltand!! What an experience to see first hand. The march last well over an hour and chants were said, responses given, and flags were waved in high glory, … More All Under one Banner
The blessings continue to flow here in Scotland as I have made some wonderful friends along my journey. It isn’t always about what you are seeing, it is about whom comes into your life and leaves a happy mark on your heart that creates the best experiences; may the memories and friendships continue to bloom.
I was so very blessed to get to spend a whole day touring the childhood and adulthood home (for a while) of Hugh Miller, geologist, reformer, stone mason and Scots. Truly an amazing experience!! I used my National Trust for Scotland pass to tour it, which is awesome.
Recently, I was blessed in being asked to be a Flat Stanley participant for a student in Tyro Elementary, Lexington, North Carolina. Here is a little back history Flat Stansley (compliments of this site.) Dale Hubert first introduced The Flat Stanley Project to his students at Wilfrid Jury Public School in 1995. The project’s … More The Adventures of Flat Stanley
Christmas this year has been quite joyous!! It has been extended over time, celebrating over a couple of weeks with family and friends, drinking coffee and sharing with the Ladies Club at Zazzies, seeing my friend at the bank, playing Flat Stanley, and so much more. I am so blessed.
Autumn comes alive in downtown, Akron, Colorado at Cornerstone Coffee, located conviently on Main street, with lots of available parking, it has quickly become my home coffee shop of choice. The lovely ladiens that run Cornerstone Coffee are not only excel at offering a delicious selection of baked goodies and sweet, they own the shop, … More Cornerstone Coffee… Autumn Delights and hot Cider
The Revolution comes alive, 236 years later to the day! The Cape Fear River Basin is home to so much American history, boasting a menagarie of Revolutionary sites, all within walking distance around Elizabethtown, marked with stone signs on pillars, stating events that shaped our nation. The great part is that it is all accessible … More Tory Hole on Cape Fear River
A very enjoyable evening out on the town!! Located at the Farmers Market Plaza in Elizabethtown, N.C. A friend and I thoroughly enjoyed an evening of live music, performed by Black Water Rhythym and Blues. The trombones, saxaphone, trumpet and vocalists were awesome, featuring covered music tracks. A favorite of mine was the cover of … More Black Water Rhythym and Blues, Elizabethtown, N.C.
Cheesy Brussel Sprouts, an easy snack/side dish 1 bag of frozen Brussel sprouts (plain) 4 slices (or 4 oz) of real cheddar cheese Lightly steam the brussel sprouts with a little water, until thawed out and semi cooked. Let cool if cutting by hand. Slice/chop the brussel sprouts by hand or with a food processor, … More A Cheesy Snack/Side Dish
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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–
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