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Our Complicated 2012

This is the third draft of this post… It’s hard to explain how 2012 was both awful and awesome.  So, I’ve decided to focus on how the awful parts really turned out to be pretty awesome in the end. We … Continue reading

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Christmas in Wiesbaden

The Glühwein began flowing in Wiesbaden on Tuesday when the city kicked off the annual Christmas Market. The market always opens with fireworks in the city center on the first day. This time of year, we go to the Christmas … Continue reading

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Adieu, Sweet Dress

Finding the perfect wedding dress was no easy task in the midst of an international move.  When a seamstress accidentally ruins your dress by mixing up the measurements (how on earth you mix up the bust was waist measurements, I’ll … Continue reading

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My Favorite Running Playlist

I don’t usually share the details of running that do not relate to travel but since I have renewed my focused on health and fitness, it is a bigger part of our lives.  And, since I’ve found other blogger playlist … Continue reading

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Restaurant Jellyfish – Hamburg

The fact that I’m considering making the five-hour train ride back to Hamburg JUST to go to Jellyfish should tell you something.  This tiny, simply decorated place turned out to serve the most perfectly satisfying meal I’ve had in Germany!  … Continue reading

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Lisbon, Portugal

Sometimes running takes you places you didn’t know you wanted to go.  Kate, Julie and I decided we wanted to run a few half marathons together after running the 10K Turkey Trot over Thanksgiving last year.  Julie suggested the Lisbon … Continue reading

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2013 Race Wish List

I had lots of great intentions last year but I was not so great on the follow-through.  Granted, I started the year with an injury but that doesn’t account for the lack of races for the rest of the year.  … Continue reading

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Hamburg, Germany

When Kate mentioned a quick weekend trip to Hamburg over Columbus Day weekend, I joined in wholeheartedly.  I didn’t know much about Hamburg.  I knew that it was a port city and that the Beatles had performed there a lot before … Continue reading

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10 Euro Well Spent

I think I’m getting used to the idea of taking a little time off.  I have a mile long list of things I want to accomplish on this “sabbatical.”  The list of books I want to read, projects to complete … Continue reading

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Moments I Would Have Missed

One of the things I love about running is the unexpected.  I love the little things that happen to a runner, things that a person would miss if they were not at that place at that moment.  If you are … Continue reading

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Gruyère, Yes Like the Cheese!

On the way back from our trip to Sion, Si suggested we stop in Gruyère to sample some of her favorite cheese.  It’s a tiny medieval town, the origin of Gruyère cheese and some say it is the best place … Continue reading

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Oh Just A Weekend In The Swiss Alps

Our friends Shane and Si have this strange way of inviting us to things.  Here is an example.  It starts with Shane stopping by my desk at work. “Si and I are going to this awesome masked ball in Vienna … Continue reading

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Our Anniversary in London

Ryan had to go to England so we squeezed in a trip to London for our anniversary.  We hadn’t planned anything other than seeing a show.  We had wanted to see Jersey Boys since our engagement weekend in NYC a … Continue reading

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Vienna, Austria

We went to Vienna for the masked ball (below) but there was so much more to Vienna.   I didn’t realize just how eventful this trip was until writing this post The first thing we did upon arrival in Vienna was … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Athens, Greece

Planning our Thanksgiving trip for this year, I noticed Thanksgiving 2011 was still in draft!   We’re playing catch up on some older trips now.   I know I’m just awful at keeping up with this. We decided to spend Thanksgiving 2011 … Continue reading

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Something About London

This morning I kissed Ryan goodbye in a warm, cozy London hotel room.  I stepped out into the rain where the doorman hailed a cab for me at 5:15am. There is a lot to say about our weekend trip to … Continue reading

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Spicy Mango Pineapple Quinoa Recipe

With a trip to the beach coming up soon and shopping for bridesmaid dresses for what is sure to be an amazing fun, romantic, mushy wedding of two great friends in Mexico in the Fall (That’s Juli & Dan on … Continue reading

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Woodberry Kitchen Gluten Free Review

There isn’t one thing I don’t absolutely love about this place.  The concept of the restaurant is based on using sustainable, local agriculture and reclamation.  Even the space is recycled.  The restaurant is located in the beautiful circa 1870 Foundry Building with … Continue reading

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Meet 27 and Sweet 27

This is my first restaurant review post so let me start with why I’m writing it.  It’s simple.  I’m writing this review because I benefit from so many bloggers who write gluten free reviews and I wanted to share my … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Baltimore

Last week was our first trip back to the States since I learned of my gluten allergy (our first visit in over 10 months!).  I always worry about what I’ll find when we travel.  This trip turned out to be … Continue reading

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Half Marathon Lessons

After not running a half marathon in a couple of years, I was reminded of a few things and learned a few new lessons.  So, I though I would share what I learned during the Weinstrasse Halbmarathon (half marathon). Weinstrasse Halbmarathon is an … Continue reading

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Weekend in Würzburg

Our trip to Würzburg was a last minute decision.  Planning around Ryan work-related trips has become increasingly difficult so we had to get creative. Since Ryan had to head south to Bavaria on Sunday anyway and Würzburg was on our list, … Continue reading

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Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

After visiting the Antique market at Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen last spring, we took the metro to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, the famous cemetery where Jim Morrison and Édith Piaf and many other notable French citizens are buried.  The cemetery is also just a beautiful place to wander around.  Maybe that sounds … Continue reading

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Lisbon Half Marathon…Almost.

Two weeks ago we went to Lisbon for the half marathon.  To make a long story short, it was probably for the best that I screwed up, missed the fork where the half marathon course diverged from the the 7K course. … Continue reading

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Easter Egg Market

Last weekend after I drove Ryan to the train station and Kate drove her husband, Brian to the airport, Kate and I spent a few hours shopping for Easter eggs at the Easter Egg Market at Kloster Eberbach. Kloster Eberbach … Continue reading

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Istanbul, Turkey for Ryan’s Birthday – Part 1

I know this is really over-due.  I’m sorry! About six weeks after I presented Ryan with his trip by wowing him with dancing skills and filling his belly with delicious traditional Turkish food, we were off to Istanbul! Istanbul is … Continue reading

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Fairytale Night in Vienna

The Rudolfina Redoute is the oldest, most traditional ball organized by a student fraternity.  The Rudolfina Redoute is the only masked ball that still survives today in Vienna.  The ladies wear masks until midnight and can invite the men to … Continue reading

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How Do You Steer This Thing?

Looks like Ryan and Brian are having fun, right?  We were just getting started! When we heard there was a 4km toboggan run down the mountain, we were all intrigued.  Who doesn’t want to go sledding down a beautiful mountain … Continue reading

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Thoughtful…

That’s my husband.  Last summer, when I learned that I had an issue with gluten, neither of us knew anything about it.  We didn’t know what gluten was or where it was found.  We read and researched for weeks.  We … Continue reading

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Lucky Runner

In 2007, I was also lucky enough to get to travel to Europe a few times for conferences.  While on those trips, I often saw runners out early in the morning.  I was in Paris and then Stockholm and Berlin … Continue reading

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Cross-Country Skiing

When we talked about writing this blog, I asked Ryan how he would describe cross-country skiing.  The first thing he said was “challenging.”  The second thing, “addictive.”  It was certainly both for us.  In the days after our first two-hour … Continue reading

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Katzen Pension

When we go away on a trip, so does Fisher (most of the time).  Although, he isn’t nearly as happy about it.  Normally, Ryan takes care of getting Fisher into the carrier.  He doesn’t mind being the bad guy.  Ryan … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

The day we arrived for our cross country ski vacation in Kandersteg it was raining and slushy.  So the following day, when our ski lessons were to begin, was pretty icy and the ski instructors recommended we hold off for … Continue reading

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We’re Sorry!

The last few months have been kind of crazy and we are really far behind on our blog.  We know that our families rely on this blog for the details of our trips and the crazy things we learn in … Continue reading

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Istanbul Not Constantinople

For Ryan’s birthday I surprised him with a Turkish Dinner, Turkish music, belly dancing and a trip to Istanbul! While he was away for a few days on a work-related trip, I learned some belly dancing from a website and … Continue reading

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Gluten-Freedom

“You will feel like you have the flu.”  That is the best description a doctor has ever given me for a Hashimoto’s flare up.  Before I heard that, I just always thought I was crazy.  Now I know that sick … Continue reading

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Before it’s Wine…

Ryan didn’t know what he was getting us into when he forwarded the email to me about the grape picking event that another American organization here was putting together but he did remember that I mentioned wanting to do it.  … Continue reading

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Legit Renaissance Fest

When I invited my mother to visit, I asked where she wanted to go.  After reading our blog post about Rothenburg ob der Tauber, she said she really wanted to see Rothenberg.  So, I wanted to make sure she and … Continue reading

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Bucket List – A Work in Progress

Those who know me, know that I like lists. That might be an understatement since a co-worker recently had to go through some of my old notes when my box was sent to her by mistake and she told me … Continue reading

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Baden Baden

This is the Friedrichsbad bath house, the primary reason for visiting Baden Baden.  We’ve thought about taking a drive to the Black Forrest for a while and we’re so glad we finally got around to it even if it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Christmas in Paradise – Part 3

A couple of days before Christmas, Ryan’s mother, Joelle very thoughtfully planned a family party to introduce Danette to the family and allow Ryan some time to reconnect with aunts, uncles and lots of cousins he hadn’t seen for a … Continue reading

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Heidelberg, Germany

Our Day in Heidelberg was one of my favorites with Cody.  We dropped Ryan off at work and then continued down the autobahn to the pretty town, which sits on the Rhine River.  Heidelberg is famous for the enormous castle … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago…. She Said Yes

We planned to spend the weekend in New York City to celebrate our two-year anniversary.  We had lots of fun, romantic activities planned.  We drove up to NYC on a Friday and had awesome sushi that night in a tiny … Continue reading

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Christmas in Paradise – Part Two

After a few days at the bungalow in Grand Baie, we went back to the plateau (marked on the map below) to spend the rest of our trip and Christmas with Ryan’s mother.  We were so thankful to have so … Continue reading

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Île aux Cerfs

During our trip to Mauritius, we took a day trip to Île aux Cerfs.   Île aux Cerfs is a tiny island near the east coast of the island of Mauritius.   As a special Christmas gift to our selves (we decided when … Continue reading

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Christmas in Paradise – Part One

In December we traveled to Mauritius to spend Christmas with Ryan’s mom, meet the most of Ryan’s maternal side of the family and see where Ryan grew up.  People usually ask us, “Where in the world is Mauritius?”  So, we … Continue reading

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Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

We love to visit antique markets.  Even if we have no plans to make a purchase, we can spend hours looking though the antiques.  You could spend days browsing through  Marche aux Puces.  This is the largest antiques market we … Continue reading

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Friday Night Train to Paris

The luxury of living in Germany is that on a Friday night after work, we can take the train to Paris (or any other beautiful European city).  We have already been to Paris a few times but nothing about it … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal

I didn’t start out intending to make peanut butter cup oatmeal but I had a craving while making breakfast (yes, breakfast) for peanut butter cups.  I was planning to make our old stand-by quickie breakfast, oatmeal with bananas and peanut … Continue reading

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Cha Cha Cha Chia Protein Brownies

This recipe took a lot more work than I anticipated but I guess I should have expected a challenge when I decided to try to make brownies with black beans. The recipe itself is not hard at all but it … Continue reading

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