Category Archives: Life in Germany

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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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 playlists … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg is a beautiful, well-maintained Medieval town in Bavaria, Germany.  We decided to go there while my cousin, Cody was visiting.  Rothenburg has a long, interesting history.  When I first showed Cody the pictures of the town, he said it … Continue reading

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Strasbourg, France – Without Adult Supervision

Last Wednesday night at dinner I asked Cody if he wanted to drive to France the next day.  He looked at me with an “are you serious” look and said, “sure!”  So, the next day we dropped Ryan off at … Continue reading

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Oldtimer Classic Car Show

If there is one thing Germans know and love, it’s cars! It’s Spring and the Hessen classic car shows are right around the corner.  Earlier this week, we dropped our 1969 Camaro (yet to be named) off to have a … Continue reading

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Wiesbaden Ostermarkt

Every year, in the weeks before Easter, German towns host their Ostermarkt (Easter Market).  Today we ventured right outside our door to go to the Wiesbaden Ostermarkt.  This market is held along Kirchgasse, the main shopping walkplatz (pedestrian zone) in … Continue reading

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A Day on the Rhine

In September, my little sister came for a visit.  One of the things we were excited to show her, was the Rhine River.  We happen to live near one of the most beautiful stretches of the Rhine and the drive … Continue reading

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My Exceptionally Sweet Husband

My husband has many talents.  Giving the perfect, memorable gift is certainly one of them.   His timing always seems to be perfect too.  Our cat Fisher is a great example.  Fisher was the first birthday gift Ryan ever gave me … Continue reading

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Vegetarians in The Land of Extreme Carnivores

We knew that becoming vegetarians in the place where brats (sausage) and schnitzel (veal, pork or other meat pounded flat, breaded and fried) reign supreme would be a challenge but it has been fun to learn new recipes and adapt … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Germany

We are lucky to work with a fun couple, Kate and Brian, who invited a few people from the office over for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner.  During the holidays we miss our families the most.  We wanted to have a … Continue reading

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Sweaters in August?

It’s August and today I switched out my summer clothes for warm sweaters.  In Germany, autumn starts early compared to the east coast of the US but who’s complaining?  There is nothing I don’t love about fall and while we … Continue reading

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The Apartment- It’s all in the details

The balcony of our apartment is not spectacular; a long, plain rectangle of empty space that over looks the walkplatz below.  But, everything is just about what you make  it,  right?  And. for this, we love our balcony. It’s not … Continue reading

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Enjoying the View and the Run

I discovered that I love running in Wiesbaden as long as it is the right time of day.  The city can get much more crowded than we anticipated. To avoid the street-packing crowds of walkers, shoppers and tourists one must … Continue reading

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The Saturday Market

One of the best things about living in the city is the Saturday Market. We live on MarktStrasse, so the market is just a minute walk away.  We have visited other markets just to experience them and they are all … Continue reading

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The Green Monster

We shopped for days to find a decent car with automatic transmission.  We looked at new cars but at the time, the BMW dealer searched all American-spec BMWs in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium and there wasn’t one car that I … Continue reading

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Our First New Year’s Eve in Germany – 2009/2010

We decided to stay in the city and experience a German New Year’s Eve in Wiesbaden.   We were warned that New Year’s Eve can get pretty out of control in this area.  We heard that it was the only … Continue reading

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From Home, With Love

We love getting packages.  I have a daily routine of walking to the post office at lunch to check our mail.  I love seeing the little white slip in our box telling me we have a package.  We especially loved … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas Time in The City

…with the Christmas Market just a few steps outside our front door, it felt like Christmas for the whole month of December. Continue reading

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The Longest 40-minute Communte Ever

Everyone in the office was talking about the snow. “It’s really coming down out there,” is what heard from several different people in which I had varying levels of confidence.  People began to leave early and since we didn’t have … Continue reading

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Room service ain’t so bad

We visited the area about 5 months before moving but at the time we didn’t know we would be moving. We stayed in Mainz, a beautiful old town on the Rhine River, when we visited.  We thought it would be … Continue reading

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Our First Thanksgiving in Germany

We were still living in the Mainz Hilton on Thanksgiving Day.  The Mainz Christmas market had just opened.  With an invite to a have an American Turkey Day dinner with friends, we decided to spend the morning in the Markt … Continue reading

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Away we go…

Living in Germany is a challenge but… Continue reading

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Making The Move

Normally, when the luggage comes out Fisher gets very curious.  He sniffs around, probably wondering how long we will be gone this time.  This time was different.  Fisher would be going with us.  I wonder if he knew? Judging by … Continue reading

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