Category: Europe

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How My Relationship Survived Fastnacht in Mainz, Germany

They say that if a relationship can survive Fastnacht in Mainz, it can survive anything. Mo and I boarded a plane together in early February to visit his hometown of Mainz, Germany. Coincidentally, this visit overlapped with Fastnacht, a celebration that would put our relationship to...

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A Warning to Yogis Traveling to Germany

In Germany, I was asked a simple question. “Do you want to go to yoga?” The question was simple enough. I do yoga. I like yoga. Why not? Moritz and I trotted into a yoga studio during our visit to Mainz, Germany. In the waiting room, yogis...

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The Untold Story of Berlin: I was Robbed by Tiny Bandits

A few school children put their half eaten kebabs on the train tracks and waited for a train to come. I admired the ringleader of the group, who’d convinced the others that forfeiting their after school snack was sure to pay off in a tzatziki explosion. With...

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Journal Entry from Buchenwald Concentration Camp

So, I actually haven’t finished writing all of my posts from Europe and this one has been floating around in my drafts for a while.  I copied this almost verbatim from my journal. I felt uncomfortable taking pictures, and only took four which are shared here. ...

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The Traveling Girl’s Guide to Couchsurfing

CouchSurfing: An organization that fosters a relationship between travelers and locals, where the local hosts a traveler for free. Many people simply can’t fathom this concept. Why would you host anyone for free – let alone a stranger? For some hosts, it’s an opportunity to experience little...

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Is That Gargoyle Mooning Me? In Freiburg, Germany

We’ve all heard that “nothing is certain but death and taxes”… but perhaps we should add drama with our employer onto the list.  People from all walks of life groan and moan about their bosses, and after visiting Freiburg’s Cathedral (Freiburg Münster), I’m sure that even the...

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Schloss Neuschwanstein

There are some people in this world who have a “spirit animal,” an animal that encompasses the soul of those people. For Moritz, it’s a seagull – the water bird that always squawks for more food. For  me, it’s a flying squirrel – the graceful rodent that trapezes...