The Comprehensive List of Berlin Christmas Markets

Before we jump into this list of Berlin Christmas markets, I’m going to start by making the bold statement that anyone who doesn’t love Christmas markets must be the Grinch himself. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, or if carols make you cringe, or if you think gift-giving is consumerism at its worst—you’re going to…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: San Francisco, CA

Things We Are Not Taller Than: San Francisco is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. The thing about being a local in San Francisco, is that you don’t often do the touristy things. While I have walked across the Golden Gate Bridge several times, I’d never been…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Aachen, Germany

Things We Are Not Taller Than: Aachen is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. Before I met Tim, I didn’t know anything about the city of Aachen. Even after I met him, I understood that it was a “study town”, home to one of the best technical…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: The Highlands, Scotland

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. It was a dark and stormy day in the Scottish Highlands. Mist was lying low over the lochs. We were on the last bite of our haggis toastie. The damp was seeping through the windows, but in front…

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The Best Time to See Barcelona’s Gaudi

People come to Barcelona for different reasons (mine were heavy on eat, drink, tan repeat). But your trip will be lacking if you don’t include at least one piece of Barcelona’s fantastical Gaudi architecture. As these places are major tourist draws, it can be seriously off-putting to elbow your way through a massive tour group…

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November 9: A Turning Point in Germany History

Until this week, I couldn’t have told you why November 9 is a kay date in German development. But it marks a turning point in German history not once, but twice. Kristallnacht, or Night of the Broken Glass, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, both monumental turning points in German history, happened not just…

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Tips for planning a surprise trip

For all the travel planning logistics I do, there’s one trip a year I can always count on where I can be fully hands-off: our anniversary getaway. It’s Tim’s trip—one that he researches, plans, and books…all without me knowing where we go. So when it came to gathering tips for planning a surprise trip, I…

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13 Reasons Why You Should Visit Sardinia

When we think of Italy, lots of destinations come to mind. Getting lost in Venice. Scooting around Rome. Climbing the stairs of the Cinque Terre. Exploring lush hills of Tuscany. But what about Sardinia, the so-called Caribbean of Europe? For our fourth anniversary, Tim planned a surprise trip to this beautiful Mediterranean island—and not since…

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The Berlin Wall: Then and Now

November 9, 2019, marks the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years since a wall divided the city; when the fall came, Berliners said this day was more important than “Christmas and New Year’s combined.” To mark the occasion, the Berliner MorgenPost put together a series of interactive sliders that spotlight places along the wall, comparing how they look now to how they looked then. Check them out here:

https://interaktiv.morgenpost.de/berliner-mauer-damals-heute/