30+ Essential Apps for Living in Germany

Will apps make living in Germany easier? In a change-averse country full of red tape, it can be hard to think so. Coming from San Francisco, I really missed the intuitive app culture when I arrived in Hamburg. I mean, Germany barely lets you pay by debit card, let alone by bitcoin. It took four…

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New Travel Requirements for U.S. Travelers to Europe

Starting in 2021, there will be new travel requirements for U.S. travelers to Europe. While it’s nothing too intimidating or complex, the new travel requirements for U.S. travelers are going complicate entry into Europe—“complicate” here being a relative term. As U.S. citizens, we’re currently pretty lucky. Beyond the 90-day limit within the European Schengen zone,…

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Up and Gone: 2019’s Year in Travel

While 2018 was packed with adventure, 2019 felt much more leisurely. There were work trips, pleasure trips, surprise trips. Beach trips and city trips. But most were short getaways, or trips back home to California. 2019 brought a lot of instability and curveballs—including one cancelled trip and one bout of severe travel sickness…but it reminded…

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The Big List of Every Berlin Christmas Market

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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