Making Memories while Traveling

Country 1: Germany |This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Is it irony or fate that the first country I ever visited is also the place I’m currently living? It was 1993, my grandfather had booked a trip to Germany to revisit the country where he’d spent his time in the…

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Touring Spreewald – Germany’s First Rye Whisky Distillery

“Eine Frau die Whisky trinkt?” I looked up from swirling my fresh pour of Single Malt to see the incredulous eyes of a 40-something-year-old German man staring at me. He gave me a look of bemused admiration as I nosed the amber liquid and then took a sip. “Lecker,” he offered. I agreed—the whisky, a Stork Club Single Malt from Spreewald Distilleries was caramel-nosed, light…

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3 Reasons to Visit Potsdam

“Wait, can we stop?” I asked. “I want to get a pic of that castle.” Tim politely refused, and I sank back into the passenger seat, disappointed, not knowing that the surprise day trip from Berlin he’d planned involved not just one castle, but over 17 of them. The surprise? We were headed to Potsdam.…

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Berlin’s Olympiastadion

We walked under the Olympic hoops as one big motley crowd. There was a girl dressed as a unicorn. A guy with an arm full of Disney tattoos. Africans, Americans, Eastern Europeans. Interracial couples, a girl in a wheelchair, a group of gay men sporting eyeliner more expertly applied than mine. Into a stadium redesigned…

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Culture Shock #7: Fußball

For me, watching soccer in Germany is like making new friends. Whenever you’re trying to establish a friendship, there comes a point that requires you to show something real. Something deep. Whether that’s admitting an obsession with astrology or sharing a love of trashy sitcoms, it’s a make-or-break moment that will either settle you deep…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Berlin, Germany

Nothing thrills me more than passing the Brandenburger Tor. So iconic, so stately, so scarred with history. It always instantly calls to mind the famous John F. Kennedy speech (or rather more accurately, the bits sampled in Gostan’s Klanga—an earworm if ever I had one). Tim and I took this shot on our first visit…

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An Expat’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

There are days where I wake up and I am so damn grateful to have this expat life. Living abroad means days are full of surprises and new experiences, delicious foods and castles (yes castles!) just sitting there on the side of the road. But there are other days when nothing seems to go right,…

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Travel Inspiration: Neuschwanstein in Photos

Neuschwanstein Castle has certainly earned its fairytale reputation. Tim and I visited it in the fall of my first year in Germany. He was mildly amused by my fangirl hype on the drive up and laughed out loud at my literal gasp when we spotted it nestled in the fall foliage. The fact is, for…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Bavaria, Germany

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. We all have places that have captured our imaginations. For me, it was Stonehenge, the Pyramids, and Neuschwanstein, the epic castle hunkered in the mountains of Bavaria. I’m not the only one this white stone confection has moved…

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The Lazy German Breakfast

Everyone’s favorite stereotype about the Germans is how efficient they’re supposed to be. But if there’s one area of life that I’ve noticed Germany is happy to slow down and enjoy, it’s breakfast. The most common breakfast centers around brötchen, or “cute breads”. When I met Germans in the US, the first thing they always complained…

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