Things to Do in Cape Town

“Is that…raw chicken? On the windshield?” We peered closer. When we were making a list of things to do in Cape Town, South Africa, we wanted wine, waves, and wandering. But chicken wings? It was the first day of 2018, we’d just come downstairs in search of breakfast and the beach, and it was, indeed,…

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Christmas at Tava Lingwe

“May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white…” Merry and bright were for certain, but we’d traded a white Christmas in bitterly cold Germany for the equatorial climes of South Africa. We arrived Christmas morning at O.R. Tambo International Airport, where the silver trees bedecked in orange and blue…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than

“Excuse me, would you mind taking our picture? We have a little tradition we do—just hold on and we’ll get into place.” It started as a little gag—Tim had once put me on his shoulders and I said I was taller than anything else around. When I came to Aachen to visit him, I found…

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Postcard from Tenerife

One of the delights of learning new languages is playing with the new words in the patterns of the languages you already know. In English, you can say, big to mean “cool”, “heavy”, “brilliant”. Germans will use their equivalent, groß, the same way. Do Spanish speakers? If they didn’t, they might now. Over seven days in Tenerife,…

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Seeing through the Circus Act: A Week in Mallorca

A long-overdue post—but life happens. To set the mood for this trip to Mallorca recap, I’ll open with a recording of this awesome duo we caught at the Sineu Mercado—aptly named, “The Market Noise”. Just imagine this blaring through the sunkissed, cobbled streets of a century-old village—picture yourself peering through throngs of people, over stalls loaded…

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