Half-Timber Houses of Hann. Münden

Half-timbered houses are a “thing” in Germany.  They’re pretty much everywhere.  It’s nearly impossible to drive through a single German village without seeing at least a few of these picturesque buildings with their distinctive bands of dark timbers lacing the exterior.  During construction, the spaces between the timbers are Continue reading Half-Timber Houses of Hann. Münden

Two Sad Potatoes Are Not Going To Kashmir

We should be in India today.  We’re not.  For those who may not know, we’d been looking forward to a two-week trip to Kashmir for months.  Travis was invited to give a lecture at the University of Kashmir at a developmental neuroscience conference.  After that, we planned to spend a week hiking, camping, and sight-seeing in the Continue reading Two Sad Potatoes Are Not Going To Kashmir

Fireworks And A Close Encounter With The German Polizei

Every year when Kiel Week ends in June, the event wraps with a superb fireworks show.  After a week of intense sailing competitions and friendly rivalries, hundreds of yachts, tall ships, catamarans, speed boats, and the random cruise ship descend on the southern end of Kiel Fjord to enjoy the show.  Even kayakers participate – or at Continue reading Fireworks And A Close Encounter With The German Polizei

Kiel Week: Boats, Boats, And More Boats

I’ve loved boats for as long as I can remember.  When I was a kid, we used to visit my Gramps at his cabin on the Coeur d’Alene Lake most every summer.  Nestled among swaying pine trees with stunning views of the sparkling blue gem of North Idaho, it was a country kid’s ideal summer destination.  As soon as we arrived, my sister and I Continue reading Kiel Week: Boats, Boats, And More Boats

Laboe Naval Memorial and U-Boat 995

Sunday brought glorious sunshine to our beautiful stretch of white sandy beach on the Baltic Sea where we were camping.  Instead of motivating us to get out and explore nearby sites, it was all we could do to tear ourselves away from the sand, sun, and surf.  We lounged around on our Family Fun Blanket, sipping coffee and devouring Continue reading Laboe Naval Memorial and U-Boat 995

Baltic Sea Camping at Ostsee-Camp Kliff

What’s it like camping in Germany, you ask?  After an inordinate amount of effort on our part, we can now answer that.  We finally camped in Germany in a bona fide, straight-up legit campground (unlike our trip to Spreewald).  Was it everything we’d hoped for?  Yes and no.  We’ve long since realized that camping is very different Continue reading Baltic Sea Camping at Ostsee-Camp Kliff

Applying for an Indian e-Tourist Visa

In all of our travels, Travis and I have only applied for visas a few times.  We applied for them in Switzerland in 2014 – and again in Germany this year – in order to be allowed to remain in-country beyond the 90-day time frame allowed for tourists.  Both times, these visas were required for us to legally work and live as long-term Continue reading Applying for an Indian e-Tourist Visa

It’s Official – We’re Going to Kashmir!

Several months ago, a friend of ours invited us to his wedding in July.  We were super excited about going, but when Syed told us he’d be getting married back home – which for him is Kashmir, India – we were doubly excited!  A colleague of Trav’s from his grad school days at the University of Oregon, Syed quickly impressed us with his love Continue reading It’s Official – We’re Going to Kashmir!

Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park

We’re on a roll!  In one weekend, we visited a castle and two national parks in Germany.  After hiking on Sunday at Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, we spent the better part of my birthday exploring Wartburg Castle before heading north toward Hainich National Park.  Just 8 km from the castle as a crow flies, the distance by car is Continue reading Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park

Queen for a Day at Wartburg Castle

The only fault one could possibly find with German castles is that there are just so many of them.  It’s difficult to decide which ones to visit and which ones to skip.  While last year we celebrated my birthday in Lucerne followed by a visit to The Devil’s Bridge in Switzerland, this year I wanted to celebrate like a queen.  And what Continue reading Queen for a Day at Wartburg Castle

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