The only jack-o-lantern on the block

Last night we decided to be true to our American roots and got creative with a pumpkin. When I first moved to Europe in the 90s, Halloween-style pumpkins were nowhere to be found, but this year we were able to pick up one at our local farmers market for only €3 (it was even labeled as a “Halloween-Kürbis”). Continue reading

Dom, dom dom dom… Köln!

Cologne's big Dom

We just returned from a weekend of cavorting with other expat bloggers in Cologne. More about WEBMU is coming up in a future post; right now I want to show you a ridiculous number of photos from our rooftop tour of the cathedral, one of the highlights of the weekend.

inside and high up in the Dom in Cologne

Cologne’s cathedral (Dom in German) is the city’s big recognizable landmark. It is Gothic and old, and definitely worth exploring from as many angles as possible.

hello down there

The tour started with a walk along a narrow balcony that snaked its way around the interior of the church from about half-way up.  Continue reading

Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance

Potato Museum Munich

I have a mountain of blog posts in the works that will be coming up soon now that we’re all recovered from Oktoberfest and our month of visitors. Life in Munich is back to normal, still with plenty going on (Auer Dult, for example) but fewer drunk people in lederhosen.

Last night was the Lange Nacht der Museen, when all kinds of museums and galleries offer special programming and stay open until 2am. This year’s event had two highlights for me, both distinctly German.

Highlight #1: The Potato Museum Continue reading

Auf Wiedersehen, Oktoberfest!

Auf Wiedersehen Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest ended on Monday, and we made it all the way to the end (quite literally, as we were in the Armbrustschützenzelt finishing our last maß of beer as the staff started washing down the tables for the last time). Continue reading

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