This is the first post I have written in a long time, but I’m finally settling down into our new home and ready to crank ’em out, again. We have done lots of traveling over the last few months and much more is on the horizon, however, we’ve been in […]

Christmas Market, with Palms and 80 Degrees

Helloooo California!! I finally have adequate sun exposure and my skin has become a nice golden brown over these few weeks back in sunny California. My energy has increased, I’ve reconnected with oodles of dear friends, and I am starting to feel like my best self, again. Our stuff has all arrived, […]

Tengo keine dinero! Haha…ohhh.

Our time in Germany is over, for now. We’re packed up and living stateside. My husband still swears we’ll end up back there one day. As for now, I am ready for sun, sea, and San Diego! We moved back to the states in early January and started our journey […]

Sweet Home Alabama

  As the year comes to an end, so do our four years living in Germany. It’s been an eventful and exceptional experience to say the least. The amount of memories and experiences we’ve crammed in during this period could fill a lifetime. We landed in this country due to an opportunity that came […]

Germany, Embedded: Top 10

After nearly four years in Germany, we finally made it to the highly acclaimed themepark of Europapark. We have heard and seen numerous advertisements and promotions for the place, but the boy was never old enough for us to make the trip until this fall. He is almost three (so his admission […]

Europapark: Europe’s #1 Theme Park, Germany

Since I’ve lived in Germany I have done many hikes by myself. I enjoy being alone with my thoughts in nature, and walking or hiking solo has always been a way I can rejuvenate when I feel in a slump. That being said, I do love hiking with my like-minded friends on occasion […]

Photo Post: Hiking in Monbachtal, Bad Liebenzell

We decided to move to Germany. We weren’t forced and we weren’t escaping anything. Our choice to move here was for an opportunity to experience a new culture and to travel. We are extremely fortunate to have had this experience and that my husband’s work had the opening. Although it wasn’t exactly […]

A Little Language Vent by a Foreigner

I love my son and I love my husband, but sometimes a gal needs to get away and into nature. For me, hiking with a toddler is often more of a wrangling event than an exhilarating escape into nature. My boys were kind enough to give me a weekend away to hike for […]

Outdoors in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Ooo-la-la-Lake Constance (also referred to as the Bodensee)! This recreational lake and natural beauty is Europe’s third largest lake surrounded by Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland. I love, love, love visiting this place! The massive, bright blue lake is surrounded by fruit groves, farms, vineyards, and some of the most picture perfect villages […]

Lake Love in Sipplingen, Germany and the Bodensee

Every year the family Weiß in the town of Renningen hosts an elaborate and humongous corn maze. I grew up in a suburb in Northern Virgina, spent college years in the mountains, then spent ten years in San Diego prior to moving to Germany so as far as corn mazes go, I know […]

Renningen Maislabyrinth (Corn Maze)

Now that summer is well underway here in Germany, I thought it was a good time to list out a few of my favorite summer wines from around Europe. Plus, my blog is called “Pack the Corkscrew”, so I am hoping the readers will appreciate this! Before moving to Germany, I was […]

My Top 5 Summer White Wines (European)

Click here for Stunning Slovenia, Part 1: Overnight in Austria Lake Bled, Slovenia WONDERFUL! This was easily one of the most stunning lakes I have ever seen in my life. Tahoe is up there, but something about a rocky castle precariously looming over you as you swim in teal crystal-clear […]

Stunning Slovenia, Part 2: Bled, Bohinj, and Footloose

We departed from Stuttgart Germany and decided to break up the estimated six-hour drive into two days. After traveling to so many big cities through Europe and entertaining family members and friends over the past year, I was craving an escape into nature. This is easy to do living in Germany since […]

Stunning Slovenia, Part 1: Overnight in Austria

After a history soaked week in Normandy, me, my husband, his ex-wife, their teenage son, and our two and a half-year old son (whew!) headed out to Bastogne to tour the Bastogne War Museum in Belgium. As I mentioned in my previous post, this trip was mostly planned by my husband […]

Bastogne War Museum, Belgium

The catchphrases for this trip were “Thank God there’s whiskey!” and “Damn Tour.” Out of the many trips we’ve taken since living in Germany, this road trip has been the most complex, historical, and emotionally moving. We covered historical sites ranging from Joan of Arc to WWII while traveling through France, […]

Road Trip to WWII Normandy, France