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

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)

Below is a quick summary, several pictures, and a video I took with my son today at Killesberg, Park; a large, beautiful park just outside of Stuttgart, Germany. The park is free to enter and has a petting zoo, a massive playground with a zip line, several biergartens, botanical gardens, hidden […]

A Fun Morning at Killesberg Park, Stuttgart Germany

On a warm and sunny July day I put on my sundress, flip-flops, and sweet-talked my husband and 21 month old son into a day trip to the southern Black Forest to go swimming and visit the town of Freiburg. I had been wanting to swim in a new area and found […]

Freiburg & Titisee, A Day in the Black Forest

Due to yet another German holiday (Ascension Day, Father’s Day, read more about this drunken holiday here) my son had the day off of school. Since the weather was gorgeous, I allowed him to pick from two outdoor choices: rides or animals. He enthusiastically chose animals so I packed us a […]

Pforzheim Wildpark

Early summer and early autumn in Germany is prime season for one of my favorite past times, Weinwanderung (wine hikes/walks/wandering)!! It’s about as fun as it sounds, but I highly recommend going with a lively group to maximize the fun experience. I have gone with a fabulous group of gals who […]

Wine Wandering and Wine Hikes in Germany

With my husband stateside caring for his parents, my son and I have been doing a lot of dates together to get out of the house before the cold, grey shroud of German winter sets in. The leaves have been changing and the region is now a bright rusty color […]

Baumwipfelpfad, Sommerberg

Herrenberg is a small town outside of Stuttgart and easily accessible by commuter train. To be specific, it’s the last stop off of the S1 and is the starting point for many trails of the Schonbuch Forest. It’s a picturesque little town that is easy to get to from most places […]

Herrenberg, Germany: Cafes, Wilderness, and a Kletterpark

You may be thinking I’m crazy to make an entire post about yogurt and quark, but until you’ve tried the German style in the glass jars, don’t judge me. I have to share.   Jogurt I didn’t realize how lucky we were until a recent visit back to the states when […]

Jogurt vs Yogurt (and Quark!)

The boy started school at eighteen months old. Not school in the traditional American, educational sense, but more of a social an independence building sense. Reggio Emilia Approach to Development The Germans believe strongly in the Reggio Emilia approach to education, and from my research the American schools tend to […]

German Schooling

Trains, trains, trains!  Or rather, Zug, Zug, Zug!! My son is absolutely infatuated with trains, tractors, trucks, airplanes, cars, construction machinery, etc…  We can’t drive down the road here in Germany without seeing some type of construction (always, das is Deutsch) and I know he spots it before me when I […]

Stuttgart Area Parks with Steam Trains (Dampfbahns)

We first moved to Germany in mid-January, 2013. Shortly after our arrival, we noticed that word “Fasching” kept coming up on radios and in posters around town. As we got closer to February, we saw Halloween and Carnival type costumes popping up for sale in our grocery stores and local […]

Fasching, Germany’s Carnival

It’s not new information when I say Germans love the outdoors.  Cities are all separated by untouched forests and nature is appreciated in a variety of ways.  The trail system throughout the forests is extensive, well marked, and well traveled.  It’s very common to come across a biergarten, picnic huts, […]

Kletterparks & Hochseilgärtens in Germany

February 2013 The snow is dwindling, our house is still in boxes and piles from the recent move-in, and our ski cravings have yet to be satisfied.  The ski club we joined was heading out to a great resort in Switzerland, but due to their early departure time and the […]

Feldberg, Germany