Let me start this post off by telling you that I do not like swimming. I'm active, love working out and used to enjoy running quite a bit. But I can't stand swimming. It probably has to do with the fact that I am a terrible swimmer. I tried picking up swimming during my senior year of high school to no avail. I was terrible. I can physically stay afloat if I had to survive, but asking me to swim 50 meters is like trying to make a peacock fly.Read More
Hey there, I have some new articles I wrote for Answers.com in November. With the upcoming holidays I decided to go with a Christmas theme. Germany comes to life around Advent with Christmas markets in nearly every town. This means for about a month leading up to Christmas you can enjoy good food, drinks, and meet up with friends for some shopping at one of these markets. They're set up with stands that line the downtown, usually Old Town, area of a town or city. Berlin has over 60 of these markets with many different themes! But many of the small towns have their own charming market set up as well. My favorite is the Esslingen Medieval Christmas market which I just wrote about yesterday.
I hope you find these helpful!
I wrote about it last year, and couldn't wait to go this year to my favorite Christmas market in Germany. While I haven't been to every market in Germany, I don't know of many that are filled with as much character as this one. This market has a medieval theme (mittelaltermarkt) and it almost feels like the Christmas market meets a Renaissance festival. People dress up in costumes and act the part as well. We even saw a guy that was playing the part of a beggar from medieval times, walking around barefoot in forty degree temperatures!Read More
I've been researching Christmas markets in the area to visit because after this year we only have one more year to check out all the beautiful markets before we are heading back to the states. I came across the Christmas market that's held at Hohenzollern castle. The castle is located in the Swabian Alb and is set on a mountaintop overlooking the area. Personally I think it rivals the famous Neuschwanstein and is much less touristy, which is always a plus. The castle is roughly an hour south of Stuttgart and is well worth a visit if you're in the area.Read More
What was that?! There's already a Christmas market up?! Yes, it's true. Christmas is in the air here in Stuttgart. A mini Christmas market opens in early November and then becomes part of the large Christmas market that opens the end of November and runs up until Christmas (usually the 23rd to 24th). We went last night and I brought my camera along to snag some night shots. I also took a few photos of the Schlossplatz area, where the market is held. There is a small ice rink, Christmas music, and of course gluhwein.Read More
I was going through some of my old cd's today to try to find music to add back to my computer. I have about a million CD's from when I was a kid that I never labeled so it's always a surprise when I pop in the disc. One of the CD's I put in ended up having some of my photos from when I studied abroad in Italy in 2006. I thought I had lost all these photos after someone broke in and stole my computer and camera shortly after I got back from studying abroad. What a nice gift for returning huh? Well, I'm glad I at least found these ones and printed off many as well!
I was 20 that summer and spent my time in Turin (or Torino), Italy. It was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics, and while I may have missed the Olympics, I was there for the World Cup that was being hosted in Germany.Read More
"This mountain after the Second World War, piled out of the ruins of the city, stands [as] a memorial to the victims [and] as a warning to the living."
Rubble Hill is one of many hills in Germany that shares a unique characteristic; it is a hill that was built by rubble from World War II.Read More
Nuremberg is a very old and famous German city that served as the home of the Nazi Party Rallies as well as the Nuremberg Trials. Today it's a beautiful place to visit with plenty to keep you busy for days. There are quite a few images in this post so please be patient if they take a minute to load!Read More
In case you didn't hear, last weekend was the International Beard and Moustache Championships. It's only held every other year and this year it happened to be in the town right next to us in Leinfelden. Opportunities like this don't come along that often, so we had to go and see what it was all about. I'd seen some photos online and it looked amazing, and once we arrived we were not disappointed!Read More
I can't believe it's already November, which means it's just a few days until my birthday as well! And then of course the famous Christmas markets that begin at the end of the month. If Christmas festivities are a favorite of yours then you should head to Germany. The markets are a sight to see and the stalls are ornately decorated with scents of cinnamon, gingerbread, and mulled wine in the air. More on that coming up this monthRead More
This may seem a bit silly to write about, but over the years (well two years anyway) I've noticed some interesting differences between listening to the radio in Germany versus the US.
1. The most striking thing you'll notice is that cussing is allowed. It's not a faux pas, or illegal. I think Germans understand that people cuss and English cuss words aren't nearly as bad as German curse words (at least according to my German friends).Read More
Sometimes I feel like Oktoberfest is like prepping for Wedding Crashers. It's a short season (less than 3 weeks), there are lots of shenanigans and crazy things that you'll see, plenty of merriment, and a lot of beer to be consumed! This year we went to our version of Oktoberfest, called Volksfest, only two times. After that it's just too much for me so I go a few times and then I'm good until the next season rolls around. Canstatter Volksfest is the second largest beer festival in the world next to Oktoberfest and if you go you will see why.Read More