About 2 hours west of Bielefeld, in the heart of Germany’s Ruhrgebiet, is the city of Düsseldorf. The city is an industrial powerhouse that sprawls the banks of the Rhine river and is the seat of North-Rhine Westphalia’s government. I spent the better part of the week in a suburb of the city, speaking EnglishContinue reading “A Weekend in Düsseldorf”
As winter makes its grey and gloomy entrance (wait, is that any different than fall?) and we say our final goodbye to leaves, here’s my annual mushroom post. What can I say, I’m a fungi (heh). An ode to the outdoors We live nextdoor to a rather large park with a trail that loops aroundContinue reading “Mushaboom”
During our trip to Brussels, we left the hustle of the modern city and spent a day in the middle ages exploring the small city of Bruges, a time capsule of cobblestones, abbeys, and canals. No Tardis needed Bruges is an hour west of Brussels, and a popular day trip for tourists. I didn’t knowContinue reading “A Weekend in Bruges”
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Hamburg from a Height A three hour train ride from Bielefeld is Hamburg, a port city located on the Elbe river. Hamburg has always had an international atmosphere due to its historic role as a major port between Europe, Scandinavia, and America. Now, it’s the hub of Germany’s media and the European headquarters for manyContinue reading “A Weekend in Hamburg”
In the parks, hidden beneath the undergrowth and seeping out of old stumps, are mushrooms (Pilz). These fungi grow anywhere soggy and muddy, and come in all sorts of shapes and colors. In fact, Germany is known for its mushrooms and consumes the most amount in Europe (2.9 kilos per person annually). There’s even aContinue reading “This post is just mushroom pictures”
I had to get back to Hogwarts, and with the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, I felt right at home. Join me on an immersive exploration into the Wizarding World.
A weekend trip to London with no plans turns into a cultural download of sites and museums.
Always Lookin’ Up The trains coming into the Cologne train station take the scenic route, crossing a bridge over the Rhein, cruise ships floating below. Along the river are modern, attractive skyscrapers. If you’re nose deep in a book, or sleeping in your seat on the train, you might miss one of the most spectacularContinue reading “The Cologne Cathedral”
Mainz on the Rhein A short train ride from Frankfurt sits the ancient roman city of Mainz (pronounced like “mines”). When my parents came to visit, we started our vacation here, with a weekend on the Rhein, exploring Mainz and neighboring river villages. The funny thing is, when we told our German friends our plansContinue reading “A Weekend in Mainz”