Cologne was a blast! Without question, the thing to do in Cologne is to see the Kölner Dom, which took over 600 years to build and is the fifth tallest cathedral in the world. During WWII it took 6 direct hits by bombs, but did not collapse. It is simply …
This week there has been severe flooding across Europe — affecting Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary — after several weeks of heavy rain. The Elbe, the river that normally runs alongside Magdeburg, currently has a mind to run through Magdeburg. The situation is pretty serious, though our apartment looks to be safe. A new sandbag wall has been built a block away; it should hold us for another 30 cm of water. … Continue Reading
Sorry for not posting for awhile. We’re getting back into the swing of things, and as I post pictures from previous trips, I’ll backdate the posts so everything stays in chronological order.
As for what we’ve been up to recently, we have been traveling a lot with our friends Jana and Franziska (they both work with Alex) on the weekend to cities in Germany. … Continue Reading
I’m frequently asked by friends from the US “what is different in Germany?” The best response I have is “everything is similar enough to be recognizable and yet different enough to be a learning experience.” Baking treats for my upcoming birthday is a great case in point.
My mom came to visit for some fun in Magdeburg and a trip around Europe. I picked her up in Berlin and we spent the day touring the city. Despite having flown for the last 24 hours, she was up for a full day of sightseeing. We started at Alexanderplatz and walked all the way to the Victory Column – seeing everything in between. It was an exhausting day full of walking, and we topped it all off with a great meal and tasty German beer.
Amsterdam, city of Libertines. We arrived in Amsterdam as one always should, with two train cars full of yelling Turks. Apparently, this weekend Amsterdam hosted a World Cup qualification match between Turkey and the Netherlands. Turkish fans were not aiming to be underrepresented. … Continue Reading