House Shoes

TURNING GERMAN: HOUSE SHOES (HAUSSCHUHE)

There are some widely accepted German customs I've refused to accept: - wearing a scarf around your neck when you have a sore throat (and the general overuse of scarves) - waiting at the crosswalk for the light to turn green when there's not a car in sight - being extremely straightforward - wearing house shoes That is, until now. The Freund purchased me some house shoes (Hausschuhe) for my birthday. Question: Do we say house shoes in English? I can't remember. I know there's the term slippers, but I cannot remember if both … Read More

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Rain Jackets in Berlin

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO PACK FOR A EUROTRIP

Passport? Come on, that is a duh. You couldn't make it here without one. I know my readers have a solid grasp there. I am talking when it comes to packing the clothing essentials and my number one, can't leave at home travel essential is a: Rain Jacket (here's my favorite rain jacket) But why? 1) It rains in Europe. A lot. … Read More

The World is a Book Travel Quote

10 STEPS TO SAVE UP FOR YOUR EUROTRIP

So you want to go to Europe, eh? Well, getting here and getting around this fruitful continent, costs money. I'm a woman. I like spending the dough. There's nothing like a new camera, computer, or cell phone that really lights me up inside #nerdalert. Costco is my favorite expedition and you know I don't walk out of there empty … Read More

Drinking Beer

WHY GERMANY?

It is the question I am asked again and again? Why Germany? Every time I meet someone new, it inevitably comes up shortly after whatever cutely ignorant comment they make about Texas. I never understand why people are so shocked that I would pick up my things and move to their country. Have you no pride? Why wouldn't I want to … Read More

EXPLORE GERMANY

Love Locks Cologne

CARNIVAL IN COLOGNE

Carnival season, called Karneval, Fastnacht, or Fasching in Germany, has come to an end. This year, I spent Saturday - … Read More

Dusseldorf Rhine Sunset

A DAY IN DÜSSELDORF

The second we stepped out of the train station in Düsseldorf around 4 pm, we immediately felt a different vibe than … Read More

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