On Day Four (catch up on days 1-3.5 here) of our great Western Europe road trip we departed Belgium, and drove in to northern France. We drove through bright sunshine, over rolling green hills, with steeples from tiny villages decorating the landscape, a chateau or two, and union workers striking on the highway. We were […]Read More Euro road trip family edition. Part Two: Normandy, France. A region beyond the infamous beaches.
Day One: travel day. Now, before anyone goes off and starts thinking this was some sort of fairy tale adventure, I want to assure you that we have two children who like to keep us firmly grounded. Max did his part by vomiting in the car, a whole 40 minutes down the road. After that, […]Read More A family European Road trip in four parts. Part One: Amsterdam, Brugges and all stops in between.
We took our Christmas tree down on January 12 this year. Normally that would have felt like an eternity beyond Christmas and the New Year, but in Poland I’ve been told its not uncommon for Christmas trees to be left up until February and sure enough, our neighbors still turn their outside holiday lights on […]Read More Happy New Year!
Szczecin, Poland. Pronounced Stche-cheen…or, Sh-che-chin…or, St-chech-een. The problem with Polish, for a native English speaker, is the consonants. There can be so many of them in a row, your poor tongue doesn’t know where to turn next and intuitive spelling goes right out the window. I can handle reverse syntax and rolling Rs, but the […]Read More Oh Hey! We live here! in Szczecin, Poland
I have sooooOoOoooOOOO much I want to share with you guys about these past few months. I’m in serious overload, almost to the point that I don’t know where to start. There isn’t a day that passes without some scenario that makes me think I GOTTA TELL THE KIDS AT HOME! We’ve had some big […]Read More The Cultural Fog
We now live an easy two-hour train ride from Berlin. We visited for 48 hours, as a warm up adventure abroad. Well, it was going to be 48 hours, but then we took the train home (Polish hotel home, let me be clear) two stops in the wrong direction, navigated three local trains back to […]Read More weekend family foray in Berlin
Its the beginning of April, which means there are several thousand millenials gearing up for a week long music festival paired with world class skiing and snowboarding in the Austrian Alps. Its Snowbombing season. And this year its taking place April 8-13, as usual in the town of Mayrhofen in the Zillertal Valley in Tyrol […]Read More Snowbombing
The morning we traveled from Rome to Venice, I have to be honest, I was a little “slow” from the bottle of wine in the piazza that we called “dinner” the night before. I misread the departure time on our itinerary. I misread this days before, actually, and had the incorrect time memorized. I wasn’t […]Read More Venice
The best souvenir I have ever received was a kiss from a toothless old nun on my way out of Rome. Did you know, there are convents and monasteries, scattered around Italy, and actually, the world, that operate bed and breakfasts? After our time in Nice (read about it here and here), my mom and […]Read More nuns and bikes in rome
Every once in a while I start a story with “when I was in south France for a week”. And then I feel pretentious. I’m not. I don’t think so anyway. Now I’m having some self-doubt. Anyway, whatever, I really did spend a fantastic eight days in Nice once and the experience left a big […]Read More a Nice day with Mom