How a Book Can Change You

How a Book Can Change You

I read Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sonntag, and Angela Davis by Alice Kaplan a few years ago, and about halfway through the last chapter I had my mind blown. It was such a life-changing perspective that I still think about that book to this day. Has that ever happened to you? Just reading along, happily enjoying your book, and all of a sudden a life changing concept hits you?! No? Crickets? That’s just me……

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Living Life in a Foreign Language

Living Life in a Foreign Language

I’ve come across a couple articles lately about living and thinking in two languages. One was from a French woman living in the States, and talked about the strangeness of writing in English. She used it to acclimate to her new home, and put some distance between herself and her work. This worked especially well for topics that felt too heavy to talk about in her native French. The second was about the effects of speaking German, a language with…

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Pulling off the 101 to the Devil’s Punch Bowl

Pulling off the 101 to the Devil’s Punch Bowl

Nestled into the central Oregon Coast in the tiny town of Otter Rock is the Devil’s Punch Bowl. There are so many great vantage points to check out along the coastal highway. Signage off the 101 is spotty so slowing down to really watch for the turn off is necessary.  Following a few twists and turns there is a small parking area set across from a few businesses. Just beyond the pavement are dirt paths wending their way through a…

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A Ferry Trip to Port Townsend, Washington

A Ferry Trip to Port Townsend, Washington

Central Germany is a good 8 hours from water in any direction, so a ferry ride to the Washington peninsula always makes me feel like I’m home. I now get antsy waiting in a ferry line. A sense of calm always washes over me though as we board. I love the gentle rocking of the waves, and the quick movement once we get underway. Being in the middle of the Puget Sound, makes everything else feel small. Just the outline of…

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Exploring Schloß Mespelbrunn

Exploring Schloß Mespelbrunn

With our current influx of summer visitors, we have been exploring many places both old and new. Schloß Mespelbrunn was a new castle to add to our ever expanding repertoire of European castles. The castle is about 40 minutes south of the main Frankfurt airport, making it a good stop for those traveling through the Frankfurt area. You enter through a cute country village following the signs down side roads to the schloß. At the end of one such road…

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Exploring Regensberg: Walhalla

Exploring Regensberg: Walhalla

A few weekends ago the hubby and I decided to day trip somewhere new. We checked our handy-dandy Pinterest board and Google maps to see what looked doable for a single day out. Regensberg topped the list. It was not for any photos inside the city-though it is a cute town to explore-but for the monument in a little dorf (village) outside Regensberg called Walhalla (pronounced Valhalla). There are two ways to access Walhalla- you can choose to climb several…

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Wanderlust Fulfilled: Paris-Tour Eiffel

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Paris-Tour Eiffel

The hubby and I spent our 10 year anniversary in Paris. The tower is an icon, so I thought I would start the Paris series here. It has been featured in art work. There are a million photos. There is little else that can or needs to be said. Nevertheless it still feels like something you need to see on your fist trip to the City of Lights. So we decided to embrace the cliché- they did get to be…

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Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague- The Bone Church

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague- The Bone Church

The last of my Prague posts, although this technically isn’t IN Prague. After our last wander through the town, we drove about an hour to the little town of Kutna Horna to visit the Sedlec Ossuary. The drive through the countryside was pretty, and well worth it. The Ossuary, or Bone Church as it is called, is situated in a suburb of Kunta Horna, CZ. In 1278 a monk was sent to the Holy Land by the King, and returned…

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Wanderlust Fulfilled: Expat Anniversary

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Expat Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the day we left the US. It’s crazy to think we’ve been calling Germany home for almost 12 full months. I thought I would celebrate with a few pictures from our travels this last year. Scotland Paris, France Germany Prague, Czech Republic Italy And home to Seattle, Washington, USA It has been a great year abroad, and looking forward to another one!

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague’s Jewish Cemetery

Wanderlust Fulfilled: Prague’s Jewish Cemetery

I am finally getting around to the last of my Prague posts. As I mentioned previously, if you’re in Prague for the weekend and would like to see the Jewish Quarter, you’ll need to make time on Friday or Sunday as everything will be closed on Saturday for the Sabbath. Luckily, because we chose to drive from Nürnberg, we had the flexibility to play it by ear. The Jewish Cemetery is Prague was one of my first pins on Pinterest…

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