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If you go to Bavaria you have to do it right. What does that mean? For one, you have to adopt a grandma and enjoy a traditionally made lunch by her. In Bavaria the most substantial meal of the day is at lunch time, so usually you will be served warm heavy foods. Major tip […]


fast rails

Italian Frecciarossa high speed trains have quite the charm. Whether you ride first or second class, the experience is quite special. You know the saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” well in this case, please do because it will make your experience that much more grandiose. I remember riding the train from Rome […]

recipes, travel

’tis the season

For all those seasoned enthusiasts who enjoy long conversations by a fireplace here is a recipe that I would like to share with my dear Deutschländers. Tis’ the season to make Eggnog. It is a super delicious North American Xmas cocktail giving people one more reason to drink lovely concocted cocktails. Items you will need […]


twinkling little lights

What do Glühwein, Reibekuchen and Feuerzangenbowle all have in common? I think anyone can guess what this post will be about; all the Christmas markets here in Köln (for those of you who can’t make it to a Christmas market in Germany this year, follow the links above to recipes of my top three market […]


the art of learning german

here are a few questions for my fellow Deutschländers: why throw me off with all the irregular verbs/difficult conjugations? why make memorizing numbers so hard? lastly, why can’t you simply refer to everyone in the formal ‘You’? For my fellow North Americans here are the reasons for my rant above: 1. I love the conjugation […]


cinque terre II

Here are more shots of the Cinques taken by two slighty more cautious tourists. Come hail storm or water, we will all be back to celebrate you, Cinque Terre. I will be sure to bring a bathing suit next time, though… Courtesy of Derek and Les – thank you for sharing!


cinque terre

The place where I almost died. I was travelling at the time through Italy with my dear close friend Oksana. We rented a car and drove to the most amazing places throughout Italy. Our trip started with two nights in Rome then we took the train to Florence where we picked up our car and […]



Every Sunday deserves a picture indicative of how one feels on that particular Sunday. Here is a picture representing my Sunday gestimilations*. *gestimilation: an act of inspiration that exhibits traces of pondering and excitement both combined to create a feeling of natural reassurance. Yes, I made that up.


concrete hotel

Architecturally speaking I have always been fascinated how an architect can create an aesthetically pleasing structure and at the same time integrate it into its surroundings, be it a forest, the alps, the countryside, and so on.  My second fascination comes from understanding what certain materials do and feel like.  For instance, I had a […]