Top 5 Things To Do In Málaga

Erin and I visited Málaga in January (incidentally, this is a great time of year to escape Germany), and found it to be one of the most pleasant places we’ve ever travelled. Between the abundant sunshine, beautiful architecture from many different eras, and excellent food and beverages, it’s high on my list of places to…

Why Were We Told To Leave Frühlingsfest?

I have no idea why the ornery, old beer server did not want us in his tent. Perhaps he was having a bad day. Perhaps he doesn’t like foreigners (we were American, Irish, Mexican, & Brazilian). Perhaps his heart was two sizes too small. Whatever the reason, he definitely did not want us there. Here’s…

Four Beverages To Try When Visiting Lisbon

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is known for lots of things: fado music, yellow street trams, and the historic Alfama district, to name few. But beyond seeing and doing, there are numerous Portuguese specialties for your taste buds. While visiting the city, we ate excellent seafood, stupid delicious pastel de natas, and numerous other local…

A Day in Düsseldorf

During our trip to Cologne for Carnival, Erin and I took a day trip to Düsseldorf. It took us about an hour to get there from where we were staying in Bonn, and it takes even less time if you’re already in Cologne. Within Germany, Düsseldorf is known for a few things: high-end fashion, dark…

Attending German Football Matches

Freiburg is a pretty small city; its roughly 225,000 residents make it the 34th largest city in Germany. A bustling metropolis, this is not. Despite its small size, however, Freiburg boasts one of Germany’s most successful football (soccer) teams. Ok, not successful in the same way as Bayern Munich, where every day without another trophy…

Haggling (And Surviving) in Morocco

Last week, Erin and I went to Morocco (Marrakech, mostly) with a couple of friends from college. It was my first time on the continent of Africa, so I was excited and ready to be amazed. Erin wrote more generally about our many experiences in Morocco, but here, I want to write about one of…

Snake Charming in Marrakech

Before our trip to Morocco, I read about the possibility of seeing the snake charmers in Jemaa El Fna, Marrakech’s main square. I know that it’s really just for the tourists at this point, but I still wanted to see it, and was prepared to pay a small amount to take a picture, since this…

Black Forest Hike in Waldkirch

Erin and I both teach on occasion in Waldkirch, a small town to the northeast of Freiburg.  The train station there sits on the edge of the town, and just beyond it is a hill with a medieval castle.  We can see the castle every time we walk back to the station from class, and…