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…

“Kamelle, Kamelle!”

Brian and I were recently in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (this includes Cologne, Bonn, and Düsseldorf, most notably) to celebrate Karneval (or Fasching, or Fasnacht, or Mardi Gras, depending on where you come from), and it was… an experience. Before I delve into our trip specifics, here’s a quick lesson about this holiday,…

Couchsurfing Europe!

Couchsurfing (v.) – “Referring to the practice of moving from one friend’s house to another, sleeping in whatever spare space is available, floor or couch, generally staying a few days before moving on to the next house.” (Wikipedia) Brian and I discovered CouchSurfing (this time it’s an organization, not a verb) while here in Freiburg…

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…

House Hunters International

When Erin and I originally planned our time in Germany, we decided our first apartment here would be a short-term sublease.  The reasons for this were, 1) we wouldn’t have to purchase any furniture, and 2) we wouldn’t be stuck with a long-term contract.  Both of these would be important in the event that we…

And We’re Back!

Our apologies for disappearing for so long! We know you’ve just been waiting with bated breath for our return. We moved about 4 weeks ago and just got Wifi installed 2 days ago, so we’ve been living in the dark ages for nearly a month (egad!) This post is mostly to fill you all in…

Misadventures of Ice Cream…Part 2

In an earlier post, I described my desire to try all of the world’s ice cream flavors, and how this got in the way of simply enjoying my favorite flavor, mint.  Well, it’s time for an update. First of all, it turns out that I should not have been getting mint each time all along.…

If It Fizzes, It Must Be German

Germans sure do like to mix their beverages. While I would get funny looks in the US if I asked for a mixture of pilsner beer and Sprite, that’s exactly what people often do here.  In fact, there is a name for it. “Ein Radler, bitte!” If you think that’s strange, check out some of…