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…

A Trip Through the Alps with K Mau – Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of our weekend trip through the Alps. This section includes Füssen and Neuschwanstein. You can find Part 1 here!   Füssen and Neuschwanstein (aka Cinderella’s Castle) We arrived in Füssen on Saturday night, having only spent a few hours in Liechtenstein. Füssen is the closest, decent sized city to Neuschwanstein. It’s quite…

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…

Exploring Germany’s Oldest City – Trier

On our way home from a trip to Luxembourg City last weekend (to be discussed in a later post), Brian and I decided to take a side trip to Trier, which really couldn’t have been more “on the way.” Trier is located in Western Germany, just 40 minutes by car from Luxembourg City. I didn’t…

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…

Zum Bodensee!

One of the best things about living in Germany is getting to visit small towns that you might not get to on a shorter trip, and seeing what makes them unique.  Erin and I have been to beautiful Konstanz twice now (in October and December), so I thought I’d highlight it.

New Year’s Eve In Freiburg

This post is a little late, but I thought I’d share our recent New Year’s Eve experience in Freiburg, Germany.  We went to Schlossburg, a hill that overlooks the city, to celebrate.  Here is a list of the differences between New Year’s Eve in the US and New Year’s Eve in Germany, as I experienced…