Carnival in Germany: A Time When Germans Forget the Rules and Go Crazy

Carnival in Germany: A Time When Germans Forget the Rules and Go Crazy

Disguised as an old ugly witch, the intruder scrabbles up the ladder and into the second story window of the town hall.  His thirty or more accomplices on the ground, all wearing distorted witch masks with green head scarves and…

The Fuggerei: Augsburg’s Most Interesting Village Settlement

The Fuggerei: Augsburg’s Most Interesting Village Settlement

Behind the tall, mustard colored walls lies a-500-year-old community.  Although it is within walking distance to the heart of town, it has a peaceful and charming atmosphere.  Flower boxes and wooden shutters outline the windows of the buildings, and its…

7 Absolute Best Free Things to Do & See in Merida, Spain!

7 Absolute Best Free Things to Do & See in Merida, Spain!

Most men would balk at resettling in a foreign territory surrounded by hostile tribes, but the veterans of  Legio V Alaudae and Legio X Gemina were not most men.  They were soldiers of Julius Caesar and Cantabrian War heroes.  They…

Merida: Exploring Random Roman Remains

Merida: Exploring Random Roman Remains

While dragging my suitcase up the hill from the train station, my husband and I got our first glimpse of a Roman ruin in Merida. It was part of a Corinthian column bolted down in the middle of a roundabout.…

Merida: Two Thumbs Up for Spain’s Ancient Roman Venues

Merida: Two Thumbs Up for Spain’s Ancient Roman Venues

The ancient Romans had a variety of entertainment: plays, gladiatorial combat, chariot races, and even mock naval battles. Since nobles sponsored these events, entertainment was free to the public. You might think that dating back then was easier for men…

Armenia: The Journey to Tatev Monastery

Armenia: The Journey to Tatev Monastery

  Ara, our driver and guide, is busy digging his car out of the snow. We drove 167 miles (270 km) the day before and only need another 18 miles (30 km) to reach the highlight of our trip, Tatev…

The Rose Monday Parade: Carnival in Cologne – Part 2

The Rose Monday Parade: Carnival in Cologne – Part 2

Every year Cologne erupts into a week-long street festival for Carnival known as “the Crazy Days.” Although Carnival is not an official holiday, the city cancels schools, closes all of its museums, and locks up its famous gothic Cathedral. During this…

The Crazy Days: Carnival in Cologne – Part 1

The Crazy Days: Carnival in Cologne – Part 1

Lions, giraffes, and other animals ran wild through the streets of Cologne. A panda was humping an unsuspecting zebra. Large bananas wobbled around the square, and a group of clowns spontaneously broke out into music. Everyone around me was wearing…

The Pfahlbauten Museum: Stepping Back into the Stone Age at Lake Constance

The Pfahlbauten Museum: Stepping Back into the Stone Age at Lake Constance

I watched scuba divers explore the remains of a prehistoric civilization under the murky waters of Lake Constance, also known as the Bodensee in Germany. Standing in a large circular multimedia room, I felt like I was completely submerged underwater…

Celtic versus Rangers: An American Perspective for the Soccer Curious

Celtic versus Rangers: An American Perspective for the Soccer Curious

(Guest post by Erwin – my husband and a Celtic fan for more than 18 years.) This Sunday an entire nation will be riveted by a football game that will garner world-wide attention and mean life and death to the…