Dear Reader, The stereotypes about Europeans are true — they really do like to swim naked. Over two years ago now, I briefly wrote about nakedness, when I confronted a locker room in Iceland that mandated cleansing communal showers without swimsuits before entering the public pool (more here). Today, the showers are not the only... Continue Reading →
Dark Dining in Berlin
Dear Reader, Have you seen the 2010 romantic comedy “When in Rome?” Yeah, it wasn’t that memorable for me either. Regardless, there is one scene for me that stands out — the dark dining scene. Since seeing the film years ago, I’ve wondered what it would really be like to have dinner in 100% darkness.... Continue Reading →
Between The Years
Dear Reader, Germans have a fun turn of phrase for the period between Christmas and New Year’s — zwischen den Jahren — or in English “between the years.” So, what happens zwischen den Jahren you ask? Nothing. Just kidding…well, kind of just kidding. Although only slightly bigger than New Mexico and smaller than Montana, Germany... Continue Reading →
Sorry, but your flight has been cancelled
Dear Reader, Do I have a story for you! But first, for all of you who would simply like some practical air travel advice: TL;DR — Never book with a third party and always arrive early. If you would like a little more detail, here is my cautionary tale… When traveling internationally a lot can go... Continue Reading →
Winter in Europe with Just One Carry on??
Dear Reader, Merry Christmas! (And, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then, I still hope your day is merry.) While the holidays are usually a cause for tradition, this Christmas is a first for me — I’m spending it abroad! My boyfriend and I are in Germany, and we will be traveling to a few different... Continue Reading →
To Eat or Not to Eat?
Dear Reader, Do you ever make rules for yourself? After reading the “The Four Tendencies,” (a book about personality types, which literally changed the way that I think about people — more here), I’ve learned that “Upholders”, like me, commonly make up rules to guide one’s own behavior. One rule that I established for myself as... Continue Reading →