An Adventure A Day

Because "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" – Helen Keller

  So what do you do with the monuments after the revolution? In most cases, these most visible reminders of the past are ceremoniously destroyed, disposed of, and forgotten. But not in Memento Park. Located just outside Budapest, this park preserves the past in a truly unique collection of statues from the communist era. The …

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Friday Photos: Between

June 27, 2014

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Between :

Between Night and Day

Between Parent and Child

Between The Sun and the Moon

Magic Happens in the Spaces Between.


Over the past four years, I have done a lot of planning and arranging in German. I have no issues setting up utilities, reserving a hotel room, planning a vacation, or making coffee dates in my second language. I am pretty much unfazed by any situation I find myself in. I remain generally confident that …

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It’s that time of year again. Summer returns, and with it the expat exodus begins. Many will soon undertake the annual pilgrimage to the lands from whence they came. We will not. We have not been back to the States since we moved to Germany four summers ago. Because I know that our time here …

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Travel Theme: Shine

June 21, 2014

This week the travel theme at Where’s my Backpack is Shine.

Whether outside:


Or in ruins:

The interplay between light and architecture is amazing in Europe’s beautiful churches and Cathedrals. These are my favorite places to catch the sun shining in – where are yours?

I’ve been neglecting this space for the past couple of weeks, I’m terribly sorry about that. You see, I’ve been getting in a bit of family travel. My children are on the German holiday schedule, and here in Bavaria we’re just finishing up a two-week Pfingsten (Pentecost) holiday. It was a very busy two weeks. First we spent a …

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The first summer we lived in Germany there were quite a few difficult adjustments. After you’ve somewhat successfully navigated a new place, it’s easy to forget exactly how difficult it was during those first months. Looking back now it all seems so effortless, but I know this wasn’t always the case. One afternoon, I had …

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There is nothing quite like a Greifvogel (raptor) in flight over the mountains, a dark silhouette smoothly gliding through the cloudless blue sky. Made instantaneously recognizable by both its size and its pattern of movements. Imagine this: You ready your camera, waiting for the perfect shot. Shielding your eyes from the midafternoon sun, you lose …

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