Majorca, Spain – pt. 1

The life of an expat in Germany wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beautiful island of Majorca. The Spanish island is beloved by the Germans, so much so that it has become a humorous cliché for family vacations. Thus, to further immerse ourselves in German culture (LOL), we booked ourselves a weekend getaway to Cala d’Or, a small village in the southeast of the island.

This post is quite belated and will be unfortunately brief, thanks to some friendly shoulder pain. Turns out that typing on a computer all day, every day, and also lifting weights, with semi-complete disregard for posture, can lead to injury. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So here’s my first batch of photos from Spain, I hope it’s enough to keep you wanting more!



Photo Potpourri – Summer ’16

It’s been one heck of a summer thus far, in both positive and negative ways. Between work, visa renewals, bike accidents, and vacations, we’ve been go-go-going since May. It’s been stressful, fun at times, and entirely exhausting. But I won’t bore you with the details of the not-so-good things. Let’s focus on the fun stuff. ;)

I’ve got some fun and awe-inspiring photos to share with y’all from our recent adventures – coming soon! In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to this summer…




Top – bottom:

  1. Brandenburger Tor during the Firmenlauf 6k run
  2. The view from our spa hotel in Potsdam
  3. Berlin Pankow u-bahn station
  4. Mitte, Berlin
  5. Tea sandwiches and Pimm’s at a friend’s very British birthday tea
  6. Using whatever’s at hand to make smashed burgers in Volkspark Friedrichshain
  7. Mayer Hawthorne DJ set at Cassiopeia in Friedrichshain
  8. Cocktails at Aunt Benny in Friedrichshain
  9. The sunset over Tempelhofer Feld

Hamburg, Germany

Back in February we took a weekend trip up north to Hamburg. I was pretty taken by the city’s beautiful architecture, fancy shopping streets and hip neighborhoods. Though we stayed in the not-so-fancy St. Georg area right near the central train station, which is charmingly similar to Berlin but with more moulding on the buildings and fewer people. As usual, our weekend consisted of 95% aimless wandering and stumbling upon tourist sights, which worked perfectly in Hamburg because the downtown is relatively small. That’s not to say that there isn’t a lot to see! In fact, it seemed like we came upon something eye-catching around every corner – like the gigantic Nazi bunker in the middle of a parking lot in the photo at the bottom of this post.

The funny thing about Hamburg was the stark contrast between the neighborhoods. You can go from the all white ornate streets of the Altstadt with Starbucks on the corners, to the über-hip Sternschanze with flea markets and vegan cafés, and then over St. Pauli to stroll past the strip club casinos with garish neon lights. And let’s not forget the area I enjoyed the most, HafenCity. The “neighborhood” is really just an old warehouse district called the Speicherstadt on the Elbe river that used to be a free trade zone and is now being transformed into super modern offices and apartment buildings. Wandering through the alleys between warehouse buildings is, for lack of a better term, cool. It’s fun to guess what the different warehouses were used for and sobering to see the damage left behind from WWII. HafenCity is a truly unique sight and was by far the most interesting spot in Hamburg.

The somewhat unfortunate thing about Hamburg is that it is so dang far north. I don’t think many casual tourists make it all the way up there, especially foreigners on the ceremonial “Eurotrip”. Which is a shame because it’s totally worth the train journey! So if Hamburg never made your to-see list before, maybe these photos will change your mind… ;)



Oberwiesenthal, Germany

To say this post is overdue is a severe understatement.  And the fact that I’m just now sharing photos from a ski vacation in January is a cryin’ shame.  All I can say is: life, bro.  It gets in the way sometimes.  What I’ve realized is that I simply don’t want to devote as much time to blogging as I did when I wasn’t working.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  I won’t say that I don’t have time, because I totally do, I just choose to do other things instead.

That’s not to say that I want to stop blogging altogether!  I miss having time to do all of my hobbies and write long, descriptive blog posts.  I love sharing stories and photos with my friends, family and whoever else stumbles across this site.  I hope other people like reading about my adventures as much as I enjoy reading about their’s.  Unfortunately I also like my job, my friends & my other interests.  Thus, in order to have my cake and eat it too, I’m making a compromise with myself: try harder to keep blogging by writing less and posting more.

So here it is: the extremely late post featuring the incredibly charming town of Oberwiesenthal.  It’s a tiny little ski resort on the border with the Czech Republic – literally on the border.  Just on the other side of the mountain is a Czech ski resort, so you could hit them both up if you wanted to.  Especially since skiing in Oberwiesenthal is cheap!  The mountains aren’t particularly high (for Europe; to me it was incredible) and the runs aren’t Olympic-level, but it really was a perfect resort for a weekend getaway with friends.

You’ll see in the photos that the weather was less than kind to us on our first day.  It was freezing cold and snowing all day, a total whiteout, so I couldn’t even see 50 ft in front of my face.  Much less the Black Diamond signs on the run we accidentally went down…or rather, I fell down.  But a long day of tumbling and a whack on the head by the ski lift didn’t stop me from giving it another shot.  On day 2 the weather was spectacular and I spent more time on my feet than in the snow.  Despite the rough start, it was a great trip and the view from the top of the mountain, over a plate of currywurst and a giant beer, was unforgettable.