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A Weekend Away in Colmar, France

For our first overnight trip, we wanted to keep things easy and cheap. Luckily, the delightful storybook town of Colmar, France is only a 2.5 hr drive away. It’s in the Alsace region, known for exceptional wines and views. And it’s the kind of place you can continue to come back to throughout the different […]

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The Saga of Finding Our German House

Ahhh, house hunting. It’s fun, it’s frustrating, but we’re finally through with it! Ever since I was a kid, I loved watching those real estate shows that would run on Sunday morning. Then HGTV became a thing, and I’d be watching that all the time if I had cable (which is another reason why it’s […]

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The (Almost) 6-Month Update

Well. It’s been a minute (ahem, about 3 months) since my last post. Things got real after the kidney stone episode and moving into the house. But now that we’re so close to being “settled,” I figured it was time to dust things off and capture some of the highs and lows we’ve experienced since […]

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Everything Is Going Wrong, Part 2: The Kidney Stone

I’d started writing another Part 2 but that will have to wait…because today, I can share with you all the drama of our first medical emergency abroad! BTW – I cleared this with Ralph. Might be a little TMI – but there’s also some useful information on what to expect if you end up in […]

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Everything is Going Wrong, Part 1: House Hunting

Ok…maybe not everything. But in the spirit of keeping it real, I thought I’d share some of the latest musings as we close out our second month in Germany. Now that all the newness and wonder has worn off, the frustrating bits have become more pronounced and noticeable. Someone pour me a stiff drink! It’s […]

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Motorworld: A Car Lover’s Dream

Stuttgart is a car lover’s paradise. Both Mercedes and Porsche are headquartered here, and BMW isn’t too far away, either. Ralph and I have been pragmatic with our car selections through the years (no lie, I think most fondly of my Honda Odyssey minivan!) but we can still appreciate a beautiful car. The boys do, […]

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Waterfalls and Alpine Slides

It’s been raining EVERY SINGLE DAY here, which makes it extra important to take advantage of rare pockets of sunshine. Sometimes it pours in the morning, sometimes it pours in the evening. Sometimes it pours all day long. So that’s one reason why this day trip to the town of Triberg felt so magical – […]

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Grocery Shopping in Germany

When most of us travel, we bypass the most mundane aspects of life in another country – paying bills, registering kids for school, getting a new phone plan. And you should – because after all, you’re on vacation. Who wants to do those sorts of things? But when you move to a new country, there’s […]

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Village Visit: Herrenberg

Now that we’re finally here in person, one of my favorite things to do is explore the different villages in the Stuttgart area. I’ve seen these names on maps for months, but there’s no comparison for being able to actually walk around. And truth be told, we really did arrive at the right time, because […]

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