Christmas Markets: Nürnberg, Ramstein & Kaiserslautern

A tour of German Christmas Markets!We spent the weekend out at the markets once again, there really is no more exciting and delicious place to be this time of year! I can’t tell you how many different varieties of Nutella covered pastries I’ve eaten lately… no really, I’m ashamed! Early on in the season we visited Heidelberg and Burg Lichtenburg, a week ago it was Kaiserslautern and Ramstein (which I’m just now getting around to sharing), and last weekend we ventured out to Nürnberg, the most famous “christkindlesmarkt” in the world! Continue reading

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Christmas Markets: Heidelberg & Burg Lichtenburg

A tour of the German Christmas markets!It’s hard to believe the first candle on that advent calendar is lit! Despite the fact that we had a four day weekend, it whizzed by at unprecedented speeds, my head is still spinning! We celebrated Thanksgiving with two other couples who moved from Hawaii with us. I’m so glad we were all stationed together again, especially every time a holiday rolls around and I start missing family (even more than usual, that is). Our potluck meal was amazing, and so was the epic game of Scattergories that followed! Friday we trimmed our tree and then Saturday and Sunday were spent at the Christmas markets in Heidelberg and Burg Lichtenburg (that’s a lot of burgs)! Continue reading

Last Weekend: Part 1

Babes in DeutschlandWhat a week! Sorry for the lack of updates, when I started this blog, I made the mistake of uploading high resolution photos. I’ve since learned why that was a rookie mistake as I ran out of space and have been trying to fix the problem. Not the most fun task in the world, that’s for sure, but I digress. Continue reading

Ramstein Welfare Bazaar

Babes in Deutschland, Ramstein Welfare Bazaar“The Ramstein Welfare Bazaar began as a community fundraiser in 1965 and has since grown into not only Ramstein’s favorite annual event, but it has also grown into the world’s largest military bazaar: a four-day multinational extravaganza featuring over 140 vendors and 25 food vendors.

Still a community fundraiser, every penny of the Ramstein Welfare Bazaar’s net proceeds benefits the Kaiserslautern Military Community in the following calendar year.    Beneficiaries of those proceeds include student and spouse scholarship recipients, Boy and Girl Scouts, youth and community programs and more…..all thanks to your generous support. ” –Ramstein Bazaar Continue reading

Oh the Places We’ll Go: Gräfenstein Castle Medieval Festival

The mornings are quite cool now, the heat of a few weeks ago quickly dissipated and the country has firmly rooted itself in the fall season. It was such a short summer, full of unpacking and resettling there was so much more I had planned to do. Next year I suppose we’ll get around to picking those strawberries and running through those fields of canola oil flowers that adorn the hilly countryside.

Now it is time to make the most of fall, our first change of seasons in three years, I can hardly believe it’s here! In my excitement, I even found the motivation to winterize our closets this morning. Out with the shorts and tanks, in with the sweaters and scarves and the beautiful layers! This weekend we had our first chance to sport our warmer attire at a medieval festival around Gräfenstein Castle.

Jon and I are total nerds for these sorts of things, we’re planning on making our own head to toe renaissance outfits for the next one, time (and sewing skill) was just not on our side for this one. So here we are hiking through the forest, up a mountain to the historic castle on the hill.

Babes in Deutschland, Gräfenstein Castle Medieval Festival Continue reading

Life Lately

Babes in DeutschlandThis week was remarkably better than last, we’ve been getting out more with our new friend Diana who lives in the village, she has three rambunctious boys who jabber back and forth in German and I’m hoping some of it will rub off on Aurora! They are both pros at saying “danke” and “tschuss” when they’re handed little treats at the bakery or butcher shop, I wonder how much more their little sponge brains are storing away. Continue reading

Spring in the Village

Babes in Deutschland, Spring in the VillageSoo, living in our new house feels kind of like camping. We’re really cold all of the time, sleeping on a twin mattress and having to make weird improvisations for common household objects (i.e. Jon’s hat became a pot holder tonight); but, then again, some things are glorious. This morning we awoke to the village lying below us covered in fog, we started our first fire which made the atmosphere around here much cheerier, and we took a stroll through our village to inspect all of the spring blooms per Aurora’s request. Continue reading

Ode to an old man

Babes in Deutschland, house hunting in Germany

While I was hoping to share the details of the house we are leaning towards, I cannot until the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed… So, my articulate husband wrote a piece personal to him about our house hunting experience. Hopefully within a week or so we will have a move in date and I can share all of my stories and pictures! Without further adieu, here’s a sweet vignette by Jonathan. Continue reading

House Hunting: The Rejects

It’s amazing how quickly things can go from boring to overwhelming. We went from sitting a  hotel room watching five reruns of Sophia the First every day to crazed panic as we tried to make all of the house showings we had booked. Not only did I create a jam packed schedule yesterday, but I also don’t know German geography yet, so we were driving from Ohmbach to Eckenbach and back again. Thank goodness for the modern technology of GPS units. Jon and I remarked so many times yesterday that we didn’t know how people managed in a foreign country before them! Continue reading