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Lessons Learned

I am in Germany, back from Beach City, Turkey, where it was boiling hot, until about four hours before I left. Doh!

Make no mistake: the wedding was fantastic. I have no complaints about the wedding. It was a beautiful affair with the mayor administering the rites quickly after the starters and before the main […]

Where the sun don’t shine…

Sorry about my absence the past couple of days.

Yesterday was one of Portugal’s three annual Independence Days and I opted to show my solidarity with the Portuguese People by joining in the massive traffic-jam crossing the 25th of April Bridge, the massive traffic jam on the IC-20, the massive traffic jam on road that […]

I’m almost blond!

Three afternoons on the beach wearing sunscreen has meant that I’ve avoided getting burned, but my hair is a different story.

I noticed after getting back from the beach this afternoon that it’s noticeably lighter in color—a far lighter brown than I normally see when I look in the mirror. At the rate I’m going […]

Driving to the Beach!

I spent a couple hours yesterday afternoon at the beach, and I’m happy to report that my 17,20€ sunscreen worked well: no sunburn to report today.

The beach is about 25 kilometers from my hotel and I am fortunate that my friend here is willing to loan me his car, so it’s just a matter […]

New Dutch Stuff

The Netherlands was my first European country.

It is also the country that I’ve visited the most, other than Germany, where I am living. Most of my trips follow a predictable pattern: I stay in Rotterdam, travel over to Dordrecht, dance at the Gay Palace, and eat at the same places. There are minor variations, […]

Individually OK, Collectively…

I had what I can only describe as a really great Saturday.

Individually all three components of my Saturday were great and fun, but collectively, I’m going to bed a lot earlier than I expected (3 am). Oddly though, my early (relatively speaking) bedtime can only help me on Sunday.

This morning I caught the […]

The Good Life

When I was a kid, many summers I went with my father from Denver, across the country to New York

These trips were by car: Up Interstate 76 to Nebraska, where we joined I-80 going east through Lincoln, Omaha, Des Moines, the southern edge of Chicago, across northern Indiana and Ohio until Cleveland where we […]

Beach Bound

Tomorrow morning I’m heading to Rotterdam.

It’s an eight hour train ride including a painful 53 layover at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof—something that used to be 10 or 5 minutes in prior years.

This will be my first time in Frankfurt since January 1st, a record long achievement for me since my move to Germany. I’m […]

Bag Check

Monday, when I wing my way back to Leipzig, I will have to check my bag.

I have no option because I spent 9,80€ on the bottle of Disoderme Gel, as seen to the right. It’s 150ml and for me, at least for now, it is essential.

I overexposed myself.

And I mean that in […]

Construction

A week ago Sunday, I went to the coffee shop here in Weimer to do some reading and enjoy a cup of tea. It was a beautiful day, and the coffee shop featured a beach theme, complete with sand in its courtyard. I took off my sandals and let my feet enjoy the sand.

I […]