Happy Holidays

real tree, real candles

real tree, real candles

After Tromso, we spent the next week in Stuttgart with my extended family.  My dad moved to the U.S., but his entire family still lives in Germany.  This time we were staying with his other sister, my aunt, Tante Helga.   Continue reading

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Neuschwanstein to Heidelberg

A snowy day at Neuschwanstein

A snowy day at Neuschwanstein

By the next morning, Munich was blanketed in snow and it continued to fall heavily.  Mandy and I took the train one hour from Munich to Fussen, and then transferred by bus to Hohenschwangau.  The small alpine town is a base for exploring two castles built by King Ludwig II: Hohenschwangau (which the town is named after) and Neuschwanstein. Continue reading

Munich Underground

Munich Underground: Candy Club

Munich Underground: a night out @ Candy Club

Munich is the first and only city we’ve visited twice on our travels.  We passed through all too quickly during Oktoberfest, but now we were back to see what else the city had to offer.  If we were a bit disappointed to miss out on the Berlin underground scene (Mandy was sick at the time), we made up for it in Munich. Continue reading

Berlin

The (in)famous kiss, a mural on the remnants of the Berlin Wall

The (in)famous kiss, a mural on the remnants of the Berlin Wall

We had planned to visit Israel and Jordan next, but looked on worriedly as the region became more violent.  Once talk of a ground war in Gaza began, we reluctantly flew back to Germany two weeks earlier than we’d planned.  It wasn’t all bad news, though.  We were in Berlin, one of my favorite cities. Continue reading