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Monschau Christmas Market

Monschau Christmas Market

It was the first day of the Monschauer Christmas market, so a friend and I headed down there for a day. Monschau is only an hour away, but it’s in the Eiffel forest region, so the weather is dramatically different. Our snow has been gone for days, but these fields are completely covered. The bit […]

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St. Nikolausbahn — i.e. Gillrath Christmas Train

UPDATE:  Tickets are already sold out or nearly gone for half the rides this year.  Check the dates and times online.  You can get your tickets at the Gillrath or Schwierwaldenrath stations or at several other locations listed on the Nikolausfahrt information page on the train website. This annual train ride is very special and […]

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Knut the Eisbar: 5 Dec 2006 – 19 Mar 2011

I saw Knut in his home at the impressive Berlin zoo nearly two years ago.  I wasn’t sure which bear was Knut at the time.  Was he the large bear nuzzling the female or was he the smaller one playing by the water?  I think he was the big one sitting sweetly near Gianna, nuzzling […]

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Gluten-Free in Germany!

Reader Resources… Thankfully, we all have the internet to go to and our nice APO addresses to ship to; however, it’s nice to have something immediate and close, so here’s a start.  If you know of a health food store for special health concerns, let me know! DM:  In Gangelt and Aachen, DM carries gluten-free […]

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Fini Flight – Take One

Sadly, I can’t take credit for these pictures. My husband had his fini-flight today – his final flight here before he moves to Belgium – and, per tradition, the fire truck awaited him in the 2C weather (32 degrees) to hose him down with equally cold water. I was so excited to be there. All […]

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Sizzling Rice

I grew up on Chinese food. Seriously. When the Webers get together, they eat Chinese. Strange for immigrants from Germany and Austria? Not if they’d lived in Shanghai. Grandma told me more about her time in Shanghai during our visit today. All positive. The time spent dancing, and romancing… told nostalgically from grandma, the “German […]

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Life in Germany: A Local Hospital Stay 101

Things happen and fortunately we have a pretty good support system over here with our own clinic and a wide network of Tricare accepting doctors both on the German and Dutch sides of the border. Medicine IS different though and it’s good to have some idea of what you might be getting yourself into. Here […]

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GK Local: Organic Markets

Cross-Posted at Livingingk.com A fan of healthy organic foods? You won’t be without them here. Most German grocery stores have small sections of organic foods near the produce section and on the Netherlands side, you can find a good selection of organic foods at Albert Heijn as well as the two large weekly markets in […]

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IWC Italian Night: Volare!

IWC Italian Night: Volare!

Once again the Italians put together a beautiful evening rich with their culture. Their warmth and hospitality always shine at their events. Tonight they cooked three delicious pasta dishes for us in the colors of their flag:  green pesto, a rich red Sicilian eggplant pasta, and a white rice dish with two cheeses. The last […]

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Sicilian pasta: busiata e gnoccoli – receta italiana

busiata gnoccoli arancini cuscusiera it’s poetic, isn’t it? And I feel just a little bit prettier when I say them. Italian. As delicious to say as it is to eat. Which will be put to the test tomorrow when I cook up my busiata e gnoccoli for my famigia. My amazing Italian friend just taught […]

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