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Fasching and Karneval: What the Heck are They?

Fasching and Karneval: What the Heck are They?

| January 20, 2015 | Reply

One question that often comes up amongst Americans is, WHAT IS FASCHING? The technical answer: Fasching is Fasching. Fasching is a church holiday for Catholics, Lutherans, etc. Faschingsdienstag, Fasching Tuesday, comes the day before Ash Wednesday–which, for those of you wondering, is the beginning of Lent. Some people refer to it as Shrove Tuesday. Personally, I think Lent […]

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Only in Germany: the Second Graders’ Winter Hike

Only in Germany: the Second Graders’ Winter Hike

| January 19, 2015 | Reply

In the fall, Sequoia’s Elternbeirat spoke about the family “Winterwanderung” that would be happening in January, whereby families would take a little hike and have a campfire. I was surprised that we would not be leaving until 1630, given that it ain’t light for long here in January. And seriously, winter?  It’s literally freezing out. […]

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15 Pictures of Beautiful Salzburg, Austria in the Snow

15 Pictures of Beautiful Salzburg, Austria in the Snow

| January 17, 2015 | Reply

Salzburg, Austria is a beautiful old city nestled in the Alps.  In winter, covered with snow…  

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Response to US Airways/American Airlines for a Friend’s Complaint

Response to US Airways/American Airlines for a Friend’s Complaint

| January 14, 2015 | Reply

It is not uncommon for me to hear airline complaints (or have them!), but not often do I have something concrete from the airlines to work with. Yesterday, a friend on facebook posted his experience with the customer service of US Airways and American Airlines: Here is part of the response I got from ‪#‎usairways ‪#‎americanairlines for not […]

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Austrian Night Sledding: My Second Attempt at Death Today

Austrian Night Sledding: My Second Attempt at Death Today

| January 7, 2015 | 2 Replies

I started writing this last night while sitting in a tiny lodge partway down a mountain, drinking hot chocolate with amaretto, contemplating, for the second time that day, requesting helicopter assistance so that I would not be forced to finish something I started. The current endeavor: night sledding (Nachtrodeln) in Austria.  We booked an outing […]

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Austria’s Tibetan Footbridge: Because I’m Crazy

Austria’s Tibetan Footbridge: Because I’m Crazy

| January 6, 2015 | 2 Replies

When I posted to social media a picture of the Tibetan bridge that we saw crossing an Austrian highway on Sunday, I tagged it “Footbridge in the sky ‪#‎nofuckingway‬ ‪#‎holyshit‬ ‪#‎travel‬ ‪#‎austria‬‪#‎seriouslynofuckingway‬“.  Soon I received challenges to do it.  This morning, I decided Screw it, what else do I have to do today (besides die)?  And so my husband drove […]

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