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abeaumonster
San Francisco, California, USA
We're not in California anymore....
Interests: travel, food, reading, running, exploring
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Having been back in the US for a couple months now, folks keep asking what our favorite place was, and on all sorts of levels, we can't begin to say just one place. Living in Munich, it will always be one of our favorites, but we had loads of rare... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
In no particular order..... They have infomercials. They have made for tv products and commercials. They have religious nuts preaching in subway stations, who will switch to English if they sense the crowd is mostly tourists. Gideons put Bibles all across their hotels, too. Scientology has a church there, too.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Below is an assorted list of some of the unexpected differences we found living in Munich. Photos throughout are of bizarre-to-us potato chip flavors. Driving: It is illegal to pass on the right. Roads have almost no lookout point stops. There are often super long tunnels through mountains. Like the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Since Dachau is about thirty miles north of Munich and easily accessible via public transit, it was a site that I wanted to see while we were in Munich, but at the same time, it was very difficult to see, to learn about and now to write about. This is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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I had been to Rothenburg once before with family, but our friends who visited wanted to go, because Rothenburg is known for being the headquarters of one of the main Christmas merchants in all of Germany. Her shops are all over the town, with the main one being three stories... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Shortly before we left Germany our friends came to visit, in large part, because they wanted to see Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired Walt Disney when building the castle at Disneyland, and they wanted to get the photo of it from this angle that lots of tourists get. This photo... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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With two weekends left in our time in Germany, we went with some friends up to Sölden, Austrtia to ski in the alps, and I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous, because we hadn't been skiing in something like five years. Even when we did ski with somewhat regularity,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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When we went back to London, we spent time doing a tour of the Tower of London, which started being built in 1066, and really consists of a palace complex, with the innermost building being the White Tower, built by William the Conquerer and used as his palace. Over time,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Brighton is listed in guidebooks as an interesting day trip from London, and it was made even more interesting when going with my friend, Hadley, and meeting another of her friends, who is a Brighton local and gave us the scoop on the town. Brighton was put on the map... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Since we had a very enjoyable trip to London over the summer, when we went back for a few days over New Year's, we had a chance to do a couple items we missed before, but mostly just had fun exploring the city in more depth. We walked across the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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This is a post that I've been meaning to write for awhile, but put off a few times, because I promise, I will do my very best to not sound like I'm just complaining about the snow. Keep in mind though that I'm from California, where when you want snow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Ok, so technically, it's got a couple different styles since it was added onto over time, but when I picture gothic churches, I picture massive stone pillars and detailed carvings, of which this church had many. So, in my very un-expert opinion, it's gothic. In any case, this is the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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We went to the Vienna Christmas market because it was supposed to be beautiful and Greg hadn't seen the city. Turns out we heard correctly, it was a beautiful sight to see with lights strung up all over the city center. Among the other things I have learned during our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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I had toured the Opera House in the summer with my parents, but it's beautiful enough that it was very enjoyable for a second time through with Greg. My original post about it is here and I promise this post covers new material, but for a quick recap, the opera... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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In case you haven't noticed the theme, I'm behind on this blog because I spent all of December going to as many different Christmas markets as I possibly could. Means I took full advantage of being in Europe during the holiday season, and reliving it in the photos makes Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Nuremberg, aka Nurnberg in German, has a mixed history, what with being established around 1050, but to modern US citizens, predominately being known for the Nazi Party Rallies pre-WW2 and the subsequent War Crime Trials that took place after the war. When you read about visiting Nurnberg, multiple guides point... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Part of the fun of living in a new country is to see the changes throughout the year. When we arrived in February and for as long as we had known, the Chinese Tower was one of the biggest, most popular beer gardens, since it is located in the middle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground - Kevin Poulsen Quick summary: I highly recommend this book for everyone! It's an interesting, easy read with real life implications for anyone who uses a credit card in the US. Why I read this book: As someone who grew... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at European Mis-Adventures
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In things that probably only amuse me, I am now humming Gagnam Style in my head after writing German Style above. Hehe. Anyways, in Munich (and from what we have seen much of Europe), Christmas tree lots like in the US don't really exist here. Hardware stores sell Christmas trees,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at European Mis-Adventures
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We had been to Prague in the summer (post linked here), which aside from an unfortunate incident with a bee sting, we truly enjoyed and kept thinking it would be amazing if we could somehow manage to see Prague for one of the couple times each winter that it snowed.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at European Mis-Adventures
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The city of Dresden has been having a Christmas market in some form since 1434, which makes it the oldest Christmas market in Germany, and gives it a serious leg up on other cities. Like most, they actually have about five smaller markets and one major one, but they did... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at European Mis-Adventures
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For those who can't picture a Christmas market, there are a couple things to know. In Europe, there are big empty squares, at least the size of a football field, and they are everywhere, so they get filled with wooden stands that are lined up and decorated, which sell all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at European Mis-Adventures
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One of the funny parts (in a you have to have a junior high school level sense of humor) about being in Europe has been seeing various places where something has to be lost in translation. Technically, most of this has nothing to do with translation, just that to a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at European Mis-Adventures
Many of Greg's coworkers told us that October and November can be pretty difficult because it is extremely cold, but not particularly beautiful in terms of snow or Christmas markets just yet. Due to that, I decided to take a community college version of an intro German course, mostly to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at European Mis-Adventures
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For those who don't know, Elwood is our dog and we love him dearly, but had to leave him with my parents who lovingly care for him while we are in Europe. When we went back home over Thanksgiving, we spent a large chunk of time in Southern California, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at European Mis-Adventures