Speaking English

Speaking English

After an-hour-and-twenty-minutes riding the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from the San Francisco airport to the Oakland airport, I arrive and make my way to security (actually, to the bar; security is just a small obstacle to get there) a pod-like structure catches my...
Budapest or Bust

Budapest or Bust

Here we go again, beginning another Drop Me Anywhere adventure; just me and you, my Virtual Travel Buddies. I’ve spent the last two weeks in Hartheim am Rhein, Germany; population 5,000. I stayed with Claudia, Norbert, their two daughters, Anne and Laura, their two...
No Fires, No Foes!

No Fires, No Foes!

After a tasty dinner at the brewery, I walk over to St. Lamberti’s Church. Built between 1375-1450 (with another originally in the same spot prior to this), The history of this church, is like no other. In 1534 the city of Münster was seized by radical...
Hungary for Love

Hungary for Love

Last month I presented to you my sad story of a solo-traveler alone for Valentine’s Day. I asked you to act as my dating service and choose the most romantic location in Europe for me to find love on Valentine’s Day. Some of you obviously put great thought into this...
I Want to Ride My Bicycle

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Today I wake up in Münster, Germany. I didn’t sleep all that well as the fierce thunderstorm and flood of water sloshing down the balcony drain woke me. I’m told that winter thunderstorms are a rarity here. I’m also told they’ve had three so...
Bremen – A City of Traditions, Fables and History

Bremen – A City of Traditions, Fables and History

It’s raining. . . again, or perhaps still. I’ve lost track. I’ve come to accept that the most important item you can pack in your suitcase when you come to Germany in the winter is your umbrella. If you try to “let a smile be your umbrella,” you’re sure to get wet....
Emigration, Immigration and Climatization

Emigration, Immigration and Climatization

Today I wake up in Bremen. How I finally arrived here is a long, irritating train-story (wait, the story isn’t irritating, it was the experience that was irritating) that will be told at a later date. The important thing is that I’m here and, while the private room in...
Walking Through History

Walking Through History

Today I find myself in Lübeck, Germany, the former “Queen of the Hanseatic League” (a title I hope to attain one day) and whose Old Town was, in 1987, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site (don’t think I’ll ever have that title). Note that the term...
Rostock Rocks!

Rostock Rocks!

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m going to give you the highlights of some of the other cities I visit in Germany, as the official unplanned Glühwein portion of the trip is over (although much of the next few weeks remains unplanned and there’s a...
Riding the Rail to Rostock

Riding the Rail to Rostock

I mentioned in a previous article that, while I won’t be telling you every detail from the next few locations, as the main part of the “unplanned” travel is finished, I will give you some of the highlights. And, by the way, coming to the town of...
The Good, the Bad and the Dankeschöns

The Good, the Bad and the Dankeschöns

As is now tradition, I close out this series with The Good, the Bad and the Thank-yous, or, in this case, the Dankeschöns (see, my German is getting better). This is where you’ll find a wrap-up of what I thought was good, what I thought was not-so-good, and my...
A final day in Berlin, The Bundestag, and the Bar

A final day in Berlin, The Bundestag, and the Bar

After many recommendations, today I decide to go over to the Reichstag Building, where the Bundestag, or Parliament, meets. In 1991, the Bundestag decided it was time for a change (I can totally relate), so they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly. . .um,...
Just a Princess Strolling Through Her Palace

Just a Princess Strolling Through Her Palace

Today I put on my glass slippers and head out to the palace. Well, to be more realistic, I throw on my tennis shoes (very American, but I blame a current back issue) and head over to check-out someone else’s palace. It’s Schloss Charlottenburg and it used...

If At First You Don’t Succeed

Following a beer with my new mysterious friend Peter, it’s now time for a Glüwein chaser, so I head to Charlottenburg where there’s a Christmas market at the palace. This is a two-bus trip but, after a day of plans not working out, I’ve vowed to conquer...
Bloggers Can’t Be Choosers

Bloggers Can’t Be Choosers

Today I wake up with a plan. I know, I just used the four-letter “P” word but, I do tend to plan one or two days in advance. Besides, today I’m getting together with others, so we’ve arranged a time and place to meet. First, who are these others? They’re two bloggers...
In The Middle

In The Middle

I awake this morning and have absolutely no idea where I am. It’s dark. Then again, it’s dark here from about 4:00pm until 7:00am. Tough for a girl from the “Valley of the Sun.” I’m staying on the west end of Kurfürstendamm Street, otherwise known as the Ku’daam. It’s...
Everything Is Beautiful at the Ballet

Everything Is Beautiful at the Ballet

Tonight is a very exciting night for me. I get to get dressed up like a proper lady and attend the ballet at the Deutsche Opera. While I wanted to bring my perfect fitting black dress with my perfect, princess shoes – seriously, they’re from the Disney Glass Slipper...
A Wandering Jew in a Christmas Market

A Wandering Jew in a Christmas Market

After a two-hour nap which I would have preferred to be a three or four-hour nap, I drag myself out of bed. I really feel as if I could sleep the whole night through but, as any international traveler knows, if I try that now, I’ll be awake at 3:00am. Besides, Glüwein...
Northern Lights

Northern Lights

This morning’s flight takes off without a hitch. It makes me wonder if American Airlines really part of USAir. And the flight crew? Really nice and friendly. I’m very confused. We land in Chicago where I fill my three hour layover with eating (again) and walking...
Leaping

Leaping

I did it! I rented out my house, sold my car, and pretty much everything else. What I didn’t sell, I donated to various organizations and individuals. It’s been a challenging couple of weeks -logistically, physically and emotionally. After a ridiculous...
One-Way

One-Way

You voted and I listened. And unlike many politicians, I’m keeping my campaign promise and heading to Germany. I’ve booked a flight to leave on Saturday. And guess what – it’s a one-way ticket. Yikes! And, for some reason it feels right that I leave on 12-13-14....
I’m Dreaming of an Unplanned Christmas

I’m Dreaming of an Unplanned Christmas

Gutentag! The voting for the fifth Drop Me Anywhere vote is now closed. You have spoken and I’ll be drinking Glüwein within the next couple of weeks. If you didn’t read the article which this vote was based on, you can read 10 Drinks Around the World here. “Glüwein is...
Ireland, I Adare You

Ireland, I Adare You

It’s time to bid farewell to Dublin. When I arrived I didn’t think it would be this hard but now, after staying for two extra nights in order to take it all in – also because of the whole not being able to find a place to stay in Kilkenny – I have a little tear...
A Rainy Day in Dublin Town

A Rainy Day in Dublin Town

I wake up this morning to rain, lots of rain. I believe the Irish term for this would be “pissing down rain.” I can’t complain as I’ve have incredible weather thus far. Everywhere I go locals have been commenting about the wonderful, yet too hot, weather (too hot!...
Mr. Beckett Keeps Me Waiting

Mr. Beckett Keeps Me Waiting

After enjoying our whisky, uh, I mean Jameson’s tour, Min and I decide to catch some dinner together. This is the joy of solo travel; you meet so many great people. We head over to Ireland’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head. Established in 1198, the Brazen Head has served...
Homeless in Dublin

Homeless in Dublin

This evening, I head out to Café en Seine (much different than Café Insane) for dinner. As I walk in, I’m struck by the sheer beauty of the inside of the building and the decor. Built in the 1700’s as a Georgian home, it’s now an award-winning restaurant with a...
Hopping Around Dublin

Hopping Around Dublin

It’s a new day! I had a great night’s sleep in the Generator Hostel (yes, try one sometime), I grab a coffee and a Panini (again, a staple traveling here when you want to be on the go) and walk one block down to catch the Hop on/Hop off bus through Dublin...
Dublin Dreams and a Reality Check

Dublin Dreams and a Reality Check

I awake early this morning ready to move on from Limerick and head for Dublin, the capital city of Ireland and the location of Phoenix Park, where you, my Virtual Travel Buddies voted to “drop me” this time. I pack up my luggage which is never fun for me. I’m not one...
A Visit to the Cliffs of Insanity

A Visit to the Cliffs of Insanity

An expert on the Irish bus system (ha!), today I have big plans for another road-trip. I lace up my hiking boots and head out the door of the hotel and walk the seven blocks to the bus station where I catch bus which will eventually take me to the Cliffs of Moher....
Galway’s Got Game

Galway’s Got Game

Today I have my first experience on Irish buses. It’s the final day of the Galway Arts Festival and, as it’s just over an hour by bus, I’m ready to hit the road. Everybody I’ve talked to tells me that Galway is a great city, festival or not. Then...
Having Fun Storming the Castle

Having Fun Storming the Castle

I wake today refreshed and ready to explore Limerick. I stop at a café and order a coffee and a traditional Irish breakfast, which consists of a sunny-side up egg, sausage link, bacon, baked tomato, beans, toast, and black and white pudding. “What is...
Guinness is Good for You

Guinness is Good for You

Have you read “On a Wing and a Prayer?” That’s the beginning of this experience. At about 1:30am the cabin crew arrives at the gate and everybody in the area breaks into applause and cheers. We finally board and, four-and-a-half hours later than...

On a Wing and a Prayer

Top of the morning to ya Virtual Travel Buddies! I trust you slept well dreaming of leprechauns and Guinness (apparently your leprechauns are drunk). With thirty-six hours at home between a personal trip to LA and my flight to Ireland, I spent the day packing and...