Nothing Says Christmas Like Potato Latkes and Warm Beer

Art exhibit

Merry Christmas! Or as they say in German, Frohe Weihnachaten – don’t quote me on this as we all know how bad my German is and that, perhaps, I had a little Glühwein when I learned it. And another thing, it’s been pointed out by Frank, one of our new, German Virtual Travel Buddies that […]

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 the Berlin bus system. Two connections and a […]

Plans Thwarted – KaDeWe, Crooks and Checkpoint Charlie

Sign at Checkpoint Charlie

Today I wake up with a plan (I know, what’s gotten into me?). My plan is to have brunch and go shopping at the KaDeWe – a large and famous department store on the Ku’damm – then to a yoga class which I found on the internet. As I always say, people plan and God […]

Bloggers Can’t Be Choosers

Synagogue

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 I met on […]

In The Middle

Jewish Memorial

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 a long boulevard considered to be […]

Everything Is Beautiful at the Ballet

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 Collection (though not glass, they’re black […]

A Wandering Jew in a Christmas Market

Gluwein

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 awaits. Jen, whose […]

Northern Lights

Chicago

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 around aimlessly as I’ll be sitting for quite some […]

Leaping

House

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 final day at home involving many trips to my storage unit (I wasn’t about […]

One-Way

Airplane

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. Hoping this brings me luck. I’m counting on […]