“Frozen” on a rural Romanian road

Before we arrived in Romania, Romanians and foreigners alike warned us of the poor quality of the roads.  After expecting the worst, I have been pleasantly surprised.  Perhaps compared to more developed (and not post-communist) European countries, the roads leave much to be desired.  Few markings, no shoulders, ditches and drop-offs are a hazard at… Read More “Frozen” on a rural Romanian road

Aiud, Romania; Bruchsal, Germany – The pride of the locals

When we moved to Germany eight years ago, my German landlord said we must visit the nearby Bruchsal Palace. It was one of his favorites.  During our three and half years in Germany, we never made it to his favorite palace.  We visited many other palaces and castles across the continent, but never his highly… Read More Aiud, Romania; Bruchsal, Germany – The pride of the locals

The Five Highlights of Lisbon – a child’s perspective

It was easy to get the girls, ages five and three, excited for a five-day trip to Portugal to visit friends and be with daddy on a work trip. “Hey kids, we’re going to visit Portugal!”  Blank stares.  “We’re going to eat lots of pastries and go to playgrounds!” Much cheering and excitement.  Then it… Read More The Five Highlights of Lisbon – a child’s perspective