Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift Washington DC

On May 21, 2024, I was honored to represent the Berlin Airlift Remembrance Alliance at the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The event took place in the shadow of the imposing towers of the US Air Force Memorial in Washington DC. Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift Washington DC The Ambassador of the…

Tchibo Coffee Machine Review- Like a Coffee Shop on My Counter

The Tchibo company recently sent me an amazing new Tchibo Coffee machine to try here at home, and I LOVE it. The compact machine grinds and brews a perfect cup of coffee with the touch of a button. And first thing in the morning, when I’m not quite awake, a button is about all I can handle. Having a Tchibo…

Rhubarb Streusel Cake Recipe with Vanilla Cream- Rhabarbar Streuselkuchen

I love a cake that contains all sorts of flavors and textures.  This Rhubarb Streusel Cake Recipe with Vanilla Cream (Rhabarbarkuchen mit Vanillecreme) does just that… the base is simple, with a bit of vanilla, the Vanilla Cream filling is sweet (but not too sweet) and smooth. On top of that, you’ll find over a pound and a half of…

Haribo Gummi Bears- Are German And American Gummi Bears Different

I was lucky. When I was a child, my Opa sent brown-wrapped parcels filled with sweets to America. And inside there were always packets of German Haribo Gummi Bears. When my kids were young, we started seeing Gummi bears in American stores. But, they weren’t quite the same… and I wondered, Are German and American Gummi Bears different? April 27th…

Friedenssaal and the Peace of Westphalia – Münster Germany

Through the Arches, up the front steps, and inside the Historic Rathaus along Münster’s Prinzipalmarkt you’ll find the Friedenssaal, Hall of Peace. The room has remained essentially unchanged for the past 375 years, from the time when envoys across Central Europe arrived to debate and hammer out details for the Treaty of Westphalia and Peace of Münster which ended the…

Red Cabbage Salad Recipe – Rotkohlsalat

Warm and comforting Rotkohl or Blaukraut, flavored with cloves, is a fairly standard side dish for so many German dishes, but in the summertime, I crave something cold and crisp. Something for my Salatteller (salad plate). This Red Cabbage Salad Recipe, or Rotkohlsalat,  not only tastes delicious, but the jewel-like color of the cabbage looks beautiful on a plate. This…

Tchibo’s Mother’s Day Ultimate Coffee Bundle Giveaway

Pamper the Mom or special Woman in your life this Mother’s Day by entering Tchibo’s Mother’s Day Giveaway! German Moms LOVE German coffee… and Tchibo makes GREAT German coffee Perfect for Breakfast and Kaffeeklatsch!   This Contest has ended… but you can still order a Tchibo Machine and delicious Tchibo Coffee here!   One grand prize winner will receive Tchibo…

Work, Live, Explore: Comparing Life in Germany and the UK

Moving overseas is a big decision. Thanks to Dan for this sponsored post on Comparing Life in Germany and the UK. Some interesting food for thought for anyone considering making the move to Europe to study or live, but can’t decide which direction to go. Finding a place in the world that suits your personality and lifestyle isn’t that easy,…

Why is the Thursday before Easter called Grünerdonnerstag in Germany?

Heiliger Donnerstag (Holy Thursday) makes sense… but why is the Thursday before Easter called Grünerdonnerstag in Germany? The word “Heilige” or “Holy” makes sense, after all, the day is an important part of the Karwoche (Holy Week). The Thursday before Easter is associated with the Last Supper and the end of Lent. The night of Jesus’s betrayal and arrest marks…

Burning Easter Wheel In Germany- UNESCO Heritage in Lüdge

Cover image by Nifoto, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsIn 784 Charlemagne visited the town of Lügde, and according to his chronicler Einhard, witnessed large oak wheels stuffed with straw, set on fire, and sent rolling down the Osterberg to greet the Spring. What an impressive sight! Burning wheels of fire careening down the hill…sparks flying all around. Although no one…

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