Pfingsten (Pentecost) in Germany and Battle of the Bands – Part I

Check out the Pentecost procession in my little village in Germany near Bamberg - Bischberg. Following that there was a competition among the regional marching (oompah) bands in which I nearly drown because it was raining so hard!

Bamberg Zaubert, Germany, Dirndls and Traditions

Opening procession photos of Bamberg Zaubert, annual circus celebration in downtown Bamberg, Germany. Musings on life in Bavaria, open-air markets, dirndl racks in department stores, and European traditions.

Finding an Apartment in Germany – Next Part

OMG, people, I realize I left out the best part of the apartment story!

Remember (and I know you remember because you hang on my every word and commit it to memory) that the first apartment I looked at in Bamberg was a one-room studio overlooking a courtyard in a semi-industrial area. Across from the apartment was a fitness studio that was being built out and would open soon. It was this construction that made the area look not quite so beautiful when we looked at the room.

Anyway, I had been so disappointed that I didn’t get this place. But, of course, now I have the larger place in Bischberg and that’s working out fine. read more

Finding a cheap Apartment in Bavaria, Germany (Europe 2010 – 1 May)

Pretty much flying by the seat of my pants, I luck into a cheap apartment in Bavaria, Germany, near Bamberg, with LOADS of help from my German "mom" who lives nearby. It ain't the Ritz, but it's mine!