Recently I had a dentist appointment to get a couple of cavities filled and an old filling replaced. Luckily we’ve found a really great English-speaking dentist here in Berlin. But he insisted on doing the cavities without Novocaine. I told him my previous dentist in Freiburg tried to fill a small cavity of mine a […]
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When I was 25, I got a job that required me to relocate to southern Minnesota, where their home office was, for a 5 month training program. (Bonus: It was in the winter.) I rented a room from a woman who lived there and worked in the company’s home office, and I met trainees from […]
I’m in bed trying to fall asleep. But I can’t. Three other women are snoring nearby. One occasionally switches to groaning or talking in her sleep. Every so often someone wakes up and digs through a bag. Something plastic rustles in the corner. Someone comes in the room around 3am and turns on the light. […]
We’ve started riding the rails. We walk up to the Sbahn and hop on the train and ride around with no real destination. We’ve ridden the ring almost all the way around the city. We’ve ridden the east/west line from one end of the ring to the other. And we’ve ridden the north/south line from […]
A few weeks ago, I was so stressed out about so many things, and I was having a meltdown about something insignificant because whatever it was, was the last straw. I told Andy I needed a change of scenery, needed to take my mind off all the things pulling at it.
The waiter brought over my Pad Thai, and Andy and I dug into our meals. Neither tasted authentic or overwhelmingly delicious, but the flavors were decent enough for what we were looking for – inexpensive and short walking distance from home. What we hadn’t bargained for was the food poisoning that hit us both a […]
During our time in Pisa, Andy and I tried to see as much as Tuscany as we could. We worked during the week and took day trips or overnight trips on the weekends to places like Lucca, Siena, and Cortona. On one weekend, we decided to change things up by going to the seaside city […]
Food controls us in so many different ways. It’s unavoidable. We need food to survive. But I never really understood just controlling food can be until I spent 30 days eating a strict Paleo diet. Andy decided to join me on the experiment, which I did not expect, but it made it a little easier […]
Boxes are everywhere. Sheets are taped up over the windows. Light bulbs are hanging out of the ceiling. We often have trouble finding things that are still packed away. It looks like we just moved in a couple days ago, but it’s actually been three weeks. And it’s driving me nuts.
Food plays a big part in many of my memories, and I bet it does for you too. Most holidays have a big food component. Many of us reach for our favorite junk food when we’re feeling down. We break open a beer or mix up a cocktail to celebrate good times or dull the […]