London

London

Last year during the semester break, we took a trip to England. For the first part we spent several days in London. We did all of the touristy stuff: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Tower, the Millennium Bridge, the Tower Bridge the London Eye, and the (recreated) Globe Theater. We also took in all … Continue reading

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

In February 2014, we made a short day trip to Nuremberg. From Munich it takes about 2 hours to reach the city by train. Once there we headed to the beautiful St. Lorenz Church. We then made our way to the main square of the city market, where the Frauenkirche and “Schöner Brunnen” fountain are … Continue reading

Wintertime in Munich

Wintertime in Munich

This year has been an exceptionally warm winter, especially in comparison with last winter! This year there has hardly been any snow, while last year there was snow on the ground from almost October until April without interruption. Although snow would be nice (I’m not accustomed to seeing it since I grew up in Florida), … Continue reading

Christmas in Munich!

Christmas in Munich!

This past Christmas we celebrated our 2nd Christmas in Munich. It is hard to believe that time has flown by so quickly! We went to several different Christmas markets in Munich (in addition to the Marienplatz market for the Krampuslauf). At Christmas time these markets pop up all over the city, offering traditional German Christmas … Continue reading

Fußball!!! FC Bayern v. Man City

Fußball!!! FC Bayern v. Man City

In December, we finally made it to our first football (soccer) game in Germany! Seth was especially excited because his favorite Premier League team (Man City) was playing against the local team (FC Bayern). It was a lot of fun! We could not believe that Man City beat FC Bayern in their home stadium, Allianz … Continue reading

Krampuslauf

Krampuslauf

In Bavaria and parts of Austria the figure Krampus is part of the Christmas tradition. While St. Nick brings the good boys and girls presents, Krampus visits the naughty children and takes them away to eat them. Here in Munich Krampus is now celebrated with a city parade, where Krampuses walk through the city square … Continue reading

Baltimore, DC, and Thanksgiving

Baltimore, DC, and Thanksgiving

In November, Seth and I both travelled to Baltimore, Maryland for the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. It was great to catch up with friends and we each presented papers at the conference. Afterward, Seth and I rented a car to head to Tennessee for Thanksgiving with his family. First, we stopped … Continue reading

Trip to the States (Atl & FL)

Trip to the States (Atl & FL)

In late October, I made a trip back to the States for my best friend’s wedding. While there I also got to visit family and friends. The weather was so nice and sunny, but a bit cold for Florida (perhaps indicative of the coming icy winter). I flew in to Atlanta and got to spend … Continue reading

Visiting the Schleißheim Palaces

Visiting the Schleißheim Palaces

Way back in September, Seth and I took a day to visit the palaces and gardens at Schleißheim (just north of Munich). There are three palaces: the old, the new, and the villa. The old Schleißheim palace dates to the 16th and 17th centuries. It was heavily destroyed in WWII but has been reconstructed and … Continue reading