• Nerd Alert
  • I Have Been To The Mountaintop, and It Is Essen

    When we first learned that we were moving to the Germany/Netherlands border, Mere & I reacted somewhat differently. She began looking for trip ideas, and I immediately googled 1) ultimate teams in the area, and 2) how far we would be from Essen, Germany. Why, you ask? Each year, Essen hosts International Spieltage, which is the largest board game convention in the world. It turns out that we’re less than an hour away from this wondrous city, so this year we finally got to go!

  • Festivals
  • Oktoberfest!

    While this year we opted not to travel south for Munich’s mad celebration, there was still plenty of revelry to be found in our neck of the woods. The base’s Oktoberfest party was supposed to be quite an affair, so we resolved to check it out in order to satisfy our fix for trachten and liters-o’-beer!

  • Travel
  • Nuts!

    Once Mere’s parents (Jim & Becki) had gotten a feel for Maastricht, we thought it might be nice to see some of the sights in the surrounding region. Keeping the World War II train rolling, we decided to head over to Belgium to check out the highly-recommended museums of Bastogne, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought. Add a night in Luxembourg City, and you’ve got yourself a nice little road trip!

  • Out & About
  • Poppin’ Bottles At The Château

    Two weeks after Chris’s family came to town, my parents took a quick jaunt across the pond for their own European adventure with us! After catching up with some friends in Munich, they made their way to Maastricht for a long weekend visit. We had made reservations for a late lunch, so we took a leisurely stroll around the town during the morning, showing them the ramparts, the Plague House, and the dead giraffe statue (obviously). Maastricht gained a couple of new fans, for sure!

  • Travel
  • Toeing The Maginot Line

    The first weekend in September, my parents (Phil & Jane) and my aunt & uncle (Dave & June) were finishing up a lavish Rhine river cruise that ended, conveniently enough, just north of us in Amsterdam. They had a few days to spare before they needed to make it to Paris to fly home, so it was exciting for us to show them our little town, and also do some World War II-related adventuring with them ourselves!

  • Travel
  • Sweet On Copenhagen

    The last weekend of August found us a bit road-weary after all of the amazing places we’d seen in the heart of summer, but we had plans to tack on one more before taking a bit of a break: Copenhagen, Denmark! Mere’s sister Kelsey had studied abroad there, so trusted recommendations in hand, we packed our bags and set out for Danish delights!

  • Travel
  • Swiss Family Meehan

    Life Lesson: when a family member asks you to meet up in Switzerland, you do it! In July, my cousin Rois asked if we could meet her and her new husband Travis in Gimmelwald, a little town above Interlaken. We decided to drive down to Lauterbrunnen to to begin our Swiss adventure, and as we wound through the waterfall-filled valley, towering mountains all around, we were awestruck. Pinterest find and gorgeous travel location for the win!

  • Travel
  • Take Us To Wine Country!

    Back in the summer, Mere & I were debating whether or not to fit another trip in sometime in August, as our travel schedule was already fairly full. That being said, when Lanie (a friend of ours here in Maastricht) asked if we’d like to join a group trip down to Bordeaux, how could we refuse? As a bonus, our friend Kelly was also able to come up from Sicily for the weekend, so we had a great group of people with whom to explore one of France’s most famous wine regions!