• Travel
  • Cockles & Mussels, Alive, Alive Oh!

    The Long Room library at Trinity College

    May (okay, we’re a little behind) happens to be bursting with German holidays; fine by me, as it means lots of travel opportunities! It was especially fortuitous because Carolyn (Chris’s real sister and my soul sister) decided to take a jaunt to Ireland for a week, and it just so happened that I had a long weekend that gave us the chance to meet up. Add the fact that I have long wanted to visit the Irish homeland, and this was truly a concordant crossroads!

  • Travel
  • Potsdam & Monkey Bars

    Looking down into the Sizilianisher Garten

    Here’s the second half of our Berlin adventure…which involved getting out of Berlin for most of the day. 😀 We had read that Potsdam was a cool place to visit if you had the time to get out there, and Mere had fond memories from her visit there with her mom when she was in high school. So, Saturday morning we grabbed some goodies at a local bakery and hopped on a city train to go check it out!

  • Travel
  • Take My Breath Away

    Holding down the fort for 10 euros a pop

    …’cause we went to Berlin. Get it? GET IT?!? Credit for this trip actually goes to our friends Caylie & Dan. Caylie got in touch with us awhile ago, saying that she and Dan were planning a stay in Prague, along with a side trip or two. Mere would just be starting training, so an extended stay in Prague was out, but we could totally do a weekend in Berlin!

  • Out & About
  • That’s Odd

    On April Fool’s Day, it was an exceptionally nice day for Maastricht that time of year, so I decided to go for a run through the park close to our apartment. The April Fool’s part is notable because I sent Mere a picture of this memorial I came across, fully expecting that she would think I was messing with her:

  • Out & About
  • Oh, That’s Just Our Book Church

    Today’s wifi haven is brought to you by Boekhandel Dominicanen, a 700 year-old Dominican church that’s been converted to an absolutely stunning bookstore. Seriously, guys, Maastricht is the fairy taleiest of fairy tale cities. This place is so cool. It’s a Gothic design, and was desanctified in 1794 when Napoleon’s army rolled through and confiscated the building for military purposes. The architects did an fantastic job of creating a usable space that doesn’t impact the incredible atmosphere inside the building. Not having internet at the house is still a giant pain in the ass, but having such lovely venues in which to take technological refuge definitely takes the edge off.

  • Festivals
  • *Keukenhof!!!*…Oh. Bless You.

    Clear fault in bridge design...but thanks for the pic, Heather!

    The day after our Weezer throwback experience in Amsterdam, we had plans to meet Eric, Heather, & Junie at Keukenhof, the annual tulip festival of the Netherlands. We had vague ideas of wandering through endlessly varied tulip fields, but it turns out that the event actually goes down at the immaculately manicured gardens just outside of Arnoud.