August Break: Break Time Is Over

I’m on an August Break from my regular blogging schedule. Here’s today’s picture.

This shot was taken of me in Essen this summer, looking pretty much how I always look when I’m traveling-  jeans, t-shirt, camera bag slung over my shoulder, and sunglasses perched askew on my head.

This month has been a fun and interesting deviation from regular blogging, but it’s time to go back to my regular twice a week bloggery, at least for now.

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If they made an action figure of you as a traveler, what accessories would you come with?

August Break: A Regensburg Weekend Afternoon

I’m on an August Break from my regular blogging schedule. Here’s today’s pictures.

On a weekend, I like to go out to lunch with my friend Jenny.  One of my absolute favorite places in the city is Lola.

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I usually get the Warm Noodle Salad.  I tell myself I’ll try something new on the menu, but this is just so damn tasty.

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After lunch, while walking back from the Altstadt to my apartment, sometimes I go on the other side of the little green area near the Bahnhof.  This is where the Kepler monument is.  The last time I posted pictures of it, the entire thing was covered in snow.

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There’s also this little drink stand in the park-  it’s only open in warmer weather, and it’s just the cutest thing.

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Are there any fun little green spaces near where you live?

August Break: Thursday Nights

I’m on an August Break from my regular blogging schedule. Here’s today’s picture.

A big chunk of my limited social life takes place on Thursday nights.  There’s a regular Stammtisch that I attend.  Tisch is German for table, and one of the many meanings of Stamm is regulars.  In other words, Stammtisch is a word which is loosely based on the idea of a table of regulars.  In America, this would just be called a Meetup.

Mine is a bunch of people who meet regulary to drink and socialize, and I’ve made some very dear friends through this group.  Included in the lower half of this photograph are the kick ass Converse boots (and left knee) of Cat, one of the just mentioned dear friends.  This photograph was a happy accident, by the way-  I accidentally start the camera on my phone quite often, and I usually wind up with pictures of my pocket lining, or of artful blurs.  Sometimes the camera records a happy accident, like this kind of nifty shot of a regular Thursday evening Stammtisch.

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Thursday nights are also the one night a week that I’m almost always in the Altstadt, which gives me a chance to walk past this view.  It’s easy to get jaded, but this set of buildings is amazing, and I try not to take the scenery for granted.

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Have you ever been to a Stammtisch?  How about a Meetup? What kind of group was it?

August Break: Two Things About Hotels In Europe

I’m on an August Break from my regular blogging schedule. Here’s today’s pictures.

Just two things about hotels in Europe that I’ve seen Americans get confused or surprised by.

Item one:  The room card.  In many hotels here,  you use your room key inside the room to activate power for the hotel room.  In many cases, you have to use your hotel key to get the elevator to go up past the first floor also.

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Item two: In many hotels in Europe, the bathroom is separated more than it is in the US.  The toilet sits alone in its own little room, and the sink and shower are in another place entirely.

Also, it is very common for toilets in Europe to have a toilet brush installed nearby- in this photograph, it’s the thing mounted to the wall to the left of the throne.  This is because Europeans expect you to use the toilet brush after you’re done,  even in places that have maid service.  It’s a courtesy thing.

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What interesting differences in European hotels have you been surprised by?