Travelers Notebook

Home of the Monks

München, literally translated (“Home of the Monks”) is the capitol city of the German state of Bavaria in Southern Germany.  We spent several days exploring this beautiful city. Beer at breakfast? Yes, a malty wheat beer served at breakfast, and before you think scandalous, think about mimosas at brunch. Serving beer at breakfast alongside white

Food + Drink

Reflections at 35,000 feet and Hearty Vegetable and Beef Borscht

At 35,000 feet, I reflected on how blessed we were to be beginning a month-long journey through Europe. Our travels would bring us to Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. We have hosted students over the decades from three of these countries. These once high school students are grown-up with careers and families of their

Cork Talk

Pop, Fizz, and Clink

Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne. ~Paul Claudel Friends, when you visit this post, we will be celebrating the end of our first week in Europe. We are traveling with our European friends who we consider our


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