Winter Scenes

December 14, 2014Travel, Travel Topics

Winter came early this year. It began exactly on November 10, when I opened my eyes to this scene outside. I’ve been trying to make the best of it—baking and cooking a lot. Also we got a new rug, which has changed everything and I don’t know how we ever did without it. I love … Read More

April in Minnesota

April 17, 2013Travel, Travel Topics

Since we landed in Minnesota, the weather has been awful: honest-to-god-snowtorms, rain, cold, just the gamut of terrible weather. Yet somehow I am in good spirits—it makes such a difference to be surrounded by so many friendly faces, good conversations, and good food. Yesterday there was sun—I sat outside all day and actually got a … Read More

Springtime in Berlin

March 30, 2013Berlin

This is it. This is what it’s like here right now: a never-ending loop of winter. If you take last “summer” into consideration, this is like month 18 of winter for Berlin. And I have had it. At this time of the year, it is perfectly reasonable to expect the days to get progressively warmer … Read More

Hammershøi Light

March 17, 2013Travel, Travel Topics

My touchstone for defining lack of sunshine was always the Pacific Northwest, but places like Portland and Seattle get more sun on average than Berlin. I know. The paintings of the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi do a lovely job at capturing the winter light in this region; always experienced indoors, it is quiet and diffused. … Read More

Winter walks

January 29, 2013Travel, Travel Topics

Temperatures during our visit to Minnesota hovered around 10° F (-12°C) but we still managed to get out for walks almost every day. That’s Anthony on a frozen, SNOW-FREE Lake Minnetonka. It’s unusual for the lake to be frozen with no snow on top. These rare conditions mean that instead of shoveling a skating rink … Read More


January 10, 2013Travel, Travel Topics

This last week back in Berlin has been rough due to the perpetual darkness, in which the days go by one after the other in a grim gradation somewhere along the lines of . Before we left in December, there was snow. I’m not a big fan of the snow here because it tends to … Read More


January 9, 2013Travel, Travel Topics

We are back in Berlin, trying to adjust our internal clocks in a city that is blanketed in constant darkness. Needless to say, it’s not going that well—today I was wide awake at 3am. Looking forward to checking in here on a more regular basis! I’ve got a backlog of things to share, so let’s … Read More


December 5, 2012Travel, Travel Topics

We rearranged our schedules today to get out into the sun. So cold and windy out there, but I needed that light on my face. And I needed to take photos—I have really missed wandering, looking, and snapping these last few months. The Kleingartens have been abandoned for the winter, but we did find some … Read More