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Germany December 2015

Statues by the River Spree
Statues by the River Spree

Berlin is an interesting city, site of so much history, and a divided island in the East for over 40 years.

Weinachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in Berlin
Weinachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in Berlin
Gluwein
Gluwein
Kartoffelpuffen mit apfelmus (potato pancakes)
Kartoffelpuffen mit apfelmus (potato pancakes)

In the month leading up to Christmas, towns all over Germany have Christmas markets in public squares. Stalls sell all manner of food, drink and gifts. Two of the more traditional Germanic items are Gluwein, warm mulled wine, and Kartoffelpuffen, potato pancakes.

Mediterranean Pasta
Mediterranean Pasta
Veggie Currywurst
Veggie Currywurst

Sometimes it can be more difficult to find vegetarian meals in foreign countries, particularly when there is a significant language barrier. I found it hard to read menus but once we found something it was frequently delicious. A simple pasta dish without sausage was excellent and currywurst made with seitan allowed a hint of the local cuisine otherwise unaccessible.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Fast train service makes it easy to get around without an automobile. Heading west to Braunschweig took just an hour and a half. Vehicles are generally much smaller; hardly any pickup trucks and SUVs are to be seen while cars similar in size to the Mini predominate.

Goslar, Germany
Goslar, Germany
Mom and cousin Regina
Mom and cousin Regina
Mom and cousin Michael
Mom and cousin Michael
Family home
Family home

We spent the weekend in Braunschweig, my mom's hometown. My first cousins once removed hosted us in the family home they own, built by my great grandparents in the 1930s.

Week in California

Mocha in her travel crate
Mocha in her travel crate
United First meal
United First meal
Dad's model railroad
Dad's model railroad
Three dachshunds
Three dachshunds
Azure the dog
Azure the dog
Flowers from AWC
Flowers from AWC
Flowers from my uncle and aunt
Flowers from my uncle and aunt

Alaska and Hawaii

Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound
Point Woronzof, Anchorage
Point Woronzof, Anchorage
Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
Hickam Field
Hickam Field
USS Bowfin at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii
USS Bowfin at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Front Range, Colorado
Front Range, Colorado

Alaska Spring 2015

Open North American dog sled race
Open North American dog sled race