Fisher Fest Battle

July has been a month full of festivals in our area of Germany. Summer festivals, cherry festivals, spieβbraten festivals, church festivals, lake festivals and of course fisher festivals! Some of these events are meant to celebrate a seasonal food, harvest, or floral bloom and others are just for community spirit. The food celebrations are the best (of course) because of the delicious food but also because in Germany the grocery stores stock only in season fruits and vegetables so they are really a treat. You cannot buy a watermelon in December, and you can only buy white asparagus during the April/May season. So as the strawberries disappear from the shelves I have noticed them being replaced with Johannisbeere, John’s berries, aka red currant. Side note- they are too tart for Brock but made a great sauce for our pork roast the other night. Continue reading


Cooling off Roman style

All week long Germany has been experiencing an unusual heat wave. Temperatures have been in the 90’s which isn’t necessarily terrible, but without air conditioning in homes and most public buildings it has not been fun since there is literally no break from the heat. Aside from that, we might have been a bit spoiled over our 3.5 years in Washington State and maybe our bodies have forgotten how to handle this. It’s not just us though, the PX sold over 500 fans in one day and the heat was even making the autobahn break apart! Fil was away for work all week so Brock and I tried our best to keep cool. We splashed in his new kiddy pool, went swimming in the lake, and took cool baths. He is definitely a water baby.  But by Thursday we were losing the battle against the temps and the monitor in his room said it was 92 degrees even with a fan running all day long. Continue reading

Beaching it up in Hellevoetsluis

Last week Fil competed in the World Predator Classic kayak fishing tournament held in Hellevoetsluis, Nederland. The coastal town is in the South Holland province on the Haringvliet, a large inlet of the North Sea. Fil went early to get his campsite set up, register and purchase licenses, and to meet up with Brad, another American in Germany who will be competing. Brad and Fil will be competing together as a team as well as individually. Brock and I followed the next day so we could see the opening ceremonies and support team USA without being in the way when Fil was doing business.  Continue reading