Dogs and Trains

Are dogs allowed on German trains? Is there a fee associated with bringing your furry friend on board? What happens if you cross international boarders? Daisy has compiled her notes for you over the past few months and is eager to share her experiences 😊 The first item to be aware of is that there …

First Haircuts

When you move to a new country, you may not initially consider planning for how you will receive common services. We had a game plan for the major logistical necessities, like bank accounts and housing; but scheduling dental cleanings, receiving beauty services, establishing veterinary care, and things of similar nature were less pressing. Luckily, we …

O Tannenbaum

Evergreen trees have special meaning for people around the globe during the winter holidays. Did you know that the Germans can be thanked for starting the tradition of Christmas trees (and ornaments)? Evergreens have long been seen as a symbol of everlasting life. The first known use of a Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday …

Innsbruck Christkindlmarkt and Krampus

Old Town Innsbruck is a dream for any Christmas market lover. 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of Innsbruck’s iconic Weihnachtsmarkt, unique for combining tradition with sophistication and alpine flavor. The half-century tradition boasts a festive atmosphere with rows of market stalls filling the streets in various sections of the city. There are hot drinks, Tyrolean …

Grandpa in Garmisch

This is a pure reflection piece for me, but I think it’s worth sharing. My Grandpa Rich passed away 5 years ago today. I always think about him during this time of year, not just because of the anniversary of his passing, but because of the November Veteran’s Day holiday as well. For a few …

Almabtrieb

Origins of the word:“alm” means a high mountain pasture“treiben” means to herd or drive“Almabtrieb” is the driving of animals away from their mountain pastures Mid-September marks the beginning of autumn in the Allgäu region. Leaves of the large maple trees begin to change color and the animals must return to the valley after a summer …