Willkommen zum Herbstmarkt!

Welcome to the Autumn Market! Festivals are a total thing here.  If you can think of an occasion, there's a festival for that.   Here's a link to a list of them, and just from August to December I count roughly 50.  It's just a way of life.  It's super fun, I have to admit.... Continue Reading →


Like a Local

Jaxon wants to show you how he gets to school now that we've settled in a bit.  The First few days I drove him, but driving in downtown cities is a bit of a nightmare.  I can do it, but by the time I come home I feel like I've been to war and back.... Continue Reading →

International School

Emily started school a couple days after the boys.  Since she only has two years of high school left, she chose to attend the International School in Dresden.  Her school is in the Allstadt (or the Old City) across the Elbe.  She walks to school each morning, for now.  She might change her mind once... Continue Reading →

Schule 101

A prereq. for understanding all things German Schools OR A FEW THINGS... I have learned so much about school here, and yet I know I really hardly know anything!  We registered the boys for DAZ (German as a Second Language) program offered at some of the regular schools here shortly after arriving.  However, we registered... Continue Reading →

Quick Trip to Poland

We planned a quick weekend trip to Kraków and Auschwitz.  It was a beautiful city, and everyone seemed so friendly.  We explored the city some, drove by the Jewish Quarter and Schindler's factory.  Sunday morning we went to church, it was in a downtown office building on the third floor.  A very small congregation.  But... Continue Reading →

The Hills are Alive

This weekend we took a drive down to Salzburg, Austria.  We booked a Frauline Maria Bike Tour in Salzburg which was a lot of fun.  My kids made fun of me a bit, like I was having too much fun.  Yeah, I'm kind of a Sound of Music fan.  What can I say?  But it... Continue Reading →


This is a day trip I put together to explore with the kids while Jason was at work.  So I figured I had about a 50/50 chance at success.  I think going on excursions with big kids isn't much different than when I did it when they were little.  Both required some planning, prepping, packing,... Continue Reading →

Saxon-Switzerland National Park

Königstein Fortress & Bastei Bridge It's always tricky planning these outings.  Not only do we have to do the research, find the location, figure out logistics and all, but then we have to put together a sales presentation for the kids.  That's sometimes the most difficult task.  How to get the kids excited to get... Continue Reading →

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