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German is an exacting Language

Ragging on the German language is hip. Though it has been hip for several hundred years (looking at you Mark Twain). It is not lyrical or even friendly in its tone and can come off very harsh almost rude. Many of the linguistic constructs seem to make little to no sense, especially to English speakers.…

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Off to Berlin

If you are on our Beyond Vacation newsletter, you already know this, but for the rest of you… we are headed to Berlin for the fall. Freiburg is a wonderful place, but it can be a bit small and isolated sometimes. Part of this is the particular lack of companies. I was beginning to worry…

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Trips are our kids

Some people don’t seem to understand my desire for travel, especially the extended trips and slowly moving around a place. They see it as a vacation or a short break from “normal life” and don’t quite get when I say that I want the travel to be the “normal life”. I offer the following metaphor…

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Apartment Checklist for Slow Travelers

A part of Beyond Vacation involved traveling slower, which for us has meant staying in a place more than a week at a time. We have found that staying in apartments is the best way to do this. We had some good luck and some bad luck with our apartments this summer. We learned that…