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worthy of respect: europe

An American friend was visiting Berlin last week and mentioned that he was having a hard time negotiating transactions, that his usual smiles and friendliness weren’t being rewarded the way they are in Austin. He was frustrated. He was confused.…

showing respect: north and south

An American friend was visiting Berlin last week and mentioned that he was having a hard time negotiating transactions, that his usual smiles and friendliness weren’t being rewarded the way they are in Austin. He was frustrated. He was confused.…

A visit to the Rhineland

I spent a weekend in Mittelrheintal, a region of vineyards and castles, wine and tourists. I went to the history museum in Bingen to check out the St. Hildegard exhibit and it turned out they also have the grave goods…

france

I’m back from an herb trip to France. It was a beautiful experience in a fairytale land, with a circle of wise healers. We met a high-altitude wild lavender harvester, went to a museum of antique stills and distilled our…

istanbul!

I’ve posted my photo album from my trip to Istanbul, along with a fourth one of Berlin. What an incredible city Istanbul is! So dense with aesthetic delights, so layered. I like to go to museums and look at very…

the holiday season in Berlin

I’ve never been particularly Grinchy, but I’ve also never really gotten caught up in the winter holidays much, either. People kept telling me how much I was going to love the season in Berlin, though, and sure enough. I’m also…

hazel

Hazel is the plant that has most enthusiastically welcomed me to Europe. In my first days in Berlin, I took this photo and posted it on Facebook, asking if anyone knew what it was. I quickly figured out for myself…