Tag: Life in Europe

We had to stop at the Winn Dixie for a poo-mergency the other night. A a poop emergency. A moaning-kid-in-the-backseat-not-sure-they-can-hold-it-in-at-least-we-own-an-upholstery-cleaner-type situation. That got me thinking. 1.) Thank the lord for public bathrooms! 2.) The list of things I don’t miss about Europe is short. Really, it’s this. The lack of public toilets. Imagine getting stuck in an unfamiliar European city in a tree-less urban area…

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Our Elf has been here a little over a week. Is there less whining and bickering because he’s watching? Nope. Screw him. Here’s a tradition we need to adopt: the Krampus. Krampus is the anti-Santa from German folklore—a devil-like creature with horns and cloven feet. He drags rusty chains and carries birch branches and a burlap sack. He beats children with the branches. Then… Krampus…

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Full frontal nudity in a store window. There’s something you won’t see in America. This is the display window of a bookshop in Brussels. And not the triple-x nudie bookstore; this is a plain ‘ol bookstore—what I call the “Belgian Barnes and Noble.” Nice, um, hat. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this. Where are the protestors and the death threats and the…

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A common breakfast in Germany—mett brotchen. Raw pork on a roll. I know what you’re thinking. But the odds of getting trichinosis are actually very, very, very low. To where saying “I’m not going to eat that because it’s going to make me sick” is like never eating a carrot because someone got salmonella from one once. From the Centers for Disease Control: Infection was…

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So today was Earth Day. Here’s a little bit about how it works over here. Recycling is mandatory. Trash is picked up every two weeks (at best). You are charged for garbage by weight. And you pay for the water that runs off your roof. We have 5 trashcans by our garage. One for paper. One for compost. One for recyclables. And two cans (the…

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Posted by April 10, 2011

So as we were driving to Belgium today to pick up a couple cases of Westy 12, a car in front of us on the autobahn hit the center guard rail and flipped. Fortunately, the driver was okay. (Matt thinks he may have fallen asleep since he veered over from the right lane. Had he not been asleep and floppy, he probably wouldn’t have survived.)…

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Here are few screenshots from the Sittard, NL Kinderoptocht (children’s carnival parade) on Sunday April 27. This is the family-friendly one that’s before Carnival Monday (this year March 7). A lot of the participants are children, including babies in decorated strollers. We opted not to go. The weather was forecast to be sunny and 58 degrees, so, naturally, it was 41, windy and raining. Instead…

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New Year’s is a little different in Germany. They don’t have burn bans or regulations to get in the way of all the fun. Fireworks are sold everywhere, and you can shoot them off wherever you want. We’re not talking sparklers and M-80s, but full-on, big fireworks. And our German neighbors shoot them off in their backyards. Walking out into our backyard is like being…

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